On The Shoulders of Titans by Andrew Rowe – An Audiobook Review

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive.

Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well.

As much as he wants to follow that lead, Corin has more pressing problems to deal with.

Sera is still suffering from a mysterious malady that has stolen her voice and her magic. Corin knows that a portion of that is his fault, and he’s determined to fix it.

His mother is still off in another country, and there are growing odds that she’s involved with a conspiracy to overthrow the visages.

Corin has also been branded with a new magical mark on his right hand — one that even veteran climbers don’t seem to recognize. He’s going to need to figure out how it works, otherwise it could be more of a vulnerability than an asset.

Corin still hasn’t finished his first year at Lorian Heights. If he fails his final exams, he’ll be sent off to the military, and lose his chance to investigate his brother’s fate.

And finally, there’s the issue of enemies.

He might have made a few of them.

The biggest problem?

He’s not sure if Jin, once one of his closest companions, is one of them.

On the Shoulders of Titans by Andrew Rowe is another of those books where I’ve really struggled to put down in words exactly how I felt about the book. I can still remember stumbling across the audiobook for Sufficiently Advanced Magic while looking for something new to listen to last year and being sucked into the story almost instant. I think I could honestly say its one of my favorite audiobooks to listen to when I’m out of new things to read, so I was really looking forward to listening to On the Shoulders of Titans when it released earlier this year. I bought the audiobook as soon as I had the time and money to spare and managed to listen to the entire book in just a few short days by listening to it at work when things were slow and before bed for a few hours every night.

I spent a lot of time last year keeping an eye on Andrew Rowe’s blog and waiting for news about this audiobooks release, so it almost hurts me to admit that while there were parts of On the Shoulders of Titans that I enjoyed, I was actually bored and disappointed in the first two thirds of the book. Sufficiently Advanced Magic ended in such a way that we were left with a bit of a cliffhanger and a lot of interesting questions in need of answers. So I was disappointed to find that so much of this book was spent ignoring those questions and instead focusing on Corin going to class and crafting magical items with his gift.

While I can honestly say that was one of my favorite aspects of the first book, I thought that On the Shoulders of Titans spent so much time on it that it quickly became boring and a bit gratuitous.  I thought it really bogged down the majority of the story and when things finally did start moving with Corin and his friends the end of the story felt really rushed like the author was trying to cram as many answers and as much action into the final act of the story. That being said, I did enjoy the end of the book more than I did the beginning and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series.

One thing I can say though is that the narration of this book was absolutely amazing. Nick Podehl has once again proven why he’s always one of the most popular audiobook narrators. Like with everything else he narrates, he somehow managed to give every character in this book their own unique voice and manages to pack enough emotion into his narration that you can really empathize and feel what the characters are feeling throughout the entire book. He never seeks to amaze me and I hope he continues to narrate the rest of this series.

5.0

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Shane firmly believes that it is impossible to own too many books, which is probably why every surface of his house is covered in books and magazines. He will read just about anything that you put in front of him but is the most passionate about science fiction and fantasy. He has been known to obsess over a book or series for years at a time.

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