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  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 42 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,172
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,160

Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The problem with a trilogy....

  • By Robyn on 09-01-14

Really great second part with one important proble

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-19

Firstly I won't hear anything bad said against this book. It is well written, deep and complex with well formed and relatable characters but there is one problem.

Without giving away any spoilers this book is written as the wizard Kvothe spends a day recounts the second part of his tale.

Except it's 42 hours long.

Unless Kvothe talks a lot quicker than the narrator (who is perfect for this) they're in for an unnaturally long day.

  • The Monster Collection

  • By: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, and others
  • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic masterpieces: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterful performance from Richard Armitage

  • By Valentina Ancilotti on 05-11-17

Great collection

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-18

This was a great adaptation of three horror classics, it does seem a shame however that Rachel Atkins, who reads the female parts in Dracula, doesn't get more credit

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • started well

  • By people's bank on 06-03-17

Great time travel book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-18

When I started this book I wasn't sure, but as it went on it got better and better.

The author has a great skill with natural coversation and swearing and the characters are very well fleshed out.

The not Boris Johnson chraracter was a brave but bold choice.

As always the narrator was great

  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, terribly read

  • By Marque on 18-11-17

Great heist in a great alternative world

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-18

When I listened to the first book in this series I thought it was pretty good but this second instalment is so much better.

The plot was intricate and clever with enough cunning plans and enough spanners thrown in to keep it exciting.

While there was no complaints about any of the narrators, the switching between narrators didn't really add anything and felt more of a gimmick since a character would ofcourse sound entirely different from narration to narration.

  • Miniatures

  • The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Peter Ganim, Luke Daniels, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity. Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More a selection of lists than short stories

  • By Shez on 30-11-18

Great, imaginative, funny stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-18

Really enjoyed this. I had already heard colapsing empire and red shirts but this was good as it showed a nice breadth of ideas.

My particular favourite was the fall of the society of the frogs and the first squid on the moon.

  • Lines of Departure

  • Frontlines, Book 2
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tremendous storyline just good, really good

  • By Graham on 16-05-18

Not your usual military Sci-fi

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-18

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I'm a fan of military sci-fi as it is and this delivered on those terms. Lots of action, acronyms and concepts but what really suprised me was the humanity of it. No spoilers but the portrayal of the society is a bit more critical than most mil sci-fi. The second half particularly put me in mind of Babylon 5 at it's peak. Outstanding.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,535

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mistake was made and corrected

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-08-17

Great series, lots of great ideas

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-18

This series is an incredible undertaking with so many strands and so much variety. I found it very enjoyable. Change the planet and this could be how the Culture got started

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,598

A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.... A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!

  • By Mini on 04-11-15

Great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Great vivid detail, interesting plots and a true sense of the grand and the human side by side.

Liked the split, hope he does another

  • The Ionian Mission

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 8
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain, commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.... A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship - and luck when fighting against odds - come triumphantly into their own as the story concludes with some fierce and thrilling action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic in the series

  • By Mr Timothy P Butcher on 20-10-18

Great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-17

This might have been my favourite in the series so far. It shows great skill that with so many volumes already completed O'Brien can still come out with something new.

Great narration as always

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 690

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Juvenile

  • By Sally on 14-04-17

The start of Foundation but way more swearing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

This was a really interesting well thought out story. It felt like the sort of story that led up to the Foundation saga but with a modern exuberant twist.

The narration was great with just the right level of energy.

Couldn't recommend highly enough