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  • Dragon Haven

  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Jacqui Crago
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame

  • By Annie on 11-02-15

Great book but the narrator was really off putting

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

The lady that reads this book sounded alternately like she needed to blow her nose, clear her throat and worst of all; take a drink so her mouth didn’t sound claggy and clicky and dry. So horrible a sound. I only persevered as I have listened to every other book in the series, and this was next. Just hoping she only reads this one!!! Yuck!

The book otherwise is fantastic as always for this series

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 30-09-17

Really not my cup of tea, didn't like pretty much anything about this from the story to the voice.

  • Empire of Things

  • How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First
  • By: Frank Trentmann
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 33 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British Empire to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reflections on what we own and how it owns us.

  • By Wras on 07-03-16

Like listening to a long boring list

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Would you ever listen to anything by Frank Trentmann again?

The author just seemed to endlessly list things as they happened through history, there didn't feel like there was a narrative flow or anything interesting beyond stale facts.

What didn’t you like about Mark Meadows’s performance?

Performance was fine, it was the dull lifeless content of the book that I couldn't cope with

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom at the long list heavy content that just seemed to wander on and on

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When the Devil Drives

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Private investigator Jasmine Shar has been hired to find Tessa Garrion, a young woman who has vanished without trace. What begins as a simple search awakens a malevolence that has lain dormant for three decades. As Jasmine uncovers a hidden history of sex, drugs, ritualism, and murder, she realises she may need a little help from the dark side herself if she's going to get to the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-01-14

Clever twisty plots

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

Love this author's ability to shock! The book is gritty without being gratuitous and the twisty turny plots and slowly revealed truths are fantastically driven along by characters that grab your attention. Loved it!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,410

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very atmospheric

  • By Solaire on 27-12-12

Taster for the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

I am a massive King fan and although this does feel like a prologue, his brilliant story and plot weaving is, as usual, faultless. The climax is a wonderful mix of cliffhanger and existential poetry.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Assassin's Quest

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 37 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990

The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy. Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst. Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • unsuitable voice for this book - but

  • By C. Elliott on 04-11-15

spellbinding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

Thoroughly enjoyable, captivating tale that transports you away from your own world and into the brilliantly creative mind of the author!

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,071

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

Exceptional *****

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-11

I have a long journey to commute to work and decided to join Audible to fill some usually dead time in the car. I started with Stephen Fry's recent autobiography as I love his fiction. Having finished this, I decided to choose something different to my usual taste in fiction, opting for the sci-fi & fantasty genre.... I checked the reviews on Amazon for this book and they were mixed, but the synopsis made me curious.

I have been utterly fascinated by the tale so far. I'm on Chapter 7 and find my time in the car is now the highlight of my day! I love the narration and the story is gripping. The realism of the tale kind of lulls me into a false sense of security, before shaking me with surreal, sublime and actual jaw-dropping moments. The semi-passive experience of listening to a story being read to you is far more jarring and engaging experience when the tale is such a brilliant one.

I would thoroughly recommend this to all but the most prudish and narrow-minded. If you enjoy a diverse taste in fiction you can't fail to love this.... even though I haven't finished the book I would heartily suggest you try this yourself :Dbeta inappVoteInfo

41 of 46 people found this review helpful