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  • Twelve Kings

  • The Song of the Shattered Sands
  • By: Bradley Beaulieu
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

An epic new fantasy series of mystery, prophecy and death within the ancient walled city of the Twelve Kings.... In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she's never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha'ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Arabian gold

  • By Deano on 03-09-15

Arabian gold

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

I loved this audio book so much I found a limited ed hardback via Bradley's Facebook page to a place called the quill & claw.
This story takes me back to when I was young reading Arabian nights stories.
This is the first I'd heard of Bradley so I was a bit worried about using a credit
So glad I did
I highly recommend it.
I'm not going to bother filling you in on what it's all about as there are so many reviews already for this book on the web.
But as for the audio book, the narrator does a great job

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Advocate (The Advocate Series)

  • The Advocate, Book 1
  • By: Teresa Burrell
  • Narrated by: Summer Rona
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

For Sabre Orin Brown, life is good; she has it all...or would have, if only she could solve the mysterious disappearance of her brother. The search for her brother and her career as a juvenile court attorney collide when she defends a nine-year-old whose father will go to any length to obtain custody. Sabre finds herself immersed in a case with too many unanswered questions. Her quest for the truth takes her coast to coast and five years into the past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed!!!!

  • By Deano on 17-07-14

Action packed!!!!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A little less drama

Would you recommend The Advocate (The Advocate Series) to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes I have already

Any additional comments?

Thanks to Teresa for the audiobook For a listen to review I like to try different things and a law thriller is something I've not tried The book seems to be aimed at women primarily, and from the other reviews I've read it seems to hit all their buttons.As for meA bit too much happening in this one bookI felt like I'd just watched an entire season of 24.The main characters history is wheeled out in this first instalment, which i sort of expected to be drawn out throughout the series. This book has murder, kidnap, drugs, mobsters, arson, missing persons and moreSo you won't be bored. Although you may feel overwhelmed.I will be getting my mrs to listen to it too to see what she thinks of it. And I'll edit later if I can, to add her review.If you like TV shows like criminal intent or body of prof and law and order then I'd say you will love this.I'm sure the series will grow, and hope the next one takes the foot off the peddle a little and let the characters slowly develop, instead of giving us too much background too soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 4,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,337
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,331

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

Sanderson is the king of fantasy

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

Reviewed: 26-06-14

Would you listen to Words of Radiance again? Why?

Without a doubt.
There is far too much hidden in the pages to listen only once

What was one of the most memorable moments of Words of Radiance?

Any part with zseth in it or hoid
But I love so many of the characters

What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

When I first heard Kate in the first book it took me a long while to get used to her.
Now I quite like her reading her parts.
As for Kramer, if you've listened to early wheel of time you'll know that he was a bit annoying. I think as he as aged he's voice has a better quality about it.
Both of them do a good job with voices

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wouldn't say I'm a big empathist so I'm more in shock if anyone dies but wouldn't cry.
Yea it has comedy in lots of forms. And keeps your emotions charged

Any additional comments?

One of the best books I've read.
If you haven't read the first then check it out.
This is book 2 of 10
And if your the sort of person who likes to have the lot finished before you start, come back in 10 years.
In the mean time head over to mistborn if you haven't already read it

  • The Crimson Campaign

  • The Powder Mage, Book 2
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

The hounds at our heels will soon know we are lions.Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Robyn on 18-10-14

Four and a half stars

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

Reviewed: 26-06-14

If you could sum up The Crimson Campaign in three words, what would they be?

Clever, captivating, Ka-Poel

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crimson Campaign?

I'm not doing spoilers so I'll say
The book has lots of bits like this
“You missed the morning’s festivities,” Bo said to Adamat. “You call torturing a man ‘festivities’?” Adamat asked. “I’m not a good person,” Bo said.”

And I like bits that make me chuckle while driving to work

Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favourite?

I think his voice for Tamas is spot on.
But ka-poel is very intriguing and is my fave

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes the characters are interesting enough that their personality contains sarcasm and wit.

Any additional comments?

Better than the first book and I'm looking forward to the next.
If you haven't already downloaded the first...
Then go and download it
If you have downloaded the first....
Than you probably won't be reading this, and have already downloaded it anyway ;-)

  • Promise of Blood

  • The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sends corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brings bread to the starving. But it also provokes war in the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics and greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas' supposed allies: the Church, workers' unions, and mercenary forces. Stretched to his limit, Tamas relies heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be Tamas' estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty will be tested to its limit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great mix of fantasy with gunpowder

  • By GhostMuppet on 04-06-14

A slow burning fuse that explodes to life

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

Reviewed: 26-06-14

What made the experience of listening to Promise of Blood the most enjoyable?

I was apprehensive about a fantasy with magic and gunpowder.
But was pleasantly surprised by this book.
The book has comedy, battles, relationship troubles, and even a dollop of detective work going on. A mixture of all of these is what I like about this book.

What did you like best about this story?

Isn't this the same question as above
Oh well
I'd say the magic system is very well thought out and it's nice to see that more authors are trying to explain how the magic works in a more scientific way.

