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  • Circle of Reign

  • By: Jacob Cooper
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world. Those that should stand with Arlethia clothe themselves in betrayal, desiring her secrets for themselves, leaving Arlethia to stand alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in years...

  • By Jodi on 01-05-17

it was okay worth a credit

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

characters weren't very diverse. felt like dark elves vs wood elves and or high elves. only the dark elves have sith powers and the good elves are Jedi.

hinted a deeper plot near the end. won't be getting the sequel though.

  • Wrath of Empire

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 994

 The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough

  • By Nathan Jones on 05-29-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

Book 1 in this series had a really slow start. Took me 7 hours or so to get to an interesting part in the book. Once the first novel got interesting, the awesome writing and plot that was felt from the Powder Mage Trilogy came through. Parts of this book surpass the previous trilogy.

Epic is all I can say. There are few series that I'll re-read. This is definitely one. Falls in the category of Kigkiller and Stormlight Archive for me.

Purely excellent!

  • Court Wizard

  • Spellmonger, Book 8
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 35 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064

With the south in full rebellion, the goblins stirring on the northern frontier, and the summer capital being run by a corrupt baron and a gang of thugs, things could be better. But those aren’t the worst of her problems: Pentandra is learning how to live with her new husband, Arborn, while the town is driven to distraction by an incarnate sex goddess who is organizing all of the whores, a mopey spellmonger, a nun addicted to gambling, a prude sent by the queen, undead skulking through the shadows, and a mysterious blind girl shows up in her office claiming to be her new apprentice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Debbie Bacon on 03-27-19

Side Story - Not Really Part of the Series

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Terry is a prolific writer. The books are well written, entertaining, and well paced.

I wouldn't consider this part of the main series. There are a few books that don't follow the main plot directly and this is one of them. Most authors would make this a stand-alone or a .5 novel. Like book 7.5..

Anyhow. It was entertaining. I would rate this as the worst of the 7 books. Following an excellent book 6. Really hard to follow up book 6 with this.

Will be finishing this. Can't wait for the rest of the Audio Books to come out.

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  • Sins of Empire

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making a great book: Mystery, magic, and mayhem

  • By Jason Grosch on 03-29-17

Plods Along - PowderMage Trilogy had Great Pace

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Same world with same magic system and politics. It is good. Not nearly as good as the Powdermage Trilogy.

The main characters in this series aren't anywhere near as intriguing as the Powdermage Trilogy. It is great writing. Needs a significant amount of editing. The conversations drag on and on and on. The pace of the novel is slow. I'd rather it be 15 hours long with all the unnecessary commentary taken out.

It's like being held hostage while somebody you don't really enjoy continues to enlighten you on their personal business. I had high hopes.

  • 1633

  • By: Eric Flint, David Weber
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint’s 1632 presented listeners with a fascinating alternate history of the Thirty Years’ War, through the eyes of a West Virginia community tossed back in time to 17th-century Germany. Here, Flint teams up with acclaimed science fiction author David Weber to continue his epic tale. In 1633, the West Virginians attempt to use their modern-day knowledge to build a resistance against the forces of France, Spain, and England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Get the Rest of This Series Online!

  • By Lack of Warning on 06-12-12

First Novel sets an Expectation - This Does NOT

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

1633 sees a major disparity in the personalities and actions of the characters from the original novel.

Everyone seems very concerned with liberating the medieval population. I wouldn't have gone this way and find it unacceptable to see the characters all shift toward this 'spread the gospel of socialism' angle. Consider the modern knowledge of the destruction of the planet.... These confused modern personnel are going to speed up the strip mining of the planet to empower the existing monarchical power structure to industry. It is garbage. If the author wants to tear it up, at least align the personalities to tear up history in a uniform manner.

The history is fantastic and the writing is good, but the characters divergence toward what I can only feel is Communist methodologies doesn't sit well with me. They are from the US South! Predominantly conservative by demographics....

Loved the first novel. Can't sit through this anymore.

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just try it....

  • By Devontay on 10-27-16

Young Adult Murder Tale

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I tried hard to listen to this. Managed to get through it after falling asleep to it multiple times.

It's very adult in the subject matter, but written as though the characters aren't impacted by all the trauma in the book.

I gave a 3 as I didn't like it at all, but am sure this would be a 5 star to the listener that is into this style.

Not bad, but not for me.

  • Arm of the Sphinx

  • The Books of Babel, Book 2
  • By: Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

The Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to reenter as it was to break out of. Forced into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew are struggling to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt to rescue Senlin's lost wife continues. Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the Tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the Sphinx never comes cheaply, and as Senlin knows, debts aren't always what they seem in the Tower of Babel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Below the surface resides the truth

  • By Dave Jolly on 01-28-19

Heart of Darkness met Wizard of Oz

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

the first book gave me a Heart of Darkness feel in a steampunk world. this second book is like the characters met the Wizard of Oz.

awesome books that I enjoy fully.

Great balance between character development interaction and story movement.

great! just great!

  • Taming the Elements

  • The Elwin Escari Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: David Ekrut
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

A young man, Elwin, seeks to become an elementalist. But with war looming and an accident that could cost him his freedom, Elwin finds himself fleeing for his life and evading the Guardians of Life. The Guardians think Elwin guilty of the most grievous of crimes, and as he trains the gifts of his bloodline, he will discover a secret from long in his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful journey!

  • By leanne on 09-27-15

So Great; Yet Unbearable

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

This book opens up with a run-down of the history up to present. Fascinating world building. There is enough material to write a guidebook on the everything. Like a Dungeons & Dragons world or something like Krynn (DragonLance). David Ekrut could write 100's of novels on the information given in the first two chapters. Best part is that the background information is more interesting than the subject matter of the book.

Then enter the characters. Political positions of the characters and the backstories of the characters are great. Loved how it all fit together.

The dialog was horrible. Character interaction was a real put-off. I couldn't get past it. Returned the book half way in. I rated it up on the Story as the Story is great. The narration gives over to Young Adult style narration so I was on the fence there. Overall it is a solid book if you can get past really bad dialog.

Not burning this one down, but not for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Senlin Ascends

  • By: Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Worthwhile Books in One

  • By Joe Kraus on 01-24-18

Slow Start, but Excellent Book!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

John Banks read the book like a Fantasy Fiction novel in the beginning. Felt like I was listening to Pride and Prejudice.

After getting over the style of narration, the story really drives itself. Excellent concepts and leaves a lot for the reader to guess on in coming novels.

The characters act very real; they don't feel like super humans or absolute idiots. The story flows with a great balance of character development and pacing in plot.

Loved the book! Not sure who would've narrated this better, but it was excellent.

Closest book by feel I can name would be 'Into the Heart of Darkness'. Trans formative novel. Great Book!

  • Blue Moon Rising

  • Forest Kingdom, Book 1
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself - a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch - and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood. Rupert did find a fiery dragon - and a beautiful princess to rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do your self a favor by this book

  • By dave on 05-28-14

Very Entertaining - Wouldn't Know How to Classify

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Very entertaining book!

Good - Kept me engaged. Characters did make me laugh occasionally. Pace of book is very rapid for ~20 hours of material.

Bad - Author constantly uses the characters name for every action within a paragraph. 'John felt bad as John went through the muck in the sewer as John's whole body was immersed in muck' is an example of what I feel like was going on. Wish this repetition could have been edited out.

Ugly - Characters do seem rather unintelligent. Although very entertaining, much of the book is very predictable.

Wasn't a waste of my credit, but not the best use of my credit.