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  • A Plague of Giants

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,558

Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but dissapointing

  • By Roland on 11-20-17

Mouth full of marbles

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

After 4 hours, of book time, and about 6 hours of actual listening time I almost gave up because I had to keep going back and re-listening to parts. I can not for the life of me understand what Xe Sands is saying - She seems to be constantly mumbling. As usual, Luke Daniels puts on a great performance. Perhaps it is the disparity between the two actors, but I'd suggest listening to the sample before committing a credit. This needs to be re-recorded, or buy the physical book.

38 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • The Waking Fire

  • The Draconis Memoria
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator does not do the story Justice

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-15-16

Interesting story, dull narration

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I've listened to Steven Brand narrate a number of stories now, and I've wondered why my mind seems to wander, or I start to doze off in every one. His voice seems pleasant enough, but I have trouble paying attention.

I finally figured it out. He's reading the story rather than performing. That's the difference with a great voice actor. It doesn't matter if it's a male or female, eating dinner, making love or getting shot - his tone and inflection are the same.

With that being said, the story is good and the magic system is fairly unique. But for a book this long I feel like I missed important parts through dullness.