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  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 683

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of all the Dresden Books

  • By JB on 25-02-17

It's all change

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

It's all changing.....a good plot twist lobbed in at the start of the book sets the scene for a new direction for Harry and his team/friends.

Another 5 star instalment to this series. I am not even remotely getting bored with this saga - indeed have just nervously checked to see how many books there are left in this series as I'm already worried about what I'm going to resort to when its done.

James Marsters is superb, as ever.

If you haven't yet started this series - treat yourself! Start at the beginning though, cos it's a fun, fun ride.

  • Turn Coat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 11
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 715

The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same!

  • By Sam on 01-12-13

Excellent as always

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

I so enjoy the Harry Dresden stories; they seem to get better and better. This has become my go-to series when I need something tried and trusted as a palate cleaner between epic fantasy tales. (Harry and the characters are so well developed that it gives this series surprising depth.)

This story is steering the way to further intrigue reference the black council....its clearly all going to implode or explode quite spectacularly in one of the books to come.

Narration never disappoints. James Marsters is consistent across all the books, and he manages to keep the ironic and humorous moments just right. (as long as I avoid remembering him as Spike from his Buffy days)

  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missed at your own expense!

  • By Strawberryskullcrusher on 14-04-17

Great start to an exciting trilogy....

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

I have read Red Sister and Grey Sister in quick succession - they are excellent. The world which Mark Lawrence has built stacks, the plot is good, and the characters are well-developed and interesting. Am now feeling bereft at losing my connection to these characters while I wait for book 3.

Book one and two have flowed seamlessly, and what I really appreciated was the introduction to book two where a recap is given - thereby avoiding unnecessary and contrived references to book one's events. That said, the first 10 minutes of listening made me think I had missed a bit of the first book as a new character is introduced who I didn't recognise.......needn't have worried as it all became clear within the first few chapters.

The foreshadowing that has "topped and tailed" these two books is also an interesting angle - it's totally set the scene and anticipation for the final reckoning that is surely coming in book 3. If the energy and intrigue continues at the same pace, it promises to be a good one.

Narration is good, although the variation in accents for the different characters isn't as extensive as my favourite narrators' (eg; although I enjoy the Aussie accent, it felt a little like it was the narrator's only, or "go to", alternative accent, but it doesn't detract from the story.

If you are into the fantasy genre, then this should tick all the boxes.

  • Grey Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 2
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

The second novel in the brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns. In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy, Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracking instalment

  • By Robyn on 16-05-18

Another cracking instalment

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

I have read Red Sister and Grey Sister in quick succession - they are excellent. The world which Mark Lawrence has built stacks, the plot is good, and the characters are well-developed and interesting. Am now feeling bereft at losing my connection to these characters while I wait for book 3.

Book one and two have flowed seamlessly, and what I really appreciated was the introduction to book two where a recap is given - thereby avoiding unnecessary and contrived references to book one's events. That said, the first 10 minutes of listening made me think I had missed a bit of the first book as a new character is introduced who I didn't recognise.......needn't have worried as it all became clear within the first few chapters.

The foreshadowing that has "topped and tailed" these two books is also an interesting angle - it's totally set the scene and anticipation for the final reckoning that is surely coming in book 3. If the energy and intrigue continues at the same pace, it promises to be a good one.

Narration is good, although the variation in accents for the different characters isn't as extensive as my favourite narrators' (eg; although I do enjoy the Aussie accent, it felt like the narrator's only / "go-to" alternative accent), but it doesn't detract from the story.

If you are into the fantasy genre, then this should tick all the boxes.

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  • King of Ashes

  • Firemane, Book 1
  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

A new novel from internationally best-selling author Raymond E. Feist. The world of Garn once boasted five great kingdoms, until the King of Ithrace was defeated and every member of his family executed by Lodavico, the ruthless King of Sandura, a man with ambitions to rule the world. Ithrace's ruling family were the legendary Firemanes and represented a great danger to the other kings. Now four great kingdoms remain, on the brink of war. But rumour has it that the newborn son of the last king of Ithrace survived....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Old Master Returns in Classic Style!

  • By Simon on 30-04-18

18 hours wasn't long enough

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This has all the ingredients of an excellent series. I knew when I started listening that book 1 was only going to be about introducing the characters, and setting the scene for something bigger - but it did that so well and I thoroughly enjoyed all 18 hours 42 minutes of it. Indeed, I was left feeling abandoned by my new "friends" when it ended, and had to "just check" that I hadn't misread the release date of this, and perhaps book 2 might already be out....alas not.

This has the makings of an epic fantasy. Decent traditional fantasy stuff with a slight "frontier meets mafia" feel but with likeable, fully developed characters - and a few poisoned apples in the mix to keep it interesting. Hints of power and magic to come.....roll on book 2!

Narration is fine - occasional moments of not knowing who was speaking, but nothing too damaging to the story. A good listen all round.

  • The Serpent Sword

  • The Bernicia Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Harffy
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Beobrand is compelled by his brother's almost-certain murder to embark on a quest for revenge in the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria. The land is rife with danger, as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. In the battles for control of the region, new oaths are made and broken, and loyalties are tested to the limits. With no patronage and no experience, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight with sword and shield. Relentless in pursuit of his enemies, he faces challenges which transform him from a boy to a man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost a Prequel To Cornwell's King Alfred Books.

  • By Farniboy on 11-04-17

Brutal but engaging

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

Set in a time when life was cheap and brutal, and allegiances somewhat fluid. Battle is bloody and frequent.

The lead characters are engaging, and likeable, and the narration is perfectly suited to the story. Enough hooks to keep me wondering about what is to come.I will be downloading the rest of the series in the hope that the quality standard is maintained.

  • The Waking Fire

  • Book One of Draconis Memoria
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

The new star of British fantasy returns with The Waking Fire, book one of the Draconis Memoria series, a thrilling new epic fantasy of exploration and adventure, spies and assassins, explosive magic and the battle for empire. For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the 'blood blessed' - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world. Yet now a crisis looms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Times for heroes are back!

  • By Nina on 08-07-17

Narrator put me to sleep....

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

I think this might be a good story - problem is I couldn't stay focussed long enough to actually follow what was going on! I did really try for over half the book.....it seemed to be a good yarn, with lots of interesting angles on the drakes blood etc BUT Steven Brand's narration quite literally put me to sleep.

I admit, I am easily distracted particularly when I'm listing while doing chores or other things, but you must know how monotone his voice is that I zoned out on a long haul flight and actually fell asleep in economy class with my knees under my chin!! I then simply didn't have the energy or care enough to wind back to find out where I'd nodded off. So this will be the first book in long time which I am just not going to bother to finish.

nb- I did manage to survive the same narrator with Blood Song, but not this time. There are some really fabulous narrators out there that could lift this story to a new level - a real shame it is delivered in such a monotone manner. Absolutely no character variation, and the pauses (lack thereof) frequently left me confused as to who was speaking.

Not all reviewers have struggled with this narrator, so perhaps I'm just excessively fussy. My suggestion is to give it a try for an hour or so and if it doesn't work for you, you can always return for a refund (which is what I will be doing - Audible does have a good refund policy, may as well make use of it)

  • White Night

  • The Dresden Files, Book 9
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good books with excellent narration

  • By Meggy on 11-04-13

Comfortably familiar

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

The ninth book in the series, and it's still not getting old.

When I return each time to this series for the next instalment, James Marsters' voice as Harry Dresden, is like reconnecting with an old friend. Harry's character is consistent from the start of this series. He's dangerous, stroppy, determined, and just generally an all round good bloke. There's enough new stuff happening with each book to stop it being even remotely samey.

The magic and the supernatural world created in this series all stack easily, without being completely in-your-face or over the top. It just works. Whenever I have a long haul flight ahead of me I always have the next Dresden instalment downloaded and ready to go - it's like taking a good friend along for the journey and they're guaranteed to be good company.



  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

Good fun

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

Think Independence Day meets Star Trek.

Of course, when an alien star ship turns up in earth's atmosphere, followed closely by a second alien race, you just know it's all not going to work out in Earth's favour. Our little earth-weapons clearly aren't up to the task! Naturally, the cunning humans' plan is to simply nick the other lots' ships, weapons etc et.... I've totally overly simplified the plot with that statement - but that's the feel of the book.

It's good fun, great narration, and I've downloaded the next book in the series for when I need some light relief. The adjective "jaunty" seems to fit the bill. Onwards then, for a merry jaunt through the universe.....


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Authorities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining, humorous police procedural

  • By J Reason on 20-12-15

A fun distraction

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It's probably a 4.5 star rating. 5 stars for the fun factor, 4 stars because it's a bit unlikely / random.

It's a "who-dunnit" with a difference. Socially awkward rookie cop not who wasn't quite fitting in with the local force, finds himself in an interesting new crime-investigating team.

Eccentricity meets technology....what could possibly go wrong?!

Similar light tone to the wizard books, but a very different theme. The humour is fun, the narration perfectly suited. Ideal when light relief is required between the more heavy-duty or emotional listens.