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  • Dragon Blood - Omnibus

  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 27 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

A thousand years have passed since a dragon has been seen in the world. Science and technology have replaced magic, which has dwindled until it has become little more than an element of myth and legend. There are those who still have dragon blood flowing through their veins, distant descendants of the mighty creatures of old. These rare humans have the power to cast magic, the power to heal, and the power to craft alchemical weapons capable of starting wars...or ending them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frothy Fantasy

  • By Steph Adams on 07-03-16

Great Adventure,

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

Reviewed: 18-11-15

This story is just about perfect for me. Great characters, humour, romance, lots of action and adventure and I love the mixture magic and machines. Caitlin Davies's performance is superb, especially of the snarky Jaxi Character. Can't wait for the rest of the series to be added to Audible.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,277

Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding - again!…and very much worth the wait.

  • By Robyn on 24-03-14

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

Reviewed: 31-03-14

This isn't a review, just a bit of technical info in response to the reviewers complaining about the huge file size. I just bought the book and it was split into a number of files, (not one big one) so I had no problem loading it onto my Ipod Shuffle.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most unusual stories you will ever read

  • By Laura on 17-11-13

My first John Scalzi selection.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-11

I hesitated when choosing this book as I have nothing in common with the Hollywood scene in which the story is set but I wasn't disappointed.
I thought that the writing style was witty and the story well paced and easy to follow. I loved the humour as it came as much from the well constructed characters as from the situations in the story. The narration is very good too. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Grimpow

  • The Invisible Road
  • By: Rafael Abalos
  • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Grimpow had no idea who the dead man was, but hidden in his leather bag was a treasure that would change his life forever: ruby- and emerald-encrusted daggers, silver coins, jewels, and a letter with a golden seal depicting a snake swallowing its own tail. And clutched in the man's firm grip is a stone - a stone that will shape Grimpow's destiny. For when he holds it, strange things begin to happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historic adventure,

  • By Derek on 30-04-09

Historic adventure,

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-09

This novel describes the adventures of Grimpow, a young thief's apprentice in medieval times. With the discovery of treasure, magical items and a cryptic letter on the body of a nobleman, Grimpow embarks on a dangerous journey to unravel the secrets of the letter. The story is well paced, easy to follow and creates a convincing atmosphere of the time period.

A mixture of fantasy, history and adventure together with riddle solving that will entertain both children and adults.

  • Twilight Eyes

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

They're out there...waiting...watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed - or cursed - by Twilight Eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great thriller,

  • By Derek on 30-04-09

Great thriller,

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-09

This is more a gripping thriller than a scary horror story.

The story is about a young man with the ability to see some people in their true form as evil "goblins" in human disguise. He stalks and kills them and takes refuge with other variously gifted misfits. As the goblins begin to recognise him as a threat, he gradually learns of their evil plans for the downfall of humanity. Although hopelessly outnumbered, he must take the war to the goblins...

The plot is imaginative, well paced and in parts very tense. The characters are very convincing and I really found myself caring what happened to them. Highly recommended.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

When too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but good,

  • By Derek on 17-08-08

Not what I expected but good,

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-08

It took me a while to get into as it is not really science fiction as I would have expected. I nearly gave up at an early stage but I'm glad I didn't.
I would describe it as a blend of historical mystery and romance, with satire and some rather amusing characters. Plenty of clues are given out as the well thought out plot develops. The story moves at a good pace and at all stages there is a lot going on, but I never lost the thread. It is witty with many twists and surprises.
A mixture of genres and not the sort of thing that would normally appeal to my taste, but good enough to keep me entertained.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful