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  • The Tiger's Time

  • Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer, Book 4
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 238

A nobleman from an infamous family, imperial legionary officer, and born fighter, Ben Stiger is trapped in the past and cut off from everything he has known. The World Gate is sealed behind him, and Delvaris, the man he traveled through time to save, is dead. With this great man’s death, the future has been altered by the evil god Castor. Stiger has lost his purpose. For the first time in a great long while, no one needs saving, and no one needs killing. Cast adrift in a time not his own, Stiger believes his time as a leader of men is at an end. But the gods are not done with him yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow! can't wait for the next one!! what an ending

  • By Roy Jo Rubanenko on 12-28-18

Great finale to a thoroughly entertaining series .

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Loved the series and the narrator was perfect as usual! Looking forward to the authors next novel.

  • Empire of Dirt

  • Echoes of Fate, Book 2
  • By: Philip C. Quaintrell
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

War is set to ravage the land of Illian. The elves sail from the east, the savage Darkakin rise from the south and Valanis, the dark elf, is finally free. Valanis would see the world plunged into chaos and drowned in blood, ready for the return of the gods that still haunt him. A new hope rises in the Red Mountains, where the last remaining dragons have been discovered. Gideon and Galanor, human and elf, will have to work together. Only then might they convince Adriel, the last of the Dragorn order, to intervene in the war to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story, what a ride

  • By David on 05-07-18

The sequel that satisfies

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-18

A great follow up of the first novel where you once again get to join the journey each character continues through to met their destiny. The author weaves the story line with intrigue, character growth, and his amazing imagination to a world that is so visually creative in your mind, I truly enjoyed it. I look forward to the finale and once again thank the author for the uniqueness and adventure you bring to your craft. And thanks for enlisting the master narrator again, Steven Brand.

  • Rise of the Ranger

  • Echoes of Fate, Book 1
  • By: Philip C. Quaintrell
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

Mankind has lorded over the land of Illian for a thousand years, enjoying what was left to them by the elves, as if it were their birthright. A thousand years is a long time for an immortal race to see the error of their ways and realize a truth that has remained unsaid for a millennia - elves are superior! They are faster, stronger, and connected to the magical world in a way that man could never grasp. Illian is their birthright. The six kingdoms of man are fractured, unallied and always clawing at each other's doors for more power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it

  • By Ali on 03-24-18

Great debut novel!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-18

This was one of the best books I've read this year. The characters individuality, depth, and struggle grab you from the first few chapters. The author's imagination and creativity draw you into a world of magic, strength, and honor. So many different and amazing character stories weaving together to lead to a finale I can't wait to read. Steven Brand is brilliant as usual. The perfect choice again! Thank you Philip C Quaintrell, for an escape to a world of wonder, vivid imagination, and just down right great story telling.

  • Forever Soldiers

  • The Tyrus Chronicle, Book 4
  • By: Joshua P. Simon
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Months have passed since Tyrus ended a decade of war between Turine and Genesha by destroying the Geneshan's sorcerous artifact. He had hoped that taking his family south would grant him the peace he desired, but even in the Southern Kingdoms, war welcomes him instead. Ava strikes a deal with the Southern Kingdom leaders to protect her brother, taking his place in their fight to protect their lands from invading forces. Having spent her adult life entrenched in battle, Ava doesn't hold any illusions as to what awaits her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still a good book, but not the best in the series.

  • By CrazyDaneGos on 03-14-18

Great series! !!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This was an amazing series of personal struggle and overcoming odds and demons. The characters are real, heart felt, and share a depth of quality only a truly entertaining and creative author can give. Another great performance by Steven Brand.

  • The Black Prism

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,541

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • original and entertaining

  • By LornaDavis on 09-19-16

Loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Great first novel. Looking forward to the sequel. Never imagined "drafting " used this way, incredible.

  • The Wolf of the North, Book 1

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,880
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,608

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric's life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great opening to a series

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-22-17

great first novel!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-17

loved the journey, the characters, and the setting. Master storytelling at it's best. Can't wait for the sequel.

  • Forgotten Soldiers

  • The Tyrus Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Joshua P. Simon
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

The Turine army is on the brink of victory against the Geneshans. Sergeant Tyrus and his unit are tasked to steal an artifact from the enemy that some believe has the power to destroy the world. Taking such power from the Geneshans would end the decade long war. Upon their success, Tyrus' unit is among the first wave of soldiers discharged from the army. War has robbed him of time with his wife and children, but now the life he has dreamed of every day for the last 10 years is just a long journey away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow build to what I hope is a great series

  • By Jason on 06-19-17

Great storytelling at it's best!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

If you could sum up Forgotten Soldiers in three words, what would they be?

Characters, characters, and characters. The author does an amazing job at the depth he gives each one. The unfolding of the story creates a deep relationship that has grown between the main character and his fellow soldiers but also his struggle to reconnect with his family.

What did you like best about this story?

Tyrus's loyalty and strength shining throughout the story.

What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

Steven Brand is by far one of my all time favorites. I only chose this book based on his excellence in previous performances. His voice IS the ultimate soldier, fighter, antagonist, and leader. Narration is the key to all audible books and as a listener, it needs to grab you from the start. Playing the audio samples is the only way I chose my books (well subject matter too). Anything Steven Brand narrates, I'm in.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The disappointment and death for the soldiers as they tried to reach home.

Any additional comments?

This was a great first novel to read by Mr. Simon and I look forward to many more!!

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  • Skullsworn

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer - she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial. The problem isn't the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including "the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again." Pyrre isn't sure she's ever been in love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it

  • By cj0679 on 07-29-17

Great Spinoff of The Emperor's Blade!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Where does Skullsworn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is another one of my favorites. I was first introduced to Pyrre in the original series and was SO EXCITED to see Mr. Staveley expand on this character. She was one of my favorites and I loved her attitude, reasoning, and specific skill set that truly set her apart. Great narration throughout.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Skullsworn?

There were so many, it left me wanting more. I would love to read about many other characters in the previous books. The author has given such character depth and creativity that I appreciated each one.

Which scene was your favorite?

Mr. Staveley, creates such an amazing story within this novel. The level of imagination, insight, struggle, and survival he presents is spell bounding. Each scene was described in such detail I felt I could picture each one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pyrre's final realization what it truly meant to love someone. Her blindness to what was right in front of her parallels so much in real life we miss everyday.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Mr. Staveley for your amazing storytelling and taking me to a place where I can truly appreciate your rare gift. You are the best!!!! And thank you for being selective on you choice of narrator, she rivals Simon Vance.

  • 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 1,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Start to a New Series

  • By Joshua on 09-21-16

Excellent as usual, one of my favorite authors!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-16

His depth of characters and story lead into a world of adventure and discovery. Can't wait for the sequel.

  • The Last Mortal Bond

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 3
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,031

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I so wanted to love this book!

  • By Steven Merrick on 04-25-16

great finale to a truly exceptional tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-16

loved it yet sorry to see the story finish. such creativity in a world of depth of characters