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Andrew J. Riemer

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  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,053

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Very pleasantly surprised

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Honestly, I grabbed this one because of its length--I had no expectations going in. It was wonderful. I'm looking forward to the continuation of the tale.

  • Warmage

  • Spellmonger, Book 2
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,559

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story, written in a frustrating format

  • By Jared on 07-11-17

An engrossing tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Picking up after the events in Spellmonger, the author continues to weave a brilliant tapestry as Min prepares to face the forces of the Dead God. I didn't want it to end, and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister, Ray Porter, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 51 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643

From early work like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre", through classic stories including "The Star", "Earthlight", "The Nine Billion Names of God", and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later work like "A Meeting with Medusa" and "The Hammer of God", this comprehensive short story collection encapsulates one of the great science fiction careers of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By KW Charlie on 09-15-16

A marvelous treat!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I've been reading sci-fi and fantasy most of my life, but never got around to reading much Clark (I blame my dislike for the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey). What can I say? This collection blew me away. His storytelling prowess is astounding, and his skill with the short story form is nothing short of masterful.

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  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

A thousand years ago, an alien invasion set humanity back to the Iron Age. Slowly, we recovered, colonizing the Solar System in peace. And discovered that an unknown force is stopping us from exploring any farther. But before the cause can be discovered, a slow-burning conspiracy threatens to explode into System-wide war. With enemies at home and in the darkness beyond, a team of unlikely heroes-a janitor, a mercenary, an asteroid miner, and a pirate-are the only ones who can avert a second apocalypse. This set includes the first three books of the newly-finished REBEL STARS series. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and entertaining.

  • By Shirley on 01-04-18

Another wonderful set of stories!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I really enjoyed a universe where our space-settling kin don't start out with inertial dampeners and laser technology, and where those advanced technologies that do exist may have come from our enemies.

As always, however, Robertson's strength is in creating relatable characters, no matter how far the setting is removed from our reality. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,605
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,588

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

A moving, epic tale!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-17

His world is so strange, yet so familiar. It is painted with a vividness and depth that instantly placed it among my favorite works. I look forward to the next installment in the series!

  • Knife of Dreams

  • Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 32 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,378

The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting us there!

  • By Natasha on 10-24-05

One of my favorite installments

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

This was, surprisingly, one of my favorite installments in The Wheel of Time series. I was very glad to see Matt's thread fleshed out.

  • The Breakers Omnibus

  • Books 1-3 and Prequel Novella
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 42 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321

Books 1-3 and the prequel novella of the Breakers series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad I downloaded this one.

  • By Stevie Havoc on 11-16-15

A very pleasant find!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-17

At first (and especially since I began with the prequel), I thought the entire series would simply focus on the survivors of the flu epidemic. I did not expect the revealed source, and found the author's presentation of events as most refreshing.

The characters are memorable and well depicted. I'm looking forward to reading/hearing more of the Breakers series.

  • The Ringworld Engineers

  • The Ringworld Series, Book 2
  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,372

It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong.

  • By Kevin der Kinderen on 04-16-13

Thought provoking--an amazing world

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Upon completion, I am left pondering why I did not approach the Ring World series sooner. I only wish there were thirty more volumes for me to consume!

  • The Pillars of Creation

  • Sword of Truth, Book 7
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,528
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,747

Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detour!

  • By Don Gilbert on 04-11-09

Another enjoyable title

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-16

At first, I was a bit disappointed that so much of the narrative focus on characters other than Richard and the Mother Confessor, but Goodkind's character work is simply wonderful. This different point of view made this book feel fresh.

I must also acknowledge that Goodkind--throughout the series, but especially here--well handles the concept of subjective good and evil. Characters with differing world views have different conceptions of good and evil. Goodkind handles the dichotomy masterfully, and also shows how easily those worldviews can be shaped by the influences around us.

  • Faith of the Fallen

  • Sword of Truth, Book 6
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: John Kenneth
  • Length: 30 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507

A Sister of the Dark captures Richard and takes him deep into the Old World, to the very heart of the Order, while his beloved Kahlan remains behind. Free because of Richard's sacrifice for her, but unwilling to abandon the cause of the Midlands, Kahlan violates not only prophecy but her last pledge to Richard and raises an army against the advancing horde of the Imperial Order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most inspiring books ever written

  • By Sarah on 08-10-10

So far, the best in the series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-16

An absolutely fantastic tale in the Sword of Truth series. While there others have been very good (if you can tolerate Goodkind's descriptions of sexual violence from time to time), Faith of the Fallen strikes an emotional chord that resonates intensely. While, as a reader, you know there must be some reasonable outcome to the storyline, Goodkind did an amazing job making you wonder if ever such a resolution may come. The despair felt by some of the characters in this tale seems infectious to the reader, until he brings it all to a masterful conclusion.

There are fewer scenes of intense sexual violence in this installment than there were in earlier works, and I, for one, am thankful for that. Personally, I prefer an author who can paint such violence without direct description, but I cannot fault a masterful storyteller for being true to his voice.