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Paul Maddison

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  • The Battle Mage

  • The Age of Oracles Series, Book 3
  • By: Ben Hale
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Alydian has shattered her prison and returned to the rebellion, arriving in time to ensure victory at Skykeep. The people now look to her as high oracle, but she is haunted by her escape … and the power she has unlocked. She is not alone in hiding the truth. Her enemies have their secrets, but it’s those of her allies that she should fear. With the Empire’s might at her command, Teriah gathers her forces for a final battle, but her plan is more sinister. With the aid of a hidden master, she has prepared a devastating plague, one that will bring the rebellion to its knees. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Tale

  • By Paul Maddison on 16-02-19

Riveting Tale

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Reviewed: 16-02-19

A truly epic story, well told. Full of intrigue, twists and turns, with a beautiful ending.

  • Thornbear

  • Champions of the Dawning Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Gram lives in the long shadow cast by his father, the latehero, Dorian Thornbear. Struggling to find his place in a world where politics and wizardry appear to have replaced the need for men of might and main, he must make his own mark. Trapped within the seemingly safe confines of Castle Cameron, Gram faces both love and tragedy. His choices will define not only himself, but serve to remind others of his family's legacy, and the reason only a fool threatens those a Thornbear protects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book

  • By S on 22-06-17

An excellent beginning

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Reviewed: 24-11-18

The author draws the outline of the picture he creates with words. The narrator fills in between the lines with rich colours and texture using his voice to give the skeleton a body.

  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took a chance on a new author and....

  • By Graham on 27-11-17

Great Trilogy

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-11-18

Fantastic, story with mote twists than a tangled rope. Expertly narrated by a master storyteller.

  • Tarah Woodblade

  • The Bowl of Souls Book 6
  • By: Trevor H. Cooley
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 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

Tarah Woodblade was the best guide and tracker in the land, but she ran away from the war. She returns to Dremaldria expecting to be labeled a coward, but finds herself lauded as a hero. It seems a hero is needed too, because someone is hunting rogue horses....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this author

  • By anthony on 25-04-16

The Story stands as the Characters advance.

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Reviewed: 14-08-18

A thoroughly good Setting. The Characters are gaining their strength and abilities, the story doesn't falter.

  • Protector of the Grove

  • The Bowl of Souls, Book 7
  • By: Trevor H. Cooley
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Jhonate's reprieve from her father has been cut short. She is forced to return home to Malaroo, bringing Justan along with her. The journey she has avoided for so long has become all the more difficult because someone wants Justan dead. The rogue horse Esmine, a mythical beast of remarkable power, has been captured by a troupe of dwarf smugglers. Tarah Woodblade must gather a group of warriors and rescue Esmine before she is sacrificed, her soul bound to make a weapon of mass destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an Installment

  • By Paul Maddison on 14-08-18

What an Installment

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Reviewed: 14-08-18

The Saga continues. As it progresses the Characters take on persona, the scenery becomes alive and the Plot THICKENS!!!

  • Wrath

  • The Faithful and Fallen, Book 4
  • By: John Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil, and three of the Seven Treasures are in his possession. And together with Calidus and his ally, Queen Rhin, Nathair will do anything to obtain the remaining Treasures. With all seven under his command, he can open a portal to the Otherworld. Then Asroth and his demon-horde will finally break into the Banished Lands and become flesh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen

  • By jackie Hammond on 28-12-16

Absolutely Stunning Climax.

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Reviewed: 05-07-18

The Final Book in this series, summed up the whole series. It had everything. Courage, valour, betrayal and love. A great series, a good ending.

  • Ruin

  • The Fallen and the Faithful, Book 3
  • By: John Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 28 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west, and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures. At his back stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to bring Asroth and his host of the Fallen into the world of flesh, but to do so they need the seven treasures. Nathair has been deceived, but now he knows the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo good

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-08-15

Awesome Continuation of a Fantastic Epic.

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Reviewed: 21-06-18

I have already purchased the Sequel, I am only forcing Myself to write this Commendation before continuing to be totally engulfed within this Saga.

  • A Shattered Empire

  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

In a battle of armies and sorcerers, empires will fall. After young Caldan's parents were slain, a group of monks raised the boy and initiated him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. But when the Mahruse Empire was attacked and the lives of his friends hung in the balance, he was forced to make a dangerous choice. Now, as two mighty empires face off in a deadly game of supremacy, potent sorcery and creatures from legend have been unleashed. To turn the tide of war and prevent annihilation, Caldan must learn to harness his fearsome and forbidden magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Shattered Empire Completes A Fine Whole

  • By Simon on 19-09-16

A Satisfying Conclusion

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Reviewed: 29-05-18

From the opening chapter of the first book to the final words of this, the final novel in the series, I have been captivated and transport through the many, trials, tribulations and successes of all of the main characters.
A REALLY GOOD READ.

  • The Ambassador's Mission

  • Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 1 - Building Well, Good Listen!!

  • By David on 12-01-12

Another Fascinating Novel

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Reviewed: 28-02-18

Though it stands as a story in its own right.
The Book extends this Magical Series.

  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More cinematic than the others

  • By cg on 29-12-17

Each a Tale of Bloody Carnage and Daring-do

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Reviewed: 18-02-18

Every tale tells a story and each story is just another page in the Books that are the Library's of the lives of Royce Melbourne and Hadrian Blackwater.

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