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K. Gutty

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  • Warmage

  • Spellmonger, Book 2
  • Written by: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • yum

  • By Kindle Customer on 2019-02-22

Juvenile

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-19

Plodding, uninteresting and completely sexist. Virtually no character development, author is prone to meandering, repetitive dialogue. Every female character is gifted with extensive description of their breasts and passive willingness to sexually gratify the main male characters in exchange for their safety. The main female character’s role is to advance the plot through sexual acts. A really disappointing series for epic fantasy lovers, this series is not worth spending the credits on.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fire & Blood

  • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)
  • Written by: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen - the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria - took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So Boring; Quit Halfway Through

  • By Kevin B. (Winnipeg) on 2018-12-16

Very dry

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-02

Reads much like the Bible, concise but with no character development to invest the reader.

  • Red Queen

  • Written by: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • nope

  • By K. Gutty on 2018-07-09

nope

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-09

I tried. The narrative is patronizing, and repetitive. The dialogue is wooden and reductive. Plot exceedingly thin and boring. All of the characters have the emotional intelligence of eighth graders. Narrator is melodramatic. I sampled the second book too and it's just not ready for publishing. It's simlly cliche.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Sword

  • Written by: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Mare Barrow's blood is red - the color of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince - the friend - who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first

  • By cortlandt on 2019-03-13

bad.

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-09

I tried. The narrative is patronizing, and repetitive. The dialogue is wooden and reductive. Plot exceedingly thin and boring. All of the characters have the emotional intelligence of eighth graders. Narrator is melodramatic. I made it almost half way.

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Minor technical incongruencies on the phone App.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-05-19

best book ive read in years.

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

Reviewed: 2018-04-02

poetic and profound, i adored every moment. a book to savour. narration was exceptional too

  • Deadhouse Gates

  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 34 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ive never been drawn into a book this much before

  • By Sandy on 2017-10-09

depressing

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

Reviewed: 2018-02-20

Not enough light to balance the heavy cruel meandering pointless dark. To reliant on dialogue to advance the plot in a world with ex machina physics. creating a convoluted, confusing storyline that is just a bunch of depressing existentialist genocide scenes repeating until they are meaningless. suprisingly little character development for a book this thick.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Warbreaker

  • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stunning!!

  • By House Wife on 2019-05-16

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 2017-12-15

mostly dialogue... cloudy plodding plot with an incredibly disappointing ending. final 2 chapters ended abruptly, in an anticlimactic, predictable, and patronizing way. not worth the money.