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  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,750

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

Very well performed

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Rupert Degas performed Name of the Wind very well. I say performed because this was more than a good narration. It was character acting at its best. He is one of those tv, stage and voice actors with a wide range.

As regards the tale. It is a a bit Harry Potterish when it us set in a magic school. However Rothfus writing is much deeper and more adult in feel. The secondary characters give book its heavier tapestry. The protagonist is brighter and more talented than normal, which does lead to some Mary Sue moments, but he is still buffeted by the consequences of his actions and stupidity.

All in all a decent book made exceptional by a great performance

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,307

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stumbled across this 'plying' beauty

  • By M.Brad on 11-04-17

Why authors should not read their own books

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Unfortunately Yahtzee Crowshaw seems to be channelling Matt Berry as Stephen Toast. The result is one voice which meant that I could not always tell who was speaking.

I gave up after twenty minutes.

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing sequel, read by phenomenally talented CP!!

  • By Lauren on 21-05-18

Well performed tightly written

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Carl Prekop had his work cut out in this third book. There were more characters to voice and keep track of. Extinct pits Harry and the gang against Mother and her crew of professional assassins. We get a better feel for Alpha and the best secret agents in the world. Loyalties are tested and motivations exposed.

Heywood has maintained the gang's banter and humour whilst painting the dreadful hell brought on the civilians in Berlin during the Allied bombing raids of WW2.

The story is tight and well paced. I still maintain that it is much better as an audio book than text. Probably due to the reader and the dialogue.

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable - an absolute must listen

  • By Londongirl on 12-06-17

Well read, humorous and thrilling

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

Reviewed: 31-03-19

Once again Carl Prekop is excellent. Accent, intonation and pace. And great performance. RR haywood does great dialogue. Very humorous and feels like real squad banter. Saffa has a hint of Yasmin from Worldship Humility.

This was a little different to Extracted in that there was more combat than and less exploration of time. However there was not too much and the only time I slid forward was a rather graphic sex scene.

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 8 hours of Awesome in a 12 hour audiobook

  • By Bob on 23-03-17

Well read by Carl Prekopp.

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

Reviewed: 27-03-19

I tried reading this book and gave up. It just did not seem to gel with me. I found it boring. But for a reduced price I downloaded the audiobook version. What a difference! Carl Prekopp does and excellent job of performing this book. I reckon RR Haywood's strength is his dialogue, and Carl makes the most of this with great acting skill. He turned an average sci-fi time travel tale into an engrossing saga.

  • The Worldship Humility

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Colin Morgan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

It’s been 120 years since the 50 or so worldships containing the few million survivors of the human species set off after the planet Earth was destroyed by a meteor. On the Worldship Humility, Sam, a 30-year-old Airlock Operative, is bored. Living in space should be exciting and full of adventure, except it isn’t, and he fills his time hacking 3-D movie posters and holographic adverts outside the stores in the retail zone. Petty thief Yasmine Emile Dufont is also from the WS Humility, but she is not bored....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pop Muzik!

  • By Simon on 01-02-19

Excellent read by Colin Morgan

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

Although set in an SF world of a fleet of generation ships, this is really a comedy of conflicting characters.

As such, the interaction between the people involved makes or breaks the story. Colin Morgan, previously seen as Merlin, ensures the tale is made.

He plays Yasmin, a down on her luck thief and lowlife con artist in a way that reminded me of Dominique Tipper in The Expanse. Shy Sam the airlock attendant and lonely hacker felt like Ardal O'Hanlon.

The dialogue was crisp and laugh out loud funny at times. Counterpointing Yasmin's threat from here old gang boss and silent psychopath Dmitri.

The vast arc ships don't dominate the story. Instead Humility is the stage for the characters to share their hidden motivations with the reader.

Well done.

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  • Shadow Captain

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Returning to the universe of Revenger, award-winning author Alastair Reynolds delivers another thrilling tale set among the stars. Two sisters ran away from home to join the crew of a spaceship. They took on pirates, faced down monsters and survived massacres...and now they're in charge. Captaining a fearsome ship of their own, adventures are theirs for the taking - and there's hoards to loot and treasures to find in the darkest reaches of space. But the rules are also more relaxed out on the fringes, as they're about to discover....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great but went too far with the spit sounds

  • By Anonymous User on 25-02-19

Poldark in Space

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

This tale was difficult to listen to because of the West Country / Mummerset accents imposed on the characters. I can interpret The Archers as well as the next bloke, but the sudden variation in tone an volume throughout dialogue meant continually fiddling with the the volume control. What I could understand of the story made it OK.

  • Finders Keepers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023

1978: Meet Morris Bellamy ,the man who robs the safe of America's most famous reclusive writer, John Rothstein. But it isn't just the money he is interested in. Morrie is obsessed by the author's notebooks and is prepared to kill the author for them. 2009: Meet young Pete Saubers, whose father was knocked down by an out-of-control Mercedes in a job line-up. When he discovers a buried trunk of money and notebooks of a famous writer, he has the means to rescue his family from poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Mercedes

  • By Mel on 03-12-15

Well read decent tales

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

Will Patton reads this second book in the Mr Mercedes series. The performance is excellent. Again Stephen King has written a tightly plotted thriller which maintains interest all the way through. Characterisation is, as usual, well done and dialogue feels real.

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

Wow. What a story. What a reader

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

Will Patton was a great performer. I loved his clear characterisation and amazing sense of pace. The story was, in my head view, one of Kings best.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 594

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing

  • By Kirsty on 23-02-17

OK if you like Cluedo stereotypes

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

Elizabeth Knowelden does a good range of accents and paces the reading well. They story itself is almost a parody of English country house mysteries. The slow policeman, the perceptive amateur sleuth, the limited range if suspects and a small village with dark secrets. If that is your thing then enjoy.