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  • The Night Land: A Story Retold

  • By: James Stoddard, William Hope Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Jason Mills
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The story opens in the 19th century but quickly moves to the far future, where the sun has gone out, leaving the world in a darkness broken only by strange lights and mysterious fires. Over the ages, monsters and evil forces have descended to the Earth, compelling the surviving humans to take refuge in a great pyramid of imperishable metal built in a miles-deep chasm. The monsters surround the pyramid in a perpetual siege lasting for eons, waiting for the moment when its defenses will fail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing journey

  • By Takashi Kurita on 08-02-16

Awesome story

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

A glimpse into the dawn of sci fi . I could not get through the original I’m glad this is out there.

A must read for fans of the genra

  • High Mage

  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,323
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,986
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,959

 Things were starting to look up for Magelord Minalan the Spellmonger: The magic mountain in his domain not only made him a wealthy man and the most powerful mage in history, it also produced a lode of magical gemstones with unique properties - properties the Alka Alon, the masters of magic on Callidore, are fascinated by. When Minalan gets his chance to trade some of his magic rocks for irionite, he finds himself in a position to raise hundreds more magi with the stones...making them High Magi. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series can not wait for the next

  • By Joseph on 05-22-18

Back on track

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Last book was a bit less then it’s siblings in the series. Glad to see we are back on track!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,421

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everybody

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 09-24-18

Nerdy funny good time

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I’ve got all yahtzees books so far. Guys really funny and makes my morning drive much better. The book all seem to share a common universe and I look forward to more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Knights Magi

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 4
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,975
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,565

When the Magelord Minalan, the Spellmonger's two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage...in theory. The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage...because no one had ever been one before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I find the reviews misleading

  • By Devin Anderson on 09-01-18

Two young men come of age and learn how to knights

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

The mage lords apprentices come of age and learn how to be knights in this side sroty of the spellmonger series.

Its nice to see Ron get some screen time for once he's been on the back burner since his introduction.

I'm also glad to see Tin grow as a mage as he's been more a fighter then a caster up till now.

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  • Secrets of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

Cal Stringel may be dead to the world at large, but a select few know that he's still alive and in control of the most powerful suit of battle armor ever created. He's part of a rogue superteam taking the world by storm and changing the dynamic for both heroes and villains alike. With change comes resistance, and those holding control and power are not ready to just hand it over without a fight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a clip-show

  • By Marcus on 04-12-15

Fun listen but a meh " clip show"

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Like a meh episode of a fun tv show. It kind of felt like things should have ended last book and this is a clip show ment to keep things going while they figure out what to do next.

  • Magelord

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 3
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,533
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,046
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,010

How can Sire Minalan fight goblins, plots, poverty, and politics, all from his remote and rustic vale, while keeping the peasants in line and the Warbird of West Fleria at bay? With wit, courage, determination, and a healthy dose of magic. And when the new king tasks him to find a way to slay a dragon, an ordinary knight might shy away from the quest. For Sire Minalan, it's just another day on the job as a magelord!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The biggest Flaw in this epic

  • By sign on 10-11-17

good stuff

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I love the story will be back for the fourth book for sure. I wish they all were on audible right now so I didn't have to wait.

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,696

In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything. Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a super villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lot better than I thought it would be

  • By Phillip hinch on 07-08-17

Tenchi Muyo with superheros

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Tenchi Muyo with superheros If you can take harem anime this might be your thing, if not its just a power fantasy fit for a 13 year old.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shard of the Sun

  • By: Richard Fierce
  • Narrated by: Skyler Morgan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Ages ago, sorcerers created a new sun to replace their dying one. When a shard of the sun falls to the earth, more than one takes notice. And some have intentions more wicked than others. A powerful wizard seeks the means to defy death and heal his broken body. The Necromancer is set on getting the justice that was never given. Amidst everything, the shard falls into the hands of an unsuspecting woodsman named Broderick. Miracles begin to happen at his touch. The dead are raised and the sick are healed. When his cousin's wife is captured, he sets out to rescue her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This should have been a very quick and easy listen

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-17-18

sub par

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

The narrator is not very good and the story is average at best. Full disclosure I got this for free from audio boom

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,482

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

not feeling this one

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Lets be friends with the giant spiders because two peoples being incompatible for totally logical reasons is just a stretch.

I mean really the spider people are a bit of sexism aside marry sues. Humans make all the mistakes, flaws must just be a human thing or something.

  • The Mons Connection

  • By: Janine R. Pestel
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Santasier
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Jon Carson, the American military man, Doug "Digger" Johnson, The American archaeologist, Kathleen Doolan, the Irish physician, and Mikhail Borznekhov, the Russian military man and biologist, came to Mars to look for signs of life at Olympus Mons. What brought them there was something found at a dig in Egypt. Follow them as they explore the area around Olympus Mons and then, finally, enter the mountain itself and unlock the hidden, secret mystery of what awaits them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A quick and decent offering

  • By Matthew on 02-16-17

Bad performance of a so so story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

I got this for free from audio boom just an fyi.

I did not like the performance the story was predictable. Glad I didn't pay for it.