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  • Cetaganda

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387

When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles and Ivan on a mission!

  • By Bronwyn Soell on 02-16-12

Love the World but

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I read other reviews and was excited that Miles was going to be in another adventure. It was not as funny as I expected, given that someone else said it was the funniest. There was so much thinking dialogue with details that were, well a lot of details, I had a hard time focusing on the story or sticking to it. I still am going to listen to further books because the previous ones were so great. I gave the story 3 stars - and a “eh”.

  • The Vor Game

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678

Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice introdution to Author

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-13-05

Miles of Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I am hooked on this series like I was with CJ Cherryh. There’s unpredictable adventure and interplanetary stories spanning generations. Miles Vorkosigan is smarter than any of them, loyal to his emperor yet always on the edge of possible disaster.

  • Lifemarked

  • The Fatemarked Epic, Book 5
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 468

The Four Kingdoms and the fatemarked face the most powerful army the world has ever seen. In Phanes, Roan Loren, the Peacemaker, has high hopes for a united response to the threat from the Horde, but swiftly realizes the only true ally he has is his arch nemesis, Bane. Meanwhile, Rhea Loren, a new mother with a secret, must decide whether to protect her child or share what she knows with the fatemarked. The fate of the Four Kingdoms hangs in the balance in the epic finale to the Amazon number-one best-selling series!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series was great

  • By Brenda Washburn on 11-15-18

Great!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I like how the story that spanned four kingdoms and so many conflicts was wrapped up in the end and even satisfying my curiosity about...Then what happened? I highly recommend listening to all the books!

  • Deathmarked

  • The Fatemarked Epic, Book 4
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

While the war for the Four Kingdoms drags on, a new threat emerges from across the sea. To the North, Annise Gäric seek to rescue Lady Zelda and retake Castle Hill from the sellswords known as the Brotherhood. In the back of her mind is a growing fear, something she can't quite explain. Meanwhile, Lisbeth Lorne tries to regain control of the ancient army of Sleeping Knights before they become the horde of death her soulmark has shown to her in visions. In the West, Rhea Loren find herself at a crossroads: continue down the path of destruction or seek another way, another life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great storyline, keeps your mind working

  • By Heidi on 05-17-18

I love this series!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

There was a constant perfect balance of everything you could want in a story
depth, world building, heroes, villains and every one of them, almost, not wholly heroic or villainous
just listen to it and you can never go wrong with Derek Perkins narrating!

  • Transcendence

  • Aurora Rising, Book 3
  • By: G. S. Jennsen
  • Narrated by: Pyper Down
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

What does it mean to be human? What if the price of saving humanity is giving up your own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Karen Kinnard on 03-20-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Great story, action, suspense, danger, romance, battles,, technology and it's paradoxes. Narrator captured voices masterfully slightly annoying though was the 'chuckles '. I recommend this series and will be continuing on to listen to the next book because of the questions - where will it all go next?

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,717
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,594
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,601

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular fantasy series

  • By Ron on 01-03-13

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I am having trouble finding words to review this final book in a world I literally lived in with Riyria for the past couple of months . I listened while doing routine tasks and it has been like living in another life. The story was so well crafted and tied into all of the other books and covered all the possible loose ends that all I want to do now is start it all over again from the beginning to catch a few more details I may have missed because my mind wandered. Worth a second listen and will be one of my favorites always.

  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,968
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,404

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

Great!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

I hesitated to purchase this book after reading some of the reviews Both my husband and I listened to it on our vacation and loved it! We cannot wait to hear the next book! Keep up the excellent writing Kel Kade and the narrator Nick Podehl is one of the very best on audible. The story captured us from start to ending.

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  • Wrath of Lions

  • The Breaking World, Book 2
  • By: David Dalglish, Robert J. Duperre
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

In this second volume of the sprawling dark fantasy epic The Breaking World, gods and armies are on the move as all of Dezrel prepares for war…and nothing short of total subjugation will suffice. In the east, Karak invades Paradise with an army 20,000 strong. Meanwhile, Ashhur travels west along the Gods’ Road, gathering as many of his people as he can against the coming onslaught. In Mordeina, the Wardens raise a massive wall around their settlement with the assistance of spellcasters from the north. And in Dezerea, the Quellan elves move secretly to join the fray.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Almost returned...almost.

  • By C. L. Turner on 05-07-14

Almost

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

The writing is compelling enough that I couldn't stop listening . The story almost develops characters well, almost is coherent, is almost entertaining. Nick Podehl is the reason I will eventually listen to the next book. His skill at breathing life, color, depth -- realness to the story- made it worth the listen. The story is also gory and dark. The writers are very skilled in crafting cringe.

  • The White Tower

  • The Aldoran Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Michael Wisehart
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 25 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091

Magic is outlawed. Those caught wielding it are taken to the White Tower. They are never heard from again. After the chaos of the Wizard Wars a thousand years ago, the people turned their backs on magic. It was deemed evil. Those born with it will stop at nothing to remain hidden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spend the Credit

  • By Christopher on 09-22-17

Captured by Action From the Start!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

The White Tower begins with the boy being saved by a wizard and magic battles ensue as the story unfolds around a variety of incredibly interesting and heroic characters. There's bad guys with depth as well as the good. Character development is also artfully done on many characters in this tale. I listened to the book while traveling and was sorry to have it end and very much looking forward to the next book.

  • Dawn of Swords

  • The Breaking World
  • By: David Dalglish, Robert J. Duperre
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 212

On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities. But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that lies between the two kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Glad I Don't Have To Wait Long For Book 2

  • By Brian on 01-20-14

Story of Loose Intent

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

The authors attempted to build a world, and develop many characters while weaving a story
It took me almost the entire book to get some of what they were trying to accomplish
I did like the depth hidden in the 'small' characters I'm considering listening to the next book as the series has potential to entertain
or whether it's darker than I usually like If you like dark - give it a try , if you like violence ditto I like the good who overcome the gruesome and this story has that potential