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  • Dragon Age: Asunder

  • Dragon Age, Book 3
  • By: David Gaider
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story brought down by the narrator

  • By Matthew Eaton on 06-27-16

Interesting story and a must for Inquisition fans

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

A great story about oppression and rebellion involving a well rounded cast of deep characters, both original to the novel and from the Dragon Age games. The story takes a bit longer than the previous entries to really get rolling but it is well worth it. Some very thought provoking revelations that gives fans of the game a lot to chew on, and are well expanded upon in the book itself that newcomers can appreciate the depth of the issues brought up. Fans of Inquisition and the previous installments alike will find much to learn and enjoy in this novel. Highly recommended!

  • Dragon Age: The Calling

  • By: David Gaider
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536

After 200 years of exile, King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to finally return to Ferelden. When they come, however, they bring dire news: one of their own has escaped into the Deep Roads and aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great background leading into Dragon Age Origins

  • By David Florist on 10-23-14

A great followup of the previous novel

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

If you enjoyed The Stolen Throne, you will absolutely enjoy this followup. The story is a good one on its own but knowing the context from the previous book gives a lot of emotional depth. The character arcs are very engaging and the pacing gripping. You will find yourself deeply empathizing with the entire cast as you progress through the story. This novel also gives even greater and more important background to the Origins game. Highly recommended!

  • Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne

  • By: David Gaider
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

After his mother, the beloved Rebel Queen, is betrayed and murdered by her own faithless lords, young Maric becomes the leader of a rebel army attempting to free his nation from the control of a foreign tyrant. His countrymen live in fear; his commanders consider him untested; and his only allies are Loghain, a brash young outlaw who saved his life, and Rowan, the beautiful warrior maiden promised to him since birth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never played the game, but a good story.

  • By Joshua on 09-09-10

Gripping and beautifully narrated tale!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

A great piece of dark fantasy story telling that truly stands on its own even without the Dragon Age branding. For the DA fans, this will be even more enjoyable as the points brought up in the game are tastefully incorporated, and the story fleshes out a lot of the lore and world building from the game. The story gets intense enough that I had to stop what I was doing and focus only in listening. The excellent narration sells the tale as well. Highly recommended!

  • Phasma: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • By: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,239

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Character Development For Phasma!

  • By Michael Hicks on 10-03-17

A surprisingly interesting and important novel!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

This book will not read like your typical Star Wars novel, but I highly recommend to give the story a chance. Through it all, it really completes our understanding of the First Order as an organization, and how the important people that make it up have shaped it to what we see in the movies. As a fun side note, it totally explains why First Order Stormtroopers have melee combat training, making it understandable as to why Finn seems to have longsword combat training.

  • The Last Jedi

  • Star Wars
  • By: Jason Fry
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,783

Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this official adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content. From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms - and perhaps lay down their lives - for the cause.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Little is added in the novelization

  • By crimsoncat on 10-24-18

Little is added in the novelization

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Typically, the novels add a lot to the movies by going through scenes or inner dialogues that aren't shown in the movie to more fully flesh out the story. Almost none of this happens in this novel, and there were great many sections of the movie that could have greatly benefited from the extra exposition. The story it does tell feels like a literal recounting of the movie, which just doesn't cut it for me since we have the movie for that. With little flair added, it is NOT worth getting this book. Nevertheless, it is still The Last Jedi, which was a solid story, so was enjoyable enough, especially with Marc Thompson's usual winning performance.

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  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,388

On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs - including the Death Star project - the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe my expectations were too high...

  • By Goggles on 08-29-18

Awkwardly paced story that is still pretty great

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

The sequel does not quite have the tight structure and pacing that the previous book had. Rather, it bounces between different perspectives very frequently and often jarringly. During a lot of the perspective switches, not much will happen that is of interest, and just when things might be getting interesting, perspectives switch again. The story in its totality is a fascinating one. The story in its presentation is messy and badly paced. It took me much, much longer than usual to try to get through this book as it switched perspectives yet again, making me groan, roll my eyes, and stop listening for the day.

  • Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,489

Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot--and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun adventure, but not very deep

  • By Daniel on 07-06-15

An excellent in-between story for Luke's arc

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

If you wanted more of Luke's adventures, this book will be very enjoyable. The story is well-paced, the new characters introduced are interesting, and you get to see a lot more of Luke's interactions that you don't really get much of in the movies.

  • Season of Storms

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski, David A French - translator
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

Enter the world of The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski, New York Times best-selling author and winner of the world fantasy award for lifetime achievement. Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, one of the few capable of hunting the monsters that prey on humanity. A mutant who is tasked with killing unnatural beings. He uses magical signs, potions, and the pride of every Witcher - two swords, steel, and silver. But a contract has gone wrong, and Geralt finds himself without his signature weapons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another masterpiece from Sapkowski

  • By JJ on 06-10-18

A good Witcher story but much messier

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I quite enjoyed this book, especially with Peter Kenny's usual winning performance. However, the story structure is more reminiscent of the short stories, but are forcefully tied up and mixed together into a continuous novel. Because of this, the flow can feel scattered and the pacing all over the place. However, at the end of the day, it is still a very fun and interesting story in the Witcher universe. Just be prepared to really focus on whats happening when and where.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Aftermath: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,775
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,753

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over. As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance - now a fledgling New Republic - presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and Frustrating

  • By Jason on 09-08-15

A slow start but an overall excellent book

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Aftermath involves a cast of completely new characters that it presents quite heavily in the beginning. It can be a bit of a slow grind to get through the setup for each character, but it is totally worth it. I truly appreciate that these new characters could be established without having to rely on being tied to the movie characters. and it really helps to give a sense of the broader universe. I'd recommend any Star Wars fan to stick with the book and get to know the new characters. The plot and the individual characters arcs are totally worth it.

  • Empire's End: Aftermath

  • Star Wars
  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,167

Following Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt, Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times best-selling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meh

  • By RC on 03-09-17

An excellent ending to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Empire's End tidily wraps up all the important story beats started in the trilogy and completes a lot of our understanding of the post Episode 6 landscape. I truly enjoyed, even more so than the overall plot, the development arc of the new characters, all of them interesting, nuanced, and well portrayed through the trilogy. If you liked the books so far, you will enjoy the ending. If you have not tried the Aftermath trilogy, I would 100% recommend it for anybody curious about what happens after Return of the Jedi.