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  • The Ruin of Kings

  • By: Jenn Lyons
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin, Vikas Adam, Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn't what the storybooks promised. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins. Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin is not destined to save the empire. He’s destined to destroy it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By MasterTorian on 02-07-19

Worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Good story, nice and long and good return for the money/credit.

It's best if you handle non-linear time lines well, I do and I loved it, it made it better. One or two of the character names got tangled in my mind but they were minor enough that it made no never mind.

The world building is massive and the exposition of that is mostly handled well.

Best part is that despite this being the start of a massive series of epic proportions, THIS BOOK HAS A SOLID ENDING. I'll be happy to read the next book but I'm not punching the wall because it stopped in the middle of a conversation or something equally daft. If the next book never happens you won't feel robbed. It's worth it, and it's worth it now.

  • Demon Driven

  • The Demon Accords, Book 2
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462

It's been seven months since Chris Gordon met Tanya Demidova, and a lot has changed. He's stronger and faster and has the senses of a vampire and the appetite of a werewolf. But even as he settles into his new position with the Special Situations Squad and his relationship with Tanya, new threats appear. From south of the border, north of the city, inside the NYPD, and the federal government. But the hardest fight Chris will face is with himself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Jumped the shark

  • By Wesley Farriss on 08-29-16

Nope

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

It hit maximal Mary Sue PDQ.

And it would be ok in a turn your brain off and watch the explosions escapism but there are a few little political digs in a book that could so easily be totally apolitical. That's what I'm trying to escape from!

  • 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 10,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,094

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

I liked it with a minor but

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

I liked it, i can understand why it was not for everyone. But non-linear is much more interesting to me. I didn't mind the pacing, I'm in no rush to get anywhere.

But, and this is minor.... if you have a familiarity with gemology some of the stone pronunciations are toe-curlingly bad.

  • The Last Days of New Paris

  • By: China Miéville
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

It's 1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer - and occult disciple - Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can living artwork die?

  • By Darwin8u on 08-15-16

I liked it.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

The blurb above made me think that Mieville might be branching out farther than he has here. It is undeniably a China Mieville book, with glorious prose, a deep love of the language, and tendencies towards the grotesque.

Solid reader, good handle on accents, characters, and didn't step on any of the rhythm changes. Would listen again.

Not for everyone, but what is?

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,328

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Any additional comments?

Typical coming of age fantasy. Decent characters and descriptions. Check your brain at the door and enjoy the ride.

It frequently falls prey to the author talking about technical things without actually knowing anything about them. This is pretty typical of fantasy so the experienced fantasy reader will probably take it in stride. The blacksmithing is particularly hilarious.

  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,093

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

  • By Mike on 03-10-15

Pretty fluffy.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

Any additional comments?

First female reader I've listened to in a long time that didn't annoy me. She doesn't fall into the trap of trying too hard on male voices (with one inhuman exception). That may not sound like much but as it can be 50%+ of dialogue in a book it's actually pretty huge.

As for the story, it's fun, but no brain cells will be exercised by reading it.

I don't know if it was intended as Young Adult, but it ended up there.