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  • Trumps of Doom

  • The Chronicles of Amber, Book 6
  • By: Roger Zelazny
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Trumps of Doom is the sixth book of The Chronicles of Amber; an epic fantasy series written by six-time Hugo Award winning and three-time Nebula Award winning author Roger Zelazny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story, underwhelming performance.

  • By Corey on 01-09-15

Not very interesting

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

Reviewed: 28-06-19

Dull characters and boring settings mixed with a very simple writing style. Skip this and read The Dresden Files instead.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800

Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible story, gripped me straight to the end

  • By Tayo S. on 07-01-18

No downtime, entertaining all the way

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Very good performance with fitting voices and accents.
The story was maybe a bit "too much" at times and none of the characters ever had any real depth. They weren't all shallow but there definitely were some problems with the "stuffed into the fridge" trope.
Despite its flaws it was a terrific read and I was never bored and more than once had troubles putting it down.

  • Assassin’s Apprentice

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but the narrator is all wrong!

  • By Lucy Clarke on 11-10-12

Not very interesting

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Sorry but this one wasn't very interesting. Maybe I've been reading too many fantasy books lately but this one didn't really offer anything special. It was all just medieval court intrigue and very little else.
The narrators accent (of whatever it was) wasn't very helpful either. Sounded like he put the wrong emphasis on the wrong word all the time.

  • 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 4,159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,641

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

Humorous and good action

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

Very good story. A bit drawn out at times but delivers in the end. Very well the best action sequences I've ever read, and it also has a lot of mystery and character development.
The narrator was good but very often went from talking under his breath to shouting. This made listening difficult in places with a lot of background noice. Otherwise very good voices for the different characters and also no lame high pitched "female voices" some male narrators tend to use.

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,508
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,491

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Patient Giant of the Fantasy Genre

  • By Simon on 08-01-16

Narrator ruined it

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

The narrator keeps putting the wrong emphasis om the wrong words. This makes everything he says sound so matter of fact and totally ruins everything.
The action also seems to suffer from too many details and ends up reading like a recepie more than a gripping encounter.
Was the same with Mistborn, so if you like/dislike that book (also same narrator) you'll probably like/dislike this too.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

Charlie Gordon, a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ, has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence - a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends, but the treatment turns him into a genius. Then Algernon begins to fade. What will become of Charlie? Read by Adam Sims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He may forget himself but you never will

  • By Kaggy on 05-09-17

Good but predictable

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

The first haft is entertaining and gripping but then it gets too predictable and a bit boring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Clockwork Orange

  • By: Anthony Burgess
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

In this 1962 classic, a novelistic exploration of modern crime and punishment, Alex is the 15-year-old leader of his gang of "droogs" thriving in the ultraviolent future as prophetically imagined by Burgess. Speaking a bizarre Russian-derived slang, Alex and his friends freely pillage and slash their way across a nightmarish urban landscape until Alex is captured by the judicial arm of the state. He then becomes their prized guinea pig in a scientific program to completely "redeem" him for society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real Horrorshow.

  • By Sara on 23-06-10

I noped out when the raping started

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

Call me weak minded but I don't care for reading such things. I can deal with the violence and the language but I have chosen to draw the line there.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • I, Robot

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent stories, shame about the reader

  • By Bibliomaniac on 01-03-09

Reads like a H.P Lovecraft novel

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

And I don't like Lovecraft. I didn't care for any of the characters in the stories, they were dim and naive. I just wanted to get to the end of each novel where they explain what went wrong with the robot and why.

The narrator did almost nothing to separate the different characters during dialog which made it hard to know who says what.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian

  • The Complete Weird Tales Omnibus
  • By: Robert E. Howard, Finn J. D. John
  • Narrated by: Finn J. D. John
  • Length: 35 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

This collection contains all of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian stories published during his lifetime, contextualized with biographical details of their author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best narrator

  • By AndyJ on 28-05-18

Dated view of women

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

Sorry but the view of women by the author was enough to make me stop listening after only the first dozen stories. I get that it was another time an all that but when you constantly describe women by their "supple physique" and their "fair and voluptuous silhouette", or whatever, it starts to get on my nerves.

0 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,504

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Didn't like the main character

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

I found the main character hard to side with and all her life choices were a bit weak. And whenever she did something good, it was always played out like some sort of plan from a heist movie.
The "conspiracy" plot was also a bit weak and never felt as grand as it was made out to be.