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  • Ship of Smoke and Steel

  • By: Django Wexler
  • Narrated by: Catherine Ho
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the port city of the Blessed Empire, 18-year-old ward boss Isoka enforces the will of her criminal masters with the power of Melos, the Well of Combat. The money she collects goes to keep her little sister living in comfort, far from the bloody streets they grew up on. When Isoka's magic is discovered by the government, she's arrested and brought to the Emperor's spymaster, who sends her on an impossible mission: Steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship - a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different & Good

  • By Stretch's Books on 03-14-19

Different & Good

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

I'm a big fan of Django Wexler. His "Thousand Names" series is one of my favorites. Wexler doesn't miss the mark with this book either. It's a fun beginning to a new series I'm sure will be quite entertaining.

  • The Raven Tower

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes. But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By CCCii on 03-04-19

Ummmmmm

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. Well over 1/2 way through it and I still had no idea wtf was going on.

  • 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 11,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,377

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

Good Story with Excellent Performance

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

As always TGR gives a great performance and Larry Correia writes a fun tale. Give it a go if you got nothing else taking priority.

  • The Hod King

  • By: Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 184

Thomas Senlin and his crew of outcasts have been separated, and now, they must face the dangers of the labyrinthine tower on their own. Fearing an uprising, the sphinx sends Senlin to investigate a plot that has taken hold in the ringdom of Pelphia. Alone in the city, Senlin infiltrates a bloody arena where hods battle for the public's entertainment. But his investigation is quickly derailed by a gruesome crime and an unexpected reunion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 20 hours of pure genius

  • By Think about this on 01-31-19

Another Excellent Entry!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I can't help but love these books. I am happy to learn that book 3 is not the end.

  • Strife's Bane

  • The Shattered Kingdoms, Book 3
  • By: Evie Manieri
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

She was tainted. Once known as the Mongrel, Lahlil only had one purpose: to reap blood and carnage for those who paid the right price. When the Shadari called upon Lahlil to lead the rebellion against Norlanders - telepathic and bloodthirsty invaders who conquered their lands and enslaved their people to the mines - she delivered. Then she ran. Now, Lahlil must return to Shadar to save the person she loves the most and rebuild. She finds a kingdom that has devolved to political discord and an old enemy's ships sailing just beyond the horizon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Man, oh man!

  • By Stretch's Books on 02-18-19

Man, oh man!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Never been more disappointed in a final book of a trilogy. Waited 2 or 3 yrs for this book and it's like the whole thing was written 2 weeks before it was due to drop. Total shame. I was truly looking forward to this book, too.

  • A War in Crimson Embers

  • The Crimson Empire, Book 3
  • By: Alex Marshall
  • Narrated by: Angèle Masters
  • Length: 25 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Ending Nearly Ruins the Entire Trilogy.

  • By Stretch's Books on 10-12-18

The Ending Nearly Ruins the Entire Trilogy.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The 3rd book kinda gets away from Marshall. Including the ending that leaves so many loose threads in one character's story one can only hope there is another book to clear it up.

  • Guns of the Dawn

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Guns of the Dawn is a pacey, gripping fantasy of war and magic from Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky. The first casualty of war is truth.... First, Denland's revolutionaries assassinated their king, launching a wave of bloodshed after generations of peace. Next they clashed with Lascanne, their royalist neighbour, pitching war machines against warlocks in a fiercely fought conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stand alone book

  • By M. McCormick on 01-27-18

Adrian Tchaikovsky strikes again.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I like a good standalone fantasy novel as much as the next fellow. Especially in this time of unfinished trilogies(Rothfuss anyone?) & series' in general(hello G.R.R.M.). That being said, I wish this standalone novel would have had about 3 more chapters. The end seems a little abrupt, but overall this is an excellent story and a marvelous performance from Emma Newman.

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  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,660

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration Ruined the amazing series

  • By Geoffrey Davis on 03-24-18

Excellent story, 2 too many narrators

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Again Brown writes an excellent story. However, this time Audible should have stuck with TGR as narrator and left the other 2 off.

  • Infernal Battalion

  • By: Django Wexler
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

The Beast, the ancient demon imprisoned beneath Elysium for a thousand years, has been loosed on the world. It absorbs mind after mind, spreading like a plague through the north. And it threatens the heart of Vordan. As Queen Raesinia Orboan and soldiers Marcus D'Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass grapple with the aftermath of a hard-fought military campaign, they soon discover they have more than arcane powers to fear - it seems they cannot trust one of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing

  • By Kevin Williams on 01-13-18

Can't Go Wrong with this Series!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

If one is a fan of Brian McClellan's "Powder Mage" books, and one should be, then one cannot go wrong by picking up "The Thousand Names" series by Django Wexler. In my opinion the best Clinton fantasy series on the market of the ones I have read.

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just try it....

  • By Devontay on 10-27-16

I really enjoyed this one.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I'm a big fan of Kristoff. His forst trilogy was fantastic and this one is off to a great start.

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