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  • 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 13,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,609

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

Fantastic plot!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

I want to read more. I was engaged in the storyline from the moment the narrator started dictating the story.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,363
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,594

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • griping storyline, i wish it wasn't over..

  • By Katrina Baecker on 01-22-15

Typical storyline

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

This storyline was predictable and unsurprising. The novel jumps back and forth between different characters from before and after the abduction. The characters follow stereotypical roles based on the situation that are in.

The author should have chosen a name other than Eve for the brittish mother. When I first heard "eve" mentioned, I had thought the narrator was referring to the evening since that is the way people in the UK frequently refer to it.

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,398

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

Fantastic novel

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

This novel did a wonderful job of developing the relationships between the different characters and giving the reader a true sense of the political and religious context of the story. My only recommendation for improvement would be to extend the pause between the end of a chapter and when the narrator says "Chapter X."

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,133

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody Ancestors

  • By alton Styron on 10-17-16

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

Would you consider the audio edition of A Crucible of Souls to be better than the print version?

Yes, because you really got into the story as it was being read to you.

What did you like best about this story?

the plot and ideas were great

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the scene were protagonist's crafted "dog" pushes two soldiers into the sewer through the reactive force of its ward pushing against the wall.

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

The Apprentice

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kiss of Deception

  • Remnant Chronicles
  • By: Mary E. Pearson
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754

As First Daughter, Princess Lia is expected to have the revered gift of sight - but she doesn't - and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom - to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive - and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By Kevin Avara on 07-28-15

Character consistency

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

The author's consistency when writing/narrating this story are poor. In the beginning, the reader has to figure out who is who based on the clues about each character, but once identities are confirmed in the last third of the story, the identities seem to be reversed.... This is rather poor practice.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Branded

  • Sinners, Book 1
  • By: Missy Kalicicki, Abi Ketner
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

Fifty years ago, the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole, where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best. Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I've been accused of a crime I didn't commit, and now the Hole is my new home. Every day is a fight for survival. But I won't die. I won't let them win. The Hole can't keep me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Ending! I want more!

  • By M. Herbert on 01-03-15

Feedback

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Overall, I enjoyed listening to this audiobook; however, the outcome was rather predictable and too much of the story was spent on the situation upfront and not enough information was provided in the second half of the story. More specifically, the reader is given hints throughout the story about how evil the stepfather was, but the reader never finds out in any detail what he actually did to Lexi or why he was protecting her in the hole. In terms of overall character behaviours, several of the characters and character types behave inconsistently throughout the story. Despite these comments, I thought the idea behind this alternative society was fun to read about.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful