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  • Harbinger

  • Fate's Forsaken, Book 1
  • By: Shae Ford
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren't bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering - which is a problem for Kael.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Miss on 16-12-14

Fun fantasy, bit too much emotion for me... :)

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

Reviewed: 29-06-15

Great book but the story hangs a bit too much off the emotional tie between two characters, it's like watching your favourite series carry into another season with the story arcs never quite closing... Shae has more than enough craft and creativity so it's just a teeny bit frustrating. I enjoyed the book though and escaped into hours of well written story. I definitely recommend it old fantasy fans. One more thing to mention while I think about it, the scenes which include our red headed hero were often an anti climax the way they were described, there is very little explanation about how the magic works so it's difficult, at least for me, to paint the picture fully, I've just bought the second book though, so hoping it's just a case of stringing me along :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Age of Iron

  • Iron Age Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

Legends aren't born. They're forged. Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who's vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join ­- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a good yarn

  • By graham on 12-11-14

Unique and exciting story from the outset

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

Reviewed: 29-05-15

I loved the story layered over British history, it added a familiar depth and provided a creative insight which was enjoyable to follow along with. The story never stuttered and every time I turned on my audiobook I was excited to find out about the characters. Already purchased the next one. Badgers b#*$ but they aren't cheap!

  • The Skull Throne

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438

In the grand tradition of George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan, Sunday Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett continues his critically acclaimed Demon Cycle with the next dramatic instalment: The Skull Throne. The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honour and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The stuffing in the middle?

  • By Robyn on 29-09-15

Couldn't stop listening...

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

Reviewed: 18-05-15

Great story arcs...surprises at every turn. I think Peters writing has improved after his first few books. I felt this story was more mature but equally enjoyable. Love the turnaround of the new books too, never liked waiting years for the next book... Can't wait for the next one. Thanks for the escape.

  • Firefight

  • A Reckoners Novel, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374

They told David it was impossible - that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand. Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realise he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs. Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great next instalment

  • By Robyn on 16-01-15

Unique, quirky and awesome ;)

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

I was sceptical of the whole plot, wondering where Brandon would take the story after Steelheart. The book kept me going during my drives to work and back. Surprisingly, I didn't crash along the way while engrossed. It was like reading a fantasy book for the first time again, the book a unique mix of fantasy and scifi elements. Loved the characters and the ending... Wow what an ending.... !

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,062

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. 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 Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrative a little disappointing 😕

  • By Anna on 06-05-15

Great book, terrible narration.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-11

I would not recommend listening to this audiobook. As a previous reviewer said, the narration is not clear enough, the voice and accents do not lend themselves to this book. You find yourself having to re-listen over again just to understand what was said. Perhaps it was the use of accents across so many different characters which George has written into such a small time-space. So one paragraph may have a huge variety of characters making it tough, without focussing 100% on every sentence. If you're like me and like to listen while working or driving, just don't bother. Also, the use of english noble accents for all the lords and ladies was just annoying, i never see these big burly warriors speaking like Prince Charles.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Hollow Hills

  • The Arthurian Saga, Book 2
  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Nicol Williamson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Merlin the Enchanter, prophet and visionary, adviser to kings: Here is the story of how he rears Arthur, the future Christmas King, in remote secrecy, safe from the warring kings and Saxons who plot against his father, King Uther. Told in the voice of Merlin himself, this tale bristles with all the suspense and intrigue of fifth-century Britain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Always buy unabridged

  • By carol on 02-01-17

It brought me to fantasy...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-09

I picked up this book as a schoolboy, bored with all the other
similiar titles. I wanted to be different, so randomly chose something that nobody else would be reading, and which hadn't been stamped in a long time...ten years!

Well, I couldn't put the book down, it was an extremely unique look at the Merlin story, and one which has always made more sense than the fantastic telling of so many other authors.

I recommend listening to this audiobook, possibly for the same reason as I did, all those years ago. Who knows, you may actually enjoy it :)



5 of 7 people found this review helpful