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  • Mythborn I: Rise of the Adepts

  • Fate of the Sovereign, Book 1
  • By: V. Lakshman
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Apprentice assassin Arek Winterthorn has a power even he himself doesn't understand. Unable to cast even the simplest of spells, he can still disrupt the magic of others with a single touch. Arek's master, Silbane, is ordered to use that power to close a gate between their world and one inhabited by demons. This will save their people, but potentially at the cost of Arek's life. Thus begins an epic quest brimming with betrayals, plot twists, violence, and intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Angst Teenager, Magic, Battle and a Quest!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-19-18

Train left the station without the conductor

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Bad sign starting a book with a “flashback”. Flashbacks only work after a character baseline is established.

Maybe I’ve been spoiled by great storytellers. I’d hoped that having Mr Kramer narrate would be enough and I t’s possible this book picks up later but after an hour of listening i doubt it.
Thus far it feels like I’m listening in on conversations between individual groups of strangers on the subway. Could be interesting except... oops here’s my stop

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lusam

  • The Dragon Mage Wars, Books 1-2
  • By: Dean Cadman
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649

Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic and discovered, quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before: the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others. Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs work, but has potential

  • By Skipper on 12-12-17

Impossible

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I lost count on how many times a character said "impossible". The word was repeated so much as to become comical. Moreover, there were just too many inconsistencies for me to enjoy the series. While I enjoyed the narrator, I won't be continuing the series. One of the things I found quite annoying was the how new chapters were announced when in it was just a new paragraph, sometimes just the next sentence.

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,352
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,422

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Have to resort to headphones to listen

  • By Sue Nami on 10-05-16

Bad audio

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Can't say much about the story since I stopped listening only a few minutes in. The poor audio quality made the narrator sound like he was speaking from the inside of a plastic bag that was in turn being repeatedly dunked in a puddle.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Magic of Recluce

  • Saga of Recluce, Book 1
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571

Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Fantasy

  • By Captain Skurvy on 07-04-13

Horse Whinnies Why oh why?

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

Would you listen to The Magic of Recluce again? Why?

Nope. The horse whinnies, crow caws and other voice effects were off-putting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lerris' story was ok.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kirby Heyborne’s performances?

Depends on if he uses voice effects. If so, oh no!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Boring order