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Rich Mayo

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  • The City of Brass

  • A Novel
  • Written by: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly she has power; on the streets of 18th-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by - palm readings, zars, healings - are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills, a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What flames will burn

  • By 101mystic on 2018-09-19

Genies and flying carpets

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-06

A wonderful romp through the political world of genies, efreet, and near-eastern mythologies. The characters are dark and stubborn.

  • A Brightness Long Ago

  • Written by: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count - and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Much prefer any of Gabriel Kay's other books.

  • By Skye B Perry on 2019-06-01

Continuing his trend towards historical fiction

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-25

The latest work of GGK is set in the world familiar to readers of Sailing to Sarantium, and Song for Arbonne, although the historic period has been advanced a couple hundred of years. Kay has left the medieval fantasy genre, both in period and tone.

  • Tigana

  • Written by: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic fantasy masterpiece

  • By Rich Mayo on 2019-05-14

A classic fantasy masterpiece

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-14

This is a re read from decades ago. This is one of my all time fantasy masterpieces.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Debut book issues but fun listen

  • By Danny on 2018-04-30

Typical Fantasy

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-29

Didnt deviate from standard fantasy tropes. the characters were sometimes interesting, but generally devoid of flair and fun.

  • Children of Amarid

  • Written by: David B. Coe
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

For a millennium, the Children of Amarid have served the people of Tobyn-Ser. Drawing upon the Mage-Craft, which flows from the psychic bond they forge with their avian familiars, the Mages of the Order have fulfilled their oaths by healing the injured and ill, repelling invasions by the land's enemies, and caring for the people in times of crisis. They are governed by laws handed down by Amarid, the first of their kind, who committed the Mage-Craft to the people's protection. Only once in a thousand years has a mage defied those laws.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard fantasy

  • By Rich Mayo on 2019-03-31

Standard fantasy

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-31

In this generic fantasy romp the likeable but unremarkable characters fight a threat from beyond.

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 458

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great ending to an epic story.

  • By Darryl on 2019-01-26

Strong series

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-06

the series was very strong in spite of too much mechanical analysis of magic and unecessary repetition of events from book to book and chapter to chapter.