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  • House of Blades

  • The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Will Wight
  • Narrated by: Will Wight
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Simon can only watch, helpless, as his family is killed and his friends are captured by enemy Travelers - men and women who can summon mystical powers from otherworldly Territories. To top it off, another young man from Simon's village discovers that he's a savior prophesied to destroy evil and save the realm.Prophecy has nothing to say about Simon. He has no special powers, no magical weapons, and no guarantee that he'll survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a fun and intriguing story!

  • By Kim W on 07-06-15

Cartoonish

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

unrealistic to the point of foolish. The main character a 16-year-old boy has a doll (yes,a little girlrs doll) and the doll calls him Childish.) I think the entire story is childish. I will pass it on to my 12 year to see if they can finish it. I could not.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,938

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody Ancestors

  • By alton Styron on 10-17-16

Very simple

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

Reviewed: 11-16-14

No surprises, no twist and turns to the story. it is simple and strait forward, You know what is going to happened far before the characters figure it out. Authors seem to struggle on the differences between a naïve young man and a simpleton. It is not a bad story it just becomes dull when you know what's coming next and you have to wait for the characters to figure it out.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

Great science fiction book

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

Reviewed: 10-16-14

The story is full of possibilities and you can't wait to find out what happens next. It has interesting characters, fascinating worlds and a tough hard hitting enemy to over come. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Koban: Rise of the Kobani

  • Koban, Volume 3
  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239

The Kobani use captured Krall ships to return to Human Space. They seek expert training for their genetically modified fighters, modern weapons and new medical technology. There's a possible block to this help in the form of death penalty laws of the Planetary Union, prohibiting gene modifications of humans. A holdover from the Gene War, which nearly extinguished humanity. A perilous descent through a war torn planet's space defenses is a first step.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Human genetic upgrades galore, Good Book

  • By Ron on 10-18-14

Great series & fun to listen to

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

Reviewed: 10-16-14

I have listened to and read many books over the years (well over 1000) and this series is one of the most interesting and fun of the group. Stephen W. Bennett does an awesome job of fueling the imagination, he keeps the story upbeat and exciting. My only issue with the series is that book 4, 5, & 6 are not out yet.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Circle of Reign

  • The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jacob Cooper
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563

Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting New Author and Series

  • By Scott Simons on 11-24-14

Strong Charecters and lots of action

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

Michael Kramer could even make the New York times sound interesting and intellectual. Sometimes its hard to tell if the books he narrates is great or if it just sounds great.

The book was fast passed, the characters interesting and the antagonists believable. Far too many authors get their antagonists from Scooby Doo cartoons, I keep waiting for them to say "I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those pesky kids and their dog"

I have always believed you can tell how great the protagonist is by how strong the antagonist is. Often the antagonist is a simple minded, sexist, hateful, raciest moron who keeps out thinking the protagonist. This of course makes the protagonist a bumbling buffoon.

The author could have added a bit more humor and joy to the story, if it is always dark and sad than that becomes the norm. It takes away from the ups and downs of the story.

Overall I enjoyed the story and I look forward to further books from this author.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Damocles

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 865

When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What did I tell you about that pie!?

  • By Brian on 06-05-13

Fun, Exciting & Fascinating – Silly, Moronic

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

Reviewed: 12-10-13

High Schoolish, 85% to 90% of the story was great, I enjoyed it and was enthralled, and then out of the blue it would turn in to a silly high schoollish event. Rolling around in the mud, throwing temper tantrum. At one minute they are highly trained professionals, handpicked for the mission then they are on. The next minute they are silly children acting out.

Overall the story was interesting and i enjoyed, but it could have been so much more.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Full Blooded

  • Jessica McClain, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Casey Holloway
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race.... Meet Jessica McClain - she just became part of the pack. In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration ruined it for me

  • By Roberta on 10-14-12

This is paranormal romance series

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

Reviewed: 10-09-13

They say it is an Urban Fantasy series but it has all the hallmarks of a paranormal romance series.
As I have heard the paranormal romance series described in the past “Paranormal Romance novels are pornos: They have meaningless hot sex and really bad dialog.”
Logic, commonsense and intellect is not important in these stories, the authors can force any shaped peg to fit their round hole.

To make it worse, the performer sounds like a 10 year old girl who thinks she is the best reader in her class and is trying to prove it be reading slowly and over annunciating every syllable.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scent of Magic

  • Healer, Book 2
  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A tad bit drawn out...

  • By Cheri on 06-04-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-29-13

I enjoyed her earlier books; however the last 3 she put out seem to be written for a much younger audience. The story is silly and the characters are supposed to be adults, yet they act, think and behave like young teens at times. They make ridiculous decisions then spend a good deal of the story justifying the decisions or overcome the consequence of those decisions.
I don’t remember her other books doing this. But again maybe my taste in books has changed.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Gate Thief

  • Mithermages, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,502

Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh.

  • By Benjamin on 04-04-13

The more I listened to it the less I liked it.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-13

Disappointing
The story did not flow very well, it was like each chapter was written by a different person who only loosely followed what happened in the previous chapters

20 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Stone of Tymora

  • By: R. A. Salvatore, Geno Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

Meet Maimun - an orphan who couldn’t imagine how unfortunate it would be to discover a stone that makes him forever lucky. Fleeing a powerful demon named Asbeel, Maimun stows away aboard the ship Sea Sprite, where he encounters a cast of characters well-known to Salvatore fans: Captain Deudermont, Drizzt Do’Urden, Wulfgar, Catti-brie, and the dwarf Bruenor. Drizzt becomes a mentor to Maimun and aboard Deudermont’s ship, they sail the treacherous seas of the Forgotten Realms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was worth waiting in the drive to finsh a chapter!

  • By J. B. on 05-20-14

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-26-13

This is a kids story, Audible failed to mark it as so. I purchased it because it said it was a science fiction story. now I am left wondering if all of R. A. Salvatore books are kids books or if all of the forgotten realm books or kids books.

Again Very disappointing!

3 of 31 people found this review helpful