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The Hindering Ones

By: Mike Truk
Narrated by: Leo Barnabas
Series: Tsun-Tsun Tzimtzum, Book 2
Length: 30 hrs and 48 mins
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Summary

My name's Noah Kilmartin. I'm from Ruddock, Ohio, and I'm about 85% unqualified to save the universe from the slavering demonic hordes of the super evil bitch queen Lilith. 

But I haven't failed yet. 

Somehow I've passed the five trials, accumulated a team of powerful companions, and made it through the portal into Ghogiel. It feels like I've done so much already, but truth is, I'm just getting started. A whole universe lies before me, chock full of Lilith's followers and demons, and it's my job to not only find my way to her personal realm, but do so without losing my sanity, morality, or any of my companions. 

Wish me luck. I'm going to need it. 

Warning and minor spoilers: The Hindering Ones is an 18+ book intended for mature listeners. It contains graphic sex, medieval violence, and nudity.

©2019 Mike Truk (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • 20-06-19

Genre busting.

Is this a character-driven Epic fantasy novel?
Is this Erotic Fantasy?
Or is this progression fantasy in the vein of The Wheel of Time or Mistborn?

The answer is yes.
I was a massive fan of Five Trials.
It was a book I tried on a punt with relatively low expectations. It turned into one of the most pleasurable and surprising reading experiences of 2018.

So to say that I was 'looking forward to this book' would be a massive understatement.

In reality, I tempered my hype with my fears and experiences gleamed from books in this genre:
- An MC who never learns
- An MC who never fails
- Unexplained magic being integral to the plot, but remaining vague and unexplained
- Companions who become identikit, fawning puppies with zero motivations or conflicts.
- Flat or none existent character arcs for MC or companions
- Enemies and goals and worldbuilding that's generic, window dressing or just unoriginal.
- A book where the overall story fails to progress.

In every single aspect, The Hindering Ones obliterates my fears. It builds upon the solid foundation of Five trials, and races on ahead into an ever-expanding world of complex characters, obstacles and perils. Noah reacts, messes up, learns, and grows. From a pant-wetting accountant to a spell-slinging, sword-wielding super-mage. And with him, not only do his companions go through huge amounts of growth, secondary and tertiary characters have more character development than I've seen from MC's in most books in this genre.

Magic has a system. Its explained in a way that allows you to appreciate it's complexity but also lets to envision why an opponent might be as strong as they are, or how Noah could overcome them. This means that when the time comes to finally kick-butts, you get a supreme sense of satisfaction. This book is incredibly internally consistent, with its rules, logic, its sense of progression, and world building.

And then the story. It's uplifting, compelling, draining, wonderous and rewarding. It's a journey through a wasteland, it's a coming of age story, it's a learning one's self-story, it's a story about friendship and hidden enemies, about love and scars and loss and glory.
It's a LONG book. And you will feel exhausted after reading it... not because it's boring, but because for every minute that you read or listen to it, you will experience tension, a feeling of things sliding and progressively getting worse. However, although this isn't the end of the journey and plenty of things are left unresolved, by the time you reach the end of this book you will feel a sense of resolution, progress, and hope.

So if your looking for simple escapism, be warned. This is one hell of a ride!

Leo Barnabas was excellent in his narration, the diversity in voices, the emotion and personality injected into every sentence. Absolutely top work.

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All the Main Character does is whine...

Superb narration, great world building, (mostly) engaging characters & a pretty damn good story - what could possible spoil the book? The MC's constant whining internal monologues, constant whining at his companions & constant whining at other notable characters could and did. I listened to the first third of the book (10+ hrs) then gave up.

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  • bt831
  • 28-06-19

Compelling Sequel

The Hindering Ones continues, if not exceeds, the engaging and enjoyable The Five Trials. I find myself anxiously awaiting the third installment. Additionally, the growth and evolution of the MC and his companions is well done.

The narrator makes a solid effort but a female would be preferable due to the large female cast.

This was undoubtedly one of the best credits I’ve yet to spend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-19

First review after years of listening to Audible

I'm not writing my very first review after years of listening to SciFi/Urban Fantasy/LitRpg/Fantasy/Super Heroes series and novels because this was the best story, best written or even best voice acted. in fact the voice and style of the performer turned me off during the first few chapters of the first book.

I'm writing it now because after finishing the second in the series I find myself incredibly entertained and riveted. This series just stands out for me now. The world building, laws of magic and character development is just fascinating! Like some other reviewers I did find myself struggling with relationship between Noah and Briel - in fact I began to resent how much time was spent focusing on her. She is still my least favorite Companion but I have to admit that in the end I find her story more intriguing and the dynamic between her and Noah makes a lot more sense.

And that gets me to why I've grown to respect and even love this series and it's characters. EVERYTHING MAKES LOGICAL SENSE.. well maybe "logical' is a stretch but so far there are real sensible or at least believable reasons behind all the action, the choices and the struggles the characters fight through. Even the harem aspect of the story makes a lot more sense than similar titles. I appreciate that the women surrounding Noah are with him for s real reason... that there is no flimsy silly reason for 5 incredibly beautiful and deadly women to just randomly want to be with him. in fact all but one didn't even like or respect him much when they joined him (and his harem). And wow! 2 novels in and one companion hasn't even touched him! I really appreciate how the Companions are developing their own feelings and relationship with Noah at their own pace and for their own reasons. I especially like that Noah has to actually work for their respect, desire and perhaps even love.

And the sex. Wherever you land on the issue of graphic sex in novels I for one enjoy it....but only if it makes sense to be part of the story AND it doesn't feel like it was written by a horny 15 year old. I think the author did a great job actually! Each scene happened for a reason and added to the development and dynamic of the character relationships.

As for the performance? Now I'm a fan. He just does a wonderful job handling nuance, awkward moments, fear, rage, anger, loneliness.....and does an amazing job bringing all the characters to life. Some characters however had similar voices and tones which I found strange since the performers range with accents and tones was impressive!

Now everything isn't perfect with the series.

Noah seems to be insanely lucky and probably should have died several times already but I've grown to love the characters and the universe so much I actually can suspend disbelief and root for Noah and his companions and choose to believe that the Source (Divine Being) chooses to tilt things in their favor when it counts.

Also in this second installment the middle part seemed to drag on and on and on! And as I mentioned earlier way too much time spent on Briel.

TLDR; Great action, story, sex, characters and world building. Above all though it was a great story.

This isn't a perfect stor

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  • Stephan
  • 27-09-19

Forged in fire

I love how the author doesn’t pull his punches in putting noah through an emotional meat grinder. His flaws, mistakes and strengths have become one of my most favored heroes. He’s a true human and is trying his utmost best in an impossible situation. I can’t wait until the next book.

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  • DAR
  • 13-11-19

this as good as the first book

this one has more blind side to the store. I really liked it. I would tell my friends about this series.

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  • Unknown
  • 30-10-19

please release more

Thank you for giving us a great novel to listen to keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to seeing more novels written by you.

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  • Banecrow
  • 29-10-19

Amazing story

Once again this series does not disappoint. This series may have adult situations but it is not the primary focus. Great story, well written and the voice actor once again does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. An epic story is coming to life and I cannot wait till the next book comes out.

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  • Ryan
  • 16-10-19

wild twist in the end awesome book

naration needs a female voice for female characters, so as to make it more... feelable.

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  • Jeffrey Cessford
  • 15-10-19

Adds deeper lore

The performance was just as good if not better in most areas as well as the writing. I loved the use of Victor all the way through to the end. Not spoiling but the ending but it had me viewing the end scene as if it were a movie it was that good. Nice naughty and action scenes with good character development. There's more of a focus on Brielle and Imogen and less of a focus on Emma, Valeria, and Neveah. I hope focus is shifted to them in the future. Would recommend to anyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-10-19

as good as the first book if not better

Great follow up to the first book and leo really put a new spin on Noah as he grows into his role as the savior

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  • Anony mously
  • 06-10-19

just couldn't finish it.

tried several times but just simply couldn't finish it.
the five trials was enjoyable so figured continue on with the series.
make a mistake do you learn from it NO you turn around and do the same thing again.