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  • The Tudor Mystery Trials Box Set: The Tudor Heresy, A Queen's Spy and A Queen's Traitor - Medieval Historical Fiction

  • By: Sam Burnell
  • Narrated by: Alex Lancer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

As Tudor, England erupts following the death of Edward VI, can one young spy protect his queen? International best-selling author Sam Burnell takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with this magnificent new epic, A Queen’s Spy. In 1553, England is torn apart by religious conflict. Power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and brotherly love. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story interesting. Narration irritating at times.

  • By ESM on 07-01-19

Story interesting. Narration irritating at times.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

This story is interesting, although sometimes it jumps ahead to a scene and then fills in the context afterwards which can be a little disconcerting until you get used to it. I have not got to the end of it yet - but probably will - although the narration is bothering me enough to want to review mainly on that. My apologies to the author.
The Narrator has a slightly odd accent and rather old fashioned BBC type english which does grate a bit. As the story unfolds it becomes more obvious that the reader does not have knowledge of english history or names, and has not done his research to make up for this. For example marzipan is pronounced march-pain, which seemed strange. Names especially are wrong. We tend to say the name Northumberland as Northunberlund in this reading (and after a while annoyingly) it is pronounced Northumberlaaand. Thomas Seymour becomes Saymore, Hazeldene becomes Hazzledine etc etc
So it's a good story - somewhat spoilt by the narration. I looked up the narrator on linked in, his degree is from a Chicago business owned private Slovenian University, his profile says he is exploring narrating sci-fi, I think he should keep to this and avoid historical texts where this is background knowledge required to get pronunciation right.

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  • The School for Good and Evil

  • By: Soman Chainani
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

A dark and enchanting fantasy adventure perfect for girls who prefer their fairytales with a twist. Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains. Sophie, the most beautiful girl in town, has always dreamed of her place at the School for Good while her friend Agatha, with her dark disposition seems destined for the School for Evil. But when the two are kidnapped they find their fortunes reversed…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect. But beware of sequels.

  • By Indy on 14-05-16

Exelent

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

Reviewed: 17-01-16

A fascinating story that mixes traditional fairy tails and where their heros started. At the school for good and evil two girls with controversial personalities that come from beyond the woods try to remain friends whilst being in different schools.

  • A Storm of Swords

  • Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,184
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,176

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Storm of Swords. 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 Storm of Swords is the third volume in the series. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Time to say goodbye....

  • By A on 24-03-13

Great Story but not the right narrator

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

Reviewed: 18-10-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes- epic

How could the performance have been better?

The guy who narrates is too old to be narrating this. He uses a 'winston churchill ' take-off type voice for too many of the Knights.
Some of the stuff done with scottish and yorkshire accents is better. It would have been better to read it without the accented voices.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

great saga

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