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Sam W.

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  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • Written by: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful story

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-01-25

Good hook but dropped off quickly

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-03

I went further into detail in my review for the sequel as I prematurely bought it while only partway into this story but I will summarize my thoughts below:

I found all of the characters once they left their hometown to be very one dimensional (Good, bad etc). As well I found the overall story arc to be incredibly predictable with none of the plot points being surprises or new as I felt they were all just rehashes from other successful fantasy stories.

Overall I found it to be an interesting concept (a Hero's Journey will always get me as a good hook with a call to action) but overall it was quite disappointing. I will stick to Craig's Sci-Fi stories from now on.

  • Transcendent

  • Ascendant, Book 2
  • Written by: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard. Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The story was very bland and Predictable

  • By Sam W. on 2018-12-03

The story was very bland and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-03

I downloaded this book while still only in the first part of Book 1 as it intrigued me to the story. It wasn't until thew second half of the first book that the simplistic story telling and the use of one dimensional characters started to show and bother me.

But since I had bought the second book and read so many good reviews praising the series I decided to continue. I made it ~75% of the way through book 2 before I had to give up on it. In this book I have not read about a single character that interests me beyond their first introduction. There are the bad guys (who are bad just because....) and the good guys (who the good guy thinks are bad because he keeps overhearing partial conversations very conveniently). It is very frustrating to listen about how smart and great a protectionist is and then have him jump to a ridiculous conclusion in the very next scene because he overheard a conveniently small part of a conversation.

The only upside I found to listening to these stories (besides the voice acting which was well done) was that I bought/downloaded the Lord of the Rings trilogy to compare the storytelling (I had read it years ago and held it in a very high regard). Doing so I was able to confirm that it wasn't a genre issue that caused me to dislike this story which i was worried I may have grown out of it, but a specific issue with this Series.

I know it's not fair to compare this story to LOTR but even compared to other less know Fantasy stories I find it doesn't hold up well. If I had to describe it with one word I would use: Simple.

As well I did enjoy Expeditionary Force (Same author) quite a bit so I was surprised that I found this story so off putting.

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  • NPCs

  • Written by: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probly the best narrator ever

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-10-01

Good story that hooks quickly.

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

Good story that hooks you quickly but I found the series got better and better as the characters developed throughout the series. In this book they do stay relatively one dimensional. But overall a great story. #Audible1

  • Dune

  • Written by: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story... but inconsistent voices?

  • By KT_TO on 2018-01-11

Voice actors changed back and forth many times

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-22

This audio book was ruined for me due to the voice actors changing back and forth every couple of chapters making it hard to pin down and understand which of the oddly named characters were which. I'm not saying the names were the issue as I believe if the voices stayed consistent then I would have had an easier time following along.

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  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • Written by: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Voice acting is top notch, great performance.

  • By chermayn fong on 2018-07-19

Great end to a great story

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-20

Doesn’t disappoint. Great final segment wrapping up what was a well written story. Also ~60hrs is an incredible length for a story like this it it never feels drawn out or has unnecessary filler.

  • Super Powereds: Year 3

  • Super Powereds, Book 3
  • Written by: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 41 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63

Junior year has come for the remaining students of Melbrook Hall, and it promises to be the most difficult one yet. With one of their own gone and another under serious investigation, none of the former Powereds know how many days remain for them in the Hero Certification Program. The time they do have will be filled with more trials and classes, honing their skills as they work toward the increasingly difficult goal of becoming Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good good good

  • By Alexandra on 2019-02-02

Great continuation of the story

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-24

From the first book starting with very one dimensional characters the story has come a long way fleshing them out properly.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • Written by: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have a new Author I really like!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-12-07

Interesting concept, poor characters and plot

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-14

Although the story was written within a very compelling world I found the story and characters quite dull. Beyond the characters being one dimensional the plot seemed to be full of ridiculously convenient plot devices and tropes.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful