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  • Orconomics: A Satire

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756

Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual. The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy shit

  • By EyeDeKay on 02-21-17

Enjoyable and funny

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I had a really good time listening to this book. I only wish audible had more of J. Zachary Pike and narrator Doug Tisdale, Jr. I would probably buy them all.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant

  • By: Seth Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

In Seth Dickinson's highly anticipated debut The Traitor Baru Cormorant, a richly imagined geopolitical fantasy, a young woman from a conquered people tries to transform an empire. Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people - even her soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A triumph of a debut!

  • By Mimi on 09-25-15

Blame the narrator?

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

I read the first pages of this novel before I decided to buy the audiobook an I was really looking forward to listening to it. But Christine Marshall really took all joy out of listening. All I could think when I was listening was why she was in such a hurry. I actually couldn't finish the novel because of the bad narration. This is some of the worst case of a narrator massacring a novel.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Forges

  • By: James A. Moore
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 269

The Seven Forges are a range of impassable mountains, far to the north of the settled lands of Fellein. From time to time explorers venture up beyond the Blasted Lands in search of a way over them and the promise of legendary riches, but without success. Now Captain Merros Dulver has found a path, and encountered, at last, the half-forgotten people who dwell there. And it would appear they were expecting him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not very engaging

  • By Nicole G. on 02-20-15

A slow start

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

I started to listen to this after finishing Angus Watson Reign of Iron and I was seriously considering not listen to it all the way. But I hanged on to it and I don't regret doing it. The people and the story didn't engage in the beginning but I found myself not being able to stop listening after about half the novel. I even went straight in to buy the second novel in this triology and after finishing this review I will start listening to it too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reign of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Caesar's soldiers have murdered, massacred, and pillaged their way through Gaul and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon Britain - with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic. Somehow Queen Lowa must repel the invasion, although her best general is dead and her young druid powerless. She faces impossible odds, but when the alternative is death or slavery, a warrior queen will do whatever it takes to save her people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't know if it can get better than this

  • By Marlene on 10-04-15

I don't know if it can get better than this

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Angus Watson has delivered in all 3 novels in his triology. I find myself thinking of the books days after I finished the last one. It's that kind of novel you can't wait to finish and when you are finished you regret that you were in such a hurry. If you are a fan of gritty fantasy with a lof of humour in it this series is a given. I shouldn't forget the narrator, Sean Barrett is definately one of the best.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Age of Iron

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join - and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ambercrombie style

  • By Stephen on 09-19-14

I can't wait for the second book in this series!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

All lovers of gritty fantasy, Abercrombie's and Mark Lawrence's novels you are going to enjoy this one. It is a really dirty cruel world presented in this novel but at the same time it's hilarious and fun. Give it a try, it is really worth it.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Dance of Cloaks

  • Shadowdance
  • By: David Dalglish
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets. Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond piston, daggers, and the iron rule of his father.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tough slurring narration

  • By Y Stroud on 02-18-17

Good story, Bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-19-13

I really liked the story, if I hadn't I would have stopped to listen after 30 minutes because the narrator was terrible. With another narrator I might even have given the book 5 stars. The story is in the Morgan and Abercrombie tradition, ruthless fantasy.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Promise of Blood

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380

Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved.... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best debut novel in many years!

  • By Marlene on 04-22-13

Best debut novel in many years!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-13

Do not miss out on this book! It is a fantasy book about believable people, idealism warring with necessities. The magical system is fresh and inventive. And to top it off you get to laugh out loud now and then. One of the best books (if not the best) I have listened to.

Christian Rodska is awesome as a narrator. He is one of the best!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • A Turn of Light

  • By: Julie E. Czerneda
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 34 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The village of Marrowdell is an isolated pioneer community, but it is also the place where two worlds overlap, and at the turn of light - sunset - the world of magic known as the Verge can briefly be seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Julie's first foray into fantasy is a home run!

  • By Heather Dryer on 03-26-13

So bad that I couldn't even finish it

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

Reviewed: 03-27-13

Czerneda used to be one of my favorite authors, I have always enjoyed her sf novels. A Turn of Light is just terrible. It is like the worst romance novel ever. For example, the main person Jenn Nalynn is supposed to be 19 and acts like the most selfish totally spoiled brat about ten years old, totally unlikable. I suffered about 10 hours of listening about her going on and on about marriage and escaping from the village before I almost screamed and hit someone. Then I did the most sensible thing and turned it off.

I don't want to waste too many words on this review but save your money on this one.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Forge of Darkness

  • Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

Forge of Darkness takes listeners to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire and surrounds one of the Malazan world’s most fascinating and powerful characters, Anomander Rake. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, where Mother Dark reigns above the Tiste people. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I have to wait for the next book!

  • By Bri on 01-02-13

Erikson continues his amazing stories.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-13

The series Malazan Book of the Fallen is the best I have ever read. Now Erikson expands around this amazing world he built and we get to know more what came before.

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,843

They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justice can have what's left when I'm done.

  • By Lore on 10-02-13

Abercrombie delivers as usual

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

Reviewed: 03-10-13

Where does Red Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top 20.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lamb is my favorite. He has been in several of Abercrombies books and it is interesting to see how he struggles with himself.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, I didn't have any extreme reactions.

Any additional comments?

Abercrombie is the best.