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  • The Dragon Society

  • The Obsidian Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Narrated by: Shawn Saavedra
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

It all began with Dragon Weather: a wave of incredible heat, oppressive humidity, dark angry clouds . . . and dragons. Dragons with no remorse, no sympathy, no use for humans. Dragons who destroyed an entire village and everyone in it. Everyone, that is, except the young boy, Arlian. Orphaned and alone, Arlian was captured by looters and sold as a mining slave. Years later he escaped, fueled by years of hatred for the dragons, bandits, and slavers that took away his youth - and a personal vow to exact retribution from those who have wronged him.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to book 3!

  • By Thugsnarf 3000 on 04-25-18

Looking forward to book 3!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

The fist book in the series was thoroughly enjoyable. I knew it would be hard to keep up that epic pace of the first book, but the author did a good job of keeping the story interesting, building the world, enriching the characters, and moving the story along. My only complaints would be that the author seems to have the need to pause and review the entire story multiple times throughout the book. Sometimes it seems like every other chapter has a section of overall world/story review, or fully reviewing what the plans of the characters are. As the reader/listener, I obviously remember all of this, as i am engaged with the story, so it came off as continually redundant. That said, I still enjoyed the story, the narration is excellent and engaging, and I look forward to listening to book 3 when it is available!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kingmaker's Sword

  • Rune Blades of Celi, Book 1
  • By: Ann Marston
  • Narrated by: Austin Vanfleet
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Triumphing over adversity and evil, Kian dav Leydon brings the fabled Rune Blade Kingmaker back to the Isle of Celi after it was stolen, so the Isle will be ready when and if invasion comes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great start to a series

  • By TU on 05-14-18

A welcome change

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

In a genre full of stories based in or inspired by English/Arthurian lore, having a book with with a foundation in Scottish lore and settings was a breath of fresh air. Instead of relying on a clever magic system, the story focuses on the characters, and becomes more of an engrossing adventure because of it. The magic is there, but you are eased into it perfectly as the story moves along. You really get invested emotionally into Kian and the gang, and i bought into it totally. I also enjoyed that, even though its 'book 1', you actually get an ending, instead of some cliffhanger to get you to buy the next in the series. And because the focus was instead on the characters, it makes me want to pick up book 2 (which i will). Very well written, and wonderfully performed, I will be recommending this one to my fellow fantasy readers. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brother Dust: The Resurgence

  • By: Steve Beaulieu, Aaron Hall
  • Narrated by: Scott Berrier
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Brother Dust, a changeling born amidst a sandstorm, has seen it all before. He's watched as the heavy imperial boots have crushed dozens of planets. Watched as their drills pierce the core of a world, slowly killing it while the natives are kept docile, and compliant with the gifts and pleasures the empire brings them from the stars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brother Dust

  • By trixie on 10-04-17

Pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Would you listen to Brother Dust: The Resurgence again? Why?

Yes, I would. I enjoyed it very much, and now that i'm more familiar with the world(s) and story, I think a second listen could be just as rewarding as the first.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brother Dust was my favorite character, probably because of his struggle with death, morality, and interacting with those around him, and his struggle with becoming human.

What aspect of Scott Berrier’s performance would you have changed?

Overall, I liked his performance. The only thing I noticed was that most of his sentence delivery ended with the same inflection. It wasn't to the point of being distracting, but it's something i definitely noticed.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. I went into it having no idea what to expect, and was very pleasantly surprised. It starts with a bang and never lets up. Great characters, interesting worlds, ideas, and creatures, and an engaging plot told at an unrelenting pace, all combined to make this a very fun read. The narrator was good; he has an excellent voice and great quality, with my only complaint being that most of the sentences ended with the same inflection. It didn’t keep me from enjoying the book it’s just something that I kept noticing from time to time. But overall, I really liked the book, will recommend it to my friends, and look forward to picking up the next entry into the series!
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Gray Panthers: Captain Short Blade

  • By: David Guenther
  • Narrated by: Shawn Saavedra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In December 2128, the war with the Libra Alliance ended when the Dixie fleet diverted an asteroid into the Libra home world, killing nearly all life there. The collapse of the Libra Alliance created a major power vacuum. Old enemies that had been kept in check by the Alliance soon were once again at war with each other. Navy ships without homes became pirates. The restored League of Planets, now with a strong fleet and army, prepared to incorporate planets that had been part of the Libra Alliance into the league, by force if necessary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration, colorful but boring story

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-18

Fun read with interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

What made the experience of listening to Gray Panthers: Captain Short Blade the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the characters, especially Short Blade himself. It's an interesting universe, and while the ending felt a bit abrupt, I really enjoyed it overall.

Would you recommend Gray Panthers: Captain Short Blade to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, I would recommend it to fellow sci-fi lovers.

What does Shawn Saavedra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Saavedra had a great range of character voices and a delivery that helped get me in - and keep me in - the story.

  • Wizardborn

  • The Runelords, Book Three
  • By: David Farland
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 19 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 343

Wizardborn continues the story of the struggle of Gaborn, now the Earth King, who has lost his powers but continues to lead his people. He must contend with the threat of the huge, inhuman Reavers, whose myriads Gaborn and his forces must now pursue across the nation. It has become Gaborn's fate to follow, even into the depths.

Raj Ahten, the great warlord endowed with the strength and qualities of thousands of men, once the primary threat to Gaborn, now struggles to retain his own empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • keeps up fast pace

  • By JoR on 03-05-11

Choices and Consequences

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

Where does Wizardborn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Automatically among the top of my favorite books i've ever read. Absolutely loved it. I immediately went through the rest of the series and am now awaiting the final book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sir Borenson is my favorite character, and I think it's because it was really engaging to watch his struggle with the terrible choices he had to make, not just in this book, but throughout the series. Wonderfully written, and I totally related to him on those levels, even though I am nothing like the character.

Any additional comments?

Fantasy novels usually base themselves in their world building and lore, and hang everything on that. Runelords, even though the world building and lore is absolutely amazing and among the best i've ever read, these book then go a step further. The story deals with choices, actions, and consequences. How would people react to these situations, and what then would the results of those reactions be? Full of wonderful characters, expertly written, and perfectly narrated, it doesn't get much better than this. I highly recommend this book (and the entire series).

  • Torture Man

  • By: Warren Adler
  • Narrated by: Shawn Saavedra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The caller made it clear - $10 million or her daughter's head. The power of unintended consequences sends the privileged life of prominent anti-war activist Sarah Raab crashing down around her. Fear and terror take hold, and Sarah turns to former CIA operative Carl Helman, a man she has only just met and who stands against everything she has been fighting for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking, exciting and polarizing

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-29-18

Thrills with depth

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

What did you like best about Torture Man? What did you like least?

Torture Man was a fun read. Fast paced, good characters, and a hot button topic handled in a way that can make you rethink the issue or torture.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was interesting seeing characters really struggle with their beliefs on such a strong topic, and watching them deal with their choices and consequences.

Have you listened to any of Shawn Saavedra’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard this narrator before, and I think this may be his best work yet. Great voices and delivery. An excellent choice for this book.

  • Ancient Relics

  • The Rim Confederacy, Book 4
  • By: Jim Rudnick
  • Narrated by: Shawn Saavedra
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Taking on a new captaincy with the barony means that our captain Scott can now live a life of ease. His drinking will be tolerated, his hangovers ignored, and he will be in charge of the newest, fastest Supra Destroyer in the RIM Confederacy. Life is good for Tanner, who enjoys his new ship and the favors of the Lady St. August, yet the PTSD he still suffers from the thwarted prison escape on Halberd still haunts him. He copes but needs support from loyal friends, and that keeps him going.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I guess I'm just not a coffee drinker

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-18

My first introduction to the series.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

What did you like best about Ancient Relics? What did you like least?

I hadn’t read any of the previous books before jumping into this one, but that being said, I still enjoyed the book. I’m sure there were continuing/connecting storylines that I failed to understand, but the book overall was enjoyable. It was a small story on a grand setting with interesting concepts and characters, and that’s what kept me going. I did find it peculiar that there seemed to be a lot of set-ups with no-payoffs (his drinking being the biggest point), and I have to wonder if; 1) that’s how the entire series is, or 2) the consequences of his drinking and other various vices/relationships will come into play in the following book(s).

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was fine, but didn't make me want to run out and grab the next book.

Have you listened to any of Shawn Saavedra’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I thought the narrator was excellent, and was a great fit to the story. I have listened to his narration before, and he is always great. Good voices, and an easy listen.

Did Ancient Relics inspire you to do anything?

It got me into reading more sci-fi novels.

Any additional comments?

Though I did enjoy the book, I probably won’t be checking out the rest of the series.

  • The Undead King

  • The Saga of Jai Lin, Book One
  • By: Jared Rinaldi
  • Narrated by: Shawn Saavedra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In a post-apocalyptic future, where humankind has descended back into the dark ages, a young swordsman and his small band of allies must stand against the Undead King and his army of ravenous zombies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-18

Solid story, pacing, and narrator. I recommend!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

What other book might you compare The Undead King to and why?

It reminded me of a couple different titles: Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Cell (Stephen King), and Walking Dead (mostly because it is the most current zombie reference in pop culture). If Game of Thrones took place in the future and was instead an interesting take on armageddon.
A large, fleshed out world full of interesting characters, set against a backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, he Undead King managed to not become cumbersome the way most zombie stories do. Instead Rinaldi figured out ways to keep it fresh, bringing new takes on old ideas and setting them in an interesting world that feels lived in and full of history. The characters are all interesting and fun to travel with, and the villain(s) all fit the story well. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to picking up Book 2!

What about Shawn Saavedra’s performance did you like?

Saaverda's performance was great. He drew me in perfectly, and his narration never took me away from the story. His voices fit the characters wonderfully.