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  • Guns of the Dawn

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Guns of the Dawn is a pacey, gripping fantasy of war and magic from Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky. The first casualty of war is truth.... First, Denland's revolutionaries assassinated their king, launching a wave of bloodshed after generations of peace. Next they clashed with Lascanne, their royalist neighbour, pitching war machines against warlocks in a fiercely fought conflict.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By AReader on 12-11-17

Excellent gunpowder plot

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

Reviewed: 25-11-17

At first I was a little unsure of this book but as it evolved I became immersed in the world created so well by Tchaikovsky. The magic is a backdrop to this world of gunpowder and war which, I for one, thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were well rounded, believable and captivating, which is not always the case. I very much enjoyed Emma Newman's narration she only improved on the book for me. Highly recommended.

  • Nevermoor

  • The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 87

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-18

Superb

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

Reviewed: 22-10-17

I loved this book and I the narration was superb. The story has depth, characterisation and is utterly delightful. Lots of reviews are comparing it to Harry Potter but I disagree. The tone, world and nuance is utterly unlike the Potter books. It is a wonderful book and I am already waiting for book 2.

Gemma Whelan just brought this to an extra level. It is so important for an audio book to work as an audio book and so many narrators just read rather than immerse themselves.

I highly recommend the Book and the Narration.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Tower of Dawn

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the king of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica - the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Sheila on 24-09-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less romance and more action.

What could Sarah J. Maas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The original character had depth and colour to his personality, which was lost in this book. Unfortunately this was below par.

What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Evans’s performance?

Her delivery which is becoming very drawn out.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tower of Dawn?

Probably about half the book. Not much happened but it took forever to come to a conclusion

Any additional comments?

I think this was more of a romance than science fantasy. Which is not to my taste. However, others might prefer it that way.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Wizards of Once

  • Book 1
  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 245

Once there was magic, and the magic lived in the dark forests. Until the warriors came... This is the story of a young boy wizard and a young girl warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide. Xar is a wizard boy who has no magic and will do anything to get it. Wish is a warrior girl, but she owns a banned magical object, and she will do anything to conceal it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely wonderful!

  • By puppeteer on 02-10-17

Wonderful meld of story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

What did you like most about The Wizards of Once?

All of it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Squeezjoos the sprite. Just because!!

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

Incomparable storyteller and performer. He is sublime.

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

I thought the antics of the characters were very funny indeed and I did laugh out loud.

Any additional comments?

This is a beautifully written tale of magic brought to life by a reader of such talent as David Tennant. A dream combination. I now need book 2.

  • Chronicles of a Royal Pet: A Princess and an Ooze

  • Royal Ooze Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Ian Rodgers
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The world of Erafore is one full of magic and mystery. Heroes battle dragons, mages confront demons, and the gods watch over it all. Yet among these incredible beings, a single creature is born with the power to rewrite the destiny of the land. Taken in as a pet by the princess of the Kingdom of Varia, a mere Ooze will rise to stand in the tide of fate and defend the ones he loves from an encroaching void. But can a monster ever truly become a man?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oozing with delight

  • By Sheila on 21-09-17

Oozing with delight

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

Where does Chronicles of a Royal Pet: A Princess and an Ooze rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a very good book indeed. Well told and very well read.

Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favourite?

The Ooze

Any additional comments?

I loved this book and am really looking forward to book 2. Highly recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon's Green

  • Worldquake, Book 1
  • By: Scarlett Thomas
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Effie Truelove has made a promise to keep her grandfather's magical books safe from danger. Whatever it takes. But it's not always easy when you're a pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange. Together with her new school friends, Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven, Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scarlett Thomas on top form

  • By Cameron on 31-10-17

Enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

If you could sum up Dragon's Green in three words, what would they be?

Interesting and enjoyable

What about Roger Allam’s performance did you like?

Good clear narrative. I enjoyed his reading of the book very much.

Any additional comments?

A very good story, well paced and very well written. I am looking forward to book 2.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Frogkisser!

  • A Magical Romp of a Fairytale
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction. Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil stepstepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser. Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It's not her frog; it's her sister's. And it's not a frog; it's actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya's sister but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a 'sister promise' that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and adventurous

  • By Meera on 01-06-18

Brilliant story for children and adults alike

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

Reviewed: 24-07-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Frogkisser! to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book but loved it being read to me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Royal Dog who was just wonderful closely followed by the princess. Both of them were well thought out characters who were brought to life by the narrator and the author.

Which character – as performed by Marisa Calin – was your favourite?

All of them. I thought she read the book beautifully.

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

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

I loved it.

  • The Heart of What Was Lost

  • A Novel of Osten Ard
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

The world was nearly destroyed, but now knows hope again. At the end of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Ineluki the Storm King, an undead spirit of horrifying, demonic power, came within moments of stopping Time itself and obliterating humankind. He was defeated by a coalition of mortal men and women joined by his own deathless descendants, the Sithi. In the wake of the Storm King's fall, Ineluki's loyal minions, the Norns, retreat north to Nakkiga, an ancient citadel which holds a priceless artefact....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful return to Osten Ard.

  • By InquisitorRex on 25-05-18

Another great Osten Ard Novel

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart of What Was Lost to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the printed version as I love Andrew Wincott's narration of the MS&T series. It was fabulous

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heart of What Was Lost?

Getting back into the series which is up there with the greats of Fantasy.

Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favourite?

It's a little bit of a cliché to say all of them but he is wonderful narrator.

Any additional comments?

Really looking forward to the next collection of Osten Ard books. April cannot come quick enough for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Furies of Calderon

  • The Codex Alera: Book One
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

For 1000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious Lords manoeuvre to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon. Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, young Tavi struggles with his lack of fury crafting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • badly edited but good story

  • By Gwen1818 on 28-09-16

The narrator kills it

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

Reviewed: 30-09-16

Would you try another book written by Jim Butcher or narrated by Kate Reading?

I read the first Dresden Files and although it was not for me he is a good writer. Kate Reading just bores me to death. I have other books where she is part of a team of performers which is OK. However, on her own the book just drones on.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A new reader to breath life into the story and the characters.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

Someone better!!

Could you see Furies of Calderon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Nope

Any additional comments?

I will not be buying any more of the series.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Illuminae

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 1
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Jonathan McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros are set to bring YA sci-fi novel Illuminae to the big screen. The year is 2575, and two megacorporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • @#!*@$# BRILLIANT!!!!

  • By lynsey on 30-07-16

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 22-08-16

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

One of the best science fiction books I have read for some time.

What did you like best about this story?

The delivery of the story is brilliantly constructed. What could be clunky and rigid turns out to be scintillating and fascinating.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ending. Which perfectly sets the listener up for book 2.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

The production values were very high and expertly delivered and the performances were top drawer. I am really looking forward to book 2.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful