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  • Ringwall's Doom

  • Pentamuria Saga, Book 2
  • By: Wolf Awert, Jonathan Brunjes - translator
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

After being appointed Archmage, Nill finds himself in a bind. On the one hand, he now holds the office of a powerful magician, but on the other, his actual magical abilities are weak. Nill has no choice but to leave Ringwall and go in quest of the old magic, but the journey is perilous - especially because of Nill’s old rival Sergor-Don, who took up his inheritance as King of the Fire Kingdom. But the young ruler is not satisfied with his new kingdom. He wants to lead the Fire Kingdom back to its ancient strength and power with only one goal in mind: Ringwall´s doom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely enthralling.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-09-18

Excellent depth and storytelling

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Such a wonderful series of books and am looking forward to the next in the series. A very well developed world with great interwoven characters made it hard to stop listening.

  • The Reign of Magic

  • Pentamuria Saga, Book 1
  • By: Wolf Awert
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

Pentamuria, the world of five kingdoms, is in a time of change. The power of the nobles and mages is threatened. War is upon them, although they do not know yet when or with whom. Thus, the mages are gathering in their capital, Ringwall, to prepare together against any possible enemy. At this time, the orphan boy Nill is found by the Druids. He possesses considerable magical skills. So he is taken to Ringwall, where he is to be trained in the magical arts alongside his fellow students. Nill, an outsider, shows no respect for the traditions of the magical world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Much too long for the story distance traveled

  • By Sailfish on 01-19-18

Excellent, well developed story!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Loved the pace and movement of the story. it captures the reader in a unique world of fantasy and keeps you wondering where you're going. great listen!

  • Reset

  • By: Brian Andrews
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,062

Deep in the Afghan mountains, Sergeant Michael Pitcher discovers an object with powers that defy explanation. After interacting with it, he suffers a traumatic seizure and is flown home for evaluation. Cleared by the doctors, Michael goes home to his relieved wife, Josie. But he’s a changed man. The once-loving husband is now coldly withdrawn. When a team of scientists connected to Sergeant Pitcher vanishes without a trace, CIA agent Dean Ninemeyer comes to him for insight - only to find that the recovering soldier has also disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never see it coming

  • By Angela M Bacon on 05-02-18

Not my typical genre but I loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

This book is very well done! No typical villains, no typical heroes and definitely, no typical ending. Your mind, emotions, fears and hopes will be engaged as you're taken on a literary journey with a bit of fiction mixed with a lot of truths. While I enjoyed discerning both, as I've worked in many of the places mentioned in this book, the basic truth is inarguable. Listen, learn, enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On the Shoulders of Titans

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,955
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,524

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive. Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well. As much as he wants to follow that lead, Corin has more pressing problems to deal with. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fills a void.

  • By Robert Taylor on 01-18-19

Good action and more depth than previous book .

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Lots of new revelations and the possibility of divergent stories in the future. good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Enchanter

  • Spellmonger, Book 7
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,970

Minalan the spellmonger faces the boredom of house arrest after being confined to his lands by Prince Tavard for his defiance with the Wilderlands refugees. The Alka Alon have returned to their seclusion, dealing with their own crisis, the dead god is being quiet within the Umbra, and Min’s plans toward reestablishing a functional Duchy of Alshar are progressing. Min sees his punishment as a unique opportunity to indulge in thaumaturgical research. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like I was back in school

  • By Rob on 02-02-19

Another good listen in the Spellmonger series!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I like the ones where its not battle all the time. This book, like a couple of the others, allows the character of others from the story to come through so that the supporting characters aren't always just a backdrop for Minalen. Good story with insight, action, depth and new adventure.

  • Hominids

  • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083

Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great idea, execution a bit flat

  • By CLR on 04-23-13

A great mix of sci-fi and humanity.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

The author delivers a great story and a combination of plot, science, imagination and a little something to think about for those on a high horse. Loved it!

  • The Congruent Dragon

  • The Congruent Mage, Book 3
  • By: Dave Schroeder
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Young wizards Eynon and Merry suddenly have to cope with a huge, scaly, ill-tempered fire-breathing problem allied with their worst enemy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very upbeat

  • By Crow on 12-15-18

Interesting story if you can get past the narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I really wanted to hear the rest of the story but cannot get past the perv uncle sound of the narrator.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Kingdoms and Chaos

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 4
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,770

The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than book 3. Not as good as 1 and 2

  • By Darrin Mahlum on 11-21-18

Much more excitement, intrigue and decelopment.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

development. book brings back the excitement and interest felt when the series first started. It feels like it has a direction again and a destination. Podehl provides and even more varied array of character voices making a great combination of writing and narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Knightfall

  • Nightlord, Book 4
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 41 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,267

It's not easy, being king. You can't always rule a kingdom and still do what needs to be done. Eric - or King Halar, also known as the Demon King - has more than enough problems without the crown. But quitting the job of king isn't easy, either - unless you want to be beheaded. Most people regard that as an unsatisfactory way to quit. Even vampire lords tend to be cautious about guillotines. A king who loses his head has a real problem...or none at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good sum up for the first 3

  • By P. Schmoock on 10-01-17

Be ready to travel and be entertained!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

The Nightlord series of books is a fantastic combination of writing and narration! The author engages the mind, imagination and emotions in a wonderfully epic story while the narrator brings it to flawless, realistic life.

  • The Legacy

  • The Darkness Within Saga, Book 1
  • By: JD Franx
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

DeathWizards have been the scourge of Talohna for over 5000 years; they are executed at birth or hunted to the death. There are no exceptions. Pulled by magic and blood sacrifice into a world he can't possibly begin to understand, Kael Symes soon finds himself the focus of a Talohna-wide manhunt. Desperate and trying to stay ahead of ArchWizard Giddeon Zirakus's execution squad, Kael soon discovers that Talohna's ArchWizard may be the least of his worries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting take on Multiverse Fantasy

  • By Sailfish on 04-21-18

This one is a winner!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Loved it!! It encompasses magic, love, hate, adventure... you just have to listen! It was one of those audiobooks you almost pass until I heard the depth of the archmage character on the sample listen. I was not disappointed. This has been a rewarding listen and one of the better ones I've heard in some time. Kudos to the author and the famous, Simon Vance for bringing this story to life!!