What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I feel he does a great job with the characters voices.
And it would have taken me longer to read it myself as I listen on the way to work.
I do admit I have read some of the novella and now hear mr rodska's voices for the characters.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No I'm not one to cry at books
But laugh? Oh yes
Don't get me wrong this isn't a comedy like something by Pratchett.
But the humour is there in a more realistic tone

Any additional comments?

This book get compared to sanderson's mistborn trilogy
Well it's not as polished not is it as intricately written,
bit that's not to say it isn't a great read.
The characters are strong and most are the type you care enough if they die.
Even though some seem to have a substance abuse problem (ie the gun powder)
I think the series will only get stronger and recommend that you give it a fair crack.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Black Creek Crossing

  • By: John Saul
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Thirteen-year-old Angel Sullivan falls in love with her family's new home - the house that stands at Black Creek Crossing in the small town of Roundtree, Massachusetts. But the idyll is soon shattered as Angel learns a shocking secret about the house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • black creek crossing by john Saul

  • By jennifer on 04-07-10

Nothing new

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-13

This book is something that's been done a thousand times before.

It's the ultimate cliche of the horror house with a grimoire stashed inside.

Bulled outsider kid moves to new town check

Friend that is also and outcast.   Check

Mum who just don't understand them  check

Abusive/ alcoholic dad.   Check

"in" rich kids who get the comeuppance. Check.

And so the list goes on.

If your looking for a book where you won't need to concentrate to much and don't mind thinking "I knew that was going to happen" then I say read it.

It's not very horrific at all ( well not when your looking for something along the lines of barker) 

I give it two stars as I was in the mood for an easy read. 



 

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  • Remote Control

  • Nick Stone, Book 1
  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Nick Stone, ex-SAS, now with British Intelligence, discovers the seemingly sensless murders of fellow SAS soldier Kev Brown and his family in Washington, D.C. Only Kelly, seven-years-old, has survived, and immediately the two of them are on the run from unidentified pursuers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Remote Control

  • By Gail on 05-07-06

dont download it!!!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-11

this is the worst book ever!!
its predictable and has been read as bad as it has been writen.
save your cash or credits and look for something else

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twilight: Twilight Series, Book 1

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

When 17-year-old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town itself. In spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but couldn't bear the narrator.

  • By Lorraine on 14-06-10

The ballad of whining bella

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-10

These books had so much promise and fail to deliver on all accounts.The plot of these books has so many holes its like reading a pin Cushion. and just as exciting.
If you did liked these, please try Kelley Armstrong's books they start with bitten and her writing style is so much better. unfortunatly audible uk only has The Awakening: Darkest Powers, Book 2 (Unabridged) which as it says is part 2 and is aimed at kids.
alternatly the queen of vampie writing... anne rice, this is how a story told from a vampires point of veiw should be.

im sure that the other reveiws out there will sway you into reading this but all i can say is.. dont believe the hype!

21 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Breaking Dawn: Twilight Series, Book 4

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

Twilight tempted the imagination . . . New Moon made readers thirsty for more . . . Eclipse turned the saga into a worldwide phenomenon . . . And now - the book that everyone has been waiting for . . . Breaking Dawn. In the much anticipated fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's love story, questions will be answered and the fate of Bella and Edward will be revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful and very amusing

  • By Emma on 06-04-10

The ballad of whining bella ends

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-10

the story continues...
unfortunatly so does the whining of bella.
as it comes to an end will bella finaly become a vampire....
i stopped caring at book 2.
also these books have some strange veiws on finding your true love!!!.... to fall in love with children is a very odd concept and on the borderline of something oh so wrong..
now i know its not ment in any sexal way, but to some pervs out there this could be seen as a green light. these books had so much promise and fail to deliver on all accounts.The plot of these books has so many holes its like reading a pin Cushion. and just as exciting.
If you did liked these, please try Kelley Armstrong's books, they start with bitten and her writing style is so much better. unfortunatly audible uk only has The Awakening: Darkest Powers, Book 2 (Unabridged) which as it says is part 2 and is aimed at kids.
alternatly the queen of vampie writing... anne rice, this is how a story told from a vampires point of veiw should be.

im sure that the other reveiws out there will sway you into reading this but all i can say is.. dont belive the hype!

  • New Moon: Twilight Series, Book 2

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ilyana Kadushin - great narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-09-09

The ballad of whining bella

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-10

the story continues...
unfortunatly so does the whining of bella. these books had so much promise and fail to deliver on all accounts.The plot of these books has so many holes its like reading a pin Cushion. and just as exciting.
If you did liked these, please try Kelley Armstrong's books they start with bitten and her writing style is so much better. unfortunatly audible uk only has The Awakening: Darkest Powers, Book 2 (Unabridged) which as it says is part 2 and is aimed at kids.
alternatly the queen of vampie writing... anne rice, this is how a story told from a vampires point of veiw should be.

im sure that the other reveiws out there will sway you into reading this but all i can say is.. dont belive the hype!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful