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  • House of Assassins

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 2
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,741

Ashok Vadal was once a member of the highest caste in all of Lok. As a Protector, he devoted his life to upholding the Law, rooting out those who still practiced the old ways and delivering justice with his ancestor blade Angruvadal. None was more merciless than he in stamping out the lingering belief in gods and demons among the casteless. His brutality was legendary and celebrated. But soon Ashok learned that his life to that point had been a lie. He himself, senior member of the Protector Order, was casteless. He had been nothing more than an unwitting pawn in a political game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Saga Continues

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 02-06-19

Very cool, now Back to MHI

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

This series and this book in particular shows Larry's skill and imagination. He deftly reveals his world's origin story, has great 'political' intrigue, and the story generally keeps moving well. Mr. Correia proves that MHI nation isn't only gun nuts and metalheads who have no real interest in broader SF/Fantasy stuff. Well done, sir. Now can we have more MHI? When you invent M&Ms, peanut, peanut butter, and dark chocolate varieties are all fine. But most of us came for the original. Larry rocks. Don't discount this book or this series. They are good and unique in their own right. I just hope they don't slow down production of more of the 'original' -- still my favorite.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Templar Legacy

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Brown... eat your heart out

  • By Bonnie-Ann on 07-22-12

Worth the read

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

Aside from the inevitable comparisons to Dan Brown's stuff, this is good on it's own. Liked the characters, had enough interpersonal connections to make the story personal despite it's massive and earth-shattering premise. A little educational. Thoughtful, but with enough action, intrigue and twists to keep 'turning pages.' Definitely worth a credit.

  • Journeymage

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 6
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,285
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,260

What does the most powerful wizard in the world do after the war? Despite the hordes of goblins still ready to ravage human lands, King Rard has signed a treaty with them, so Minalan is forbidden from taking advantage of their weak state. Most would take a well-deserved rest over the summer…but Minalan and his household are busy repaying a favor owed to the tribal Kasari for their help in the war, and the Spellmonger pays his debts. So Minalan spends his summer sneaking 2,000 Kasari children through enemy lines and some of the roughest territory in the Five Duchies toward salvation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Fantasy Series of its Time

  • By Michael Sofis on 07-13-18

Doing it right.

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

Love this series. Brilliant. Enjoyable. Thoughtful. If the target audience is all of the RPGamers from the 70's and 80's who grew up (mostly), spot on, sir! Good characters. Vivid world. Well-paced story. Enough going on that it feels real without being bogged down. Entertaining. Lets you think a little, but does not force it. Well-balanced and fun. Top Notch.

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,648

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Response to the Criticism from Other Reviewers

  • By Jonah on 06-11-17

I really tried to like this

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

The author is skilled. The narrator is decent. The world and magic system are creative and believable. But it just didn't connect. The characters never really got me all that drawn in. The story kept promising to get better. It simply didn't light my fire. I read a lot of epic fantasy, and this just didn't keep my attention. I wanted to like it, but we never found each other. Meh. I actually read the first book and then bought this separately. Read a sample. Don't expect too much.

  • The Blade Itself

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,118

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters drive the story. The Narrator rocks!

  • By Brian Alsobrook on 11-01-16

A little slow to develop

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

The narrator did a great job. I understand the author was trying to keep it realistic and remind us that all life is struggle. He also made a good job of showing contrast between characters who were broken and knew it, and most of us clueless Americans who go through unaware of our privilidge and the costs. Message received. This is less escapist fantasy and more character study. It is good writing, but this is drama, not action adventure.

  • The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy

  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287

For 500 years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens. A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die. For two years, he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now, there is another searching for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cutting trilogy

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-13-18

I tried. lt's not just the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I tried to like this book(s). I saw the comments about the narrator and figured I could get over that. Those comments aren't wrong. However, the characters are shallow, the narrative weak, and editing lax. Cartoon level plot and depth. The world and magic system are vague and stilted. Writing is a monumental task, and I am sorry to hurt the author. I don't often write reviews and almost never bad ones. Do yourself a favor and wave off. I wish I had saved the credit.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,636

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

outstanding

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

do yourself a favor and read this book. maybe more interesting reading it long after it's time to compare attitudes in the author's time to today.

  • Monster Hunter Siege

  • Monster Hunter, Book 6
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,759
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,276

When Monster Hunter International's top hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, was given a tip about some hunters who had gone missing in action, he didn't realize their rescue mission would snowball into the single biggest operation in MHI's history. Their men are being held prisoner in a horrific nightmare dimension, and the only way to reach them is through the radioactive ruins of a monster-infested war zone. As if that wasn't bad enough, it's also the home base of the powerful creature behind the devastating attacks on the Last Dragon and Copper Lake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No conclusion some continuation

  • By Ronald on 09-09-17

Fun times. Enjoyable. Nicely paced.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Popcorn movie stuff at its best. The reader did a great job. The author also did a great job. This is escapism done right.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197,884

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Brilliant! I wish I had read this sooner.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high, though it defies categorization, for the most part. Audible has been suggesting that I read this based on my purchases for months. Like many reading this, I have a bit of an eclectic reading list. All kinds of weird stuff pops up in suggested books. I was casting about, and there was nothing new from my favorite authors, so I gave this a shot. I'm so glad I did! Yes, I am the age of the Great and Powerful Og (you'll get it if you read the book), and the references to the 80's and classic video games are woven throughout the book. That is a bonus only, however. Cline presents you with lovable, relatable characters, and a well-crafted story and setting. The characters grow and evolve, and the reader gets to explore her or his own mind and the world(s) created by Cline. Well paced and enjoyable. I don't write many reviews, because it's just not worth it. However, I was moved to help someone else avoid my mistake of putting this low on my reading (listening) list. Do yourself a favor and get this.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

The moment Wade discovers the real world isn't so bad. This book is full of great contrasts, and does a good job of holding on to the narrative when transitioning between 'the real world' and the simulation that has absorbed so much of the author's creation.

Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

Wade, the main character, though I am clearly most like Ogden, and relate most to him. There's a little of each of the characters to relate to. Unless you only read sports biographies, diet and self-help books. Then this isn't for you. It's for the rest of us.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Alternate titles: Matrix for the Middle Aged. Rise of the Nerds. Big Bang Theory Takes Over the World(s).

Any additional comments?

There is a delicious touch hearing Wil Wheaton read a book with a reference to Wil Wheaton.... He did a GREAT job.

  • Code Name: Camelot

  • Noah Wolf, Book 1
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

After witnessing the murder-suicide of his parents as a child, Noah Wolf suffers from a form of PTSD that has left him without emotion, without a conscience, and without the ability to function as a normal human being. With the help of childhood friends, he learns to watch others around him and mimic their behaviors, in order to conceal the fact that his mind operates more like a computer that he has spent years programming. That program is what allows Noah to pass himself off as normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family Friendly Assassin

  • By shelley on 05-12-16

way too pat and predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

the plot was thin and the characters cardboard. this reads like an outline for a book with many of the good details left out. the main protagonist it supposed to feel no emotion, but certainly does things that appear to be driven that way there is no struggle, and no growth to the character. spend a credit on something else. this is the first time I have been disappointed with an audible book and felt the need to give a review like this one.