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H. P. Varia

Columbus, OH USA
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  • The Battlemage

  • By: Taran Matharu
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

Fletcher and his friends fight for survival in the ether, where they pursue a mortally dangerous quest to rebuild their world and broker peace. Even as hatred threatens to turn friend into foe, Fletcher must lead a small army of soldiers into battle to protect his ancestral homeland, and face his biggest challenge yet: his nemesis, the albino orc Khan, who seeks to destroy everything Fletcher holds dear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too many unresolved issues

  • By Bluesman1972 on 06-19-17

Amazing series but rushed conclusion

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I highly recommend this series but the end felt like two books squeezed in one. Otherwise great read overall.

  • The Last Mortal Bond

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 3
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,177

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less Awful than Predecessor

  • By Benjamin on 04-27-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

This is book is better than the rest. 1st was great. Second book was ok. This one is awesome.

  • Fool's Quest

  • Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,917

The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend, the Fool, continue in Robin Hobb's triumphant follow-up to Fool's Assassin. But Fool's Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world - a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, great series, misses the old reader

  • By Andrew on 08-20-15

Outstanding Book... Must read for any Fantasy Fan 

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

For anyone who has enjoyed Hobb's Farseer books this is a no brainier. Unlike the first book in this trilogy this one has perfect pacing. A lot of action in this book as compared to the first one. Hobb has always been a master at characterization and this book is no exception. The story draws you in and holds you even after the last page has turned. I cannot wait for the final book.

For anyone unfamiliar with the series Robin Hobbs magic system is not unique but very interesting.

Minor Spoilers follow.

For anyone who has liked Hobb's Rainwild books we finally get to see a cross over. And I feel the cross over is really awesome and satisfying although with a cliff hanger at the end.

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  • Bloodfire Quest

  • The Dark Legacy of Shannara
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

The quest for the long-lost Elfstones has drawn the leader of the Druid order and her followers into the hellish dimension known as the Forbidding, where the most dangerous creatures banished from the Four Lands are imprisoned. Now the hunt for the powerful talismans that can save their world has become a series of great challenges: a desperate search for kidnapped comrades, a relentless battle against unspeakable predators, and a grim race to escape the Forbidding alive. But though freedom is closer than they know, it may come at a terrifying price.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Terry's best works IMHO

  • By Christopher on 04-17-13

Expected more

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

Reviewed: 03-14-13

Any additional comments?

Maybe because this book is the middle book in the series but I did not enjoy it as much.

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  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,576
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,584

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

Epic ending to WOT

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

What did you love best about A Memory of Light?

This was a really good ending to the series. The scope of this book is unlike anything I have read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Memory of Light?

Difficult to single one event but the last battle was really well written.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60,315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54,891
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54,881

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Loved the characters

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

Reviewed: 09-30-10

I really liked the characters in this book. Looking forward to the next installment. It is a bit slow at times but still interesting. Also the history of the world is quite intriguing.

  • The Gathering Storm

  • Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 32 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,477
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,481

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I normally wouldn't, but...

  • By D. Ramirez on 10-28-09

loved the book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-09

at the end of this book I felt satisfied which has been difficult to say for some of the recent wheel of time books... loved it...

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  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,030
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34,007

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well concluded!

  • By Julio Marchini on 01-12-09

very satisfying ending

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-09

this book nicely wraps up the trilogy. Book 1 & 2 are slightly better but this definitely does justice to the series.

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,467
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,086

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It keeps getting even better

  • By Robert on 07-21-11

exiting follow up

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-09

after the first book it is interesting how this book delivers on all cylinders.

Larger stakes, Bigger fights, Deadlier enemies...

The series has a lot going for it.
1) The world depicted is really very unique.
2) There are multiple Magic systems
3) Great characters
4) Lots of Drama, action and mystery

can't wait to read the third book

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,742
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,231

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

  • By Mitchell on 03-30-18

very good book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-09

This book has a lot going for it.
1) The world depicted is really very unique. The book depicts the second round in a fight between good vs. evil. In the first round evil had won and 1000 years have passed.
2) There are multiple Magic systems and they are all very interesting
3) Each character feels flushed out in details and many of them are very likeable
4) Lots of Drama, action and mystery

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