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Connie J. Cooper

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  • Blood of the Fold

  • Sword of Truth, Book 3
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,102

In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible needs to redo narration for consistency

  • By ECC on 11-17-18

Finally...

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

A great narrator! It makes such a huge difference. Ready for book 4. Hope they kept him.

  • Stone of Tears

  • Sword of Truth, Book 2
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 38 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,706

The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator

  • By Bo Laughlin on 05-12-10

SO MUCH BETTER

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

What a difference a good narrator makes. I could actually get into the story and I'm glad. I've bought book 3, and I see there's a third narrator, so it's another version of voices to get used to, but this one at least was easy to listen to and consistent through the book.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,860

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Story is good...

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

Reviewed: 05-28-19

it is. I absolutely HATE the narration. I feel like the guy is telling a bedtime story to a 4 year old. Using high drama inflection & emotional voice is one thing when a character is speaking, but when the story is describing action, or a place? This is so over performed it's difficult to listen to. Not only that, but apparently whoever produced this forgot it's an AUDIO book. People listen with headsets. The volume varies horribly from so soft it has to be turned up to max, to yanking the earbuds out the next minute to preserve one's hearing. I almost returned the book, but I did get hooked on the story. Despite the many words wasted by repetitive descriptions, it's still a great storyline. I will delve into book 2 & hope the writing matures a bit. If I can manage to tolerate the narration.

  • Orb Sceptre Throne

  • Novels of the Malazan Empire, Book 4
  • By: Ian C. Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Darujhistan, city of dreams, city of blue flames, is peaceful at last; its citizens free to return to politicking, bickering, trading and, above all, enjoying the good things in life. Yet there are those who will not allow the past to remain buried. A scholar digging in the plains stumbles across an ancient sealed vault. The merchant Humble Measure schemes to drive out the remaining Malazan invaders. And the surviving agents of a long-lost power are stirring, for they sense change and so, opportunity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like but don't love

  • By Connie J. Cooper on 03-23-19

Like but don't love

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

After MBotF, this & the other stories in this series are welcome off-shoots..but PLEASE would the narrator at least LISTEN to some of the original stories? Learn to pronounce the names as already established? & basic pronunciation of normal words ...come ON. The storyline is engaging & new characters are fun to get to know, but I did NOT like the changes made to one very well established major (in BotF) character's persona. If you're familiar with the Malazan world, you'll have to adjust a bit, but all in all, it's a good story.

  • Deadhouse Landing

  • A Novel of the Malazan Empire
  • By: Ian C. Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 367

After the disappointments in Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To do so they join forces with a small band of Napans who have fled their home. However, Kellanved is soon distracted by a strange and dangerous ancient structure. Back in Li Heng, Dassem, now the proclaimed Sword of Hood, finds himself being blamed for a plague which leads him to a crisis of faith - and searching for answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Prequel

  • By Benjamin Montijo on 07-31-18

Not crazy about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

probably because I've listed to the entire Book of the Fallen. The names of ppl, places & things are sometimes quite different in this series, so it threw me off a bit. Naturally, the characters' voices that appear in both series are quite different also. Likely that can't be helped, but I wish things that could be consistent were.

  • Dust of Dreams

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 9
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 43 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446

The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand - the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage. In war everyone loses, and this brutal truth can be found in the eyes of every soldier in every world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning this is book 9 not 8!

  • By Jesse on 03-06-15

Going to need a re-read!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Got really confused on this one. Hoping CG helps me figure out what just happened. :-/

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  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,302

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Absolutely Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

The story, the depth of characters, the narration...all one of the best I've ever listened. Anxiously awaiting book 2!!!

  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,328
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,285

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, very WELL DONE!

  • By Who? Me? on 10-05-16

Liked it but

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

There are just too many "convenient" explanations & it's a bit over the top of believability. However, characters are strong & the narration performance is flawless

  • The Legion of Flame

  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

For centuries the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood - and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed - to fuel and protect its empire. But now a fearsome power has arisen - a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good continuation of the series

  • By Isobel on 07-13-17

So Much Better...

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

A change in narrator from book one let this unusual and fabulous story come alive!

  • The Waking Fire

  • The Draconis Memoria
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very nice storytelling.

  • By SMAC on 09-02-16

A little hard to follow at first

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

but worth it. I'm not enamored with the narration., probably because I'm spoiled by the likes of Michael Kramer. It's straight narration, and there are so many characters to keep up with that it becomes confusing with one voice for all. The story is good, but seems to start slowly. It pays off later, but I spent several hours very confused. Exceptional creativity with dragons!! Steampunk enthusiasts might find this interesting, as well as anyone who likes epic fanyasy-based stories.