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  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,664

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

This series is amazing.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

This is top-notch military Sci Fi, well written, well narrated and excellently conceptualized. I've read the whole series, and I think very highly of it. Without giving any spoilers, I will say that this is the best fan-fiction reimagining of an established universe that I have ever seen. Even though the series is complete in and of itself, I hope to read more stories set in this universe.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ninefox Gambit

  • By: Yoon Ha Lee
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 626

To win an impossible war, Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the Hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris' career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the Hexarchate itself might be next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just too confusing with enough context

  • By Jose Alvarez on 04-02-17

No easy read, this. The challenge is worth it.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I'm a veteran reader and listener of Sci Fi. I am impressed by the fearless, unapologetic way that I was thrust into this universe. No handholding, no introductions, explanations or tutorials - just *bam* you're in the author's vision and you can either keep up or bail. I respect this approach to world building very much.

As to world building - wow. This is not only a fully realized alien time and place, which is impressive enough; its also a relatable, human story with viscera, texture, love and hate. Bravo. The author makes the setting seem so natural as to be inevitable, even as the reader is saying "wtf is happening" and just trying to keep up. This is as elegant in execution as it is impressive. There must be ream after ream of world building notes that the author has made on this universe.

This is not for every reader, but if you enjoy a challenge and you're a black-belt level listener, this is some top-notch Sci Fi.

  • The Legacy

  • The Darkness Within Saga, Book 1
  • By: JD Franx
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

DeathWizards have been the scourge of Talohna for over 5000 years; they are executed at birth or hunted to the death. There are no exceptions. Pulled by magic and blood sacrifice into a world he can't possibly begin to understand, Kael Symes soon finds himself the focus of a Talohna-wide manhunt. Desperate and trying to stay ahead of ArchWizard Giddeon Zirakus's execution squad, Kael soon discovers that Talohna's ArchWizard may be the least of his worries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting take on Multiverse Fantasy

  • By Sailfish on 04-21-18

Desperately needs editing

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Grammatical errors and inconsistencies make this book nearly unreadable. I raged listening to this abortion. A grammatical error every now and then is no big deal. Intentional grammatical errors are fine, too. But this...this is a new level of unforgivable grammatical stupidity. How this got by an editor I'll never know.

Hey author: "When placing a description of your subject before the subject, *YOU* then put the subject next." See? Like that. Dear God, I want to punch myself in the face. Here's how you do it: "When placing a description in front of the subject, *the reader* is completely frustrated by the author's lack of understanding of basic grammatical rules." See how that didn't make any sense?! IT'S EVERYWHERE. EVERY SECOND OR THIRD SENTENCE IN THE ENTIRE BOOK. AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGH

Ok story aside from that. I think. It was difficult to concentrate on the actual story. Gah.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fatemarked

  • The Fatemarked Epic, Book 1
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 712

They are the fatemarked. Misunderstood. Worshipped. Hated. Murdered at birth. Their time to step into the light has come. An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren is one of the fatemarked, but has hidden his mark of power his entire life, fearing the damage it might cause to those around him. A great evil is coming. He can't hide anymore.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-18

High caliber High Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I'm a picky reader, and a fantasy junkie. This book is pure quality, and is a very promising intro to a series.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy

  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287

For 500 years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens. A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die. For two years, he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now, there is another searching for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cutting trilogy

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-13-18

Ruinous narration sinks this ship

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Narrator is trying too hard. Dramatic flourishes that needlessly distract, reedy whiny female voices and a bizarre sense of word emphasis make this sound like Google translate. I'd actually rather hear Text-to-Speech AI than this.

I'll be frank: the story is...ok. With a decent narrator, it might be decent. I give credit to the author for trying to get world creation, magic systems and gods to work. I could critique those efforts, as I have some opinions about how it doesn't quite work out, but with this narrator there's really no need to go deeper.

I'm not able to finish the series. I'm halfway through book 2, and I give up. It's just not enjoyable in the slightest anymore. I won't ask for a refund, but I won't recommend it either. Avoid. There are better ways to spend your time.

41 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • The Reign of Magic

  • Pentamuria Saga, Book 1
  • By: Wolf Awert
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

Pentamuria, the world of five kingdoms, is in a time of change. The power of the nobles and mages is threatened. War is upon them, although they do not know yet when or with whom. Thus, the mages are gathering in their capital, Ringwall, to prepare together against any possible enemy. At this time, the orphan boy Nill is found by the Druids. He possesses considerable magical skills. So he is taken to Ringwall, where he is to be trained in the magical arts alongside his fellow students. Nill, an outsider, shows no respect for the traditions of the magical world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Much too long for the story distance traveled

  • By Sailfish on 01-19-18

Delicious mysteries

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

I'm quite taken by the world shaping up here. There are many more questions than answers in this book. This is a fun, interesting, tantalizing start to something that could be truly special. I'm keeping my eye on this series. Great work!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 6,228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,865

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

"It's all a big misunderstanding"

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

That sums it up. The entire premise of the story is built upon misunderstandings.

This reads like someone's first novel. It leans on tropes that the author never even bothers to develop. A ten minute conversation could replace roughly 35% of the book. It's amateurish. I would not have been terribly surprised to learn that "it had all been a dream." That's the level of cheese this is at.

I think this needs a lot more work. I'm interested, and I'll check out the second novel, but if it matches this one in story devices, depth and development, I'm out.

Some YA fiction is designed for YA readers. This seems like one of those stories.

  • Warmage

  • Spellmonger, Book 2
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,346
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,666

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story, written in a frustrating format

  • By Jared on 07-11-17

I just can't stand John Lee anymore

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

I'm out. The series, without John Lee, is ok. The writer tends to "tell" a story, vs "show" the story, and I dislike that approach, but I can respect it. The passive 1st person narrative isn't my favorite. It greatly reduces the tension in and immersion into the story.

John Lee, however, kills the book for me. He has a nice enough speaking voice, but that's about all he has going for him. Every male character sounds the same. Every female character sounds the same. His dramatic flair is really strange sometimes, and missing entirely in others.


With my utter distaste for John Lee coupled with my personal dislike for first-person passive writing, I give this series a solid "meh."

  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,342

With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jake on 03-16-10

Completely wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

It is not often that I praise a book as a stirring, evocative work of art. This is one of those times. The skill and love with which this story is told, the poetry within the prose, the deft, cunning usage of the perspective all come together to elevate this book into a masterwork.

  • Prador Moon

  • A Novel of the Polity, Book 1
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Neal Asher takes on first contact, Polity style. This original novel recounts the first contact between the aggressive Prador aliens, and the Polity Collective as it is forced to retool its society to a war footing. The overwhelming brute force of the Prador dreadnaughts causes several worlds and space stations to be overrun. Prador Moon follows the initial Polity defeats, to the first draws, and culminates in what might be the first Polity victory, told from the point of view of two unlikely heroes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Best served BEFORE subsequent Polity stories

  • By SciFi Kindle on 01-22-14

Subpar narration drags the story down.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

This is a fun, interesting book that manages to survive a bland narrator who can't even inform himself enough to pronounce the word "Occam" correctly. Most characters sound identical to one another, and scene changes are confusing because the narrative intonation and inflection doesn't change at all. Aside from that, I enjoyed the book.