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  • Ambryn & The Cheaters of Death

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 2
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767

With an important diplomatic visit to the troll nation just days away, Tesser receives a phone call with dire news from Sin City. A bus is found in the desert; filled with the husks of dead bodies killed by something far from human. Unable to break away from the crucial meeting with the ancient troll kingdom, he dispatches his brother Ambryn; the dragon of death in his stead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book. reviews scared me.

  • By Crystal Goode on 10-28-16

Good, but not Tesser.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I liked the first novel more, but I will say I like the main character better in this novel more than the last. I will read the third novel after reading this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Novice

  • By: Taran Matharu
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning. Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very good listen

  • By RobT on 06-10-17

Imagine Harry Potter mixed with Pokemon

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

The magic system reminds me of Pokemon but with "demons". The characters are kind of RPG standard, but a good job of world building for the first novel and I am going to read the next one.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,473

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

Kind of a let down

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I was really digging the story. Narrator did a great job (kind of made me imagine the main character was Sean Connery in Highlander) and I was looking forward to the next story. However I was very disappointed in the ending and the vehicle by which the problem is solved. I just left a bad taste in my mouth and turned me off of the series. If you can handle sex magic as a powerful Swiss Army knife than you should enjoy the story.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30,854

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

Pleasantly surprised, Very good listen.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

Just to get this out of the way: no, it is not better than ready player one. However it is still a really great story. I might have lowered the bar after reading some reviews on here, but I was pleasantly surprised by the pace, voice, perspective of the book.

  • Wolves

  • I Bring the Fire Series #1
  • By: C. Gockel
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

In the middle of America, Amy Lewis is on her way to her grandma's house. She's being chased by a very bad wolf. Galaxies away, Loki is waking up in a prison cell, strangely without a hangover and with no idea what he's done wrong - this time, anyway. But he does know that Thor is hiding something, Odin is up to something wicked, and there seems to be something that he's forgotten....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wolves is the first of six awesome books.

  • By Chris, Kindle Customer on 06-16-17

Interesting concept, okay execution

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

The first thing that struck me was how much the narrator sounded like Siri. Once I got past that I actually enjoyed the story. Interesting twist on classic Norse myths and even modern retellings of those myths.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Magician King

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,206

Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King Grossman the Magician

  • By Douglas on 08-12-11

Comparable to the First

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

I really like the first book (hated the after college part but the rest was good). This one did not have the highest highs of the first, but it was not as much of a let down in other spots. There is an unneeded rape scene, but it can be skipped by going ahead 30 second and honestly you don't miss much of the story.

I would recommend this story to anyone that read the first. I am excited to start reading the third.

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,744
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,765

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Harry Potter's Dark Second Cousin

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

So I have to say the author does a great job of world building. Definitely worth the read just for that. There are some fan service moments that are great and others that are to far of a stretch. I did not like the tone in book 2, but book 3-4 make up for it. Book 1 is by far the best. Worth the free credit for sure.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Watcher of the Dark

  • The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 3
  • By: Joseph Nassise
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bowden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

New Orleans was nearly the death of Jeremiah Hunt, between a too-close brush with the FBI and a chilling, soul-searing journey through the realm of the dead that culminated with a do-or-die confrontation with Death himself. But now Hunt is back and on the run in Watcher of the Dark. But when he performs an arcane ritual to reclaim the soul of the magically gifted, beautiful woman who once saved him, he must flee the law once again, to Los Angeles, city of angels, a temporary sanctuary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, could be better, will keep reading

  • By Jeremy R. Snyder on 07-19-15

Series on a downward trend

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

First book was great. The second was good. This one was just okay. I hope there is another in the series, but if it continues on this downward trend I believe it will be my last.

  • King of the Dead

  • The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Joseph Nassise
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bowden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

In a devil’s deal, Jeremiah Hunt sacrificed his human sight in exchange for the power to see the hidden world of ghosts and all of the darker spirits that prowl the streets. Hunt uncovered a world of murder and magic that took his daughter from him and nearly cost him his life, but that was only the beginning.... Now Hunt is on the run from the FBI, who have pegged him as a mass-murdering dark sorcerer. His flight from the law is diverted to New Orleans when his companion has a horrific vision.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Sequel

  • By Darren on 01-01-13

Good, worth it, but short of the first.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

The positive: good job expanding the world setup in the first book. I have already started reading book 3.

Negative: if this were the first book I don't know if I would continue in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Storm of Swords

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,798
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,780

As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Magikarp Salad on 12-22-07

Better than advertised

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

So I have been a show watcher for years and with the time between season 6 and 7 I decided to read the books. I was told Storm of Swords was the dullest of the books, but I have to say I have enjoyed it very much. It is no Empire, but it added to the story in a fantastic way.