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Tom Stubler III

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  • Crusade

  • The Paladin Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Daniel M Ford
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

Old ways have been broken in the blood and smoke of the Battle of Thornhurst by Allystaire Stillbright and followers of the Goddess. Now the Paladin must recover from his ordeal, carve out a hopeful future for the shattered Baronies, and prepare for the next attack upon the Goddess' new and fragile following. But the corrupt deity, Braech, the Sea-Dragon, will not easily let go of the power that has long been his. Braech's minions march on the now-weakened Baronies. The final battle, a crusade against the Mother and all of her followers, is near.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to This

  • By Joshua R. Lee on 09-19-18

a fine end to the series

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

While not perfect, as it does seem to miss a few notes here and there, it's a memorable and entertaining conclusion to this amazing trilogy. Highly recommended

  • She Is the Darkness

  • Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 7
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

The tale again comes to us from the pen of Murgen, Annalist and Standard Bearer of the Black Company. Led by the wily commander, Croaker, and the Lady, the Company is working for the Taglian government, but neither the Company nor the Taglians are overflowing with trust for each other. Arrayed against both is a similarly tenuous alliance of sorcerers, including the diabolical Soulcatcher, the psychotic Howler, and a four-year-old child who may be the most powerful of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By johnathan shane sevier on 01-16-18

back on the right path

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

it's back to a much straighter and fast paced narrative than Bleak Seasons. A bit light on describing new places, but This series has always been that way.

  • Bleak Seasons

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 6
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 506

Having risked their lives and souls to capture the fortress of Stormgard, a band of weary soldiers known as the Company witnesses their commander's descent into madness and await the reemergence of their ancient gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as bad as the other review.

  • By chad on 04-23-15

weakest of the series so far

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

as an audio book it's very difficult to follow. Maybe reading it is easier. great characters though.

  • Stillbright

  • The Paladin Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Daniel M. Ford
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870

Ordained by an ancient goddess of mercy and light, former knight Allystaire Coldbourne has become a paladin, a hero out of legend. But evil stalks him, angry gods align against him, and greedy warlords want him dead. With the help of his friends, each blessed with extraordinary powers by the Goddess, Allystaire must escape the clutches of sorcerers and wicked rulers who will stop at nothing to destroy him as he continues his dangerous quest to bring peace and unity to the fractured and war-torn Baronies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-16-17

easy listen. great pace.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

As far as Dungeons and Dragons style fantasy goes, this is a great book and series. Not too complicated that you have to stop what you're doing to focus on it.

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  • Ordination

  • The Paladin Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Daniel M. Ford
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

Allystaire Coldbourne travels a treacherous path toward his Ordination as a holy knight of legend, a Paladin, a savior of the people. But to fulfill this role, he - and the unexpected allies he finds along the way - must face the demonic, sorcerous evil that stalks the land, the wrath of gods and men, and his own dark past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing with a simple story.

  • By Christopher M. Hall on 09-08-17

awesome

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

I generally judge books with how quickly I go through them. This one went very quickly

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,166

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

story of a poor kid trying to make money.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

Reviews were great and I wanted a longer story for a credit so I gave it a shot. Not worth it. Not nearly enough interesting things happen for a 27 hour book. Too many fantasy stereotypes, too many fails of logic.

  • The Black Company

  • Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,943

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Boiled Morally Ambiguous Epic Fantasy

  • By Jefferson on 03-18-11

A different pace than you expect

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Any additional comments?

The first part seems to be very inconsistent, but it gets better as it goes. Doesn't go into deep details of any scenes or characters, but a lot happens and it moves along quite well. I highly enjoyed it.

  • Blood of Elves

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,248

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great start to a Promising Series

  • By Joe Chad on 06-07-15

Needed to be part of a larger single book

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Any additional comments?

So little actually happens. The last hour+ is just two characters babbling to each other. If this was the first part of a much larger novel it'd be fine. Unless you want to make the commitment to the series, save the credit.

  • Solaris

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,191

At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A comment on negative reviews

  • By Burns on 09-20-11

A chore

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Any additional comments?

Narrator is fine, but far too much of the book is just documenting the history of what has happened on the planet. There were hints of a decent mystery plot developing, but only a couple short moments.

If there was some deeper meaning to all this, I guess I missed it.