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Mike Calladine

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  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun "D&D" style adventure.

  • By Joe on 05-08-17

Instant classic

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

An interesting take on magic and high fantasy. different from anything else and an amazing coming of age mystery wrapped in subterfuge.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,740
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,547

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

simply incredible.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This is quite possibly my favourite book. excellent writing. excellent story and excellent performance. If you like high fantasy then give this a try.

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book - Not so good recording

  • By Avatre on 26-05-18

Incredible story

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

It's a great story with a lot of twists and turns The performance was sub par compared to what expect from Audibly. There were sentences repeated and the performer kept cutting the end of words off. However, the story was fantastic, bittersweet and refreshing.

  • The Forge of Light

  • The White Mage, Book 5
  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

The Dark has nearly consumed the planet. Men and beasts have been stripped of their minds, their bodies twisted to serve the Master's will. Her army now numbers in the trillions and is led by two supreme generals. Even the mages have no power to stop her. Driving the survivors to a last bastion of freedom, she calls for the decimated army to surrender.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally have listened to this in its entirety!

  • By Kathryn on 10-01-19

Epic fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

A fantastic end to a magnificent series. Full of emotion and twists. An excellent performance and a perfect bitter sweet conclusion.

  • The Chronicles of Lumineia Omnibus: Books 1-3

  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 34 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Elseerian, book one: The assassination of heroes was once a warning...for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. With hundreds of thousands dead, the races stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors in its wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, Inspiring, Edgy, Mesmerising

  • By Lulu on 27-10-15

1st book is the best

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

the first book is the best. the story feels a little disjointed but is really good.

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,613

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By stucody on 22-03-15

Very well written.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

Loved this book. Very well written and makes you want to just keep listening. My favourite part was when Lana Lane goes to investigate the old people's home. The narrator was rather good but as always pronounces things incorrectly (from a British p.o.v).

  • The Godling Chronicles: The Reborn King, Book 6

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

The time has come for the fate of Heaven and Earth to be decided. Darshan will now seek out the Reborn King for a final confrontation. But will his power be enough to free the world from certain annihilation? Will he be strong enough to save the people he loves?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-05-17

Great Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Great Conclusion to a fantastic, albeit long winded, fantasy series. Good narrating although some of the voices were muddled briefly which could be confusing at times. Definitely worth a listen.

  • Dragonsbane

  • Fate's Forsaken, Book 3
  • By: Shae Ford
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

With the thrones of the Sovereign Five broken, the Kingdom sits on the brink of ruin. A new threat rises from the north - an alliance between two rulers. While the Earl and the Countess plot for the throne, King Crevan slips deeper into madness. All of their fates are intertwined...and may yet be tied to a boy from the mountains. Forced to choose between avenging his village and protecting those he loves, Kael begins the long journey home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By miss on 18-01-15

Instant classic

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

This series is absolutely brilliant. I cannot wait for the finale due later this month!