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C. L. Turner

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  • 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 16,368
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,352
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,312

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 Lorraine on 10-05-16

An Anarchist's Handbook for Revolution

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

***Note to the Author: I see what you did there!

I cannot explain why I am loving this series:

*There are a some Plot contrivances
*A bit of the story is "Convenient"
*Occasionally I want to shout "WELL DUH!!!" at the book!

Regardless, the weave and craft of the writing, the thought and careful planning of detail and "texture" within the words, and the talent of Nick Podehl (normally not in my top 5) combine to bring this story to life in a wonderful way! I've rarely devoured book after book -- hopping through various series' and books for variety.

It is simply enjoyable! Funny, and thought provoking, especially NOW. The research that went into this work is amazing and carefully placed among the storylines.

Give this series a chance, open your mind, and suspend "disbelief"...it's worth every second and every word.

  • 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 34,447
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,298

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

Even my Wife began listening!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

I listen to these as I settle in to sleep. As such, my wife is often the (sometimes) victim of my listening tastes. This book drew her in as well! I cannot say enough about this one...completely enjoyable.

  • Skullsworn

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer - she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial. The problem isn't the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including "the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again." Pyrre isn't sure she's ever been in love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it

  • By cj0679 on 07-29-17

Very, very Nice!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

I completely enjoyed this offshoot! Even though the end (not a spoiler) of the series was a let-down, I really liked the characters and their stories. Seeing this book made me happy, and I downloaded immediately. The world-building for this part was done well, the characters were layered nicely. Struggles, conflicts and plots were placed nicely.

It did suffer the "Star Trek ending", like the series...but I was satisfied at the end, since that wasn't really the point - it was the journey we were on, not the destination.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wrath of Lions

  • The Breaking World, Book 2
  • By: David Dalglish, Robert J. Duperre
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

In this second volume of the sprawling dark fantasy epic The Breaking World, gods and armies are on the move as all of Dezrel prepares for war…and nothing short of total subjugation will suffice. In the east, Karak invades Paradise with an army 20,000 strong. Meanwhile, Ashhur travels west along the Gods’ Road, gathering as many of his people as he can against the coming onslaught. In Mordeina, the Wardens raise a massive wall around their settlement with the assistance of spellcasters from the north. And in Dezerea, the Quellan elves move secretly to join the fray.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Almost returned...almost.

  • By C. L. Turner on 05-07-14

Almost returned...almost.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-14

I didn't mind the first book. I did not like this one at all.

Plot was leaking all over the place and the characters degraded to paper dolls, easily torn. I had the whole thing playing as background noise by the end.

Sorry, won't be following the rest of this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Swords

  • The Breaking World
  • By: David Dalglish, Robert J. Duperre
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 216

On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities. But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that lies between the two kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Glad I Don't Have To Wait Long For Book 2

  • By Brian on 01-20-14

Um...not great.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-14

Interesting story idea and not a bad book. The plot has some "convenience" tricks (the right people or things in just the right places at exactly the right time). You never really get a sense of peril for anyone, nor do you care much about any of the characters. Not great, not bad.

The narration is a bit irritating at times...many of his female characters are grating.

  • Crux

  • Nexus, Book 2
  • By: Ramez Naam
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not good as the last one

  • By Claudia H on 07-06-16

Just a lot overwritten

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

I enjoyed the first book. Nexus was Naam's first novel, so there was an energy there and I liked it. This book just turned me off. Overwritten, seemed a bit rushed (on the editing) and just kind of beat you over the head. I couldn't finish it and will return this if I can.

The performance of Mikael Naramore is a bit over the top too. The screams...ohh, the screams.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Interrupt

  • By: Jeff Carlson
  • Narrated by: Hunter Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69

In the distant past, the leader of a Neanderthal tribe confronts the end of his kind. Today, a computational biologist, a Navy pilot, and an autistic boy are drawn together by the ancient mystery that gave rise to Homo sapiens. Planes are falling from the sky. Global communications have ceased. America stands on the brink of war with China - but war is the least of humankind’s concerns. As solar storms destroy Earth’s electronics and plunge the world into another Ice Age, our civilization finds itself overrun by a powerful new species of man...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Please. Shoot this story.

  • By C. L. Turner on 08-20-13

Please. Shoot this story.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-13

I saw this book on a "Recommended Reads" list and it sounded interesting. After reading the synopsis and a few reviews I was even intrigued!

Then I listened to it.

The premise is pretty good, but it's ruined by what seems like a desire, by the author, to write a movie rather than a good novel. The characters are insanely irritating. The story lurches along like a hobbled puppy. Several times I wondered if it was a Young Adult novel trying to look big in its father's clothes. The heroine is someone you just want to dislike. The hero is flat and pretty stereotypical.

I ended up rooting for the protagonists because I just wanted the main characters to die.

Performance.

I think Hunter Davis did the best he could and took the only option available...lifting the characters from Seinfeld.

Putty, Elain, Bania...they make appearances.

It was just sad how much effort he put into polishing this turd.

So, avoid this trap. Really. It's bad.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deadhouse Gates

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 34 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471

In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Thirsty Book

  • By Benjamin on 08-06-13

MORE!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

This series is dense, deep, rich and can be confusing if you're not paying attention. So many names, so many places and so many things going on. I would love to see the entire series on Audible (it would be nice to have a complete, long series ready to go!)

I can't say too much that's negative, it's just all good! Characters are memorable and you invest yourself in their stories. The plot seems pretty solid, although I have no idea where it's going, yet. The writing is quite good and at times you feel the language elevate you to more emotion than you probably want while sitting in an office, listening to a book. And its scale is epic. A nice, long listen.

Download it. Download it now!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Roadside Picnic

  • By: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Olena Bormashenko (translator)
  • Narrated by: Robert Forster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a "full empty", something goes wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, resonant sci-fi classic

  • By Ryan on 02-14-13

Classic and beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-12

I don't speak Russian, so I can't tell you if this is a good translation. I can tell you it's a beautiful novel. Classic science fiction. The language and narration are just enough to make me smile at the memory. A devious story with some marvelous characters and an ending that makes you listen twice...or three times.

Listen to the foreword...it's important. Then enjoy the book.

I'd been waiting a long time for this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Absolution Gap

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364

The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety---or draw down its darkest enemy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Giant plot problems!!! [Spoilers of stupid stuff]

  • By Gi'me my stuff!!!! on 01-31-15

"Star Trek" Ending

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

Reviewed: 11-14-12

I would write a review of the whole series...but why. Why? After spending so much time listening only to be left with something short of nothing as an ending.

Metaphor? Sure...it's a metaphor.
Lazy? That's what I don't quite understand! These novels were work for the writer, obviously. They were entertaining. Yes, there was some amount of over-explanation, but overall, enjoyable. Then, in the end? !Whomp! It's done and over without much of the careful description, back story, care and craft that's preceded the end credits.

Enough to make me pound my head against a desk until I work a better end through sheer delirium!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful