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  • Kings of the Wyld

  • The Band, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best - the meanest, dirtiest, most feared and admired crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. But their glory days are long past; the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then a former bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help: his daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy horde 100,000 strong and hungry for blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty and humorous.

  • By Mads on 05-03-17

So much fun

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I loved everything about this book. The story, the narration, all of it was brilliant. Would recommend this to anyone.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coming of Age Fantasy

  • By Simon on 15-02-17

Not nearly as good as it's rated

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Would you try another book written by Jonathan Renshaw or narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds?

I've listened to a lot of books narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds and I will continue to. His performance is always excellent.

I most likely will not be picking up another Jonathan Renshaw book.

What could Jonathan Renshaw have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Almost anything. Despite the excellent quality of the narration, I had to stop listening to this. The story is infuriatingly slow during completely inconsequential parts, and steams through the parts that actually further the plot with barely any focus or explanation.

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

His performance was excellent as always. Pacing, delivery, individual character voices and clarity of speech were great. It's a shame the source material doesn't match the performance.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration with the story. Disappointment in my own blind belief in the good rating, and the wasted credit.

Any additional comments?

This is definitely a Young Adult book, that is not marketed as such. 17 years ago I probably would have happily persevered with this, in ignorance of the quality and quantity of other Fantasy works on offer. And I probably would have enjoyed it, though I don't think I would have rated it 5 stars even then. Now, I just don't have the time or inclination to spend on something like this. If I had known it was a YA book, I would have done a bit more reading of the reviews here and elsewhere before buying, and would have skipped it.

  • Blood Song

  • Book 1 of Raven's Shadow
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Superb debut novel

  • By Karen on 16-07-14

A truly excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

Would you listen to Blood Song again? Why?

Yes. I will probably re-listen to the first 2 books in the series before the 3rd installment is released, but also just because it was a brilliant audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and the depth of the story being told.

What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

It fit very well with the tone of the story, and the performance was consistent and engaging throughout.

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