The Unnamed Way

The World Walker, Book 4
Narrated by: Todd Boyce
Series: The World Walker, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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The fourth book in the best-selling The World Walker series.

Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

Maybe Seb Varden is in a good position to find out. Depending on your point of view, he has either spent a few days, six months, or 17 years playing a potentially deadly game.

At stake: the freedom of the alien who saved his life, the future of all intelligent species in the universe, and his sanity.

Not only does Seb not fully understand the rules, but it's just possible the game itself is rigged.

So, business as usual then.

©2017 Ian Sainsbury (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Great series, great book.

I've read all 4 books and I'm writing one review for them all with the hope to help you decide if it is worth listening them. My first impression is that it sound a lot like a tale (fairy tale if you wish). It is not such, but it does sound like one. It grabs you from the beginning, very original start. You might experience memories from your childhood while listening this book (the whole series actually), which was a great feeling for me and hopefully for you too. The author makes a wonderful job extending the story in a way that you don't get bored by useless character building. The character building happens while the story develops - the author takes a short chapters to show you something in the past and that's how it happens. Most of the times those short chapters in the past are accompanied with nice story, so even that is not boring.

The narrator - super, amazing job... I'm simply speech less. I can't imagine anyone better for this job. I'm big fan of R.C. Bray, but I think even he can't make that good narration of the book. I'd say he is half of the pleasure you get while listening the book. The main reason - he reads the book as a story-tale.

As for the story - you might think it is a sci-fi, then a fantasy.. then a mixture.. and the truth could be somewhere in between.. who knows :) But it is an original story and it is entertaining.

Now about each book:

The World Walker - 9 out of 10 - great beginning of the series.
The Unmaking Engine - 10 out of 10 - simply amazing, probably the best book of them all.
The Seventeenth Year - 7 out of 10 - now that's a problem. If you are pretty young, you will probably give it 10/10, but I'm nearly 40 and it did sound a lot like teenage action. Also too much love. Basically I think this was the weakest book of them all, but still interesting enough. You better don't skip it or you will regret :)
The Unnamed Way - 9 out of 10 - back in business again! All goodies are back again.. there's again a bit more love/romance then needed and a little flat end, but the end is just 1-2 chapters, while all the rest was very entertaining. The story prior the end was very interesting and the end itself was expected and nothing spectacular.

The author has a great potential. I see these are his first books. He has a great writing skills, very captivate style. I just wish he does a bit less distraction.. lets say 10-20% less would make his books even more interesting. But even with this I definitely put this author is my personal top 3 and I'm very keen on reading/listening more books by Ian W. Sainsbury !

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An excellent story

He managed to create a fourth novel in the series that is new and familiar at once. Some of our favorite characters return and will as some new favorites. We get to find out what Seb was up to those 17 years an it's not a repetitive rehash. It is all fresh adventures that connect perfectly with the previous stories. you will never guess the ending either. An excellent read or listen in this case.

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A (Mostly) Satisfying Ending to a Unique Series

Although I had some complaints with the very final few pages, I enjoyed this final installment to the World Walker series. Sainsbury continued his gift of writing a compelling "popcorn" style story that manages to stay on just the right side of predictable. He often ends up where you think he's going to end up, but he takes an interesting path in getting there. The best praise I have for this series is that in the end, I found myself wanting more. I appreciated the author's inclusion of an afterward that explained his rationale for ending the story the way he did. However, I still found it a little "hand-wavy". It relied on an aspect of Seb's powers that had not previously even been hinted at; which was mildly frustrating. But only mildly.

I agree that there was a substantial portion of this book that felt very different to what came before. It's not quite as big of a diversion as the entirety of book 3, but it is very different. However, I enjoyed that portion of this book. Sainsbury deftly created a completely alien world and managed to flesh it out and make you care about its inhabitants. But if you don't find yourself enjoying that portion, I'd imagine you're going to be left feeling frustrated. If you've made it this far through this series though, I have to think you enjoy Mr. Sainsbury's writing and are therefore likely to enjoy this particular detour. (Especially, if you stuck it out through book 3.)

The narration is top notch. Sometimes Mr. Boyce drops some unique pronunciations that kind of leave me scratching my head. An example is how he pronounces "controversy" in Chapter 35, with about 10m and 40ish seconds remaining in the Chapter. But I'm being a little pedantic. Overall he does a great job at making each character unique and immediately recognizable. Which is nice, because at this point Sainsbury has gotten away from repeating "Said Seb" and "Said Mee" twelve times per page. And that was my biggest complaint about book 1.

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Wonderful story.

Thank you for the wonderful story. I have enjoyed the books in this series and I am looking forward to hearing more of your stories thank you. This story has all of the wonder for child and all of us that are children at heart thank you so much.

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Awesome series

A well written series with quite a nice ending. loved all 4 books in the series. and the audio performance by Todd Boyce was impeccable.

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Really well done! Loved the ending!

I did not think I was going to like this book as much as I did the first 3. I was so wrong. The care with which the author wrote the ending I might liken to how one cares for a precious and fragile thing. Nuanced in its understatement but it makes it that much more powerful.

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satisfying end to an enjoyable series

The narration was markedly improved this time around, with none of the odd pronunciation that plagued the other books in the series.

The ending was creative as well, I won't spoil for you but if you've ever read a sci-fi book you can probably predict it yourself, there's really only one way for it to end.

If you've read the other books, invest the credit. Its worth it.

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An awesome finish to an amazing series.

Although it's the final book in the series, but Mr IWS left alot of open ended plot for more. Love it and wanting more, I miss all the characters already.

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Highly disappointed

What disappointed you about The Unnamed Way?

This was ninety percent a boring tangent from the true storyline bookended with something attempting to make it part of the series.

Any additional comments?

If Sainsbury wanted to write a complexly different book, he should have.

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Great Finish to the Series

Ian seriously needs to just keep writing. We finally get to find out what happened to Seb while he was gone for 17 years. It's quiet exciting and hard to stop listening. The ending did lack some excitement, but it ended well enough that I wanted to cry when I heard,"The End" . It's over, but what romantic way to end Seb's, Me, & Joanie's story. I'm hoping there'll be spin offs. Looking forward to seeing Ian next book, World Walker related or not.

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  • Elmamaria
  • 10-25-18

Another great series

I will miss Seb and his cohort and the wonderful and frightening adventures they had but as Ian Sainsbury says there are plenty of openings for further stories in the world Walker worlds! Can’t wait - loved it

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  • Who cares what I think.
  • 05-08-20

Nice ending

I love the ending of this series but for me this was the weakest of all the books I’ve read maybe that’s because the others were so good This one just didn’t stack up against them. Still it’s worth a read or listen for closure

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  • Amber Postlethwaite
  • 04-14-20

wow just

this book is the perfect ending to the series if you got to book 3 then you dont need me to say why you should read book 4 just read it.

emotional beautiful and fantasic

ps if you not read any book before this then go start at book 1 and go to book 4 you'll love it

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  • NeilRC94
  • 03-28-20

Wow!

Absolutely loved this book. It is surely a massive understatement to say that this story and that of the whole "World Walker " series is a bit of a mind f**k. However, it is more than worth it and I would recommend it to anyone interested in a sci-fi epic that they can really lose themselves in.

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  • Mark Butler
  • 10-24-19

What a good egg he turned out to be.

A good ending for the 4 books so worth the journey. It was nice the story moved and added extra characters, even if they were hard to absorb, but Fip was a great idea and good addition. Just a good bit of fun. I think he improved with the Half Hero books, so more practice can only be a good thing.

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  • Paul
  • 06-04-19

Good closer to a series on the life of a superhero

Beautifully written and very well narrated and thoughally enjoyable saga. Felt that this was a great ending to a series which shows no one is invincible. We all have a choice to be more than we are...

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  • Marc Ketteringham
  • 01-14-19

Gripping

All four books.
Fabulously written and narrated.
Highly recommend
Kept my attention all the way throughout the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-18

great listen!

loved this and the whole series, very easy to listen to, gripping storyline and excellent use of English profanities!! Ha!

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  • David Wright
  • 11-01-18

Excellent ending to the series

Really enjoyed this series, hope he does write more in this series, as he says himself there is a lot of space and threads within the Universe he could follow

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  • Antony J Steele
  • 08-08-18

Lost its way

the story has gone from innovative and fun in the first book to slow and lumbering. a bit pointless to be honest. I'd advise stopping at book 2.