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  • 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 5,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,177

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 had potential...

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Craig Alanson almost had a good thing going with this book but it quickly fell short. The overall story of this book grabbed my attention in the first couple of chapters. The main character seemed fairly standard (good hearted young man from humble beginnings thrust into an overwhelming world). The story and world started out similarly standard for the genre. Once the main story and character development started everything fell apart. The driving force behind all conflict and story is some of the worst writing I've read. The main character is too dense for any reader to feel he is understandable or relatable. He readily takes to heart any random gossip he overhears and believes anything said to him in anger. He also distrusts anyone close to him and dismisses anything said to him in kindness. The entire drive behind the story is that all information that is helpful or important is hidden from all pertinent parties. The reasons or explanations for why every character in the book outright lies or withholds information is illogical at the best of times and at the worst of times is just discarded with some arbitrary judgement call. Why would the oldest most knowledgeable wizard in the world not want to immediately train the most powerful wizard in the world who the entire fate of the world is dependent on? He's too young and he won't be responsible.
Essentially this is a good idea with a standard story that is completely torn apart by overusing boring tropes and weak plot devices(withheld information, misunderstanding, dense protagonist).

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Journeymage

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 6
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,877
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,860

What does the most powerful wizard in the world do after the war? Despite the hordes of goblins still ready to ravage human lands, King Rard has signed a treaty with them, so Minalan is forbidden from taking advantage of their weak state. Most would take a well-deserved rest over the summer…but Minalan and his household are busy repaying a favor owed to the tribal Kasari for their help in the war, and the Spellmonger pays his debts. So Minalan spends his summer sneaking 2,000 Kasari children through enemy lines and some of the roughest territory in the Five Duchies toward salvation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Fantasy Series of its Time

  • By Michael Sofis on 07-13-18

Epic

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

my favorite in the series so far. Terry just can't miss. amazing book after amazing book. you don't have to slay a dragon every book sometimes it's enough to just take a walk through the forest with some friends.

  • Dreams of Steel

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 5
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Rachel Butera
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

Croaker has fallen and, following the Company's disastrous defeat at Dejagore, Lady is one of the few survivors--determined to avenge the Company and herself against the Shadowmasters, no matter what the cost. But in assembling a new fighting force from the dregs and rabble of Taglios, she finds herself offered help by a mysterious, ancient cult of murder--competent, reliable, and apparently committed to her goals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The book gets 4 Stars, the interpretation a 2

  • By Nick Olah on 09-18-10

Rachel Butera

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

What about Rachel Butera’s performance did you like?

Rachel Butera is by far the best female Narrator I have ever listened to. Her consistency and ability are incredible. She really brought this book to life. Rachel Butera is Lady.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Goldenhand

  • The Old Kingdom, Book 5
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not sure what happened here

  • By Mandi G. on 11-12-16

narrator ugh!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

Loved the story and the series but the voice actor was abysmal. It would have been much more enjoyable with a better reader. Oddly enough she seemed to do better toward the end but her overall tone and voices were lacking.