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  • Sabriel

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By Richard on 20-03-07

What a unique book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-19

Love the one of a kind concept here and i think it was executed excellently! I was gripped from start to finish, had to know what would happen next. The river of death ... what a cool idea

  • 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 2,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043

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

Fantastic classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-19

I loved this book. Its the standard village boy meets wizard and becomes hero story, but it feels like the apotheosis of the trope, the epitome of the cliche - and as such its wonderful

  • Forebodings

  • Conquerors of K’Tara, Book 1
  • By: L.A. Di Paolo
  • Narrated by: Adam R Watson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Alis Domini, a long-forgotten beast of dread, returns to K'Tara to terrorize and destroy. The enemy's lieutenant operates from the shadows, directing all its creatures to ruin and unravel the planet's peoples and societies. Sensing and non-sensing humanoids struggle to understand what is happening and fear the end of their race is near.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a series

  • By James M. on 13-03-19

Great original sci-fantasy story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

As soon as Scorch the Furan was introduced, i was hooked, and from there the beginning had great pace. With elements of sci fi like the advanced tech and elements of fantasy like the sword fights and unique magic system - known as binding - this was an unusual and ambitious project, and one which i think di paolo pulls of remarkably well. The characters are well fleshed out, the world is wonderful and exciting with fantastic little details, and the kingdom has an ancient roman feel from the weapons and the names, eg. Octavius. The story is one we all love of an ancient powerful wizard thought long dead, now returning along with some dread-inspiring beasts. There is also some political intrigue where a war with a foreign nation looks very much on the cards in the next book. I particularly loved the references to internal micro-flora which fuelled the fires of magic. All in all, i would salute it as a great start to a series and one which i would be interested to see resolved. Well worth a read!

  • Half a King

  • Shattered Sea, Book 1
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 747

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff

  • By Robyn on 14-09-14

Good for ya

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-19

This is good for what it was, but it lacks the depth of the first law trilogy. Characterisation is simple, plot is simple, all well written but noticeably ya

  • Knight's Shadow

  • The Greatcoats, Book 2
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

The Greatcoats have found the heir to the throne...but now they must keep her alive, against all the odds. Falcio Val Mond has completed the final task given to him by the late King Paelis: he has found the King's Charoites (well, one at least). But his task isn't over, and now he, Kest and Brasti must protect the girl from those who want her dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great sequel to a good first book.

  • By Daniel Plunkett on 09-01-18

Bit of a meandering one

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-19

Not as good as the first is my main thought here, there was a lot of meandering around in the middle and - although it sort of came together at the end - it just felt too contrived for me. Good book, not amazing though

  • The Last Mortal Bond

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 3
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never reached the excitement of the first book

  • By Robin300378 on 12-04-16

Disapponting climax

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-19

I enjoyed the first book, it seemed like it had a lot of potential, but things went downhill from there im afraid. The second book was odd and this third one was a disappointment. I didnt care about any of the characters by the end, or what happened to them or to annur. It seemed like it couldve been so much better ...

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  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story & brilliantly narrated

  • By Tom on 14-08-09

Interesting take on fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Not my usual cup of tea, urban fantasy, but this was intriguing to say the least. I liked dresdens moral compass altho he did seem a little obsessed with sex, worth a read

  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and narration after first hour.

  • By Kieran on 17-11-12

Original and inventive fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

If you can out up with the constant snarky tone - something i found very funny- then you’ll love this as a comedic book. Very clever, thank you, mr yahtzee

  • The Providence of Fire

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but....

  • By P. Harvey-Field on 28-04-16

Great work, staveley!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-18

Loved it, its got twists and turns and revelations galore and the two brothers and the kettral unit are fantastically written. Cant wait for the next one

  • Perdido Street Station: New Crobuzon, Book 1

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 31 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 323

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slough of pugnaciously ineluctable ululation

  • By Martin on 21-05-13

Boring

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-18

So this was not for me. I sort of enjoyed the city and the city but i wont be trying and more mieville for a while after that trainwreck im afraid