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  • Phoenix Unbound

  • The Fallen Empire Series, Book 1
  • By: Grace Draven
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital - her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. But this year is different. Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion - and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A timeless story beautifully told

  • By Leonie on 19-01-19

Really good

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

I’m not usually a fan of this kind of historical-ish fantasy (I usually find it to be obvious & kind of cliche) but this was actually really fun & epic. The characters were interesting, the names weren’t impossible to remember, the world was original & well put together....all in all a good read.
I’ll be looking forward to the sequel 😊

  • Necropolis

  • Whyborne & Griffin, Volume 4
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Julian G. Simmons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has spent the last few months watching his lover, Griffin Flaherty, come to terms with the rejection of his adoptive family. So when an urgent telegram from Christine summons them to Egypt, Whyborne is reluctant to risk the fragile peace they've established. Until, that is, a man who seems as much animal as human tries to murder Whyborne in the museum. Amidst the ancient ruins of the pharaohs, they must join Christine and face betrayal, murder, and a legendary sorceress risen from the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but a lot of sex for my taste

  • By susan on 12-07-18

Good story but a lot of sex for my taste

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I’ve read all the books in this series so far & have found them to be fun, lgbtqia historic lovecraftian fantasy.
I only really have two small quibbles. The sex borders on gratuitous for me, but then I prefer my books to very minimal on the sex front.
The other quibble is that the book falls into the pitfall of much gay fiction, it seems to forget the lbtqia exist. What is it with gay fiction only including white gay men?
Whatever, all in all a fun book & a fun series.

  • The Sumage Solution

  • San Andreas Shifters, Book 1
  • By: G. L. Carriger
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage? New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger, writing as GL Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad-boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not my usual thing

  • By Roobarb on 23-08-17

Love everything about it

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Loved loved loved this. Fascinating urban fantasy setting, great representation of LGBTQIA characters & lovely story. Want 100 more of these!

Also great narration...

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  • Good Omens

  • The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the apocalypse are revving up, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming rapture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's the end of the world... but not as we know it

  • By Wayne on 09-10-08

Laugh Out Loud Funny & Super Clever

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

What made the experience of listening to Good Omens the most enjoyable?

It was totally unexpected. Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman are both amazing authors but this combination is the best of both of them. Every joke is perfectly formed & perfectly timed, the story is totally unique & yet as old as time.... Every piece fits into place perfectly & I found myself laughing out loud so many times I was banned from listening to it when there were other people around!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definately! I could have listened to this forever!

  • Wraith

  • A Zoe Martinique Investigation
  • By: Phaedra Weldon
  • Narrated by: Merissa Martignoni, Phaedra Weldon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Zoe Martinique has the ability to travel outside of her body at will- which she turned into a career, hiring herself out as a literal spook. One night, she witnesses a murder by a fellow traveler-who not only sees her but tries to pursue her. To save herself, Zoe must figure out exactly who-and what-the murderer is, before he finds her and puts an end to her traveling- permanently.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Forshadowing the forshadowing

  • By susan on 23-09-15

Forshadowing the forshadowing

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

Reviewed: 23-09-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not really. I loved the characters & it seemed like an interesting point but the narration was such that there was continual forshadowing "blah blah blah, so I went through the door. In hindsight I wish I hadn't" you know... It seemed like the forshadowing was in every single chapter, it wasn't necessary & it kid of ruined the flow for me, okay it massivly ruined the flow for me.
There was also a lot of talking about the main characters rape which I understand played a major part of who the character was & why she did the things she did but it totally needed a trigger warning somewhere on the cover & it's hard to skip those parts in the audiobook.

Would you be willing to try another book from Phaedra Weldon? Why or why not?

I think so, she wrote some loveable characters & an interesting world.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Far West

  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Eff is an unlucky 13th child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like nothing else

  • By susan on 04-08-15

Like nothing else

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

I've never read another book in this 'genre' (alternate magic version of America in frontier times) which in itself makes the book interesting. It is well written & an amazing, fully formed alternate history with interesting characters & a fun concept. It can sometimes get a little confusing working out what places are supposed to be in our world when everywhere has a different name but that's a tiny niggle like the fact that the series felt like it had been written as one long book & then hacked into chunks so it would sell, doesn't ruin the story at all, it just broke the spell a little bit.
My only real niggle was the main character (a girl) felt a tiny bit wet to me, but I like my female leads to be shooting of bullets in one direction & witty retorts in the other.

I would whole heartedly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy, alternative histories, stories of the frontier &/or exploration books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteenth Child

  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Origional, interesting & unexpected

  • By susan on 02-08-15

Origional, interesting & unexpected

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

If you could sum up Thirteenth Child in three words, what would they be?

Magical Alternate America

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thirteenth Child?

They were all pretty memorable, the main characters magical development, the alternate world & the alternate world's creatures were what had me hooked & that obviously was the whole book :)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Totally, Imhad to stop because I was so exhausted I was feeling sick & it turns out I was seconds away from the end of the book. I basically listened to the whole thing in one day

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of alternate histories or of steampunk or even Urban Fantasy I'm pretty sure you are going to like this. Setting it on the frontier means rhat it isn't really any of those genres but it feels like all of them & is amazingly well done. I wouldn't be surprised if this book inspires a whole genre of magic on the frontier alternate history book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bloodstone

  • A Stacy Justice Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Barbra Annino
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

All Stacy Justice wants to do is recover from the bizarre couple of weeks she’s had - the whirlwind kicked off by the fire at her cousin’s bar, the Black Opal. But just when life is settling down, 14-year-old Ivy appears on her doorstep, claiming to be her sister. Ivy insists their mother is in danger and Stacy’s magic is the key to saving her. Sure, Ivy shares Stacy’s fiery hair and green eyes - but is she really her sister? And can the secretive teen be trusted with the family magic? Then a man turns up dead at the bed-and-breakfast run by Stacy’s grandmother, the family’s Blessed Book goes missing, and it seems someone is out to kill Stacy - again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light fluffy & fun

  • By susan on 07-06-15

Light fluffy & fun

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

I love how light, fun & easy to listen to this series of books is but if (like me) you can't stand cliffhangers, this series is going to drive you to distraction. I hope the author grows out of it but at this point every book ends with a cliffhanger & so do most of the chapters....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gilded

  • Gilded, Book 1
  • By: Christina Farley
  • Narrated by: Greta Jung
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she's next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Princess Diaries meets Urban Fantasy

  • By susan on 05-05-15

Princess Diaries meets Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

I have read a LOT of urban fantasy & I have yet to read one that is quite so odd & yet really, really good.
The main character starts out super angst-y teenager & even as she is being dragged into a world of Korean mythology (well done & super interesting) she seems to spend at least half her time moping that she isn't normal anymore & being all dramatic...
Weirdly still a great book & a likeable main character although the writing in the beginning is kind of....choppy? It doesn't flow...
I keep thinking of reasons why I shouldn't like it but honestly I really enjoyed it. Not the best book ever but still very much worth reading, if only for the Korean mythology.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Jan on 17-06-15

Great story, poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

I almost gave up on the story until I realised that 90% of my problem with the book was the weirdly emphasised, almost monotone way it was being narrated....
Great story, interesting concept & - once you get past the narrator - it's impossible to put down.

53 of 54 people found this review helpful