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  • The Waking Fire

  • Book One of Draconis Memoria
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

The new star of British fantasy returns with The Waking Fire, book one of the Draconis Memoria series, a thrilling new epic fantasy of exploration and adventure, spies and assassins, explosive magic and the battle for empire. For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the 'blood blessed' - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world. Yet now a crisis looms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Times for heroes are back!

  • By Nina on 08-07-17

Confusing and drags on

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I had high hopes for this, but ended up deeply disappointed. It’s complicated , parallel story lines with lots of characters with unusual names. Not unusual you might think, but it’s almost impossible to keep track of it all because this story is ‘read’ rather than performed. The reader has an appealing, husky voice, but undertakes no vocal characterisation and employs no acting skills so every character sounds exactly the same. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by some of the excellent performances with other books, but this was a definite ‘don’t bother’.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,828

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

Surprising and gripping

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Reviewers have been coy in their descriptions to avoid revealing the plot so I really didn’t know what to expect and was mostly expecting to be disappointed. Absolutely not! I just couldn’t leave this alone and am now desperately in need of sleep. Although there were one or two places where I guessed what was going to happen there were surprises large and small and a cast of characters believable and real. Definitely a good pick, especially as it was two for one.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,768
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,642

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Don’t quit

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

This is really slow to get going, and I was tempted to quit, but don’t! Once it does get going it is gripping and exciting and although we really guess that the ‘hero’ will win out at the end it’s a roller coaster right to the end.

  • The Outcasts of Time

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

December 1348: With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries - living each one of their remaining days 99 years after the last. John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, thought-provoking historical fiction

  • By Kirstine on 13-10-17

It sounded so promising but disappointed

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

Interesting concept, but vaguely interesting soon became a tedious morality tale. The book is heavily focussed on describing everyday objects in a historical context so that the actual plot, such as it is, is totally overwhelmed by all this detail. I gritted it out to the end, thinking it would surely get better, but no. It sent me to sleep several times and I just couldn't be bothered to rewind because nothing ever really happened.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

I didn’t think I was going to like it at the beginning, but the story soon becomes intriguing and before long I just couldn’t leave it alone. I’ve read a few time travel novels in the past, but this one has new twists combined with a dollop of human interest which keeps you wanting more. The narrator has a pronounced southern drawl that sounds odd to begin with but I found I noticed it less and less as the story got going. Well worth a listen and I’ll be looking for other things by this author.

  • The Midnight Hunt: Midnight Hunters, Book 1

  • By: L. L. Raand
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

What do you do when you wake up to a whole new life…with dangerous urges you can't control? Medic Drake McKennan has never been good at following protocol, so she doesn't think twice about rendering emergency care when a teenager's life is at stake - even if the young girl is in the throes of Were fever and any sane human should know better. It isn't the bright shining pain of the bite or even the wrenching agonies of the fever that convinces Drake everything in her life has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • werewolf lust

  • By Alice on 07-03-14

Lesbians go wolf

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

If you are keen to hear a world record breaking attempt to us the word cl*toris (word not allowed), this is the one for you. Otherwise don’t bother. This book drones on and on about weird girl on girl sex and very little else. Not that I mind girl on girl sex, but it is all distinctly weird.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Mrs Charlotte Gaeta on 22-02-17

Difficult

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

A sophisticated hard listen. Characters in the book don’t fall into the typical good/bad categories, and it was hard to like any of them. The overall concept was thought provoking, but I’m left with the feeling it all ‘jumped about’, even though I can see that all the threads were a good reflection of how things really happen. The main narrator really stood out. I have rarely heard such breadth and quality of ‘voice’, though again I didn’t like or empathise with the characters she portrayed. I wouldn’t listen to it again, and wouldn’t really recommend it because it was often uncomfortable to listen to. It was certainly different.

  • Vampire Games

  • Vampire for Hire, Book 6
  • By: J. R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Samantha Moon is hired to look into the suspicious death of a popular fighter—and quickly discovers there’s far more to the story than meets the eye. As she uncovers clues into the boxer’s past, she will come face-to-face with something unexpected...and something only whispered about. Additionally, Samantha must confront the growing supernatural powers of those closest to her—and a betrayal that will rock her world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • One book in two

  • By SuzyDiamond on 13-12-17

One book in two

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

Reviewed: 13-12-17

This book was short, as was the last, and the fact that they are not ONE book is a cynical way of getting more money from the reader/listener. I understand that authors want to make money, but this is an increasing trend. For goodness sake, write one book and charge more for it! Having said this, I enjoyed listening but the irritation of being short changed constantly overwhelmed by enjoyment.

  • Starship Liberator

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 1
  • By: David VanDyke, B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flat and poorly performed

  • By Pete on 22-08-17

Good story, poor writing

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I was so, so disappointed with this. Read lots of other BV Larson but this one is so clearly mostly written by someone else and it’s just not the same. There’s so much technical description you just lose sight of what’s supposed to be going on. Shan’t be buying any more in this series.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • That Touch of Magic

  • By: Lucy March
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore poor reviews

  • By Mrs. S. B. Potter on 21-02-15

A little forced

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

Reviewed: 18-08-17

This was the third book in the series, but it was not as entertaining as the first two and felt as though the author was scratching about for ideas. It was hard to entertain Desmond as a sympathetic character given he had been thoroughly discredited in the previous book. Despite the author's attempt to reinvent him, I still didn't like him and his inclusion as a positive character spoiled the story. I don't know if there is/will be more in the series, but after this one I've lost interest.