• Tales of Anyar

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 5
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,718 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Destiny’s Crucible series chronicles the incredible adventure of Joseph Colsco, a college student of no particular importance who is thrust into an unimaginable fate by an accident that couldn’t happen - but did. Cast naked on the planet Anyar, he forges a new life for himself and rises to prominence and responsibilities he would otherwise never have imagined. However, much is left undone and uncertain.

For fans who finished the first four installments, many questions were left unanswered and many stories left untold. This collection of short stories and novellas addresses some of the questions, expands previous books, and points to future directions. The anthology begins not on the planet Anyar but on Earth, with the aftermath of the improbable accident that starts Joseph Colsco on his new life.

©2018 Olan Thorensen (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Managing Expectations

From reading the other reviews here, it's clear that some listeners didn't read the summary or follow the author's website/blog/facebook. If they had, they would have clearly been informed that this work is a collection of novellas and short stories and not a direct continuation of the main story-line.

That being said, the author and the publisher should have foreseen these issues and marketed this work as a short story anthology, Book 4.5, or some way other than "Book 5" which implies a direct continuation from Book 4.

I would recommend this work to anyone who plans to continue the main story-line when Book 6 is published. While some of the stories are a re-hash of previous events from other POVs, there are just as many that address unanswered questions and others that serve as a prelude for the next major story arc. Based on some of these preludes, I suspect that Book 6 will begin with a time skip of 1-5 years.

Rating: I rate the individual stories anywhere from 2.5 to 5, with an average of 3.5. No issues with the narration. 4 stars overall

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Welcome back to good old Anyar

What a wonderful pairing Jonathan Davis and Olan Thorensen make for this quick trip to Anyar. Answering questions that I just assumed would always just be left in the margins, this little anthology of stories is a great addition to the Destiny's Crucible series.
Mr. Davis has quite a way with voices and accents making each part of Anyar breath with small changes in narration. Olan's writing is sometimes a bit verbose, but the books really do have a nice epic feel to them. After listening I can't wait until the next proper book in the series arrives. This book provides a lot of nice teasers to where the story is headed and I for one can't wait.
If you're not following the series and are reading this review, do yourself a favor and start the series. The first book starts off a bit slowly, but it's worth the work to push through the opening chapters. What follows is a wonderful doorway to a strange and yet familiar world.

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Love the series

I am really enjoying the entire series. The characters are well developed, the setting is amazing, and the plot is fascinating. The only thing I dislike about the series would be the constant repetition. I would like it if it were understood you needed to read the whole series to understand what was going on. I get tired of hearing everything repeated for the sake of those who are new (I suppose that’s the reason.) well a little repetition is understandable to keep everybody on the same page, saying things over and over and over is annoying. But, I’m still an avid listener and I am eagerly awaiting the next book!

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Not what you would expect

Don’t approach this book expecting any form of coherent structure or answers to any outstanding questions. Expect fragmented story lines to be brought up and then dropped with no explanation. Plan for retelling of scenes from different perspectives without adding new information.

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Not the best

I was far enough in the series that I just purchased the next book, but not really worth the money or credit.

Could have been a couple of chapters anywhere, instead of a book.

Feels like I got taken for a few bucks.

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I want more!

Last time I was this absorbed by a book series was when I went through the Drizzt Du'Orden series.

Consider this an invitation to the author to make more.

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Disappointed

After enjoying the first books in the series this one was a big disappointment. A mix of some interesting parts and then repeating the battle stories from other perspectives. A bit frustrating since it was a releif to "be done" with the battle and I was looking forward to get on with the story - which I really like.

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Wish there was more in this series!

Tremendous world building. An absorbing tale of possibility. Narrator was perfect for this story. Bravo

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a mixed bag

an interesting compilation of short stories in the Anyar universe. a few of them were rather dry and slow moving, though.

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gap filler

author and narrator were great, filled some gaps from the original series and set it up for more later

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  • jjm
  • 08-28-18

don't bother

unless you are a Thorensen addict and you just can't get enough anyar, give this one a miss, don't bother. no plot, no conclusion. just a deeper dive into some of the stories you've already read in earlier books. Thorensen is taking the piss here but the previous books are brilliant.

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  • Craigy Gerrard
  • 08-26-19

An easy 5 stars...

Do not listen to bad reviews...its a must read...if your on book 4 then your well invested in the whole story...
SO IT COMES TO ME that this is pivotal to all of Caedelliumengland including Anyarearth ..
mic drop!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-18

Great start but fails after that.

This was going so well then with three great plot lines. Then the story switched away from this great start and it seems the author had run out of ideas and had to fill the book with anything just to meet a deadline.
Very disappointing after the high quality of the previous 4.

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  • brian
  • 10-14-18

Nothing New

there are are couple of chapters with the potential of a relay good read but this gets left behind at the the beginning and then there is a whole lot of nothing then it ends.

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  • Thomas Brown
  • 02-10-21

Great to answer some questions, but wishy washy...

I understand why Olan decided to write Tales of Anyar, but it probably would have been better as an extension of some character arcs, like Yozef and Akuyin which were great, I think the introduction of expanding on the initial plane collision was a good exploration and the introduction of Michael was interesting, but the other short stories... nah would have been perfectly content with those being left out. I'd have rather found out what Carnigan did in his past and also some more narrative to the 'Watchers' specifically Harlie.

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  • Paul Lloyd
  • 01-20-21

A very good fill-in book in the series

While waiting for the next instalment in Joe Colsco's new life and the future of Anyar, this book fills in nicely.

As there was more one survivor of the air collision that precipitated this series, we are given brief glimpses into their lives post collision, one at least being on Anyar (and the basis of Book 6 in the series), and also, how we Earthlings reacted to the collision. In addition, we follow the lives of a number of Anyarians who get caught up in the events of the time. In all, it is an interesting mix of stories that fills in the Anyarian milieu, and I, for one, and happy that Thorensen decided to write it.

If you are mainly interested in the continuation of the saga, then you might be disappointed with these short stories (as a number of reviewers seem to be saying). I am not.

Davis continues his excellent rendition of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-20

The end is beter than the beginning.

The beginning of the book isn't that interesting, but the complete story is worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-19

I NEED MORE

This was a another great read. Absolutely love this series of books. So much so, I have listened to them all three times each and still enjoy as much as the first time. So engrossing, I have laughed, cried, been angry sad. I have even found it educational. Never have I read a book and been so immersed in the story. Story is very well written. Please write more and never stop. 😊👍🏾

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  • Stephen
  • 01-04-19

Skip it and use yur credit for something else

This book as a higher star rating than it deserves, due to giving it 5 stars for the performance. so much of this book is quite literally copy and paste from the previous book, at least 30% is word for word, much of the rest is waffle. It's like those horrendous tv shows where they cobble together clips from previous episodes and link them together with banal comments like ....o do you remember when ........ etc.

you will regret buying this if you have listened to the previous book, if you haven't heard the previous book listen to that which is great but don't bother with this one ! I cannot imagine how this has 4.2 stars unless tome has been paid to write favourable reviews

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  • miss h s vernon
  • 12-06-18

The last book was 53 chapters and this one 13!

As above, a quarter of the chapters was a complete joke! just got into it when it ended!!

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  • Michael Harrison
  • 08-10-18

A little disappointing

After being addicted to the other 4 books in the series this was disappointing. It's a collection of short stories with a mix of times and places, it gives some clues I guess of where the series might go but overall it was a little like watching a directors cut of a movie and then realizing why they cut those scenes in the first place. There were a couple of good stories but not worth the money considering it's the same cost as a full length book which is nearly three times longer

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  • Carlos
  • 12-21-18

Not worth the credit.

compared to the other books, it doesnt seem fair for this to be the same price.

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  • Murray
  • 08-12-18

Great

Bring on the next instalment ASAP mr Thorensen. Love the science. Love the story. A rare find.

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