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Paul

Solihull, United Kingdom
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  • The Girl in Green

  • By: Derek B. Miller
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Near Checkpoint Zulu, 100 miles from the Kuwaiti border, in 1991, Thomas Benton meets Arwood Hobbes. Benton is a British journalist who reports from war zones, in part to avoid his lacklustre marriage and a daughter he loves but cannot connect with; Hobbes is a Midwestern American private who might be an insufferable ignoramus or might be a brilliant lunatic with a death wish - it's hard to tell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better than Norwegian at night

  • By Paul on 31-08-17

Even Better than Norwegian at night

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

Reviewed: 31-08-17

I rarely bother to write reviews but thought I'd say this is a good listen. Interesting story that describes the world of NGOs in refugee camps combined with explanations of the middle east power struggles / factions plus the story twenty years apart of the girl in the green dress. Criticisms of the narrator about mispronunciation are unfounded. He does a great job. I recommend this and Derek Miller's other novel too. And the woodcutter by reginald hill. I just throw that in because I've found some of my best books by reading recommendations in other people's comments!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Company

  • Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By John on 26-03-11

Avoid

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

Reviewed: 26-10-15

Not sure why I listened to this to the end. Very sub GOT / name of the wind / Joe Abercrombie / way of kings. Doesn't deserve to be mentioned in same sentence. Listen to one of the ones I've mentioned instead

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,989
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,838

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Worth spending your credit on

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

Reviewed: 29-03-15

V good indeed, you're drawn into a very believable dystopian future where people escape to the OASIS to avoid life. The quest within the novel necessitates knowing minutiae of 1970's and 1980's pop culture which I think makes it more enjoyable to over 40 year olds (I am over 40), who remember Rush, Duran Duran (1st time round) etc. There are obvious comparisons to The Matrix but it's a good read and never drags.

  • Wool

  • Wool Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052

An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Niamh on 23-01-13

Mediocre at best

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

Reviewed: 17-09-14

I got this because it had good reviews but honestly, although I listened to the end, it is nowhere near the quality of The name of the wind or Joe Abercrombie's stuff. The storyline is the best bit but it takes a long time to get to where it's going and it's very overblown. Spend your credit on the girl with all the gifts, that is an excellent alternative future society novel.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Half a King

  • Shattered Sea, Book 1
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff

  • By Robyn on 14-09-14

Least good of Abercrombie's books

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

Reviewed: 24-07-14

when I finished a long non fantasy talking book I was pleased to see that Abercrombie had a new book out on audible and just downloaded it. Should have checked more carefully. This is clearly for Young Adults / teens as opposed to his normal output. That's not to say it's bad, it's just that compared to his usual excellent novels this one is obvious where it's going, no great depth or complexity to the characters. If you don't know Joe Abercrombie's work then it's fine and I listened to it to the end but if you have listened to the heroes, before they are hanged etc you will be disappointed.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,804

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip from Winchester

  • By Philip on 08-06-11

Even better than Game of Thrones?

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

Reviewed: 19-02-14

I mainly listen to this genre. GoT clearly fantastic, all Joe Abercrombie's stuff, Name of the wind (can't wait for book 3 in that series) but from about half way in to this book I could not stop listening. Two narrators, I listened to the female at 1.5x speed because she narrated less interesting aspects of story, fortunately she was narrating less than 20% of the time. The man narrating was brilliant and the development of Kaladin's story had me pacing around the kitchen listening to it on loud speaker. Get it. You won't be disappointed. Book 2 comes out on Audible US website next month. Hopefully it'll be on UK website too v soon. A cracking story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Heroes

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New recording with the original narrator

  • By Gavin on 21-01-12

The best of Joe Abercrombie's books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-13

some of the reviews put me off initially about how this was set over too short a period of time and it was an experiment by the author, however I found it the most enjoyable of all of Joe Abercrombie's books (which I stumbled across whilst feeling lost, looking for something to replace the whole game of thrones series which I'd just listened to back to back NB Game of Thrones series is fantastic but Steven Pacey is a far superior narrator). I like the lack of magic and I like the 'heroes' on each side of the battle. The work is thought provoking. I'm missing Steven Pacey's voice already and will now no doubt download something else he's narrated with my credit that's just arrived.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful