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She'll become your friend

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Reviewed: 11-09-19

Such a moving, masterful tale, that at the end I cried. Anna becomes a dear friend as you are taken through her trials and tribulations until the bittersweet end.

Great listen!

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Reviewed: 02-05-19

Mesmerising and rumbling voice of narrator, paired with a wonderful story made this a delicious listen. Colorful characters, blood spilled, intrigues and plots. Perfect!

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Fab as usual

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Reviewed: 27-04-19

Narrator sometimes switches pronounciation of names/places, but the book itself is Riches' usual excellent stuff! Plenty of action, sticky situations, rough humour, and a couple of well placed twists. Keep them coming, Mr Riches!

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Narrator took away a lot of my listening enjoyment

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Reviewed: 21-04-19

Book in itself is excellent, like everything of Weir's that I've read and/or listened to but the stilted narration took away so much of the pleasure I've enjoyed previously. She takes far too many unnecessary pauses (which almost drove me to stop listening and asking for a refund!), and mispronounces several words and names.

Fab!

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Reviewed: 23-01-18

I love this book. I read it first on my Kindle a couple of years ago, and thought I'd get it on audible as well. The narrator is extremely good, his enunciation clear, and he gives a good account of the widely differing characters, letting the listener feel more involved in the story, rather than just read the words off a page with no emotion. My only only bone to pick with this narrator is that he mangles many of the Norse names, like Øystein and Håkon. I realise that audiobook production is extremely labor intensive in many ways, but I feel he could have done a better job by 'asking around' and at least do some research on these (to many) un-pronunceable names. I know another author whose audiobook narrator did just that, and this is why I'm disappointed in Stevens' performance and apparent lack of research. Other than this issue, I love the story. It has all my favourite parts in it, like seemingly hopeless and lost battles with blood, guts, and limbs lopped off, disemboweling and beheading. And love. just a little, not too much. Fill your boots.

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McKay's usual brilliance!

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Reviewed: 17-05-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend all the Forest Lord books! McKay is a fantastic new author, now fairly established as an attention-grabbing storyteller with plenty of pace and action from cover to cover. I enjoyed reading the books on Kindle, but listening to them on Audible also gives a whole new 'feel' for the characters thanks to an excellent and eminently suitable narrator!

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

The voice and intonation of the narrator Nick Ellsworth isn't immediately gripping, but it slowly and delicately lures you into a world of rural northern England where he truly makes you feel as if you're actually there, and if not one of the characters, you'll definitely feel very comfortable as a hidden - almost spying - spectator!

Any additional comments?

Read them all - you'll not regret it!

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Amazing!

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Reviewed: 15-05-16

Stunning and gripping from beginning to end, a deep and detailed portrait of America's founding daughter.

Fantastic!

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Reviewed: 24-02-16

Action, betrayal, love, and battles galore! Brilliant work by both author and narrator. I've listened to and read this book a few times now, and it just gets better every time.

Intriguing!

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Reviewed: 21-01-15

Fantastic story, eminently likeable heroine, plenty of passion, some pain and frustration, but lavishly beautiful. The narrator's voice came across as a little girly, but enhanced the image of young and innocent Alienor.

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Thrilling and engaging listen!

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Reviewed: 16-11-14

Any additional comments?

Wow! Such a thrilling story, and expertly written. I had the pleasure of listening to Nick Ellsworth narrating this novella in the Audible version, and though his cadence can come across as a little dull at first, he soon has you completely engaged in the story with his steady and honest narration. Having read some of McKay's other work, this novella was a perfect tie-in, giving a credible (but still exciting) background story for two of his characters. Excellent imagery, cohesion, and character portrayal. And like any good author, keeps you guessing right to the very end. Please can we have more like this, McKay?

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