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Great Story Telling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-2020

I thoroughly enjoy Terry Brook's novels. Simon Vance is an excellent narrator. I wish all of Terry Brook's novels were available on audiobook. If the author and publishers are reading this - put all the novels onto unabridged audiobooks. Most people these days prefer an audiobook experience. I listen to audiobooks while doing my tasks and when I can sit down combine the audio and reading experience usually with a hard back copy of the novel. All the other well known fantasy authors like Feist, Hobbs, Jordan, Modesitt, Sanderson etc have all their novels on audiobooks. Terry Brook's and the publishers do something about it.

Beautifully Crafted Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-2019

This is a beautifully crafted fantasy adventure with interesting well developed characters and story themes. The author doesn't rely on excessive violence but weaves an exciting fantasy adventure without constructing extravagant spiritual worlds. Robert Jordan is a true successor of Tolkein.

Some Good Storylines but Distorted Themes

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-2019

The Audible Narration was good except for Zed's voice which was over done. There were some interesting story lines but the critics are right in that the author thrives on sadomasochitic scenes described in excruciating detail and perverted sex scenes. The political, philosophical, spiritual and moral themes are highly distorted. Basically the author is aligning with a perverted form of rationalism which blends religious spiritual values with communism, with an added distortion of Capitalist values. The fantasy reeks with Gnosticism, Dualism, inquisitional tendencies which help to create an amalgamation that produces a highly distorted rationalistic solution. The statues reflect the authors individualistic attitude which are portrayed in an age of so called enlightenment. Michael Angelo and the rationalism of the Renaissance. The authors big hero being the scientific age of reason. Thank goodness it is just science fiction. I wouldn't be surprised he is an atheist or at least a confused agnostic who dabbles in new age fantasy.

Great Story and Narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-2019

It is not the story one can listen to with headphones while shopping in the Supermarket. I found that I needed the glossary and list of characters at hand for ready reference. I like to listen while I am active and read a hardcopy when I can. There seemed to be new sets of characters of types regularly cropping up. Sometimes the book was hard work but rewarding in the long-run. Good for intellectual types who like a challenge. The complex nature of the book probably stems from the authors academic background. I read the book in four days which helped my momentum. The narrator is excellent.

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Brilliant Story Line With Great Action

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-2019

Terry keeps the action and suspense alive in his brilliant storytelling giving full credit to male and female characters.

Great Narration but Stale Story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-2019

Scott Brick is an outstanding narrator, though I enjoyed his narration of Terry Brooks much better, maybe because he is a better writer. Clive Cussler's style and delivery is increasingly becoming stale and boring.

Brilliant Story Telling, Delightful in every way

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-2019

Terry Brooks and Scott Brick deliver a brilliant fantasy adventure with delightful characters and narration.

A very moving and enthralling story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-2019

A beautifully crafted story with all the suspense, mystery, action, character development, potent symbolism and grandeur that oozes with Tolkien at his best. I enjoyed the story more the any of Raymond Feist's books which depend heavily upon dualism, sex, sexism and violence. Each fantasy writer has their own brand blend of fantasy and adventure. Terry Brooks does excellently with his female heroes without any hint of sexism. A writer for the young and old. Very well narrated. I combined reading Omnibus alternating with the Audible.

Some Technical Difficulties

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-2019

The Audible on the Samsung ipad showed no chapters or time; the indicator just stayed at the beginning. My Samsung andriod iPhone acted normally showing chapters etc. The two devices synchronized really well even though the ipad had no indicators. This problem seems to affect at least the Dark War Saga series. The Chaoswar Saga seems to be okay.

Engrossing Fantasy Adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-2019

I was impressed by praise given by several well known authors on the back of the hard to get hardcover by Delray publishers which I borrowed from the library. I liked Katey Sobey's narration though the males sounded strict and severe at times. At first the story seemed a bit girlish and I doubted my choice. I continued reading the hardcover and Listening to Katie on audible and gradually became engrossed in the in the story as it developed into a great fantasy adventure with a bit of everything intertwined into its intricate enchantment. I plan to read and listen to more books by Naomi Novik like Spinning Silver and the Temeraire series.