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  • On the Shoulders of Titans

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive. Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well. As much as he wants to follow that lead, Corin has more pressing problems to deal with. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well performed, good story

  • By quelSaabOwner on 01-19-19

Unique story, deep characters, super performance.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

If it weren't for the too detailed magic lessons I'd rate this 5 stars. I love the unique world Andrew created. The magic system is fun but too much detail slows the story down. Excellent action scenes and fully fleshed out characters coupled with Nick's voices make this one of my favorites. On to book 3.

  • Shroud of Eternity: Sister of Darkness

  • The Nicci Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

Shroud of Eternity picks up where Terry Goodkind's New York Times bestseller Death's Mistress left off, promising a thrilling brew of bloodshed, sex, deception, and sorcery. The formidable sorceress Nicci and her companions - the newly powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannon - set out on another quest after driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay. Their mission: restore Nathan's magic and, for Nicci, save the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrated due to narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-18

So disappointed .

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

That's the last TG book for me. The blood, gore, rape, arragance and ugliness of this series was too much for me. The inconsistency with the cannon of Terry's world and the narration was enough to sink it for me. I was rooting for the bad guys and that says a lot. Christina is a wonderfully talented narrator but her male voices killed the men for me. Nathan sounded dead and Bannon sounded like a simpleton. Sorry team and sorry to avid TG readers, I'm done.

  • Kingdoms and Chaos

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 4
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,738

The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than book 3. Not as good as 1 and 2

  • By Darrin Mahlum on 11-21-18

It way too short and it was awesome.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I'm sad the the book ended.. I want more. More of this compelling hero, more strong woman, more great characters and locations. The battles are so well choreographed and written I often duck when a star is thrown. Keep going Kel and please continue to have Nick narrate because at this point Nick IS Reskin.

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  • Guardian

  • The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994

Admiral Geary's First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary's mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire - an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another 5 STAR Book!

  • By Dennis on 05-09-13

Solid addition to the story arc.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Enjoyable read. Narrator does a great job to bring distinct voices to the story and keep you interested.

  • The Dark Between the Stars

  • The Saga of Shadows, Book One
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crank It Up Again!

  • By Trip Williams on 08-09-14

Slow to start, confusing but compelling me onward

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

There are so many characters doing disparate activities that it's very confusing. A lot of moving parts but the story is coming together and because of the excellent narration I've decided to keeping reading to see how it all plays out.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,706

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid continuation that fizzles at the end

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 10-04-17

May be the best in the series.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I could not put this book down. The action starts ramping up around halfway and then escalates until you look up and it's 3am.
Being New Englander, I just love the dialog along with Skippy's retorts. I'm so glad there's more to the story so I'm going to start reading it now.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,367

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome to an outer space version of Groundhog Day, but boring.

  • By Aaron M. Benzing on 11-15-17

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

My reviews aren't very deep or cerebral but I do try to hit the big points; excellent narration, fun story, hard time putting it down, super characters that I care about and a freakin beer can I can't get enough of. Read the series.

  • 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 13,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,294

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

Need to have the glossary handy.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Great story, super narration, deep characters.
This is a "can't put it down" kind of story with characters you care about which to me is the mark of a good story teller. I bought book 2 before I finished book 1: that speaks volumes.

  • Supercarrier

  • The Ixan Prophecies Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Scott Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

Captain Keyes is loved by the public but hated by Command. He captains the UHS Providence, an aging supercarrier and the last human ship not dependent on dark tech - technology humanity has used to rule over the galaxy since barely defeating the Ixa in the First Galactic War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent multi-faceted character creations

  • By Sailfish on 06-11-17

Just didn't grab me.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I wanted to like this book and thought Mark's narration would keep me entertained, but no. In the end I didn't care for the characters. Scott, in my humble opinion, failed to get me to like anyone. I thought the carrier would be awesome but It's pitiful. the aliens weren't fleshed out either so I didn't care who did what to whom. Finally the humans came across as the villains so who was I supposed to cheer for? I may attempt Scott's next book but I'll have to get compelling quickly.

  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,407

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

What a great story and performance.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

It's so satisfying when an author teams with just the right narrator. These two produced a story I could not put down. Terrific fights, wondrous locales, beefy characters and a leader who kicks serious a$$ and is geting even better. now the wait for his next book.

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