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Benjamin Olsen

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  • The King's Sword

  • Erdemen Honor
  • By: C. J. Brightley
  • Narrated by: Timothy Grader II
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

A disillusioned soldier. A spoiled, untried prince. A coup that threatens the country they love. When retired soldier Kemen finds the young prince Hakan fleeing an attempted assassination, he reluctantly takes the role of mentor and guardian. Keeping the prince alive is challenging enough. Making him a man is harder. As usurper Vidar tightens his grip on power, Kemen wrestles with questions of duty and honor. What if the prince isn't the best ruler after all? Invasion looms, and Kemen's decisions will shape the fate of a nation. What will he sacrifice for friendship and honor?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Jackie T on 04-13-18

Decent enough.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

a nice little story about a Prince learning how to be a good man before reclaiming the throne. not perfect, but it kept me listening all the way through.

  • 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 20,766
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,472

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't make it through the whole book

  • By David on 07-11-17

interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

I found the protagonist to be a little whiney, but he stood when challenged, and I found appeal in him always wondering how to make things work.

the plot twists at the end managed to both come out puff left field, and make sense at the same time. well done!

  • Star Splinter

  • Fractured Space, Book 1
  • By: J.G. Cressey
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Lieutenant Callum Harper hadn't intended on punching his commanding officer quite so hard. But maybe it wasn't such a bad turn of events. Court-martialed and dumped on a reject raft bound for Earth, Cal feels optimistic about a life where getting blown up, shot, or even eaten is altogether less of a concern. And, more importantly, a life where the only person he's responsible for is himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ok J.G. Cressy, I'm ready for another.

  • By F3EN on 08-15-15

Great performance!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

The story is fair enough, but the audible narration is amazing! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Servant

  • The Dark God, Book 1
  • By: John D. Brown
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

A spirited blacksmith's daughter accused of using the dark and terrifying sleth magic. The young man who hunts her. And the ferocious monster who wants only to be free. Trapped in a web of lies and ancient secrets, of right becoming wrong, the three must struggle not only against each other but also against a being of irresistible power, a creature who is gathering her servants to usher in the impending human harvest. If the three succeed, they will save those they love the most. If they fail, the clans of the land fall with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully outlined and executed fantasy

  • By Sailfish on 03-31-17

Awesome narration!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

The character weren't exceptionally dynamic, but the story was engaging enough. I listened to this on audible, and found that this is possibly the best narration I've heard yet!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Panthers: Battle for Earth

  • By: David Guenther
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

The year is 2126. It has been 30 years since Iran nuked Washington, DC. America has traded security for liberty following the attack, with the suspension of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Constitution isn't even taught in schools anymore. In this environment, Dan "D2" Daniels, a retired army NCO of the old breed, sworn to protect the Constitution, finds a crashed spaceship and learns that Earth will soon be invaded. Using the technology from the spaceship, Dan forms an army of fellow senior veterans with two missions....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Military sci fi.

  • By The Bookwyrm Speaks on 11-06-16

meh

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

I got maybe half way through this story, but couldn't be bothered to finish it

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin

  • Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, Book 1
  • By: L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • Narrated by: Shana M Buck
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Rachel Griffin wants to know everything. As a freshman at Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts, she has been granted to opportunity to study both mundane and magical subjects. But even her perfect recollection of every book she has ever read does not help her when she finds a strange statue in the forest - a statue of a woman with wings. Nowhere - neither in the arcane tomes of the Wise, nor in the dictionary and encyclopedia of the non-magic-using Unwary - can she find mention of such a creature.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but . . .

  • By James Thrice on 12-27-16

The Unexpectedly Engaging Tale of Magic

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

I usually listen to audio books at work, but this story sunk it's claws into my ears and wouldn't let me go!