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  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By jennifer on 02-02-2018

Colour by Numbers

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2019

Ascendant starts off with the typical trope of a boy with undiscovered powers which just so happen to be the key to the worlds survival. It's narrator does a good job but the book itself just keeps hitting the same beats that have been done elsewhere and done much better.

It introduces some interesting background but never really expands on it and has it just drop away.

  • Transcendent

  • Ascendant, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard. Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What. Leaves you wanting more.

  • By Anonymous User on 10-01-2018

Mostly Padding

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2019

I went into the book with a little scepticism since the first book was very by the numbers in what it was doing, Transcendent though sort of just decides to change most of the more 2D characters around and their motivations and personality just changes. I tried to like the book and hoped that it would actually get somewhere but what takes a third or even half of another book is instead pushed out to a full book and only at the end do they decide to get the ball rolling again when it comes to progression.

The book also does something which if my eyes had rolled any harder would have knocked me unconscious. They defeat an army, they then defeat another one then guess what. There is a third army which is suppose to dwarf the previous one that they defeated.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well: He found a quaint little shop, he befriended the local lord, the village folk loved him, he found a sharp young apprentice to help out, and, best yet, he met a comely young widow with the prettiest eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and steady with a climactic ending

  • By Leilani Coetzee on 04-07-2017

Don't judge it by it's beginning

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

Reviewed: 18-06-2018

Starting off the audiobook I was not sold at all on the guy reading the story, it seemed like he wasn't sure what he wanted to do with the book and slipped between voices fairly regularly or just flat out forgot he had specific voices for characters.

As the book went on though he seemed to get more into the groove and settled into it, he still slipped between voices but it was in the more emotional heavy places so it wasn't as noticeable.

Other than that I have no major complaints, the story is par for the course with a few interesting bit's of lore scattered about but since it's the first in a series you should find things out as the main character does.

  • Harley Merlin 2: Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Harley Merlin has a lot of unanswered questions in her life. What drove her father to kill her mother? How can she know the true extent of her magical abilities? Has Wade Crowley always been this annoying? After the violent gargoyle incident that left many dead, Harley fears what other evil tricks her psychotic aunt has up her sleeve. When she discovers that magical foster kids like herself are in danger, she knows she must do whatever it takes to protect them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Brought this book, but the audio is another story entirely.

  • By Megan Rees3 on 14-03-2019

Overall A Solid Listen

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

Reviewed: 31-01-2018

Overall the book is what you really expect going in from a YA book, the performance by the voice over makes listening to it an enjoyable experience. It set's things up for what seems to be turning into a fairly long series for something in this format.