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  • Age of War

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,015

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords. The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile - and about to be tested as never before. As the Fhrey overlords marshal their army and sorcerers to crush the rebellion, old loyalties will be challenged while fresh conspiracies will threaten to undo all that Persephone has accomplished. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ending was heavy

  • By June C. on 07-09-18

Heart rending

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Overall it was a good story but I was conflicted. TGR was masterful as always but the story dragged for the first 2/3rd of the story. The romance portions were awkward but the bigger issue was pace. I am not saying that one should not continue with this series, I'm just saying book 3 was, well, ok. The final couple of hours make the book a success, and clearly sets up for the next story. We will see...

  • The Broken Eye

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,175
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,169

Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loving this series!

  • By Lauren on 09-06-16

Action packed

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Weeks and Vance bring together another masterful performance and story. Kip continues to grow up, Gavin becomes less relevant, Ambross continues to connive, the White continues to display wisdom, and so on. What a great story! Look forward to taking a break before continuing with book 4.

  • The Blinding Knife

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,814
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,349

Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he has less than one. With 50,0000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much Better

  • By David S. on 09-16-12

Suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Book two is even better than book one, which is no small feat. Simon Vance turns in another masterful performance and the plot thickens. Weeks' story writing remains unpredictable and exciting. Kip, Gavin, Karris, Tia, Ambrose, Liv, etc...each character continues to become more complex and conflicted. Look forward to the next book!

  • The Black Prism

  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,456
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,029

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserve a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • original and entertaining

  • By LornaDavis on 09-19-16

Exciting story

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

The Black Prism was well written, well paced, and very imaginative. I thoroughly enjoyed Simon Vance's performance. His voices add incredible depth to the story, providing a dimension that only enhances the overall reader experience. The story is gritty and a bit profane in parts, definitely for adults. Lots of surprises as the story unfolds with the different parallel threads for the main characters. The main character, Kip, is an awkward, overweight teenager that is trust into one untenable situation after another and has to grow up quickly. His is such a likeable character. The magic is different from the typical fantasy genre and takes a little bit to wrap your head around but Weeks does a good job laying that out over time. The writer also does a good job developing the characters, who are flawed, conflicted, and dealing with difficult choices and the ends justifying the means, specifically the Prism, Gavin. The battle scenes are a bit graphic for my taste but the storyline is compelling. I am looking forward to the next book and continuing Kip's journey.

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,335

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I thoroughly enjoyed Taylor's latest book, the Singularity Trap. It's style is similar to Taylor's Bobiverse, which is a wonderful read if you've not experienced that trilogy. The story is well paced and the characters are well developed, complex enough that the ethical situations are not contrived but well constructed. Porter's performance is every bit as good as Bobiverse. He really brings this story to life. Ivan, the main character, transforms from a gullible "newbie" to a smart, insightful, and compassionate hero. It is just plain fun. I simply could not put it down after I was about half way through the story. Taylor does a nice job not leaving the reader with a ridiculous cliff hanger but wraps up very nicely, but clearly sets the stage for additional parts. My only criticism and this is tongue in cheek is the length of the story. I wish it had been longer. I can hardly wait for his next installment. Yeah, there are some not so veiled political statements in the story but so what. It still works in the context of his story and not a distraction at all in my opinion. Well worth the credit. Enjoy!

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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 28,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,181
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27,128

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 of the year

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I can't think of another author that can pull off what Brandon Sanderson continues to do. There are superb epic fantasy authors and there is Sanderson, in a league of his own. This story is about redemption, pure and simple. The different story arcs are extremely well developed, easy to follow, and eventually come together at precisely the right moment. While all the main characters are present from the two pervious books, this story is primarily about Delenar Kolin. It is his story and it is fascinating. Of course, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading help with their superb performance. One observation, most books that are 40 plus hours long drag at certain points, this story does not. I've listened to a number of books this year and while I have several that are at the top in terms of pure enjoyment (Michael J Sullivan, Pierce Brown, Taylor), Sanderson tops the list.

  • Deceptions

  • Ascendant, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,169

Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • First two books; really good!

  • By Johan on 04-29-18

Great ending

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I was curious where the story would go after finishing the second book. Whether our young hero would become petulant and pay back the slights and wrongs done to him by those he trusted, or whether he would take the high road so to speak and be the hero he was set up to be. Fortunately he does the latter. The third book was well paced, well read, and summed up nicely. TGR is great as always. He breathes life into all his performances and this is no exception. Characters are well developed and the plot line is not complicated but fun nonetheless. Definitely young adult but appropriate for all ages.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,088
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,240

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

What fun!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I just listened to the trilogy again and enjoyed the series even more the second time. Witty, imaginative, and just plain fun. Ray Porter is outstanding and really captures the essence of the various Bobs. It is original, the idea of self perpetuating "Bobs" that have different personalities but have the same overall characteristics of the original Bob, who is replicated after a life ending car accident. Irreverent, sarcastic, nostalgic, even poignant at times, just a great story.

I would strongly recommend the trilogy and the really good thing is that they are all available. Enjoy!

  • Last Dragon Standing

  • Heartstrikers, Book 5
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974

There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob's grand plan finally comes to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing ending to an even more amazing series!

  • By Dustin on 03-01-18

A satisfying conclusion

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

A bit over dramatic at times but well done with a satisfying conclusion. Overall, well done - the whole series. Justice, our too nice dragon, comes through in a big way though fairly predictable. Friend and foe come together to fight against the really REALLY bad foe and done in a way that keeps the listener's interest. Satisfying series.

  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,581

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Stephani Ann on 02-03-18

Powerful story

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Pierce Brown significantly broadens the scope of the overarching story in this next series, picking up 10 years after the end of Morning Star. I've read some scathing reviews regarding the use of the four narrators but disagree in most points. The only criticism is that the sound levels are not always consistent between the four but I found each unique and compelling in their own right. Admittedly, it takes a little while to get used to it, but the four story arcs become familiar and ultimately work well. I especially enjoyed that each of the four POVs were told in the first person.

Our main protagonist, Darrow, continues to make his share of blunders but not through stupidity or ignorance, more from the complexity of the continuing war and struggle for power. Not unlike the first in the initial trilogy, Red Rising. The story remains tight, violent, compelling, and thought provoking, every bit as much as the Red Rising trilogy.

I found myself getting more immersed as the story progressed including the introduction of many new characters. For those that enjoyed the first trilogy, I don't think you will be disappointed in the least. Very much looking forward to the next book.