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  • Brandon Sanderson

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Holly Newson
  • Narrated by: Brandon Sanderson
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 157

Epic fantasy writer and New York Times best seller Brandon Sanderson joined us in the Audible Studios to discuss Oathbringer, the third book in his Stormlight Archive, and he revealed his process for getting his books just right. Brandon also spoke about how others can sometimes discover that they're writing in the wrong genre and told us about the books he has unpublished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The one and only!

  • By Ricardo Monascal on 05-15-18

He wants to teach

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

You can hear it in how he answers the questions that he really enjoys teaching.

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  • Fated

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,809

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom

  • By Jessica on 05-15-14

A True Page Turner

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

You would think with a name like Fated you might know exactly what is going on, but this is the first story in a while that I had to finish. Benedict Jacka is a craftsman; inventing a magic system that is, at the same time, classical and intriguing, a battle of light and dark that is both familiar and new, and a hero who although blessed with the ability to see the future, is almost useless when using other magic.

  • The Utopia Chronicles

  • Atopia, Book 3
  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Robert Baxter once reveled in the intoxicating delights of Atopia - the man-made island where humans lose themselves in a world of boundless virtual realities. Now, Bob has returned to immerse himself in this mind-altering, consciousness-sharing refuge from the eroding Earth. But something is very wrong. Bob feels a tidal wave of doom cresting above the pleasure dome that is Atopia. As alternate universes perish, the salvation of all he loves - and all that exists - rests with Bob alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars

  • By Joe on 06-21-18

Different

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Very different from the first two books in the series. It does an excellent job of towing everything together. It was confusing but stick it out and get to the end. Definitely worth the read.

  • The Master Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799

Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she's kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She's discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own - an ability long thought impossible. While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician's exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An endearing, enchanting culmination to the series

  • By JTF on 06-08-15

Still very winy but tolerable

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-17

You would think that See a knee would have figured out not to chase "evil" magicians by now but nope. She goes right on chasing.

  • The Paper Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,523
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,186

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator needs to relax

  • By Ashley on 09-15-14

Let's reinforce old stereotypes of women

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-17

Remember when women were considered silly emotional creatures incapable of logic or reason? Charlie Holmberg does. Enter Ceony a character that is supposed to be smart, but can't think to get past her love for her tutor. How quickly she does away with her brains to pursue "love". Honestly just go to college and listen to the cliché tale of the girl who fell in love with her professor. It's more entertaining and that girl is probably twice as smart as Ceony.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,467

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Great to Reread

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-16

I loved this series the first time I read it when there where only 3 books. Now there's 6 and I'm rereading these. It surprises me still. There are parts I've forgotten sure, but it's how everything comes together that makes this book well worth the read

  • Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,955
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,352
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,324

An all-new Stormlight Archive novella is the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first audiobook of short fiction by New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection includes eight works in all. Originally published on Tor.com and other websites, or published by the author, these wonderful tales convey the expanse of the Shardworlds and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Norm on 12-01-16

A Great Collection with some spoilers

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-16

I love this collection! Full of spoilers so I haven't read all of them. Most of these were new to me even though the are free as pdfs in some cases. I love the way Michael Kramer and Kate Reading read these stories and of course Brandon Sanderson writes them so well.

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  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,532

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

one of the Best Sandersons

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-16

If you haven't read Sanderson you should. All of his book series are unique and feature a different magic system. Though not a thriller. His books do keep you guessing and the character seem to float off the page.

  • The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3

  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 34 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984

Elseerian, book one: The assassination of heroes was once a warning...for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. With hundreds of thousands dead, the races stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors in its wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been classed as Teen Fantasy.

  • By Ryan on 10-30-15

A Classic Epic in the D&D Universe

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-16

I like underdogs and heroes who don't fit the mold. This is not that type of story. Everyone is extremely qualified for their role. It's a great story. The plot is amazing, but the characters aren't dynamic enough for me.

  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,646

Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you miss him even more...

  • By Bruce on 07-02-12

Great Satire

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-16

It's a great satire though not quite as good as the Hitchhiker's series. If you love Douglas Adams' style you'll love this book.

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