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  • Blood of the Lost

  • The Darkness Within Saga, Book 2
  • By: JD Franx
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763

After escaping the horrors of Arkum Zul, Kael and his companions survive a terror-filled night on the ocean only to find themselves shipwrecked and stranded in the Wildlands. With forest tribals on the warpath and old enemies roaming the forest, Kael struggles to come to terms with what he is slowly becoming - a killer. A DeathWizard. In the fight against the evil that threatens to consume him, Kael learns that the Dwarven Mountains far to the north may hide an ancient monolith that holds the answer to the corruption that flows in his veins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic

  • By Cara Valentine on 08-19-18

So Annoying!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Full disclosure here. I have not yet finished listening and may revisit my rating when I do but this is the most frustrating story that I have read in quite some time that I had to post a review early. How many times do we have Kael just miss finding Ember and Max? Oh, don't look over there where your wife just got knocked out or in the tent where your friend is unconscious. Or better yet, let's have the person who is going to yell your name just happen to get hit with a poison dart as she gets the first syllable out. What complete nonsense.

And don't get me started on how the book somehow turned into the young adult Twilight romance saga with a little bit of erotica tossed in. What is going on here?

This is just a small sampling of the frustration experienced when listening to this book. If it weren't for how much I enjoyed the first book, I would quit right now and ask Audible for my money back. However, I will still see if I can finish.

  • The Destroyer

  • Destroyer Series, Book 2
  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Xe Sands
  • Length: 17 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

The country of Nia has fallen to the Ancients and circumstances are grim for the humans. Kaiyer must return to the broken castle to save his friends, reconcile his past, and find a way to break the hold that the enemy agents have over the country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like the series but the porn is overdone

  • By Larry Klutzke on 05-20-18

The wrong kind of "fantasy"

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

The book should have been classified under "sexual fantasy." I wish I would have read the reviews before wasting a credit on this book. The graphic sex was so over the top and senseless that I gave up pretty early on. I am not a prude but graphic gratuitous lengthy sex scenes is just not why I listen to fantasy novels. Very frustrating.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Edgedancer

  • From the Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,019

Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: This is a duplicate from Arcanum Unbound

  • By Robert J Petri on 11-18-17

Great Side Story

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

What did you love best about Edgedancer?

This is a great side story that is also somewhat necessary to Oathbringer to get a full appreciation for everything going on. Lift is great!

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,065

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

15 Hours of Backstory

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

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

Wow, this book was very slow and difficult to finish. I do not understand where all of these high ratings are coming from. It's almost as if I listened to a different book. I kept waiting for something to happen only to find out toward the end that most of the book was just background.

Seriously, nothing actually happened in this story. You could read the supplemental information that came with the audiobook, along with the book description, and be ready to listen to book 2. However, there's not a chance of me moving on to the next book.

76 of 92 people found this review helpful

  • Frontiers Saga Series #14: The Weak and the Innocent

  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

A ship in the hands of their enemy...A liberation gone wrong...A chance to double their ranks...A bold and daring plan...Their support from the Pentaurus cluster dwindling fast, the Alliance faces new and unpleasant realities in the Sol sector. But, as they soon discover, untoward changes have the potential to bring unexpected opportunities. The trick is in how you use them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action, Action, Action

  • By Jean on 01-31-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

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

I have enjoyed the series but this book was just dull and unnecessarily loaded with a multitude of POVs. For example, did we really need the POV of a reporter going around interviewing people? The story was just so disjointed and scattered that it ultimately felt like nothing really happened. The whole book could have been told in one or two chapters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Infinite Sea

  • The 5th Wave, Book 2
  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,696

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first :(

  • By Bookworm on 09-22-14

8 Hours of Yelling and Whining

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

Any additional comments?

What happened to the good story? I understand the characters in the story are young, but did we really need a book with dialogue that consisted of non-stop bickering and yelling at one another?I really had high hopes for the series after listening to the first book and you cannot blame it on the narrator. This was basically a book of filler that could have consisted of one or two chapters in the concluding volume. I am going to have to really see some stellar reviews of the third book when it comes out to convince me to continue the story.

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  • Circle of Reign

  • The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jacob Cooper
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559

Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting New Author and Series

  • By Scott Simons on 11-24-14

Very well done new epic fantasy.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

What did you like best about this story?

I was hesitant in picking up this book as there were a number of five star ratings from reviewers that had never reviewed a fantasy novel before so I was a bit sketpical. However, ultimately I went ahead and took the plunge and am very glad that I did. This is not a short book by any stretch but the story seemed to grip you from the beginning, with plenty of action and character develpment to make it quite a page turner.

There were not too many PoV characters, which made it fairly easy to keep track of the story, even though we were not spoon fed the world's history and magic system. Basically, there was enough complexity and scope to really make me believe the series will deserve the epic fantasy classification.

I highly recommend Circle of Reign to any fans of the fantasy genre and cannot wait until book 2 comes out.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Fell Sword

  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 28 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236

Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free. When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand - and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged, and any victory will be hard won. But the Red Knight has a plan. The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real, and romantic battlefields at the same time - especially when he intends to be victorious on them all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoying read

  • By Andrew on 06-12-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-14-14

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the first book but this installment just seemed like it was all filler and just plain boring. I made it almost 2/3's the way through but could not finish.

I do not know that I ever made it that far in a book without finishing but since I will not be buying the next in the series, it did not make sense to continue on.

I like Miles Cameron's writing but this book just did not work for me at all. Very disappointing.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,383

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Very Good Book

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

Any additional comments?

I was pleasantly surprised at this book. When you read the description it seems that Divergent is just going to be yet another "been there, done that" type of novel. However, that is not the case. There was very good character developement and just enough excitement. Definitely looking forward to the rest in the series.

  • The Daylight War

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 26 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,590

In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What in The Core happened?

  • By Uber Femme on 02-13-13

A Big Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 02-27-13

Any additional comments?

Put me in the camp of just not enjoying this book even though I absolutely loved the first book and really like the second. Why do we really need so much time with Inevera POV's? Especially all of the endless back story which added absolutely nothing to the story.

What I also find annoying is there are very few likeable POV characters. There is nothing to like about Leesha (innocent girl who now sleeps with a murderer and rapist as if it's no big deal), Jadir (the murderer and rapist), and Inevera (I don't even need a reason to dislike her). Unfortunately, we have an abundance of POV time spent on these characters.

I would actually give the first half of the book two stars and the second half four stars.

The only reason I am going to continue reading this installment is due to the fact I liked the first two books and am hoping the next in the series goes back to the roots of the story. I am so disappointed as I had such high hopes for this series.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful