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OK, but not the best Sanderson.

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

It is a good book with the wonderful magic of Mr Sanderson, but I did not love the story. The beginning of this tale was very exciting, but then not a lot has happened till the very last pages. Although the end was quite satisfying, it feels that the author could have explained the new magic system and developed the events in greater detail and with more power, as we all know the author is capable of.

It has not put me off the future reads by this author, but it wouldn’t be my first choice to recommend to any of the new readers, as there are so many other books to choose from, like Mistborn trilogy or Elantris.

James Yeagashi is not the best narrator for this type of a book, but once I have increased the speed of narration it became an easier listen. Someone with more variety of the voice for different characters would make this book more entertaining.

Wasted potential of a story. Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

What a great concept of the story, a man who has lived for centuries surrounded by magic and mysteries... a perfect setting for an interesting adventure, but this book isn’t that. It’s a tale of a self-pitted man whose pain stands on the way of his life, happiness and existence, a simple being without regrets. I couldn’t help myself trying to tell the main character: come on, fight, do something, cheer up.

Mark Meadows did okay job with the narration. It’s not rememberable though, but perhaps it was down to the story.

Despite of some of the good reviews, I can NOT recommend this audiobook.

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Engaging. Good listen for a daily commute.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-18

Not quite sure what made me pick this audiobook, as on paper it’s not the type of book I usually go for... and surprisingly I could not put it down.
It’s an interesting tale of a serious life and death situation wrapped in the beautiful love story. Jojo Moyes did a splendid job taking the reader on the emotional journey, following the story of an ordinary girl Louisa Clark who wrote off her future and yet, had the courage to fight for what she believed was right. This book will make you laugh, think, feel and cry, and is well worth spending a credit.

The narration is good and makes this listen very enjoyable.

Brace for sky pirates adventures. A good listen.

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

Not sure what is it about this steampunk fantasy book packed with adventures... Of tales of sky pirates, political plots, treachery, love affairs and rum, a lot of rum. This has it all, the plot is fast-paced and simple, and it works! This book reminds me about Scott Lynch’s ‘Lies of Locke Lamora’, however it’s an easier to follow read without the complex and intertwined events, yet it makes for a truly entertaining yard. Packed with side stories of main characters, golums, demons and treasures, this book will win your heart from the very first pages.

Rupert Degas narration is outstanding. The characters and action come to life and couldn’t hope for more from the performance.

The only let down is that there are no more books from the series available on audible, however this book is worth a listen as a stand-alone.

Well-narrated mayhem, not sure about the story.

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

On paper I really liked the concept of this book. I expected intrigue, intelligent dialogue and interwoven stories of individuals who are forced to interact with each other while sharing the same apartment block. However, I think the author took it a step too far. I just can’t imagine a mass of intelligent people located in the same building going wild and breaking the law at the same time in the circumstances they were put in. It’s just not believable enough for me.

Tom Hiddlestone narration is great and made me continue to listen to this audiobook. I don’t think he was able to reach his full potential reading this story, which for me wasn’t convincing and interesting enough. I hope I come across more books read by him.

Peaceful darkness & joy of the read.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

If you think this book is of a Sci-Fi genre, well it is. But it is also evocative, full of emotions, down to earth and will leave you thinking. This post-apocalyptic view of the world shown through the eyes of ordinary, yet complex individuals is melancholic, dark and yet somehow hopeful. The author shows that there are two sides to people, there is darkness which is part of the humanity and there is compassion and love, and the need to carry on no matter what obstacles you come across on the footpath of life.

Jack Hawkins does a good job with the narration. He gives the events in the book softness and gives you space to absorb all the emotions and connect with the main characters.
It’s an enjoyable stand alone listen, well-worth loosing yourself in the story.

Dangerous & wonderful magic in the dragons world.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-18

A satisfying wrap up to a well-written trilogy. Anthony Ryan has done a great job.
His magic system with dragons is just astonishing. The complexity of war, politics, intrigue and the magic of dragon blood was keeping me satisfied till the very last pages. The way the author is able to draw the reader into the action at different parts of his fantasy world is terrific and makes this read so much more engaging, yet without over complicating the plot.
This book stands out from the shelf of fantasy books of a similar genre. What a great writing style!
So why four stars? Although on paper everything was there and the magic, and events were so well developed, I felt that I didn’t fall in love with the characters. The heroes have just not grown enough for me. There were emotions and hinting at what might happen next, but there could have been so much more...

Steve West does a fair job. He is is trying to give characters their own unique voices and I really wanted to loose myself in this listen, but he just doesn’t have the magic that Anthony Ryan has spread. One more time, a different narrator could make this audiobook so much more enjoyable and powerful.

Don’t loose your head!

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

John Scalzi has almost created a recipe for the perfect book in here. FBI agents: Chris and Vann are running an investigation looking into a mysterious death that would make Holmes and Watson proud. It all takes place in the near future, with just a few sci-fi themes. The book focuses on the interrrogation of witnesses and explores your moral views through the ‘Haden’s syndrome’ concept, letting your imagination run wild. If that isn’t enough, the sarcastic humour and interactions between the agents show a character and skilful writing style of the author. Truly entertaining.

Wil Wheaton’s narration is splendid. The charisma he puts into the story is rare and makes a fantastic audiobook. Perhaps he draws his energy from his beard... and I hope he keeps on performing more books.

Mr McClellan ‘STYKEs’ again. Brilliant!

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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: 28-06-18

Brian McClellan has set a bar so high with his previous novels, that I was a touch nervous whether this next book in the sequel will keep me interested. One more time he showed that the long wait for this second book in the series was worth it. You do need to read previous book to make the sense out of the events.

The author takes us back to the Powder Mage world, which is both explosive and fantastic. He further develops layers of complex political intrigue indespersed with events full of action and leaves you flipping the pages with glee abandon.

Yet again, the characters are well-developed and he slowly reveals more details about their personalities, past and motives. Ben Stykes, Vlora Flint and Michel Brevis will keep you entertained and their story arcs won’t disappoint.

All of this is set on the military field making you think that it’s just a ‘big dance of gunpowder’ until the big finale and the magic arrives...
If you’re into well built fantasy worlds and enjoy loosing yourself in the story, then this sequel is for you.

Christian Rodska has grown on me as a narrator. His rough voice wonderfully describes the fast paced events and his ability to give characters their own voices keeps things more interesting.

I very much look forward to the next book in the series and have a feeling it will be worth it...

Enchanting! It could be his best trilogy yet...

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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: 28-05-18

After reading ‘Red Sister’ I wasn’t sure if Mark Lawrence could deliver a worthy sequel, as the bar was set so high, but rest assured he did it! ‘Grey Sister’ is not only a fantastic follow up of the first book, but an absolute must read from the author.

This second book in the series which is set two years after the events in the first book is full of action, complicated twists, even humour and introduces new characters alongside the full of personality Nona which I simply couldn’t get enough of. All of this set in a complicated politically charged world filled with magic, poison and treachery, and takes you on an unforgettable journey that sets your imagination soaring.

Mark Lawrence’s writing is elegant, his prose weaves such energy into the pages that they almost turn themselves. As you can see it definitely left an impression on me!

Helen Duff did a splendid job with the narration and although there could have been more charisma to some of the characters, it is wonderful to hear a subtle voice when the blood is being spilt. It gives you shivers at times.

Overall, this is a fantastic book and Mark Lawrence might become my favourite fantasy writer yet... I very much look forward to the next book in the series.