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  • 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 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

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

Slow But Steady

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

Reviewed: 24-04-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book is very slow to get started, but builds up the characters backgrounds well and draws you in to their world.

What did you like best about this story?

The setting for the book is unusual and the strength of the females in the story is well told.

Could you see Red Sister being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I couldn't see this book being made into a film as it would be difficult to keep attention spans from an audience long enough to tell the tale.A slightly less lengthy introduction to the book would help.

Any additional comments?

The reading of the book was well thought out by the Narrator, the use of a female for this was probably essential. Saying this the accent of two of the main characters is very distracting. The Irish accent is too close to a character called Bernie created by Catherine Tate and therefore spoils any image you can create in your mind of what Nona actually looks like. The scouse accent grates and I feel is unnecessarily strong and harsh to listen to.

  • Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent

  • By: Jay Bonansinga, Robert Kirkman
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In The Fall of the Governor, Part One, classic characters from both the comic and television series, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, finally made their appearance in the Walking Dead novel series, only to discover that the Governor is a very dangerous enemy. Now, the Walking Dead series of novels continues with more fan favorite characters from the comic book and TV show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Just brilliant!

  • By patrick on 04-04-15

Not the best

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

What did you like about this audiobook?

I thought the continuation of the story was inevitable and the length of the book was good.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

My interest has sadly decreased with this episode.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Very graphic descriptions of weaponry and death blows of zombies. Very atmospheric

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

I think the narrator is brilliant until he starts his prolonged screaming talk. Everybody who gets angry be it male or female sounds the same, an aggressive snarl that worked well for the governor in previous books but doesn't work well with everyone else. It makes the book difficult to listen to as all the characters appear to be aggressive with each other even when they are supposed to be sympathetic or loving etc.

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  • Day Four

  • By: Sarah Lotz
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

Sarah Lotz's extraordinary, unmissable follow-up to the book that made headlines around the world, The Three - perfect for fans of The Shining Girls, The Passage, and Lost. Four days into a five-day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • great story but way to complicated at the end

  • By Andrew on 14-06-16

great story but way to complicated at the end

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

the story draws you in and goes at a nice pace, plenty of suspense but in my opinion falls apart at the end. its as if the author was unsure how to finish and went into bizarre mode. shame because the rest of the book was exciting

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262

When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Karen on 17-05-07

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 19-01-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I would recommend the book to a friend

What did you like best about this story?

I thought that the book covered an area that was probably forgotten with all that went on in that era, children are children whether German, English or Jewish

Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I thought the performance was very good, great characterization.

Did The Book Thief inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to be more open with my opinions and look for other works covering this topic.

Any additional comments?

The use of German swear words is way to prolific, it gets slightly boring to hear the characters calling each other names constantly. Even the father figure allows the mother to call the child names constantly, I am unsure as to what the author thought this brought to the book but it does get tedious.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,602
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,574

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Fantatsic Concept

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have enjoyed listening to the martian completely, it is a large steer away from the usual horror style books I listen to but I am glad I did.

What other book might you compare The Martian to, and why?

If I had to compare this it would be the film cast away, but placed in space.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I thought the narrator did an excellent piece of work with this, he put good quality of enthusiasm in the right places to make the story believable. I am looking forward to listening to more of his work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I actually thought the narrator did an excellent job with this book and I am looking forward to hearing other pieces of his work.

Any additional comments?

A thoroughly enjoyable listen, if you fancy a week away in space take this book with you!

  • A Clash of Kings

  • Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,067
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,064

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Clash of Kings. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Clash of Kings is the second volume in the series. Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Marcus on 01-01-12

Speech

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

Reviewed: 10-03-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend based on the story, its a massive tale with much depth.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Clash of Kings (Part One)?

Most memorable moment is the whole story. Its enthralling.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator gave virtually every person in the book a speech impediment of some sort.
Virtually every new character introduced has some form of speech problem and becomes very very tedious and distracts from the story. If it wasnt for this the narration would have been good. The narrator needs to learn to vary characters apart from giving each one a differing lisp.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

neither

Any additional comments?

I would buy this book for the story and try to ignore the narrators irritating vocal problems.

  • The Wise Man's Fear (Part Two)

  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,587

Part Two of The Wise Man’s Fear Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The problem with a trilogy...

  • By Robyn on 03-02-13

Seriously Tedious

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-13

I have been listening to all of the books in this series so far and have been deeply engrossed, until this book. Rupert Degras is a sensitive and very capable orator and he attempts to breath life into a book that is a drudge of a story. This book is drawn out and unfocused. Far too much time is spent on innocuous and irrelevant conversations. This book does not appear to have any reason for existing except for P. Rothfuss to engage his imagination into way too much depth and detail.

There appears to be chapter after chapter of storyline that ultimately is about Kvothe losing his virginity.

oh and he learns to fight. The fact that he doesnt understand the language of the people who teach him is constantly rammed down your throat. For the author to doggedly describe hand and facial movements of a sign language very quickly becomes tedious and yet it is consistantly described for hundreds of pages.

I waited patiently for some storyline to appear but even at chapter 129 I was still waiting, unfortunately at this point I lost interest, long before the end of the book. Im sorry Mr Rothfuss but this is a very large disappointment and I wont be buying any follow ups to this. Unless you are a fan of long drawn out conversation and pointless in depth description then this book is not for you. Sorry for the diatribe but this book is worthy of only that.