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  • Steelheart

  • Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little childish, but great fun.

  • By Joe on 29-01-15

Original

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

Reviewed: 01-04-14

What did you like best about this story?

I found this to be very original and unexpected, completely out of synch with much of his other work (way of kings etc). I didn't think I'd enjoy it as it is almost set in a 1960s chicago but I was pleasantly surprised.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Daylight War: Demon Trilogy, Book 3

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 26 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

On the night of a new moon all shadows deepen. Humanity has 30 days to prepare for the next demon attack, but one month is scarcely enough time to train a village to defend themselves, let alone an entire continent caught in the throes of civil war. Arlen Bales understands the coreling threat better than anyone. Born ordinary, the demon plague has shaped him into a weapon so powerful he has been given the unwanted title of saviour, and attracted the attention of deadly enemies both above and below ground.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • OH NO!!

  • By Nik on 27-02-13

Not bad, could have been better.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

The narrator in short: The narrator makes the whole thing seem like its set in the deep south or the wild west and the phrase "Honest Word" starts to grate from about halfway through to the very end.



The Book:

I thought it was alright. Usually I force myself to take my time with my audiobooks as I have a habit of not wanting to turn them off as I want to know whats next. usually with a book my eyes grow tired and I end up putting it down but with these I just keep going. Here, I didn't put it down because it wasn't worth drawing out and it isn't good enough to keep me my daily commute entertaining and as such I blasted through it.



The characters are overly expanded, Inevera gets a full third of the book in total and about a quarter is backstory. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't, all I'll say is that Ahmann Jardirs backstory in the desert spear was no picnic, would you be surprised if hers wasn't either? That's all I'll say. I presume you've read the desert spear & the painted man, you learn almost all you need to know from them and the backstory feels very much filler to make you feel for the character but Mr Brett doesn't actually do very much with this.



Outside of Ineveras parts, the character expansion is much more bearable on a whole, the battles are well done and he managed to make a seemingly invincible Arlen, very mortal indeed. Unfortunately like many a writer before him, it feels like he ran out of steam halfway through and was resigned to a deadline he didn't want and certainly didn't need. The end was pretty much a given unfortunately, like a book you can feel how many pages (in this case, time) are left and when you think in your minds eye how much has yet to be concluded you get a feel for if it can be done or not. He managed it twice previously but in this it's empty.



If the term "trilogy" where removed from the title and he messed about a bit and had made a fourth book this would have been better and acceptable as the "lull" but it isn't.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow's Edge

  • Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Kylar has rejected the assassin's life. In the wake of the Godking's violent coup, both his master and his closest friend are dead. His friend was Logan Gyre, heir to Cenaria’s throne, but few of the ruling class survive to mourn his loss. So Kylar is starting over: new city, new companions and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might be alive, trapped and in hiding, Kylar faces an impossible choice. He could give up the way of shadows forever and find peace with his young family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb.

  • By Ian C Dando on 06-06-15

3.5 Stars - destroying your own work by B.Weeks

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-13

The author:

The story is set in a fantastical land with several types of magic, a whole host of politics and an arch-typical anti-hero supported by several groups of friends. Some known and others not so much.

The plot is winding, exciting and intricate if not a touch random at times. All in all solid.

The problem then, the thing which very nearly destroys this book. I mean that too, it almost ruins the very atmosphere Weeks has taken so long to build and worked so hard to make interesting is the dialogue.

It. Is. Awful.

Modern day america, in a fantasy setting. Malcolm in the middle meets lord of the rings. Poor, a poor poor show from a man with obvious talent and it grated one me start to finish. I nearly returned the book within the first 10 minutes of buying it because it was that bad.

It grew on me, or rather the story was good, and it partly made up for the poor character dialogue.



The narrator:

Paul Boehmer doing a superb job as usual. After listening to Robin Hobbs, Farseer trilogy which he narrated, I decided to give this a go. He does a good job of portraying the character differently and in an interesting fashion. there is a few points where he confuses the voices of the characters however but this is not a major issue as it is clear who is saying what or at least meant to be saying.



All in all, if you have read The kingkiller chronicle, The farseer trilogy and are now looking for something else, this falls in a fairly secure third or fourth place. If you haven't read those.... do so now then come back to this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition. To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them. A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg's gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king. Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • "He said", "she said" - ad nauseum

  • By Theodor Adorno on 17-04-14

What the....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-12

I enjoyed the first book a lot (5 stars) it captured the lack of humanity only a child can have. It was clever witty and for the most part made me chuckle. For all those moments in a book you just think "just get on with it and kill him already/ or take it and go stop wasting time" the first one really did. It was great as a result.

This.... No. I felt like I got halfway through the book and the author got bored, couldn't be bothered, felt he was wasting his time. I would rather, still be waiting for a part 2 than listen to the drivel that forms the latter half of this book. Well narrated fortunately which made it bearable but I won't be bothering with anything by this author again, not with George Martin, Patrick Rothfuss & Ben Kane still going strong.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 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 2,115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,604

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

Incredible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-12

I could write lots. In fact I did. Instead, I'll just say these few things:

1. If you read the first, then you're mind is made up to get this as well. My review is simply stalling you.

2. If you haven't read the first one then get them both, or read my review, then get them both.

This was perhaps one of the best audio book series I've ever listened to, if not the best. The story is gripping and beautifully written. Despite the synopsis given, it is far from a glamorous hero novel and there is peril and tragedy at every turn. The narration is stunning and varied, Degas has clearly worked incredibly hard and it shows as I realised toward the end, I thought of the voice as Knvothe's not an actor playing a character.

Enjoy!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful