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Characters Gone Awry

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I felt like ALL of the characters in this book were essentially the same. Lisette, Mary, Ted, etc. They all use the same phrases, everyone is perfectly reasonable, even Ted. The villains seem to be one dimensional, they are the bad guy and evil with no motivations beyond. It's a far departure from the first three books. I was really disappointed with Mary. She was meant to be the epitome of womankind, she's always right, he's always wrong, she instantly realizes any mistakes, there's no tension. I really loved this series but I feel like they are coming out so fast that the character development is being left in the dirt. I mean literally every friendly person he comes in contact with has a similar mindset and no major flaws. Seldar, Beltar, Dantos, Liam, Common, etc. Let your characters grow, understand their flaws and motivations.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Darkslayer Omnibus audiobook cover art

lots of loose ends, low production value

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

For the price (80 hours for one credit) it was well worth it. The book did fall short of expectations but the author has a really unique way of world building.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Depressingly boring - loved the first 3

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-17

There were so many opportunities for this book to shine. Somehow the author missed those opportunities in this book. He focused almost all of his attention on Eric's depression and spent almost no time developing other characters. Mary grew a bit, but as much as she's in the book her character is very 1 dimensional. Very "perfect" and against the contrast of Eric/Halar being so very whiny I didn't feel their dynamic. The whole thing with Yohan was one of the smaller portions of this book. Tons of time was spent building up the Yohan and then it's just super easy no problems to kill him. Like every battle in this book it was high on Eric's feelings and low on things actually happening. This book was about brooding. I sure hope that the next book is stronger and spends more time developing the side cast.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

Free the Darkness audiobook cover art

Nick Podehl is a god among narrators

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-16

This book is a new favorite. While not huge on the action, everything combat is easy for the main character, the development of his character and choices he is forced into are great. I loved this book and Nick Podehl is hands down one of the top narrator's I've ever heard. He does emotion, female, male, and more

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Tarah Woodblade audiobook cover art

Getting better and better

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-16

The narrator is getting better and the story is getting better and better. overall I'm happy about it

Mother of the Moonrat audiobook cover art

Great and simple books

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

This book has a lot to offer. Rich world, overarching plot. It falls short in the narrating. I can tell he tries but often he is monotone. It hurts the books.

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Great fun book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Not the most complex book I've listened to but still well written. The narrator is a little too monotone, he does some good voices but his speech is clipped and doesn't sound natural except when he's doing certain voices. If he was to fix that it would be incredible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

A Shattered Empire audiobook cover art

Great book, a bit rushed

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

This book has everything you could want from a fantasy novel. Rich immersive setting, history, attention to detail, and so much more.
It felt a bit rushed, there was little to no character development with Miranda who was played such a pivotal part. They didn't play dominion at all, which would have been nice. They didn't develop the villains anymore either. The other books were so good because they had developed villains in Bells and Amerdin. Amerdin saw barely anytime and we didn't get to know any of the new villains very well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Damn

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-16

I ate this book. I've listened to hundreds of fantasy books now and this stands out.
First the narration was great. The narrator used many tricks to make the voices sound different and I never had a moment of confusion when he switched between characters.
Second, the story was rich, the characters had depth, although less depth toward the end when more characters were involved.
Third, people died, often books feel like it's too easy or you can guess what is going to happen so they don't hit you as hard. This author did a fantastic job of giving hope and taking it away only to give it again. I really enjoyed this book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Chaos Awakens Trilogy audiobook cover art

Good if you need a book

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-16

This book was alright. I think the narrator's style wasn't right for this book as the main character sounded more like a wholesome cowboy than a killer. Some of the voices made me laugh because they were over the top.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful