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  • Outcasts of Order

  • Saga of Recluce Series, Book 20
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 28 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Beltur, an Order mage, discovers he possesses frightening powers not seen for hundreds of years. With his new abilities, he survives the war in Elparta and saves the lives of all. However, victory comes with a price. His fellow mages now see him as a threat to be destroyed, and the local merchants want to exploit his power. There's only one way he can remain free and survive - he's going to have to run. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring...28 hours of nothing happening.

  • By tranceGhost on 06-30-18

nothing happened.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I have most of these novels in hardback. yes, I'm a fan. nothing happened. no spoilers. finally the story starts looking up. ooh, this sounds interesting. the end. that's for next time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Steel Wolves of Craedia

  • By: G. Akella
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 779

The flames of war spread through the Cursed Princedom to devastating effect. Bound by powerful centuries-old magic, the Great Essences yearn to regain their freedom. In the face of an impossible mission, Krian has no choice but to keep going while risking everything that's become dear to him. The only solution is to become stronger and forget the meaning of the word impossible. And so a plangent wolf's howl soars over the battlefield as a plate-clad cavalry rushes the enemy ranks....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally the series takes off.

  • By David Riemer on 05-14-17

looking forward to the next in the series!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

The two tracks of plot line refresh each other. neither the uber powerful character nor the struggling noobs stories get old. the narrator's characterzations are excellent but sometimes weakened by his vocabulary. the occasional mispronunciations can be frustrating.

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,729

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Jason N. on 07-20-17

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

character development a little light. it continues to improve as the story progresses . the story is vastly entertaining.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crown of Renewal

  • Paladin's Legacy, Book 5
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

The mysterious reappearance of magery throughout the land has been met with suspicion, fear, and violence. In the kingdom of Lyonya, Kieri, the half-elven, half-human king, struggles to balance the competing demands of his heritage while fighting a deadly threat to his rule: evil elves linked in some way to the rebirth of magic. Meanwhile, in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia, a set of ancient artifacts recovered by the former mercenary Dorrin Verrakai may hold the answer to the riddle of magery’s return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo.... that's it?

  • By Anita on 06-05-14

change not always good

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

i love this series. the narrator prefaced the performance with an announcement that all word pronunciations went through the author. I knew that had to be bad news. most of the significant names and locations including the MAIN CHARACTER are different. Right or wrong I've purchased and listened to the previous 4 books excellently narrated by Jennifer van dyke. now the flow is broken every time I have to translate the word that was said into the familiar places and people I've gotten to know so well.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

maybe. does she have a habit of jumping in and changing things her way? she tends to speak in a slow and ponderous manner.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle

  • By: Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

In the third installment of the Girl Genius novels, Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle begins as Agatha Heterodyne returns to her ancestral home, the warped little town of Mechanicsburg. There she must claim her inheritance by convincing the artificial intelligence that animates her family's castle that she is, in fact, the new Heterodyne. But this apparently simple task is made complicated in several ways: An imposter claiming to be the legitimate heir appears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Kenny Andersson on 01-28-15

struggle to finish

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

I am frustrated and irritated. The book rabble rouses for its entirety, then refuses to provide a payoff. what about the primary (in my opinion) plot line? the book stops, not finishes. wait for the next one. GRRR..

  • Marsbound

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: Liza Kaplan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime - they're going to Mars. Once on the Red Planet, however, Carmen realizes things are not so different from Earth. There are chores to do, lessons to learn, and oppressive authority figures to rebel against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story AND narration

  • By Gina A. Emory on 05-09-12

NOT FOR CHILDREN

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-09

this audiobook start out with a child announcing "audible kids".the story contains sex, profanity, alcohol and drugs. marsbound is a light space opera, quite enjoyable (if you like the genre),but not for the easily offended or children. obviously classified by someone who only read the synopsis.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful