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  • War God's Mantle: Ascension

  • The War God Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Hunter, Aaron Crash
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

When Marine Corps pilot Jacob Merely crashes during a routine mission off the coast of Cyprus, he was sure it was game over. After surviving the crash and pulling himself onto the sandy shores of a long-abandoned island, however, Jacob unwittingly stumbles headfirst into the ancient ruins of a dead city. Unfortunately, he also stumbles into an age-old battle between good and evil - and he is now its newest recruit. The island once belonged to the Amazons, but Jacob’s arrival has awakened the old gods and disturbed the seal holding the ravaging darkness at bay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oops this is a LitRPG

  • By JaniceO on 27-10-2018

Oops this is a LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 27-10-2018

It's a great title, cool cover art and a neat concept, modern day fighter pilot crashes through a mystical barrier smack dab into an aeons long war with the central figure a now deceased God of War Ares, a bunch of Amazons and the bad evil hell spawn bent on over running and destroying mankind's last bastion of defence from sinking into a dark, short future.

The writing is not bad, the performance by Amen Taylor pretty good but I've never been into role playing games and the constant references to levelling up, gathering energy, power, etc to allow our hero to become the war god himself, and rebuild Ares' fortress to protect the ultimate weapon against the darkness is not m cup of tea.

I did finish the book because I rather liked the characters and wanted to see how they fared. If you are into RPG and like fiction written about them this is probably a series you will enjoy.

  • Lord of Shadows

  • The Dark Artifices, Book 2 (A Shadowhunter Novel)
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ****Heart Breaking****

  • By IMEE B on 29-09-2017

Young teen

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

Reviewed: 28-01-2018

A new range of young teen & pre teen characters characters an interesting story bogged down in the never ending cycle of young Love. Only finished it because I love James Marsters reading.

  • Ghost Story

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Jim getting better?

  • By Brett on 21-07-2018

Worth the Wait

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2016

I've read all the books in this series including the on that follows this one. I had to wait until it was redone with the original narrator, James Marsters. I'm rather astounded that producers of audio books do not realise the importance of a narrator and that when they replace one mid series, they what they are doing is the equivalent of a replacing the entire cast in a TV show.
I am pleased that I got to listen to this one as I found the story line well written from a rather unique viewpoint. It's still Harry. He still gets into a heap of trouble and is saved by luck and friends as well as his skills but with the twist of having to operate under the laws of being a ghost.
As always the reader turns the book into a play and we hear our familiar characters come to life again.

  • Satan's Sword

  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Samantha Martin is an imp, bound by an angel who allows her to live among the humans...as long as she follows his rules. It's never easy for an imp to follow the rules, especially now that Sam's brother, Dar, has found himself in hot water. He needs her help to retrieve an artifact from the vampires, or the powerful demon he owes a favor to will enslave and torture him for centuries. It should be a simple courier job, but with demons nothing is simple.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Took a bit to get into this one

  • By JaniceO on 23-02-2016

Took a bit to get into this one

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2016

I thought this book began a little wobbly and repetitive and I almost abandoned it. However, there is a storyline here that one wants to follow and the reader has an enjoyable style.

Once I was into the story I began to feel my interest rise. On to the next in the series.

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  • Sterling

  • Mageri, Book 1
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. She survived, saved by a stranger who witnessed her undergo a physical transformation. That's not the only thing that's different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body. Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she is a Mage - an immortal made of light, not magic. She must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Claudia on 01-05-2015

Story line a little uneven

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2016

I wanted to like this but found the story at times trite and rehashed from stories I've read before. Not a fan of societal condoned brutality and it was not particularly well written in this instance. Perhaps the storyline improves through the series but not enough here to tempt me further.

  • A Demon Bound

  • Imp, Book 1
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight. But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs better narrator

  • By Drax17 on 15-06-2017

Unique voice for a different story

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2016

An enjoyable plot with an imp as the heroine? Different and well written. The major character demonstrates the desire for the wrong behaviour but has allowed her nature to be harnessed to remain living on Earth.
The reader has a voice that is very well suited to the character and is reasonably good at differentiating her characters.
The writing is and plot line is quite good.

  • Black Arts

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 7
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kristine reads very well

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-12-2015

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 26-09-2015

Love the writing and the continued character development. We meet another worthy baddy in this book and find out a little more about Leo's binding on Jane. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  • City of Bones

  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I did not realise you adult meant young teen..

  • By JaniceO on 29-07-2014

I did not realise you adult meant young teen..

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

Reviewed: 29-07-2014

I really should have read the intro better. An interesting story line using a great deal from many other books of this genre and even a plot twist from Star Wars. The writing is young, much younger than say the Harry Potter Novels. I can see why it would appeal to younger readers. The threads of teenage angst, romance and rebellion are the plot with the supernatural thrown in to bind it all together.

There is evidence of research in the making of this world and this, being the first in a series, I assume that the writing will develop. The plot is a little involved with some nice charachter study though not overly developed in this intro the world. There is mystery, magic, monsters, treachery and a few as yet unexplained developments.

The reader was very suited to the story line, sounding suitably young and handling the narrative well with few errors and a nice flow. Her charachter voices were reasonably good, especially for the girls and her voice pleasant to listen to.

The main charachter is 15 years old and her supporting cast around the same age. I probably would not have purchased this book if I'd known that. It is part of a series that continues the story into the next book.

Overall, it's a little young and raw for me. I shall fulfill my fantasy/supernatural addiction elsewhere.

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