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  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,889
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,701

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Jason N. on 07-20-17

Fantastic Characters and a hard magic system

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I almost loved this book too much; I couldn't stop listening.

The characters are all well written and the protagonist has to overcome mundane and flawed issues in order to answer to the major world changing events in the story.

I'm not even sure I'd really consider him the real hero of the book either.

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,088

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody Ancestors

  • By alton Styron on 10-17-16

Worth picking up

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I was honestly expecting a middle of the road fantasy just good enough to pass the time. It seemed like that was what I was going to get at first too, but it really hit it's stride about half an hour in and I couldn't stop listening.

The narrator does a great job, though there is one voice he does for a small child at the beginning that wasn't up to par with everything else but other than that it was great.

  • Sins of Angels Complete Collection: Books 1-5

  • By: M.A. Larkin, J.S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Leslie Howard
  • Length: 32 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

After millennia of oppressive dogma, one rebellious woman seeks to change it all and spark a galactic enlightenment. Professor Rachel Jordan spearheads a one-woman crusade against the forces that have held humanity in thrall for centuries. With the help of a fleet officer, a genetically enhanced assassin, and a shadowy corporate sponsor, she's out to spread the truth to the universe. The very beings who saved us from destruction, enslaved humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth every penny it cost

  • By Bruce Derflinger on 04-10-19

Definitely kept me guessing.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

I've become a pretty big fan of J.S. Morin. The series takes several twists and turn in directions that had proper set ups, but which you'll never see coming. As well as some you hope for.

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  • Twinborn Chronicles: Awakening Collection

  • By: J.S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 67 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Kyrus had lived a quiet life as a scribe until his dreams begin seeping into his waking life. Fanciful tales of magic and battle turn out to be real. In his sleep, he witnesses the adventures of his twin. Kyrus is swept up in the intrigues of those who already know of this connection between worlds. As his knowledge of the two worlds grows, so does his entanglement in the intrigues between them. Kyrus discovers friends, lovers, and adversaries among the twinborn. His knowledge of magic grows until he becomes a valuable pawn for masterminds of plots that threaten empires.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Expected

  • By Kal Teague on 12-01-18

Morin and Naramor are becoming my favorite pair

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

This book(set) does a fantastic job of setting up their world and pulling you in. It covers world spanning wars and never becomes overly complicated to keep track of. The narrator is easy to listen to and seems to genuinely enjoy the story.

This is one of the best things on audible you could use your money or credits on. With Galaxy Outlaws being the only recent purchase to compare.

  • Steamborn: The Complete Trilogy Box Set

  • By: Eric Asher
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,050

A supernatural swarm. A treacherous scheme. A tinker's apprentice may be the village's only hope. This collection includes Steamborn, Steamforged, and Steamsworn. Grab it and crank up a whimsical thrill-ride today!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Incredible Ride!!

  • By Lady Meserole on 11-09-17

Decent book.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

The author and narrator both do a good job of world building. The characters are interesting and we'll fleshed out. the only problem is that even though she tries the narrator doesn't quite have the range to make distinct voices for all the characters.

It's occasionally a little hard to tell who said what.

  • Son of a Liche

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 2
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 869

Still bruised and heartbroken from their last calamitous quest, Gorm Ingerson and his band of washed-up heroes try to make amends for the orcs they accidentally betrayed. But justice is put on hold when an old foe marches to the city gates. Gorm is horrified to discover a liche pitching the frightened city-dwellers on the merits of the undead lifestyle...at the head of a corpse army. To save the city from high-pressure sales tactics and an inevitable siege, the dwarf warrior and his misfit band hatch a harebrained scheme that lands them at the top of the king’s kill list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Kristi Brownfield on 05-14-18

just as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

and with just as much attention payed to econimics. I highly recommend a good listen.

  • Orconomics: A Satire

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 1
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832

Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual. The adventuring industry drives the economy of Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. Monsters' hoards are claimed, bought by corporate interests, and sold off to plunder funds long before the Heroes' Guild actually kills the beasts. Of course, that's a terrible arrangement for the Shadowkin; orcs, goblins, kobolds, and their ilk must apply for to become Noncombatant Paper Carriers to avoid being killed and looted by heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy shit

  • By EyeDeKay on 02-21-17

A good find.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

The story builds up slow and you don't realize how engrossed you are until you're about halfway through. I just expected a couple of cheap in jokes for people who were fond of both fantasy and economics, I got them too, but this turned out to be a good deal more than that.