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  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,811
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,758

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Book 3 in my favorite series of all time.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I just got done reading/listening to this one again. Sanderson is my favorite author and this is his masterwork. The Cosmere connections pile up, and the listener is enthralled. If you like Fantasy get ready to fall in love. #Epic #MoreMoneyForYourCredit #Cosmere #BridgeFour #BestSeriesOfAllTime #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,718

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Unusual but great take on Alien genre

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I was really blown away by this book. I read a lot and sometimes I do get tired of the same old stories being repackaged with new generic characters. I can safely say I have never read/listened to something like Not Alone. The story has many twist and turns. The make the book flow really well. With every revelation it always made the story better. Not a cheap twist that makes you wish you had spent money on another title.

The characters were really good. They felt more like real people than in most novels I have read. The bad guys are not mustache twirlers. The good guys have flaws.

I loved this book. I will be reading/listening to the sequel very soon.

  • An Echo of Things to Come

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,589

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Footnotes, please!

  • By Joe B. on 09-10-17

A staggering achievement!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would in a heartbeat! It is just as good as book one and might be better.

What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Michael Kramer is one of the best. Since this is probably my 30th book listening to him you could say that I am a fan.

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

When I figured out a twist.

Any additional comments?

Buy it now!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,358

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Oustanding production

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

What made the experience of listening to American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) the most enjoyable?

First I love the novel. Yet what I need to highlight here is the quality of the production. Every element of this audiobook is amazing. The acting is good. Heck the casting is great. This to me in a perfect world would be how all audiobooks should be handled.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shadow because he is the main guy. His voice is so well cast.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

With how good the narration is here I don't think I will ever pick up the physical book ever again.

  • The Spider's War

  • By: Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent war of all against all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying and Epic Conclusion

  • By Mr. Jared C. Serra on 03-14-16

Satisfying and Epic Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

If you could sum up The Spider's War in three words, what would they be?

Satisfying Epic Conclusion

What other book might you compare The Spider's War to and why?

Game of Thrones a bit. Yet with the mixture of money and war that this series has is quite unique.

What does Pete Bradbury bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is great. I listened to this book for 10 hours straight one Saturday. His characterizations are spot on. When I read my Kindle versions it is his voices I hear.

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

***Spoilers*****
When Cithrin and Markus have a heart to heart towards the end. Such an honest and warm chapter.

Any additional comments?

This comes from my Amazon review. "When I read decent fantasy, it is almost like playing chess. I watch and observe. Sometimes I care, but they are just pieces to be moved around with little to no attachment. When I read great fantasy, I stress over what this, and that will mean. I worry about them as if they are real people. I care for them and wish them well. The Dagger and the Coin series is great fantasy! I am happy to report that this last book is everything I had hoped for!"

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Write. Publish. Repeat.

  • The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success
  • By: Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you how exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The One Book All Self Published Authors Must Read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-20-14

Title says it all

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Write. Publish. Repeat. to be better than the print version?

I would. I find Non-Fiction always better in audio.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Write. Publish. Repeat.?

All good

What about Simon Whistler’s performance did you like?

I liked his performance with one issue. Either Johnny or Sean should have read this. It is their book. I hate when fiction writers read their own book. With Non-Fiction I always want the author to read it.

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

Question doesn't make sense with this material.

Any additional comments?

This was a great book!

  • The Devil's Only Friend

  • John Cleaver, Book 4
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons. They've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can...but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full-scale supernatural war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book!

  • By Jeffrey Kline on 06-24-15

Great start to a second trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

What did you love best about The Devil's Only Friend?

John is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. His inner thoughts both terrify and entertain me.

What other book might you compare The Devil's Only Friend to and why?

Dexter for the serial killer with a conscious aspect. The Steelheart series by Brandon Sanderson for the team aspect of taking down supernatural forces.

What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

His reading of John is so spot on. The first books narrator is awful. The second I heard Kirby's voice I knew they had nailed it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

For sure! It is entertaining throughout and the mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Any additional comments?

I hope the producers of the audiobooks make a decision to go back and re-record the first book with Kirby as the narrator. That first book can be a chore to listen to because of how awful the narration was done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,294

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a standout in the fantasy genre

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Amazing start to a series

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

If you could sum up The Shadow of What Was Lost in three words, what would they be?

Epic fantasy masterpiece

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character. His journey is the strongest and his influence on the plot is staggering. There is real change felt in him as the story progresses

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

Cannot pick one. Michael Kramer is simply one of the best. I buy books specifically if he is the Narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but it is long enough to make that a very intimidating task!

Any additional comments?

I was blown away by this first entry. I will absolutely be buying and devouring the next book in the series!

  • Tell 'Em Steve Dave Presents: A Small Fistful of Dollahs

  • By: Walter Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Brian Quinn, and others
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 554

The award-winning podcast Tell 'Em Steve Dave brings you four of the most righteous, grooviest tales of the flyest, dopest baadasssss albino bruthah that ever was and ever will be! From the creators of the Audible best-selling Fair-re-re Tale Theater, join us on an adventure through time and space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Outstanding

  • By Alex on 04-02-15

More funnier than the funniest book written

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

Would you listen to Tell 'Em Steve Dave Presents: A Small Fistful of Dollahs again? Why?

Yes and I already am. I am on my second play right now. The why is because it has so many good jokes that really make my life worth living. Sunday Jeff is like Tom Cruise without the psycho Scientology stuff.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tell 'Em Steve Dave Presents: A Small Fistful of Dollahs?

Hearing Sarjel 18. I was cheering when I heard his voice.

Which scene was your favorite?

I refuse to pick one. They are all amazing. With Sunday Jeff there is no such a thing as a bad scene.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did.

Any additional comments?

Don't be a dummy. You needs this audiomasterpiece.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Console Wars

  • Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation
  • By: Blake J. Harris
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,644

A mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video-game industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video-game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But all that would change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a former Mattel executive who knew nothing about video games and everything about fighting uphill battles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Childhood: Explained

  • By Shane Snyder on 07-22-14

One of my favorite Non-Fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-19-14

Would you listen to Console Wars again? Why?

Yes I would. Even though this is true events it reads like fiction. Very interesting characters that kept me listening late into the night.

What other book might you compare Console Wars to and why?

The Book Super Mario. That had this kind of story told from the Nintendo perspective. Obviously with an emphasis on Mario.

Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

I liked Nelson. I could see him in my head from the way he performed him.

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

The ending is very moving. It involves the measure of a man. That is right up my alley.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best non fiction books I have ever listened to.