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  • The Spear of Stars

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 5
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546

The White Lich has conquered Tanar Atain. Soon, he means to take the entire world. Dante suspects his next target will be Bressel, where the Tanarians have established their court in exile. The only chance to stop the lich will be to forge a fragile alliance between the bitter enemies of three different lands: Tanar Atain, Mallon, and Narashtovik. The city stands on the brink of rebellion. Yet even if Dante, Blays, and Gladdic can unite it, they still might not have the strength to stand against the army of the lich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Galand hit!

  • By Carrie on 10-12-18

Great Pace and Well Told

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

This is a great addition to the series and I can't wait for the next one. My only complaint has nothing to do with the story but Audible screwed up the recording and has it start halfway through. You basically start at Chapter 17. If you know this ahead a time you can figure out how to fast forward to the beginning.

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  • Journey of Fate

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

It has been 18 years since the fall of the Reborn King, and Jayden Stedding, son of Gewey, dreams of adventure. Life as a farmer in Sharpstone offers very little excitement. But like his father before him, fate will descend like a storm and soon he will learn that with adventure comes peril. And when you are the son of a god, that peril can shatter worlds. Heaven is once again in turmoil and Gewey Stedding is missing. And it falls to Jayden to find him. But his journey will take him places even the gods fear to tread. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Journey continues

  • By Karen on 09-12-18

A great continuation to a fun series.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the first series and love the creativity in this new novel. I was hooked from the start and binged listened to the end. Highly recommended.

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  • Lusam

  • The Dragon Mage Wars, Book 5
  • By: Dean Cadman
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,026

After failing to completely close The Rift, Lusam and Neala travel south in search of the illusive Pearl Isle, where they hope to discover the fourth Guardian book, and return in time to try again. Time, however, is not on their side, as the dark God, Aamon, sets in motion a plan to restore his own power, and once again tear open The Rift to unleash the horrors of the Netherworld upon their world. Aysha's new inability to see his destiny, along with her prophetic warnings about a hidden realm and Neala's certain death if she enters it, all weigh heavily on Lusam's mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read. great book. fantastic narrator.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-18

Best One So Far

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Great book all around. Love the series and can’t wait for next one. Pace and descriptions were better as well.

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  • Fatemarked

  • The Fatemarked Epic, Book 1
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 626

They are the fatemarked. Misunderstood. Worshipped. Hated. Murdered at birth. Their time to step into the light has come. An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren is one of the fatemarked, but has hidden his mark of power his entire life, fearing the damage it might cause to those around him. A great evil is coming. He can't hide anymore.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-18

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Fatemarked to be better than the print version?

I have not read the printed version but I found the audio book extremely entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fatemarked?

The book becomes a whole lot more fun about a 3rd of the way in. Before this it's good but doesn't get great. The biggest problem to me is that it switches between too many characters of which only a couple one actually cares about.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the primary protagonist (the healer) figures out how powerful he is and figures out who is. It's neat to see the character development for this character which seems to be the only multi-dimensional character in the story. All the others seem very linear without much depth.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Become the Hero you never knew you were supposed be.

Any additional comments?

It's a good book and enjoyable. I think a greater concentration on just 2 characters would be better than having 5 to have to read about.

  • Lusam

  • The Dragon Mage Wars, Books 1-2
  • By: Dean Cadman
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554

Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic and discovered, quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before: the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others. Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs work, but has potential

  • By Skipper on 12-12-17

Suprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! If you go into this series with low expectations you will be nothing but surprised and happy how things turn out. If you are expecting Wheel of Time, don't expect the detailed world building and over characterization. Instead, you'll find it very entertaining and has a similar premise thus far. If you like high fantasy where there is a super character that comes into his own to save the world this is for you.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lusam. One thing I like about this story is that Lusam knows his abilities and what he does is not by accident unlike many of the fantasy fiction fare where they seem to win by accident. Books 1 - 4 are great, this review is being written with Book 5 not available as an audible; therefore I have not read it yet.

Which scene was your favorite?

Thus far it's the 3rd book where we start to see how truly powerful Lusam is. In book 1-2 it's probably when he leaves the 2nd temple and is almost god-like in powers.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's not very deep; just great entertainment. Never really moved but had some exciting moments.

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  • Ramage

  • The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 1
  • By: Dudley Pope
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

In a daring foray, under the very nose of the French Mediterranean fleet, Lieutenant Lord Nicholas Ramage is to sail his tiny cutter close in to the Italian shore and rescue a party of stranded aristocrats from Napoleon's fast-advancing army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Forester or O'Brian, but jolly fun

  • By J. on 06-10-14

Great Series

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Ramage to be better than the print version?

Absolutely! Steven Crossley makes all the difference in the world. Please note that this review is for the entire series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ramage?

It's a great series and a character you can get into. Can be a little one dimensional but its entertaining through out.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I would suggest you listen to the whole series and just relax and enjoy the entertainment.

  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,982

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

Great Series - Can't Wait for Next Book

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

What did you love best about Legends of Ahn?

Kept me hooked and entertained the entire time. Extremely fun book to read.

What did you like best about this story?

It made it clear that the original story line was just part of a large and sophisticated plot. I was worried at book 2 that book 3 was the end. Now I can look forward to hopefully a few more books.

What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great narrator. Very good at keeping you engaged with the different imitations of the characters.

Any additional comments?

Great book and series, keep them coming.

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  • The Light of Life

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 4
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,408

After a year of fighting across three different lands, Dante and Blays have finally brought Gladdic to justice - and in the process, they've unleashed a horror beyond all reckoning. The enemy is known as the White Lich. He is ancient. He is immensely powerful. And Gladdic believes he will soon enslave all of Tanar Atain. Their only chance to defeat him is to strike fast, before the lich has regained his power. But attacking him directly would be suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By James on 07-15-17

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

It was fun! Entertaining and thrilling. Tempted to fast forward a few times to find out what happens.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,882

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great storyline, the series needs a better editor

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-20-17

Very Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

What did you love best about Spellmonger?

I enjoyed all the characters introduced by the author, most especially the Spellmonger. It's refreshing to be able to read a fantasy novel that is not a coming to age but about a more mature adult who is introspective enough to know who he is.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spellmonger?

The scene in the cave underneath the main castle was extremely interesting and a story unique to itself. Never heard magic being used this way so it was really neat.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

The Spellmonger of course. John Lee is probably my favorite Audible performer. There are other series he has done of which I have thoroughly enjoyed and recommended.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Plenty of laughing but no crying.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a solid series to start; this one is very promising with great character development. It's definitely, a fantasy hero series that I look forward to continuing.

  • Troubled Waters

  • Alan Lewrie Series, Book 14
  • By: Dewey Lambdin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

It is the spring of 1800. Captain Alan Lewrie, fresh from victory in the South Atlantic, is back in England and fitting out his new frigate, the HMS Savage. But true to fashion, Lewrie can't stay ashore too long without trouble arising. A Jamaican court has tried him in absentia and sentenced him to hang for the theft of a dozen black slaves. The vengeful slave owner has made his way to London to seek Lewrie's end...with or without the majesty of the law!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent description of unfolding strategy

  • By Matthew H. Hudgins on 03-17-18

Great book for my most favorite Nautical series

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

What did you love best about Troubled Waters?

Extremely well written and entertaining throughout. I listened to the entire book in just 2 days and just couldn't stop! I really liked how Mr. Lambdin gave great insight into 18th/19th century justice and at the same time kept it light and fun. The action is great.

What other book might you compare Troubled Waters to and why?

In some ways it reminds me of the early Ramage series by Dudley Pope. I loved the Ramage series but actually think that Mr. Lambdin's books are better written and more realistic.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Listening to John Lee is like being able to watch a movie in your mind. His annunciation is simply wonderful and is performance is flawless and extremely consistent! Probably one of the best narrators out there.

If you could take any character from Troubled Waters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Zachariah Twigg, of course. He is just about the most mysterious and one of the most interesting characters of the whole series. I would like to know details of his life we would be willing to tell.

Any additional comments?

The series is fantastic and I just wish Lewrie had little more good luck outside of his shipboard activities. For all he has done and accomplished he should be Lord Alan Lewrie at this point. It would also be nice to see him get more high ranking admirals behind him. It's too bad we have to wait a few books for him to be knighted and given his baronetcy.

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