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  • Wayward Soldiers

  • The Tyrus Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Joshua P. Simon
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

A father. A mentor. A leader. Still, a soldier. Tyrus expected his world to change once the Geneshan War ended. He expected it to change more once he finally reunited with his family. He did not foresee that the biggest upheaval to his world would be caused by Turine sorcerers tampering with an ancient Geneshan artifact in the capital city of Hol. The land stands devastated and covered in a haze. Sorcerers are unable to use their power. The king and capital are likely destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular writing and narration.

  • By Mr on 12-01-19

Spectacular writing and narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

I am very confused that I had not come across this author nor that his books had not shown up in my recommended lists. Frankly this is some of the best fantasy I have come across in my time with audible and I have hundreds and hundreds of books in my library.

First some people have an issue with Steven Brand as a narrator. He is dispassionate and can be accused of being deadpan. I have the opposite view and was really disappointed when he was removed as the narrator from the second Anthony Ryan series. I believe Steven Brand like Steven Pacey improves books.His no nonsense approach with great accents and character differentiation is marvellous. I actually found this series by looking at books narrated by Steven Brand.

The books fit nicely into the new Grimdark genre. Some real tear jerker moments and plenty of bad characters and strong decisions by the protagonist.

Magic is a light touch and not a main feature of the books which I prefer, similar I suppose in a way to Joe Abercrombie though Joe injects a lot of humour into his books which is absent here.

I normally like longer books for the perceived value for money but I am buying all of these without hesitation and getting through one a day. In most books I find certain elements that I do not like and have to get past. This series is one of few in which I would change nothing.

Not finished the series yet but at the moment I am putting Joshua P Simon in my top 5 authors.Sterling work and addictive as anything.

  • Forgotten Soldiers

  • The Tyrus Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Joshua P. Simon
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The Turine army is on the brink of victory against the Geneshans. Sergeant Tyrus and his unit are tasked to steal an artifact from the enemy that some believe has the power to destroy the world. Taking such power from the Geneshans would end the decade long war. Upon their success, Tyrus' unit is among the first wave of soldiers discharged from the army. War has robbed him of time with his wife and children, but now the life he has dreamed of every day for the last 10 years is just a long journey away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Mr on 10-01-19

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

I’ve always liked Steven brand following the Anthony Ryan books. This book is fantastic. Plenty of action and drama. Some real tear jerker moments too. Was not sure what to expect looking at the reviews, but am so glad I went for this. Top quality writing.

  • Commune: Book Three

  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the other two books

  • By Anonymous User on 03-12-18

First two were great, this one meandered.

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

I’m slightly frustrated by this episode. I might not have been had I not listened to the author’s introduction. He refered to this as the story of Jake and alologised for needing to push the story into a fourth book.

The idea that this is the story of Jake is bizarre. In fact until the last 10% of the book he plays almost no part whatsoever. What we get is odd encapsulated stories of the survivors. Some of which are dull. The Elizabeth stuff is simply not interesting. Actually let me change that, it might be interesting with less detail.

The other issue is needing to push this into a fourth book? Why?? Very little happened in this book. The last two were pretty much non stop action with some decent thought provoking elements within. This book felt like hours of being lectured. Personally I don’t need a chapter to describe the end of the world bbq being made nor Lum making up with Samantha. It felt like filler to me. Being honest it felt like someone wanting to spread the story into another book.

Now in the interests of fairness, I love this series. I’ve been buying other audiobooks but secretly using them to try and mitigate the boredom while I wait for the next instalment of this series. This is probably the best post apocalyptic story I have read unlike dreadful miserable bores like Cormack McCarthy.

As many great authors manage, the last two chapters were great. I’m unsurprisingly now desperate for the next instalment. All I request is a return to the first two books in terms of quality and excitement. Not the third.

All moaning aside, thank you Joshua Gayou, I love your characters and plots.

  • Planetside

  • By: Michael Mammay
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big - and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated - but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Distinguished Butler!

  • By Simon on 01-08-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Three stars is low but for me didn’t get four stars. Plenty of interesting ideas but a large part of the book is pedestrian and uneventful.

The end is certainly a real shift up a gear with great ideas but I think overall I was left feeling a bit disappointed.

For me it tried to be both a crime thriller and a sci fi book. But neither trope was that well realised.

Bray was excellent as always though I’m beginning to realise he suits certain book types more than others.

  • Proxima

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story, odd accent

  • By Gadget on 24-01-15

Fantastic sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Took me a while to get into. Narration was slow and some characters were just irritating. But as the story progresses it turns into a fascinating book. The sadness that surrounded Yuri for me was profound and CallU and Earthshine were really great elements.

The scope of the book is enormous with so many unique ideas.

I did find some frustrations with character interaction. Those became more obvious is Ultima but I don’t think they detract from the story too much.

It has the scale of Hyperion but for me was much more approachable.

  • Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 764

Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly dark story, fantastic narration

  • By David on 10-09-12

Not for the faint hearted

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I’ve listened to this series and the others a couple of times. The broken empire series is pretty rough listening and jorge’s behaviour may put some people off the book.

It’s not fun that’s for sure.

However the unique ideas are fantastic and the gradual understanding of what went before makes the series fascinating. While I don’t think the grim elements were entirely necessary the series as a whole makes it much more understandable.

In contrast to Abercrombie who seems satisfied to have his characters portrayed with shades of grey from the outset, mark Lawrence seems to prefer the listener to make a judgement call at the outset and then revise during the progression of the story.

I don’t love all of the ideas and it seems those areas I didn’t like the narration much so perhaps the combination was the issue.

In any event of grimdark fantasy is for you then don’t miss this series or author.

  • The Spear of Stars

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 5
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

The White Lich has conquered Tanar Atain. Soon, he means to take the entire world. Dante suspects his next target will be Bressel, where the Tanarians have established their court in exile. The only chance to stop the lich will be to forge a fragile alliance between the bitter enemies of three different lands: Tanar Atain, Mallon, and Narashtovik. The city stands on the brink of rebellion. Yet even if Dante, Blays, and Gladdic can unite it, they still might not have the strength to stand against the army of the lich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 halves of a book

  • By Anonymous User on 20-10-18

Still a guilty pleasure

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I’ve really enjoyed the books by Robertson. To be fair the storyline’s are becoming somewhat predictable as is the humour. I can almost state Blays lines before he does.

The white lich is becoming a bit of a flogged dead horse as an enemy and sadly that is killing off my interest. Much the same as the previous series.

That said it’s still good fun, Tim is a great narrator and there seems so little new content on audible at the moment that I’ll keep going.

  • Croma Venture

  • The Spiral Wars, Book 5
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Upon the ancient drysine moon/city of Defiance, the UFS Phoenix is being rebuilt, but her crew cannot do so in peace. Parren factions jostle for control of not only Defiance, but of the drysine data-core that Phoenix won at such an awful price. But the parren do not lay sole claim to that ancient knowledge, and within the bowels of the machine-city, something long-dead is awakening. While aliens battle, Captain Debogande struggles to decide his next step. Human emissaries beckon him home, while a terrible new threat drives him toward the far edge of Spiral space. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • too political

  • By david on 16-11-18

A bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I’ve really enjoyed this series but this episode felt too long legged.

I can’t quite understand the fascination with the Parren (sorry audiobook I’ll get most names wrong) the whole story arc of Lizbeth hanging around like some kind of groupie seems nonsensical.

The entire book talks about the fantastic tech the Phoenix now enjoys but it only gets used in the final part and proves not a great success.

The drysine queen, debogande, thakur and hiro have all become rather two dimensional.

I’ll keep going as I think the series is worth it but for me inspiration and innovation are lacking now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race is trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible - assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story - highly recommended

  • By TomzMullen on 18-12-18

Slightly juvenile but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

For me this reads as young adult sci fi. Was enjoyable and almost had the feel of ready player one but lacking the fan fiction cheese.

Really enjoyed the narrator after Sanderson has been so reliant on his go to pals in the past.

The plot is interesting and does not follow the usual plot of the protagonist possessing powers that make them untouchable (though towards the end I can see that trope coming back)

Overall not a bad book.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Child of a Mad God

  • The Coven, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

From R. A. Salvatore, the legendary creator of Drizzt Do'Urden, comes the start of a brand new epic journey. When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home. The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe's coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have been waiting for this

  • By Pedro on 22-02-18

I managed about 10 minutes. Dreadful.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I am an avid audible customer. I have hundreds of titles but the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section is becoming a little sparse. I picked this one up based mainly on the narrator being Tim Gerard Reynolds who is normally great fun as well as the reviews.

Suffice it to say this is no cycle of Arawn. The narrator has decided to try and use a new voice. It is weird and dull. The initial introduction to the book is amongst the most dull introductions I have come across.

I managed to listen to about 20 minutes. I am in awe of the other people who wrote positive reviews.

Not for me, I will be returning it.