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  • Assassin's Quest

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 37 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

The gripping finale to Robin Hobb’s classic Farseer trilogy. Keystone. Gate. Crossroads. Catalyst. Fitz is about to discover the truth about the Fool's prophecy. Having been resurrected from his fatal tortures in Regal's dungeons, Fitz has once more foiled Regal's attempts to be rid of him. Now, back in his own body, and after months of rehabilitation, Fitz begins the painful and slow process of learning the ways of a man again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • unsuitable voice for this book - but

  • By C. Elliott on 04-11-15

Fabulous book but ending felt rushed

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

Reviewed: 21-07-14

Really loved this trilogy and to be honest, it was due for a 5 out of 5 until the end. I dropped a point though because the ending was essentially a summary. I was looking forward to what I thought would be the pinnacle of the book. But what was presented was a summary. It felt strange as it was not at all in keeping with the style of the book. To me, it felt like an afterthought, 'Oh, and if you're interested in what happened, A did B, and X did Y'. The 'epilogue' was more in keeping with the style though.

All in, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trilogy. Just be warned of a seemingly rushed ending.

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  • A Plague Upon Your Family

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 2
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More gruesome adventures from the Talbots

  • By Little Pixel on 10-07-13

More gruesome adventures from the Talbots

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

Reviewed: 10-07-13

Another cracking book from the author! The second installment of the Zombie Fallout series sees the Talbot family and friends escape from Little Turtle, only to find more death and destruction everywhere they go. As they begin their life 'on the run', the characters unfold. You learn more about Mike's life 'pre-zombie' (the MacDonalds anecdote is rather entertaining). And Justin's character takes an interesting, sinister turn: Unsettling to say the least!

For such a gruesome storyline, Mark Tufo's series is a right little rib-ticker! I mainly listen to fantasy and post-apolalyse books so I don't often come across humour. And I certainly wouldn't have thought a gory zombie storyline would be the one that had me chuckling here and there.

Having said that, for the faint hearted - a warning: This book is definitely full of blood and guts. Moreso than the other zombie stories I've read / listened to. Let's just say that it's probably not what I would choose to listen to lull me off to sleep if I wanted a nice, calming, nightmare-free slumber. ;0)

What you do get though, is another great roller-coaster of a ride. Like the first book, I was never bored at any point. The characters are great - especially the loveable Tommy with his pop tarts, and the 'gassy' dog, Henry.

This book gets a big thumbs up from me. I really love Mark Tufo's witty writing and he certainly knows how to keep the pace up. I, for one, look forward to listening to the next book in the series. If you haven't read book one first, do yourself a favour and read that one first - it will make the book that much more enjoyable (and explain a few things too)!

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  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,174

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip from Winchester

  • By Philip on 08-06-11

Best Book I've Read In A While - Bring On Part 2!

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

Reviewed: 25-06-13

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

Oh. My. Goodness. I honestly didn't think I would like this book much, never mind, that I'd be raving about it. This is down as one of my all time favourites. I found it to be a very refreshing read. It slowly draws you into two main characters' worlds, both on different journeys. And it had me gripped to the very end.

What did you like best about this story?

My favourite part of the book were the characters themselves. And my favourite character, Caladin (or however you spell it - I'm unsure as I only 'heard' it being spoken). The journey he takes is an amazing one. You see him grow and learn about the values and doubts that shape the choices he makes. And all in a fantastical world where elements and emotions have 'spren' (spelling?) and beasts live in caverns.

Any additional comments?

Overall, this is an amazing read. I very much recommend it.

  • Dead of Night

  • A Zombie Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, poor Narrator

  • By Book lovet on 19-01-17

Don't Expect Shakespeare, But It's OK To Pass Time

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

Reviewed: 25-06-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The plot sounded promising - a zombie outbreak. So much could be covered. But I felt that this book was very slow paced. And also, how many zombies do you need to see before you realize they're... uh... zombies? The writing style was also different to what I was used to. Having listened to a lot of Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan and so on, I was surprised at how different this was. I guess this was a little like getting a trashy novel out, ha ha! But I don't regret, it - I did listen to it all the way through.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I actually really liked the ending. That surprised me because I didn't really think I'd get to the end. But it kept my attention, and the ending actually made me think, 'I'd like to know what happens next'.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I wasn't keen on the narrator but I did listen to the whole book, so I guess he can't have been that bad.

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