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  • The Goblin Emperor

  • By: Katherine Addison
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story!!!

  • By Hannah on 07-26-15

starts slow but when it ends you want more

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I really liked this and It's so complex I think I will listen to it again to try to map out all the characters and their roles and motives. I hope this helps some people pick up this title, don't want to ruin the plot, I will say that there is a lot of intrigue, a lot assassination attempts, and fair amount of simple politics/economics (but that is not to say it's bad just to say it not on the level of say books by LE Modesitt).

  • Zephyr the West Wind: A Tale of the Passion & Adventure Within Us All

  • Chaos Chronicles: Book, 1
  • By: R. J. Tolson
  • Narrated by: Gregory Peyton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Born into a village filled with hateful people, Zephyr grew up not knowing why he was so hated. With no friends and eventually no family, after the passing of his mother, Zephyr was forced to survive by himself as an outcast. Zephyr's only wish was to make his mother proud and force the village to recognize him - while surviving in a world filled with demons, paranormal abilities, love, hate, and undiscovered lands.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
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  • By Steven on 09-20-15

copy and paste

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

If you have any knowledge of manga and/or anime you can see where this other got his material from (or more like plagiarized his material) cough naruto, bleach. I mean at least plagiarize good anime and not that *****, and this actually got awards. I won't give the narrator a bad review they did a good job.

  • Iron Garland

  • Harbinger, Book 3
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 993

For three years, Sera Fitzempress has been a pawn in a gilded prison. Disgraced and exiled from society, she has been isolated from the downtrodden she’s determined to liberate. Cettie Pratt has grown into an independent young woman, although she continues to be tested by the high society of the clouds. Advancing in the magic of the Mysteries, Cettie is also a useful tool of defense during turbulent times. The fog of war is drawing in, and with it comes a startling new enemy who may unravel secrets that both women would prefer stay hidden. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fantastic web!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-15-18

average

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

nothing special, the story is at its worst when it's trying to give you as much exposition as possible in a short timeframe and in tangential fashion. The characters themselves spend far too much time conveying their emotions and most of the lore is useless and acts as yet more exposition. I think that despite its short comings that the story and characters are still interesting, but there are times I feel that certain passages could act as aids for guided sleep meditation. If you want strong female leads Michael J. Sullivan and L.E. Modesitt are far better writers with plenty of memorable characters and settings. I will probably finish this series, however that is do to the fact that some of the less pleasant aspects of the previous books that I mentioned above and feel are continued in this book occured less and less in this book. Therefore I think the writer is improving their writing skills, I do realize it is hard to create imagined worlds/universes, but I say what I say not to degrade the series or to say that I could do it better, but to say others have done it better.

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  • Mirror Gate

  • The Harbinger Series, Book 2
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

Though relations between Princess Seraphin Fitzempress and her father have been strained, Sera’s royal position has remained unchallenged. Filled with self-doubt, she struggles to grasp the Mysteries - her greatest trial yet. An education in the enigmatic magic is a necessary one, should Sera plan to rise in her station and invoke her powers during war. But the emperor’s death now leaves both Sera and her ambitious father eligible for the throne - a contest the prince regent intends to win. Even if it means an alliance with a rival empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters, and intriguing plot.

  • By Spencer on 09-05-18

average

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

It's okay nothing spectacular, but still fine as listen on the way to work, give it a try.

  • Equal Rites

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047

Right before the wise old wizard Drum Billet died, he passed on his magical staff of power to the newborn eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately, Drum Billet never bothered to check the gender of the newborn baby, and it turns out to be a girl. Now his chauvinistic colleagues are forced to deal with a young girl who has all the qualifications to join their all-male profession. Terry Pratchett's third Discworld novel, Equal Rites, asks many provocative questions about magic, where it goes, where it comes from, and why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun

  • By Lisa L. Hilton on 08-01-04

one my favorite Pratchett books

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

this book is incredibly funny and the ending though abrupt in my opinion is perfect. It main character is Eskarina Smith who I think only appears in one other book called I Shall Wear Midnight, it's a pitty will not get any more amazing memorable unique characters, they (the characters) are Pratchett's legacy and I hope you like me can preserve that legacy, also if this help people decide on listening or reading this book I hope you enjoy your journey through a small part of the disc.

  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Book 1

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Miranda Raison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and eradicate - these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Young Heroine since Sabriel

  • By Tango on 03-16-14

Stroud is amazing as always

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Some writers have a way of writing that brings their worlds to life. Jonathan Stroud has made me through his writing take chances on types of stories I never would have thought I would like. His masterful use and descriptions of his characters and settings set his writing apart from the onslaught of terrible fantasy,erotica, scifi, and/or fan fiction that are flooding the market and the genre right now. I have read heroes of the valley and the bartimaeus books, this was nothing like those, but was still very good in a different way (note heroes is writen like an old fashioned epic and bartimaeus is well unique and amazing in tone and style). I think that this series has started off well and I can't wait to listen to the next books in the series.

  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,661

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History re-written

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-16-19

Not his best, still lots better than other fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

It felt rushed, characters weren't flushed to quickly and without time for me to get invested (one second a character is alive the next dea). The scenery and setting were described and/or writen well. Apart from the rushed story this was great and far better than a lot of other fantasy out there.

  • A Wizard of Earthsea

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,014

When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little gem, excellently narrated.

  • By Marjorie on 05-14-12

things you learn to appreciate

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Back when I listened to this audio book a few years ago I gave it 3 stars, I don't think I had the patience for a book like this after coming from the a charming swashbuckling adventure called theft of swords. Yes, a tale told in a old epic style is hard to get into if you are not used to such things. Having read a number of other titles that a similar style I have to say this was a joy to comeback to as an older/wiser individual. If you enjoyed the children of hurin, the silmarillion, any of Tolkien really, heroes of the valley, and/or any Norse eddas this book is for you.

  • Guards! Guards!

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,878
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,870

"Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best satire available

  • By Glen Phipps on 04-27-07

do you feel lucky

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

So many cop drama references, excellent, and funny. It has to be almost as good as Mort or the Hog Father.

  • Ep. 1: I've Had Better

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,723

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Response to the bitter comments...

  • By Ashley on 06-15-17

excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

extremely good for anyone studying to be or in field of Marrital/relationship therapy and wonderful for understanding passive and agressive language.