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Author has literally lost the plot

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-19

This third instalment is such a disappointment. The first book was great, second went downhill slightly but this hits rock bottom.
So much of the story seems to the author thinking out loud, to the extent that whole sections are confusing and pointless. Most of the time it was impossible to tell if the story was playing out in the virtual reality world or real life making the whole narrative very hard to follow.
Many of the pivotal characters from the first book are written in a completely different way to the original and resigned to bit part players and are only mentioned in passing which makes the whole thing so disconnected from the original story ark. It almost seems written by a different author. Very disappointed

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Sanderson needs a better editor

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

This should have been a gripping instalment that built upon the relationships drawn in the previous (excellent) books. Instead it was a series of events happening to the characters, who just happened to be in the same location at any given time. All character development happens in their head and most of the dialogue is involved with solving problems in the moment. The Kalladin/Shallan/Adolin dynamic is given unsatisfactory lip service until a hasty ‘resolution’ in the final scenes. And Kalladin has barely any real interaction with Bridge 4.

Now we get to the biggest problem with the book. Oathbringer is about 20 chapter too long. So many empty scenes, meaningless flashbacks, not to mention those bloody interludes! All of that at the expense of clarifying what is actually going on in the central story. So many times I found myself having to work out who the Unmade were versus the Fused or the Voidbringers, what their objective was and what the core peril to the protagonists was. Sometimes I wonder if even Sanderson had it clear in his head. His editor was clearly sleeping on the job.

I will listen to Book 4 because I’m committed to hearing it out now, but if it’s anything like Oathbringer, I daresay I’ll be left disappointed.

Rambling nonsense

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

This is several hours of my life I will never get back.
From start to finish its a rambling nonsense with pointless dialogue and random occurrences that have no bearing on the story, weak as it is, as a whole.

I found it very hard to follow any of the narrative. Its just a jumble of surreal descriptions that make very little sense. I had no interest in the bizarre characters or the dream like world in which the book is set.

The overall story arc is very suspect and after five hours of listening I had to give up. The final straw came when a row of buildings were described as, 'The scent of cinnamon in late October.' I dont care if it was written by the great Stephen King, that description is nonsense.

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Solid As Usual

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

Reviewed: 29-12-14

Its been a while since I listened to the prvious five books in the series but within a few chapters I remembered why I loved them so much and was fully immersed in the story.

In Matthew Shardlake, CJ Sansom has created a kind, thoughtful man who seems wholly out of place in the unforgiving and sometimes barbaric world of Tudor London. This of course is what gets the main protagonist into trouble in such deep waters when surrounded by the sharks of King Henry VIII court.

Although Anton Lesser is one of my favourite narrators, Steven Crossley has done just as good a job as Lesser done on the previous books and captured the characters very well.

The author again has shown great understanding of the time period and the mix of a fictional story with non fictional events and characters with plenty of suspense and mystery makes for another solid instalment in The Shardlake series.

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Best find of the year

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

Reviewed: 22-12-14

Well what can I say that hasn't already been said in other reviews? After 10 hours of R.C. Bray's near perfect narration, I'm in a bit of a fix because I know it will be nearly impossible for my next listen to be as good as this!

Over the years there hasnt been many audiobooks that have made me shout, laugh and celebrate out loud but this one done all three. From the first ten minutes of listening I knew this was going to be my kind of book. The writing is smooth, fluent and well paced with all sorts of clever plot devices to keep you hooked. Throw in the five star narration and you have yourself one hell of a book!!

Once you see past the Nasa space jargen and complicated technical descriptions that the author sometimes uses (most of which went over my head!) then the overall plot of the story is very simple, one man trying to survive in a hostile enviroment. As serious as it sounds however, the main character is hilarious and I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud.

Books like this are the reason I listen to audiobooks. Gripping, original, funny and truly uplifting and I will be watching for any of the authors others in the future.

My kind of Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 30-09-14

Really enjoyed this listen from the 1st chapter. Some of the characters are a little cliched but the storyline more than makes up for this. The author gives us enough action and intrigue throughout to keep the most avid fantasy fans interested.

Although not my favourite book this year its still well worth a listen with plenty of potential for future books in the series. I will be keeping an eye out for the sequel.

Great end to a great trilogy

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

Since listening to the first book three or four years ago I have been waiting eagerly for the final instalment of this trilogy. I enjoyed books one and two so much I was a little apprehensive that book three wouldnt live upto my expectations. I was wrong to worry!!

It starts off with the same pace and energy that book two finished on making it very hard to put down! Its clear that Robyn Young has researched the true events in great detail and this, mixed with her fictional writing, make this a masterpiece.

We all know how the story ends but its the way in which we are led to them that makes this book what it is. With fighting across Britain and forces outside of both King Edward and Bruce's control, the pace and momentum throughout the book continues to grow until both sides meet in one place. Bannockburn, where we encounter a bloody and savage end to a thrilling trilogy.

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Amazing!!

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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: 10-09-14

Since listening to the first book three or four years ago I have been waiting eagerly for the final instalment of this trilogy. I enjoyed books one and two so much I was a little apprehensive that book three wouldnt live upto my expectations. I was wrong to worry!!

It starts off with the same pace and energy that book two finished on making it very hard to put down! Its clear that Robyn Young has researched the true events in great detail and this, mixed with her fictional writing, make this a masterpiece.

We all know how the story ends but its the way in which we are led to them that makes this book what it is. With fighting across Britain and forces outside of both King Edward and Bruce's control, the pace and momentum throughout the book continues to grow until both sides meet in one place. Bannockburn, where we encounter a bloody and savage end to a thrilling trilogy.

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Old style dark fantasy

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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: 10-09-14

This little gem is a bit of a slow burner but well worth the wait. Taking us from the early years of a young, confused boy growing up in a religious order of warriors, the author slowly but masterfully paints a picture of a fractured land steeped in war with many religous factions willing to fight and die for their beliefs.
Throughout the book we are teased with broken pieces of information about an ancient order of men thought lost to the centuries. Our anti hero travels across land and sea to try and uncover the truth, fighting countless battles and forging new friendships along the way.
The main thread of the story in underpinned with intriguing subplots and facinating characters making this, on the whole, a great listen.

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Very poor

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

Reviewed: 30-08-13

I loved book one of this trilogy. So much so I couldnt wait for book two to be released. However, I found the follow up very boring compared to the first. The story is very thin and lacks the punch of the first book. The battle that takes place a third of the way in was very poorly written. It was far to complicated with a very confusing description of the battlefield. So much so that 10 minutes in I was lost and had no idea what the author was talking about. I found that very frustrating as it seemed like a seminal moment of the story.

There was a distinct lack of excitement and fluidity throughout the book and before you know it its finished before its even begun! Im hoping for much better things from book three as the potential is there from book one for this to be a great trilogy.