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  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,026

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

Backwards

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This book was very hard to listen too. The narrator made it seem like a history lesson and the book itself would talk about the same moment present and then past tense so through the book you wonder if what is going on is happening or has already happened and it really is a history of the man. Sometimes the narrator would also narrate the character in one voice and when he was thinking something he would narrate in a different voice well he was in a group which made it a little confusing at times. The book is also written backwards, if you start from the middle it will give you the information you need to understand the beginning of the book. Overall, this book had potential, but it was really dry and it was like a history lesson of another place that the reader should already know the other half of the lesson.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deceptions

  • Ascendant, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,217

Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • First two books; really good!

  • By Johan on 04-29-18

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This whole series was a good series. It ended well, but it leaves the reader wanting more even though it has a good ending. The whole series keeps you on the edge if your seat and really locks the reader in. It was a very enjoyable read.

  • 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 5,663
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,331

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

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

This book is good from the start. It gets the reader hooked and draws you in and it gets better and better. Eventually there is a lot of politics for the kingdom, but even if it gets disinteresting, it shifts characters frequently so you don't go multiple chapters without hearing from your favorite character. This was a very enjoyable book to read.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 203,415
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189,545

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great book once you get into it

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

This book was completely Awesome. I saw the movie before reading the book and they are both equally enjoyable. The only problem I had with the the book is it took 9 of the 40 chapters to describe the gaming system the main characters uses and then on chapter 2 it's more of a religious book. A friend suggested the book and I almost called it quits after 3 or 4 chapters, but of you wait it out, the book eventually does get better.

  • Graceling

  • By: Kristin Cashore
  • Narrated by: David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,377

Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used - and even more at the injustices she sees around her.Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wounderful

  • By Wayne on 03-12-10

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

This book was very enjoyable. I loved the story and the narrator. The only problem I had with the audio book was that the music was really overkill. Sometimes there was real dramatic music for no reason at all. The music in between chapters was alright, but it seems to be randomly thrown around in the book. Besides the random overkill music, the book is great!

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,129

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book!

  • By Loyd Simpson on 01-10-18

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

this book was completely epic! It starts off just throwing names at the reader which was hard to get a grasp on at forst, but once you are able to remember the names of the characters the book gets really good. It was hard to put down. The only real problem I had listening to this book was there were many times the narrator was hard to understand and once you get about half way it sounds like he was only reading half sentences. Also, the narrator had a few problems with creating the characters. The first time the queen is introduced he sounds like an old fickle woman, later the book describes her as a young beautiful woman and he changes his voice to match. Anytime the queen talks to her delegates the narrator made her sound old, but any scene that's intimate to her life he would change her voice again, the queen was one character the narrator gave 3 different voices and it was somewhat distracting. I found myself rewinding a few times because it was start off in a man's voice "...said the queen" and it threw me off. besides some small things, the book itself was completely awesome!

  • Lily & Oceana

  • The Dragon Kin Series, Book 2
  • By: Audrey Faye, Shae Geary
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Dragon Star has chosen again - and this time, it must be mistaken. Lily is off to an elf wedding with her friends, which might be a fate worse than death. So she thinks - until she sticks her fingers in the water of a river far from home. What she finds will change her life and challenge the bravest dragons she knows. And might involve some accidental dragon soup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Spencer1316 on 03-21-18

Great!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This book starts where the last book left off. This book (as the title shows) follows Sapphire's friend Lilly. this book has a lot more character building and has an overall stronger story. This book was very much enjoyable, can't wait to hear about the next star children!

  • Dragon Kin: Sapphire & Lotus

  • The Dragon Kin Series, Book 1
  • By: Audrey Faye, Shae Geary
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The ancient prophecy speaks of the five, those who will come to save all of dragonkind. Like most prophecies, it leaves out a lot of the important details. The very ordinary elf girl who runs for the hills - and gets lost in a forest instead. The dragon egg, precariously perched high in a tree on a dark winter's night. And what happens when egg meets girl.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short!

  • By Spencer1316 on 03-14-18

Short!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

This was a good book, but it was really short. There is a lot of missed opportunity through the book where you are jumped days or even years ahead. there isn't much character building through the book besides the intro and then the darkest feelings the next time the character is introduced. This book was good, but could have been so much better. The story is also short and it doesn't leave you with any suspense or hints for the next book. You could finish this book and only be slightly curious about the next book because almost nothing is revealed. "There is a plot and that's all you need to know" is how it is layed out for the reader, but overall it was bad, good 5 hour burner.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cursed Bones

  • Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 5
  • By: David A. Wells
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

Isabel reaches Karth, tormented by the influence of the Wraith Queen, and quickly becomes embroiled in the conflict between the House of Karth and the Reishi Army Regency. Before she can form any meaningful alliance with the Karth family, she must first challenge a dark and sinister power that has kept the Isle of Karth in thrall for millennia. The harsh snows of winter have arrived, stalling open warfare in Fellenden, but Zuhl presses the attack, relying on the power of his dragons to carry the day...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing Original, But Enjoyable None The Less

  • By Scott Simons on 06-28-15

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I started off reading a set of books 1-3 and I didn't want the story to end! I was really glad to see that there were many other books in the store to keep the story going. just finished book 5 and I think this is the first book that ends keeping the reader on their toes so now I'm really ready for the next book! This book continues where the last book left off and the plot is only getting thicker. This is a great book to read, especially of you love magic, adventure and DRAGONS!

  • The Dragon's Codex

  • Dragonfall, Book 2
  • By: David A. Wells
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

After narrowly escaping Rogue City, Ben travels north into the Deschutes Territory in hopes of finding sanctuary, if only for a little while. His respite is brief and his hunters are persistent. Within a few days he's on the run again. Ben must negotiate the desert, the underground, and the unknowable perils of magic if he is to recover the Dragon's Codex, the only known book of magic in the world, and his best hope for finding a way to stand against the wyrm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fighting all the way. I liked it. epic adventure

  • By lee on 12-24-16

AWESOME

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

This book was a great read! I enjoyed the way the character combines tech and magic to become his own unique character. The story continues from where the first book left off so there is no confusion about what is happening and is a good read all the way through. Can't wait for the next book to be available on audible.