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awful recording

1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-18

I can't comment on the book unfortunately because I could get past the tinny, phone booth style recording that hurt my ears. It sounded like the narrator has recorded this whilst sitting in a home study with a cheap microphone. I tried changing the speed to see if that would help but in the end I had to return it. I'm only writing this as a warning to listen carefully to the sample to see if you can hack it because I couldn't. I'm going to have to give the written books a try instead.

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Better than the 'end of the world' series

5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-17

I finished this book in a split sitting. My family were none too happy with me but I don't care, I haven't been this glued to my ear buds for a long time. Where End of the world focused on Cassie and her group of friends, The City series follows what happened to her brother Eric who, unaware that she made it out, travels in to the city find her. The other protagonist is Sylvie, a woman whose past makes it hard to trust anyone and has to come to the understanding that in order to survive she has to start trusting and open her heart. We also get to find out what happened to Maria, Penny and Anna's beloved mother.
What I love about this book is the wider array of characters that Fleming has introduced. There is far more depth and emotion to them than in the previous series and I find myself wanting to know more and caring about them all in a way that was lacking in the previous series. They don't just feel like 'fillers' to move the story along, they feel like real people.
Narration is perfect with both Daniels and Plummer injecting just the right amount of humour in the witty banter between Eric and Sylvie and a serious amount of desperation and emotion when describing contact with the Lexers.
My only disappointment is that the next in the series isn't ready for me!

Teenage fiction at its best

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

In Tory Alexander, Harding has created a character so beautiful, so perfect, so fabulous in every single way that one finds it exeptionally hard to empathise with her. Not only is she beautiful, she is a black belt in Karate, well read in historical Britain, the daughter of a world famous musician and university lecturer and she happens (conveniently) to speak the exact dialect of the people who find her (which pretty much seems to be modern and colloquial English with a thee, thine and thou thrown in for good measure)!
Within days of arriving in medieval Wales, Tory has entranced everyone in the castle. The King (and most of his men - obviously) are so enamoured with this perfect being they hang on her every word and urge her to teach them the amazing fighting style she posesses.
Within weeks Tory has bagged the King, become Queen, suddenly gains magical powers, succeeds in changing centuries old attitudes to women so that they are equal to the men, helps her 'people' deal with childhood demons by hugging, sets up her own dojo and continues to prove that she is a strong, independent woman with no time for that silly feminine stuff, despite getting fluffy over pretty dresses and 'boys'!
Two thirds of the way through and I can't handle any more of this pithy, preachy Mary-Sue fiction. If you are a fan of juvenile romance stories (or a teenage girl) then this book is probably a perfect fantasy adventure for you. If you are not, move on to the next book!

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