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  • Fire & Blood

  • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,705

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen - the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria - took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 150 years of Westeros history

  • By Kingsley on 11-22-18

Arrrghhh! Another unfinished work.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

I probably could have avoided the shock if I spent time on the fan sites. But I don't do that so I was surprised when the story was abruptly cut off half way through.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Clash of Eagles

  • By: Alan Smale
  • Narrated by: Kevin Orton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Set in a world in which the Roman Empire never fell, Clash of Eagles finds Praetor Gaius Marcellinus leading his 33rd Legion into Nova Hesperia. But there his conception of the world is challenged by encounters with the Powhatani, Iroqua, and Cahokiani tribes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rome invades the United States!

  • By Paul Vasquez on 12-04-18

A solid effort

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I generally avoid alternate histories but this was a pleasant surprise. The character building was decent and the plot kept my interest.
I'll check out the rest of the series.

  • Path of The Calm

  • Saga of The Wolf, Book 1
  • By: Kris A. Hiatt
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

The young world of Onneron has known peace for years. But now unease has spread across the land as disagreements between factions threaten each other's way of life. The Brothers of the Onneron College dedicate themselves to higher learning and to mastering Paths of magic. They wish to remain independent, but the Onneron Church feels threatened by their ability to heal and vies to take control of their order. Treace, bullied and belittled, is unaware of the plan his deceased father has for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid

  • By Sartorm on 10-07-16

Weak

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

This is a frustrating book in so many ways. It has the bones of a decent story but falls short in many ways. I'm actually kind of surprised the book was even published.
I'll tell you my top three annoyances with the book.
A good adventure needs compelling villains. The antagonists were all one dimensional mustache twiddling sketches.
The author continually tries to do male, buddy-banter and he's really not good at it.
Our hero is supposed brilliant but he is completely inept at reading people and has no idea of strategy. For example he takes his friend into the middle of an enemy land during a war. They don't set a watch, do no scouting, and don't employ stealth. What could possibly go wrong?

The narrator was good an that was the only reason I didn't return the book.