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  • Ship of Magic

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 35 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901

Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something altogether new

  • By Lorena on 07-16-12

SOOOO much better than the Farseer Trilogy!!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Listen at 1.25 speed. Trust me. Someone else recommended 1.5, which is too fast unless you like Alvin and the Chipmunks reading you a book

  • Royal Assassin

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,296

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Middle Book

  • By Jake on 05-29-10

Meh. Worth the time...

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

... if you survived the sheer boredom of the first book then this one is a bit better. This series is WAY overrated, though, compared to almost all the others that appear in various 'best fantasy series' lists. Never have I encountered so much effort in a story for so little to happen. The greatest flaw is how unnaturally the characters behave in order to create tension and drama in the plot. It's like The Walking Dead in that way. The reading performance is slightly less foppish than the first book...so I guess it's got that going for it as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter

  • The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075

Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing start

  • By Christopher on 08-12-12

Meh...dated and shallow

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Comes off like fan fiction. No character depth and non existent plot. This book should remain in the decade it was written.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,377
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,350

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Great story, still something to be desired

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Sanderson has developed a great story and a few good characters. However, he somehow manages to spend hour upon hour on character development, and still fall into the trap of having the main characters suddenly move from novices to world class experts in their various talents. The voice actors were good, overall, but Kate Reading often voices cartoonish male characters, and Michael Kramer can't keep his straight. His choices often meld together, or change from chapter to chapter. Overall this is good, entertaining epic fantasy, but all the fanboy/fangirl nerds who rate it 'one of the best ever' should go back to David Eddings and let the adults decide which series are truly 'top-notch'.

  • The Unholy Consult

  • By: R. Scott Bakker
  • Narrated by: Kevin Orton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

In The Unholy Consult, the Men of the Great Ordeal have been abandoned by Anasurimbor Kellhus, and the grand crusade has dissolved into cannibalism and chaos. When Exalt-General Proyas, the Prince-Imperial Kayutas at his side, attempts to gain control of the lost Men and continue their march to Golgotterath, it rapidly becomes clear that the lost Lord and Prophet is not so easily shaken from the mission.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bakker still too impressed with himself

  • By Josh on 10-17-17

Bakker still too impressed with himself

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Dear R. Scott Bakker -
Yes, we get it...you know more about philosophy and religion than most other people...good for you. It's just too bad that fact got in the way of your very compelling story.

--now for my review--
I've heard people either love or hate this series...I both love AND hate it. And this book is exactly why. All of the important plot points are obfuscated to the point of nonsense or pure guesswork by the reader. The author tortures his few clear points so far that he condescends to the reader. Many characters have absolutely no purpose whatsoever - i.e hundreds of pages/tens of audiobook hours are spent on characters who could disappear entirely and the plot would change not one bit.

I so desperately want to only love this book and series at large. I have also always wanted to see someone make a serious effort at exploring the 'uber man' idea to it's logical conclusion in a compelling story. And I was given that with this series. Unfortunately it was written by someone more in love with his own 'cleverness,' than he is with writing coherent, enjoyable stories.

I love the grimdark sub-genre of fantasy, but also want to enjoy reading such books. This series and this book felt much more like required reading for a college course than something to read for enjoyment, and I almost dreaded pushing through it. Again, don't get me wrong...I love this series and it's incredibly compelling story... but I also hated reading it...if that makes any sense...

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Spider's War

  • By: Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent war of all against all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying and Epic Conclusion

  • By Mr. Jared C. Serra on 03-14-16

Fantastic conclusion.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Abraham is a master at capturing the many nuances of humanity, and telling a story from varied and unique points of view. This is a human story with a fantasy wrapper. Bradbury is one of the best readers I've come across to date. He imbues each character with depth and a voice all their own.

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    Dagger and Coin, Book 1
    
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    Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
    2,347 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Dragon's Path

  • Dagger and Coin, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,157

Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly enjoyable

  • By JoR on 02-23-12

Phenomenal and fresh

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Fantastic performance of an original story. I love fantasy, and novels like this are the reason why.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Soldiers Live

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 9
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

As Soldiers Live opens, Croaker is military dictator of all the Taglias, and no Black Company member has died in battle for four years. Croaker figures it can't last. He's right. For, of course, many of the Company's old adversaries are still around. Narayan Singh and his adopted daughter - actually the offspring of Croaker and the Lady - hope to bring about the apocalyptic Year of the Skulls. Other old enemies like Shadowcatcher, Longshadow, and Howler are also ready to do the Company harm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, Croaker & The Black Company Returns!!!

  • By DDTAN on 10-16-13

Rushed ending... disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

The great long plot sputters to an end with a fart rather than a bang...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The White Rose

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 3
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

She is the last hope of good in the war against the evil sorceress known as the Lady. From a secret base on the Plains of Fear, where even the Lady hesitates to go, the Black Company, once in service to the Lady, now fights to bring victory to the White Rose. But now an even greater evil threatens the world. All the great battles that have gone before will seem a skirmishes when the Dominator rises from the grave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Concluding the first major arc

  • By Joe on 03-06-15

Good story, though dated by contemporary standards

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

Glenn Cook is considered one of the original standard bearers of the grimdark fantasy subgenre. The first three books of his Black Company series were written in the 1980s, and while likely cutting edge at the time, they have since been eclipsed by far more complex and well written stories. This series still offers an original take on the overarching fantasy genre, not following the Tolkien style storylines that so many fantasy authors of this era did, it presents a confused world of dark magic and mysterious characters. However, the plot, character development, and world-building may lack the depth to satisfy readers more used to modern tales such as those written by George R R Martin and his ilk. Marc Vietor brings this series to life with his reading style. He rarely confuses character voices, and it is my guess that had I read these first three books (which comprise one, complete story arc) instead of listening to them, I would have been thoroughly disappointed considering the high praise The Black Company series receives from so many online fantasy series reviewers. All in all I recommend checking out these stories and doing so by listening to them as Mark Vietor has performed them here. However, anyone who has read anything in the grimdark or larger fantasy genres that was written in the past decade will need to temper their expectations in order to find enjoyment.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Prince of Thorns

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,198

Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It sticks in your head.

  • By Door on 09-07-13

Narrator makes this just ok story drag!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

James Clamp (narrator) has no sense for timing and pacing, and at times seems to read in his own ill-timed and incorrect punctuation. I only finished this story out of boredom and the fact that I paid for it. The story itself is "just ok". Often awkward, it seems a pantomime of the grimdark ethos rather than a coherent articulation of it.