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Unpredictable and outstanding!

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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: 27-03-20

I am a Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Terry Brooks, Peter Clines, Epic Fantasy kind of person, this was along those lines but not, different, unpredictable and really enjoyable. The characters are believable and human, they are young but not juvenile so I didn’t get exasperated at their stupidity, there quite simply wasn’t any! It was gripping, human with a touch of Sci-fi. I’ve bought the 2nd book as I can’t wait to know what happens, I hope it continues to grip me. It didn’t follow any storyline or path that I’ve read before so it was fresh, surprising and ponderous. Narration is very good, I knew who was who without some of the usual attempts at accents, girly voices etc. Well written and just good. Best book I’ve listened to for a while.

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Loved it!

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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: 21-09-16

Lots of old story lines with new twists! Loved this book, very easy to follow even though the story is building to be quite complex. Nice believable characters, all dark vs light but can't 2nd guess where it's all going, I like that. Just wonder why the sequels are not available on audio yet? Prequel available in October? Nooooo sequel please! Ok I'll probs buy it anyway!

Oh Brandon you have Excelled yourself! Again!

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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: 12-02-16

What did you like most about Bands of Mourning?

Everything! Fast paced, character development, humour, twists and turns in the story line, not being able to predict, weirdness etc. etc.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything!

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favourite?

Sterys....not sure if that's how to spell it...she's a treasure! Wax, of course is brilliant, Wayne is, well just Wayne, weird & quirky, so many I can't really pick a favourite they are all unique and very well portrayed. Michael Kramer is one of my favourite narrators, no need for guessing who is speaking, you just know from his accents who's who. Brilliant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes, I was gripped from the beginning, complex but, in usual Sanderson style, easy to follow even though there is so much in every line.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one! Come on Brandon, write faster!

Wonderful, imaginative and gripping!

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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: 14-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shadow of What Was Lost to be better than the print version?

This is an Audio review, the clue is in the title, why would I have read it?

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow of What Was Lost?

All of it

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, my favourite narrator, splendid as usual!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Listen to it! If you like Fantasy epics then this is for you! On a par with Brandon Sanderson and all the great Fantasy writers! Can't wait for the next installment by James Islington

Wow! Modern day fantasy with a twist!

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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: 21-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, already have recommended it to my daughter, appeals to all ages, well written with no guessing the plot!

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be the main character, Alex, although a bit "wet" sometimes, he seems to be heading in the right direction without knowing why, bright enough to follow his instincts!

What about Ben Onwukwe’s performance did you like?

Everything! This man is made for the story, he has a way of portraying the hardness or sensitivity of each character. Not come across him before but will look out for other books he has narrated, natural ability to make everyone believable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not one moment, several, story built nicely into a rollercoaster of ups and downs, twists and turns. Can't wait for the second instalment!

Any additional comments?

Yes, buy it! Brilliant!

Good Stuff! This review is for the whole series!

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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: 09-12-14

Where does Medalon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up there with the best! Thoroughly enjoyed all of this series. it's different, humorous and a great yarn!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Adreana, she's a woman after my own heart! Fiesty & very real! Although Daman is a big scott with an attitude & sense of humour so I warmed to him a great deal!

Which character – as performed by Imogen Church – was your favourite?

The queen of The Harshini, Shananara, is the coolest woman in this book! Although she only comes into her own towards the end of the book. I am not too keen on women narrators but Imogen Church is very good at making you feel each different character without the necessity of naming them. She is very good at her trade. I would be very happy to listen to her again.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Magic is very real, hidden & about to be awakened. This would only apply if the whole series of books were being made into a film or series of films.

Any additional comments?

Love it!

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Don't Bother!

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

Would you try another book written by George R. R. Martin or narrated by Roy Dotrice?

No, I'm totally bored with Game of Thrones books! I listened up to Part 1 of Feast for Crows and got really fed up with the story, it droned on and on. Then with all the hype of the series on Sky I thought I'd give it another try. I wish I hadn't. There are far better books out there which keep your attention and are excellent stories, this one just isn't good. Try Brandon Sanderson, Ben Aaronovitch, Sergei Lukyanenko or Peter Klines, leave George R R Martin behind, he's pants!

What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

It could have been told in 3 books, not split in to who knows how many, half a book at a time which could have been condensed into 1 book at a time with less meandering!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Roy does a fairly good job but I've heard much better narrators. Yes he did match the pace - the books are slow and so is he!

What character would you cut from A Feast for Crows (Part Two)?

I couldn't say there are so many! The only one's I like are the main characters, the rest I feel have no place and don't add to the story.

Oh I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 23-01-14

What did you like most about 14?

Fresh believable characters, incidental love interests that didn't detract from the story in any way! Unpredictable twists and turns, appealed to me (at 60) and my daughter (at 24) test of a good story. Different to my usual read but I'm really glad I took a chance and listened. Easy to follow without being boring, unusual concept but believable, even the weird bits!

What other book might you compare 14 to, and why?

Can't compare it to anything really, all new and very enjoyable!

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favourite?

Veek is very cool (not sure if that's how to spell it) she has a wicked sense of humour, Zeela is also pretty cool.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both - I found my jaw clenching in parts, shouted out loud in the car a few times, couldn't wait to get out of work to start listening again!

Any additional comments?

Buy it if you like a good story, fantasy, suspense and laughing!

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What a series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-13

I feel utterly drained and bereft, NO MORE WHEEL OF TIME! But what an ending.... Well done to Brandon Sanderson for completing what must have been an enormous task, to get inside someone else's fantasy and write the seamless end to a classic is a bit special to say the least. Wonderful.

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ABRIDGED!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-12

I am enjoying this series of books very much, imagine how disappointing it is to listen to A. A different Narrator (although Geraldine James does a very good job) from the rest of the series and B. Abridged! Diana Gabaldon writes in such detail allowing the listener to "feel" the development of the story and be with the characters. I hate not knowing what the rest of the story could have told me as great chunks of it were missing! No choice really there is not an unabridged version on Audible. Very annoying. Is it just me or do you get used to the characters "sounding" the way they should from the first narrator? Like Stephen Fry - No one else can read Harry Potter to my mind it would just not be the same!! This is how I feel about this recording of the 6th book in this series - very poor Audible!! I have given it 4 stars as what I did listen to was up to scratch with the rest of the books. I look forward to listening to the 7th book which I can get at midnight tonight and is unabridged with the original narrator - can't wait.

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