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  • The Book of Mysteries

  • By: Jonathan Cahn
  • Narrated by: Steve Hart
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Imagine if you discovered a treasure chest in which were hidden ancient mysteries, revelations from heaven, secrets of the ages, the answers to man's most enduring, age-old questions, and the hidden keys that can transform your life to joy, success, and blessing. This is The Book of Mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book For Now, Not Tomorrow

  • By Debbie B on 10-13-16

Wonderfully enlightening

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I loved this book. I have it in hard back and added the Audible version as a daily devotional. Believers can add depth to their understanding and contemplate some of the roots of our faith. Highly Recommended

  • The Dark Path

  • Conspiracy Theories of Illuminati and Occult Symbolism in Pop Culture, the New Age Alien Agenda & Satanic Transhumanism
  • By: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Narrated by: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

The Dark Path is considered Isaac Weishaupt's magnum opus; a result of many years delving into the recesses of occult dogma from the approach of open-minded rationalism. Isaac's journey started with an attempt to separate religion from conspiracy theories, but the agenda clearly showed a connection. The question to be considered is if the agenda of the Illuminati overlaps with the tenets of the occult and whether or not there is an evil influence at play.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OH MY GOD!

  • By Joshua Rios on 07-10-18

Interesting but pronunciations distracting

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

The author narrator has an interesting narrative to tell, but he needed to look up some key words, names and phrases for a correct or accepted pronunciation.

  • Hitler’s Monsters

  • A Supernatural History of the Third Reich
  • By: Eric Kurlander
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler's personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous though it was, however, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, witchcraft, miracle weapons, and the lost kingdom of Atlantis in reimagining German politics and society and recasting German science and religion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Academic, yet intiguing.

  • By John M. ONeal on 07-04-18

Written like a term paper by a student wanting to impress

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

A potentially fascinating subject rendered into a dull intellectual dissertation meandering intolerably on into painful disinterest.

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  • The Blood Mirror

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,800
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,136

When does an empire fall? The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four - and those are falling before the White King's armies. Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison Gavin may not be alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I waited to long to listen.

  • By Jake on 08-02-18

Great Series continues

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

I started late. This allowed me to binge the first three books without interruption. Now I have to wait again for the next installment. This installment continues and develops further the magic and world building themes and great characters created in the predecessors. It also adds new layers of tension and intrigue to be resolved - later. So there is that delightful frustration of more to come but an impatient period of waiting to get there. I would have liked more of the broader story here, but I will take what Weeks gives us. Unlike other fantasy authors, he does not provide a lot of meandering filler with slow progress. I suspect book 5 will fill in many gaps for other major characters and bring many unrequited strands to a stunning climax. I am anxiously waiting.

  • Heroes Die

  • The First of the Acts of Caine
  • By: Matthew Stover
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012

Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does. At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, an epic worthy of Stefan Rudnicki

  • By Douglas E. Noll on 02-04-12

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

There always seems to be a disconnect between reviews and books. I sometimes think some reviewers comment on the first chapter or two. Violent? At times, sure, but no more than most fantasy novels. Stover blends science fiction and fantasy in an interesting way that actually parodies our modern entertainment culture.

  • Nightwise

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,636

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of 10, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Story And Narration

  • By Beth on 08-28-15

Surprisingly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I bought this on sale. I remembered Bronson Pinchot from that 80's sitcom and was a little skeptical - Balki meets the Dresden files? Sorry, Bronson, you had amazing range with the voice characterization and really brought the story to life. There are elite narrators who attract me as much as the writers. I will now add you to that list. This was a fun romp with an interesting melange of characters. If comedian Ron White was a bad ass wizard in an urban (and rural) fantasy. Cultural juxtaposition meets conspiracy theory and noir occult mystery. Extremely entertaining and well done on both sides of this production.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Veil of the Deserters

  • Bloodsounder's Arc, Book 2
  • By: Jeff Salyards
  • Narrated by: Kris Chung
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Braylar is still poisoned by the memories of those slain by his unholy flail Bloodsounder, and attempts to counter this sickness have proven ineffectual. The Syldoonian Emperor, Cynead, has solidified his power in unprecedented ways, and Braylar and company are recalled to the capital to swear fealty. Braylar must decide if he can trust his sister, Soffjian, with the secret that is killing him. She has powerful memory magics that might be able to save him from Bloodsounder's effects, but she has political allegiances that are not his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A diffrent feel from the first but still great.

  • By Daisy DeSilva on 04-10-18

Fertile grounds for so much more

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

This could be an epic fantasy on par with the very best. It is a world revealed at a tantalizing but slow pace, however. Those who like this novel cite that as a plus, but it can be frustrating. The writing is crisp and well done. The story arc has conflict, intrigue and twists. It has some great characters that may be somewhat limited by the first person chronicler narrative. There is violence, action and gritty dialogue. There is a developing back story of an magic system and mythology that intrigues but has not yet fully ramped up. There is fertile ground for multiple volumes of stories in this universe that Salyards has created, but he is presently content to slowly unwrap this present and to slowly build the story arc. The first two novels really seem like one giant unfinished single novel and I am curious to see how he puts this together in the third installment.

Chung is a talented and able narrator with a pleasant tone, but I had a little cognitive dissonance with the narration as he mixed American, British and Irish accents. Keeping it more consistent would have made it more seamless in a fantasy setting with medieval a Pseudo-European culture. A British narrator might have worked better.

All in all, this is a very good book with huge potential for multiple narratives.

  • The Broken Eye

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,096
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,086

Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loving this series!

  • By Lauren on 09-06-16

So entertaining; book 4 please!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Weeks epic continues to get progressively better. With the characters now fully realized, he fills in the back stories, addis tension, intrigue and plot twists and sets the table for the next installment. Rarely do I listen to multi-volume series in succession, but this was that compellingly good. I anxiously await the audio version of the Blood Mirror, and will have to endure some Lightbringer withdrawal. Simon Vance continues his stellar work bringing these characters to vivid life.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Blinding Knife

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,911
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,385
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,378

Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he has less than one. With 50,0000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much Better

  • By David S. on 09-16-12

Compelling middle book

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

For those who enjoy multi-book epic fantasy, that second book can be a challenge building the story arcs that later lead to the big climactic payoff. George R.R. Martin's Storm of Swords is easily the best of that series (and one of the very best fantasy books of all time for me), but you have to get through Clash of Kings to get there. This volume improves upon and builds upon Black Prism leaving a cliffhanger that has to be resolved. Simon Vance is among the very best narrators and really brings the characters to life. Enough said, I have to start The Broken Eye.

  • The Black Prism

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,552

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

Great beginning - better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

I read the Audible and Amazon reviews as well as blogs and reader sites to narrow my listening choices. If I am going to invest 10-30 hours listening to something I want it to be entertaining or thought provoking or profound. Fantasy novels are for me a guilty pleasure, and the best ones build solid foundations on multi faceted characters. I also am reluctant to take on multi-book series without having a good idea that the series improves upon the early expositions of a magic system or political setting to reward the reader later when it all comes together and the imagined underpinnings provide that exhilarating climax. That said, I am excited to move forward in this series because this was so much better than I expected: a great story with twists anchored by a talented and proven narrator.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful