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  • Songs of the Earth

  • By: Elspeth Cooper
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Songs of the Earth is the most compelling debut fantasy novel since Patrick Rothfuss first hit the shelves four years ago, with the stunning The Name of the Wind. Combining superb characterisation with an epic story, it is beautifully told and engaging from the very first word. Gair is under a death sentence. He can hear music - music with power - and in the Holy City that means only one thing: he's a witch, and he's going to be burnt at the stake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rich tapestry and engaging characters

  • By Richard on 12-04-12

Not at all what I expected!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I couldn't listen to anymore, just an overdose on his lust for her, or her lust for him, how gorgeous her skin was, or how ripped he was. Really! I made it to chapter 28 I think and had to switch it off, if it gets better after that, then great for those who dont mind, or even like, this sort of thing. To me it became monotinous to a point of distraction. Cross between the worst of Twighlight and a bad teenage hormonal crush with pirates wanting to be Mr Grey, but even more held back!
Will not be purchasing any others in the series as my expectations from the title and synopsis were sadly but definitely not met.
Have to say though, Allan Corduner was great, really liked his voice, don't think I would have made it this far without him, so cheers Mr Corduner.

  • Carrion Comfort

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
  • Length: 39 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long, so looong

  • By Robin on 24-09-13

Lots to take in!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Not an audiobook to have playing in the background if you want to keep with the characters and plot, but to really listen was a pleasure.
I believe it will be the type, that when I listen again, which I will, I will pick up on other things, that, in turn will give me another take on it all. Great value, well performed and a deep and quite believable subject!

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

Confusingly amazing.

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

Firstly I really liked Lukes voice, I have heard authors narrate their own work before but not always to the good of the piece, but Luke really did his work justice in my opinion.
I did get a little tiny bit confused at a couple of points but that said I was seeing my wedding dress at the time, so I probably wasn't listening fully!
Really enjoy the imagination Luke puts into his work, very refreshing, a wonderful change from the usual. Off to download another from what looks to be one of my new favourite authors.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Unexpectedly brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

I wasn't expecting too much from this book, and being honest, and only got it after another dissapointment from a previous choice. I was acctually starting to think that my choices based on narrators, synopsis or samples were just becoming terrible. But, this has saved my sanity, it made me laugh, it made my eyes leak and, yes, I shouted at my tablet...NO... when it ended. Will definitly be looking out for more by the witty and imaginative Mr Smitherd.
By the way Luke, the lovely Matt Addis did an amazing job lol.
Thank you for a great listening experience.

  • The Ritual

  • By: Adam Nevill
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275

It was the dead thing they found hanging from a tree that changed the trip beyond recognition. When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. A shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling stuff

  • By Fergal on 27-02-13

Yawn.......

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I was really looking forward to this but alas... no atmosphere, no characters who are either likeable or that you can hate, ne er really does anything! Strange when you think of the setting and the storyline!

  • Phantoms

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Nonsense

  • By Chris on 12-08-11

He said, she said!!!

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

Reviewed: 31-10-16

The characters I found flat, didn't care about any of them. Sections seemed to just be full of "he said", "she said" conversations, it gets so bad it's almost all you can hear!!!!
I'm just new to Dean Koontz, after being recommended his books by friends, and I have to say, I'm not that impressed. Now can't decide whether to risk wasting another credit to try another by him.

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