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  • The Land: Forging

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 2
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,353

The second captivating installment of Aleron Kong's Chaos Seeds series. "We are life takers and heartbreakers," Richter shouted. "Let's go!" Richter and Sion are at it again! Even more of what you loved in the first book. Leveling, world building, awesome items, and what's that you say? Sure! Why not? What's a little necrophilia between friends? Join your favorite Chaos Seed as he answers the call of adventure and deals with the invaders, greedy dwarves, and a wood elf that keeps telling him he has a pretty mouth. Welcome back, my friends! Welcome back...to The Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This RPG is LIT!

  • By M. B. Richards on 07-17-17

First, One of Best LitRPG.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

If you like LitRPG you’ll like this. If you like this you’ll like LitRPG. Fantasy in which the fantasy world acts like an RPG.

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  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,154

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

Correia doing more serious fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

I'm a fan Correia's books for just plain good exciting storytelling. This series is a bit of a departure from his typical style, but very well done. Highly recommended.

  • Saint Thomas Aquinas

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Dubbed the "Dumb Ox" by his classmates for his shyness, Saint Thomas Aquinas proved to be possessed of the rarest brilliance, justifying the faith of his teacher, Albertus Magnus, and sparking a revolution in Christian thought. Chesterton's unsurpassed examination of Aquinas' thinking makes his philosophy accessible to listeners of any generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book on Thomas in English

  • By John Kress on 05-02-16

Best book on Thomas in English

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

Chesterton's book is a brilliant picture of St. Thomas Aquinas. He does a masterful job of showing you Thomas the man, The Saint, The friar, and the theologian, all against the backdrop of a remarkable picture of the 13th century. It is hard to imagine a book about the Middle Ages Star in one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to read, being a page turner that you can't put down, but that is exactly what Chesterton gives us. It is worth noting that almost all the great Thomist scholars of the 20th century, philosophers such as Jacques Maritain and Etienne Gilson, all commend Chesterton's book is the single best book to read about Thomas.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,477
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,315

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

The "Martian" shows us what it is to be human

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

This is a science fiction story that you can love with no interest in science fiction (or in science, which is very accurately presented). No, this is a human tale about courage, ingenuity, and quiet heroism. Watney's survival is never certain, but this is a deeply optimistic book that shows human beings at their best, mixing humor and plenty of suspense. The heroes we meet here are not action superstars. They are however the kind of men and women who will one day take us to Mars, and beyond. Highly recommended.

  • Trading in Danger

  • Vatta's War, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

  • By L'Aura on 11-28-09

Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-11

1. Book: Grade: A. An excellent series. It's lots of fun to listen too. It's action-adventure sci fi with a bit of political intrigue mixed in. Readers will hardly be surprised to find (in Elizabeth Moon) a young hero, unfairly disgraced, who must now prove herself -- and in the process learn who she is and what she is capable of -- against overwhelming odds. As usual, Moon gives us plenty of female characters who are not one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs, as is all too common in fantasy and science fiction. If you enjoy strong female protagonists, Moon is for you.

Note: It's also true that this is no "Deed of Paksenarrion," but given that that was Elizabeth Moon's "home run" and one of the best fantasy novels of the past 50 years, the comparison isn't really fair. "Deed" is on the short list of top fantasy I recommend to people, along with things like Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and Song of Ice and Fire.

2. Reader: Grade: A/A-. Audiobook listeners look for two things in a reader, skill and a "good fit" with the book. In my opinion Cynthia Holloway satisfies both very well. She does sound young, but the protagonist is young. I think her "fit" this series is very good, and I hope of Brilliance does any of Moon's other sci fi series (like the Esmay Suiza series), that Holloway does the reading for that too.

The complaint that she "can't do male voices," doesn't seem to me to amount to more than her not sounding male -- but so what? Think of a top reading like George Guidall trying to "do" female voices. Not going to happen.

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A Feast for Crows
    A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
    
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    Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
    4,654 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,654
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

Roy Dotrice is makes SO MUCH difference!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-10

1. Review of the READING: (1 star) John Lee is simply not as good as Roy Dotrice, not nearly, and this is compounded by the fact that Dotrice is so very versatile and had established easily identifiable voices for almost every character, even minor ones! (For example, the gloomy black brother, Dolorous Edd -- hilarious when Dotrice voices him, completely indistinguishable from other characters when Lee voices him). And when it comes to MAJOR characters like Samwell or Jaime, this is catastrophic. Random House Audio has done the equivalent of making the next Harry Potter movie with an entirely new cast of actors -- it wouldn't MATTER if the new actors are as good (in this case, they aren't) or that the script is still great, these AREN'T the characters we know! Please, please, please, please Random House, bring back Roy Dotrice!

2. Review of the BOOK: As part of the overall story of a Song of Ice and Fire, A Feast For Crows continues to be excellent (5 stars). However, when Book 4 started to become too long, Martin decided to split it into TWO BOOKS, each of which would treat different point of view characters. He made a decent case for doing this at the time, but book 4 came out in 2005. And now it's nearly 2011 and still no book 5! Six years and counting we've been waiting to find out about Tyrion and many other of our favorite characters. (1 star for that).

1 of 3 people found this review helpful