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  • 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 33,563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,461

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

Couldn't finish....

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Started interestingly but the narrative began to fall apart for me after a few chapters. Characters are not developed, the plot meanders and entire scenes left me wondering why they were included. Tried to go on but half way through decided that I wasted enough time.

  • The Way of Shadows

  • Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,845

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good.

  • By Jake on 08-25-09

Pretty enjoyable until a little past halfway. ..

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

...then everyone acts out of character and suddenly are a pile of idiots and most of the dialog sounds like a ham fisted attempt at being deep and insightful. Instead of staying in tone with the first 10 hours suddenly each character comes across as a soap opera scene played by a babbling moron. Disappointing.

  • The Providence of Fire

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying really hard to like this series.

  • By Mike on 02-09-15

Plot driven by repeated idiocy

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

Could not finish it. Tried. Repeatedly too. Every plot line is driven by poor decisions over and over. Instead of actually having events occur endless description of the characters attempts at introspection and an endless need to over describe minutia.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Song

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,037

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but the narration did not live up to it.

  • By Anthony on 06-29-16

Well written book hurt by a tired narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-31-14

Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Brand’s performances?

I have to say, though he started well, Steven Brand sounded either over tired or like he was a little tipsy as the book progressed- awkward pauses as he found his place on the page, strange and disjointed - it really hurt an otherwise interesting book.

  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,925

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! I didn't think it was slapstick at all!

  • By coreybeth on 04-22-12

Awful...

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

Any additional comments?

So many horrible characters with no depth, logical inconsistencies such as the lead's backstory timeline doesn't make any sense...and just bad writing. No editing just a rambling piece of junk...

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,874

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

Horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 07-31-12

What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

Inconsistent voices and narrations, full of changing accents - not only varies from book to book but chapter to chapter so characters are poor and often sound the same and when there is dialogue it sounds like a monologue... lazy and shoddy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Domes of Fire

  • The Tamuli, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

Six years had passed since the redoubtable knight Sparhawk had triumphed over the evil God Azash and returned to Elenia with Queen Ehlana, his bride. And now a new danger had arisen to threaten the peace of Ehlana's realm. The trouble had started quietly. At home, bandits began to plague the hill country. In neighboring Lamorkand, the customary political unrest turned ominous with whispers that the bloody heroes of old soon would rise again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked Narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-18-12

niles crane reads david eddings

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-10

As many of the other reviewers noted- the new narrator suddenly changes every pronunciation after 50 hours of the story (arguably certain names could have two readings but the word rouge is fairly standard) but couple that annoyance with the horrible voice and inflection of the narrator and what could be the start of a nice trilogy is ruined- I cannot finish this and surely would not buy any others in this series- the director and narrator could have maybe spent 5 minutes of research instead of this garbage.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful