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Mr. J. Ambler

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  • S.U.M.O (Shut Up, Move On)

  • The Straight-Talking Guide to Creating and Enjoying a Brilliant Life
  • By: Paul McGee
  • Narrated by: Paul McGee
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

S.U.M.O. stands for Shut Up, Move On. It's a phrase to say to ourselves (and sometimes others) when we are acting or thinking in a way that is hindering our ability to succeed. It doesn't necessarily mean "get over it" or "pull yourself together" (although there may be occasions when both responses are necessary): "Shut Up" means stop what you're doing, take time out to reflect, let go of baggage and beliefs that hinder your potential; "Move On" means tomorrow can be different from today, look for new possibilities, don't just think about it, take action.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to absorb as an audiobook

  • By Reebs on 16-03-13

Liked it so much I bought the paperback

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

Reviewed: 11-03-19

Honestly, I was half expecting this to be a half baked ‘huh the universe and it will provide’ book... glad I gave it a chance though. Very to the point, with simple, but applicable, advice. Easily worth the time and effort, especially if you find yourself stewing over past interactions and paralysed by trying to second guess the actions of others. Provides equal, refreshing doses of ‘oh, it’s not just me’ and ‘oh dear, that’s me’. Great job, Paul

  • Hammerhal + Other Stories

  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar
  • By: David Annandale, David Guymer, Robbie MacNiven, and others
  • Narrated by: John Banks, Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Within this book you will find Hammerhal, a fantastic new novella from Josh Reynolds: Dark forces stir within the bowers of the mysterious Hexwood. A great warhost of Tzaangor beastkin, creatures devoted to Tzeentch, the Architect of Fate, defile the once verdant lands of Ghyran. All that opposes them are the noble Stormcast Eternals of the Hallowed Knights. Reforged in resplendent sigmarite and wielding the lightning of Azyr, few can stand against these heroes. Also within this book is a host of awesome short stories giving you a flavour of the many warring armies that exist within the worlds of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Samuel M. on 13-09-18

Varied lot...

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

Ok. If you’re new to Warhammer or the Age of Sigmar, come back to this after you’ve listened to David Guymers brilliant Gotrek and Felix books. And read some of the GW background!
First listen, I had decided that it wasn’t for me. But after a bit of immersion in GW I re-listened to it, and very much enjoyed it. Some more than others, but well worth the second visit.

  • A Promise of Fire

  • By: Amanda Bouchet
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her...if she is ever found. In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations. Stuck in the middle is Cat - circus performer and soothsayer - safely hidden behind heavy makeup, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she's more than she seems....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mills and Boons Meets Fantasy

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-10-18

50 shades of wizards...

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

And not in a good way.
After choosing to listen to this on a long journey, more than once I had my wife look up and ask me if I’d decided to start listening to steamy romances.

Look, if you like helpless (although extremely powerful...just not if they fancy you) girls and noble-but-barbaric men whose biceps and eyelashes you will hear described more than their personalities (unless you count ‘brooding’ as a description), then go for it. If, like me, you read the entirely inaccurate description that promised ‘dark narnia meets female Aragorn’, avoid. It will remind you why you generally avoid female led fantasy, even though you’re sure there are plenty of great, even sided examples out there. This isn’t one of them.
A better description would be ‘romance writer wants an angle’

  • Realmslayer

  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar
  • By: David Guymer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Brian Blessed, David Seddon, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

Gotrek Gurnisson was the greatest monster slayer of the age, who met his doom at the End Times. The heroic duardin stepped forth into the Realm of Chaos to fight the daemons gnawing at the world's ending and satisfy his death oath, leaving behind his companion Felix Jaeger. Now Gotrek has returned, having outlived the old gods and the Old World. Spat from the ruinous depths with his redemption unfulfilled, he emerges into the Mortal Realms, a strange new world where gods walk the earth and dark forces are ascendant. Nothing is as he remembers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute must!

  • By Christopher on 03-11-18

Wow. Exceptional in just about every way

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

Confession: I’ve been skirting round the hobby for the best part of two decades, but love my audio, and Brian Blessed. So I thought I’d start with Hammerfall the go to this. I found Hammerfall a bit elitist. Like if I didn’t know what it was, then they certainly weren’t going to explain it. Wasn’t sure whether to even bother with this. So glad I did. Superb writing, amazing production qualities, and with Mr Blessed playing the main part, it is a testament to the other actors that they managed to hold their own.
Ridiculously good, especially for those skirting round the new age or experiencing for the first time. Seen through the eyes of Gotrek, you can learn about the new world

  • Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas

  • By: Jacqueline Rayner, Colin Brake, Richard Dungworth, and others
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Chris Addison, Rachael Stirling, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 235

A new collection of Christmas adventures, starring 12 incarnations of the Doctor plus many of his friends and enemies. Inside this festive audiobook of Doctor Who stories, you'll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy's department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book!

  • By Heisenberg on 07-11-17

A game of... 12 halves

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Some of these stories were good. Not great, but good. Some of them were...not.
Chris Addison was superb, but unfortunately others weren’t fantastic. If you’re ‘doing the voices’, messing up a well known voice just doesn’t cut it- and because of that, the casting got in the way of the stories a little. Not knocking the artists, but it’s a little like asking BB king to play Van Halen. Not bad, but not the right artist for the job.
If it’s on offer and you have some spare time, why not. Otherwise, save your pennies.

  • The Land You Never Leave

  • West of West, Book 2
  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Newly and uneasily allied, two tribes from different worlds set off across the Ocean of Grass. Their mission is to fulfil a prophecy and take Ottar the Moaner west of west, to save mankind. In their way are the denizens of the Badlands, the most terrifying and powerful collection of murderers and monsters the world has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wootah Hooter!

  • By Simon on 15-09-18

Superb as always

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Angus Watson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Vikings, ancient Americans, a sprinkle of magic and a cast of misfits? Count me in, looking forward to the next one.
Sean’s performance was superb, but the audio quality was lacking sometimes- really struggled to hear when he was talking low (especially in car journeys). Easy to fix with a half decent engineer...

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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Wonderful! Couldn't get enough!

  • By Simone Teufel on 30-06-10

Mind blowing

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

Reviewed: 23-09-18

After reading the history of Tamerlane and thinking ‘surely he topped Genghis’... boy was I wrong.
Never has history read so much like an action story- and the story doesn’t stop with the heroes death, but tells how his descendants changed the world. Literally. Superb book

  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Proper Adventure

  • By Ailill Martin on 30-08-17

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Listens to various versions of this, and never really ‘got’ it before- decent story but hadn’t aged well.
This version turned that verdict on its head, and it was the fast paced story with plenty of shades of grey that I’d expected. Great job.

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  • The Naked Trader

  • How Anyone Can Make Money Trading Shares - 4th Edition
  • By: Robbie Burns
  • Narrated by: David Ryder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

The most entertaining book on how to trade shares is back! This is the book on stock market investing that you can actually enjoy, written in plain English, packed with real-life trading examples and full of candid advice that you just can't get anywhere else. It's the ideal friend for anyone who wants to make money in the markets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I've ever read on investment

  • By Shorty on 25-07-17

Requires some edits...

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

Great book... really well performed. But someone needs to edit this! There are numerous times when the flow is seriously interrupted by a fresh take. Content is superb and otherwise superbly narrated

  • Popular Tales from the Norse

  • By: Sir George Webbe Dasent
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

This is George Dasent's classic collection of Scandinavian folklore. This is not about Norse mythology per se; so if you are looking for tales of Odin, Loki, and Freya etc., you will have to look elsewhere. Rather, this is an anthology of folk tales, similar to the Grimm Brothers', or Campbell's Popular Tales of the West Highlands. All of the usual suspects are in place, including giants, trolls, witches, evil step-siblings, magical boons and tasks, and anthropomorphic animals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Call it something else!!!

  • By Mr. J. Ambler on 26-06-18

Call it something else!!!

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

This is not tales of the Norse. It is folk tales from Scandinavia. Mostly.
Apart from the tales about Anansi. Who is as far from being Norse as I am an African Spider God.
That sums up the book for me- marginally related (I bought this before they changed the description) to Northern European countries, but not Norse.
The stories were...ok. Abruptly dark in places, but some good ones.
The narrator did an amazing job under the circumstances. Although I was marginally confused by some of the accents, it was well read.