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  • Journeymage

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 6
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 266

What does the most powerful wizard in the world do after the war? Despite the hordes of goblins still ready to ravage human lands, King Rard has signed a treaty with them, so Minalan is forbidden from taking advantage of their weak state. Most would take a well-deserved rest over the summer…but Minalan and his household are busy repaying a favor owed to the tribal Kasari for their help in the war, and the Spellmonger pays his debts. So Minalan spends his summer sneaking 2,000 Kasari children through enemy lines and some of the roughest territory in the Five Duchies toward salvation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Debbie Pol on 19-07-18

They get better and better

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

At last someone who uses his imagination to come up with some great surprises. The reading is good of course - John Lee is always good.

  • Knights Magi

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 4
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

When the Magelord Minalan, the Spellmonger's two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage...in theory. The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage...because no one had ever been one before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but needs editing.

  • By Johnny on 13-10-18

Good Listening

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

This is as are the other books a good romp. The only thing I keep thinking though is the reference to feudal society, surely that is just society, you would have to have experience of different societal structures to call it anything.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,823

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

storyline like Dr. Who without the Dr.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

if you want a fairly tame Dr. Who storey that does not involve a sonic screwdriver, but could have used one then this is the story for you.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super-Skippy-Just-Fantastic-Expeditionary-Force!

  • By Simon on 27-09-17

Alanson and Bray a great combination

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Damn and double damn, I do hope that the next book is out in double quick time. You cannot leave us and them hanging out in space like that.

  • Nightblade

  • By: Ryan Kirk
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

A quiet child, Moriko is forced into a monastic system she despises. Torn from her family and the forest she grew up in, she must fight to learn the skills she'll need to survive her tutelage under the realm's most dangerous assassin. Young, beautiful, and broke, Takako is sold to pay for her father's debts. Thrust into a world she doesn't understand and battles she didn't ask for, she must decide where her loyalties lie. When their lives crash together in a kingdom on the brink of war, the decisions they make will change both their lives and their kingdom forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • slow to start, but brilliant.got me in

  • By Leah on 09-11-16

meh - language problems.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not sure I would, the Japanese references are a bit grating and the language of the dialogue very stilted. The start of the book especially when dealing with what are supposed to be 5 years old is ridiculous. Note to Author, if the boy is 5 years old he should speak like a 5 year old and think like a 5 year old not like someone who looked up alternative words in their cheap online Thesaurus. Very grating - it is a bit better now that the characters are older. But motivations are not thought through properly. The only thing that is keeping me going is the Story line.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ryan Kirk? Why or why not?

Maybe the second book in the series. I will see if there is something better.

What didn’t you like about Andrew Tell’s performance?

Just because the book has Japanese references does not mean that you have to read everything in a stilted Japanese mob type manner. Also it might be better if Andrew could pronounce some of the words properly. Perhaps someone with a larger active vocabulary might have been better.

Do you think Nightblade needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It already has one.

Any additional comments?

I keep thinking I could do better than this. Arrogant perhaps, but indicative of the level this book is at. The story line is quite interesting, hence the perseverance, but when you ask your self repeatedly how this got the approval of the publisher whilst listening you know its not the best.

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent approach and cracking characters

  • By Mark Gifford on 20-07-15

Book let down by Narrator

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

Reviewed: 24-07-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend they read it - this reading of it is not the worst I have ever heard, but...

What did you like best about this story?

Story is good - do not want to give away too much.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Oliver Wyman?

Well anyone really, anyone who's English accent does not make Dick van Dykes cockney accent sound like a master piece of acting worthy of an Oscar. Really getting the "looost" when a simple "lost" would do...

Was A Crucible of Souls worth the listening time?

Yes, so far, it takes to get into each time so that I can ignore the terrible accent. Stick to what you know Wyman - and it is not an English accent.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

Takes a while but, then

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Would you listen to Columbus Day again? Why?

I would not because I never do. But it is a great book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

A Shiny beer can.

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think the book is well thought out, the characters are funny and engaging.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Shiny beer can

Any additional comments?

This is a great series, it takes a little while to get going and the third person takes a little to get used to. But when it gets going I loved it and needed to keep reading. The reader is great and unlike other american readers this one seems to pronounce all the words as you would expect them to pronounced. Oh and if you do not like dry whit and sarcasm, maybe this is not the series for you. But it genuinely made me laugh as I listened. That really has not happened before.

  • The Lost Fleet: Galactic Search

  • A Slaver Wars Novel, Book 1
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

The battle at the galactic center had been a great victory for the Federation and the Alliance but at a tremendous cost. The Battleship Avenger and her fleets had vanished being drawn into a great white vortex at the moment of victory. For over four years, the mystery of what happened to the Avenger has haunted the Federation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Please redo the audio. its terrible.

  • By Dune Drifter on 07-03-18

Read terribly

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

Reviewed: 26-06-17

Would you try another book written by Raymond L. Weil or narrated by Liam Owen?

Please make a note of the name Liam Owen and avoid any book narrated by him.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Fleet: Galactic Search?

I can not remember anything other than how irritating the narrator was.

Would you be willing to try another one of Liam Owen’s performances?

Never

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger that someone had messed up narration of a book so badly.

Any additional comments?

Is there a way to get a refund for something this bad? Will someone competent re-do this book? I noticed that the rest of the series is read by someone else.

  • The Exiled Earthborn

  • The Earthborn Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Paul Tassi
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In this thrilling second book of the Earthborn trilogy, Lucas and Asha have survived the decimation of Earth at the hands of the invading Xalans and seek safe haven with their enemy's true foes, the Sorans. They find a lush planet inhabited by a civilization far more advanced than their own, waging a seemingly endless war against a constantly evolving enemy. The Sorans call the pair of them the "Earthborn", and they're welcomed as heroes, almost as gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action and Adventure

  • By Louise Bishop1 on 14-01-18

Great simple story

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

Reviewed: 16-05-17

Great story. Nothing too taxing, but keeps you wanting to listen. I listen to books whilst on the way to work. The rest is, do I want to keep listening when I get to work? Yes for this one.

  • Kantovan Vault

  • Spiral Wars, Book 3
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

The UFS Phoenix is on a mission to find a lost data-core that may contain the secret to defeating the alo-deepynine alliance. But the means to find the data-core is hidden deep in tavalai space, in a highest-security vault where the tavalai's manipulative State Department keep all their most treacherous secrets. To recover it, Phoenix must pull off the most daring heist the Spiral has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We come in peace.... Shoot to kill, Shoot to kill

  • By UnwashedMonkey on 26-02-18

Very good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-17

A little more gritty than some although, not very. Good story though with some a bit of everything. more like a treasure island than anything else.