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Moultonborough, NH, United States
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  • Dragonsbane

  • Fate's Forsaken, Book 3
  • By: Shae Ford
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

With the thrones of the Sovereign Five broken, the Kingdom sits on the brink of ruin. A new threat rises from the north - an alliance between two rulers. While the Earl and the Countess plot for the throne, King Crevan slips deeper into madness. All of their fates are intertwined...and may yet be tied to a boy from the mountains. Forced to choose between avenging his village and protecting those he loves, Kael begins the long journey home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best

  • By Tyler Schnabel on 01-08-15

A bit wordy at times but worth your time

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

This is a good and interesting story and kept my interest. my only critique is the story gets overly wordy and detailed at times and by the time the point was made I was sick of the detail. Still, very good book and the narrator does a good job.

  • Prince of Thorns

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,945

Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It sticks in your head.

  • By Door on 09-07-13

Perfect...Perfectly awful

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Could not finish this sick, gory excuse for an audio book. non compelling characters and wandering plot lines make for a waste of a credit.

  • Prince of Fools

  • The Red Queen's War, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,653

The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer of women - is one who can see The Silent Sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fantasy odd couple caught up in a bigger game

  • By Lore on 04-10-16

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Confusing story, poor character development and extremely gory. Waste of time a definite return.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,702

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

Could not finish it

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Would you try another book from Terry Mancour and/or John Lee?

no

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

narrator was monotone at times but to give him the benefit of the doubt, the material was, at times, boring.

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

disappointing book. i wondered if i was listening to a different book from the other reviewers.

Any additional comments?

the descriptions are tediously long and repetitive. the pace was so slow it was very hard to keep my interest and harder to follow the story.

  • The Wound of the World

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 3
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,687
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,657

Dante and Blays have forced Gladdic from the Collen Basin. But the victory might be only the first battle in a much larger war. With the land on the brink of starvation and politically fractured, Dante and Blays scramble to secure Collen's food, borders, and allies. Before their work is done, rumor arrives from Mallon. The enemy is mustering for another attack. Even if Collen can weather the coming storm, there's no guarantee their independence will last out the year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute Genius

  • By D F on 05-13-17

Truly Refreshingly Original

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

Where does The Wound of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved the sprinkling of humor into the action. the quick pace changes were easily followed and the character names easily recognizable.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

Blaze of course

Any additional comments?

Great narration

  • Kingdom Blades

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 4
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277

After the events the first three books in Melissa McPhail's award-winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow and Light, the realm of Alorin remains unbalanced. The Fifth Vestal, Bjorn van Gelderan, has cast his Players on the field. Now they must hold their positions against Malorin'athgul as well as their immortal allies. In Kandori...Prince Ean val Lorian is bound to Bjorn van Gelderan's game and to his sister Isabel, but Ean would rather be free of both of them. Yet he fears the game won't let him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By garrett on 03-25-17

Too long. Should have been a trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

What made the experience of listening to Kingdom Blades the most enjoyable?

great narrator. good storyline

Any additional comments?

drop some of the bizarre sexual innuendo and shorten the story to three books and it would be great. Some descriptions were painfully loonngg...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Labyrinth

  • Sigma Force, Book 11
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639

A series of strange events throws the world into turmoil. As a manned Chinese rocket explodes upon launch, three American astronauts, each separated by thousands of miles, are murdered. Then an archaeologist in Croatia uncovers a new cavern system that reveals elaborate primitive paintings by a tribe of Neanderthals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good read from Rollins

  • By Kat Kruse on 12-26-15

tedious

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

What disappointed you about The Bone Labyrinth?

the story went from unlikely to impossible to unbelievable over and over again

What aspect of Christian Baskous’s performance would you have changed?

good narration bad story

What character would you cut from The Bone Labyrinth?

400 pages

  • The Red Knight

  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 30 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827

Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Rolling The Dice Here At Audible!

  • By Michael on 03-04-13

sooo slowww

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

What would have made The Red Knight better?

tighten up the storyline and get a better outline

What three words best describe Matthew Wolf’s performance?

serviceable

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

had potential but I really could not finish it

  • The Obsidian Chamber

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,278

After a harrowing otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive - only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for a plot

  • By Olive on 11-23-16

One Pendergast Too Many

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

not great. sometimes like Geo RR Martin you need to let characters go.

Has The Obsidian Chamber turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is a very good narrator but the lack of a believable plot hurts

Did The Obsidian Chamber inspire you to do anything?

Not listen to any more Pendergast novels

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,146

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

A little slow in parts. Great story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

If you could sum up Dawn of Wonder in three words, what would they be?

uneven and long

What did you like best about this story?

concept and story line is original

Any additional comments?

a good editor could pare this down and make it excellent. really do not need interminable descriptions of irrelevant things.