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  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed. Her innocence has been sacrificed by a man with singular purpose: a man who will stop at nothing in order to prepare Earth for the coming conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.....but what to do now?

  • By Mr D Hamilton on 18-02-16

Author has literally lost the plot

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

  • Oathbringer

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book Three
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 55 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,788

From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sanderson brewing up a hell of a storm!

  • By Simon on 22-11-17

Sanderson needs a better editor

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

  • The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,251

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough going... But persevere through to book 2...

  • By Andrew on 28-10-16

Rambling nonsense

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lamentation

  • Shardlake, Book 6
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928

Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like listening to a play

  • By Brodie on 06-11-14

Solid As Usual

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,746
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,718

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Best find of the year

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

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor's Blades

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109

In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable setting of scene

  • By Callum on 02-12-15

My kind of Fantasy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • Kingdom: Book 3 of the Insurrection Trilogy

  • By: Robyn Young
  • Narrated by: Nick McArdle
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

From earliest childhood, Robert Bruce has pursued his destiny, but the road has been a hard one. Behind him lie battles, murder, intrigue, defeat, and betrayal, and though he has at last achieved his ambition to wear the crown, he has not yet learned the true meaning of kingship. In Kingdom, Robert must come through his greatest tests, both personal and political, to lead his people towards the encounter with the English at Bannockburn which will echo down the centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • freedom

  • By malcolm on 24-11-14

Great end to a great trilogy

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Insurrection

  • Book 1 of the Insurrection Trilogy
  • By: Robyn Young
  • Narrated by: Nick McArdle
  • Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

A.D. 1262: In the dusty heat of French fields, knights battle for supremacy in a fierce tournament. At its violent heart is Edward of England, who leads his men under the banner of the dragon, a potent reference to the legendary King Arthur. As heir to the throne, Edward has a vision for his future kingdom – a vision sprung from the words of an ancient prophecy written in the time of Arthur himself – that will change the face of Britain forever. A.D. 1286: Scotland is in the grip of the worst winter in living memory.....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent history

  • By Bibliophile on 16-01-11

Amazing!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446

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

Old style dark fantasy

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Four Things

  • By: Paul Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 477

The eagerly awaited sequel to The Left Hand of God. Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell. These are The Last Four Things Now there are Five. Meet Thomas Cale. Returning to the Sanctuary of the Redeemers - Thomas Cale is told by the Lord Militant that the destruction of mankind is necessary - the only way to undo God's greatest mistake. Cale seemingly accepts his role in the ending of the world - fate has painted him as the Left Hand of God, the Angel of Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grateful for the negative reviews - but I loved it

  • By Iain on 02-03-12

Very poor

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.