New Fantasy from Brilliance Audio

SFFaudio Recent Arrivals

Here are three epic fantasies, hot off the press from Brilliance Audio!

Dragonheart by Todd McCaffreyDragonheart (Pern)
By Todd McCaffrey; Read by Emily Durante
17 CDs – 20 hours – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9781423373261
Foundation by Mercedes LackeyFoundation
By Mercedes Lackey; Read by Nick Podehl
9 CDs – 10 hours – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9781423307570
Wizard's First Rule by Terry GoodkindWizard’s First Rule
By Terry Goodkind; Read by Jim Bond
7 CDs – 8 hours – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9781423321637
Posted by Scott D. Danielson

New Releases

SFFaudio New Releases

I love the smell of trilogy in the afternoon, it smells like…

Fantasy Audiobook - The Phoenix Unchained - Book One of The Enduring Flame by Mercedes Lackey and James MalloryThe Phoenix Unchained – Book One of The Enduring Flame
By Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory; Read by William Dufris
11 CDs, 2 MP3-CDs – 13 Hours 30 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Tantor Audiobooks
Published: 11/12/2007
ISBN: 9781400135745 (CDs), 9781400155743 (MP3-CDs)
In this opening volume of a new epic fantasy trilogy from bestselling authors Lackey and Mallory, Harbormaster-to-be Harrier and the young nobleman Tiercel begin a marvelous journey to uncover their destinies. Along the way, they meet a charming female centaur, several snooty Elves, and the most powerful dragon their world has ever known.

Now this novel, like others by Harrison, takes its inspiration from classic movie titles…

Horror Audiobook - Every Which Way But Dead by Kim HarrisonEvery Which Way But Dead
By Kim Harrison; Read by Marguerite Gavin
2 Mp3-CDs or 13 CDs – 16 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Tantor Audiobooks
Published: December 2007
EAN: 9781400154739 (MP3-CDs), 9781400104734 (CDs)
Some days, you just can’t win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master. But her vampire roommate, Ivy, is off the wagon; her human boyfriend Nick is out of town indefinitely and doesn’t sound like he’s coming back, while the far-too-seductive vampire Kisten is looking way too tempting; and there’s a turf war erupting in Cincinnati’s underworld. And there’s a greater evil still. To put the vampire master behind bars and save her family, Rachel made a desperate bargain. Now there’s hell to pay—literally. For if Rachel cannot stop him, the archdemon Algaliarept will pull her into the sorcerous ever-after to forfeit her soul as his slave. Forever.

Originally written in 1966 when its author was only 17, it was published in paperback in 1980 by Manor Books, which went bankrupt shortly afterwards. It’s been out of print for 24 years. This newly expanded/re-written edition is available now in audio too…

Science Fiction Audiobook - The Morcai Battalion by Diana PalmerThe Morcai Battalion
By Diana Palmer; Read by Todd McLaren
1 Mp3-CD or 8 CDs – 9 Hours 30 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Tantor Audiobooks
Published: December 2007
EAN: 9781400155835 (MP3-CD), 9781400105830 (CDs)
Drama and excitement explode in this new, expanded version of New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer’s legendary first book, The Morcai Battalion. A ragtag band of humans from the Terravegan colonies fights the Rojok invaders and their ship is destroyed. Rescued by the Centaurian commander of the terror-inspiring Holconcom, the humans must learn to live with their hostile alien counterparts when they are captured by the Rojoks and thrown into the galaxy’s most horrible prison camp. The female exobiologist has to save the life of the alien commander in order to save her captain, her comrades, and herself. A rocket ride full of action, humor, and sacrifice.

The children’s fantasy classic in an all new unabridged version exclusive to…

Redwall by Brian JacquesRedwall
By Brian Jacques; Read by Stuart Blinder
Audible Download – Approx. 12.5 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers /
Published: November 2007
As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem. Cluny the Scourge, the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is hell-bent on destroying the abbey’s tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall.

In a clockwork world who could doubt the existence of God? None, but some still doubt the existence of angels. Another exclusive to audible title…

Mainspring by Jay LakeMainspring
By Jay Lake; Read by William Dufris
Audible Download – Approx. 13.5 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: macmillan audio /
Published: December 2007
The mainspring of the Earth is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it’s not rewound. To do the job the Archangel Gabriel approaches a young clockmaker’s apprentice and explains the problem. He can’t be that surprised, in a clockwork solar system, where the planets move in a vast system of gears around the lamp of the Sun – how could he be. This is a universe where the hand of the Creator is visible to anyone who simply looks up into the sky and sees the track of the heavens, the wheels of the Moon, and the great Equitorial gears of the Earth itself.

The latest Hugo Award winning novel, exclusive to…

Rainbow’s End by Vernor VingeRainbows End
By Vernor Vinge; Read by Eric Conger
Audible Download – 14 Hours 45 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: macmillan audio /
Published: December 2007
Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer’s victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family. His son and daughter-in-law are both in the military, but not a military we would recognize, while his middle-school-age granddaughter is involved in perhaps the most dangerous game of all, with people and forces more powerful than she or her parents can imagine.

Posted by Jesse Willis

Review of the The Secret World Chronicle by Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey

SFFaudio Review

Fantasy Superheroes Podiobook -The Secret World Chronicle Book One Invasion by Mercedes Lackey and Steve LibbeyThe Secret World Chronicle – Book One – Invasion
By Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey; Read by Veronica Giguere
8 MP3 Files (podcast) – Approx. 10 Hours 16 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: /
Podcast: 2006 – 2007
Themes: / Fantasy / Superheroes / Supervillains / Nazis / Communism / Invasion /

The Secret World Chronicle opens with a metahuman named Eisenfaust (“Iron Fist”) warning of an imminent Nazi invasion. Of course the invasion occurs (from another spacetime) and this forms the backdrop for the story, in which heroic deeds are done – if at the high cost of both civilian and metahuman lives. Echo is an organisation of ‘metahumans’ (a word which you can freely translate into ‘superheros’ for our purposes). There are Echo offices and campuses around the world, from which private individuals, non-governmental orginizations and governments can hire superheroes to do good deeds. The Echo mandate is “To support security and peace through intervention by and collaboration between metahumans and international law enforcement.” Comprising over forty separate bases of operation across six continents. This plot may remind some of Jeffrey R. DeRego Union Dues stories that have been heard on Escape Pod. Like DeRego’s tales, The Secret World Chronicle superhumans all have comic book names and costumes, Handsome Devil, Red Saviour, Shahkti, and Yankee Pride. At the end of “book one” there are unresolved story threads around the whys and wherefores of the Nazi invasion, but it just feels like more to look forward to. It may have improved the telling to get inside the lives of the ordinary people, to understand just how the phenomena of the metahumans impacts the regular folks – perhaps that will happen in later books. I can’t say I’m very familiar with either Mercedes Lackey or Steve Libbey individually, but together they tell a good story. Characters are reasonably well drawn and sufficiently believable, but don’t expect any in-depth character analysis. Don’t listen to The Secret World Chronicle to learn about yourself, or the human condition, listen for fun.

People have different ways of classifying the content they put onto their MP3 players. I typically use either ‘drama’ or ‘books’ – the latter consisting of anything that’s read by one person. I break this rule for The Secret World Chronicle. Narrator Veronica Giguere does mostly a solo act in telling the story, the result though is that of discrete characters with whom we can really identify. It is an immersive experience. Veronica Giguere’s pacing is flawless, the variety of intonations and accents sufficient for the story. She gets the story straight into the brain’s pleasure zone with her terrific performance.

You can subscribe to the podcast feed for the series via this URL:

You can also get the complete book one via this feed:

Posted by Nick Gassman

Secret World Chronicle Podcast from Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey

The Secret World Chronicle podcastCheck out this slick new podcast – The Secret World Chronicle, created by Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey. What is The Secret World Chronicle? From the website:

The Secret World Chronicle is a braided novel series created by authors Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey. It takes the “superhero” concept back into its pulp roots, but with a modern science fiction approach. Pretend that comic books never took hold of the superhero idea – that’s the Secret World concept.

They’ll be podcasting weekly episodes of this SF/Superhero novel series (The Introduction and Parts 1 and 2 of the Prologue are up already), and here are the links:

Podcast Feed:


Posted by Scott D. Danielson