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An unexpected delight.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this book. What I got was an the first installment of a really intriguing and imaginative paranormal fantasy series. It kept me gripped right up until the end and, I immediately downloaded the next book in the series.

While some would argue that there's too much long description or that there are elements that are under researched I think that it fleshes out the lead character. With a little suspension of disbelief Syd Moore has created a really immersive and enjoyable modern fantasy series.

Julia Barrie's performance really brought Rosie Strange to life. Rosie character is well developed, at times deliberately vacuous, but ultimately lovable.

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The beginning of a brilliant legacy to Hellequin!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-04-18

I've been a huge fan of Steve McHugh's Hellequin Chronicles since the first book. When the final book in the series was released at the end of 2017 I really hoped that we'd get an opportunity to return to the same universe, and A Glimmer of Hope is a spectacular return!

The first book in The Avalon Chronicles incorporates characters that we've all grown to love throughout the Hellequin Chronicles while developing the expanded universe. Elizabeth Knowelden gives fantastic, immersive narration throughout.

I really can't wait for the next book in the series!

Something got lost in translation

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-17

Audible studios have produced many fantastic works - just take Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's for example - Monster 1983, however, is not their finest. Overall, the story felt like the good bits were lost in translation from the original German.

The whole production just seemed clunky; it lacked the flow and pace that good audio dramas have. Studios such as Big Finish Productions, B7 and the BBC seem to pull this off effortlessly, but ultimately it comes down to great editing and the ability to put the audience in the heart of the action. The incidental music was a distraction that felt like they couldn't think of a better way to change scenes within the narrative. The whole production could have greatly benefited from a good foley artist as there were some moments that could have been greatly enhanced with the right kind of sound effect. The casting was excellent, but even with great actors the dialogue felt forced and sluggish in places.

Ultimately the whole drama felt amateurish and would have benefited from better production. If you're billing something "compelling sci-fi audio fiction" then you need to ensure the production values are high enough to make it true.

I sincerely hope there's a huge improvement with the second installment.

Addictive and original!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 23-10-16

Its always difficult starting a new book by a new author. You're never quite sure what to expect, but I am a big fan of a good space opera (who isn't?).

I've been feeling a bit if a gap since finishing Ann Leckie's Imperial Rad'ch trilogy and Terry Pratchett/Stephen Baxter's Long Earth left me feeling flat, so I came to this book with no expectations.

To say that it exceeded my expectations doesn't do this book justice because its so well thought out and put together that from the very outset its addictive. The detail in creating the crew of the Wayfarer is incredible; each species is beautifully thought out and expansive.

There isn't a slow point in the book and it pained me to stop listening to sleep or go to work. Its a beautiful debut novel bought fantastically to life by Patricia Rodriguez's narration. I cannot wait for more books in this series.

A storming continuation of an exceptional series!

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Reviewed: 30-09-16

I loved The Rook! I've listened to it many times. I feel a real affection for Rook Thomas (both of her!). There was such a long wait between it and Stiletto that I really thought that was going to be the end of the Checquy Files and I as over joyed to find it here on audible!

Daniel O'Malley is an incredibly talented writer and his development of the characters within this edition are excellent. His new characters are well rounded and you grow to like/loath them quickly. The universe the Checquy inhabit is wholly believable and fantastical all at the same time.

My only bone of contention between Stiletto and The Rook was that the narrator had changed, but within an hour of listening to Maggie Mash it didn't matter. I was hooked! Her performance and delivery was different without being jarring to the first book.

I loved this book, but if you're thinking of getting it get The Rook first or you'll be a bit lost coming in to this one.

Ruined in a day...

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-16

I have listened to many books narrated by their author - Big Magic by Elisabeth Gilbert stands out in my mind for example - that have been greatly enhanced by the author reading the book. This, however, is not one of those books. Charlie Fletcher is a phenomenal author, but his lackluster performance has made this book unlistenable. To the point I'm using my money back guarantee on it. I do however intend to buy it as a hard copy book - and the rest of the series too - because the storyline is amazing, but the performance (or lack of) has utterly ruined this audio book for me.

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Massively anticlimactic

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 15-07-16

I've really enjoyed the rest of the Long Earth series. They've all left me wanting more and I was really looking forward to this final book wrapping up all the loose ends. Sadly, this book left me wanting more also and unfortunately it left more questions than it answered. So much so that having just finished it I'm a little bit angry!

It's only saving grace has been the consistent and fantastic narrations by Michael Fenton Stevens.

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Enchanting and unexpected

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-12-15

Things I didn't expect to find with this book:

1) Sleaford, Lincolnshire (a small market town near where I live) could actually be interesting.

2) A really exceptional recipe for sour dough flat breads with marjoram.

3) A genuine longing to live on a house boat.

Flippancy aside, the flat breads truly are exceptional. Which is just one of the reasons that this book, and indeed this series, is so enchanting. It's immersive; to the point that you start wanting to experience the foods, the environments and even a little of the danger.

It's an incredibly simple twist on British society featuring some fantastic characters and unexpected twists. I really don't want to say too much and give the game away, but it's a truly wonderful book and well worth a listen.

Gemma Whelan's performance only enhances the book and in my mind was the perfect choice for this series.

Big Magic indeed!

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Reviewed: 01-12-15

There's just something wonderful about Liz Gilbert. This was my first encounter with her writings having initially dismissed Eat. Pray. Love. as (and I know I'll get stick for this) "a bit too girly". However, discovering her at Big Magic is an excellent, hype free (relatively) way to engage with her writings.

I've found them pretty inspirational and am currently writing a business plan for an arts project I'd always dreamed about. Whether it's a success or not will be anyone's guess, but I'm more comfortable with fear being along for the trip as a result of this book. It's allowed me to accept that you need to take risks to be happy when you live a creative life.

Having the book read by Liz really enhances the overall experience, after all, who better to perform the piece than the person who wrote it?

In short, listen to this book. It has the potential to be life changing!

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A fitting end to a superb series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-12-15

Ancillary Mercy is a fitting end to Ann Leckie's superb Imperial Radch series. I wonderfully ties all the archs and ends of the series together in an unexpected and incredibly satisfying way (which I won't go in to too much detail about because I don't want to spoil it!)

Adjoa Andoh has, in my mind, got the perfect voice for this series and has done an exemplary job of bringing the characters, peoples and places of this immersive world to life.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this series to anyone who likes epic science fiction and is a fan of franchise like Star Wars and Star Trek.