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  • Son of a Liche

  • The Dark Profit Saga, Book 2
  • By: J. Zachary Pike
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Still bruised and heartbroken from their last calamitous quest, Gorm Ingerson and his band of washed-up heroes try to make amends for the orcs they accidentally betrayed. But justice is put on hold when an old foe marches to the city gates. Gorm is horrified to discover a liche pitching the frightened city-dwellers on the merits of the undead lifestyle...at the head of a corpse army. To save the city from high-pressure sales tactics and an inevitable siege, the dwarf warrior and his misfit band hatch a harebrained scheme that lands them at the top of the king’s kill list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent!

  • By Peter on 22-08-18

Even better than the first.

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

A very funny and astute book. Well worth a read.

While I enjoyed the first book, it had a very 'first book feel' to it. This has the same humour, but just with a bit slicker editing.

Is a trilogy and the third book isn't out yet. Proceed with caution.

Ps. Mr Pike, please write faster.

  • The Brig Society: Complete Series 3

  • The BBC Radio 4 sitcom
  • By: Marcus Brigstocke, Dan Tetsell, Jeremy Salsby, and others
  • Narrated by: Marcus Brigstocke, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, William Andrews
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

In the complete third series of the multiaward-winning show, from the makers of Cabin Pressure and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive, Marcus Brigstocke examines different facets of life by being put in charge of them. Each week he starts out by thinking, Well, it can’t be that difficult, surely and ends up with, Oh, turns out it’s utterly difficult and complicated. Who knew...?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best satire on Radio 4

  • By Lyro8 on 09-03-16

Great comedy, not quite as good as the others

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

If you could sum up The Brig Society: Complete Series 3 in three words, what would they be?

Funny, Horrifically honest.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brig Society: Complete Series 3?

Brigstocke doing his GCSEs, though my favorite episode was on the house of Lords.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The combination are slick, well edited and nicely recorded.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

BBC turns popular radio show onto the TV/Screen, who'd have thunk it would do it again.

Any additional comments?

Do the first two series first, they are certainly superior, this one feels like its running a little low on material.

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he's twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love finding a great new series

  • By Philip on 04-11-13

Good, but not great

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

To be honest I really struggled to get through the story, i dont know if i would do so again.

Did Christopher Ragland do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

No, the characters are all a little 'kiddy' and over the top. Rather than putting on serious voices for the other characters they feel a bit like Scooby Doo characters. Asides from that the narration is good, the main characters inner monologue sits nicely with the character.

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

No, in fact often in jarred me out of listening to it.

Any additional comments?

The actual story line was great, the characters felt interesting and not too 1 dimensional; however the book is full of little back tracks through history that are completely inaccurate (I know this is a fantasy book, but when a character is supposed to have lived 2 millennia then you would like him to actually know what he is talking about during the past- if not you want an explanation of how this world differs from ours). It all just needs a bit more research OR an explanation to why history is wrong.

I was hoping for something to keep me busy while waiting for the next Dresden Files book, but I think I was setting my scopes to high.

All in all the book isn't bad, in fact its quite good - but not as good as others in this genre/style.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Chris Addison's

  • The Ape That Got Lucky
  • By: Chris Addison
  • Narrated by: Chris Addison, Jo Enright, Dan Tetsell, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

This BBC Radio 4 series explores the fascinating subject of human evolution, firstly by looking at the primary advantage mankind has over those poor saps, "The Animals": language. We explore the number of languages now in use (5,000 or so) and why the people of Lewisham don't seem to have chosen one as yet. Among other things, Professor Herring demonstrates his value-based translation machine, and we meet a man who thinks his bees are telling him about unsolved crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By ROBERT on 12-06-16

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a brilliant audiobook/series, and I have already loudly exclaimed how good it is, when it was on BBC iplayer. This and its sister show - 'Civilization' are both well worth listening to.

