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  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,065
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,082

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

I tried to like this book ...

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

Reviewed: 01-11-15

.... I really did. I listened to 9 hours, waiting and hoping for it to get better, it just never did. This must be the most mundane, unimaginative, slow-paced book I have ever read or listened to.
The characters and story are completely unoriginal, and if that were the only offense here, I would have tried to finish. But somehow Mr. Grossman took forgettable characters with a storyline copied straight out of and set out to make it the most blase', mind-numbing story possible.
I really do not like writing bad reviews, I mean one man's junk ... right? But I decided to post this review in hopes to save someone else's 9 hours ... I strongly recommend passing on this title.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • No Such Thing As Werewolves

  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 706

A pyramid predating all known cultures appears without warning. Its discovery throws into question everything we know about the origins of mankind. Inside lies incredible technology, proof of a culture far more advanced than our own. Something dark lurks within, eager to resume a war as old as mankind. When it is unleashed it heralds the end of our species’ reign.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Canines Rule

  • By Tango on 02-15-15

I just could not get past the narrator ...

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

Reviewed: 01-11-15

... no idea if this book is good or not. The premise sounds great and I may in fact purchase the Kindle edition to read it, but the narration is so completely horrible I just cannot listen to it. Your milage may vary.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Oath

  • By: Christopher Farnsworth
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126

The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire. Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous summer read

  • By Carol on 06-24-10

Excellent Book in an Excellent Series

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

I can't handle all of the ups and downs. My family believes I should be on medication. At one moment I am cheering, then upset, then angry, then cheering, then just sitting quietly. Mr. Farnsworth, you should more consideration for your readers (listeners) emotional state of well-being!
This book, and series as a whole, does a great job of weaving fact, fiction, the occult, and things that go "bump!" in the night into a fast paced adventure that leaves you wanting more.
I found myself identifying with the characters and quickly accepting the hidden-world that Christopher Farnsworth was pieced together. Just an all around fun ride, that I highly recommend.
Bronson Pinchot does another amazing job with narration. His choice in character voice and tone embodies the characters well and he is just an absolute pleasure to listen to. When you are done with the series (you ARE going to give this a try, right?) I recommend looking at some of the other books narrated by Pinchot, he really is very good.
I highly recommend this book and series. Passing on it would be a serious mistake, one that Nathaniel Cade just might show up to rectify in the still of the night.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Six

  • By: Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118

Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you are unsure about this series, take a chance

  • By Keith on 09-09-14

If you are unsure about this series, take a chance

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

Reviewed: 09-09-14

and you won't regret it.

To be perfectly honest, I sat on the fence about starting this series. I love Larry's other books, but was worried this was going to be purely a tactical, military-centric book. Wow, was I wrong.

The characters are well thought out and you quickly become invested in their lives and actions.

And while there is plenty of tactical, black-ops action here, you definitely get the feeling that something else is building behind the scenes.

Narration ... to be perfectly honest, I was a little concerned about Bronson Pinchot being the narrator. Again, I was crazy wrong in this as well. He does an amazing job at switching between voices. I felt so immersed in the story telling, it was hard to believe that one person was doing all of the character voices. You could easily tell who was talking. But it was more than just character voices, it was also empathetic reading that hooked me. During scenes of high action and pressure, you could hear it in Bronson's voice ... not in a corny way at all, but rather in a hold yourself tightly and stop what you are doing type of thing. During scenes of sadness, it is tough not to get caught up in the emotion as he tells it.

What a great ride this book and the second book, which I highly recommend as well, has been. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

49 of 52 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Storm

  • Book One of The Malcontents
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,561

A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all. The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • After 150 titles, first review of a fantasy story.

  • By Niv on 12-16-14

Well worth your time and your credit.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

This is just a great fantasy novel. Original, but not so original that you spend too much of your time trying to get your bearings. The pace is excellent and had this been a physical book, I would have been turning each page desperately wanting to see what happened next.
Larry, you are just an excellent writer, please keep doing what you do!

This book leaves me wanting more ... much more!

Ray Porter's narration? Wow ... every time I listen to Ray, I feel like I am sitting around a fire, listening enraptured to the telling of a story that actually happened. Ray is a true story teller, bringing this story, as with all his narrations, fully to life.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,414

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Wild, wild ride ...

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

Reviewed: 05-21-14

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

Great balance between technical military Spec-Ops tactics/lingo, science and fiction. Hold on to your seats for a wild and bottom-dropping ride!

Any additional comments?

I am on book 4 of the series and these books are worth the investment of time and money. I find myself heavily invested in the welfare of the characters, both their victories and losses. Ray Porter is a master narrator ... I forget so many different voices are coming from one individual. He makes the stories completely come alive. I highly recommend this series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor's Blades

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,067

In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 4 Primary Crimes Committed By The Author

  • By Captain Spanky Of Nazareth on 05-09-16

It's okay, but not ground breaking

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

Reviewed: 04-07-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I recommend this book to someone that wants an audio book playing in the background and doesn't want to have to pay close attention.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The world is original and somewhat interesting. However, the plot feels a little like Harry Potter and his friends trying to solve the book's "who done it". I could not bring myself to care about the characters, they felt a little one dimensional and naive. Ultimately, it is an okay book to listen to in the background.

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

Simon Vance does a great job with the character's voices. The narration is smooth and not forced.

Do you think The Emperor's Blades needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I am sure the "follow-up" book is needed to advance the story. It is debatable if I will pickup the second book.

Any additional comments?

Overall, this is a decent listen for those who want something playing in the background, that one does not need to pay close attention to.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,700
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,264

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

  • By Mitchell on 03-30-18

Excellent story without the same old, same old ...

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

If you could sum up The Final Empire in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Original, Fun

What did you like best about this story?

Allomancers and the originality behind the story and lore.

Any additional comments?

Brandon Sanderson has done an amazing job with his world, its lore, magic system, heroes, and villains.

Michael Kramer, as always, does a fantastic job of reading, drawing you completely into the book and Sanderson's world.

An Excellent Must Listen!!

11 of 16 people found this review helpful