Each and every morning, I hop into my car and drive 45 miles to the office and spend a minimum of an hour if I'm lucky. Double that for the return home, five days per week, and I get a solid 10-15 hours weekly with my trusty Audible subscription. When I first started this heavy commute four years ago, I was overambitious and tried to listen to heavy nonfiction titles, only to find that some topics just don't keep me awake enough at 6 am. After much searching, I discovered that the best books for commuting were 1950s robot-heavy sci fi (Asimov FTW!) and contemporary fantasy. Being relatively new to fantasy, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of work and feel generally a bit late to the party. That being said, not all were created equal.
Below are four series that I began and/or finished in the past year and just some of my thoughts about them. In an effort to avoid spoilers, I am purposely a bit vague about the plot lines but do hope that you will check them out on your own and let me know what you think. Remember: these are all just the opinions of one guy.