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  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - listen to Kate Daniels series first

  • By Book addict on 26-07-18

A joy

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

Loved everything about this - the narration, the writing, the plot... love love love. I need more!

  • Carolina Moon

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration!!

  • By Cheri on 28-05-16

Awful narration spoils the book

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

Enjoyed the story (I’ve read the paperback and can vouch for the story), but it’s ruined by the narration. There’s no attempt to even slightly differentiate between characters, between verbalised sentences and thoughts or background narration of the story... at points it was really quite amusing: the hero tells the heroine he’s interested in her and she replies “no no oh no”... but has he said that or has she? Did she say it, think it, or is it “colour”, telling us what she’s thinking?! And the tone remains completely flat throughout regardless of joy, sadness, tension or anger. Conversations between people were (at points) impossible to untangle.

I have about 250 audible audiobooks, and I’ve never heard anything like this.

Get the audiobook, but not the one narrated by Dean Robertson. If you’re a Nora Roberts fan then it may be worth persevering.