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  • Book of Souls

  • A Prof Croft Prequel
  • By: Brad Magnarella
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Let's go back to the night I turned 13, the night Grandpa filleted my finger with his cane sword. I can't say what terrified me more, the cold anger in his eyes or the crazy things in his locked study. A talking trunk. Squirming coats. A bookshelf whose titles shifted before my eyes. And one chilling title in particular: Book of Souls. Ten years later I'm on my way to a Romanian monastery, in search of that lost book. But I'm not the only one. Three others have beaten me to the local village: two researchers and...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad dialogue

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-02-18

Bad dialogue

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

One day both narrators and authors will understand that Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins is a spectacularly awful example to base their work on

Lower scores than for the rest of his books because the “cor blimey I’m a Brit” stuff was just painful to listen to

  • The Eye of the World

  • Wheel of Time, Book 1
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fab

  • By Robyn on 13-04-13

is the narrator a fast talker...

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

... or did someone hit 2x speed when it was recorded? I had to set my app to 0.5x speed to get it to sound right. Michael Kramer at double speed is odd.

Otherwise it's a reasonably good epic fantasy, though a little slow to start. Young boys get thrown into a world they've always thought was only in fireside tales or far from their isolated village. As always, it's not so much how unique the story but how well it is told. This is very well told.


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  • The Steel Remains

  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Ringil, the hero of the bloody slaughter at Gallows Gap, is a legend to all who don't know him and a twisted degenerate to those that do. A veteren of the wars against the lizards, he makes a living from telling credulous travellers of his exploits. Until one day he is pulled away from his life and into the depths of the Empire's slave trade. There, he will discover a secret infinitely more frightening than the trade in lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Up there with Hoffman, Lynch and Rothfuss,

  • By B on 12-01-13

Entertaining story, fantastic narration,

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Ringil Eskiath, wielder of The Raven’s Friend. Ask a half-dozen people to describe him and you'll get ten answers. Noble by birth; warrior by training; hero by accident; legend despite himself; perverted, degenerate, twisted abomination to many of his countrymen; outcaste and viciously proud of it; drunkard, because of all of the above. Every bit of it true, depending on who you ask. All HE asked was to be left alone. He’d done his bit. He’d saved his people... and then been rejected by them once the cheering died down. When his mother came to him for help, all of his instincts told him to run. He certainly didn’t want to go off on some stupid search for a missing cousin, sold into slavery and abandoned by her immediate family, simply because his mother felt guilty about it. He would have been even more vehement in his refusal if he had known exactly where the search would take him. But mothers always know what levers will move their recalcitrant children. And so begin his first steps into a world where myths and gods of ages past walk the streets.



I believe this is Richard Margan's first foray into fantasy and it is an excellent debut into the genre. I've read his SF for years, though I lean towards fantasy. Simon Vance's narration is perfect. There are a handful of audiobook narrators that can almost make me ignore the author & genre simply for the pleasure of listening to his narration. I lost hours listening to this and I suspect that reading the book would be one of those times when I start reading in the evening and realise that the sun is coming up just as I finish it. The sequel, The Cold Commands, is calling to me now.



So, to sum up... An entertaining story with excellent narration that kept drawing me into another world

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