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  • The Forge of Light

  • The White Mage, Book 5
  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026

The Dark has nearly consumed the planet. Men and beasts have been stripped of their minds, their bodies twisted to serve the Master's will. Her army now numbers in the trillions and is led by two supreme generals. Even the mages have no power to stop her. Driving the survivors to a last bastion of freedom, she calls for the decimated army to surrender.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By The Jennerz on 07-07-16

Meh!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Hard to finish. Pretty boring and predictable ending. Guess the author need to pay the bills with a five book series.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,567
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,515

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Sanderson at his worst

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I really like Brandon Sanderson's work and loved the first two books in this series. This book was different. He tried to cover too much ground, while getting mired in superfluous detail. The constant shifting from present to past and back, while changing characters and locations and introducing different races or deities, made listening to this book extremely difficult. The story became bogged down halfway through and difficult to follow. I waited three years for this confusing mess. With the next one due in another three years, this will be my last purchase in this series....

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gunmetal Gray

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,739

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greaney sets the bar even higher.

  • By JACKIE on 02-17-17

My least favorite Gray Man

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

I found it boring. Too many characters, hard to follow. Probably better as a printed book...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Fire

  • A Raven's Shadow Novel, Book 3
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 26 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,602

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant - those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark - and take the war to her enemy's doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named battle lord of the realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Completion of the Collapse of Potential

  • By Joe Chad on 07-14-15

Poor finish to the series

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

I liked the first book, so-so with the second and didn't like this one at all. Maybe it was better as a visual book, but as an Audible book, I found it confusing and predictable. Both the author and reader seemed to get lazy as the series went on.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amped

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 983

Kira Miller is a brilliant scientist who discovers how to temporarily boost human IQ to dizzying levels. But this transcendent intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania. Determined to use her discovery to propel human civilization to a higher plane, despite this side effect, Kira and ex-special forces operative David Desh recruit a small group of accomplished scientists, all of whom are safely off the grid. Or so they think...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Combination Sci-fi thriller...

  • By Charlie on 12-20-14

Boring

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

Although based on interesting ideas, the book failed to excite. It read like a comic book or SciFi Channel produced movie. The performance was even mediocre.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,925

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What you should know before listening...

  • By Snozzle on 07-31-16

What?

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Was this written in the 70's when they ended movies, books,etc. in the middle and then you had to figure out the ending? There was no ending...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Continent

  • Travels In Small Town America
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There are better Bill Bryson audiobooks

  • By Rachel on 08-10-14

Not one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

This is one of Bryson's earliest books, published in the late 80's. As such, it lacks much of the humor that balances his snarkiness, leaving a book that seems to have been written by a curmudgeon. Americans have a lot of issues, but I found the book mean spirited. I also couldn't figure why he chose to travel during the cold, rainy season when some of the prettiest parts of the west weren't accessible. Maybe he wanted a better comparison with life in England.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • METAtropolis

  • By: Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,320
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2,374

Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Painful

  • By Anthony on 07-29-13

Unimaginative....

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

Reviewed: 10-10-13

A series of poorly written, disjointed stories about future cities, based on today's headlines in America as if the future is based only on what happens in the US. What a crock of egocentric bs.

  • The Crown Tower

  • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,344

Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake

  • By Tango on 08-07-13

A Wasted Credit

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

Reviewed: 10-03-13

I really didn't understand the need for this "prequel". I really enjoyed the first three books of the series, but this is a boring rehash of all the stuff we already knew from those books. There were no new revelations about Royce and Hadrian and why spoil the mystery of how Gwen built her establishment. I see this as a play for beating the old tired horse to death for money.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve

  • A Novel
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,753

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A pale,disjointed sequel to"The Passage".

  • By Michael on 08-22-18

Overreaching

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

Reviewed: 01-19-13

The Twelve tries to expand the story too much in one book. The author tries to keep the action fast-paced while juggling a multitude of characters in a series of related, but different stories. He jumps from one group of characters to the next so quickly that it becomes very difficult to follow when listening. Scott Brick's sing-song narration doesn't help, either. The resulting audio book is a disappointing follow up to The Passage.

The book really seems to fall apart around 22-23 hours. Switching back and forth between story lines came so frequently at this point that I had to put the book aside for awhile. I got so frustrated with Brick's sing-song, monotonous deliverance, I thought I would scream. I usually like Scott Brick, but not when a real performance is required to help distinguish the characters. It seems like Brick gets bored while reading long books, so he tends to drone on and on with little change in inflection, tone or cadence. If I remember correctly, three readers were used in the first book.

The book probably works better on paper than in audio. I find it easier to deal with a multitude of characters in a herky-jerky story when I can visually see the names and can quickly turn pages to reread a section. The Audible app doesn't allow you to easily go back or especially forward to listen to a part you didn't understand without frequent bookmarks or complicated fast forwards and inaccurate scrubbing.

Since this book is part of a trilogy, readers are certain to buy it, despite the reviews, to continue the story that began in The Passage. I plan on listening to both books again in hopes that I enjoy The Twelve more the second time. I have no idea how Cronin will handle the third book, but I hope it's more in the style of the first book and not the second. I also hope Brick steps up and gives the next book a performance that it deserves.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful