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  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another perfect book from Lawrence

  • By S. C. White on 17-05-17

Story isn't bad but narration is poor

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

The story isn't bad. It's a mix of 'the worst witch' and Red Room. I think had I read the book as opposed to an audiobook it would be better. I find the narration to be impassioned but lacking. The accents are often just irritating and unconvincing. It really pulls me out of the experience. Maybe I dislike them so much because I personally can't stand the Brummie accent so by all means take my criticism in context but I still don't like most of them.

I may buy this book in paper form and give it another go though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 648

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, loved it

  • By B.Watson on 08-05-18

Great story, loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This was brilliant. Really love it. The British accents need a bit of work in my opinion but wasn't even close to enough to spoil my enjoyment. Absolutely fantastic.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,509

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost.....

  • By L on 09-12-12

Peddling shovels in a Gold Rush, don't bother.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I wanted this book to be different I really did. It started well with the anecdotes seeming to hold real wisdom however halfway through the book you are still waiting for some real advice.

The crux of this book is rich people don't waste money on things that cost them in the long run, they only invest in things that will make them money. By this advice I advise you to save your money and do not buy this book. Now he never tells you how to go from point A with no cash to point B with millions. At some point you need to have some capital to invest but he never explains where to get this from. I assume he means save it up but he states early on that by the time you are working for a living its pretty much too late as now you are playing catch up with bills.

He just never gets to the point of how to get out of the 'rat race' as he calls it which is the whole point for most of us reading this.

I think this book is just another man peddling shovels in a gold rush. After looking him up online it seems to me the only successful business he has had (though I could be wrong, the internet doesn't have everything) is his publishing company that he uses to publish his own self help books.

  • Time of Contempt

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons across the land, but even he may not be prepared for what is happening to his world. The kings and armies are manoeuvring for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion are on all sides. The Elves and other non-humans are still suffering under decades of repression, and growing numbers join the commando units hidden deep in the forest, striking at will and then dissolving into the trees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Ernest Lewandowski on 07-10-16

Narration lets it down

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

This is a great story, with great narration, probably some of the best I've heard. However it really irritates me that the narrator pronounces some names incorrectly. Dandelion is pronounced 'Dan-di-lee-on' and Applegate is pronounced 'App-leg-it'. It really seems forced and unnatural. I can understand pronouncing made up words differently or even pronouncing them with different dialects but those two names really don't have any counterparts and are just pronounced wrong on purpose for some reason. It drives me mad.

But other than that its great.

  • Fool's Assassin

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Lee Maxwell-Simpson, Avita Jay
  • Length: 28 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife, Molly, these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown. But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pity about lee and avita

  • By kdsshrub on 23-02-16

Spoiled by narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

The narrator isn't bad but is unfortunately handicapped by not being the same narrator as the previous series. No matter how good they are they are not the same as the previous books so it is jarring, unfortunate as the performance is actually pretty good they are just set up to fail by being compared to previous narrators. Characters have different voices and it is hard to get used to.

The book is just as good as you would expect in all other aspects, the narrator isnt a deal breaker in this instance and its well worth buying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cibola Burn

  • Book 4 of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They replaced the "bad" narrator with the good one

  • By Finlay on 22-06-18

Good book ruined by terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 19-12-15

Not finished this yet but it is painful to get through. Not only is this a different narrator he is very poor too. I don't wish to demonize the guy but his narration is very flat and stunded and it has completely spoiled this book for me. Im tempted to skip this one and just read the next one.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Gateway

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, shame it's not genuinely unabridged

  • By Mark Pack on 27-04-11

A fantastic story, not at all what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 21-10-15

Remove the Sci-fi elements and all that come with it and this story is still great that is what makes this awesome.

There is little epic about it, no world saving or anything of the sort. No heroes or villains and certainly no angels....but no demons either. The world is fantastical and futuristic but at the same time painted in shades of grey and brown.

Having just read 'Armada' this book is so very different from anything I have read before, it has layers of realism thicker than any other sci fi I have read.

Worth a read (listen).

Also the narration is the best I have heard in a long time. Excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Fool's Quest: Part 1
    Fitz and the Fool, Book 2
    
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        Robin Hobb
    
    


    
    
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        Avita Jay,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Lee Maxwell-Simpson
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    115 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Fool's Quest: Part 1

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Lee Maxwell-Simpson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

"Fantasy as it ought to be written." (George R. R. Martin) Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters with the second volume in a brand-new series. Happy endings never last.... Years ago they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good as ever

  • By Susana Brooke on 07-02-16

Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 27-08-15

This book is as good as any of Hobbs other works. Aside from a few forced bits its awesome.

The narrator of this book however can barely read and speaks like he is reciting a shopping list. He mispronounces more than a few names and all his characters sound the same.

Whats more one of the names sounds as though it has been edited and re recorded and dubbed over the original narration so it sounds completely out of place and totally breaks the flow.