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  • Knight's Shadow

  • The Greatcoats, Book 2
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

The Greatcoats have found the heir to the throne...but now they must keep her alive, against all the odds. Falcio Val Mond has completed the final task given to him by the late King Paelis: he has found the King's Charoites (well, one at least). But his task isn't over, and now he, Kest and Brasti must protect the girl from those who want her dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoying this series very much

  • By Stephanie on 06-02-18

Fantastic, funny, furious

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

There's a lot of philosophy in this hilarious book of swashbuckling, intrigue, thrills, sorrows and retribution.

  • Traitor's Blade

  • The Greatcoats, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

The Greatcoats - legendary heroes, arbiters of justice...or notorious traitors? The Greatcoats are travelling magistrates bringing justice to all...or at least they were, before they watched the Dukes impale their King's head on a spike. Now the land's heroes are reviled as traitors, their Greatcoats in tatters. Facio, Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as mercenaries, but when they find their employer dead - and are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder - they realise things are about to get even worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-03-18

Definitely give this a chance

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I found the voice of the narrator a bit grating at first probably because of his whiney voice for the protagonist as a child (luckily this bit is short). I grew to enjoy the sound of his voice though and he did a great job with the pacing and the tone of voice even if he didn't suit the female voices.
Moving onto the story, it is action packed with a lot of interesting fight scenes and mysteries to unfold. Behind this are themes of hope, freedom, justice and redemption. This may sound cliché at a glance but it does not come across this way. There's a lot of subtlety that you may miss until you realise later in the story. Also it seems like there's a sort of mysogyny preset and females are often just victims in the story. Read until the end you may just find yourself wrong.

  • The Painted Man

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585

The stunning debut fantasy novel from author Peter V. Brett. The Painted Man, book one of the Demon Cycle, is a captivating and thrilling fantasy adventure, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. Voted one of the top ten fantasy novels of 2008 by amazon.co.uk. Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark…Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day's ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Original Fantasy

  • By Dave on 01-06-15

This Book Will Amaze You

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Like Robin Hobb (Megan Lindholm), Peter V. Brett writes with realism. The characters are real and flawed the world is brutal and believable. He also writes brilliant fantasy with a hint of science-fiction in a post apocalyptic world. You'd expect this blend of genres to be jarring but it isn't. I can't explain how much I love this series. You may need thick skin and I will say if you need trigger warnings then this may not be for you. If you want something different and amazing then start reading this series. Also to note the narration is brilliant and fits in well with the book.

  • Blood of Elves

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans... Into this tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witchers of the world have been waiting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, if you read them all.

  • By Filip on 09-10-16

Amazing story telling and barration

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

Was totally hooked, the characters are complex which is great from high fantasy. If you like Robin Hobby you will like this. The only qualm I have is with the plot, it all felt like a prelude to a much larger story but I don't mind that as I intend to read the sequels. Read this if you intend to get into a long series. Read 'The Last Wish' first as it takes place before this.

  • Orcs

  • By: Stan Nicholls
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Combining the acclaimed trilogy of books, Bodyguard of Lightning, Legion of Thunder, and Warriors of the Tempest, plus a new short story previously only available in a small press anthology, this is the entire story of Struke and his band of Orcs. Fantasy's bad guys finally their own say in this fast moving, action packed, tongue-in-cheek tale of Orc valor and human treachery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Battles

  • By Max on 23-06-13

Read this book a while ago and just as good in aud

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Amazing narration, great voices, really did the book justice and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. If you want a well narrated fantasy/military/action novel to read then read this. It really flips the conventions set by classic fantasy. Also I recommend reading the sequels.

  • Shadow and Bone

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting YA Fantasy Debut

  • By Annette on 08-07-13

Pretty good but narration was weird

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Very interesting world and captivating plot but at times was predictable. The Narration was weird sometimes couldn't tell when the protagonist was speaking or thinking as the narrator used the same voice. Sometimes had strange moments where they sounded like a different recording partway through narration like it's been edited. Also found it strange that a lot of the characters from the same country spoke with American accents (often the main characters) but some of the people then spoke with Eastern European accents and a lot of the words sounded Eastern European. The narrator should have gone all the way with the accents or not at all.

Don't get me wrong I would read this again but I wouldn't listen to it again. I would still recommend it.

  • The Last Wish

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly witty, funny and all round Amazing.

  • By Fraza92 on 27-04-15

I couldn't put it down, need more

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I bought this because I absolutely adored The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I have to say that the book was so much better and that's saying a lot seeing as how many hours I have sinned into that game;

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

When Feyre kills a wolf, a beastlike creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a magical land Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does the book justice

  • By Sam Lucas on 02-04-18

Does the book justice

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I devoured this audio book as quickly as the paperback!
Starts off as an interesting adaption of beauty and the beast but ends up as a whole other creature. ;)

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  • The Malice

  • By: Peter Newman
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Following Peter Newman's brilliant debut, The Vagrant. This is the much-anticipated sequel, The Malice. In the south, the Breach stirs. Gamma's sword, the Malice, wakes, calling to be taken to battle once more. But the Vagrant has found a home now, made a life, and so he turns his back, ignoring its call. The sword cries out, frustrated, until another answers. Her name is Vesper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More tales from the blasted world

  • By Mr. M. Edwards on 22-11-17

Brilliant second instalment!

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

Loved it to pieces, very reminiscent of the original. The protagonist really surprised you! I am hoping to see more of the world in a third book.

  • The Vagrant

  • By: Peter Newman
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Years have passed since humanity's destruction emerged from the Breach. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. A s each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird…but I think I liked it

  • By Christopher on 02-05-15

Astounding

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Brilliant blend of sci-fi/apocalyptia with a Tolkien feel to it. Narrator is amazing and does some good accents that are sometimes funny. I was expecting something shallow and cliché but it is definitely not that.