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Sannie Wesley Gilchrest

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  • The Circle of Sorcerers

  • A Mages of Bloodmyr Novel: Book #1
  • By: Brian Kittrell
  • Narrated by: Justin D. Torres
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76

When Laedron Telpist's sorcery training is interrupted by a knock on the door, what once seemed a proper profession must now be hidden. In a world where priests and mages vie for the limitless power of the elements and a new Grand Vicar has sworn death to all sorcerers, Laedron is tossed into a nightmare which would see his destruction at every turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The storyline is great!

  • By WHYNDELL on 01-03-12

Abrupt ending (yes, I know it's book 1 of 3).

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

Reviewed: 01-02-12

Would you try another book from Brian Kittrell and/or Justin D. Torres?

Yes, I've read/listened to dozens of epic fantasy novels and I liked the premise behind this one. There's nothing I enjoy more than to lose myself in a good story. I felt compelled to give this novel a relatively low overall rating, and I'll explain that shortly.

Which character ??? as performed by Justin D. Torres ??? was your favorite?

I guess I'd have to say that the protagonist Laedron would be my favorite character. I feel it necessary to say that I didn't feel that not enough time was given to fleshing out the characters. This disappointment might be my own fault, as I was really hoping for the start of a new epic series with robust character background and world building.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Now, to explain my low overall rating. In my opinion, the author did something almost unforgivable by ending this book very poorly. I don't mean as in a cliffhanger; it just ended almost like in mid-chapter like you would see in a weekly TV series. Yes, I know it's just book 1 of a trilogy, but still, even the first book of a trilogy should have some natural stopping point.

Unlike a TV series where a script writer can get away with this because the next installment is only a week away, books in a series (which can be a year or more apart) should each have a natural conclusion to the immediate action taking part in that specific book.

It's quite possible that the publisher/editor might be at fault for this. It really seemed that the author wanted to continue the story in this book, but was overruled by his editor. I don't know this, just the feeling I got.

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  • Hunting Human

  • By: Amanda E. Alvarez
  • Narrated by: Gina Cedarwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

For two years, Beth Williams has run from the past, and the beast that dwells inside her. She is haunted by memories of being kidnapped and the savage attack that killed her best friend. Now Beth finally thinks she's ready to move on...with Braden Edwards, a charming, irresistibly sexy man who tempts Beth to embrace the present.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book but....

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-26-11

Annoying narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-11

I can only give this recording 2 stars due to the excruciating narration.

I violated one of my own rules by not listening to the sample narration before purchasing this audio book. I know everyone has their own preferences, but please do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before you purchase this audio book. I'm about 1 hour into the book so far and I'm finding it very difficult to follow because the narrator sounds like she has a cold and is having trouble catching her breath.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth of the Matter

  • The Homelanders, Book 3
  • By: Andrew Klavan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Ever since he woke up ina terrorist torture chamber--with a year of his life erased from his mind - Charlie West has been on the run. He has one desperate hope of getting his life back: track down the mysterious agent named Waterman. But in fact, reaching Waterman - and recovering the secrets lost in his own memory - will only increase his danger. Because a team of ruthless killers is rapidly closing in on him, determined to stop him from finding the answers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book #3, not #2

  • By Sannie Wesley Gilchrest on 12-17-10

Book #3, not #2

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-10

Just a cautionary note for listeners wanting to start this series, "The Truth of the Matter" is actually the third book in the "Homelanders" series, not the second as it's listed as.

Book #2 is titled "The Long Way Home" but it isn't available on Audible yet.

Book #1 is titled "The Last Thing I Remember" and IS on Audible.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful