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  • Lusam

  • The Dragon Mage Wars, Books 1-2
  • By: Dean Cadman
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic and discovered, quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before: the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others. Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling listening!!

  • By craig on 13-03-17

Couldn't get past two hours

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

While the premise of the story and background of lucam seems interesting nothing else does. he has magical abilities that he can apparently do anything with.
He doesn't know any spells, so the author gives him a magical brain download.
Two preteen meet before the girl murders someone else in cold blood, they fall in love within 2 chapters.

also the narrator seems to think that making every single character sound gentile and polite makes sense. when the two main characters are meant to be orphaned street kids. a cliche which while overused can at least lead to interesting stories. this one does not.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Opening Moves

  • The Gam3, Book 1
  • By: Cosimo Yap
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game. A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. Alan can't wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe. Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By JONAH8208 on 25-02-17

great scifi

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

Reviewed: 21-03-17

great story hope the author gets the support to continue the story. good scifi writing which is a different take than most litres which tend toward being in a fantasy world.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • First Lord's Fury

  • The Codex Alera: Book Six
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 229

The aging First Lord of Alera has fallen in battle. Yet his people must continue to resist an invading inhuman army. Desperate Alerans even pledge fealty to the Vord Queen to survive, turning the incredible power of Aleran furies back on their own people. And despite all efforts, the Alerans are being ground into dust and pushed to the farthest reaches of their own realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outcome inevitable, but route interesting

  • By Robyn on 26-04-17

loved it pure and simple.

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

Excellent plot progression. all the character viewpoints worked really well. unlike the rest of the books where some of the characters that while I liked could be quite tiresome. here they worked well. very good butchering in here as well with plenty of chaos that turns into pure bliss.

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book One
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun

  • By Robyn on 08-06-16

just not as good as anything else butcher written

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

struggled through the first ten hours but couldn't finish it. The narrator is good but the characters, magic system and everything else in the book are below par. The whole cat thing is useless with the only interesting characters being the "battleborn". the plot tries to be grandiose but the main characters don't fit in with the summary. academy students not even through their first term. a disgraced pirate captain and two people driven mad by their "magic" even by butchers standards of turning chaos into amazing battles and character development just doesn't happen. All in all seriously disappointing. much worse than any dresden books or any odlf the codex alera books.

  • The Inquisition

  • Summoner, Book 2
  • By: Taran Matharu
  • Narrated by: Dominic Thorburn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

More demons, epic battles and fights to the death: introducing the unmissable next instalment in the Summoner Trilogy.... On trial for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must face the Inquisition, who will decide his future. The process is grueling, led by those who will do anything to see him suffer and haunted by ghosts from the past with clues to Fletcher's tragic origins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • arghhh now to wait till the next book

  • By JM bushby on 17-05-16

solid audio book from a new author

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

awkward pauses at the end of chapters and some repeating speech are annoying but do not diminish a very good read if at times predictable.

  • 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 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

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

Good story. Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 30-10-16

The main character sounds like a dullard. With the rest of the characters having 4 maybe 5 different voices to separate them. with such a large character Base this isn't really good enough. the story itself was the only reason I could finish though it had become fairly predictable by the mid point of the second book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful