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Publisher's Summary

The fourth book in the best-selling The World Walker series.

Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

Maybe Seb Varden is in a good position to find out. Depending on your point of view, he has either spent a few days, six months, or 17 years playing a potentially deadly game.

At stake: the freedom of the alien who saved his life, the future of all intelligent species in the universe, and his sanity.

Not only does Seb not fully understand the rules, but it's just possible the game itself is rigged.

So, business as usual then.

©2017 Ian Sainsbury (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Kalin Blaskoff
  • 21-02-2018

Great series, great book.

I've read all 4 books and I'm writing one review for them all with the hope to help you decide if it is worth listening them. My first impression is that it sound a lot like a tale (fairy tale if you wish). It is not such, but it does sound like one. It grabs you from the beginning, very original start. You might experience memories from your childhood while listening this book (the whole series actually), which was a great feeling for me and hopefully for you too. The author makes a wonderful job extending the story in a way that you don't get bored by useless character building. The character building happens while the story develops - the author takes a short chapters to show you something in the past and that's how it happens. Most of the times those short chapters in the past are accompanied with nice story, so even that is not boring.

The narrator - super, amazing job... I'm simply speech less. I can't imagine anyone better for this job. I'm big fan of R.C. Bray, but I think even he can't make that good narration of the book. I'd say he is half of the pleasure you get while listening the book. The main reason - he reads the book as a story-tale.

As for the story - you might think it is a sci-fi, then a fantasy.. then a mixture.. and the truth could be somewhere in between.. who knows :) But it is an original story and it is entertaining.

Now about each book:

The World Walker - 9 out of 10 - great beginning of the series.
The Unmaking Engine - 10 out of 10 - simply amazing, probably the best book of them all.
The Seventeenth Year - 7 out of 10 - now that's a problem. If you are pretty young, you will probably give it 10/10, but I'm nearly 40 and it did sound a lot like teenage action. Also too much love. Basically I think this was the weakest book of them all, but still interesting enough. You better don't skip it or you will regret :)
The Unnamed Way - 9 out of 10 - back in business again! All goodies are back again.. there's again a bit more love/romance then needed and a little flat end, but the end is just 1-2 chapters, while all the rest was very entertaining. The story prior the end was very interesting and the end itself was expected and nothing spectacular.

The author has a great potential. I see these are his first books. He has a great writing skills, very captivate style. I just wish he does a bit less distraction.. lets say 10-20% less would make his books even more interesting. But even with this I definitely put this author is my personal top 3 and I'm very keen on reading/listening more books by Ian W. Sainsbury !

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  • ABG
  • 27-12-2017

Excellent series...

Wonderful series. Extremely enjoyable. I look forward to reading more books by the author. Narration and narrator was well done also. I will also look for more audible books narrated by Todd Boyce.

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  • Mark Regan
  • 23-12-2017

satisfying end to an enjoyable series

The narration was markedly improved this time around, with none of the odd pronunciation that plagued the other books in the series.

The ending was creative as well, I won't spoil for you but if you've ever read a sci-fi book you can probably predict it yourself, there's really only one way for it to end.

If you've read the other books, invest the credit. Its worth it.

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  • Thanh
  • 03-11-2017

An awesome finish to an amazing series.

Although it's the final book in the series, but Mr IWS left alot of open ended plot for more. Love it and wanting more, I miss all the characters already.

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  • frank
  • 02-10-2017

Very good

Alas it ends. Brilliant performance from the narrator. it left very many unanswered questions but it was ok.

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  • Charles J Saba
  • 25-09-2017

Highly disappointed

What disappointed you about The Unnamed Way?

This was ninety percent a boring tangent from the true storyline bookended with something attempting to make it part of the series.

Any additional comments?

If Sainsbury wanted to write a complexly different book, he should have.

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  • Catalina OC
  • 06-09-2017

Great Finish to the Series

Ian seriously needs to just keep writing. We finally get to find out what happened to Seb while he was gone for 17 years. It's quiet exciting and hard to stop listening. The ending did lack some excitement, but it ended well enough that I wanted to cry when I heard,"The End" . It's over, but what romantic way to end Seb's, Me, & Joanie's story. I'm hoping there'll be spin offs. Looking forward to seeing Ian next book, World Walker related or not.

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  • Kurt
  • 06-09-2017

Great story! The narrator is pretty solid, but...

Awesome conclusion to the books!

The narrator is great, as usual, but, be warned that he has a bit of a sibilant fricative, which can be harsh at times, until you get used to it (only a few chapters, tops)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-09-2017

extremely well thought out universe

great series AWESOME narrator outstanding characters all around worth buying have to say did not want series to end so hopefully will be other books following other main characters

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  • DobieChuck
  • 11-11-2017

Now, That’s How You End a Story!!

Fabulous conclusion, and I believe thes last two have been the best in the series... Some serious writing chops on display... The way the time and dimensional traveling sequences are handled adds serious flavor w/o confusing... Especially liked the whole chapter and unchapter thing;). Clay’s world, and Seb’s sojourn in same,couldn’t have been done better, and were universally engrossing;). We also get a lot more explanation of the WorldWalkers, their roles, and the expanding multiverse... Joanie’s particular skill, and its uniqueness add some delightfully twisty layers to the whole thing... Superb pacing, characters, and philosophical ponderings... Mind bending is the concept/question of which are “actual” worlds... Some of them? None of them? All of them? Who can say, all depends on the perspective;). Multiple resolutions and conclusions, and all are wonderfully done, and a handful are downright touching and thought provoking... Read This Series!!! 100% worth it, and sincerely hope to see some side/related stories in the future... This universe has way too much to offer;)

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  • Flo
  • 23-04-2018

Excellent ending, but is it?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This has been a great series, inventive paced at just the right speed and with a definite story line that comes to a sensible and enjoyable conclusion. This was great for me I am getting very tired of story lines that go on way past their natural ending. Having said that the author has left the door open for new fresh views of characters in the story line. I have happily recommended this series to friends.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Oh dear the accent. Northumbria is a long way from Yorkshire and the accents are very different!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was hard to discipline myself to listen in short bursts but then again it was well worth listening two or even three times.

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  • Steve Leyden
  • 15-12-2017

World walker series

I thoroughly enjoyed all four books in the series. The characters were fleshed out beautifully and the plot was consistently played out throughout the series. I can't wait now for the hinted at follow up book(s).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2017

Brilliant

all the books were so real yet unreal but couldn't stop reading.
what a ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-2017

Truly great

love this book as much as the others. great to have some new faces and nice to have the old ones back as well.
Truly looking forward to see what else this author comes up with.

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  • JAA
  • 20-09-2017

story finalised perfectly

as with the first book I struggled to get into it at first but the book turned out to be just as gripping and as entertaining as the last. thank you

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  • J Blackmur
  • 22-10-2017

Not sure about this one yet

i’m at chapter 13, and so far don’t like this book at all. The previous books were thoroughly enjoyable, but this one is like a religious tolerance diatribe, and that’s not what I thought I was purchasing. If it doesn’t improve soon, I will be looking for a refund.

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