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Bennion J. Archer

UT, USA
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  • The Magician King

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,871

Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King Grossman the Magician

  • By Douglas on 08-12-11

one of the best written and best read books every

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

cannot express in words how much the series has meant to me. buy them all, don't ask questions.

  • The Core

  • Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,740
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose - men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat-and emerge victorious.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series start, worthless end.

  • By Bjorn on 12-08-17

one of the best ending to a series ever.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

impossible to discuss without massive spoilers, but it's executed to such a degree you'll think it was already written. had always been written. truly masterful, read the whole series over again first it makes it much better. then buy the whole thing for someone else.

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  • The Vagrant

  • By: Peter Newman
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Years have passed since humanity's destruction emerged from the Breach. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. A s each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was the concept and the prose that kept me goin

  • By Alexandra on 08-18-15

Not for everyone, but if its for you...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

It straddles the line between horrible madness and amazing clarity in equal prepositions. It is fascinating piece in the genre whether you love it or hate it.
It stands out for how different it manages to be despite existing in well trod territory, post-post-apocalyptic fantasy. Insane most times, but lands surprisingly grounded when it needs to hit hard.
Every piece of concept and execution is fascinating to deconstruct and consider, especially in the context of the genre and its conventions. Anyone interested in narrative construction and tools, or even vocal performance--strange but effective here as well--will find The Vagrant instructive and disorienting regardless of how you feel about the actual story as entertainment.
The negative reviews are very understandable. It really isn't for everyone. For me its brilliant and fascinating. So I leave it with a tentative general recommendation. I think anyone should buy it, if they are okay with that they may not like it. Its a stand out for boldness in an increasingly static field. Listen through and decide what you do and don't like and why, you'll be a better reader and critic for it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Thief

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 2
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,236

Dante Galand has cured the sickness that trapped him on the Plagued Islands. Now it's time to leave. And kill a priest. The target is Gladdic of Bressel. Gladdic, who executed Dante's friend, the pirate Captain Twill. Who all but enslaved the Plagued Islands. And whose visions of empire are far from over. But Gladdic is trained in both ether and nether - and a darker magic than Dante has ever known. He's the most dangerous foe Dante has faced. And if Dante falls, so will an entire kingdom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please Listen To CYCLE OF ARAWN First...

  • By Captain Spanky Of Nazareth on 01-22-17

A talented author in desperate need of an editor.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

The prolific Edward W. Robertson continues his trend of writing good stories that fall short by a tragic lack of polish. Many scenes and passages are obvious errors, not a lack of story craft, just things that should be caught in the drafting stage, but have some how managed to make it into the final copy. There is a jewel of a story here, but the bizarre little incongruities are just frequent enough to make fully engaging with the narrative impossible.

Tim Gerard Reynolds as always knocks it out of the park, I would be wary of reading the book in print, as his ability to elevate work often out shines the author. And that skill may be what tips these books into the enjoyable category. I've enjoyed all of the two series, and I'll spend a credit on the next book. I really hope to Robertson takes some time for extra revision and perhaps some beta readers, but I'll not hold my breath.

Perhaps we are seeing a downside of self publishing.

  • The Waking Fire

  • The Draconis Memoria
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator does not do the story Justice

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-15-16

How to end a first book of a series

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

Steven Brand has one the best and most unique voices in the business, and here, once again puts it to great effect. Despite some unevenness moving into the second act, the story is solid and engaging supported be strong characters and the delightfully florid prose that never accede to grating pretension.
And that ending! Damn. Ryan really nails this. If you've read Blood Song, you'll happily find he's establishing himself as the master of ending a book--if not a series. The Waking Fire mixes resolution, tension, anticipation, and surprise in a masterful final chapter. The next book is set up for greatness, and I'm very much looking foreword to it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,302

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Refreshing self-aware fantasy, fun and deep

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

Characters are believable and deep, with a self-awareness that never takes itself too seriously, while also being thoughtful and poignant.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Two protagonists are perfect, performing a running commentary on the world and events the closely mirrors that of the reader, lending a huge degree of relateability and buy in.

Any additional comments?

Tim Reynolds 'voices' have been grating and distracting in other titles, but his dour to whimsical range works perfectly for this book.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful