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  • The Burning Maze

  • The Trials of Apollo, Book 3
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan, read by Robbie Daymond. I was a god once. Until I was cast out by my father, Zeus. Now I'm an awkward mortal teenager called Lester. My way out? A series of scary and dangerous trials, of course. For my third mission, I must: Journey through the Labyrinth to free an Oracle who speaks only in puzzles. Defeat a vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperor - the most vicious of three very vicious and bloodthirsty Roman Emperors. Is that all? No, I've to do everything without any of my godly powers. Wonderful. Looks like I'll be needing all the help I can get. From new friends and old....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a shocking twist!

  • By Anonymous User on 15-05-18

Brilliant stories, brilliant narration!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-18

I love all of Rick Riordan's series on Audible so far. I'm impatient for new titles to come out, now I have caught up with everything he's written.
The way he weaves ancient and modern themes together is fascinating. Rick Roirdan is a master of cliffhangers. Read them in the right order for maximum enjoyment, including the crossovers between worlds and systems. (His webpage tells you the right chronological sequence.)

  • Wyrd Sisters

  • Discworld, Book 6
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

In Wyrd Sisters, the enchanting world of Discworld is turned upside down by 3 meddling witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. Their interference in royal politics causes kingdoms to wobble, crowns to topple, knives to flash, and citizens to shudder in fear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It just does snot work for me

  • By Mr. S. Hyams on 04-01-11

Great story. Lacklustre performance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Once again Celia Imrie seems incapable of making sense of the sentences she is reading; and frequently the emphasis ends up in the wrong place, or key words appear to be tacked on at the end of a sentence!

  • Equal Rites

  • Discworld, Book 3
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

Right before the wise old wizard Drum Billet died, he passed on his magical staff of power to the newborn eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately, Drum Billet never bothered to check the gender of the newborn baby, and it turns out it was a girl. Now his chauvinistic colleagues are forced to deal with a young girl who has all the qualifications to join their all-male profession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad quality!

  • By Margit on 19-03-12

Great story undermined by poor reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Terry Prachett is brilliant as always, and the story moves forward with his signature humour, and brilliant observation.

Unfortunately Celia Imrie appears not to have read ahead enough to even understand the sentences she's reading. Very often the intonation is wrong, or appears to imply something different from what the words actually mean, and on several occasions she gives an intonation that sounds like the end of a phrase and the key word is stuck on its own afterwards. Very bizarre and annoying.
I still mostly enjoyed listening to this well-loved story, but it was jarring to have such an amateurish performance spoiling some key moments.

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

  • By: Winifred Watson
  • Narrated by: Frances McDormand
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Uplifting story

  • By kerrymay on 04-01-10

Delightful story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-18

A very sweet and funny tale.

The American accent was a bit jarring for a story entirely set in London and among the British. But it was very well done.

  • Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Tad too violent for me

  • By Ligs on 06-04-12

Devastating but brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-18

The title put me off reading this series for years, until a friend told me she was reading it. I don't even know what she thought of it. But when I found the audios of the first two books were available on Kindle Unlimited I decided to try them out.

I found them really heavy-going emotionally, because I am a happy-ending-addict all the way. But they were compulsive listening. Maybe I would have thrown the written book aside in disgust, but I just had to keep listening to the audio! Sometimes I needed a few hours to come to terms with what had happened, but the characterisation, the plot twists, the inventiveness and the basic humanity always brought me back. This series is definitely a page-turner.
I'm glad I persisted. They were really good books, and great audio performance.

  • The Queen's Poisoner

  • The Kingfountain Series, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

King Severn Argentine's fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles...and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king's hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The audio was very good

  • By Rodger hubbard on 09-09-16

Gripping story of an imaginary kingdom with many echoes of history and a magic all its own

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-18

The story was cleverly woven and the characters fleshed out and rounded. The main protagonist is an 8-year-old boy, and you can't help caring what happens to him and around him as the tale progresses. The setting sounds late Medieval and some of the names of places and even certain legends and myths sound familiar (especially to British and French history and geography). But this kingdom has its own beliefs and a sort of magic that seems perfectly right and logical in the context.

Occasionally the narrator's attempts at regional accents grated, and sometimes I was sure her intonation was wrong, or she had misread something; but overall it was a very good performance, and all the characters came to life as she read.

  • The Amber Keeper

  • By: Freda Lightfoot
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

After her mother's suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child - and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy. Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story, shame about the narration!!!

  • By Miss D Srao on 18-06-15

Breathless but senseless narration of two-dimensional characters I couldn't grow to care about

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-18

The opening was a bit overdone, and unlikely, but promised some interest along the lines of the cover picture and title...
However it jerked forward to an anachronistic future and a host of cardboard-cutout characters each one less sympathetic than the last,
The narrator read like a robot on helium - every sentence delivered with breathless anticipation totally unsuited to the text and context, as though it was all seat-edge knife-edge drama instead of some trite story of family (and lovers) who couldn't communicate.
The writing was equally irritating - so much so that after struggling for an hour and a half to engage with some of the characters or to care about what happened next, I decided to give up the unequal struggle. It is the first audiobook I have had to abandon.