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  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,187
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,492

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

Not as Great as the Previous Books of the Series

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Still a good book, I love this series and have been eating it up. There were elements that I enjoyed from this book that we have not seen previously, like seeing Rezkin in more vulnerable moments. However, it seemed in this book as if the fantastical elements of this book exponentially increased with the introduction of more and more mythical creatures and beings. Yes there were wizards and wards before, but it seemed a steep increase of the magical realm in the book. This is not inherently bad, but caught me off guard in this book. Additionally, I felt that the story line took longer to progress in this book than in previous ones.

  • Trickery

  • Curse of the Gods, Book 1
  • By: Jaymin Eve, Jane Washington
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,097

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods. At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won't ever be forced to present herself to them... Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world - a position that she definitely did not earn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT WAS THAT!!!!

  • By Sarah on 06-27-17

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

For this book, there was no real connection between the characters. Basically a dumb clumsy bimbo who keeps getting dragged around by handsome men. I also found the transitions in the story to be very sudden with little to no explanation; one moment they are here, and then somehow they are now somewhere else entirely. The story is fine, easy enough to listen to, but there is no depth to it.

For the narrator, she pauses every 10 syllables or so, and it really bothered me. Probably not noticeable to most.

  • Edgedancer

  • From the Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,349
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,600

Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: This is a duplicate from Arcanum Unbound

  • By Robert J Petri on 11-18-17

Could Have Skipped the First 18 (of 20) Chapters

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I was disappointed with this book. Was looking forward to it tying into the Stormlight Archive. Here is a synopsis of the first 18 chapters: A bratty kid, who is a Knight Radiant, runs around creating chaos and eating other people's food, while avoiding growing up. The main character was simply put, annoying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,030

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Response to the Criticism from Other Reviewers

  • By Jonah on 06-11-17

Wanted to Like This Book, but Couldn't Finish

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

As previously mentioned in other reviews, the dynamic of the book is primarily around the two main characters with the story line going nowhere fast. My personal preference is towards a dynamic story that intertwines with the characters, but in this book, they are almost separate entities entirely.

That being said, I think that the fantastical elements of the book are interesting and a new concept with how they are depicted, just don't expect an explanation or anything with that to tie in to a story. I do like how the characters aren't "perfect" heroes; they are horribly flawed like any normal person who got put in similar circumstances, but I did have a hard time relating to their motivations as they were not really tied to a story line. I always enjoy Tim Gerard Reynolds narration.

Overall, a fine/good book if you are a character focused reader, but ultimately, not suitable to my reading preferences.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,452
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,409

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, very WELL DONE!

  • By Who? Me? on 10-05-16

Can't Get Enough of This Series

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Even better than the first book of the series! Not only do you get to track the character development from the first book, but the world keeps unfurling and new characters add even more richness.

  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,009
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,394

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck people?

  • By Mbot on 03-12-17

New Twist on a Classic Theme

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Thoroughly enjoyed the characters and character development that this author creates. He takes such a serious character and not only makes him hardcore, but clueless and therefore humorous! Flew through this title and the following books too!

  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,756

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

Slow but Worth It!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

This is the classic tangled web that you expect from N.K. Jemisin that leaves you on your toes (aka can't predict the storyline ahead of time). She paints such different and refreshing worlds into the SciFi genre. I hope that this becomes a movie or series some day. Additionally, I am a geologist so it's fun to hear the references she uses in the book, for example, orogeny is a geologic process of mountain building which results in earthquakes, thus ===> origins!

The narrator is slow going but I just listened at a 1.4 speed and it made it much better!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 107,991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98,134
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97,600

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had different expectations.

  • By Amzn customer on 05-27-19

Love Michelle But Couldn't Finish

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Love Michelle Obama, but I thought it was pretty boring. 30% of it was amazing and enticing, but the rest was kind of mundane. She reads at a very slow speed too. I think I was expecting an autobiography as Trevor Noah's was, but it didn't live up to that for me. My review opinion may be skewed as I tend not to like the autobiographies, but thought hers might be as good as Trevor's.

36 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,283

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Kept Waiting for the Story to Ramp Up

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Not horrible. Definitely not great. I enjoyed getting to hear references to some of the Russian Folklore I grew up with, but the story never really captured me.

  • Mindfulness in Plain English

  • By: Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people listen to, love, and share - a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely loved it!

  • By Richard Herring on 08-24-16

Boring and Awful

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Just a book where the author stacks metaphor on metaphor to attempt to sound wise.