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  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,732

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Jason N. on 07-20-17

RPG lit but more then that

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

I was hesitant at first to get a book that is clearly influenced by video games worried it would just be a bunch of refrances.

That out of the way, this is a good book. the magic system is varied and has some good depth. When something from a videogame does come up it is explained in a way that fit incredibly well to the world the author built and he did build a world.

The main characters thought process are logical although if the author is going to use the protagonist disintrest in people as an excuse to not develop the secondary characters we could really use a chapter from their point of view now and then.

Only compliant is out of no where the character agrees to a date that he clearly is not interested in. This just felt shoehorned in and out of place, it is ok for a character not to have a love interest and it was justified by the character.

I'd like to reiterate though all this made it a great 4 star book just not 5 star. I found myself being reading past the point I meant to stop pretty often.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Grace of Kings

  • The Dandelion Dynasty
  • By: Ken Liu
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 972

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eastern-flavored epic fantasy

  • By Ryan on 12-27-15

Incredible Potential

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

The narration was solid.

This is closer to alternate history then true fantasy.

Now on to the good stuff. The story was really intresting. If the author can weave the world into the story from the characters point of view to would be amazing. As is, it is one or two enthralling chapters then three or four would building chapters. I really wish it was a story straight through. the world building is very well done, but there is no reason it can't be done through the character's experiences as opposed to a block of history book style text.

NOT A SPOILER BUT MAY EFFECT YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THE BOOK, if this seems like your cup of tea go ahead an get it, if you're still not sure keep reading.

The author also has a habit of shoehorning in a big reveal to obvious plot twist. This really breaks the flow of the story. I'm really interested to see where the author is in a book or two. I'd pass if this doesn't seem for you, but keep an eye out for something of his to pop up on a best seller list.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,804

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

A good listen.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Neil Gaiman is a surprisingly good at narration. That being said the thing that brings it to 4 stars is that he is the author and he can add inflections in the same way he meant it to be read.

If you have read his work before you know the pace can be slow, but that is because he has a quality to his work that makes it feel real. Really intresting world, but the book is short so it doesn't have time to go to deep. Good with some great qualities, but not great.

  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,387

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

  • By Michelle E on 10-09-16

Disappointing sequel

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

I really like Six of Crows. it is hard not to see it as a teen version of the Lies of Locke lamora and that is a good thing. Croocked Kingdom just isn't as good of a book. The magic system kinda goes of the rails, the Rube Goldberg style heist went from the highpont of the book to trite in the middle and pretty good at the end. If you are reading it for the fandom aspect you will still get everything you out out of it. The other aspects that drew me in really seem less well thought out or dumbed down.

One final note, the narrators are for the most part are amazing. They still have one read a while chapter instead of each doing their own main voice. Seven of eight do an incredible job at the main voice and everyone but Nina does really well at the other characters. That said who ever does Weiland is passable as his main voice, but so bad at the other characters the chapters he read became a choir. Shame to the other narrators really nailed it.

  • The Vagrant

  • By: Peter Newman
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Years have passed since humanity's destruction emerged from the Breach. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. A s each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was the concept and the prose that kept me goin

  • By Alexandra on 08-18-15

Best narration and a change from the normal story.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

I need to start by saying this is not the kinda book you can half listen to. You can't fade in and out knowing it will work out as it should. You are thrown into the world, New things are introduced and you have to roll with it till you figure it out. The sentences are dense with information and the wording can suggest what is happing with out slaming you in face.

The main character is incredibly human in motivation and decsions. Not hero or anti-hero but a person.

The narration is the best I have heard so far in an audio book. Jot Davies does an amazing job. Everything from a monster to a baby and he nailed it.

If you're a reader, can handle not being mollycoddled and can eaither focus on the book or don't mind going back 30s now and then, it's a great book for something different and a solid book in itself. Again amazing narration.

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  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,528

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

A suprising gem.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Narration was great. Book had a gentleman bastards feel to it. I wish each narrator did one person instead of switching back and forth each chapter. Naration was amazing, but it means each character had a few different voices.

  • The Daylight War

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 26 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,778

In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What in The Core happened?

  • By Uber Femme on 02-13-13

great story

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

This is great tale. Just a little weak on adjtive verity, but amazing.

The reading is masterfully done as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful