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  • Will of Fire

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

The villainous Drad Redstar has won the favor of king and country after leading a decisive victory over the rebels at Winde Port. Now with a seat on the royal council, he condemns Torsten to a lifetime in the dungeon and invites his militant people to take up residence in the capital. But not all light has been squelched. There is one disgraced King’s Shieldsman left who remains loyal to Torsten, and only he can help free the Glass Kingdom from Redstar and his dark desires to revive the Buried Goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the series. Now with Pirates

  • By Josh R on 01-18-19

Great continuation of the series. Now with Pirates

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

How do you take an already awesome epic fantasy series and make it better? Add pirates. And they were a great addition, I really enjoyed them in this book, I hope they come back in later books. Book three was a great addition to the series that kept me thoroughly engaged from start to finish, that being said, as with the previous books, this book leaves a lot unanswered. So now I am eagerly awaiting book four. I appreciated how a couple more of the characters got elevated to main characters, and have their own dedicated chapters now. Luke Daniels’ narration is excellent as always. Definitely worth a listen.

This audiobook was provided by the publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Winds of War

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Full-scale rebellion rages in the south, and Sir Torsten Unger must lead the Glass Army to face it. But when a new and unfamiliar king forces Torsten to march alongside one of his fiercest rivals, he must draw on his faith to keep the army from fracturing. Whitney Fierstown continues his tutelage of the blood mage, Sora, who is desperate to get a better handle on her mysterious powers. Their journey brings them to the merchant city of Winde Port, where they seek passage to Yaolin City aboard a ship. It's smooth sailing until they realize an old nemesis is hunting them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoying this series

  • By Jeff M. on 12-25-18

Great Continuation of the Series

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Winds of War is an excellent continuation to the Buried Goddess Saga. All of our favorite characters are back for another adventure. All of the characters except for Torsten have shown great character growth and depth. It seems like Torsten is a little short sighted and one dimensional though. The pacing is great as well. I didn’t find any lulls in the action, and it kept me entertained throughout the entire novel. Luke Daniels’ narration is excellent. He gives all of the characters distinct voices, and he does a number of accents very well. I can’t wait to listen to the next one.

The publisher has gifted me other books in this series, but I purchased this one myself. This review is my unbiased opinion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cinder: Book Four of the Dragon Apocalypse (Volume 4)

  • By: James Maxey
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Cinder is the daughter of Infidel and Stagger, a child conceived in the land of the dead by a living mother and a phantom father. Now an adult, Cinder possesses the power to travel freely between the realms of the living and the dead. Due to her unique talent, she’s recruited by the ghost of Father Ver to journey to Hell to rescue Sorrow, Slate, and the Romers, friends of her mother who’ve become trapped in Hell after their escape from Limbo. But when the primal dragons turn their wrath against mankind, will there be a living world left to come home to? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling Conclusion to Dragon Apocalypse Series

  • By Josh R on 12-08-18

Thrilling Conclusion to Dragon Apocalypse Series

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

James Maxey does an excellent job with his conclusion to the Dragon Apocalypse series. He wrapped up all the outstanding storylines, and did so in a very thrilling way. I flew through this book, not wanting to pause once. Almost all of the previous characters are back, there’s a ton of action, and several very surprising plot twists. Jake Urry’s narration is excellent as always, giving all the characters their distinct and awesome voices. Ultimately, this book incredibly enjoyable. I highly recommend listening to the whole series.

This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Witchbreaker

  • Book Three of the Dragon Apocalypse
  • By: James Maxey
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Five hundred years ago, the famed Witchbreaker Lord Stark Tower launched a war against the cult of witches, nearly wiping them out. Today, only a handful of women still practice the craft in secret. A young witch named Sorrow has dedicated her life to changing this reality, vowing to wipe out the Church of the Book and launch a new golden age of witchcraft.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thought provoking moments that ? "Faith"

  • By Cindy on 10-01-18

Significant change from the previous two books

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I wasn’t sure what to expect going in to book three, based on how book two had ended, but book three ended up being a significant change from the previous books. The book is focused on Sorrow as the main character, which I really didn’t like at first, because she was one of my least favorite characters. The author makes up for this by adding more pirates. That, and bringing back a couple of the characters from book one. Even though I’m not fond of Sorrow, the author does a great job with this story, and I listened to book three quicker than the previous two. The narrator does a great job here as well, he voiced all of the characters really well, and it really draw me into the story. Definitely worth a listen.

This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Hush

  • Book Two of the Dragon Apocalypse
  • By: James Maxey
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The invulnerable, super-strong warrior, Infidel, has a secret: she's lost her magical powers right at the moment when she needs them most. To keep a promise to a fallen friend, she must journey to the frozen wastelands of the north. Her quest leads her through the abstract realms of the Sea of Wine, where she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all life. Hush, the primal dragon of cold, has formed an alliance with the ghost of a vengeful witch to murder Glorious, the dragon of the sun, plunging the world into an unending winter night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it.

  • By Jack on 01-31-18

Good Continuation of the series

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Hush picks up pretty much where Greatshadow ended. Bringing the cast (well, some of them) back together for another adventure. As with the first one, I love how this book is narrated by a dead guy, who at times, breaks the fourth wall. There is a dash of humor mixed in that I really enjoyed as well. The way magic is portrayed in this book is very interesting as well, with several different types of conflicting magic that all blend together to make an interesting and entertaining novel. The narrator does an amazing job as well, and his voice for Stagger later in the novel is fantastic. Overall, it was a good continuation of the series and I look forward to listening to the next book.

The author has gifted me other books, including the sequel to this one in exchange for an unbiased review, but I purchased this book myself. This review is my unbiased opinion.

  • Nobody Gets the Girl

  • A Superhero Novel (WHOOSH! BAM! POW! Book 1)
  • By: James Maxey
  • Narrated by: Emerson Hardy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Richard Rogers was an ordinary man until he met the supergenius Dr. Nicolas Knowbokov. Now, trapped in a world that has no memory of him, Richard is an invisible, intangible ghost to everyone but Dr. Know and the scientist’s two sexy superheroine daughters, Rail Blade and the Thrill. Assigned the code name Nobody, Richard becomes the world’s ultimate spy, invisibly battling the superpowered terrorist army run by the mysterious mastermind Rex Monday. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Beginning but Second Half Letdown

  • By slozzy on 11-26-18

Entertaining Superhero Comedy Story

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

This was a quick, enjoyable, superhero comedy story. It was definitely an original story, unlike anything I’ve listened to before. I found the characters to be entertaining, and I highly enjoyed that it wasn’t just a good vs evil superhero story, with many characters crossing the line between good and evil. The action starts right away, and stays constant throughout the story. This story had excellent narration as well. The narrator gives all of the characters distinct voices, and I really enjoyed the voice he used for the general narration, i.e. when someone isn’t talking. He even does a pretty good job voicing the female characters. Overall, Nobody Gets the Girl is definitely worth a listen, and I look forward to listening to book two.

This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Web of Eyes

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Self-proclaimed “World's Greatest Thief", Whitney Fierstown, has yet to find a trinket or treasure he couldn't steal. He nearly pulls off the heist of the century by snatching the Glass Crown off the dying king's head until rotten luck throws him into the path of Torsten Unger, a steadfast knight determined to save his vulnerable kingdom. Torsten offers this ultimatum: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition and put his skills to good use.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Joliet Jill on 11-15-18

Entertaining fantasy series, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

This is a highly entertaining new fantasy novel, narrated by the excellent Luke Daniels. Luke Daniels nails the narration in this novel perfectly. All distinct, and entertaining voices, and several different accents. He really puts some emotion into his reading, creating a truly immersive environment. The story itself is pretty good as well. I found the characters believable and relatable, and there is definitely a lot of character growth throughout the book. They answer most of the plot points, but leave a few for the next book. They can use this book as a base to build an enjoyable epic fantasy series.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonia: Rise of the Wyverns

  • Dragonia Empire, Volume 1
  • By: Craig A. Price Jr.
  • Narrated by: Reuben Corbett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The Resistance struggles to find a way to defeat the Dragonia Empire; all hope seems lost against the dragon riders, until they discover an island full of wyverns. Devarius has lost everything. His parents murdered, his sister kidnapped, and the new village he called home: destroyed. The Dragonia Empire has gotten out of control, destroying everything in its path searching for the Resistance. Devarius is left with little choice but to find the Resistance, join them, and hope he can help them defeat the Dragonia Empire once and for all to bring peace to the land of Kaeldroga.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun adventure.

  • By cosmitron on 06-12-18

Enjoyable Dragon & Wyvern adventure

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This book is a fun, family friendly adventure with Dragons and Wyverns. If you look through my previous reviews, I don’t typically enjoy Young Adult books, but I found this book to be enjoyable and entertaining. I especially enjoyed Paedyn's character. I found that the action started early in this book and the story moved along quickly. The narration was excellent in this book as well. The narrator gave distinct voices for all the characters, and even voiced the women well. His voice for Paedyn's character is probably my favorite though. I look forward to listening to book two.

This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,071

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

The use of "Monkeys" gets old quick

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I really enjoyed book one of the series, and writing this after listening through book six, the rest of the series as well. I almost stopped listening in the middle of this book because I got tired of hearing "Humans are monkeys" or some variation of that every other sentence, or every sentence, or it seems like sometimes twice a sentence. It's worth struggling through that part though because the rest of the series (so far) is amazing. The narration is amazing as well. R.C. Bray really nails all the characters voices perfectly. Definitely worth a listen.

#Comedy #SciFi #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Trouble on Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,936

While the crew of the UN Expeditionary Force's pirate starship Flying Dutchman are enjoying a luxury vacation cruise (not!), UNEF troops are still stranded on an alien-controlled planet. Major Emily Perkins and her team are busy picking up the pieces, and it's not easy, because there is trouble on Paradise....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been part of Book 3

  • By W. Brooks on 07-11-17

Great SpinOff from the main series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This was an interesting insight in to life on Paradise once Joe and the crew had to leave them to their fates. Unfortunately, I find the way the keepers act to be totally believable if this were real. Ultimately, I had to give it 4 stars because of the cliff hanger that left me entirely frustrated. R.C. Bray's narration is spot-on, like always. Definitely worth a listen.

#Comedy #SciFi #tagsgiving #sweepstakes