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  • Half the World

  • Shattered Sea, Book 2
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Sometimes a girl is touched by mother war. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior Fate traps her in the schemes - and on the ship - of the deep-cunning minister Father Yarvi. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another instalment of grit

  • By Robyn on 29-09-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-06-15

What disappointed you about Half the World?

The narrator.

Would you be willing to try another book from Joe Abercrombie? Why or why not?

Yes. Joe's work prior to the shattered sea series was second to none. I think the story would come out more with a better narrator. I will probably buy and read the book and attempt to get Elliots performance out my head as I go along, although thats going to be difficult.

What didn’t you like about Ben Elliot’s performance?

The way he reads the story. His accents and voices are overdone and far too dramatic. I couldnt identify with any of the characters because of this. I just kept thinking who talks like this? Just didnt work for me.

  • Mage's Blood

  • The Moontide Quartet, Book 1
  • By: David Hair
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
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  • By Mr. Nm Hill on 07-04-18

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 15-03-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I saw a few people compare this to George RR martins Game of Thrones series. This simply isnt true. It's not remotely on the same level. From the start i didnt feel any empathy with any of the characters. Again like in so many novels we have the young boy whose is downtrodden and treaten badly by his equals, his peers etc But wait, hes going to overcome his adversity! It felt like it was being written by a child. The story never got going for me and to be honest i think it was compounded by the awful reading. A different reader and maybe i would have finished the book and as it was i managed 6 hours and was thankful when my new credits arrived.

What didn’t you like about Nick Podehl’s performance?

His poor accents

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkness That Comes Before

  • The Prince of Nothing, Book One
  • By: R. Scott Bakker
  • Narrated by: David DeVries
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both 2,000 years past and 2,000 years into the future, untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasûrimbor Kellhus - part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence - from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read!! Bad Narrator!!

  • By Jay on 07-05-14

Awful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-06-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I agree whole heartedly with the previous reviewer. Get a narrator like Steven pacey to tell this story. The current reader is terrible and unsually for me, i gave up listening after about two hours and put the radio on. Ive often found the narrator can bring a book to life while this one simply detroys it. One stars all round, but in all honesty I might be doing the author an injustice because of the poor reader. Sort it audible and ill try the book again!

Would you ever listen to anything by R. Scott Bakker again?

Yes

How could the performance have been better?

Listen to it yourself and you will understand why. A little emotion, different accents/voices. Too stiff, too wooden. I've heard computer generated voices with more fluency.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful