• Bastion

  • Immortal Great Souls, Book 1
  • By: Phil Tucker
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 38 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,197 ratings)

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Bastion

By: Phil Tucker
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
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Publisher's Summary

Scorio will rise from the ashes to conquer the 10 layers of hell.

Reborn without memories, Scorio learns that he is a Great Soul, a legendary defender of the ancient city of Bastion. That within the hallowed halls of the Academy and under the stern eyes of the underworld’s greatest instructors he will enjoy enormous privilege, rediscover unique and wondrous powers, and one day return to the millennium-old battle against their infernal foes.

Until he is betrayed. Singled out and sentenced to die for crimes he can't remember, Scorio is hurled to his doom - and forgotten.

But from even the dimmest spark an inferno may one day rage.

Clawing his way back from oblivion, Scorio vows to return to the Academy at any cost. To emerge from the ruins and within those golden walls defeat his elite classmates in a quest to ascend the ranks and change the course of history. For only then will he learn about his forgotten past and why his enemies have rightly feared him since the day he was reborn.

©2022 Phil Tucker (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Roughly 10 hours in. Will edit when I get further.

1 star is for book with poor editing, prose/plot makes no sense and, lacking vocabulary. 2 star is for a book that has still poor editing and vocabulary but is okay on plot/prose and has no plot holes. 3 star its okay on everything above but not special due to lacking vocabulary and word choice. 4 stars is for books that do all that great but are lacking in that something that makes a great book to into a journey that drags you into the plot.

This book is firmly in the at least 4 star for the first 4-6 hours. Then it gets rolling quickly upwards with the MC's drive to progress at any cost while sticking to his base tenants. The characters make sense with their actions. Nick voices is amazing as always.

Cons, takes a while for the MC and the book to get past setup. Not unusual for a western cultivation style book.

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Very well written.

Well worth the credit. Takes a bit to get going but the mysteries start flowing. I throughly enjoyed Nick Podehl's performance.

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DYING TO GET VOLUME 2

The only complaint about this story I have isn't even a real complaint: somewhere in the middle of this story you start to feel a drag. Although there is so much interesting action going on, it feels like Scorio isn't progressing at all, and for every step forward, it's ten steps back. It starts to feel really frustrating like it's edging you on purpose and you're left there just waiting for some kind of payoff. For a while, I kind of got so annoyed at everything always going wrong (the stakes started to feel meaningless because it felt as if it was just going to end in things getting worse or nothing being resolved) and all the answers to my questions constantly flitting out if reach, so much so that I started hoping to just get to the end already.

BUT, the reason I think this really a worthwhile complaint is because when I look at just how many hours long this story is and how packed it is with world building, it makes sense why I would start to feel a drag. This audiobook could make 2-3 separate volumes on it's own. Reading it all in one sitting will undeniably make it feel like it's dragging. And to that, I think if you're going to go for it, just have a bit of patience.

Even if it feels like it's dragging or Scorio isn't progressing or everything feels hopeless, I promise there isn't a single uninteresting moment regardless. Everything that happens is for a reason, and make for great details that will indeed have a payoff. The end of the book will make everything you've read up to that point completely worth it.

One of the main lessons this story has to tell is about perseverance, rising up again after every fall, and making a way for yourself even if all your roads have been blocked. So yeah, don't be too dispirited if things start to feel agonizingly hopeless. It gets worse before it gets better.

Also, I gotta praise my girl Naomi. She is BEST girl. I don't usually care much for romance in stories, but if she and Scorio were to get together I would be over the moon! They are great as friends as well though.

And lastly, Nick Podehl is an amazing narrator. My first time discovering him and will go see what else he narrates on here. The last narrator I enjoyed this much was Travis Baldree.

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Just OK

It's not a bad listen but it's not a good one either.

The main thing I can say is it's too long. It takes multiple chapters to accomplish anything.

I found myself skipping ahead multiple times. I'm not a Nick Podell hater but he isn't my favorite either. He has a way of making characters seem whiney.

I guess it's worth a credit but wish I would have skipped this one.

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The best value for a credit in a long time

Nick Podehl was outstanding as usual. He has always been one of my top 3 favorite audiobook voice-actors. While the story has some weak areas it is still entertaining. Overall, 38 hours of audiobook combined with a great narrator and interesting plot make this a must-have in any Fantasy-lover's library.

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I want my credit back

15 min in and i knew im done with it cant even return it.

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More slop in the slop bin

6 chapters of “hahaha doesnt it suck to be powerless? Know your place worm”

Feels like someone made an AI read every edgy YA title published and then try to write its own. I had hopes for this title, as I’ve enjoyed previous titles from Podium Books, but listening to this garbage has changed my mind.

Just once. It would be nice to read something fresh, and also fantastic. Back to DnD podcasts

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Excellent new title in progression fantasy

While the book may be a bit slow at times, it's extremely well written. The performance was absolutely stellar.

I highly recommend giving it a try!

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Great Cradle/ Iron Prince vibes!

This is a great listen! It takes a little bit to get going but wonderful. Nick Podehl dies a great job with all the voices. It has elements that remind me of Cradle. Can't wait for the continuation.

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Surprisingly Good!

Nick Podehl is the best in the biz, that’s a given. His voice acting is unparalleled.

Now to the book… Bastion starts a little rough, and the author overuses the words dour and bemused, but beyond that i was pleasantly surprised on all levels.

Tucker does a great job of building suspense and tension. He does it so well that I honestly couldn’t predict some outcomes and was riveted through many scenes.

Also, the audiobook is 37 hours long! Phil Tucker could have easily stopped the book around the 17 hour mark. And i feel that most writers of this genre would have. But he went the extra mile and i am fully on board because of that.

I’m going to immediately buy the next book. (God I hope there is a next book! I haven’t checked yet.)

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  • Meredith
  • 03-21-22

Maybe a little long, but great story and narration

Very enjoyable. Might have dragged on a little bit, I think a few chapters worth could have been culled and the story would still have been just as enjoyable.

Nick P was a fantastic narrator, as he always is. Clear and unobtrusive to the enjoyment of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-22

more more more please

damn good book and love how long it was please make more books for this story!!!!!!!!

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  • James Clinton
  • 09-02-22

entertainedly surprised!

it seems like a bit of a slow burner but then quite quickly speeds up . I'll admit that 10 mins in i wondered 🤔 what id done ? it turned out to be the best credit i have spent in a long time. i want more and I WANT IT NOW👀

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-22

way to slow

it started great! but began petering off after about 3 hours, so i began skipping chapters, and dident feel like i was missing anything. i lisend for a while, skipt some more. the story has a good foundation, but the progression was way to slow for me, and the mc was disepointing after a while. he has promise, and is at times briliant, but sadly he is to week minded, to unshure and to hesitent more often than not. i dont think i will be listening to the next book.

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  • Dee
  • 06-14-22

Heavy

Loved this book took a few chapters before it found its feet and while long and heavy on details compared to others in the genre was never boring or useless info in all great book and look forward to the sequel

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  • E Johnstone
  • 05-28-22

all you could ask for In a book

Great storyline never a dull moment the author doesn't leave out any detail not one of those books where the main character is overpowered Scorpio has to work his way from nothing to gain power

again as you probably know nick podehl did a brilliant job the author could not picked a better guy as he comes with his own following including myself


definitely can't wait for book 2 love the fact that these books go on for ages 10/10 for me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

Interesting but slow.

In short, it's a good book. If you like epic fantasy, your gonna like this one.
However, it is a slow burn kind of story and it takes a while for it to get rolling. My big epic problem with the book is its lackluster main character.
He is well written and I am interested in the character, it's just that for the entire book he is absolutely useless and just wins all the struggles through luck and plot-armour. The last 2 hours of the book he finally wins through his own skill and effort but before that he just struggle to struggle.

I hope this will improve in the next book and we are over the out drawn struggle and underdog act of the series and actually get to se him do something cool and explore the world in the next one.

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  • INVIZ
  • 05-06-22

Has potential bar the horrendous pacing.

I enjoyed the story and concept, it's just the pacing is ridiculously slow. At point it felt like the story was not progressing, it was just spinning it's wheels with random tangents and repetitive points drilled over and over.

There appears to be a huge world out there but we don't get anywhere close to getting out into it. This is more like one of the infinite chapter web novels where it takes 200 chapters for the main character to power up a single level. Found myself skipping chapters and feel like I didn't miss anything.

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  • dayle sharkey
  • 04-25-22

wicked

brilliant story.. fantastic narration as always from nick..can't wait for the next book........hopefully soon.

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  • Ben
  • 04-11-22

A solid title with great series potential.

This is two, possibly three books in one. It's a slow burner that does a good job of character development and pinning actions to motivations, with many ups and downs. You'll find yourself sympathising, empathising, critiquing and frowning along with the characters. It's honestly a good, solid story. The narration is probably the best I've seen on Audible, so nicely done, Nick Podehl. You made this book all the more enjoyable.

Flaws wise... Well, the only real flaw I can point to definitely about the story would be the perpensions that occur in loops, saying the same thing several different ways before moving on. It can be immersion-breaking in moments where you really want to find out what happens next, causing that moment to suffer. I have seen far worse examples of this, however, and it's not enough to react fatally.

Overall, I immensely enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • MR ALEXANDER WISHART
  • 03-22-22

not as good as i was hoping

well what is there to say it starts off interesting then 10+ plus hours of it being boring sometimes the MC seems like a caring thinking hard working young man other times he is an angry rebellious 16 teen year old who lashes out at anyone friend or foe at this point i have listen to 23 hours out of 38 and im calling it quits

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-22

A worthwhile slog.

This story is what I imagine The Fellowship of the ring would feel like, if it was purely from Frodos perspective. Great world building if a bit linear, but a MC with a serious chip on his shoulder. If you can make it through it seems like a good story may unfold.

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  • Mike Borg
  • 07-08-22

Unlikeable characters, overly descriptive prose

This book has had a lot of recommendations so I thought it was a safe pick. I liked the narration and have no issues with the voices. The overly descriptive prose was just so much filler and the author has used some of the most uncommon adjectives to describe everything, it sounds almost pretentious. By the halfway point, the tension dropped and the motivations of the protagonist and his friends just got less and less interesting and more generic. Unfortunately, I have to give up at this point as it's hard to continue but I'm being unfair for leaving an unflattering review without having completed it. For all I know, the next half is where the best part is and where it earned its best reviews.

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  • travis
  • 05-01-22

I love the world

i love the goal orientated world, the usually great descriptions, the characters to begin with.. especially the final door arch. however there were a lot of pain points.. some out of place cliche cringe descriptions, forlorn lovers etc. the insanely long build up to get to the last competition and in a 2 second fit of rage leaves himself handicapped beyond handicapped beyond handicapped for it to not matter in the slightest. the final handicap was just a joke by this point.

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  • Chris
  • 04-23-22

Offensively bad female voices

The female voices are so shockingly bad I nearly quit this title multiple times. Every time Nick Podehl went into his weird female voices, I'd get angry and feel like punching a wall. If they played his female voices in an armed conflict, it could be classified as a war crime. I hope they choose a different narrator for the next book.
The story itself was fine; it's your standard progression fantasy story - weak guy trains a lot and gets stronger.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-19-22

brilliant

great depth to characters and heaps of potential in the development of story in the comming novels

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-22

progression fantasy at its peak

from sub zero to hero, a fantastic book with larger than life yet deeply relatable characters. not to mention a great performance. book 2 when?