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  • Outland

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,627

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland - an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. The group races to establish control of the portal before the government, the military, or evildoers can take it away. Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just plain fun and never dull.

  • By Kenneth Wieland on 05-19-19

Loved it from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

I could hardly stop listening, and so I lost a lot of sleep because of it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unsouled

  • Cradle, Volume 1
  • By: Will Wight
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143

Sacred artists follow a thousand Paths to power, using their souls to control the forces of the natural world. Lindon is Unsouled, forbidden to learn the sacred arts of his clan. When faced with a looming fate he cannot ignore, he must rise beyond anything he's ever known...and forge his own Path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He don’t need no stinkin’ badge

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-16-19

A good start, narrated at high speed

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I liked the world and its structure of magic. The narration felt too fast, like it was sped up. I listen to most books at about 1.5x, but this one was most comfortable at 0.8x.

  • On the Shoulders of Titans

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,140

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive. Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well. As much as he wants to follow that lead, Corin has more pressing problems to deal with. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Well, yea...

  • By Timothy on 05-23-19

Too slow

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

The last part of the book was ok, kept falling asleep while listening. I found it Interresting in the first book, but there is just too much magic-system filler too keep my mind focused. I had to constantly go back and re-listen to whole sections, because my thoughts wandered. I hope the next book focusses less on chapter-long game mechanic like magic-theory.

  • Wrath of Empire

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

 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. Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michael may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still one of the best fantasy series out there!

  • By Atle on 12-26-18

Still one of the best fantasy series out there!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

The story continues relentlessly on its gory path. I long for more already. Magnificent storytelling.

  • Dante's Immortality: Beginnings

  • By: Antonio Terzini
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137

For those who reside in the outer regions of Aleria, the day of bestowal is what determines their destiny. It is the holy day of the Goddess. The day that allows those of age to step forward and receive their blessing, to embark on the path that she has chosen for them. To receive their Classification, which dictates their strength and ability. For those people, the holy day of bestowal represents fate itself. For Dante, it represents salvation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing story that sucks you in in seconds

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-03-18

Would have been a great normal epic fantasy story

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

As an audiobook it was a bit irritating at times. I felt having stats read out all the time boring. The story itself made up for this distraction though.

In my opinion the story could have been so much better without the lit-rpg parts, but for fans of this sub-genre I highly recommend it!

Well written and narrated (despite some strange sound effects in the audio version).

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,416

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

Great sequel

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I had to listen to this again before starting on book 3, and it was an even better listen this second time around. It has a way of weaving stories together in a captivating manner which makes it hard to take breaks. There are a few "boring" moments, but when listening to them again, they felt necessary to complete the picture.

  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,168

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A skeptic entertained

  • By David M on 11-22-17

Grows on you and then grips you tight

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I had a hard time managing to get through the first chapters. I left the book for a long time and forgot about it. When I finally got into it again I couldn't stop. This is a story of how gossip and white lies can ruin a pure heart, and how good intentions can have disastrous consequences. A gripping and heartfelt tale set in a harsh world, filled with believable, yet perhaps a bit stupid humans, fighting both each other and an impending doom.

  • Lusam

  • The Dragon Mage Wars, Book 5
  • By: Dean Cadman
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,219

After failing to completely close The Rift, Lusam and Neala travel south in search of the illusive Pearl Isle, where they hope to discover the fourth Guardian book, and return in time to try again. Time, however, is not on their side, as the dark God, Aamon, sets in motion a plan to restore his own power, and once again tear open The Rift to unleash the horrors of the Netherworld upon their world. Aysha's new inability to see his destiny, along with her prophetic warnings about a hidden realm and Neala's certain death if she enters it, all weigh heavily on Lusam's mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read. great book. fantastic narrator.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-18

Fell asleep too many times

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

Not for me. This story is dragging on too much. I was disappointed with the ending especially. The last few chapters took me days to finish.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,636

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

A good standalone sequel

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

"14" was just great. This book is connected to the story in the first book, but it won't really matter which of the two you read first. For me the plot was revealed a bit too easy in this one, and I might have enjoyed it even more if I had read it before "14". It has some nice twists, and a different take on a few paradoxes than many mainstream sci-fi touching this particular issue.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,028
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38,028

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good start, then turned into a different story.

  • By Kelly on 10-05-13

I couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

A good "how deep does the rabbit hole go?" sci-fi story. I noticed a few irritating minor flaws, but aside from that it was very captivating and fresh. "Totally out there" though, so not for everyone.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful