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  • Sharpe's Revenge

  • Book XIX of the Sharpe Series
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

It is 1814 and the defeat of Napoleon seems imminent, if the well-protected city of Toulouse can be conquered. For Richard Sharpe, the battle turns out to be one of the bloodiest of the Peninsula Wars, and he must draw on his last reserves of strength to lead his troops to victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gotta love it

  • By TucsonBaby on 06-18-10

Sharpe is off the leash!!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is the first book I’ve listened to in the Sharpe series that feels like an 80’s action movie... like the ones the Expendables movies tried to make viewers nostalgic for... pitting the hero against overwhelming odds, with the villain in a fortress on a hill protected by a bunch of goons. It was fun, but not the best Sharpe. 3.5 stars.

  • Swords and Scoundrels

  • By: Julia Knight
  • Narrated by: Angèle Masters
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Vocho and Kacha are champion duelists: a brother and sister known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. Or at least they used to be - until they were thrown out of the Duelist's Guild. As a last resort, they turn reluctant highwaymen. But when they pick the wrong carriage to rob, their simple plans to win back fame and fortune go south fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By JoR on 12-15-15

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Less about the sword play, and more about the relationship of two siblings. Swords and Scoundrels is a surprisingly good character drama (which I did not expect). My only criticism would be that there were far too many Britishisms in the dialogue. Besides that, I recommend it to readers who want a light, quick fantasy read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Interstellar Age

  • The Story of the NASA Men and Women Who Flew the Forty-Year Voyager Mission
  • By: Jim Bell
  • Narrated by: Jim Bell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

The story of the men and women who drove the Voyager spacecraft mission, told by a scientist who was there from the beginning. The Voyager spacecraft are our farthest-flung emissaries--11.3 billion miles away from the crew who built and still operate them decades after their launch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting, Inspiring, and interesting.

  • By JoR on 03-19-15

Exciting, Inspiring, and interesting.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Exciting, Inspiring, and interesting! I've read SF for years... It was a lot of fun to listen to real science being done by real people, and see how SF writers could be inspired by it. I was born in 84, so most of what the Voyager missions accomplished were before my time, but the fact that we're still learning from them even today made me feel a part of the excitement and awe. Jim Bell's passion is obvious in this narrative, and him reading made it that much better. I'll be re-listening soon.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Knight

  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 30 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894

Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Rolling The Dice Here At Audible!

  • By Michael on 03-04-13

A retelling of old legends...

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

On the surface, The Red Knight is an epic fantasy about a troop of mercenaries hired by an abbess to hunt monsters. There are a lot of awesome, huge battles, lots of exciting action, and the best tactical descriptions I've read in fantasy. It's an excellent beginning to a series. Dig a little deeper--not much, honestly--and you find its a retelling of sorts of Arthurian legend. Miles Cameron deserves all the success for this novel.

Some parts of the story are imperfect at best. There are too many point of view shifts... or at least they happen way too quickly. And the world building is strange at times--a version of Catholicism is alive an well in this secondary world. If you can get past these annoyances you'll enjoy what this tale has to offer. It certainly left me wanting more.

If you're an epic fantasy reader you won't want to miss this one. If not, this probably isn't the book to introduce you to the genre. Start with Sanderson.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Daylight War

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 26 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,683

In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What in The Core happened?

  • By Uber Femme on 02-13-13

The Daylight War without a daylight war

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

I'm not sure why this book is titled the Daylight War. Don't want to spoil anything, but the plot that this title refers to doesn't really go anywhere in this book. This was disappointing. And lots of backstory was rehashed. This, too, was disappointing. It would have been more true to the story being told if this volume had been titled: The Daylight Porn, but I'm getting off track...

Despite my complaints, I still enjoyed most of the hours spent listening to this book. No, the overall plot doesn't advance much. It didn't in book 2 either. I'm not sure why Brett is writing this series this way, but I'll reserve my judgement whether this is a good idea or not until the end of the Demon Cycle. If you're a fan, yes, buy this. If you're new to the series, I'd say wait until the fifth and final volume is released. You'll deal with a lot less frustration if you take my advice.

Yes, it ends on a cliffhanger. In fact, the ending almost jumps up and down with its own "clever" cliffhangeriness. I found it annoying. It seemed the story would have been better served with another hour or two to close this portion of the tale. Oh well. Authors have their artistic freedoms.

I liked it. I hated it. Which feeling will prevail in the end? I don't know. Give me a few weeks to think about it. Faults and all, you can't deny that Brett is a talented writer, and his characters are truly interesting. Just please, please, Mr. Brett and co, take this story somewhere in book 4.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,606
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,619

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

The end of an age

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

I've waited a week after finishing the book before writing my review. Mostly to digest everything and get my thoughts in order. This book has been a long time coming, and it was quite a relief to finally have the ending. That said, I honestly can't recommend this series to anyone new to it now that I've read/listened to the ending.

There are many reviews that talk about how intense A Memory of Light was. I didn't feel this way at all. Why? Well, I'd be spoiling parts of the story if I said why, which I won't do. I'll just say this: the characters in The Wheel of Time have faced danger too often. They've been in too many situations where they've survived. This has made it so I felt zero tension throughout this book, despite most of its pages being covered with battle after battle. The series was defeated by its own weight and buildup. Too bad.

Brandon Sanderson did a great job. I believe he did better than anyone other than Robert Jordan himself could have. All the flaws in this story are Robert Jordan's, not Sanderson's. There were detailed notes for this ending which Sanderson followed. Thought this was worth pointing out.

If you have read the series for years, yes, buy this. You have to. But if you're new to the series, and have been into more recent fantasy, The Wheel of Time probably won't be worth your time. It feels too simple when compared to other series right now. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there it is.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ironfire

  • A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades
  • By: David Ball
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 31 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Best-selling author David Ball has won widespread critical and popular acclaim for his sweeping novels, including Empires of Sand. With Ironfire Ball delivers a stirring historical epic of the Crusades. In the 16th century, only the Knights of Malta stand against the Ottoman Empire of Suleiman the Magnificent and his 40,000 brutal warriors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece !!!!

  • By Berserk on 02-29-12

Mostly a soap opera

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

Reviewed: 01-08-13

There wasn't a whole lot of Knights of Malta in this story supposedly about them. The author seemed more concerned with soap operaish side stories. Save your money.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,835

They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justice can have what's left when I'm done.

  • By Lore on 10-02-13

Fixed Problem

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

Reviewed: 11-14-12

The problem with downloading this book has been fixed. I have been waiting a year and a half for this one and I can finally listen to it! Thanks Audible for getting on it.

I will rate the book better probably after I've actually listened, but I had to rate it to write this.

I re-downloaded as some of the reviews suggested but the length of the parts was still screwed up--part 1, 19 hrs; part 2, 1 min; part 3 1 min. While it was like this yesterday and wouldn't let me download, I tried downloading anyway and the parts came out at the right length, despite saying the wrong lengths in my library. Once I have the book opened in iTunes the parts are: part 1, 6:44:50; part 2, 6:21:14; part 3, 6:49:01. Not sure why it still shows up with the wrong lengths in my Audible library, but it doesn't really matter now that it is working.

Thanks, Audible, for fixing the problem so quickly. My actual review of Red Country will be forthcoming...

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,897

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous, but be warned.

  • By Luke A. Reynolds on 11-30-09

Beautifully dark, witty, and fun

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

Reviewed: 05-04-12

This is a great book. The characters are deeply drawn, the world vividly painted. Michael Page as narrator is superb. I can't believe this is Lynch's first novel. I can't wait to see where the series goes.

If you like epic fantasy, you'll love Lies. There is a content warning, however: lots of explicit language, and plenty of violence. Lies is written in the vein of Martin or Abercrombie.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Royal Assassin

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,114

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it before, loved it now

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-23-10

Brilliant, if over-stuffed

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

Reviewed: 04-06-12

I thought the first book in this series was quite slow. Royal Assassin doesn't break that trend, but for whatever reason, I didn't mind it as much this time. Fitz is growing up, and the story is getting much more interesting.

The best part of Royal Assassin is the political maneuvering. There's a lot less assassinating and a lot more vying for influence. Readers expecting fast-paced assassin ought to avoid this one.

The narrator is superb, the writing masterful. I only wish that it had been ten or so hours shorter, as I think it was padded with too much unimportant description and scenes. However, I still really enjoyed this book, and recommend it to any who love high fantasy.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful