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  • Adversary

  • They Who Fell, Book 3
  • By: Kevin Kneupper
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Jana, Rhamiel, and Thane are on the run, pursued by Suriel and an army of seraphs who've bent their knees in servitude. They thought he was the only threat they faced, and they thought they'd found a way to hide away until her pregnancy was over and the Son could return to the world again. But darker things have come to Earth than Suriel, and the Cherubim are working strange magics from their Hive. Things from Lucifer's Pit are finding their way out of their cage and into the world, and they come whispering about Lucifer himself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING!!! Final book will make you regret series

  • By tsah_yawd on 08-21-18

WARNING!!! Final book will make you regret series

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

this is a review for the trilogy. it is important i do so, because you need to be warned. the first book is interesting enough to feel it might be worth trying the rest of the trilogy (especially since it ends w/ a cliffhanger). book 2 is also just interesting enough to finish, & retains promise. although the narrator changed & is now someone completely laughable at times (NOT the right choice for 90% of the characters). but in the THIRD book, i swear to you that is seems like the author had ZERO ideas left, but his producer forced him to uphold the contract & demand a certain number of pages be written. the writing style & imagination are completely & infuriatingly different. it seriously should have been 1/3 the length, and even then the valid, non-redundant content was still a lame, wilted, uninspired train wreck. Plus you have to endure the horrible narrator. classic example of an author mad at his boss for making him finish something he absolutely despises having to be a part of. 2/3 of the last book is CEASELESSLY repeating the self-deprecating, guilt-ridden thoughts of each of 3-4 of the main characters. i was AMAZED (and nauseated) at how maaaaany different ways he was able to repeat the same annoying expression over & over & over & over & over, and then switch to a different character (walking along in the same scenario, no less) and repeat the same similar thoughts in the same redundant way. then when the characters eventually find themselves in a different situation a few chapters later, do it ALL OVER AGAIN! i could not believe what i was hearing! i was actually angry throughout most of this audio book (9 & a half hours!). what a waste of time, overall, and a huge slap in the face to the audience. i am upset that he is receiving royalties for this. SERIOUSLY, please don't start this trilogy. you will find yourself continuing to the third, wanting closure, but you will only walk away with outrage & regret!

  • Chaos Umpire Sits

  • They Who Fell, Volume 2
  • By: Kevin Kneupper
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The tower is fallen, its residents scattered or dead. A mob of human refugees swarm the city, tossed into a world they haven't seen in years and one Jana knows only from distant memories as a child. The ones who tore down her home would have her flee to safety and abandon her need to find Rhamiel and know what became of him. But the strike against the angels has returned them to their martial ways, and an army is reforming under the banner of Uzziel with the goal of eliminating any threats to the Seraphim forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING!!! Final book will make you regrett!!!

  • By tsah_yawd on 08-21-18

WARNING!!! Final book will make you regrett!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

this is a review for the trilogy. it is important i do so, because you need to be warned. the first book is interesting enough to feel it might be worth trying the rest of the trilogy (especially since it ends w/ a cliffhanger). book 2 is also just interesting enough to finish, & retains promise. although the narrator changed & is now someone completely laughable at times (NOT the right choice for 90% of the characters). but in the THIRD book, i swear to you that is seems like the author had ZERO ideas left, but his producer forced him to uphold the contract & demand a certain number of pages be written. the writing style & imagination are completely & infuriatingly different. it seriously should have been 1/3 the length, and even then the valid, non-redundant content was still a lame, wilted, uninspired train wreck. Plus you have to endure the horrible narrator. classic example of an author mad at his boss for making him finish something he absolutely despises having to be a part of. 2/3 of the last book is CEASELESSLY repeating the self-deprecating, guilt-ridden thoughts of each of 3-4 of the main characters. i was AMAZED (and nauseated) at how maaaaany different ways he was able to repeat the same annoying expression over & over & over & over & over, and then switch to a different character (walking along in the same scenario, no less) and repeat the same similar thoughts in the same redundant way. then when the characters eventually find themselves in a different situation a few chapters later, do it ALL OVER AGAIN! i could not believe what i was hearing! i was actually angry throughout most of this audio book (9 & a half hours!). what a waste of time, overall, and a huge slap in the face to the audience. i am upset that he is receiving royalties for this. SERIOUSLY, please don't start this trilogy. you will find yourself continuing to the third, wanting closure, but you will only walk away with outrage & regret!

  • They Who Fell: Volume 1

  • By: Kevin Kneupper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

They say that long ago, there was a rebellion in Heaven - that an army of angels sought to seize the throne and were cast down into the pits of Hell in punishment. Those are the affairs of angels, and everything would have been fine if they'd kept them to themselves. But there's been another uprising, and another fall. Cast down to Earth, the rebel angels ravaged the globe in an orgy of sin and violence as they indulged in their newfound freedoms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great narration but where's the plot?

  • By Jamie Fister on 06-25-16

WARNING!!! final book will make you regret!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

this is a review for the trilogy. it is important i do so, because you need to be warned. the first book is interesting enough to feel it might be worth trying the rest of the trilogy (especially since it ends w/ a cliffhanger). book 2 is also just interesting enough to finish, & retains promise. although the narrator changed & is now someone completely laughable at times (NOT the right choice for 90% of the characters). but in the THIRD book, i swear to you that is seems like the author had ZERO ideas left, but his producer forced him to uphold the contract & demand a certain number of pages be written. the writing style & imagination are completely & infuriatingly different. it seriously should have been 1/3 the length, and even then the valid, non-redundant content was still a lame, wilted, uninspired train wreck. Plus you have to endure the horrible narrator. classic example of an author mad at his boss for making him finish something he absolutely despises having to be a part of. 2/3 of the last book is CEASELESSLY repeating the self-deprecating, guilt-ridden thoughts of each of 3-4 of the main characters. i was AMAZED (and nauseated) at how maaaaany different ways he was able to repeat the same annoying expression over & over & over & over & over, and then switch to a different character (walking along in the same scenario, no less) and repeat the same similar thoughts in the same redundant way. then when the characters eventually find themselves in a different situation a few chapters later, do it ALL OVER AGAIN! i could not believe what i was hearing! i was actually angry throughout most of this audio book (9 & a half hours!). what a waste of time, overall, and a huge slap in the face to the audience. i am upset that he is receiving royalties for this. SERIOUSLY, please don't start this trilogy. you will find yourself continuing to the third, wanting closure, but you will only walk away with outrage & regret!

  • The Last Hunter - Descent

  • Antarktos Saga, Book 1
  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

"I've been told that the entire continent of Antarctica groaned at the moment of my birth. The howl tore across glaciers, over mountains and deep into the ice. Everyone says so. Except for my father; all he heard was Mother's sobs. Not of pain, but of joy, so he says. Other than that, the only verifiable fact about the day I was born is that an iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke free from the ice shelf a few miles off the coast."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • well written, great narration, unsatisfying

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-09-15

everything i wanted. EXCELLENT series.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

this whole series plays out like a boyhood fantasy, without sounding like it was written for kids. it combines several subjects & aspects that i love all in one story arc. if you love undiscovered country, biblical giants & lore, dinosaurs, arcaeology, fighting, adventure, and coming-of-age stories, this series has it all. but unlike many books, this seems to give redemption to all the tragedies that happen, and ends satisfactorily, leaving you with fond afterthoughts, free from the nagging emotions of some story threads that didn't tie up the way you hoped. i am so happy i gave this series a chance.
for reference, the reading order should go: book 1, book 2, antarktos rising, books 3-5.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes: the Martian. he killed that book like a high-profile assassin. perfect mix of pacing & humour. i also listened to the book "Damoren," a much less humorous book, but still very well performed. as a performer/narrator myself, i can be very nit-picky, so whenever i come across a good narrator, i give praise. and R.C. Bray deserves praise.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

i wanted to finish in one sitting, but also wanted it to last as long as possible.

Any additional comments?

the Martian (also read by the same narrator) is not my normal type of book. but i got it on the advice of a friend. if astronaut terminology & space travel sci-fi arent the subjects you're usually interested in, give this book a try anyways. i was so surprised how much i loved it.

