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even better than part 1

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

Reviewed: 29-07-20

I really enjoyed the first one and this installment gas not disappointed. Andrea is an excellent narrator who sucks you in to the story. I believe she's the Lady counterpart to R C Bray, she's that good!

You really need to start with the first part or you're going to be lost with this one.

The story picks up literally the next morning after the boss fight with the flesh worm, few authors do this and I think Pirate has done it because the story is actually serialised in a blog so it's potentially not going to end any time soon and I'm in no hurry for that.

The two books together add up to over 100 hours of listening which is outstanding value for a mere 2 credits.

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Excellent Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 24-01-20

Miss Bertram is a new author for me, and I was confused as to why the male narrator at first, but it all made sense very quickly. The story is being told by a male protagonist from a different place to us, about a baby girl he spots in a 'screen' showing our world. Over time he gets glimpses of her as she grows up and is sometimes able to influence her a little at times when he sees she needs it most. I won't say anymore as it would require spoilers.

If you are looking for urban fantasy with a difference, you should enjoy this story. It doesn't follow the usual rules of the genre that a lot of the UF writers seem to feel is pretty much set in stone, I would say this is more esoteric and dreamlike. Here not be dragons, vampires and zombies. But there's plenty of metaphorical 'dreaming' and alternative dimension visitation and a super cute baby elephant. Just give it a go, you might be surprised!

As for James Abbot, I quite enjoyed his reading style, he sounds like he's reading directly to you and not just reading the story out loud. Sort of reminds me of Stephen Fry in that way, even if Abbot doesn't have the same vocal range as Fry or R C Bray. Most importantly, he did really well on the female characters and I loved his baby elephant voice, absolutely perfect.

Trust the Awesomeness

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

No, really, TTA.
Ok, if you haven't started this series, just please, go back and start with book one, Columbus Day, if you don't you're going be a little lost and won't appreciate the full awesomeness of this story.

RC Bray is one of those narrators who is so good, he can take something truly epic and bring it to life. Just give it a go, you have nothing to lose. Craig, as always, thankyou for giving us this outstanding series and for trusting Bob with reading it.

I have listened to the first 6 books 3 times now (to refresh myself as each new book comes out)and will probably go through the entire series once a year for the rest of my life.

Another reason to get into this series, as Craig is self published through amazon, he doesn't have all that pesky hoop jumping that authors going the traditional route (having one book published every year or so) have, so his books are only a few months apart. Book 9 is coming out in the next month or so as an eBook and hopefully on audio within a couple of months depending Bob's commitments.

I'm not talking about the story itself, because that would mean spoilers. It's well written, excellent story continuation, lots of easter eggs. and I miss Kate Mulgrew as Nagatha (see Homefront).... just putting that out there.



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fun story!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

so this was fun. I enjoyed the story even though the main protagonist was a bit of a brat.
This is a futuristic story with airships and a little magic and Latin.

Anyway, fun story, following the self emancipation of the Protagonist from guilt ridden and over protective parents.

As for the narrator, she did a passable performance, her male voices could do with a bit of work, they sound a little forced. This was evidently recorded on a budget and the post production missed a few shallows and page turns, also the sound changed at a few points. This I found to only be minor distractions from the story.

I was given a code for this audiobook in return for an honest review and I'm really grateful I had this opportunity as this was a really enjoyable listen.

an irreverent romp through space!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

if you're looking for hard science, look elsewhere, this story is written through the eyes of a human astronaut kidnapped by aliens but not for a*** probing! Instead he finds himself negotiating a multi-spacefaring species society trying to survive.
Excellent fun even if the food issue really bugged me! I'm sure the author will explain all in the next book.
If you have enjoyed The Black Ocean series, you will probably enjoy this.
The narrator, K T Johnston, was excellent. His female voices were believable and not at all whiny! If you enjoy listening to Wil Wheaton, you will enjoy Johnston, his tenses and inflections are similar, not the voice though.
I was offered a code for this audiobook in return for an honest review, and I have no regrets, I'm really looking forward to the next one and I really hope it won't be too long a wait, as this opportunity has made me aware of another fun series to devour.

very well read

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-19

I've had to stop listening to this after getting about halfway through, mainly out of frustration with the main protagonist but also because a story about mental health is the last thing I need to hear when I'm dealing with my own. The story is meant to be a mind bender I think, but I just got more and more frustrated and depressed.
I was offered a code for the book in return for an honest review. I'm just sorry I got the opportunity when I'm in a bad headspace. I think that if I weren't dealing with these issues, I would probably enjoy the story.
As for the narrator, he did a great job, he needs to work on his female voices a bit, but sadly the female characters were written a little on the simpering side.

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Narrator is not invested in the story

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-19

I I've read this book several times and seeing this audio version in the twofer sale I thought yeah, I'll be nice to dip back into Gibson's tippy mind again. Nut this narrator, oh my gods, he sounds really unhappy to be reading the story and his portrayal of female characters is whiny and irritating. I forgave him for the junkie, but when Molly came into the story I had to turn it off. Molly is a fierce warrior, to give her character a whiny voice is an insult to Gibson's masterpiece.
I'm returning this audiobook

Excellent urban fantasy with a Londoncentric theme

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

Reviewed: 18-07-19

well written, well read, definitely a story told with style. at this time there are only 3 of the books, I want, no, need more. I'm trying not to be vague, but also not give spoilers. Damien Lynch is definitely a narrator I'm happy to hear again, his voices for the characters are different enough to allow differentiation and even more important, his female voices are excellent and not in the least whiny unless called for.
Cornell's Brit style of urban fantasy is a welcome breath of fresh air in the very stale offerings being churned out right now that all centre on werecritters, fluffy bunny vampires etc.
If you enjoy China Mieville, you will likely enjoy these, the difference being, Mieville pushes boundaries, Cornell establishes them then moves them around as the story unfolds and everything makes sense at the end, but don't think you'll be kept in the dark until then. You learn everything as the team learns it.

name dropping yawnfest

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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I tried a few times to get into this story kept getting annoyed and bored with the incessant name dropping. It comes across as a paint by numbers alterna history fiction throwing together popular fictional characters and real people from about the same time, and then just, well, throwing in the vampires, stomping in the memory of the Ripper's victims, but nah. I was hoping for something more entertaining as I have enjoyed this sort of romp before, but it was a slog to get through the first hour.

Kate Mulgrew as Nagatha YES!

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

Reviewed: 18-06-19

listened in one sitting, I laughed, I shed a single tear, I NEED MORE PLEASE! MORE DAMMIT! Now for constructive criticism, the whole echoey thing with Skippy playing story teller, was a bit much and distracting. And the silly music when Joe and Skippy have their conversations was a bit much, but if you take that music in the context of Skippy having control of the production, it makes sense. Quinto as Broke Stilleto (intentional) was the absolute perfect level of smarm. I feel that everyone was very well cast for their roles, and they deserve to pat themselves on their backs and 'ave anuvver pint.

I highly recommend that to get the best out of this audio drama, you use the best possible headphones you have, especially noise cancelling ones, and try to listen to at least the first couple of hours in one sitting. Ignore the haters, this installment is the marmite of the series, only you can decide if you like it.

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