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  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story & brilliantly narrated

  • By Tom on 14-08-09

The start of my love affair with Harry Dresden!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Anyone who reads the first few books and wonders what all the fuss is about, or balks at having to read a few books before the series "gets really good" is seriously missing out. I came late to the Dresden File party and while I found the first books entertaining, I wasn’t entirely convinced. However, I stuck with them as I enjoyed the narration so much. And I’m so glad I did. It’s been a joy binge-listening to the entire series. I’ve developed a serious love for the Dresdenverse and James Marsters, who brings Harry Dresden to life with such superb narration. The audio production, especially in later books, is also simply superb.

  • Skin Game

  • The Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,113

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful. This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies, to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still excellent

  • By Robyn on 09-07-18

A fine return to the Dresdenverse

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I came late to the Dresden File party and can’t believe I let a mediocre television show put me off listening to this series for so long. And oh my, It’s been such a joy binge-listening to the entire series. I’ve developed a serious love for the Dresdenverse and James Marsters, who’s narration is simply superb!

This book once again combines great characters, great dialogue and great action in a way that makes it nearly impossible to put down. There’s plenty of development for the series, and for Harry in particular. My only complaint; I wish we could've seen Thomas. Can’t wait for peace talks!

  • My Kind of Christmas

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

RITA recipient Robyn Carr is the number one New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular Virgin River books. The 20th in the series, My Kind of Christmas follows Patrick, the youngest Riordan brother, as he recovers from a tragic loss. After his best friend dies, Patrick tries to forget his sorrow in the arms of Jack Sheridan's beautiful niece, Angie. Now the couple just wants to be left alone this Christmas- but their families have other ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saying goodbye to old friends

  • By PatM on 03-10-17

Saying goodbye to old friends

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

I've enjoy all the Virgin River stories, however this one being the last in the series was rather bitter sweet, knowing this was a final good bye to old friends. Appropriately we finally have a joining of the Sheridan and Rhiordan families as Jack's young niece meets the youngest Rhiordan brother Patrick. Angie and Patrick's story was very sweet and we get to say our goodbyes to all the Rhiordans and Sheridans as they get-together in Virgin River for Christmas. A lovely end to a lovely series.

  • Copycat Killing

  • A Magical Cats Mystery
  • By: Sofie Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

It's been raining cats and dogs in Mayville Heights. The small town's been deluged, and now the local artists' co-op is on the verge of flooding. Kathleen has been up all night helping her friends move their creations to the safety of the upstairs studio.

The artwork survives, but when controversial mask maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the co-op basement, Kathleen questions whether the death was accidental. After she discovers the artist was using an assumed name, she realizes she can't actually assume anything about him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Owen and Hercules rock!

  • By PatM on 09-12-16

Owen and Hercules rock!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

This is one of the best cozy cat mysteries available on audible UK, very solid writing, great characters and excellent narration. I love the mystery surrounding the fabulous feline duo Hercules and Owen and am absolutely gutted that the rest of the series is not available on audible UK however the entire series is on audible.com. Why oh why are books available internationally but audio versions are subject to such limiting rights restrictions?

  • Curiosity Thrilled the Cat

  • A Magical Cats Mystery
  • By: Sofie Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines. When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great cozy series for cat lovers

  • By PatM on 09-12-16

Great cozy series for cat lovers

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

This is a lovely cozy series with very solid writing and two fantastic cats. I've grown to love the town characters and the two very smart and mysterious felines, Owen and Hercules. Cassandra Campbell's narration is excellent and suits the narrative well. Definitely one of the better cozy cat mysteries out there.

  • Shakespeare's Landlord

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

When cleaning lady and karate student Lily Bard discovers the dead body of her landlord, her plan of leading a quiet life becomes complicated. Accused of murder, she realizes that finding the true killer may be the only way to prove her innocence. Using the easy access her job gives her, Lily investigates the people of tiny Shakespeare, uncovering skeletons in closets, and ultimately, the killer...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling listening

  • By PatM on 29-10-16

Compelling listening

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

Reviewed: 29-10-16

After thoroughly enjoying Charlaine Harris' Midnight Texas series, I was looking for more from this author other than her Sookie Stackhouse novels. ( I had watched the TV series and felt that was enough) Although there is nothing in the least bit paranormal about Lily Bard, I enjoyed the series just as much as Midnight Texas, if not more. Harris has very effectively combined a dark theme with the cozy mystery format and Lily Bard turns out to be a very complex and compelling character. This first instalment in the series is a bit of a slow burner as we learn about Lily's backstory and are introduced to the interesting inhabitants of Shakespeare. I didnt mind in the least as Lily Bard is such an intriguing character and Julia Gibsons rich narration brings Lily and the small southern town of Shakespears perfectly to life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crossover

  • Cassandra Kresnov, Book 1
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design - more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her intellect come questions, and a moral awakening. She deserts the League and heads incognito into the space of her former enemy, the Federation, in search of a new life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By PatM on 05-05-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

I picked this one up because I liked the idea of artificial intelligence on the run from humanity and wanted to see where the author goes with it. The story got off to an excellent start examining sentience and humanity in artificial intelligence and whether artificial people created for military purposes should be treated as human beings or as the military weapons they were designed to be. Unfortunately after a good opening, it descends into a total mess, the author not being able to decide what this story wants to be. An exploration of artificial intelligence against a backdrop of life and politics in a near utopian society or an action packed military sci-fi. What we have is a clumsy attempt to do both, combinig overtly long political ponderings, many tedious descriptions and Iots of badly written info dumps, with long, pointless military action scenes. The attempts at world building are inept and it's a case of being told about this world rather than shown it.  However, the real pity here is that we had an incredibly interesting female android with a human nervous system and human emotions, who could have had so much potential for character development. However she turns very quickly into a cardboard cut-out of an adolescent boy's fantasy woman. I must admit that I gave up listening with only four hours to go as I just couldn't take any more. There are quite a few books in the series so there should be more development to the android femme fatal as the stories progress, however I won't be taking the time to find out. 

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Oversight

  • By: Charlie Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

Only five still guard the borders between the worlds. Only five hold back what waits on the other side. Once the Oversight, the secret society that polices the lines between the mundane and the magic, counted hundreds of brave souls among its members. Now their number can be tallied on a single hand. When a drunkard brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headquarters, it seems their hopes for a new recruit will be fulfilled - but the girl is a trap, her appearance a puzzle the five remaining guardians must solve or lose each other, and their society, for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start!

  • By Martin on 02-12-14

Cracking first instalment!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

This is a delightful gothic fantasy that starts in the gas-lit, fog-drenched streets of Victorian-era London, and follows an ages old coterie, now deeply diminished, known officially as the “Free Company for the Regulation and Oversight of Recondite Exigency and Supranatural Lore.”  The group of personalities making up the Oversight are a strange bunch at first glance, growing more and more endearing as we follow them in their efforts to guard the borders between magic and the mundane. Strange creatures from folklore lend a tasty sense of eeriness to the story as well as some very creepily disturbing human antagonists. I enjoyed myself immensely listening to this book, some conflicts were concluded while others are left for future storylines and the path is paved for much more to come. The future looks quite desperate for The Oversight, but there’s also hope for this steadfast group of friends. Remember: “When they fall, so do we all.” I can’t wait to see what happens next!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 42 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,995
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,985

Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The problem with a trilogy....

  • By Robyn on 09-01-14

Cracking Listen!

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

Reviewed: 21-01-15

Young boy at university gets himself into lots of trouble, has to take a year off, goes adventuring, learns the art of love-making, learns to fight, learns a bit about himself, makes his fortune. Back to university. The end. Ho hum. However, Patrick Rothfuss is such a gifted writer that he makes an essentially rather dull middle book quite captivating and through the "Interludes", where we see the older Kvothe, we know that something just dreadful is coming. This turns the entire tale from a dull coming of age story into something much darker and there is that feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop. I will be cringing and listening for that other shoe until I can get my hands on the next installment!

Next to "Red Country" this has got to be one of the best audio productions I have heard. Rupert Degas lifts an already brilliant story into something out of this world, his narration is so superb I felt as if I were sitting together with Chronicler and Bast at the table listening spellbound to Kvothe's tale. This is one of those instances, where a great narration breathes so much life into a story that it lifts it up and makes it something more. A truly great listen!

  • God's War

  • By: Kameron Hurley
  • Narrated by: Kate Harper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Nyx is a bel dame, a bounty hunter paid to collect the heads of deserters – by almost any means necessary. ‘Almost’ proved to be the problem. Cast out and imprisoned for breaking one rule too many, Nyx and her crew of mercenaries are all about the money. But when a dubious government deal with an alien emissary goes awry, her name is at the top of the list for a covert recovery. While the centuries-long war rages on only one thing is certain: the world’s best chance for peace rests in the hands of its most ruthless killers...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, bugs and bountyhunters

  • By Kristi on 14-12-13

Violent, depressing and dark

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

Umayama, a hostile planet with two suns was originally settled by colonists with an Islam type of faith. Three thousand years later religion has a huge impact on this world and for centuries two of it's nations have been consumed by a religious war; a war that forces so many young men to the front that one of the nations has become a matriarchy.

Nyx is a former bel dame, a government assassin who hunts and kills deserters for the matriarchal nation of Nasheen, now turned mercenary. When aliens arrive on Umayama, claiming to be able to end the war, Nyx and her troupe of mercenaries become involved in a dangerous conspiracy.

Nyx is the anti-heroine, deeply damaged, viscous, violent and uncompromising. Yet she is an intriguing character and there is more to her than meets the eye, which we see glimpses of in her relationship with fellow mercenary Rhys. Rhys is pretty, somewhat delicate and a bit of a coward, yet he is the most captivating character of the motley crew. The rest of Nyxs' band of mercenaries are equally interesting but not as fleshed out, however I have an inkling this may be remedied in further installments.

The world building though is what takes center-stage; vivid and wonderful, Umayama is all sunlight and stifling heat, inhabited by a host of strange and dangerous insects, some so large they kill and eat children and the twin suns so harsh most of it's residents have skin cancer. Tech on this world is mostly organic and relies almost entirely on the use of the insects by so-called "magicians", people who can manipulate and control the insects through some sort of pheromone emission. Vehicles have organic, living hoses and are powered by red beetles. Organic filters surround entire cities and act as doors, but are tailored to let only certain organic matter through. The war is largely fought with organic bursts, bio-warfare that unleashes plagues, disease, and other contagions on anyone not inoculated or caught outside the filters. Nyx’s world is violent and harsh, and anything organic is profitable, including, and sometimes especially, genetic material, body parts and organs.

God's war is not an easy listen, one has to pay very close attention. The reader is dumped into the middle of a mostly unexplained world that only slowly reveals itself and the story feels slow and confusing to start. It takes a while till one finally gets a handle on what is going on but suddenly everything clicks into place and the pace ramps up so much one can't stop listening . Although God's War can be read as a stand-alone, Umayama and it's inhabitants are so fascinating, I am sure there is much more to be revealed in the subsequent novels. A terrible pity the following two installments are not available on Audible UK.