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Ashley A. Bettinger

OH USA
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  • Deceptions

  • Ascendant, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,688

Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • First two books; really good!

  • By Johan on 04-29-18

Good but often irritating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Let me just say that these books are well written. That being said I felt the last book was rushed. There is a time gap that would have been nice to listen to or read, mostly because it is obviously where most of the good and happy events happen for the main character. Then the book cuts off on a cliff hanger that leaves it so there could be sequels but probably won’t. Also 3/5 of this series is mighty depressing for the MC. I doubt i ever listen to these books again. I may listen to the last 10ish minutes of the 3rd book, just to remember and reassure myself that it ended happily.

  • Dragonvein: Book Two

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,427

With new friends and allies fighting by his side, Ethan Dragonvein must find a way to overcome the might of the Eternal Emperor Shinzan. As the voices of the dragons call to him, he is driven to seek them out in the faint hope that they can help him fulfill his destiny and save the people of Lumnia. But he must hurry. Shinzan has not been idle and moves swiftly to crush this fledgling mage before he can become a challenge to his power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By PH on 10-19-16

This series had potential

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This series had the potential to be great. But most of the times it is a painful listen. The performance was great, Derek Perkins is spectacular, but the story is lacking. The MC is infuriating, he is acts like a baby most of the time (which is kind of funny since he is supposed to be a well trained soldier). Also I found it hard to listen to the parts with the emperor in it. I realize he is the antagonist of the story but I could have done without the descriptions of how he would or did break women’s wills. It is sad really. Also back to the MC. He is supposed to be a trained Air-trooper but he behaves like a weakling kid and is constantly feeling sorry for things he couldn’t control or isn’t responsible for. Drove me up a wall constantly listening to it. The irritating part is that now I want to know how it ends so I’ll probably listen to the others. Hopefully they improve.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,799
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,745

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

This series and this book in particular is nothing short of breathtaking. The detail provided to characters and the environment immense you in the story while still keeping it moving forward at a decent pace. I will say that if you are looking for main characters that are perfect heroes then these books aren’t for you. The main characters are BROKEN people. You see the healing process begin, and with some even begin to speed up, but with a few characters I began to be a little irritated with their weakness. They complain ALOT. Now don’t get me wrong they underwent brutal hardships but I kept thinking to myself often enough, “push through, overcome, stop wallowing in self pity!“ By the end of this book they all were well on their way to recovery but dear lord the journey was long haha. I don’t read books to feel down but Kaladin’s parts in particular grind on my nerves because he whines the most.

  • The Dark Ability

  • By: D. K. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

Rsiran is a disappointment to his family, gifted with the ability to Slide. It is a dark magic, one where he can transport himself wherever he wants, but using it will only turn him into the thief his father fears. Forbidden from Sliding, he's apprenticed under his father as a blacksmith where lorcith, a rare, precious metal with arcane properties, calls to him, seducing him into forming forbidden blades. When discovered, he's banished, sentenced indefinitely to the mines of Ilphaesn Mountain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but had potential to be grand

  • By Ashley A. Bettinger on 07-23-17

Decent but had potential to be grand

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-17

The story had so much potential. The world and the supporting characters were interesting. The main problem for me with it was the main character. He constantly second guesses his choices and indulges himself in self pity. And with all the second guessing of his choices you would think he would have some better plans. He was far to meek and soft for me through most of the book. By the last sixth of the book he had a little bit more of a backbone but still had undercurrents of the nauseating self pity. If you can get past this the book is amazing. Also was a pretty good performance. I will continue listening to sequels in hope of the main character evolving into more of a hero and less of the wimpy crybaby he seemed to be for so much of this first book. Like I said, this series has potential.

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