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  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters ,Vivienna and Siri, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world where those who die in glory return as immortal gods; a world transformed by BioChromatic magic, a power based on an essence known as breath. By using breath and drawing upon the colour in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be performed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hmmmm....not my favourite Sanderson.

  • By Robyn on 05-08-14

OK, but not the best Sanderson.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,726

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

Wasted potential of a story. Disappointing.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,559

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book but it did make me cry!

  • By R. Dang on 08-06-12

Engaging. Good listen for a daily commute.

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

  • Retribution Falls

  • By: Chris Wooding
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships, and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Basically a steampunk Firefly :)

  • By Beccameriel on 26-06-13

Brace for sky pirates adventures. A good listen.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • High-Rise

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 863

From the author of the Sunday Times best seller Cocaine Nights comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing Fable

  • By G. K. Lowell on 14-05-15

Well-narrated mayhem, not sure about the story.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208

Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%. Week Two: Civilization has crumbled. Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another dystopian novel

  • By Rosalynde on 20-07-15

Peaceful darkness & joy of the read.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • The Empire of Ashes

  • The Draconis Memoria, Book 3
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 23 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

The White Drake's army has cut a bloody swathe across the world, leaving nothing but ash in its wake. Thousands of innocents have died beneath its blades, and countless more will surely follow. Only small-time criminal Claydon Torcreek and master spy Lizanne Lethridge - along with their ragtag band of allies - stand between the White Drake's fury and the world's end. To save the future, they must delve into the past - and unravel a timeless mystery that might just turn the tide once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good end to a unique fantasy epic

  • By Adam Sandham on 02-11-18

Dangerous & wonderful magic in the dragons world.

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

  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, original and fantastic narration

  • By Laura Brand on 09-05-18

Don’t loose your head!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • Wrath of Empire

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 158

 The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not. Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michael may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Gareth on 12-10-18

Mr McClellan ‘STYKEs’ again. Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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...

  • Grey Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 2
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

The second novel in the brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns. In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy, Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracking instalment

  • By Robyn on 16-05-18

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

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