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  • 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 10,224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,533
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,502

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

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Find It (chapter #'s for stories)

  • By V. Smith on 07-25-18

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmer Collection

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

A collection of great works of writing by a rebound and highly distinguished author, Brandon Sanderson.

It was my great pleasure to add this collection, or as I see it, an anthology which encompasses and highlights some of Mr. Sanderson's works.

From beginning to end the reader is enveloped in each story and the gains an overview by the author which enlightens us as to the inspiration for each story.

An exceptional work of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

  • Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes: A LitRPG Novel

  • By: S. L. Rowland
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Laurie Catherine Winkel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Everything has a price. Pangea Online is no different. Esil has spent the past year toiling in the mines of Pangea while the more wealthy traverse its myriad of gameworlds. His luck changes forever when he stumbles upon a legendary Developer's Chest, containing an invaluable Worldpass, which grants him unlimited travel to all gameworlds. Now, Esil isn't just stuck watching as others explore Pangea. He can finally level up. But his in-game actions have real-world consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gamer Maven Heaven

  • By cosmitron on 03-30-18

Pangaea Online: Death a and Axes

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

A book worthy of being read or listened too. While on the surface that statement may not appear to speak very highly of the author's efforts, let me go on record as stating that this book exceeding my expectations. KUDOS to S. L. Rowland for bringing his vision to fruition.

I was initially somewhat skeptical when Mr. Rowland offered his book free of charge if I would but submit an honest review. Skeptical? Indeed, for just before PANGEA ONLINE was made available to the public READY PLAYER ONE hit the market in book form and wad
was made into a movie which is currently showing in theaters across the United States.

The books are similar in that two writer's get the same idea and pursue the task of writing their book. Being an inquisitive type person, I purchased READY PLAYER ONE.

So I happily go on record, as a public service to my fellow readers everywhere, "If you see the movie, or read READY PLAYERS ONE, without checking out PANGEA ONLINE, you will be the one who's missing the full experience." I encourage you to listen or read both books.

Both books start out in a future version of Earth where a particular class of person lives in cubicles or stacks. The people of both future worlds are heavily into online gaming. However, at this point our stories take on different tales to be told, visions to be seen, imaginations everywhere to be tweaked.

Oh yes indeed, I do sincerely encourage you to buy-read-listen to both stories. Just as I did... you won't regret it!

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  • The Man of Legends

  • By: Kenneth Johnson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436

New York City, New Year's weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed every minute.

  • By G. Nightingale on 07-12-17

The Man of Legends

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This was a profound take on FAITH. Extremely well told and thought provoking. While I did not agree with the theological argument parser, THE MAN OF LEGENDS succeeded in its mission. I am pleased to give the author my humble endorsement... Well done, sir!

  • Some Dark Holler

  • The Redemption of Ephraim Cutler, Book 1
  • By: Luke Bauserman
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33

When his mother forces him to kill an innocent man, Ephraim Cutler's quiet life in the Appalachian Mountains is thrown into turmoil. With a bounty on his head, Ephraim flees to the hills and hollers, where he discovers that his crime has drawn more than the law's attention - the Devil's in town with his eye on Ephraim's soul. Desperate to escape, Ephraim is torn between two clashing figures: an outcast granny doctor rumored to be a witch - and the local preacher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good 1st book

  • By James on 10-19-17

Some Dark Holller

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

When I picked this book to read I had no idea that I was entering a world of Fantasy like no other I have been so privileged to enter. Surely the author, having written one book or ten, is a master of words like no other. You do yourself an injustice not to read this book. I can't wait for Mr. Bauserman's next book to find out what happens to Ephraim as he begins his 150 years of service to.... ... oh, but that would be telling you too much!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Heart of Gold

  • Clans of Shadow, Book 1
  • By: J. A. Cipriano, J. B. Garner
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

My name is Frank Butcher, and when I got out of my truck to deliver the last package of the day, I never expected to get blown up by anti-magic zealots. Yeah, you heard me right. I said magic. I didn't know it was a thing either. Now, an ancient artifact is the only thing keeping me alive, and to make matters worse, that artifact is what those cultists wanted. Still, I could have made a run for it, disappeared into South America and spent the rest of my life on a beach.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart of Gold

  • By jey cee on 12-18-16

Heart of Gold: Clan of Shadows, Book 1

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

A well written Sf/SF-Post-Apocalyptic-Fantasy story. The world has gone to crap in a handbasket, so to speak. Magic is rampant and there in lies the problem.

We have a classic good vs. bad rivalry with neither side being all that good. There's a damdel in distress, a kidnapped innocent who just happens to be kit and kin to the damsel. There are bad guys garbed in classic black as well, believe it or not, also wearing the unheard of white. Confused? The story has barely taken off yet... So hang on your hat.

Our good guy is the stable boy. No, no... he's a delivery service driver with the mentality of a stable boy. HOWEVER, he is definitely the counter-punch to everything the bad guys... most of them anyway... for the major portion of this part of the story... and ... he is the key to the transition from this to the beginning of book two.

Intrigued? I hope so! I found Heart of Gold to be provocative and fliked with action. I t will grab your attention and notice you to continue reading well beyond bed time. Here's hoping you enjoy Heart of Gold as much as I did!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Enemy

  • Logan Ryvenbark's Saga, Book 1
  • By: Gray Lanter
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Major Logan Ryvenbark is no ordinary soldier of fortune. While he's tough as nails, deadly with all number of weapons, and highly skilled in a number of areas of combat, he's also genetically engineered to be a super-soldier. When he and his men take on a contract from the powerful intergalactic CEO Belen Morganthal to scope out the planet Sandeling, he knows that it isn't going to be your average guns-for-hire gig - but what he doesn't know is just how perilous the mission is actually going to be.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Deafly Enemy

  • By RJWood on 07-17-17

Deafly Enemy

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Did not purchase.

Requested this book be removed from my library... doy the most part that happened. The shell of the book remains, however, the book itself is not in my library and cannot be accessed. Thus no 'honest review' as the book was not listened too.

  • Raptor 6

  • By: Ronie Kendig
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • REALLY enjoyed a story involving true Christian believers

  • By bro.Rob on 09-07-15

Raptor 6

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Excellent telling of a near-current historical event wherein U.S. forces engage enemy operatives without the writer giving away state secrets, policy, or operational doctrine. Too often we seethe media forcing the United States to fight on multiple battlefields. Too often, the traitors are well meaning media personnel accompanying military units in the field.

The writer has a conviction, a commitment to God, which shows in his attention to detail and in his ability to communicate with his audience.

  • The Plague Dogs

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

After being horribly mistreated at a government animal-research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation—and terror—of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call “the tod,” the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Both a very sad and very happy experience

  • By Stephen on 05-08-14

THE PLAGUE DOGS

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Marvelous book! The Plague Dogs is about the life and times of two dogs caught in a life situation way outside of the control of most human beings let alone that of to hapless dogs who's lives have been out of control for as long as they can remember. To their rescue comes Digby, a human who like his counterparts, this pair of mutts.

Ralph and Snipper, the stars of our story, happened to have grabbed Digby's attention all right. They are owened by a London government run laboratory that uses animals as test subjects. Uses animals, that is, until there's nothing worth salvaging.

It's all about results, ... and wouldn't you know it Digby loves a good story! Even one manufactured, twisted, tweaked and spun for all it is worth.

Digby spells a story... and he loves punishing politicians... these two so called 'plague dogs' have Digby's
bi-line written all over it... or it will Have!

Well written and informative. A must read for readers interested in Animal Rights.

  • Southern Charm

  • Max Porter Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Stuart Jaffe
  • Narrated by: Stuart Jaffe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

When Max and the gang are hired by an art forging ghost to find a lost painting, Max thinks it'll be easy money. But villains old and new come out, and the race is on for the painting and the secrets it contains. A race that will lead Max into a mess of magic spells, haunted houses, ancient curses, and even Blackbeard the Pirate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grabs your attention and won't let go!

  • By Jan on 04-28-15

SOUTHERN CHARM

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Awesome is the word that comes to mind when I find the opportunity to absorb another Max Porter Paranormal Mystery written by one of today's outstanding authors.

Filled with action from cover to cover.

Max, Sandra and Drummond find themselves in another life-threatening adventure that pits them against the supernaturally empowered Hull family once again.
The question is can they survive... how can they defeat the forces brought to against them... and, how do they manage when everything appears to be against them?

Well, for starters, there's not another more uniquely qualified team of accidentso paranormal investigators being written about today. If you don't believe me, ask the subject matter expert, Mr. Stuart Jaffe!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,539

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

THE GOLEM & THE JINNI

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

An absolutely marvelous story aimed at all ages. Filled with romance, mystery, magic and intrigue. I can only imagine the special effecys people working their magic, were it yo become a screen play, I would go see it. Oh, did I mention murder and betrayal? Oh, to be sure!!!