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  • Raven: Blood Eye

  • Raven, Book 1
  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Philip Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Raven: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian, read by Philip Stevens. The first book in a thrilling Viking trilogy that launched the career of acclaimed historical novelist Giles Kristian - who's now confronting the tumult and devastation of the English Civil War in The Bleeding Land. For two years Osric has lived a simple life, though he is feared and shunned for his mysterious past and blood-red eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fantastic

  • By JET on 14-04-18

Fab!

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

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Blood of the Wolf

  • The Forest Lord, Book 4
  • By: Steven A. McKay
  • Narrated by: NIck Ellsworth
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

After winning his freedom in Rise of the Wolf, Robin - with his faithful lieutenant John Little at his side - now spends his days travelling around northern England dispensing King Edward II's justice. When a new band of outlaws appears in Barnsdale, Sheriff Henry de Faucumberg sends Robin and John to deal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • McKay's usual brilliance!

  • By TheFluffyViking on 17-05-17

McKay's usual brilliance!

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

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • America's First Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, best-selling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph - a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Tim Mason on 08-08-18

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

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

  • Spartacus: The Gladiator

  • Spartacus 1
  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Michael Praed
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

As winter approaches in 74 BC, few travellers are abroad. But one man is making the long and weary last stage of his way home. Large parts of his homeland, Thrace, a land north of Greece, has fallen under the hated power of Rome. This Thracian has fought in the Roman legions for nearly a decade. He is skilled, hardened in battle, a sophisticated fighter. Spartacus.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By bhavnas on 29-02-12

Fantastic!

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

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.

  • The Summer Queen

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Eleanor of Aquitaine's story is legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, best-selling novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before. Young, vibrant, privileged, Eleanor's future is golden as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood ends abruptly. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written & a joy to listen to.

  • By Diane on 26-07-13

Intriguing!

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

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Knight of the Cross

  • A Knight Hospitaller Novella
  • By: Steven A. McKay
  • Narrated by: Nick Ellsworth
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The Knights Hospitaller battle ancient evil in medieval Rhodes as mysterious disappearances and insane devil-worshippers threaten to turn the entire island into a bloodbath...When three Hospitallers go missing from a local village outraged Grand Master Foulques de Villaret sends the English knight Sir Richard-at-Lee and his trusted sergeant-at-arms Jacob to discover their fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Novella from a mistaken purchase

  • By GhostMuppet on 30-03-15

Thrilling and engaging listen!

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

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?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf's Head

  • The Forest Lord
  • By: Steven A. McKay
  • Narrated by: Nick Ellsworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions - including John Little and Will Scaflock - hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By TheFluffyViking on 29-05-14

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 29-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Wolf's Head to be better than the print version?

I like both versions, the written being much more portable (and I can fall asleep reading), and spoken (audio) version being more versatile - I can do other things whilst listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wolf's Head?

The ambush on the sheriff and abbot, where the outlaws get help from an unexpected source.

Which character – as performed by Nick Ellsworth – was your favourite?

Will Scarlet.

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

It made me laugh on several occasions, wistful at times.

Any additional comments?

Most of us have heard the story of Robin Hood, his nobly born lady fair (the maid Marian), the evil sheriff of Nottingham, and his equal in notoriety, Guy of Gisborne. Wolf's Head has very few similarities to that story, and the author takes you on a sometimes rather bleak and dismal trek through the woods and villages of Barnsdale with our hero and his friends. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing bleak and dismal about the writing, but you get sucked into a believable miserable mid-winter forest, scratching a living from what little you can find, or steal. Robin is a young lad, not the grown, outcast noble we usually think of, and he has to fight hard to earn his place as leader of the outlaws. A compelling story, packed with action and political intrigue, a little love, and plenty of humour. I will definitely be reading this again!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful