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  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,880
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,893

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

Not what I hoped

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

I really had hoped for a more wrapped up feeling from the end of this extremely long series. It seems unfair that there were so many things left up in the air after putting in all this work.

  • The Shadow Rising

  • Book Four of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 41 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,331

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST of the Wheel of Time

  • By Mica on 04-27-08

Best book of the series so far.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

Any additional comments?

Great, loved every minute of it. Which is good because I didn't love the third book. This one though delivered.

  • The Dragon Reborn

  • Book Three of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,944
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,774

The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Quality Audio Entertainment

  • By Karl Knight on 07-16-09

Weakest so far

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

Any additional comments?

I liked the first two books, this one just is the weakest so far. I went on to the fourth and it was the best of all. Dragon Reborn just kind of felt like filler. Like he knew where it would end but didn't have anything interesting to get there. Finish it though, cause the fourth book is great.

  • The Alloy of Law

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,465
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,865

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter, but very entertaining

  • By Robin on 12-14-11

This book is a ton of fun

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

If you haven't read the Mistborn trilogy, you should. If you have, you should definitely pick this one up. Very fun.

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,032
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,690

They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justice can have what's left when I'm done.

  • By Lore on 10-02-13

This book is THE MOST FUN I've ever had in fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-05-14

Any additional comments?

If you didn't already know. This book is the last in Abercrombie's First Law universe. Basically, the First Law series is a trilogy. An awesome trilogy. Then he wrote three more stand alone books that take place in the same universe. Red Country being the third stand alone book, and sixth overall in the universe.

I've heard some people read these stand alone books by themselves. I don't necessarily think that's wrong, but I read them all in order, and for me, the experience was perfect. Red Country is amazing on it's own. But as part of the whole, it can't believe how much I loved it.

So if you've already read any of the other books in this universe, DEFINITELY READ THIS ONE. It's the best one in my opinion BY FAR.

But if you are new to the universe, and are interested in a 6 book commitment, you might consider reading the other 5 first, and let this be the wonderful final adventure that it is. All of it is worth reading.

Or just read Red Country first. Any of those choices is a good choice.

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  • The Heroes

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631

They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!

  • By Matt Carothers on 05-08-11

If you love action, this is for you

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

Reviewed: 09-05-14

Any additional comments?

This book is ACTION PACKED. If you are looking at this, you hopefully have read the First Law series. I enjoyed The Heroes more than those books. It's a lot of fun, and great characters. Highly recommend it.

If you haven't read First Law series, you probably should cause they are great and make this book more fun. If you haven't read Best Served Cold, you can if you want. It will make The Heroes more fun.

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  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy.

  • By Lore on 08-04-13

Worth getting through for the next books.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-14

Any additional comments?

This is a tough review. If you are thinking of buying this book, then you probably have read the First Law Series, which was amazing. Best Served Cold isn't nearly as amazing. It's a fun book. The narrator is a disappointing change but I got used to him.

HOWEVER, my recommendation is that you plow through this book really fast. Yeah it's not great, but it's ok. And when you are finished, you get to read The Heroes, and Red Country, the next stand alone books by Abercrombie. The Heroes is amazing and Red Country might be the most fun I've ever had in fantasy EVER.

So Best Served Cold is not bad, but DEFINITELY worth slogging through to get to better books. Just take it like cough medicine so that you'll have fun later.

  • Before They Are Hanged

  • The First Law: Book Two
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,801
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,772

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is heaven

  • By David on 01-10-11

LOVE this series

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

Reviewed: 09-05-14

Any additional comments?

If you are debating continuing with this series, keep going. I loved it. It only gets better.

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,136

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir

  • By Jefferson on 01-30-13

Action Packed Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-05-14

Any additional comments?

This book doesn't start out as strong as the trilogy ends. This trilogy and series is definitely worth reading. It gets way better from here.

  • The Judging Eye

  • The Aspect-Emperor, Book 1
  • By: R. Scott Bakker
  • Narrated by: Kevin Orton
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

A luminary in the fantasy genre firmament, R. Scott Bakker returns fans to his acclaimed Prince of Nothing universe with The Judging Eye. Aspect-Emperor Kellhus is waging a terrifying war, subjugating all nations in his path. There are those willing to stand together against him, but these rebellious souls must act quickly and decisively to thwart his mad schemes of power and domination.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A complete letdown

  • By Marlene on 03-10-13

Go ahead and continue

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

Reviewed: 08-26-13

Any additional comments?

If you liked the Prince of Nothing series, you may as well keep going. It was a little hard in the beginning, getting used to the new narrator and starting a new set of characters, but it was worth it.

Narrator's not as good as the last trilogy but the story itself is just as good. May as well keep going if you've come this far.

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