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S. C. White

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  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational

  • By Raine on 29-12-16

Clever, scary, possible?

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

Naomi says out loud what I have been thinking for years! What if the roles were truly reversed?

  • 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 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

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

Another perfect book from Lawrence

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

If you liked Prince of Thorns and The Red Queens Game, but were disappointed by a lack of strong female leads, this is the book for you. As a woman, I mostly buy male dominated books finding those written by and for women often lack grit. Not so with this one, Nona rages and slashes her way through the pages every bit as full of dark vitriol as Jorg Ancrath. If you haven't read those, you're in for a treat and I'm delighted to say that the narration is top notch for all books. Purchase without reservation.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • King of Thorns: Broken Empire 2

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

The second book in the Broken Empire series, Lawrence takes his young anti-hero one step closer to his grand ambition. To reach greatness you must step on bodies, and many brothers lie trodden in my wake. I’ve walked from pawn to player and I’ll win this game of ours, though the cost of it may drown the world in blood…The land burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings fight for the Broken Empire. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First though he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them. A six nation army, twenty thousand strong, marches toward Jorg's gates, led by a champion beloved of the people. Every decent man prays this shining hero will unite the empire and heal its wounds. Every omen says he will. Every good king knows to bend the knee in the face of overwhelming odds, if only to save their people and their lands. But King Jorg is not a good king. Faced by an enemy many times his strength Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But playing fair was never part of Jorg’s game plan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • "He said", "she said" - ad nauseum

  • By Theodor Adorno on 17-04-14

Intelligent and Original

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

A complex anti-hero and tight plot make this a satisfying and gripping read. Lawrence writes with grit, wit and imaginative flair. The haunted and blood soaked anti hero relies on his clever and unorthodox mind to outsmart those determined to remove him from the game played by ruthless gods and kings as they scheme and hack their ways to the emperor's throne. Time and again it seems that he and his motley band of lethal brothers are out manoeuvred , but they don't know who they're dealing with....

  • Nightlord

  • Sunset
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a jaunty listen

  • By Robyn on 13-03-17

Epic humorous fantasy...

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

Very entertaining and huge fun. Humour and snappy one liners combined with vampires, heros, dragons and fair maidens. All read with perfect delivery. What's not to like? Get stuck in! (Bad pun intended)

  • Blood Song

  • Book 1 of Raven's Shadow
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Superb debut novel

  • By Karen on 16-07-14

Entertaining and Engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

What made the experience of listening to Blood Song the most enjoyable?

Good strong storyline and interesting detail without making a show of the research. Although this is written by a man with the main character being male, I find that as long as it isn't heaving bodices and airy fairies you are after, there is interest for both men and women (I am a woman and found the Druss the Ledgend series too male-oriented). I found Anthony Ryans's characters believable and the story line engaging.

What other book might you compare Blood Song to, and why?

Not quite rivalling Steven Ericson's Epic series Malazan Book of the Fallen, but similar in some ways. Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles spring to mind.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator is competent and doesn't irritate. He approaches the text as if reading you the story rather than acting his way through the characters, so if a plethora of accents and a bloke trying to sound like a woman isn't your thing, you will like this style. I missed the accents at first, but soon accustomed myself to his no-nonsense reading style. The story carries the listener and I can imagine the voices - its more like reading it yourself, you have to rely on your own imagination.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, pretty much. It kept me engaged.

Any additional comments?

A well-crafted, literate book with a strong story line. Not wildly original but a well told and interesting reworking of many standard fantasy archetypes, principles and plots. I would recommend it as definitely worth a 'read'.

  • The Ask and the Answer

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 18-08-11

And you thought it couldn't get worse for Todd...

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

If you could sum up The Ask and the Answer in three words, what would they be?

Convincing, Enthralling, Suspenseful

What did you like best about this story?

The way the author takes a problem as old as mankind and gives it a new voice.

What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Humphrey Bower doesn't just read the book aloud, he becomes each character utterly and lives the book for the reader.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Impossible to pick a particularly moving part, the whole series left me filled with awe at Patrick Ness's literary power. Its almost exhausting to listen to!

Any additional comments?

This series is about good and evil at its most human level, putting us in a place that forces us to consider what choices we would make under the same circumstances and making it possible to understand even the most desperate of decisions. Challenge yourself!

  • Monsters of Men

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

War,’ says the Mayor, ‘at last.’ Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really impressive ending and great narration.

  • By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 18-08-11

Everyone should read this trilogy

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

Reviewed: 16-04-15

Not for the faint hearted but should never the less be a part of the national curriculum. These three books say more about the tangled mixture of good and evil that make the collective human psyche than any intellectual social commentary. Original. Inventive and deeply moving, the central characters, both human and alien, struggle to make sense of their emotions and each other against a backdrop of increasingly high stakes that will ultimately pit love against hatred in a contest that will decide the fate of mankind.

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 781

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not - stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 01-07-11

Mesmerising and moving

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

Reviewed: 27-03-15

Beautifully written and narrated, this unusual book made me laugh and cry and sit on the edge of my seat. Off to download the next in the trilogy.