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Trip Williams

Upstate, SC, United States
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  • A Sellsword's Compassion

  • The Seven Virtues, Book 1
  • By: Jacob Peppers
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

If life has taught the jaded sellsword Aaron Envelar anything, it’s that hope is for fools and causes are a sure remedy for breathing. But when his latest job leads him to the corpse of a prince and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the entire realm, Aaron is forced to choose sides in a war he doesn’t want, between forces he doesn’t understand. Thrust into a world of mythical assassins, a madman with superhuman strength, and a nagging ball of light with a superiority complex who claims to be the embodiment of compassion, Aaron takes on his hardest job yet - staying alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful collaboration between author&narrator

  • By Roger & Jean Fauble on 08-22-18

Very Good First Book, A Few Plot Holes

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This was a good start to a promising series. It's a bit clumsy transitioning the Main Character to different Mental Phases of his life, and there are a few GLARING Plot Holes (IE: Fighting in an Arena with acoustics designed to let EVERYONE in the spectator crowd hear the slightest WHISPER of "Yield" from a combatant, AND allow "The Powers That Be" to hear EVERY word said by ANYONE in the crowd.. Yet, later, NO ONE can hear the assassin confessing everything to the Main Character in the fighting arena while baiting him)... Overall its a GOOD listen, and I'm sure the "Mental Transitions" made by the Main Character will smooth out, and the holes in plot-lines will tighten up, in future books.

Steven Brand does his usual FANTASTIC Job of Narration!

  • Queen Bitch

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 2
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

Bethany Anne has started to make a difference in the first week of being awake. Now, America has been losing good men since their teams don't have a vampire to help them. Frank is hoping Bethany Anne can, and will, help. Further, the American Pack Council is having internal problems with their own young-and-dumb weres who want to ignore Michael's strictures. With no one seeing Michael, the fear of the Boogeyman is starting to recede.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Headed For Book 3!!!

  • By Trip Williams on 07-29-17

Headed For Book 3!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Michael Anderle and Emily Beresford are CHUNKING OUT THE BOOKS! As I've already said, It looks like one book about every 25 days on average!!! LOVE the 'Afterwords' by Emily AND Michael, explaining how books are written, costs involved, how they are narrated, how long it takes after Emily uploads them to Audible after using their compression algorithm, and SO MUCH MORE! Right down to 'How much different types of Cover Art Costs' And 'How much different types of Proof-Reading Costs'! THAT information, collected from each of the Audio-Book Afterwords, could be a book all of it's own!

Michael FREELY admits in his Afterword(s) in each book that he writes FAST, and he writes PURE PULP! It's not 'Incredibly Deep' or 'Mind Bending', but it keeps you listening,Book After Book After Book... so: IT WORKS!

Call it Pulp, or 'Wishful thinking', or 'Unrealistic', or Whatever, Again: IT WORKS!

Each book in the Series gets better, and before you've finished Book One, you get sucked in and keep on 'Grabbing the next book'... That's what PROVES a Series GOOD! 'I'm willing to spend my hard earned money on it'! That's not 'Words', that's 'DEEDS'! If I'm spending my money on the books, then I think they're worth buying!
You know a series HAS YOU when you keep checking back to see if the next book is available yet! If I'm 'MAKING AN EFFORT' to spend MY money on a product, Then it's a product I WANT!
ALREADY bought all 8 books available at this time on Audible, and will be grabbing book 9 AS SOON as it comes out!

(STILL wish I could 'Tag' an Author or Narrator I like on Audible, and be notified when a new book is released by that Author or Narrator, so I don't miss a new book released by an Author that hasn't released a new book in a while.. NOT a lot of coding required to add THAT feature to a website... Hint, Hint, Hint ;)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • We Will Build

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 8
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

The world needs protecting - before they can build in space they have to get into space. There is a "false queen" attacking vampires in Asia - Bethany Anne sends her own to look into that. The moon base needs to be settled, can Team BMW make it happen? Do they have enough people? Can they get the right people to help?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drivers dream

  • By hawkergod on 08-04-17

Waiting Is HARD!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Michael Anderle and Emily Beresford are CHUNKING OUT THE BOOKS! Looks like one about every 25 days on average!!! Michael FREELY admits in his Afterword(s) in each book that he writes FAST, and he writes PURE PULP! It's not "Incredibly Deep" or "Mind Bending", but it keeps you listening, so: IT WORKS!

Call it Pulp, or "Wishful thinking", or "Unrealistic", or Whatever, Again: IT WORKS!

Each book in the Series gets better, and before you've finished Book One, you get sucked in and keep on "Grabbing the next book"... That's what PROVES a Series GOOD! "I'm willing to spend my hard earned money on it"! That's not "Words", that's "DEEDS"! If I'm spending my money on the books, then I think they're worth buying! You know a series HAS YOU when you keep checking back to see if the next book is available yet! If I'm MAKING AN EFFORT to spend MY money, Then it's a product I WANT!

(STILL wish I could 'Tag' an Author or Narrator I like on Audible, and be notified when a new book is released by that Author or Narrator, so I don't miss a new book released by an Author that hasn't released a new book in a while.. NOT a lot of coding required to add THAT feature to a website... Hint, Hint, Hint)

As I've said before, I'm really not into the whole "Vampire/Were" thing as a General Rule, but Michael puts some "Scientific Explanation" into the Legends and myths (OK, OK, OK, "Aliens".. Not a lot of "Scientific Explanation" there... But the "Nanocytes in the Blood" is good enough.. IT'S FICTION! ;) )

I don't understand why a few people keep screaming FAKE REVIEWS! (OK, That's a Lie, I DO know why those few have singled out this series to scream FAKE REVIEWS about. Another Author floated THAT rumor, on purpose.. Seriously, that was kind of a cheesy thing to do). I have one or two people that follow ME around that almost INSTANTLY tag the "0 of 1 people found this review helpful", because I didn't write a Gushing Review about a book THEY liked (Like I can't see it's the same person, who ALSO didn't write a gushing review on the book they DID like,. All they did was hit the "Star Rating", I took the time to write a review based on MY Opinion... I'm a Programmer, There's NOT a lot of coding needed to see THAT either... Grow up).

MY Reviews are MY OWN! No One Influences my reviews! I've been here since 2004 as an Audible Platinum Member, Listening to an average of a book a day, and I have a LOT of reviews on books that I thought were worth reviewing!

Now.. having said all that... Where's Book NINE!?!?! Needing some Book Nine Here!! ;)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Becomes Her

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 1
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

What you thought you knew about vampires and werewolves is wrong...so very, very, wrong. A thousand years of effort to keep the Unknown World hidden is unraveling and the Patriarch is tired. He needs to find someone to take over. He finds Bethany Anne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly refreshing

  • By kevin on 02-15-17

Addictive!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Absolutely addictive series!
I've never been much into the whole "Vampire/Were" Genre, but Michael Anderle pulls it off in a "Scientific Nature" that few have been able to pull off before. I find myself buying book after book in this series (I just bought book 6), and just "Not Sleeping".

Mr. Anderle is an Independent Author, and his "afterword" in each of the books in the series gives you a LOT of insight into the workings and costs of independently Publishing a book (much less a series of books), including "Cover Art Costs", how many 'Books Per Day' an independent author sells, Costs for different types and levels of Proofreading, etc... It's obvious that He's got a story inside him to tell, and his excitement and enthusiasm for the series in his 'Afterwords' shows through!

You can tell Emily Beresford LOVES narrating the series, and the little insights into her own life in HER Afterwords in each book are fun and informative... I mean, Who "doesn't really like flying in a plane", but LOVES flying in "Hot Air Balloons"???
That doesn't really matter I guess, Michael says she IS reading as fast as she can to get the rest of the books in the series done! ;)

There are 8 Books in this series here on Audible so far, She's reading Books 9-17 as fast as she can, and Michael says in an Afterword that he hopes to finish writing book 21 "by November or so" (???)

My only "real" complaint so far is when one of the Snipers has "The Butt of the Beretta Slam their shoulder"... Uhhhh, being "Retired U.S. Army Infantry", an AVID shooter for almost 5 Decades, an Engineer, and "the distance the sniper was shooting from", I'd bet the Sniper Rifle Michael meant to use was a "Barrett" (.50 Cal).. But I'm splitting hairs... The books are EXTREMELY well researched, which is the point I'm TRYING to get to here... From "Women's Fashions" to "Military Hardware"! Honestly, I haven't "Read" the series, I've listened to the Audio Version, so Emily may have seen the word "Barrett" and said "Beretta" (which had been used several times before)... The book is so well researched, that the smallest mistake like that JUMPS out at you! It's really that good!

I listen to Audio Books almost CONSTANTLY... My User Icon Above is a Pic my wife took in the Caribbean recently, of me at 32 Feet before a Wall Dive off Grand Turk, and the Sign says "Still Listening to Audible" (Got a new Dive Mask Rig with 'Diver-To-Diver', 'Diver To Surface' Radio, and Bluetooth, Built in ;)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bookworm

  • Bookworm Series, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training, but she's very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer - the most powerful magician of them all - is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn't have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she triggers a magical trap....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a decent stand-alone story, no fairy tale ending

  • By Trudy Owens on 07-07-17

Finally! An Adult Version of the 'Schooled In Magic' Series!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Finally! A 'Non-Young Adult' series set in the future of the 'Schooled In Magic' universe! It's actually a relief to NOT have to suffer through the 'Young girl, should I? Dare I? NO! I can't' mentality.

LOVE Nuttall's Books, however, it was a surprisingly refreshing change to listen to a story from the magical universe, via the perspective of an early 20's Female Character.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,724

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

A Saga Of Epic Proportions!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

I wasn't expecting much when I picked up this book from "Audible's Suggestions Based On My Purchases", But my expectations were WELL EXCEEDED from the moment I hit the "Play" icon on my iPhone's Audible App!

I liked how the Author starts right in on the story, and drops back in time for SHORT periods to "Fill in his History", without me having to suffer through tedious LONG descriptions of him learning his trade... I don't need to go to "Mage School" to appreciate the Characters' experience(s) and skill... The story lines moves back and forth SMOOTHLY between the "Current Real-Time Story", and "showing me a piece of his past, relating to how he learned his skills"... Developing Characters CAN be done without me having to "Grow up with them", while suffering through LONG periods of "No Action"... Mr. Mancour pulls this off like A MASTER! And JUST to keep things Fresh, at some Vague point in the series, he begins telling about FUTURE advents, and then "Backing up to 'Current Real-Time'" to tell the story up to the point in the FUTURE where he started telling the current story. That's just Different, COOL and SMOOTH!

I've only got 7 hours left in Book 2, and I'm ALREADY dreading the story coming to the end until the next book is ready!

Of course, "John Lee" reads the series... Nothing NEEDS to be said about John's Narration!

Oh, yeah, some of you may notice that I changed my Audible "User's Icon".. It's a pic of me that my wife took in the Caribbean, at about 50 Feet down, Off Grand Turk Island. The Dive "White Board" I'm holding says: "Still Listening, Audible!" (Got a new Dive Mask with Build-In Radio and Short Range Comms System, So I can RELAX and STILL listen to a good Audio Book ;) )

  • Emissary

  • Kris Longknife, Book 15
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Kris Longknife has discovered that this desk job is not at all what she expected. Being desk bound hasn't even decreased the number of assassination attempts! Then Kris gets home to find her two kids playing with an Iteeche. Ron has come back to human space with a request. Should Kris take it? Can she finally get some straight answers for her Grampa Ray, King Raymond to most? Does she risk taking the kids into a situation with a whole lot of unanswered questions?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kris as Ambassador

  • By Jean on 07-22-17

Book 15, And STILL Buying!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

This is Book 15, and I'm STILL Happily Buying! If "Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" means anything, my money is saying A LOT about this series!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Love's Labor's Won

  • Schooled in Magic, Book 6
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

The Magical Families of Ashworth and Ashfall have been feuding for countless years, ever since something happened to split one family into two. Now, they have been invited to Cockatrice Faire - when no other magician would dare invite them both. And when it becomes clear that the Ashworth Heir and the Ashfall Heir have fallen in love with one another, Emily finds herself caught in the middle between two powerful families, each one capable of destroying her once and for all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • She claims to know HISTORY!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-17

Just.. HOW?

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

HOW can Nuttall jump from one type of Fiction, into Hard Space Sci-Fi, Then jump into Fantasy, and make it ALL GREAT?!?!? Keep writing, I'll keep Buying!

  • Sins of Empire

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making a great book: Mystery, magic, and mayhem

  • By Jason Grosch on 03-29-17

YES!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

20 Hours of Brian McClellan! Almost a FULL Day of AWESOME!!! I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, but I listened to over an hour of this while SCUBA DIVING! That just ADDED TO the Awesomeness! Talk About "Couldn't Put It Down!" ;)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Perilous Waif

  • Alice Long, Book 1
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237

My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different. When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships 30,000 kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS was fun!

  • By bluestategirl on 10-26-17

More Please?

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I'm starting to sound like a Dickens Novel here... "Please Sir, Can I have More"??