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  • Mordecai

  • The Riven Gates, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Years have passed since the last of the Dark Gods was defeated, and Lothion has entered an age of peace and prosperity. Mordecai’s oldest children have already begun to make a place for themselves, and his youngest are on the cusp of adulthood. By every outward measure, his life has been a success; he has earned his reward. However, Tyrion, the first wizard and brutal liberator of mankind, has returned with an agenda of his own, and dark things continue to stir at the edges of civilization, threatening to undo Mordecai’s accomplishments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Manning does it again

  • By billy on 08-22-18

If an ANGEL made a baby with a SIREN...

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

If an ANGEL made a baby with a SIREN... it would sound like Alex Wyndham. With over 300 books in my audible collection, Michael G has created my favorites. This book is at the top and I even cried a little. I wish that Alex Wyndham could read the Mageborn series over and my world would be complete. I couldn't listen to the books read by Todd McLaren. I just couldn't take his voice seriously, so I read those myself. Bravo Michael G!! Keep em' coming baby!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Kingdom of Exiles

  • The Outcast Fantasy Series
  • By: S.B. Nova
  • Narrated by: Cathy Conneff
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Serena Smith is unusual. Growing up in a backwoods village, her life is lonely and dull. Then, on her 18th birthday, she's gifted a magical heirloom only to be snatched by fae and condemned to a lifetime in chains. Dragged to Aldar, a fae kingdom ruled by a tyrant witch, Serena discovers a forbidden love and meets fellow outcasts, each with their own dark secrets. As the lives of warriors, rebels, and witches clash, they find a shared destiny. For only together can they survive long enough to build the flames of a revolution. Only together can they go to war....  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this.

  • By JF on 07-20-18

Unexpected. 😍

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Was pulled in INSTANTLY! Great story, excellent narrator. I can't wait for the next installment.

  • A Reaper at the Gates

  • An Ember in the Ashes, Book 3
  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Katherine McEwan, Maxwell Caulfield, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor's volatility to grow her own power - regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was okay

  • By Red Steele on 07-04-18

First 2 books were amazing.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I fell in love with the first 2 books. This one was disappointing, so repetitive!

  • The Blacksmith's Son

  • Mageborn, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145

Mordecai's simple life as the son of a blacksmith is transformed by the discovery of his magical birthright. As he journeys to understand the power within him he is drawn into a dangerous plot to destroy the Duke of Lancaster and undermine the Kingdom of Lothion. Love and treachery combine to embroil him in events he was never prepared to face. What he uncovers will change his understanding of the past, and alter the future of those around him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • POV jumps from 1st to 3rd

  • By Skipper on 04-04-16

So so

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

The low rating is do to the narrator mostly. He might do well with other books, just not this one. It sounded like a cartoon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,652

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

BATTLE MAGE WITHDRAWALS

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

This book is absolutely, positively amazing. This book was like crack to me. I just couldn’t get enough. The characters, the storyline and the narrator OUTSTANDING. I need more!!!

  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,637

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio needs to be balanced

  • By Anonymous User on 01-21-18

Too many narrators Mr. Brown

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

What made the experience of listening to Iron Gold the most enjoyable?

Tim Gerald Reynolds is a master narrator. Reynolds has already developed the voices for these characters in 3 other books. Adding the other narrators takes away from TGR performance and the Red Rising experience. It does not flow effortlessly like the other books and gets confusing. Missed the mark as far as the audible version is concerned.

43 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Echoes of a Storm

  • The Storm Series, Book 1
  • By: Alan Scott
  • Narrated by: Cari Scholtens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Welcome listener to a story in the tradition of the very best of British dark fantasy. Echoes of a Storm is the first installment in the Storm Series and sets the scene and tone for this powerful bittersweet trilogy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Again with the narrator

  • By Alpha20 on 08-01-17

Again with the narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Female narrator wasn't compatible with this book. The accents weren't consistent. The male voices were terrible. "Jack' sounded like kermit the Frog at times. Couldn't make it through the book. The story was boring. I'm not sure if it was the narrator that made it that way? To be fair, I only made it to chapter 8. So maybe it got better?

  • The Path of Flames

  • By: Phil Tucker
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

A war fueled by the dark powers of forbidden sorcery is about to engulf the Ascendant Empire. Asho sees his liege, the Lady Kyferin, and her meager forces banished to an infamous ruin. Beset by tragedy and betrayal, demons and an approaching army, the fate of the Kyferins hangs by the slenderest of threads. Asho realizes that their sole hope of survival may lie hidden within the depths of his scarred soul - a secret that could reverse their fortunes and reveal the truth behind the war that wracks their empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Endurance is a virtue...

  • By R. J. Thorne on 07-15-17

Unfortunate

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure. The narrator was unsuitable.

Would you ever listen to anything by Phil Tucker again?

Do the author's take the time to listen to their books before released? How much control do they have over who narrates their books? So to answer the question... Yes, if Phil can have this book re read by any of the following: Peter Kenny, Simon Vance, Alex Wyndham Michael Kramer, Tim Gerard Reynolds,Christian Rodska, Steve West, Derek Perkins, Neil Dickson, James Clamp. ( Just to name a few) For someone constantly on the go, I rely heavily on audiobooks to help get through the day. This book has potential to be a real contender on the Fantasy audiobook list, but I just couldn't make it through the first couple of chapters. Listen, this is an AUDIOBOOK. The narration comes first before anything else. Any of the above narrators can make an encyclopedia sound amazing. I've listened to audiobooks with a shitty story before BUT if the narrator is good, I can at least finish the book.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was not compatible with this book.

Any additional comments?

Sometime in the future... I'll read the actual book and give it a rating it deserves.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Elemental, Volume 1

  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

Devon Sanders, a private investigator known for his efficiency and discretion, has no interest in getting involved with the paranormal community. Unfortunately for him, the paranormal community does have an interest in him, or at least in his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A long and crazy ride

  • By James on 06-08-16

Can't deal with narrator.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

This audible book would of got 5 stars all around, easy... BUT.. I honestly couldn't finish it because the narrator was terrible. With the perfect narrator this book has potential to become part of an awesome audible collection.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen of the Tearling

  • A Novel
  • By: Erika Johansen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler - and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her. On her 19th birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow beginning, excellent payoff

  • By Eric Nielsen on 07-22-15

WHERE HAS THIS NARRATOR BEEN ALL MY LIFE!!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time with this narrator and she needs an oscar!!

Any additional comments?

Story was great! I listen to audiobooks in my car and let me tell you.. I would be at a red light and feel the stares to my reactions because this narrator was so good. She allowed me to get completely lost in this book! Bravo.