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  • New Horizons

  • Emerilia, Book 4
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

Alliances and enemies are made, but the Stone Raiders keep their promise. They swore to themselves they would bring the Aleph back to Emerilia. Secrets, powerful creatures and a hidden civilization wait for the Stone Raiders in the abandoned Aleph facilities and cities. Will they be able to clear the Aleph facilities and complete their quest? Or will they be fated to fail? One thing is for sure, the Stone Raiders won’t give up easily.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, 1 chapter out of order

  • By Gavin on 02-02-18

Great book, 1 chapter out of order

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Any additional comments?

Audio files are in the wrong order. Chapter 21 came before Chapter 20. made for a confusing read for a little while. It sucks because chapter 19 was leading up to a climax that was supposed to be the beginning of 20, instead it jumped to the aftermath of 21 then came back to 20.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Never Hero

  • The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
  • By: T. Ellery Hodges
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,877

Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands. And it is seeking its challenger. In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tip: clear your schedule first.

  • By rhodry on 06-12-17

Better than expected!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

If you could sum up The Never Hero in three words, what would they be?

Unexpectedly good times

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Never Hero?

All of the discussions on the classic hero's journey, how they relate to each other, why we continue to discuss them. It let both the author and his audience be on the same terms and understand that yes this story is another retelling but let's discuss why.

Any additional comments?

I've listened to hundreds of audio books on here and for almost every author I've listened to, they usually run into the same problems with the first book in a series except for this guy. When I listen to the first book in a series even if they are experienced authors there are almost always problems with slow or disjointed plot lines due to all of the world building that any given author has to put in to visualize the world being presented.

This author did a very good job avoiding all of that by keeping most of it rooted in modern day but with mysterious and vague elements until it is finally fully flushed out as conversational exposition in the epilogue. By the time I got to that epilogue I was chomping at the bit wanting to know everything I could about the reasons behind these plot lines. Once I finally did get that, I was left fully enthralled as I wait for the next book in the series to come out.

From what I've been able to read up on the author it seems like this is his first book and he had worked on it for years before it was finally published. To me this is incredible because usually in this case a book will have gone through so many rewrites that this is where the disjointed feeling(that I described before) can come from but instead this felt very polished and complete.

This isn't the best book I have ever read but it is probably one of the best if not the best "first book in a series" that I have ever read. A 5/5 or 10/10 rating isn't quite enough to describe how I feel about this book. I'll reiterate again that I have listened to hundreds of audio books here on Audible(I'm a total Audible junkie with too much disposable income) but I don't believe that I have ever written a full review like this until today so I hope that says a lot in strong favor of you getting this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful