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  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters ,Vivienna and Siri, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world where those who die in glory return as immortal gods; a world transformed by BioChromatic magic, a power based on an essence known as breath. By using breath and drawing upon the colour in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be performed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hmmmm....not my favourite Sanderson.

  • By Robyn on 05-08-14

Worth persevering

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

It felt like a very slow start and I almost gave up but after reading a few reviews I totally agree that it's worth persevering with.

About half way in things start speeding up and I really enjoyed the last quarter of the book.

Not a patch on Mistborn or Stormlight but if you love Brandon Sanderson then it's worth a read/listen. It feels like this was a lot of the groundwork for how the magic works in The Stormlight Archive and I think if Brandon revisted the series it would be amazing.

  • Before They Are Hanged

  • The First Law: Book Two
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,916
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,907

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An EXCELLENT trilogy, BRILLIANTLY narrated

  • By Tom on 23-08-10

Exceptional narration

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

I love this series to bits and Stephen Pacey does and incredible job narrating it. I've yet to find another narrator who puts so much character into the voices and seamlessly transitions between them. Capital!

  • Soul Music

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story but ...

  • By Ben on 28-08-09

Please remaster this!!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

No disrespect to Nigel Planer as he does a great job narrating this but the audio quality is absolute pants. It still has an end of tape notification part way through!

Please remaster this. If it wasn't for the fact that the story is so good I would be asking for a refund.

  • Mort

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542

Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good but poor quality recording

  • By Sam on 19-04-15

Needs remastering

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I haven't read Mort in almost 20 years and it's scary how much I missed as a young lad or had forgotten. The writing is so tight with plenty of punes that had me bursting out with laughter. The plot arc is shorter and less intricate than a lot of the later Discworld novels but that's completely understandable and this was a very nice start to my journey back to the disc.

My only complaint would be the audio quality. It sounds like Nigel Planer is reading to you from down the hall whilst putting his coat on. Please somebody fork out to have this remastered!

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Paul on 19-03-15

Terrifying

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

The most terrifying and intense book I have ever read. As a natural worrier this book filled me with existential dread that I may one day post something that can be misconstrued and I will have the wrath of the Internet brought down upon me. All the more reason why everyone should read this book. I will definitely stop and think before commenting on anyone's downfall and will be recommended people read this before taking part themselves.

This should be taught in schools.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Underground Railroad

  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spellbinding, heartbreaking tale of slavery.

  • By bookylady on 13-06-17

Wouldn't recommend

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I felt like I wanted to escape from this book but stuck it out as I hoped things would improve over time. Maybe the author was aiming for this feeling as it was the only thing that made me identify with the characters.

The characters were unengaging, the story jumped around and was difficult to follow in places and the ending came out of nowhere and wasn't very satisfying.

Struggling to see how this won the Arthur C Clarke award. I expect it has received a lot of praise for the subject matter rather than the book itself.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,647
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,641

Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding - again!…and very much worth the wait.

  • By Robyn on 24-03-14

Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 17-03-17

Where to begin. First off this would make an absolutely incredible TV series. Normally I would never say that about a book I love but the writing is so vivid and the characters are so distinct that my imagination is on fire from listening to this. It makes Game of Thrones seem drab and pointless by comparison.

The magic system and world are so original without being gimmicky and the pacing is spot on. This is the second long book in the series but at no point has it felt like a chore. My wife is probably going to be relieved that I've finished so that I don't sit with my headphones in of an evening but I'm going to be counting down the days until book 3 is out.

Bravo Brandon Sanderson! Highly recommend this series!

  • Toast on Toast

  • Cautionary tales and candid advice
  • By: Steven Toast
  • Narrated by: Matt Berry - as Steven Toast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,204

In Toast on Toast - part memoir, part "how to act" manual - Steven Toast draws on his vast and varied experiences, providing the reader with an invaluable insight into his journey from school plays to RADA and from "It's a Right Royal Knockout" to the Colony Club. Along the way he reveals the secrets of his success. He discloses how to brush up on and expand your technical and vocal skills, how to nail a professional voiceover, and how to deal with difficult work experience staff in a recording studio....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpless with laughter!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-15

Finished in one sitting

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

Reviewed: 22-01-17

This is the first time I'd ever heard of Steven Toast but loved Matt in The IT Crowd so thought I'd give this a go as it was on the daily deal. I was not disappointed!

This book is very, very funny and I'll definitely listen to it again.

I just wish it was longer!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of Imagination

  • Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons
  • By: Michael Witwer
  • Narrated by: Sam Witwer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The life story of Gary Gygax, godfather of all fantasy adventure games, has been told only in bits and pieces. Michael Witwer has written a dynamic, dramatized biography of Gygax from his childhood in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to his untimely death in 2008. Gygax's magnum opus, Dungeons & Dragons, would explode in popularity throughout the 1970s and '80s and irreversibly alter the world of gaming. D&D is the best-known, best-selling role-playing game of all time, and it boasts an elite class of alumni.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting and surprisingly touching

  • By Steel on 06-02-19

One for the fans

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

I really enjoyed this book. It's definitely one for D&D fans and provides a really interesting history into the game and Gary.

I was unsure about purchasing this books and read a few reviews before hand which criticised the author of elaborating on personal situations and feelings which he wouldn't have know however I didn't feel that this detracted from the story and if anything is completely within the spirit of D&D.

The book is well narrated for the most part and I would recommend this to fellow geeks.

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,646

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly My Favourite Listen So Far...

  • By Andrew on 18-10-13

Say one thing about Joe Abercrombie

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

Reviewed: 14-10-15

Say he's a master story teller.

I had already read this book but loved it so much that I was happy to snap it up as part of the daily deal and if anything the audio book is better than the tree book. The narrator is excellent and captured the spirit of the characters perfectly. The story is so well paced that I got through it in only a few days.

I couldn't recommend this highly enough and I'm signing back up to the monthly membership to get the rest of the trilogy.