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  • The Blood Debt

  • Wolf of the North, Book 3
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end. The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Unsatisfying Ending

  • By Sailfish on 02-01-18

Ugggh! Ending is crap

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Simon Vance is masterful and flawless as always.

The series was good. Until the horribly rushed and unsatisfying ending. Sorry. It just...sucked.

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,838

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book!

  • By Loyd Simpson on 01-10-18

Thank you Mr. Flannery!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Loved this story so much I checked repeatedly to see if it was a series. I just didn’t want it to end.

  • The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend

  • Drenai, Book 6
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143

Druss. The Legend. Saviour of Skeln Pass. Protector of Dros Delnoch. The most famous - and dreaded - of Drenai's heroes. But before all men knew Druss, he was a young husband, hewing tress instead of men - most of the time - and held in check by his beloved wife, Rowena. When she is stolen by slavers, Druss becomes a killing machine intent on only one thing: Rowena's return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The GOAT

  • By Rubbertoe on 08-28-17

Simply Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

David Gemmell is (was) a master story teller. The mystical elements are wonderfully balanced as a backdrop for the deeper human story. Lovers of Joe Ambercrombie will enjoy Gemmell’s work completely. His style is the perfect balance of deeply entertaining lore and approachable stand alone adventure tales.

In terms of narration- there are few voice actors I love more than Sean Barrett. The texture of his voice is wonderful, and his performance feels effortless and conversational; as if your listening to an old friend.

The post script notes to the reader that Gemmell included were such a lovely personal touch. All together, his body of work shouldn’t be missed for fantasy fans. I’m shocked it took me so long to find him, but I’m so happy I did.

  • The Steel Remains

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 679

In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This isn't your father's gay hero!

  • By Tizroc on 01-23-09

deeply disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

Loved the main story concept- but the author wandered into the weeds with excessive detail that did not serve the story. At all. At first it was distracting. Then it was irritating. And finally it caused me to loose interest. I found myself literally rolling my eyes in hopes of getting back to the point. And when finally re-joining the plot wondering "what precisely was the point of that vignette? Why did I need to know that? Could that not have been sufficiently accomplished sans excessive detail that strangulates pacing?"

I LOVE that the hero is gay. I love Simon Vance. But I'm deeply disappointed that the message eclipsed the mission here. I wanted a lot more story.

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  • The White Mage Omnibus: Books 1-3

  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 32 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130

The Last Oracle, book one: Forced into hiding, the mages of Lumineia have been forgotten. In their absence the world has become known by another name: Earth. The humans have flourished with time, unaware that The Last Oracle is destined to unite them. At her touch magic will be unbound and known again as truth. But an ancient war harbors a deadly secret. Draeken, the Lord of Chaos, had a second apprentice, one who became trapped with the defeated fiends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Corey Wicks on 10-30-15

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

Not overly complicated. An easy listen that delivers exactly as advertised. Looking forward to the next one.

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,346

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Fun

  • By jazmaan on 09-05-15

What a gem of a series! I Didn't want it to end!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

The banter between the main characters was hilarious and endearing. Series is a coming of age adventure but manages to escape being YA in every way. The language is very contemporary but meshes seamlessly with the fantasy world and magic system that gets it right by not trying too hard. Robertson's prose is witty and engaging while retaining the pathos that makes the story great. Tim Reynolds narration is simply superb. Absolutely spot on and a pleasure to experience.

Very excited to find there is a follow up series and can't wait to hear more work by this author/ narrator duo. Well done all around.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mountains Rise

  • Embers of Illeniel, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440

**See author's note on adult content below.** From the dark depths of the past, comes the tale of the first wizard of Illeniel. Daniel Tennick lived simply, a young shepherd with few troubles and little to occupy his mind, until the warden appeared. Daniel's power awakens, and he finds himself hunted by the servants of the cruel and uncaring forest gods. Trapped by his gift, Daniel will uncover the secrets of the deep woods and those who live there, a civilization created from the grave of an older one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and heart wrenching beautiful.

  • By Dallas on 04-25-15

Extremely satisfying. An excellent listen.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

Don't give up on this one. The struggles of the main character may seem interminable. But together with his strong will and good heart, they weave the very fabric of who the character becomes. I personally found it engrossing and satisfying in the end. Very unique and well thought out world. The story itself is pathos filled and heartbreaking but manages to escape being overly depressing by virtue of small blessings along the way. His seemingly indomitable force of will had me thoroughly invested in the story and made for one of the most satisfying endings I've experienced in a long time.

Alex Wyndham's narration is fluid and expertly done. Neither over nor under acted, his cadence and subtle execution of the most sensitive and difficult content allowed the writing to speak for itself. He was the perfect guide for this journey and It left me searching for more titles narrated by him. I'm absolutely a fan and look forward to more of his work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadowfever

  • Fever, Book 5
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic ... did not disappoint.

  • By Lauren on 01-18-11

I'm sorry...the attempt at an Irish accent for Dani's is God Awful

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Story met expectations. Phil Gigante was as solid as always. I'm sorry to say Natalie Ross' attempt at an Irish accent for Dani was simply horrid. Inaccurate, amateurish and grating to the point of being distracting. Had this narrative not been the focus of so much of the book it might have slid under the radar. Sadly it was a net loss for me and has lead me to avoid the remainder of the series on Audible.

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,058

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir

  • By Jefferson on 01-30-13

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

Engrossing and totally enjoyable. Fantastic narration. Great story. Fully developed world and characters without being the least bit tedious. Complete joy to listen to.

  • Age of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ambercrombie style

  • By Stephen on 09-19-14

Brutal but very very good

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

As a tale of one possible version of Iron Age Britten, this is a deeply entertaining and very well written story. Be warned- this is set in and an arguably faithful depiction of every day reality in an era that predates proto-Christianity or the concept of broadly accepted humanitarian norms. While not gratuitous in any sense, the book contains elements of sadistic and ritualistic brutality. They are executed with taste and purpose, however, readers should be aware- this author shrinks from nothing.

The performance was absolutely masterful. Here are few as good as Sean Barrett. His performance of this work is simply another demonstration of his range and ability to elevate anything he is involved with. Truly fantastic.