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  • Fatemarked

  • The Fatemarked Epic, Book 1
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

They are the fatemarked. Misunderstood. Worshipped. Hated. Murdered at birth. Their time to step into the light has come. An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren is one of the fatemarked, but has hidden his mark of power his entire life, fearing the damage it might cause to those around him. A great evil is coming. He can't hide anymore.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-18

More story, less virtue signaling please.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Starts strong but devolves into a clichéd, and frankly boring chore. I gave up half way through book 5, after deciding things weren't going to get any better. (Better late than never) Characters seem to treat feeling guilty & doing stupid things as the highest of virtues. The author is constantly overtly sexist & gets really self indulgent as the books progress.

I generally listen to audiobooks while I work to help pass the time. Yet I kept pausing this one as I found listening to nothing at all to be less boring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Infinity Blade

  • Redemption
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Long months have passed since Siris and the God King, enemies betrayed together, were left to rot in the prison at the Vault of Tears. Their true enemy - the Worker of Secrets, creator of the Infinity Blade itself - now reigns. Upon finally obtaining freedom, Siris must unravel plots that seem to make no sense, lead a rebellion with no direction, and fight against the division within his very heart. The secrets unraveled will dig backward in time toward the origins of the deathless and the true nature of the world itself....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy read, very enjoyable!

  • By Gilead Moiseyev on 04-14-18

meh

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Both Infinity blade novellas seemed a bit flat to me. Nothing seemed to happen and I didn't care about any of the characters. I know it's hard to do much in such a tight format, but compared with something like shadows for silence in the forests if hell, this one falls pretty flat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mage's Blood

  • The Moontide Quartet, Book 1
  • By: David Hair
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,214

Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nick Podehl is great as usual, but only read this if you've read everything else in the genre...

  • By Chance on 07-24-17

Very slow start into an adequate 2nd half

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Any additional comments?

In the first half of the book, pretty much nothing happens. Eventually things start to develop into a competent, if not amazing story. There seem to be odd reference to other author’s works & pop culture, even video games. These can be a bit jarring at times.Also. The author seems to have an odd obsession with bodily fluids.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Song

  • Book 1 of Raven's Shadow
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, did not enjoy the narration

  • By Morten on 05-14-15

Slow burner.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

Any additional comments?

The first half of the book is pretty forgettable, but it is worth sticking araound as it soon gathers pace into an epic narrative full of interesting & unique characters. The second book is even better.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gardens of the Moon: Malazan Book of The Fallen 1 - Volume 1

  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't buy this version

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-18

Bit of a mess.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

Any additional comments?

Bought the first 3 books in the series, but didnt make it much into the 2nd. Too many characters are included without any sort of introduction, making many sequences where I have no idea who is talking. The plot is a bit all over the place with no sense of a direction. I just found myself bored.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful