2013 Fantasy Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Fantasy Category. This category is being reviewed by Bob from The Guilded Earlobe. Would you like to join the crowd? Sign up here.


All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen and narrated by Emily Gray


The Guilded Earlobe

All Men of Genius is a mad capped screwball comedy of manners flipped on its head and infused with mad science, gender politics and of course, robots, or, well… automatons. It was just so much fun, with layers upon depths upon layers yet never becoming even the tiniest bit pretentious. I enjoyed All Men of Genius so much that I don’t think my words have even done it half the justice it deserves. So, go, listen yourself. You’ll like it.


Anita by Keith Roberts and narrated by Nicola Barber


The Guilded Earlobe

Listening to this book felt like returning to a much beloved tale of my youth although I had never read these stories before. Full of magic, humor and some wonderfully wicked characters Anita was simply a whole lot of fun to experience.


Heroes Die: The First of the Acts of Caine by Matthew Stover and narrated by Stefan Rudnicki


The Guilded Earlobe

I found Heroes Die to be an interesting blend of science fiction and fantasy with a brilliantly conceived world, but was unable to really connect with the characters until the end of the book. There’s tons of action, magic, gore and intrigue and the final third of the book is full of clever twists that makes up for any flaws early on.


Princess of Wands by John Ringo and narrated by Suzy Jackson


The Guilded Earlobe

If my role as your resident audiobook blogger was to offer you critical analysis of the writing, character development and world building of the author, then I could probably nit pick every aspect of this book. Yet, that’s not my job. My job is to say, if the idea of a Christian Soccer Mom who teams up with a Pagan Call Girl, Wiccan Practitioners and Buddhist Monks to battle evil monsters for a secret Monster Hunting agency using the power of their personal faith appeals to you, then by all means, add A Princess of Wands to your reading list.


The Restorer: The Graveyard Queen by Amanda Stevens and narrated by Khristine Hvam


The Guilded Earlobe

The Restorer is a a clever, well written novel that just focused on things I typically don’t look for in a book. Fans of a slower, introspective Gothic style mysteries with light amounts of romance and paranormal elements should enjoy The Restorer.


Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan and narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds


The Guilded Earlobe

Theft of Swords managed to be two sides to an intriguing coin, both a light heated traditional fantasy tale, as well as a unique spin on traditional fantasy with surprising depth. Sullivan manages the old hook and spin, getting you in the door, then locking it and laughing evilly once you are trapped inside, ready to tell you a tale you may not have been expecting.

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