  • Resurrection

  • Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 6
  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

The Spider Queen lives again. But something is different, something her priestesses can hear in the winds, feel in their spirits, and for a select few see with their own eyes. The Demonweb Pits, removed from the Abyss to take its place among the lower planes, is more dangerous, more horrifying than anyone has ever imagined. Teeming with feral spiders bent on ripping each other to pieces - killing, eating, and killing again - the blasted landscape of Lolth’s personal hell is still forming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • review for entire series:

  • By tsah_yawd on 01-05-14

review for entire series:

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Any additional comments?

i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Annihilation

  • Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 5
  • By: Philip Athans
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

The New York Times best-seller, now in audio! This edition expands on the civil upheaval among the drow, one of the most popular races in the Forgotten Realms. Best-selling author R.A. Salvatore wrote the prologue to Annihilation and continues to consult on the series, lending his expertise as the author who brought drow society to the forefront of the Forgotten Realms mythos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story, Good Performance

  • By Ray on 10-10-13

review for entire series:

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Any additional comments?

i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Insurrection

  • Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 2
  • By: Thomas M. Reid
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

The War of the Spider Queen spreads.... A hand-picked team of the most capable drow adventurers begin a perilous journey through the treacherous Underdark, all the while surrounded by the chaos of war. Their path will take them through the very heart of darkness, and the Underdark will be shaken to its core. If the powerful dark elves falter, the world below is open for Insurrection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not good at reviews.

  • By Possum on 04-08-13

review for entire series:

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Any additional comments?

i was a little leery about how a female narrator would accomplish such a wide variety of character voices, when so many of them are supposed to be hulking, gruff monsters. wow, did she pull that off. i was never once distracted by a character voice seeming out of place. obviously, i don't expect ANY narrator to adapt a "death metal singer's" rasp, especially if they are voicing a 5-book series. but everything she does is appropriate. i wish Salvatore would have hired her instead of a couple of the incompetent bumblers that have read a few of his other works.
the story overall is quite enjoyable, and resolves appropriately. there are some great characters, and web woven is entertainingly complex & twisted.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gauntlgrym

  • Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717

Drizzt joins Bruenor on his quest for the fabled dwarven kingdom of Gauntlgrym: ruins said to be rich with ancient treasure and arcane lore. But before they even get close, another drow and dwarf pair stumbles across it first: Jarlaxle and Athrogate. In their search for treasure and magic, Jarlaxle and Athrogate inadvertently set into motion a catastrophe that could spell disaster for the unsuspecting people of the city of Neverwinter - a catastrophe big enough to lure even Jarlaxle into risking his own coin and skin to stop it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised.

  • By K. McDowell on 02-13-13

STOP HIRING VICTOR BEVINE !!!!!!! SERIOUS !!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Any additional comments?

i would recommend reading it yourself. a decent book (though definitely not salvatore's best) if you can ignore the different format than all his other Drizzt books (a lot of jumping around, bunny trails that get forgotten about, a denoumont that seems to last forever), but it does at least have an ending, and there are many good parts. i feel the need to campaign against every audio book that is read by Victor Bevine, though. every book of his has me gritting my teeth, rolling my eyes, & taking deep breaths to calm my agitation. this idiot not only mispronounces a few common words (that are frequently used), but his voices for almost all the the numerous characters is the same talentless ridiculous attempt: the stereotypical big dumb henchman. yeah, that doesn't work for most of the characters... at all. sometimes he really pours it on, and i literally have to stop whatever it is i am doing to either laugh out loud or clench my fists in irritation. and what he really does the worst is try to sound out laughter. "bwahahaha" is NOT, I REPEAT NOT MEANT TO BE PRONOUNCED LIKE AN EXOTIC FIRST NAME. AND "bah" is NOT MEANT TO BE USED LIKE THE TITLE "mom". how wonderful it is, then, that Salvatore uses those two iterations CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE LAST 7 BOOKS!!! AND WE HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THIS IMBECILE HACK as he murders almost every bit of character dialogue in the entire series!!! WHO KEEPS HIRING THIS GUY?!?!?! STOP!!! listen to some of his work, first. he DOES have a great speaking voice, when he is just reading the action, so he would make a great narrator for a romance novel, perhaps, but not for anything fantasy or sci-fi, or anything that has unusual or boisterous character work.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Neverwinter

  • Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 2
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314

With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone - and free - for the first time in almost a hundred years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt uniquely vulnerable to the persuasions of his newest companion: Dahlia, a darkly alluring elf and the only other member of their party to survive the cataclysm at Mount Hotenow. But traveling with Dahlia is challenging in more ways than one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Roger on 02-28-13

STOP HIRING VICTOR BEVINE !!!!!!! SERIOUS !!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Any additional comments?

i would recommend reading it yourself. a decent book (though definitely not salvatore's best) if you can ignore the different format than all his other Drizzt books (a lot of jumping around, bunny trails that get forgotten about, a denoumont that seems to last forever), but it does at least have an ending, and there are many good parts. i feel the need to campaign against every audio book that is read by Victor Bevine, though. every book of his has me gritting my teeth, rolling my eyes, & taking deep breaths to calm my agitation. this idiot not only mispronounces a few common words (that are frequently used), but his voices for almost all the the numerous characters is the same talentless ridiculous attempt: the stereotypical big dumb henchman. yeah, that doesn't work for most of the characters... at all. sometimes he really pours it on, and i literally have to stop whatever it is i am doing to either laugh out loud or clench my fists in irritation. and what he really does the worst is try to sound out laughter. "bwahahaha" is NOT, I REPEAT NOT MEANT TO BE PRONOUNCED LIKE AN EXOTIC FIRST NAME. AND "bah" is NOT MEANT TO BE USED LIKE THE TITLE "mom". how wonderful it is, then, that Salvatore uses those two iterations CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE LAST 7 BOOKS!!! AND WE HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THIS IMBECILE HACK as he murders almost every bit of character dialogue in the entire series!!! WHO KEEPS HIRING THIS GUY?!?!?! STOP!!! listen to some of his work, first. he DOES have a great speaking voice, when he is just reading the action, so he would make a great narrator for a romance novel, perhaps, but not for anything fantasy or sci-fi, or anything that has unusual or boisterous character work.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Charon's Claw

  • Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Saga, Book 3
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241

In the third book of the number-four New York Times best-selling Neverwinter saga, Drizzt draws his swords once more to aid his friends. His lover, Dahlia Sin’felle, can speak of nothing but the moment she will face the Netherese lord Herzgo Alegni once again. Drizzt has already followed a trail of vengeance beside Dahlia. Can he justify one more battle to settle a grudge he does not understand?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It just keeps getting better!

  • By Roger on 04-10-13

STOP HIRING VICTOR BEVINE !!!!!!! SERIOUS !!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Any additional comments?

i would recommend reading it yourself. a decent book (though definitely not salvatore's best) if you can ignore the different format than all his other Drizzt books (a lot of jumping around, bunny trails that get forgotten about, a denoumont that seems to last forever), but the series does at least have an ending, and there are many good parts. i feel the need to campaign against every audio book that is read by Victor Bevine, though. every book of his has me gritting my teeth, rolling my eyes, & taking deep breaths to calm my agitation. this idiot not only mispronounces a few common words (that are frequently used), but his voices for almost all the the numerous characters is the same talentless ridiculous attempt: the stereotypical big dumb henchman. yeah, that doesn't work for most of the characters... at all. sometimes he really pours it on, and i literally have to stop whatever it is i am doing to either laugh out loud or clench my fists in irritation. and what he really does the worst is try to sound out laughter. "bwahahaha" is NOT, I REPEAT NOT MEANT TO BE PRONOUNCED LIKE AN EXOTIC FIRST NAME. AND "bah" is NOT MEANT TO BE USED LIKE THE TITLE "mom". how wonderful it is, then, that Salvatore uses those two iterations CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE LAST 7 BOOKS!!! AND WE HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THIS IMBECILE HACK as he murders almost every bit of character dialogue in the entire series!!! WHO KEEPS HIRING THIS GUY?!?!?! STOP!!! listen to some of his work, first. he DOES have a great speaking voice, when he is just reading the action, so he would make a great narrator for a romance novel, perhaps, but not for anything fantasy or sci-fi, or anything that has unusual or boisterous character work.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful