• Orb

  • Nightlord, Book 3
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,440 ratings)

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By: Garon Whited
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
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Publisher's Summary

We all have inner demons. We fight them all the time. Some of us achieve inner peace by coming to terms with them. But how do you come to terms with inner demons that tear free and become outer demons?

Eric has been a vampire for nearly a century, and his demons are more than metaphors. While they controlled him, he was the Demon King. Now he has to avoid the monsters in his own mind, as well as angry nobles, fanatical religions, assassins, magi, other vampires, criminal organizations, and the neighborhood gossip.

He wants two things: To find Tort, and to have someplace to call home.

It may be too much to ask.

©2016 Garon Whited (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Enough "Niceguy™"

First: The good. I did listen to all three books so far, and apparently enjoyed them enough to continue listening. Also, the narrator really does a great job of keeping the story alive, i felt very engaged with the listening, even while being frustrated at the titular character. I think Bronze is a terrific horse idea, even though we gloss over how he killed several real horses to make her. Some of the action scenes are well done and

Complaints: First, it reads like a wish-fulfillment novel (i.e., the author just sorta mixes up a bag of things he wishes he could do and pulls out the base plot - ergo, i'm an immortal-vampire-wizard-deathgod-scientist who is still alive during the day, because why not sex?)

Second: He's an idiot. Eric, Halar, Vlad, whichever name he goes by, he makes me actively anxious in how unaware he is. In this third book, he escapes his "basement" and tries to make up for his lost time. This includes being a Niceguy™ up until someone disagrees with him, has a different outlook on life, or basically chooses any path but the one the Nightlord agrees with. Then, he decides he better make-up for his "evil-alter-egos" actions, and goes about righting some wrongs. But he never considers that maybe some women don't want to see their rapists face, or some children will never forgive the man they saw pour molten lead down their father's throats. Nope, if he just tries hard enough, everyone will forgive him, and let him go ahead doing whatever he wants, AS LONG as it isn't being king, because he really doesn't like kinging. He just wants to tell everyone what to do, and be left alone

And he's so bad at relationships, he can't handle all the sex that gets thrown at him, it confuses his already overtaxed relationship sense, and he has to go back to his pseudo-scientific experiments based in loose ideas and glued together with magic.

Ok, enough complaining, the story is good enough that i didn't quit half-way, so that's something!

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Save yourself some time....

Just listen to the first couple of hours and the last couple of hours. The rest is rambling fluff that goes absolutely NOWHERE. Generally if I buy a long book I expect it to go somewhere, resolve something. Better yet, save yourself the money and don't buy this book at all.

I loved book 1, could live with book 2, but now I won't get book 4...

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I expected more

I loved books 1 & 2 this one however, not so much. The author spent too much time in the minutiae of spell casting and not enough storytelling.

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What a waste of time

The main character literally achieved absolutely nothing in this entire book. I don't think I've ever been so frustrated with any book I have ever read.

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main character turned into a self centered girl

series started off with regular geek fumbling his way into the world of vampires. ..did a good job with bad guys using wit and unexpected powers of the dark. By book three , he's an egomaniac that wants everybody to love him and fear him but his big decisions are what "outfits" to wear, and also wants us to know the minute details of his imaginary magic..just like his side kick...give us the cliff notes version...hope erik gets bounced back to school and we can see the interesting story of how the blond chick takes over the world







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Great Books!

So... For an Audible listener with over 900 books in my library, I have fallen down as a reviewer.
I am back because this author and series is more than 5 star. I describe Nightlord as the longest audiobooks that pass in the blink of an eye. Each book is 40 hours of wonder. The slow parts are so engaging that I want to stay and live with them. The hard parts are wrenching.
I have several favorite authors. Bujold, Jordan, Sanderson, even Asaro.
This story is fabulous. Two and a half days to get through 37 hours of audio, and now I have to wait for the next.
Thankfully there is a next.
I can't say that I would ever want it to end.

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Frustrating

Totally despise main character. He seemed smart, clever and powerful in first two books until the ending of the second book. Now he's a tragic and foolish figure whom puts everyone he cares about into ever increasing danger. hopefully he will be killed outright early on in the next book and Mary can take over as the main character.

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I Loved the First 2! The 3rd Was a Waste of Time!

Would you try another book from Garon Whited and/or Sean Runnette?

I wouldn't buy another book by this author without reading the reviews of those who have read it already. I wouldn't start another trilogy by him without all 3 books having been released and knowing that I would enjoy all 3! There is nothing worse than loving the first 2 and then being let down with the 3rd book -- really let down -- as happened this time!

Would you ever listen to anything by Garon Whited again?

Yes, but with the hesitation that I just explained above.

Did Sean Runnette do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The narrator was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Orb?

I would revise the 3rd book taking out much of it and adding a satisfying ending.

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So disappointed

I liked the first and second book (til the end) and had hoped the third could make up for the lack luster ending. This book was so hard to read at times, the author never ties up ANY loose ends and just left me feeling like I waisted my time on the whole series. The narrator put forth a good performance but I think he was limited to the material.

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Recycled plot from the first two books.

Would you try another book from Garon Whited and/or Sean Runnette?

No.

Has Orb turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

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This is exactly the same plot as the other two. Same bone headed decisions by the main character. Same new romance. Same attempt to improve a world. It all goes wrong and Eric ends up dead/sleeping/lost/whothehellcares again.

Won't be fooled by this series again.

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  • debra paling
  • 04-11-17

entertaining

well worth a listen the series is very good and entertaining put it on your wishlist

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  • Lee
  • 02-28-17

love this series

i could not think of a better narrator for this series than Sean. He brings such character to Eric and adds to the scenes. looking forward to the next book!

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  • andy
  • 11-04-16

great listen

a bit slower than the last.... but still entertaining.
roll on the next in the series

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  • The Edwards'
  • 11-03-16

totally brilliant

with each book the story gets better and better. can't wait for the next book

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  • aaron
  • 10-23-16

Where did the first vampire arise and when ?

Wow a wonderful series I will be listening to again wonderfully written, fantastically read, so much you disappear into the story, thankyou

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  • Helen R. Porteous
  • 05-18-22

Another fantastic read/listen

Absolutely loved this and can't wait to find out what happens next to Eric. Sean Runette is fantastic to listen to.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-30-21

Brutally Good

Eric/Halar always gets the short end of the stick. Whenever he loses his temper though is pretty fun. Definitely the most interesting vampire series I've encountered in several years.

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  • Naomi
  • 05-04-21

Binge worthy

Another masterpiece by Garon Whited, and superbly narrated by Sean Runnette.
Magic, vampires, love, loyalty, friendship, intrigue, physics, philosophy, murder, mayhem, greed, bloodlust and even 'someday'.. intrigued? Then reading this series is for you!

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  • Chris
  • 01-11-21

love it!

I am absolutely loving this series, cant wait to start the next one! the books themselves are great and are narrated excellently!

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  • Jake Green
  • 12-26-20

Superb!

as the others, this was amazing! where Garon Whited gets his ideas I have no clue but I hope they keep coming. Sean Runnette's got a grrat voice and he's a great narrator. One of my all time favourite reads/listens.

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  • Greg
  • 11-19-17

Dragged on a bit

Much of the same and it felt like the story dragged on quite a bit without really progressing anywhere.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-12-21

STELLAR!

was a fantastic sequel...a hell of a ride ...the end of the book had me in tears so be prepared for a emotional rollercoaster...had such a great time I didn't want it to end...bring on Nightfall ! !!

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  • CHRISTINE M.
  • 11-30-18

I will listen to anything Sean Runnette narrates

Absolutely love the Nightlord series but more importantly it’s narrated by my favourite narrator Sean Runnette. Keep up the wonderful work Audible.

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  • David
  • 05-29-18

Absolutely outstanding read

Great read/story from Garon Whited
Love his nightlord series.
Just bought his 4th book and am looking forward to listening to it

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  • Jenifer
  • 07-28-17

A masterpiece!

Where does Orb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my most favourite series ever.

What did you like best about this story?

A truly amazing world, full of imaginative characters. Clever, amusing, irreverent, sad.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Sean Runnette was the absolute best possible performer for this series. He WAS the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The creation of Bronze the horse was a master stroke.i

Any additional comments?

I have more than 1000 titles in my audio library but I
keep this whole series permanently downloaded so I can re-listen at any time

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  • Juanita Caban
  • 05-11-17

Sean Runnett

This voice has to be my most favourite. The story teller sweeps you along with humour and passion just love to listen to any story he narrates