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Will J Bailey

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  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,063
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,075

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly brilliant fantasy novel

  • By Qasim on 16-09-11

All-time classic, spoiled by the narration

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

I've read the books in print and loved them, and broke the habit of a lifetime by reading a book twice, though this time in audiobook format.

The narrator is good at reading the prose, but terrible at the voices. I gave up at the point when he started doing Tyrion as Alan Bennet...

Such a shame. Anton Lesser would have been amazing. Harry Lloyd, who did a good job Night of The Seven Kingdoms, would have been good too.

  • The Nix

  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant novel

  • By Will J Bailey on 24-05-17

Brilliant novel

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

Reviewed: 24-05-17

I loved this book - best audiobook I've found in ages. It's moving, thought-provoking, very funny, well-written with a great plot and well-observed characters, and brilliantly read. Highly recommend.

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  • Oryx and Crake

  • MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is about the future. Now, in Oryx and Crake, the future has changed: it's much worse. The narrator of this riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he's sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, disturbing, amusing, entertaining

  • By Martin on 03-02-10

MaddAddam Trilogy is up there with Atwood's best

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

I absolutely loved this trilogy (and it is one story in three parts). It is Atwood at the peak of her powers and up there with The Handmaid's Tale.

A literary adventure story in the dystopian science fiction genre, it is original, beautifully written, wildly inventive and powerfully relevant. It is both funny and tragically moving. At times it is silly but it is also profound. It has an ambitious plot and deals with big themes, but at it's heart it's about character and relationships.

The narration was excellent - especially Bernadette Dunne in part 3, MaddAddam.

I finished it yesterday and I still can't stop thinking about it. Highly recommended.

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in 16th century England

  • By Phil on 22-01-10

Excellent book, slightly hard-going but rewarding

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

Reviewed: 24-07-16

Mantel really brings the period to life. She writes great dialogue and brilliantly fleshed-out characters, which is why, I suppose, it translated so well to screen.

Henry VIII has been done to death, but she cleverly reinvents the story by translating it through the life of Thomas Cromwell, and it's utterly fascinating.

I listen to audiobooks whilst I draw, and had to listen to this one in bursts, because you do have to concentrate, as it is quite dense, and so may not be to everybody's taste.

Also as others have noted, the voice performance is flawed, though it didn't spoil the book too much. Simon Slater reads the prose very well, but is less good at the characters, who curiously all sound a bit like stereotypical Hollywood villains. If only someone could persuade Rylance to read it...