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  • The White Mage Omnibus: Books 1-3

  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 32 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,129

The Last Oracle, book one: Forced into hiding, the mages of Lumineia have been forgotten. In their absence the world has become known by another name: Earth. The humans have flourished with time, unaware that The Last Oracle is destined to unite them. At her touch magic will be unbound and known again as truth. But an ancient war harbors a deadly secret. Draeken, the Lord of Chaos, had a second apprentice, one who became trapped with the defeated fiends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Corey Wicks on 10-30-15

Great Series for Fantasy Lovers and World Builder fans!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

These first three books in this series get 5 stars from me. I was hooked from the beginning. I rarely ever find a book myself, usually I take recommendations. However I stumbled across this on audible and started making my way through.

The beginning was Potteresque, but anything involving a Magic Training school will seem that way these days. However, the story stands on its own. Everything is impacted by the events in the books, it's not just affecting those at Triton's School of Magic. Though it's fantasy, I still find it more believable than most books I've read. You'd really only have to change one thing: If Magic were real, this could very well be what would happen.

The reader did a great job. I really did not know what to expect, but he kept me listening. There were times that it was annoying, particularly when someone was whining or begging, but I don't know that any other reader could pull that off well enough for me either.

I do wish the author wouldn't use uncommon words, like the word "milling," so much. That's not a word used is common everyday language and it must have been said a dozen times through these three books. We can all expand our vocabulary, but this just seems like it's Hale's favorite word. That's my opinion, but this whole review is my opinion. :-)

Overall, I love the story. I have recommended it to several friends that are looking for a new World Building series. The performance was great! I'm ready to start the fourth book now.

  • Fablehaven, Book 2

  • Rise of the Evening Star
  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453

At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother, Seth, find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures. Grandpa Sorenson, the caretaker, invites three specialists - a potion master, a magical relics collector, and a mystical creature trapper - to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Fantasy Adventure Story for All Ages

  • By Ruth on 07-06-13

Good story, though the narration is jarring at times

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

I really like the story, but when the reader does the voices for females, they are terribly whiney and hard to listen to. Especially when Kendra, the main character, interacts with any of the fairies or the other women in the book.

  • Lost in Babylon

  • Seven Wonders, Book 2
  • By: Peter Lerangis
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

week ago, 13-year-old Jack McKinley was a normal kid leading a normal life - totally unaware that he was about to die. He's cursed with a genetic abnormality that's giving him amazing powers too quickly for his body to handle. Jack's only hope: Find the seven lost Loculi that were hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by the last prince of Atlantis. Only they contain the magic to save him - and the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By Normarie Matos on 02-13-18

Ensures I'll finish the series

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

Would you listen to Lost in Babylon again? Why?

Yes, though I know to cringe anytime "Nirvana" speaks. That is the only exception to an otherwise good reader.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost in Babylon?

The battle between Marco and the Mishy Shoo Shoo is quite an experience.

What about Johnathan McClain’s performance did you like?

The reader is consistent. Characters do not change throughout the reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The audience can figure out the ends big secret long before the characters do. The moment I realized what was coming was a big moment.