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  • The Black Prism

  • Book One of Lightbringer
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Entertaining Intelligent Story

  • By narshil on 14-10-16

Bland narration

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-13

After 3 hours I found it hard to warm to the narrator. There were attempts at characterisation, but I found little in the way of intonation or drama.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World

  • By: Dave Gorman
  • Narrated by: Dave Gorman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Remember when you were a kid, and you used to go round to a friend's house to see if they were playing? Well, as adults we're not supposed to do that. Which is a shame... because Dave Gorman likes playing. He REALLY likes games. So he knocked on the biggest door you could ever imagine - the internet - and asked 76,000 people if they fancied a game. This is the story of what happened next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story with a revealing finish

  • By Lee Grant on 06-10-11

funny words but flat narration

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-12

I'm a big fan of Dave Gorman and I really wanted to like this audio book. Dave's a good comic writer but he's no actor. Dave concentrates on reading, rather than delivery, which is a great shame. If you try to concentrate on the content then you can make out the really funny scripting, but the delivery is surprisingly flat. Quite unexpected from someone who is intimate with the subject matter and well versed in comic timing.

I'll buy this book to read, but the audio book was a dissapointing package.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,401

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Well narrated and easy to follow.

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-12

This book reminded me of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, but was a lot more fun and easier to follow. I automatically put the next two books in the series on my wishlist, and bought them straight after I had finished the previous one.

The narrator took a short while to get used to. He's very relaxed and with an unhurried, almost reluctant style. The voices are easy to match to the characters, making the story easy to follow - even after big gaps between 'sittings'. I'll be looking for more books read by him.