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  • Throne of Glass

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,700

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap.

  • By Fil on 11-18-13

worst assassin ever!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

SPOILER!!!

I haven't yet finished the book. and I am enjoying the story and narration greatly, but I have to put this in writing so I can quit randomly calling bullshit out!

I like the way the author has turned out a mushy twilight esk love triangle in an assassin story, but I feel like she has done it at the expence of the assassin. The assassin is terrible. There is so much more to being an assassin than physical prowess or technique. Where is the paranoia, the edginess, the wake at the drop of a glove, the sleeping under the bed to fool your enemies.... something other than just beins a teenage girl with a boy problem.......I know the author can come up with all kinds of reasons why she is the way she is now, but I say stuff it, she is either the best assassin ever, or she isn't, and if she is the bar isn't very high in this world. The final test..........I realize you were hanging on this as a plot part for your story, to the extent that you made your assassin stupid.....drinking the wine before the final match? Even a low level assassin wouldn't have done that.
The only real option to make your character believable would have been for her to dump it out right there in front of everyone. " I'm an assassin, you all know that by now. I didn't see this poured or prepared, and even if I had, how do I know the poison isn't in the glass? How stupid do you think I am? and before you get all defensibe if I win this and become the King's champion, I wouldn't let him drink ot either."

But since nothing of the kind happened, I have to say...........Great Assassin? BULLSHIT!!!

  • The Novice

  • By: Taran Matharu
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning. Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very good listen

  • By RobT on 06-10-17

Cliche!!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I really wanted to like this book. There were a few new takes on things. However.......there were a few things that were very over done.

SPOILER WARNING!!

The magic seems like straight up pokemon, and the hunting of demons seems straight up pokemon go. There seem to be some definate elements taken from David Hair, and a strong stench of Harry Potter mixed in. And for the love of God......screwing the main character over at the end?? empire strikes back much? That sinerio is so over done.

On the plus side, when you get past the cliche, it wasn't a terrible story, and it was very well read.

Even though I was bummed with the amount of pre used material in the story line I was entertained enough to at least take a run at book 2

  • Awaken

  • The Mortal Mage, Book 1
  • By: B. T. Narro
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

Desil has spent his life training, but a promise to his mother has kept him from using his abilities for anything worthwhile. Now all he does is help his mother manage her tavern as his father rests in a grave. Desil knows there's at least one other mage somewhere in this territory who can do what he can; they share a connection through their magic, although they've never met. He stays up nights wondering what they might be able to accomplish together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen - Just What the Doctor Ordered!

  • By John E. Cressman on 10-10-17

Author's who don't see the obvious.........anoying

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I truly enjoyed the story progression and the characters and thier development. Simon Vance never fails to deliver with his story telling skills.
But.............. huge flaw for me ........... seems so obvious. A mage who can manipulate water.........and yet it never occurs to him to freeze the blood in the viens of his enemies....really?.........That's just piss poor story telling.

  • Relic of the Gods

  • Echoes of Fate, Book 3
  • By: Philip C. Quaintrell
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

The final days of hope have come and gone. The kingdoms of Illian stand on the edge of ruin, threatened by the armies of Valanis. As evil spreads across the land, too few are left to hold the line. A world away, the children of fire and flame may be the only hope for the realm. But the dragons have been defeated before, and Verda’s future now hangs in the balance. Reeling from their losses, Asher and his companions journey north, trying to outrun the savage Darkakin. A confrontation awaits the ranger, but even with Paldora’s gem, he dare not challenge Valanis yet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst fight scene ever!!!!

  • By peter waugaman on 12-27-18

Worst fight scene ever!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Aladire and Asher over Nathaniel/💎. Aladire grabs the silver rune sword by the blade, one handed and stops it from penetrating further. (explaination) He had incredible strength. This isn't Rob Roy here this is the super awesome dwarven runw blade that you have been touting throughout the series. Take a physics class, strength = his fingers coming off his hand that much sooner. Then, two senrences after getting half his foot cut off Aladire does an awesome side step maneuver????? This is not the fight scene of a truly acomplished fighter, this is the fight scene of an author who tried to mail it in. If your character is so bad ass then write him so badass don't insult your readers intelligence.

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  • Starless Night

  • Legend of Drizzt: Legacy of the Drow, Book 2
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180

The Underdark. A place of brooding darkness, where no shadows exist, and where Drizzt Do'Urden does not wish to go. The noble dark elf must return there, though, he must go back to find his friends in the gnome city of Blingdenstone, and on to Menzoberranzan, the city of drow. Only then can Drizzt discern what perils might reach out from that dark place to threaten his friends in Mithril Hall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No better author and no better narrator.

  • By Deadshot 20/20 on 02-17-15

BS!! Boo!! R.A. Salvatore<br />

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I have listened to the series, and for the most part enjoyed the books up to this point, but I am now listening to the fight on the island outside the city of Menzobarathon and I call BS!! Throughout the series Salvatore touts how Drzzt is the best of the best with honors sir!! Yet every drow he meets seems to almost have his measure? Apparently every drow is a freekin green beret. And Im sick of how this assasin can defend against two weapon fighting style with one blade, yet he can't beat Drzzt when he faces him with two blades? This series is supposed to take place in the Forgotten Realms, but it doesn't seem to me that Salvatore ever played D&D in his life, he certainly doesn't seem to have a very good handle on how it works.
At what point in his life is Drzzt going to realize that if you don't kill an enemy they are going to come back to haunt you, and how did Drzzt think he would get anything accomplished in the under dark if he wasn't going to kill absolutely every drow he had to come up against? For being supposedly so awesome, he certainly is an idiot sometimes. There are so many holes in the story at this point it feels like Salvatore is just regurgitating what ever comes to mind so he can meet a publishing deadline. Boo!

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  • Dead Man's Steel

  • The Grim Company, Book 3
  • By: Luke Scull
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

In the City of Towers, former rebel Sasha and her comrade Davarus Cole struggle to keep the peace between the warring mages who vie for dominion. But when the White Lady sends Davarus south to the Shattered Realms to seek allies among the fallen kingdoms, he finds that his hardest battle may be one fought within. The godly essence now residing within him offers power that could be used against the Fade - but with every death that feeds It, Cole risks losing a part of himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series

  • By G. Floyd on 01-18-17

wtf

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

The first two books in this series were good, I enjoyed them, but this book was garbage. The author introduced more story lines in this book than he had in the other two combined, finished vert few of them, and obviously struggled to end the story in any way that makes sense. I'm sick of authors trying to compete with JRR Martin. Knock it off, Martin is a dick, and killing off more than half the characters you have developed doesn't make for better reading, it makes you a dick too!

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  • Post Captain

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

Post Captain is the second novel in Patrick O'Brian's beloved adventure series. In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held-harbor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator preference

  • By Debbie in Plano on 06-28-05

Magnificent

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Love the Aubrey Maturin series, this is my third time through Post Captain, and though others have narrated the series, no one can touch the artfulness of presentation afforded us by Simon Vance.