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  • The Axe of Sundering

  • Adventurers Wanted, Book 5
  • By: M. L. Forman
  • Narrated by: M. L. Forman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

Whalen Vankin is the world's greatest wizard, and he has only ever personally trained two other wizards. One is Alexander Taylor, a young man who has earned a reputation as a brave adventurer, a warrior, and man of honor. The other is Jabez, Vankin's nephew and a man whose choices have led him down a different, darker path. Dark magic has covered Westland, and evil is stirring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for next adventure

  • By CONNIE on 10-05-17

A lot of filler

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Struggled to finish it. Repeating internal dialogue everywhere. If I had to hear that Alex hated to wait or got angry again I would probably scream.

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,229

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

Entertaining and funny

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Any additional comments?

This was one of the most fun stories I've heard in awhile, and I listen to several books a week. I drive a Truck for a living so I'm behind the wheel 12 or more hours a day. I spend most of that time listening to audio books. This was one that I really wanted to drive another couple of hundred miles so I could finish it. And if you have ever wondered how a cat thinks, this nails it.

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,537
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,262

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old school-style scifi with dreary narration

  • By D. Backshall on 03-18-16

Decent story but poor narration

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

Where does The Lost Starship rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranked among other sci-fi I have to put it just above the middle. A decent story but the author really missed the dialog between military personnel.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator really had a problem with female voices. They all sounded like a breathy Mae West. It would also be nice if narrators knew what the acronyms mean. Like instead of saying H.U.D. they say "Heads Up Display" or say "hud."

Any additional comments?

I'm pleased to see a different narrator for the future books.

  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

Good Story, dreadful narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Would you listen to Koban, Book 1 again? Why?

Like many of the other reviewers, I found the narration dreadful. Each time the narrator use a chuckle in his voice I would cringe. Unfortunately, he did that a lot. But, I trusted the other reviewers and stuck with the story and listened to all of it.

This is a well written book and worth the read. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Koban, Book 1?

The testing day.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His intonation and inflection was entirely wrong for this type of book. People are dying left and right and he would use a chuckle in the main character's voice. It really made my teeth grind.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Warstrider: Warstrider, Book 1

  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

Dev Cameron joined the military to fly a starship but is rated unsuitable and grudgingly accepts an assignment with the ground forces, piloting a massive walking tank (a warstrider). But Cameron may yet get a chance at glory when he makes a discovery about the alien foes that could change the course of the war.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This one is tough to listen to.

  • By Nate on 04-04-15

This one is tough to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Would you try another book from Ian Douglas and/or David Drummond?

I've enjoyed Ian Douglas' work in the past and that's why I tried this one in spite of poor reviews. While I might try another book by Ian, I won't try any more from this series. As far as David Drummond's narration, it was horrible for this book. While Ian created a world that is greatly influenced by Japan, the narration was done with what sounded like a Scottish Pirate.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Douglas? Why or why not?

yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Bad accents and intonation made everyone sound scared and panicked

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I listened to all but the last hour or so and just couldn't stand it anymore.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Day of Battle

  • The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
  • By: Rick Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 32 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725

In An Army at Dawn - winner of the Pulitzer Prize - Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943, attack Italy two months later, and then fight their way, mile by bloody mile, north toward Rome. The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and their military advisors bitterly debated whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even wise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to Listen to, but Very Worthwhile

  • By N. Rogers on 08-08-14

Not as good as the first in the series.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is a really long book that didn't really tell me anything not already known. After 2 days of listening I wanted to scream. But never willing to quit... I plowed through. Unless you want to constantly hear egotistical writings from generals, then skip this book.

Any additional comments?

After this experience, I will not purchase the final in the series. Quite a disappointment from the first in the series.