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

Yes, unfortunately due to the shortness of the series it was quite possible to listen to it all at once.

Any additional comments?

Chris Addison is full in his usual stride, if you like his comedy this is one for you. If you find his comedy too quirky/middle class I'd consider something else first.

  • Bad Science

  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711

We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making science truly entertaining

  • By Marcus on 26-03-10

A must listen.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

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

No, in fact a few statements in this book make you pull yourself away and really think about how the world works. It is so well presented that often it made me angry with what people get away with. I had to sit down a few times and just cool off before the next listening session.

Any additional comments?

This was a really enjoyable book, a must read for everyone. It helps you to re-evaluate what you see and hear. It helped me get angry, in a good way.

  • Skin Game

  • The Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,131

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful. This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies, to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still excellent

  • By Robyn on 09-07-18

Brilliance yet again

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Skin Game to be better than the print version?

To me, James Marsters makes the Dresden Files, without his narration the book goes, but not as smoothly.

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

Yes, He is completely on form, maintaining his high standards. It is only a pity that 'Ghost Story' is not also narrated by Marsters. If they ever re-recorded it, I would buy it again in an instant.

Any additional comments?

This book has the complex depth of the latter books, along with the low level intrigue of the early books. For once an author in the fantasy genre has avoided the 'must be bigger, more world destroying' plot line arc/trope and has just produced a nice sequel.

  • The Historical Jesus

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

From the late Roman Empire all the way to our own time, no continuously existing institution or belief system has wielded as much influence as Christianity, no figure as much as Jesus. Worshipped around the globe by more than a billion people, he is undoubtedly the single most important figure in the story of Western civilization and one of the most significant in world history altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting concept, needs the visual element

  • By Sam on 07-07-14

An interesting concept, needs the visual element

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you like most about The Historical Jesus?

This was a very interesting lecture, with lots of intriguing concepts. It was very balanced and for such a sensitive topic the author/reader managed to keep most of his personal bias out it, which for such a topic is a monumental achievement.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Bart D. Ehrman?

Unfortunately the problem with the reader is that he is presenting in a visual medium and this is an audio recording. Irregardless the whole thing has ended up as a smooth finished product.

Any additional comments?

There is one or two chapters where the author/reader feels a little 'preachy' I urge listeners to try and cope with his presentation and push past these; it is well worth it in the end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rogues

  • By: Neil Gaiman (contributor), George R. R. Martin (editor), Gillian Flynn (contributor), and others
  • Narrated by: Janis Ian, Gwendoline Christie, Roy Dotrice, and others
  • Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok..

  • By mark on 12-12-14

Some of my favourites

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you like most about Rogues?

This has three amazing short stories from my favorite authors - Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss and Mr Martin himself.

What did you like best about this story?

All three of those are stories that expand upon those that I've been waiting for a sequel for: Neverwhere, The Kingkiller Chronicles and The Song of Ice and Fire

Have you listened to any of George R. R. Martin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The final story has a much better narrator than George's other works. Personally I don't take to short stories that much, but the quality of these makes up for it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Turn Coat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 11
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 872

The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same!

  • By Sam on 01-12-13

More of the same!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book, but only if you've read/listened to the previous books.

This is definitely more of the same - it has geered up since the original few books, meaning that it's lost personal, low power intrigue but has gained in exchange a certain epic-ness and depth.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Turn Coat?

James Masters voice, though out the whole thing! Unfortunatly details are impossible without spoilers!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,390

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Cracking read

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

Reviewed: 14-07-13

Where does Rivers of London rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This a lovely book, surprising perhaps - don't judge a book by its cover.

What did you like best about this story?

The story takes a while to warm up but then becomes both enjoyable and intriguing.

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I've listened to his performance - it is what is needed for the book.

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

This is a slower book, more one to take bits away and digest rather than rush through.

Any additional comments?

It's an absolutely brilliant book. It definitely Harry Dresden in London.