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  • Dark Territory

  • Benjamin Ashwood, Book 3
  • By: AC Cobble
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

After uncovering the existence of an ancient, secretive organization, Ben must track down its whereabouts to enlist help in a battle for the fate of humanity. He goes behind enemy lines and faces certain danger. He must convince the powerful elites that the looming threat to Alcott is real. If the opposing factions do not put aside their differences and join forces, the fate of mankind may be sealed. With what Ben knows, the solution is obvious. But the murky political waters of Alcott are not easy to navigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So many chases, even characters are tired...

  • By Hiruu on 07-21-17

Getting annoying but still a good read

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Character interactions grow, skills are increased and conflict is still ever present in this book. The action and the battles are still exciting to more, more so now that Ben is finally starting to show more skill in his swordplay, although he still ends up flat on his back most of the time and though there aren't anymore reveals into anyone's past, I'm excited about the growth in relationships the companions are experiencing.

Through this and the narrator's performance, the book is an enjoyable read with the exception of a few things. As you may have surmised, they are still being chased by the same enemy from book 1. For me, this made me lose tension towards the mage who is basically the "big bad". Mainly because the same cycle repeats; companions encounter mage, companions get tossed around like a sack of potatoes, companions somehow manage to rally and escape but are never able to do anything towards the mage. We're at the third book and still nothing seems resolved.

Another gripe that I have are characters still acting naive or elements of the story not being explained or ignored. Heck, at one point where there's a chance for the mage to maybe be defeated, a companion suddenly proclaims that swords won't do anything but doesn't explain why or how they came to that conclusion. In an another case, Ben specifically observes a companion seemingly communicating with the mage but again nothing comes of it. He never confronts anyone nor does it seem like he tells anyone else.

Look, I don't mind foreshadowing but when it is a character who makes the foreshadowing observation and they don't do anything, contrary to their normal behaviors, it is frustrating.

Despite this, I am still happy to recommend this book. I do hope, though, that things finally change in the 4th book.

  • Playing for Keeps

  • Alpha World, Book 4
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

Alpha Company is embarking on a grand mission, crossing the Dead Lands to find and conquer Gwain’s Keep. Led by Alburet, most of the guild embarks on what could be an epic and memorable journey, as they aim at being the first Two-souled guild to capture a keep. Besides safeguarding the members of the guild, Alburet also has to worry about the natives that are with them on their journey. Deidre Crowley, Stacia’s sister, is the one he worries about most, having sworn to see her safely across the lifeless desolation of the Dead Lands. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • dont do it.

  • By Duke danso on 07-31-18

Enjoyable Character building

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Overall, I did enjoy this book but I have noticed that many complained about the lack action and I will admit that it is completely true. This book significantly focuses on the characters state of mind and their overall process of healing.

There is action but a lot of it is relagated to the end or in small bits dispersed throughout the story. I personally did not mind this book but I can understand if it is slightly off-putting or boring to others.

I still recommend that you give it a try.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows

  • Nightlord, Book 2
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 42 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,947

It's not easy being king. Especially when you've got an allergy to sunrise and sunset, a fire goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to cope with. Add to that his daughter, the fire priestess/princess; a couple of lightly deranged professional magicians; a whole city full of wizards; and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten argument. It's enough to make a man want to just go home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OH NO!!! I have to wait for book 3. :(

  • By Bob-o on 02-16-16

Enjoyable but annoying at times

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

This is definitely a long book and for the most part, it's quite enjoyable. I just wish that there were less parts where Eric was a whiney child. There are many times Eric constantly questions himself regardless of what those around him tell him and it can get on your nerves quickly. There were times I just wanted the story to progress.

Also, I'm concerned if every book in this series is going to be defined by a tragedy, because The first book had people dying and this book does the same, along with the ending, which I didn't really like.

I also hope less people die since one time is impactful, two times is surprising and three or more times is just plain annoying. It's hard to like characters when all you can think is "when will this loved one die". Main reason I don't like GOT. But I got sidetracked, I'm going to continue with the series because I feel too invested now but I hope it becomes lighter and that some actual growth as a person is seen from Eric. I much prefer the comical banter between him and Firebrand and Bronze.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Battlemage

  • By: Taran Matharu
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406

Fletcher and his friends fight for survival in the ether, where they pursue a mortally dangerous quest to rebuild their world and broker peace. Even as hatred threatens to turn friend into foe, Fletcher must lead a small army of soldiers into battle to protect his ancestral homeland, and face his biggest challenge yet: his nemesis, the albino orc Khan, who seeks to destroy everything Fletcher holds dear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too many unresolved issues

  • By Bluesman1972 on 06-19-17

Enjoyable read with some frustrations

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I have to say that I enjoyed this series as a whole and am fairly satisfied about how this book ended, even of it does feel a bit like some things were left unfinished but at the same time I was a bit frustrated about a few things.

First off, I did not feel like Fletcher really grew as a person despite all the experiences he went through. I swear, it feels almost as if all the major fights/conflicts that occurred were all caused by characters taunting one another or people being impatient. Events like these frustrated me.

Second, for a series about summoner and battle mages, they don't really seem to affect anything. Throughout the series, summons felt like they were more for scouting than actually fighting and despite Fletcher and others being trained as battle mages, they hardly seem to use their abilities because they're almost always out of mana. The orcs were portrayed more like battle mages and summoners than the people were. Maybe its my imagination but the part of the series the most shows battle mages abilities was mostly during the war. Everything else seemed to center solely around the firearms that were produced with occasional close combat occuring.

Lastly, I would have like to see how Fletchers summons grow, what happens with his mother as well as his relationship with Sylvia.

Although, I did list all my frustrations above, that does not mean that I did not enjoy the books. I sped through them because I wanted to know more about the world and was sad when this book ended. I hope that the other can continue writing more stories based on this universe and maybe a book or two with Fletcher again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Survival Quest

  • Way of the Shaman Series # 1
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,292

Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Guilty pleasure

  • By Daniel on 12-18-16

Surprisingly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

I bought this out of curiosity and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and the narrator does a fairly good job of showing the characters emotions. My only complaint could be the choice of voice the narrator selects for certain characters seems a bit awkward.

  • Assassin's Quest

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 37 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,533

King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Weary of a Stupid Hero

  • By Holly Helscher on 11-04-13

Great series but frustrating Protaganist

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

I really enjoyed this series and the narrator was truly incredible. I could tell which character was speaking easily and the emotion he gave to their voices really moved me at times. The world that was created in this series pulled me in and I found myself constantly wanting to know more.

However, the protagonist, Fitz, was a frustrating character to follow. I felt pity for him but unlike other series where you wonder "how will the character solve the problem/conflict" I found myself thinking "I wonder who is going to come to help him". I'm not sure how to explain it but it constantly felt like even though Fitz was going through all these different things, he never really did anything. As people have said, this story isn't about a master ninja fighting assassin but it still felt like Fitz was too incompetent.

Now, as to how this series ends, it left me feeling very bitter sweet. I am able to accept the ending but it doesn't make me happy. However it does excite me that I came across this series knowing that the tawny man series and the fool and the Fitz series are out since these continue Fitz's story and I'm really hoping that things go better for him in the future and that maybe he grows up a bit more (even though technically, he is a grown adult by the end of the novel)

  • The King's Traitor

  • The Kingfountain Series, Book 3
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985

Against all odds, Owen Kiskaddon grew from frightened boy to confident youth to trusted officer in the court of Kingfountain - and watched its regent, Severn Argentine, grow ever more ruthless and power-mad. Robbed of his beloved protector, his noble mentor, and his true love, Owen has anticipated the day when the king he fears and reviles, yet loyally serves, will be toppled. Now, as Severn plots a campaign of conquest, the time has come to take action...and Owen's destiny demands that he lead the strike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed it but recommend reading legends muirwood

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-11-16

enjoyed it but recommend reading legends muirwood

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

As I listened to this book, I wasn't sure how to feel. There were characters who were lost that I felt didn't necessarily have to go or at least not in the manner that it happened as well as another character who shows up and plays a slightly significant part in the story but then whose story line doesn't get resolved by the end of the book.

In fact, this book felt both like an ending to a series and a set up for a new series. Despite this, I still found myself enjoying the story and I'm going to miss them. On a side note, I highly recommend reading the legends of muirwood series first as the ending of this book will have more impact if you know the characters from muirwood.

However, not reading muirwood will not make you miss out on a plot lines, in fact, muirwood only comes into play on the final part. It makes the ending go from "o-okay, I guess that's it.." to "oh dang are you serious?!"

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Sea

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 1
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,835
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,215

When Dante Galand was just a boy, his father, Larsin, sailed away to make his fortune. And never returned. Since then, Dante has become a great sorcerer. A ruler. A destroyer of kings. And he's just learned that his father is living on a forbidden island at the edge of the known world. Where he's dying of a mysterious plague. In the company of his friend, the swordsman Blays, Dante travels to the island. There, his magic can do nothing for his father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sequel to The Cycle of Arawn!

  • By CaptainKhaotik on 02-28-16

Great story but frustrating development for Dante.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

As the title says, I greatly enjoyed this story but I did become frustrated frequently with Dante's growth as a nethermancer. He's constantly referred to as one of the most powerful of their kind but you couldn't tell from the fights. He constantly seems to struggle against weaker enemies and although this book touched on him finally able to touch the Ether I wished it would have been developed more. Heck, I was expecting him to have learnt how to shadow walk but I guess it wasn't deemed necessary. However this was just my personal frustration. Besides the occasional annoyance, I enjoyed hearing about the new places and characters that were introduced and would recommend this book.