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  • Age of Legend

  • Book Four of The Legends of the First Empire
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

With Age of Myth, Age of Swords, and Age of War, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan riveted listeners with a tale of unlikely heroes locked in a desperate battle to save mankind from extinction. Now comes the pivotal point. After years of warfare, humanity has gained the upper hand and pushed the Fhrey to the edge of their homeland, but no farther. Desperate to find a way to break the stalemate, the answer lies in the half-forgotten words of an ancient song. Not all legends are of heroes, and not all myths are invented.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entirely a transition Novel

  • By Perrins2win on 07-12-19

Not What I Expected...

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

Reviewed: 07-16-19

Firstly, I need to say that I love the world of Royce and Hadrian and the entire Riyria universe. I think Michael J. Sullivan is a very gifted storyteller and wordsmith. In the most glowing compliment I can give - I would like to be his friend! Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of the very best readers in the business today. I have listened to books he narrates just because he's the narrator.

Secondly, I looked forward to the "Age of ..." series because of Riyria. Once into the series I knew it was not going to be the same love-affair relationship as I enjoyed with Royce and Hadrian, but I was intrigued by the "truth" of the legends Riyria had offered up. I dutifully waited for each book and pre-ordered so as to have them immediately as they became available.

Both of these feelings lead me to expect that the Age of Legend would wrap up the story and bring closure to this chapter in a previously satisfying series. Just the fact that Legend was a fourth book should have been a warning sign. Each of the Riyria series' were in three-book cycles. But I sucked it up and waited, in fact waiting through several push-backs of the availability date, accepting that the "Age of ..." series needed more 'scope'.

Thus, reaching the end of the Age of Legend and being left hanging like a jilted prom date, made me a bit angry. One quarter through the book and I knew this was simply a "bridging" book! Yes it has style and fills out the stories of the characters, mortal and gods alike; but it did not bring the joy of the previous books, To make it worse, there aren't even whispers as to when the next book will be made available.

This is not enough to put me off the series. However, milking the story past the next book may just push me over the edge.

Do I recommend the book? Yes; but read the Riyria series' first to fall in love. Then the waiting will be easier to take!

As an aside, I also like Sullivan's Holloworld. A totally different type of story, but worth the listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of the Dragon: An EVENT Group Thriller

  • EVENT Group Thrillers, Book 13
  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

230 BC - The first sovereign emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, has consolidated his ultimate power with battles against the last of the dissenting tribes of China. With one last province to take, he knows he will be pitted against the one man he fears - his mysterious half brother, Li Zhang, leader of a peaceful province to the north. The new emperor's goal was to murder Li Zhang for the secrets he has kept from the world that would give Qin Shi Huang the power to strike beyond the borders of ancient China. The power over earth, water, fire, and air. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a different narrator.

  • By Anonymous User on 09-26-18

New Narrator Not Liked

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I really enjoy David L. Goleman's Event Series and Supernatural series; however, this new narrator is very bad!! I do not like his labored accents, "dramatic" pauses, and, terrible rhythms. He really made this a difficult listen! Either bring back Poe, hire Scott Brick, Tim Gerard Reynolds, or someone new that can actually read well. I listen to books that I enjoy many times (always picking up a piece of narration I missed the first time around). I cannot listen to this slaughter of an exciting story again! I just hope Goleman hasn't signed a muti-book deal with this reader!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Traveler

  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

In 267,000 BCE the continent was its own world, untouched by the planetwide catastrophe that ended the reign of the dinosaurs over 65 million years before. A traveler arrives in the jungles of this ancient world who will fight to survive carnivorous creatures in a land never meant for humankind. In another time and in a land far distant, men and women struggle to recover from the loss of so many of their own in a battle. Inside of this group, Colonel Jack Collins has summoned the best of the best from the most secretive organization in the United States government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Event Group continue to rock!

  • By Matthew on 07-24-16

Another Winner!!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

The Event Group have become dear friends with whom I have spent many pleasurable hours. I have read the entire series and am a devoted fan. The writing is intelligent and the pace moves swiftly enough to keep the reader's attention. I hope David Golman continues to write Event books for many years to come.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 165,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,852
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,690

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Science at it's best.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

It will be easier to say what this story "isn't": it is not science fiction or fantasy or even a thriller. Yet, it is filled with the science of space, the Earth, and our universe at large. It is fiction; but the fiction is just so POSSIBLE that it could easily be reality in a very few years. The story is thrilling, humorous in many places, informative, and thought provoking. It really is a MUST read/listen. Although I am an avid reader, I don't often give reviews. This book deserved my time and effort.

  • Ancients

  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Eons before the birth of the Roman Empire, there was a civilization dedicated to the sciences of Earth, sea, and sky. In the City of Light lived people who made dark plans to lay waste to their uncivilized neighbors using the very power of the planet itself. As the great science of their time was brought to bear on the invading hordes, hell was set loose on Earth. And the civilization of Atlantis disappeared in a suicidal storm of fire and water.… Now history threatens to repeat itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Event Group yet ...!

  • By C. Mikulski on 05-23-15

Not as good as the first two!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

The first two books in the series were okay; nothing great, but worth the time spent listening. However, I found Ancients to be confusing and, sorry to say, boring. It has taken me days to plod through it and I always have to go back and review the last chapter to try to figure out where I am in the book. The character development was almost nonexistent and the story itself was too convoluted to flow with any consistency.
While I will try the next book in the series, it is more because I am a devotee of series writing than am sold on this particular series. I can only hope this is just a temporary set-back.

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  • Echo Burning

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,184

Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Lee Child At His Best...

  • By David on 05-12-09

A Little Ho-Hum

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

Reviewed: 12-27-13

I read/listen extensively. This is my third Reacher book. I was able to figure it all out about 2/3 through. Not a good thing. I need more complexity without gimmicks (Child did not employ these, thank goodness).

  • White Fire

  • Agent Pendergast, Book 13
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grand Slam Tale of Terror

  • By GH on 11-12-13

Back to basics

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

Reviewed: 11-16-13

I have read every Preston-Child, Preston, and Child book written. I have been with these two authors for quite a few years. I claim a level of knowledge about their writing that some might not possess.

This story is much better than the Nazi spiral-rabbit hole the authors went down in their last two books. Although this is more about Corey Swanson than Pendergast, it does bring back some of the Pendergast traits that made him so popular to begin with. I am concerned that the authors needed to 'borrow' Author Conan-Doyle's story telling style for over half of the book through the guise of unearthing an unknown Holmes story. Holmes just seems to obvious a bandwagon to be jumping on right now. It also seems to indicate that the authors are 'running out of fresh ideas' of their own for this wonderful character of Pendergast. In trying to make him 'more human' through exploration of his flaws, they are in effect crippling him by stealing his vitality and lust for truth. The older books were much better; yet this one is still better than the last two or three they have 'churned out'.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The History of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,732

Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incomprehensibly complete

  • By Nassir on 07-09-13

Worth the time

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

Reviewed: 08-25-13

The professor organized this course in an understandable, accessible way. I learned much and it was entertaining.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Angel of Darkness

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647

In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining Read

  • By 6catz on 01-31-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

Very good. Carr continues to deliver. Like all his books, listener must pay attention to details to fully enjoy. Cannot wait for next (?) installment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful