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Empire of Storms Audiobook

Empire of Storms

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Publisher's Summary

Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas' epic fifth installment in the New York Times best-selling Throne of Glass series.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

©2016 Sarah J. Maas (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Alison 12/09/2016
    Alison 12/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Sweet torture!"

    Aaarrgh! The not wanting it to be over versus the wanting to know what happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lacee 11/09/2016
    Lacee 11/09/2016
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    "Amazing story teller"

    Sadly now I have to wait for the next one.

    I could stop listening. Loved it, love the series. I think I might have to start at the beginning again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 12/12/2016
    Jessica 12/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "did I accidentally download 50 shades of grey?"

    twists, turns and action as thrilling as the previous books but I found this one to be much too graphic at the intimate scenes. less is more. but with 4 romantic storylines on the go all in one book the cringeworthy depth of description was hard to avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonita 25/11/2016
    Bonita 25/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantasy/romance"

    Enjoyed the book as a continuation of the series. I think the romance was overdone though, and it feels out of place with the seriousness of the main plot. Like, your kingdom/lives are in danger but you're all coupling up? Also the narrator makes all the male voices sound the same. Will definitely be listening to the next one though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 17/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    loved it! the narrator does such an excellent with all the characters especially with Aelins sass haha

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Magnificent, heartbreaking, addictive"

    OMG Sarah please don't let us waiting for the next book. This book broke my heart and i am still crying. I have no words to say except that this is a masterpiece and Elizabeth Evans your narrative is excellent as always, you took me into a journey and felt every emotions, thank you xx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caleb Rostedt 18/10/2016
    Caleb Rostedt 18/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I cried when I realised..."

    A tad slow to start, but oh my wyrd, that ending. I'm in tears. I also loved that there was less swearing in this one. There's also a lot more sex, but they've been building up to it for the last four books, so not unexpected.. it's easily skipped if you're so inclined..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 25/09/2016
    Samantha 25/09/2016
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    "Waiting Patiently"

    Loved it
    Can't wait for the next book
    Patiently waiting
    Holding my breath for the next adventure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Dixon 19/09/2016
    Eva Dixon 19/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    brilliant, can't wait for the next one. going to start all over again. cried and cried.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Claudia H
    Philadelphia, PA
    13/09/16
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    "Emotional, Stressful and Wonderful"

    I've noticed trends in a lot of the YA scifi books that I've read, particularly those with a strong female lead, and this series follows all of them. It has the usual love stories, and the usual rise from the lower class, and a strong female protagonist - which to be clear, I always enjoy, AND, this book still managed to give you a plot line to love, even though you've kind of heard it all before. This particular book shows how much Aelin Galathynius has grown and how strong she truly is.

    This book was extremely sexual, more so than any of the books prior, and I would not recommend it for the 11-13 age group. There were many sex scenes and sexual conversation and situations, so I think parents should use their own judgement.

    I'm thrilled with this book, I wish I waited until the next book in the series was also released, because this is a doozy.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Jessie
    11/10/16
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    "Parts were Unnecessary"

    I appreciate how the author finally brought all the characters together and explained mysteries from her series. However I do not understand why she chose to be so sexually explicit with all of her characters. It didn't even seem to fit in certain places. She went from one overly lusty scene to the next, almost as if she got stuck and couldn't think of how to progress she story so she had all of her characters be fully and uncontrollably horny. It didn't make sense in context and seemed cheap and trashy. Besides her brief attempt at being an erotica writer, I liked this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Plaizier
    23/09/16
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    "Not my flavor."

    Most of this series is brilliant, the vibrant world, interesting characters, and struggle for hope are parts that have kept me enjoying this series. This book however added some things that I really didn't like, and think detracted from the overall story. I believe there are times and places where sex scenes can be appropriate but many of the scenes depicted in the book felt like cheap smut, placed there as fan service to keep people interested in the books. it could have been more enjoyable if left to the imagination and not depicted in such a graphic and vivid way. The only other main issue I had was a 30 minute torture scene. It was placed to cause tension and build anticipation, but lasted far too long. The way it was handled caused me to loose all interest in the book or the outcome of the series.

    The series as a whole is a good one, and one that have enjoyed. I would, however, not recommend this particular book to others. It just isn't my flavor.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • chamillion20
    15/09/16
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    "NOT for 11-14 year olds."
    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If this book were a movie I would not go see it with the age group that it is recommended for. There are multiple detailed sex scenes that distracted from the overall adventure of the story. I would advise that this age group have a responsible adult give them "the talk" before these kids venture into this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than that though... Sarah J. Mass pulled in another great adventure to add to the series. She is growing in her ability to pull everything together and make her characters into well rounded, fully developed people that also grow along side the developing story.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    19/10/16
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    "Worst installment in this series"

    I've mostly enjoyed this series so far. But this is the first time I've found myself pressing the fast forward button. The author just spends way too much time describing sex. I mean, this is not a romance novel, right? But it seems like she wanted to make it one. Some good story development does happen in the book--actually a lot does get explained--but the story, in my opinion, could have been a lot better if someone had cut the sex scenes down to one-tenth their lengths. At this point, I would not bother reading the next book if it is like this one. This one was just too disappointing, as I felt I just could not enjoy it.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    7/09/16
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    "Not the last book"

    Another great read, fast paced, I think they only sleep for about 2 hours in this one. Good tension, more questions answered, and leaves us on a cliffhanger !!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kara
    Minnesota
    9/12/16
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    "Not a YA book"

    This book was GREAT.... not a YA book At all. Please do no let your Teenager read this. I do think that all YA books should be geared towards 18+ not 11-13 year olds

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Smith
    13/11/16
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    "Does not belong in the young adult section"

    Unfortunately I had to give this story one star. The romance between several of the couples is too intense and graphic and erotic. She is alienating her core group of fans!

    We have loved this series and this author. She has fantastic characters and plot. However, this will be the last book of the series that we will read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spencer Scoville
    13/11/16
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    "Not suitable for teens & maybe some adults"
    What would have made Empire of Storms better?

    If the romantic scenes left something to the imagination! WAY too graphic!!!!! I read children's & YA books for a reason, because I don't want to hear about all the graphic sex scenes. Also, there was way too much cursing for my taste. To me, it just takes away from the story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sarah J. Maas before, how does this one compare?

    I like the story. It's fun & exciting, just like the previous ones. But I just don't like how, with each book, the more graphic the romantic scenes get.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm not a fan of the voice actress. The characters all sound the same. I like there to be distinct differences for each character, so you know who's talking without having to go back to figure it out.


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

    A little disappointed, because I thought this was the last book in the series?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca F
    29/09/16
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    "Loved it but not for kids"

    The series continues to be exciting, but there are a few sex scenes so parents be aware. also there is more swearing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Gerrard
    23/12/16
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    "Very enjoyable but occasionally annoying"

    I have really enjoyed the series so far and the story lines have developed and come together beautifully. However, the regular repetition of words, such as "up, up, up" and "down, down, down" etc are very, very, very annoying, occurring so often that it results in expletives being shouted at my phone! It is very childish, gives a amateurish feel to the writing and really is unnecessary. Other than that, brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • F
    UK
    2/11/16
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    "gripped to the very last word"

    fantastic as always! sad to have to wait for the next one to find out

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Northern Ireland
    21/10/16
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    "Is this the end???"

    A long, tantalising, saga appears to come to an end, but every fan will want to know, "Is this the end"?

    The author has left the door open. I hope she walks through it once more.

    Complex plot that connects superbly throughout all the books in the series. Then comes to an unexpected but well planned climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel
    20/10/16
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    "Excellent!"

    What am I going to do now! Thank god Nalini Singhs new book is out or I would have absoluately nothing to read. This book was truly gripping, lots of twists and turns. Cannot wait for book 6.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tara
    19/10/16
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    "damn Sarah j mass"

    back at it again with the baller women, dazzalingly hot men, and heartbreaking cliffhangers.

    I really enjoyed this audiobook!

    the performance was great and I can't wait for the next book in the series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    9/10/16
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    "What an end of book twist"

    Well I knew is was going to be difficult but how difficult I never imagined you think this book is sewn up then right at the end BAM. Here's waiting for book 6!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • snullerfluffer
    9/10/16
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    "lovede it"

    I cannot wait for the next and purhaps last book in the series. it was fantastic to hear. difficult to put away for the night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/10/16
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    "Great story, even better narrator"

    These books are great, but I'm sure you're aware of that if you've got to this point. What I really wanted to mention is the voice actor for this series is phenomenal. She captures the tone, essence, and voices of the characters and story. I've not come across a better narrator than this one here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • wendy
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    27/09/16
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    "Amazing Series but this is the outstanding"

    I was blown away my this book. It took me on a journey that I did not want to end... But I needed to know how it ended. I can not wait for the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • barry
    23/09/16
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    "Gripping"

    loved this book from start to finish. the story is completely compelling, I was hooked. With a superb and flawless performance. I can't wait for the final book in the series to be released next year, for now, I will just have to listen to this book again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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