LISTENER

Littlewings85

  • 7
  • reviews
  • 9
  • helpful votes
  • 25
  • ratings

A must for anyone who is into criminal psychology!

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

Reviewed: 25-09-19

Written by the guy who practically invented behavioural science and profiling. If you are into this side of true crime then this book (and any others by John E Douglas and Mark Olshaker) are an absolute must read.

Well narrated by the guy who is now playing a version of Douglas in Netflix's Mindhunter.

One tiny complaint

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

Reviewed: 06-08-19

Love the story, love the writing, love the characters and love the performance. My only tiny little annoyance is that the narrator seems to forget which accent/voice he used previously and so a character's voice can change from book to book (eg in her first appearance Lily had an Irish lilt to her voice and then in this one she has a cockney accent). It just makes it more difficult to follow who's who without actively listening for the "said X" parts.

The Dark Tower Series. (Reviewed as a whole).

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I adore this series of novels. Having been a fan of King and his work from my early teens when I first read The Dark Tower series I thought I knew roughly what to expect from the author. In a way I wasn’t wrong, but in another way I really was. It is, as a whole, very different to his usual horror genre works with the biggest jump being from horror to....well, how to describe DT? Western-Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Horror? It’s so strange but utterly absorbing. From one of the greatest (in my humble opinion) opening lines in literature to the very last page of the seventh book it defies expectation brilliantly yet constantly manages to include those specific Stephen King twists and aesthetic that you love from his other novels and short stories. Speaking of his other works; I love seeing all the little connections and characters that fill his literary world and that thrill that I get when I recognise a character, place or event from another book in DT or visa versa.

I distinctly remember that the first time I read this series it did something for me that hadn’t been done since I read Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit series as a child; it enveloped me. Like many readers I love the fact that a good book draws you in and makes it so you can see all the detail and get to know these wonderful characters, but there are a special few that can truly bring that world and those characters to life. There’s a quote that I will probably mess up that goes something like: “a good book makes you want to live in it’s world, a great book gives you no choice” or words to that effect and that is genuinely how some books (or series in my examples here) feel. For me, DT is one (or seven) of those books. The characters aren’t just imaginable, they are there in front of you, living and breathing. The world and events aren’t just in your head, you’re right there experiencing every aspect of them. That is the beauty of great fiction.

Naturally, when I discovered the series on Audible I couldn’t wait to get them (waiting for a book per month near killed me 😂) but I admit I was terrified. So many great books have been ruined for me as audiobooks because of a terrible narrator. Thankfully, this series is NOT among them. Although, as a British listener the strong southern drawl did sound a bit cheesy at first after the first twenty minutes or so it really didn’t bother me at all and I appreciated the different accents that the narrator was able to give the characters.
As someone who uses audiobooks to relax and fall asleep to, there is a fine line between a voice that is too monotonous and ruins the story and too over the top which tends to be jarring and not one you can nod off to. An example of the latter is narrator Simon Vance, who is an incredible narrator and gives the voices in the books he narrates so much life and character but definitely not one I find I can fall asleep with so I have to save his books for during the day.
Obviously this isn’t an issue for everyone but I don’t think I am the only person to use audiobooks for this purpose (at least six of my family members do haha!) I thought it was worth a mention.

Overall DT is just a brilliant fantasy epic to sit comfortably alongside the works of such authors as Tolkien, Robin Hobb and Patrick Rothfuss. Worth every last credit.

Loved this entire series.

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

Reviewed: 30-05-19

I absolutely adored these books, from the first words of the first prequel to the last sentence of Lady of the Lake I was enthralled and couldn’t wait for the next instalment.
The narrator is particularly brilliant (despite an early faux pas of the mispronunciation of Dandelion’s name - which even though grating didn’t detract from the fantastic story and brilliant performance). He really gets into the feel of the story and doesn’t just do different accents for different people but instead breathes life into the characters, bringing them off the page and punching into your imagination.
The only down side to these is if you (like me) use audiobooks to help you drop off to sleep, you may be hearing a dawn chorus or two before you know it as it is that easy to get lost in this beautifully rich and multifaceted world.

I truly am sad to hear the end of the tale despite the ending being as satisfying as an end to an epic fantasy series can be, but as those like me who love their epic fantasy novels can attest, there is never enough to satisfy and we are always left wanting more. I do hope that the author decides to do another two, or three (or four, or five haha!) of the little short story anthology type books that made up the prequels to give us more adventures of the Witcher Geralt of Rivia and his friends.

More adventures of Geralt of Rivia!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Another fantastic collection of stories, more adventures of Geralt of Rivia and friends along with some new characters for us to get to know. Once again beautifully narrated by Peter Kenny who gives each character, old and new, an individuality and personality that stands out.
Also, joy of all joys - Peter Kenny has either read the reviews or spoken to the author but for whatever reason he now correctly pronounces Dandelion’s name (dan-dee-lion) so I can listen without twitching every time his name is mentioned 😂😂

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Fantastic...just one tiny thing...

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I have been reading the first two Witcher novels on my kindle (Blood of Elves and Time of Contempt) and loving every second of them. I came to the books from playing The Witcher 2 on my games console (sadly not managed to upgrade so I can play The Witcher 3 yet) so I had a general idea of the characters of Geralt of Rivia and his friends. As a lover of fantasy and sci-fi novels already I naturally needed more backstory so delved into the books happily, only being disappointed at the time I switched my bedside lamp off and pressed play on an audiobook to fall asleep to, that I’d have to rejig my brain back into another story/world etc because I didn’t have any Witcher stuff on my Audible (and not being well off can’t really justify an audiobook of something I already have as a paperback or kindle. That aside though (as I realise that is an incredibly personal issue that most people wouldn’t have) I became more and more involved in the characters and world the more I read and I needed more.
Imagine my great joy when I realised that they released three volumes of short stories based upon Geralt of Rivia, in audiobook format, which serve as prequels to the first Witcher novel, Blood of Elves.
Imagine my even greater joy then, when I listened to the Audible samples and discovered that the narrator was absolutely fantastic, giving each character their own unique voice and style and really bringing out the personality of each individual character. The narrator does have a sightly unusual cadence, which I didn’t notice in the samples and I spent the opening five to ten minutes of Blood of Elves worried that it would bother me and I wouldn’t be able to continue but after that I was completely lost in the story and having now finished the first “prequel” ‘The Last Wish’ I can honestly say that I didn’t hear it again at all.
Brilliant fantasy series which I cannot recommend enough.

There is just one tiny thing though....

....his name is Dandelion!! (dan-dee-lion) 😂

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Love, love, LOVE!

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

Reviewed: 25-03-18

Having been a huge fan of the book for a long time I was ecstatic to discover that they would be making a film too. When I watched (and adored) it, it made me really want to read the book again, until I read that Armie Hammer was the one to narrate the Audible version. I love Audible books to help me sleep and Armie’s voice is beautiful to listen and relax to. The fact that he is reading one of my favourite novels is even better!
I love everything about Call Me By Your Name; book, film and now audiobook!
P.s - more Armie Hammer narrations please!