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  • Snakewood

  • By: Adrian Selby
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Once they were a band of mercenaries who shook the pillars of the world through their cunning, their closely guarded alchemical brews and stone-cold steel. Whoever met their price won. Now, their glory days behind them and their genius leader in hiding, the warriors known as the Twenty are being hunted down and eliminated one by one. A lifetime of enemies has its own price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By TClews on 22-07-16

The first audible I've not completed

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

I love Joe Jameson's narration, but even that could not save this dreary book. For the first time in my two years of audible, I stopped listening and moved on to another title!

  • Age of Assassins

  • The Wounded Kingdom, Book 1
  • By: RJ Barker
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to the land's best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But their latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince's murder. In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies, Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to what should be a great series

  • By Swords and Spectres on 18-03-18

Good story made perfect by one of the best narrators

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Simply put, Joe Jameson can turn a mediocre/average book into something quite special – he is my go to narrator for fantasy stories. This is actually better than an average book, and probably deserves a better score than it has.

  • The Spear of Stars

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 5
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

The White Lich has conquered Tanar Atain. Soon, he means to take the entire world. Dante suspects his next target will be Bressel, where the Tanarians have established their court in exile. The only chance to stop the lich will be to forge a fragile alliance between the bitter enemies of three different lands: Tanar Atain, Mallon, and Narashtovik. The city stands on the brink of rebellion. Yet even if Dante, Blays, and Gladdic can unite it, they still might not have the strength to stand against the army of the lich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 halves of a book

  • By Anonymous User on 20-10-18

Feels like a filler

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I have loved the earlier books in this series, reading most of them when I was seriously ill in hospital last year. As a result, the characters are very close to me and I thoroughly looked forward to the next instalment (this book). Sadly, this book left me lacking, and felt like nothing more than a filler until the next instalment - money making opportunity? The title doesn't even relate to the story! Not his finest work, well worth a read still.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 30-07-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I came to this book as a follow-on to listening to all of the Joe Abercrombie first law series, and I have to say the dialogue and story line are of similar quality. The plot is an entertaining evolution of a character, and the strong language feels representative of real people.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sadly, it is let down by very poor narration – in general, the narrator lacks the ability to create realistic and varied accents for the characters, and even worse, accents assigned to main characters seem to change regularly making it almost impossible to follow who is speaking. Combine that with the incredibly abrupt chapter starts and finishes, and you are left feeling that a great yarn has been spoiled for good voice talent.

Any additional comments?

I feel that I ought to listen to the other books in the series, because I like the characters, but I'm unsure I could bear listening to more work by the narrator.