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Ancient Among Us

Battle for Forever, Book 2
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Series: Battle for Forever, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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Wil Wheaton returns to narrate volume two in the Battle for Forever series.

Alexander X and his friends have had stadiums collapse on them and ancient teachers follow them; they have driven cars through buildings and had entire streets blown up around them. They've been chased, beaten, drugged, and nearly sliced in two by falling sheets of glass. And that...was just on Saturday.

Now, they must do whatever it takes to escape Elam Khai and flee the country. As they search for answers and Alexander's father, they will meet new allies, be confronted by new foes, and uncover more details of the plot that would protect the future for the very few by destroying it for everyone else.

Humor, action, and history combine as Ancient Among Us propels us to the moment where everything changes.

Nothing about this will be simple or easy.

©2019 Edward Savio (P)2019 Babelfish Press

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  • Jay Goldstein
  • 31-07-2019

Okay, I Want To Live (Almost) Forever

love this series. I binged this book. I tend to like getting into how and why things happen, the details, and even in the fantastic parts of this book, it has the feeling of being well thought out and grounded in what we know. You're talking about people who are 100x as old as you and me, so it does take liberties, but it's fun even when it's not funny. Wil Wheaton is a fantastic fit. His voicing of the major characters is great. If you don't mind a touch of YA, this is a great book. I'm very curious to see where this series goes next. I'm still processing the ending.

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  • Jesse
  • 03-08-2019

I really like this series!

I’ve seen a couple reviews that talked about the history lessons in this book. Some have said that they don’t like that. Personally I do! The whole storyline of this series, because of these people living more or less forever, requires a history lesson. I’ve seen it written that in order to make a fictional story believable it must be based in fact and I agree with that statement.

I believe Edward has done an amazing job with character development and building relationships between the characters. Listening to this book makes me want to put myself in the characters place and imagine how I would think or feel. That is not always the case when I listen to audiobooks.

And what about Wil Wheaton?! He has done an absolutely awesome job on narrating this series! A bad narrator can ruin a good book. As well a good narrator can make a bad book better. But when you get a great narrator with a great book, such as this book, you get a truly exceptional experience!

I can’t wait for book 3!!!

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  • Schmeegle The Book Nerd
  • 31-07-2019

No Spoilers, but Wow!!

If you're reading this, you've probably listened to the first book in the series, Alexander X. This entry continues the action, has more really cool moments in history, and has the humor of the first. Vol. 2 also dives deeper into the characters and even gives us some new friends and foes. I heard Savio at Comic-Con talk about how he felt this was probably going to be the hardest book of the four to write because it's the second quarter of a football game. Knowing that going in, I was still surprised where we ended up at halftime. Wil Wheaton tops himself with his performance of the scenes between Phoebe and Alexander. Intimate moments are not what I normally think of when I think of him. No spoilers but it's going to be an annoying wait for the next book.

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  • raalynn
  • 10-08-2019

What?!?

Will Wheaton amazing as always, but the book was a bit rambling and ended confusingly.

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  • Ursula
  • 07-08-2019

adventurous

Cannot wait for the next installment. Loved the first two books! Wil Wheaton's narration excellent as usual.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2019

Fun and thrilling.

On a critical note, the main character's involvement in important historical moments and "chance encounters" with notable figures, is part of the story that, while interesting, is unbelievable even in context.

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  • Ken Wesley
  • 10-08-2019

Great narration and production, but no story arc

The dialogue, historical tie-ins, and set pieces are interesting and entertaining, especially as delivered in one of the best performances by one of the best narrators going (Wil Wheaton), but the first two books of “Battle for Forever” come off as installments of an adventurous and amusing travelogue to some vaguely outlined grandiose destination/climax that still remains an indeterminate distance in the offing at the close of the second book. Alexander’s journey is enjoyable, but it meanders constantly, and it would be easy to imagine at this pace that he will never actually meet his relatives for their date with destiny. All-in-all it’s fun and pleasant light entertainment.

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  • san
  • 03-08-2019

Ancient Among Us

I loved this book except for one thing, ( Spoiler Alert) losing a character that bought so much to the book. I can understand why it was done, well maybe. I believe the author could have transformed the lead character in another way without the loss of the other character. So much so, I don't know if I will continue the saga.

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  • David Todak
  • 10-08-2019

No book 3 on the horizon?

I enjoyed the first (only) two books in this series. The story is interesting, the writing good, and Will Wheaton excellent again. It came as a disappointment to see the first two volumes were written in 2013, and Google shows absolutely nothing about a book 3, especially given the cliffhanger ending of book 2.

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  • Cherie
  • 08-08-2019

The first book was better

I personally thought the first book was better. Love Wil Wheaton as always, he is amazing. I really felt like this story line went nowhere and the author had to kill off a character just to have a climax point, this book was just a jumping stone to get us to the next book where hopefully something happens.

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