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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 32,083
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,197
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,144

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

Long but good

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

This was a monster of a book, but ultimately very satisfying addition to the Stormlight Archive.

This was definitely more focused and easier to follow than I remember the previous one to be.

If I have any issues with this book then it’s that it could have been split in several smaller books for easier consumption.

Overall, very enjoyable, albeit extremely long read . Liked it very much and left me hungry for more of the same.

  • A Plague of Giants

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552

Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but dissapointing

  • By Roland on 11-20-17

Entertaining but dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

I pre-ordered this first installment of the new series by Kevin Hearne based on my total enjoyment of his Iron Druid series. I know that it is a completely new book set in a world of its own, but I must admit that I was kind of dissatisfied with this book.

I blame Iron Druid for this - I half way expected this book to have the same light hearted, fast paced execution with similar humorous undertone as the previous series, but this series is much darker and somber and slower than predecessor. Hence the disappointment.

All that said, the world building and characters are interesting and after a while the pace picks up as all the main actors are introduced.

Overall it was a good and entertaining read/listen and I guess if the second part is released, I will check it out as well to see what happened to everyone introduced in the first book.

Just a note of warning to all Iron Druid fans - this is definitely NOT an Iron Druid book. Adjust your expectations accordingly.

93 of 94 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Tower I

  • The Gunslinger
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,148

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book.

  • By David Murphy on 06-11-17

I almost quit couple of times.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

At no point of the story I felt that I cared too much for the protagonist. I felt that the novellas with backstory were meant to tell me something, but the whole point was lost on me.

111 of 136 people found this review helpful

  • The Republic of Thieves

  • Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3
  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,037

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A transition and a preface

  • By David on 11-14-13

Increasingly disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

After the first book in the series I was looking forward to second and third books of the series, hoping for more of what made "Lies of Locke Lamora" so enjoyable - great, enterprising characters, sudden plot twists and schemes within schemes.

Unfortunately second and third books left me increasingly more and more dissatisfied. The plots grew less ... focused ... and characters less likable with every passage.

Oh sure, there were occasional clever twists and surprises. But that doesn't seem to have helped with the overall impression.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Steel World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,437

In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Space Opera

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-05-13

Violence for the sake of violence does not make a good book

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

There were some good ideas for a SF book, but the execution fell sadly short.
The book consisted only of senselessly battle scene after a senseless battle scene.
It was fun for a while, but it got boring quite fast.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Magician King

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,869

Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King Grossman the Magician

  • By Douglas on 08-12-11

Better than previous book

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

After reading "Magicians", I thought to myself, that while I did overall like the book, I would not try the second one any time soon. There was something missing from the first book - a narrative or a sense of direction perhaps. I was afraid that the sequel would be same.
But it still nagged at me and I finally caved in and read this one.
I am glad I did. This book had a nice story arc (two actually) and a slew of interesting characters. Sure, it builds strongly on the first book-- in fact so much so that the two almost feel like one book.

  • Area X

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,371
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,168

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By clifford on 12-26-15

Not really my kind of story

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

It did feel like a combination of Strugatsky's "The Roadside Picnic" and Lem's "Solaris" but fell sadly and terribly short of both.

All the way through I was struggling to get to the end of this book. It was very slow paced (which is not necessarily bad in and of itself) and felt sort of directionless. Maybe that was exactly what the author intended to bring to the reader, but it didn't work for me on any level.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,063

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Idea is okay but bit naive in execution

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

Reviewed: 02-13-15

I don't know if it is because the original was a Chinese novel and Chinese literary style is so much different from Western way of writing, but throughout the whole book I could not shake off the feeling that this is the first novel of a very young inexperienced writer.

The central plot of the novel itself is an interesting twist on the ever so popular SF theme of extraterrestrial contact. It has a potentially very good story in it. But the execution feels somewhat sluggish and naive.

Some parts of the novel really shined. Specially the beginning, where I could feel the pain and angst of the Chinese cultural revolution. And coming from Soviet Union background, I could at least identify with it to some degree.

Alas, rest of the book was mostly just bad writing.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead. But so too is Kelsier, the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin - a onetime street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her, Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brandon Sanderson 5 stars all the way :-)

  • By Michael Dawson on 03-20-11

Good story overall.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

Dragged a bit at the middle with lots of tangents that had only marginal influence to the plot.
Still a very enjoyable read though.

I am a bit stumped though that I can't buy the next installment in the series though. It seems that .UK site refuses to sell it to me. Weather on the basis of me being customer of .US or a resident of Estonia...

Bummer. Oh well... I'll buy some other books instead.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Company

  • Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,589
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,054
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,058

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Boiled Morally Ambiguous Epic Fantasy

  • By Jefferson on 03-18-11

A good story ruined by a bad narration

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book is great, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired.

What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

The narration is not awful per se (I've heard worse), but it absolutely does no service to the excellent book itself and the characters depicted in it, dragging the entire story down with it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful