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  • Before They Are Hanged

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,024

Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It's enough to make a torturer want to run - if he could even walk without a stick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The single best fantasy experience I've ever had

  • By Matthew on 10-07-16

Quite good!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I started book 3 the same day I finished this one! The characters are excellent, the details are gritty & intriguing, and the narration is top notch.
If I could change one thing it would be to remove the gratuitous sex. It seems like every novelist feels obligated to add in unrealistic & often ridiculous sex. Enough of that soap box. This is a good story and I recommend it!

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865

There have been 19 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, and behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as good as the main trilogy

  • By mohamed on 02-25-16

Awesome story, but

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I loved this story. It had everything, but too much sex and gratuitous swearing.
Narration was excellent.

  • Noah Primeval

  • Chronicles of the Nephilim (Volume 1)
  • By: Brian Godawa
  • Narrated by: Brian Godawa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

Noah Primeval is a speculative retelling of the beloved story of Noah for a new generation. In an ancient world submerged in darkness, fallen angels rule as gods, and breed giants and monsters. Mankind is enslaved to evil. Noah, a tribal leader, has been prophesied to bring an end to the rule of these "gods" and save humanity from coming destruction. But Noah's wife and son are captives of these dark forces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • almost perfect

  • By joe on 05-29-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

This story makes the Bible come alive. I have never felt these stories were more real.


I hope to see many more of these well researched stories filled with Biblical truth!

I also appreciated that Brian Godawa kept the story clean - no graphic sex or violence details. We all know sex and violence are a part of the story, but we don’t need the gory details :)

Great book! Great narration!

  • Joshua Valiant

  • Chronicles of the Nephilim (Volume 5)
  • By: Brian Godawa
  • Narrated by: Brian Godawa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

After 400 years of slavery in Egypt, the Israelites under Moses have escaped into the desert and are prepared to enter the land of Canaan that God had promised them. There's only one problem: It's crawling with giants. And these giants are the Seed of the Serpent, linked to the nefarious Nephilim giants before the Flood. They are called Anakim, Rephaim and others. Only two men, Joshua and Caleb, have the faith to face these Nephilim giants whose murderous idolatry defiles the land. But first, they must establish a bridgehead across the river Jordan to launch their invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but the Audible file is messed up.

  • By Daniel Pickett on 04-02-14

Bible stories come alive

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I love how Brian Godawa is able to make these stories come alive! I wish he would have left out the more graphic details of sex and violence he has begun to include in the later books.

  • Abraham Allegiant

  • Chronicles of the Nephilim (Volume 4)
  • By: Brian Godawa
  • Narrated by: Brian Godawa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

The forefather and patriarch you thought you knew. After the Great Flood, the giant king Nimrod builds the Tower of Babel and unites the world in rebellion against the Creator. He seeks to achieve godhood as world potentate and bring in the pantheon of gods to rule with him. But God has other plans. He causes the confusion of languages and disperses Nimrod's kingdom to the four corners of the earth, allotting the nations under the authority of pagan deities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Darkness and evil

  • By Caroline Falkenburg on 04-02-15

Good but not as good as the first 3 books

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

This book is an excellent story. But unlike the first 3 books this one has excessive discussion of sex and rape. Sure those things happen, but sheesh. Hopefully the next one goes back to the cleaner read the first couple books were.

  • The Great Pack

  • Deathless, Book 4
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Only the trio of returning Ark Lords has a prayer of stopping Nox, but they face problems of their own. Blair and Liz arrive in Northern California to find Angel Island deserted, and San Francisco controlled by a kingdom of deathless. Jordan and Trevor return to Peru where werewolves have founded a new religion worshiping the Mother. A religion that preaches that Trevor is the ancient enemy and must be destroyed. Only Jordan can save him, if he can finally learn to trust an old enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dammit

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-31-17

Ongoing saga of the mother and her progeny

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

I really appreciate how the author did a thorough recap at the beginning of this book.

Good narration.

Old enemies. New enemies. Old allies. New alliances. Good vs evil.

Looking forward to the next book!

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  • The Forsaken Throne

  • The Kingfountain Series, Book 6
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

A devastating disaster has left the Forbidden Court in ashes, its fountains destroyed, and its magic at risk. It was destined as the site of Trynne Kiskaddon's coronation as empress. Now, all Trynne can imagine is the roar of flames, the cries of Gahalatine's people, and the smell of cinders in a city gone dark. Tragic as the threat to Kingfountain is, it's nowhere near as foul as the treachery posed by Morwenna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing series

  • By Tammy L Moore on 06-14-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Jeff Wheeler writes a spectacular fantasy story. He has created a world that feels real, almost tangible. And to top off his great stories he keeps them clean enough for the whole family. Well done.

  • You Will Pay

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman, Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

It starts as a prank - a way to blow off steam after a long summer at Camp Horseshoe. Among the teen counselors, tensions and hormones are running high. No wonder the others agree when Jo-Beth Chancellor suggests they scare Monica O'Neal a little.... or a lot. Monica has it coming, and no one will really get hurt. What could go wrong? Everything.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Female narrator was terrible!!

  • By Felicedileggere on 07-02-17

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

This was a decent revenge story even if fairly cliché.

The primary complaint I have is that there was way too much sex and it was described in too much detail.

  • Demon Fallout

  • The Return
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189

Zombies are a nightmare of the past, the Lycan wars are over. Mike feels that he can finally settle down after 200 years of war until he hears an impossible message from beyond. Tommy, his adopted son, is in trouble and there is nothing in Heaven or Hell that will stop Mike from helping him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • did not see that coming!!

  • By N.W.Wisniewski on 11-22-17

Michael Talbot is back with a vengeance!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Mike and Azile are finally enjoying a brief time of peace when Tommy call for help from purgatory or the underworld. Mike, of course, goes running in to save his adopted son and friend.
Mike faces some old enemies and meets some new allies as he literally battles the gates of hell to help his son.
Is it all a trick? Is Tommy down there? When and If the rescue is successful can Mike escape Hell?

  • Extinction Point

  • Extinction Point, Book 1
  • By: Paul Antony Jones
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 727

Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Several hours that I'll never get back

  • By Charyn on 06-26-13

Good first book

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

This is an entertaining book. Slightly different take on the apocalyptic survival story.

The author does some over explaining and endorses some obscure products - this isn't too distracting though.

I recommend this to all who enjoy a good end of the world survival! The next few books are better than the first.