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  • Traitor's Blade

  • Greatcoats Series, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening. Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Adventure Fantasy

  • By Scott Simons on 06-19-18

A series to come back to.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I usually like my fantasy books with a little more fantasy, but this book was amazing. There is only a little bit of magic, but the storyline and characters were great. I am a sucker for some good banter. The way the characters speak to each other makes them seem like the friends that they are. The story is serious, but the characters add humor that will make it enjoyable without becoming too grim. The narration fit the characters well and I would recommend this book.

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

A little too perfect.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Overall I did enjoy the story. The main problem I had was that the main character was kind of the perfect man. I mean sure he is not physically strong, especially at the start, but I found it hard to really like him since he was so good. He is ridiculously humble, listens to all of his workers, and is very understanding when it comes to speaking to anyone including women. Then when talking about a war he says he is no warrior, has never been a leader in battle, but with his knowledge he is a hundred times better at leading a war that anyone on the island. He is also a genius, but tells other's they are more intelligent. I would say they are more organized, but he is always too humble. The story overall is pretty good. I have read the first three books, but I am really would of liked for the main character to not be so perfect.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,051

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This was awful.

  • By Arin on 04-17-18

A satisfying book.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This book was somewhat satisfying. The main character could be dumb at times, but for the most part he is a good seeker of truth. He comes to the obvious conclusions most of the time and I found it satisfying. Fantasy has too many books that have idiotic main characters that need to have things spelled out for them all the while talking around subjects. The main character is a little blind at times, but I found his interactions and conclusions realistic. I wish the magic was explained a bit more, but in the end it was a good book. Not something I will be rereading, but enjoyable. I probably will not finish the series though since the narrators on the others are different. Sam did a great job with this book.

  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,824

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A skeptic entertained

  • By David M on 11-22-17

Decent book, disappointing Series.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I actually enjoyed this book. I am not sure if the main characters plight was supposed to be as humorous to me as it was, but it made the book enjoyable. The narration was good and I was interested in how the magic worked in this world. The problem I had was the conflict in the book. You have a lot of court politics in this series. There is a lot of time spent on court politics that it makes the characters situation seem a lot less dire. Also some of the people make decisions that just do not make sense if the situation is as dire as they are. The magic system is never really explained well and is used to Dues Ex some characters some times and to perform crazy things. I do not need to have magic be explainable, but it was kind of frustrating when a wizard says something is impossible, then does it.

  • Sorcerer's Ring Bundle

  • Books 1 and 2
  • By: Morgan Rice
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

This bundle includes the first two books in Morgan Rice’s #1 best-selling fantasy series, The Sorcerer's Ring (A Quest of Heroes and A March of Kings). A Quest of Heroes, book number one in The Sorcerer's Ring, revolves around one special boy, a 14-year-old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he refuses to take no for an answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book!

  • By Richard A. Bachelor on 12-21-17

Hardly believe it.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I saw a bunch of reviews talking about how amazing this series was so I wanted to give people my perspective. I know people like different writing styles, and that some people will like this book, but I kind of wish I was warned at least a bit. I love epic fantasy, and this book fell very short for me.

This series leaves you on the edge of your seat constantly in a very bad way. Half the chapters are left with cliffhangers and then you are taken to another point of view. The resolutions, if they actually come are lacking as well. The characters are fairly simple. They are either really good, or really evil. The good guys are easily tricked or mislead. That misunderstanding troupe is used liberally. If anybody hears anything from an obviously evil person they will for some reason believe it. They will never have a real conversation to the person that is slandered instead they will just say the other person's name instead of trying to explain. These parts made me want to tear my hair out. The people in the world do not act like normal people. The storyline is straight all the way through. The boy wants to become a warrior and goes through warrior training. He finds out that he has a very great talent in magic, but instead of trying to figure that out he just does warrior training. By warrior training I mean talking about how good friends they all have become and some saving the other characters via dues ex machina. Also they talk constantly about how hard training is. The world to me just did not make sense. Part of it was because when they find someone that is obviously a sorcerer and that he needs to be protected they do the opposite. Conversations where they discuss the main character or talk to him have no effect on what he does or what they do about him. The magic is unexplained at least through the three books I have read, but is constantly used to get out of any sticky situations or to foretell something. The amount of times the main character felt a fire inside him like he never knew he could feel was way to often. Certain phrases were used so often that they made the characters look like idiots. The amount of things the characters can hardly believe was infinite. Expect no conclusion after a book, but only another cliffhanger that will probably not be resolved for a few more books.

In the end these books gave me the feel of a filler episode on TV. I have never read so many words with so little substance and I read my own review........ Anyways I just can't recommend this series. It is very troupe filled, with things as love at first sight, mysterious old mentor who speaks in riddles, pets the character receives that save his life constantly, lots of whining, and dumb misunderstandings.

  • Queen of Fire

  • A Raven's Shadow Novel, Book 3
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 26 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,536

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant - those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark - and take the war to her enemy's doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named battle lord of the realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Completion of the Collapse of Potential

  • By Joe Chad on 07-14-15

Depressing...

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I remember reading Blood Song only a few months after it came out and falling in love with the story. I loved how the main character goes through trials to become who he is. By the third book the author makes Vaelin nothing. You have new point's of view from characters who you do not care so much about, and that are not as real. Vaelin's story line is nearly unimportant. I don't mind a main character getting screwed, but to build up a character so well and to just toss him aside to be a minor character is ridiculous. I can not recommend the whole series to anyone, but I would recommend Blood Song still.

  • The Godling Chronicles Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 35 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848

Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword, he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light - Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By Daniel porter on 02-07-16

Deus Ex Machina Chronicles

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Have you ever wanted the bad guys to win? I like when a character goes through trials to become a great hero.It never happens in this story. The main character has no real personality. He is the "hero" and his morals are all good. He is also an idiot. He complains that people think he is inexperienced and that he is not old enough. The thing is that he is inexperienced and choice after choice he makes end in disaster. If it was not for his "friends" and constant Deus Ex Machina he would be dead 100 times over. If the main character was red riding hood the wolf would not even have to dress up to fool him. He is that dumb. Then he would overcome it with his god like powers and people would be impressed at the idiot. In the end you would rather the bad guy win because the main character does not deserve to.

Derek Perkins is a good narrator. Only reason I took off a star is because he is a little to good at whiny voices.

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  • The White Song

  • Chronicles of the Black Gate, Book 5
  • By: Phil Tucker
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

The hour of reckoning is at hand. The skies darken with the forces of the enemy while the hopes of the armies of the light dwindle to but a candle flame. Morals, compunctions, oaths - all must be set aside, every sacrifice made, every advantage and ally sought if there is to be any chance for survival. Unpredictable, fast paced, and packed with unforgettable characters, The White Song is the final installment in a gripping new epic fantasy series. Grab your copy today!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Raymond on 12-05-17

Wish there was more.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Overall I enjoyed the series, but I really wish there was more explanations. Sometimes it seems the characters do some crazy things that I thought there were going to be explanations for, or that the more of the history and other things are explained. Also the epilogue was a little infuriating since it did not say much about what is happened to the characters afterward. Instead it is just something like "man we got a lot of work to do" kind of thing. It was odd since everyone throughout this book has been talking about what they would do if they finally defeated their enemies. Then you get an epilogue that just asks the same question. Worth the read, but probably not a reread.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,647
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,051

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sanderson Masterpiece

  • By 2bizy on 05-24-18

Unlike any epic I have ever read.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

Every book that has come out in this series has increased my love of the world. I read plenty of epics like Wheel of TIme, Malazan, and Name of the Wind, and I think The Stormlight Archive is above them all. The world building is amazing and I am being constantly surprised at the depth of the detail in this world. Learning the history of Roshar is actually surprising at times. I have read too many fantasy series that tease you with secrets without revealing anything until a final book, but in this series you find secrets you want to know and even speculate others that you actually know you will find out in the next books. This book came with many surprises and a little more humor than the other books. There are epic battles and tragic deaths. This is the fantasy series that I will wait for time and time again. The writing is great and I these long books fly by.

If you have not started the series you should probably try it out. The narration is great and the author is very good to his readers. He posts up expected publication dates that are actually close to when they come out. He also releases a couple books a year so most likely the next in this series is only a couple years away.

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  • The Core

  • Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,013

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose - men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat-and emerge victorious.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hastily done.

  • By Marshall H on 10-09-17

It is an ending.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I have been a fan since Warded Man, but the last two books just feel different from the first few. I actually did not mind the sexual situation in the other books, but this book must have more graphic depictions in the first few hours of the book that the rest of the series combined. It really threw me off, especially since it does not even seem to add anything to the story line. You do receive more points of view, and I actually began to like some of it until the abrupt ending. It just did not have the epic feeling of most of the big battles in the early books. Many of the new POVs had some potential, but it just seemed really rushed at the end. I am happy this is series is over and I did enjoy how some relationships developed. I probably would not recommend the whole series to anyone, but I would still recommend the Warded Man.

Good narration.

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