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  • The Left Hand of God

  • By: Paul Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 630

The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place - a place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose - to serve in the name of the One True Faith. In one of the Sanctuary's vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old - he is not sure and neither is anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Robyn on 18-07-11

Dark, Original & Enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 30-05-14

I find it difficult to find an audiobook that I can enjoy; spoiled as I am by Joe Abercrombie & Steven Pacey. I can't enjoy a good story badly narrated or a great narrator reading rubbish.So it was with surprise and pleasure that I came across this title after MUCH trial and error. Meet Thomas Cale... he's very young, emotionally stunted and was raised by a madman. This series is very, very clever.

Hated by some reviewers and loved by others... I've enjoyed Thomas's adventures, the characters that support him and the ride through all three books. There are some keen observations here; from our ideas on religion and dogma through to the weathering of severe emotional & physical trauma. For me, this main character is very interesting as he struggles with an abusive upbringing and comes to terms with the world the author has created for him. I find it hard to critique the series because I cannot compare this work to anything I've seen before. This is not Westeros or Lordran. The situations here are not contrived... they are real experiences attributed to a fictional character. You can't tell me that the author did not experience Cale's heartbreak or anguish... it s too real, too raw and far too well described for readers to be fooled. As such I applaud the way he has weaved his observations, confusion and conclusions into a strong series. Buy this and enjoy!! If it gives you trouble... try again because I doubt you'll see such honesty in a supposed work of fiction any time in the near future.

  • The Darkness That Comes Before

  • The Prince of Nothing, Book One
  • By: R. Scott Bakker
  • Narrated by: David DeVries
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both 2,000 years past and 2,000 years into the future, untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasûrimbor Kellhus - part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence - from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read!! Bad Narrator!!

  • By Jay on 07-05-14

Good read!! Bad Narrator!!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

Please, Please, PLEASE.... get Steven Pacey to record this!! For whatever reason... the reader/storyteller just doesn't get it. I have had SO much trouble listening because his reading, voices and timing are just plain OFF.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • The Wise Man's Fear (Part Two)

  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,595

Part Two of The Wise Man’s Fear 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 03-02-13

Outstanding!!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-14

A wonderfully imaginative and well written book... brilliantly narrated. As a lover of good stories well told; I was whisked away on warm winds when I sat down to really listen to this. Our hero is brash, very young, proud, foolish, ridiculously dishonest and yet still possessing a strange moral code which had me pondering my own for hours. I loved the style and scope of this series and cannot wait for the next book. The detail is astounding and more than a little disorienting when I had to stop listening to visit my own life. I was always so eager to get back to this wardrobe where nothing is the same as real life. There is nothing greater in audio books than being "transported" in this way. If there are negative points... the quality of writing, vivid originality and plausibility render it null & void. I was sick to death of Denna and his endless mewling about her but this didn't spoil the experience. I love this series and applaud Mr Rothfuss.

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic for a first timer!

  • By Thomas on 24-03-11

Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 20-09-13

It's great that I can take in these Star Wars books as audio... it saves a lot of time!! Don't you read then re-read chapters when it's in print? I liked this one by Paul S Kemp. It has scope, imagination and a couple of well drawn (if unoriginal) characters. Don't take that badly...he has done well here. I suspect strongly that he had to pass a committee and deal with a lot of flak to write this and it shows. It would have been a better book still if he'd been left to write what he wanted.

If you omitted the light sabre fights, a murderously angry Sith Lord but kept the revenge, morality and ethical wrestling. It almost felt like Star Trek of old. I don't mind the blending. This was a good story, watered down a bit (and a little predictable) but still enjoyable. I liked Fatal Alliance because those characters were a little closer to my idea of the Sith. The dedicated, devout, arrogant and damaged Dark Lord's who seek power at all costs and always exude the distinct impression that we light-siders don't understand the force. How could we?

Here... Paul drew the picture of a damaged and nuanced Sith who fought with his feelings relating to a love interest. Yes... you heard that right... a Sith Lord who was in a love relationship!! Okay... she WAS his slave, and he had murdered a similar Twi-Lek woman just like her as a teenager... but he actually loved her and she returned his feelings as best she could.

If that doesn't get you going; then there is the outrageous desecration of the Jedi Temple by fifty red sabre wielding Sith Warriors and a Mandalorian. I'd seen a short CGI video of it on Youtube and thrilled as I realised that this book is the counterpart of that story. Good ol' George Lucas must have been SO jealous when he saw THAT plot. I would have preferred more backstory to our Sith villain and more depth to the other characters but recognise that this is probably just my being spoiled by George RR Martin & Joe Abercrombie. It's exciting stuff, not as layered as some might like but still fun and still Star Wars.

The force is strong in this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dynasty of Evil

  • A Novel of the Old Republic
  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp the Dark Lord in a duel to the death. But Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane vows to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that will assure the Sith’s immortality - and his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing series

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-04-13

Thrilling!

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

Reviewed: 17-09-13

I'm new to Star Wars novels but a die hard fan of fantasy & Sci Fi. I'm very aware of how difficult it is to write credible plots, twists, surprises and decent stories. Motives are not always clear and things tend to become muddled in bad books.

Characters are not easy to craft and I'm hard to impress after being exposed to San Dan Glokta in The First Law series.There are a great many disappointing books in the world but this isn't one of them.

I won't go into spoilers... this book was an experiment as I sought to be entertained by writers that I didn't know in a franchise that had over 60 books vying for my attention. I will say that Dynasty of Evil is imaginative, expansive and beautifully diverse. There are several well detailed characters and I actually understood their motives (which is a very common gripe of mine....) and development arcs. These people did things I understood. They failed to do things that were daft or sincerely misguided. If mistakes were made... they were recognisably plausible. I liked that. It was plausible which (if I'm honest) is very rare when I look for a good story.

Don't you just hate it when seemingly intelligent, likeable characters do ridiculous things to ignite a plot?

Buy this book. It deserves to be enjoyed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, superbly narrated

  • By Tom on 16-08-10

Absolutely Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-13

I'm no critic but genuinely hate looking for new books because of the rubbish packaged prettily on websites & in bookshops. Why oh why can't they just say "this is disappointing but we haven't found anything better to offer"? It would save so much time if they did. 5 star reviews for up its own arse gibberish written specifically for the low of wit.

This most recent search ended with my selecting the First Law Series... nervous that I'd be disappointed again.. i sat down... switched it on... then couldn't switch it off. The narrator Steven Pacey is the most talented I've ever heard. I love the way he goes through the various characters and has thrown himself into it wholeheartedly. Is there an award for really good narration? Steven Pacey for the Oscar equivalent. I have never had such a good time with an audiobook....only part of that was because of the writing. Check out his Morgan Freeman impression!

The story is good. Not the best I've come across but I never once thought "that wouldn't happen...." or "who the hell would say that? " as I have done on so many stories in the past ten years. It is so difficult to write for realistic people and Mr Abercrombie has obviously given his plot design a good deal of careful thought. Another thing is; this is a solid first book in an obviously promising series. Not as gritty as some but certainly down to earth, beautifully written and very descriptive. I cannot wait to hear more.

Buy this audiobook!! It is for intelligent people who love good stories.

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809

The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier, the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blimey - it's longer than the first one!

  • By Lee Grant on 29-11-14

Not bad... Could be a lot worse!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-13

There are worse books available but this is not as good as the reviews pretend.

I am no genius but I get the feeling that readers of fantasy & Sy Fy are just a little smarter than the average bear. With this in mind I (and others) enjoy new concepts and I took to the first book like a duck to water getting my head around the metal magic/mutant powers original ideas. It was interesting to imagine then look up images of the Steel Inquisitors, and Koloss. Unfortunately this book isn't mature enough to satisfy me. No sex, (thus far) no more than a hinting at the gritty (underbelly) issues that should have been fleshed out fully by this point in the series... basic plots..shallow characters.and a lack of the depth that readers enjoy. I'm a nerd...so i'll stay with it... all the way to the bitter end but it's dogged determination rather than an enjoyable journey.

I enjoy thinking of the world described here but wish there was more detail. The main characters are obviously more than we are told... where is the detail? Where is the charm? I'm glad that I came across the series because I enjoy new ideas but there are not enough of them to justify the great reviews I read before actually buying the book. I genuinely wish Brandon wrote a smarter book... instead of treating us like morons who'd get lost if he didn't lead us by the nose.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Self Matters

  • Creating Your Life from the Inside Out
  • By: Phil McGraw
  • Narrated by: Phil McGraw
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Your life has a root core that, once understood, unlocks a powerful force to create the life the way you want. Key questions and an amazingly clear "map" are now at your fingertips so you can "live by design".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER WINNER

  • By Jay on 21-12-08

ANOTHER WINNER

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-08

I know that Dr Phil arrived on the scene and became an overnight sensation and I know that his TV show isn't as good as it could be but don't let that fool you. This man has an absolutely uncanny ability to peel away the nonsense and point you RIGHT AT the facts. This book is phenomenal on so many different levels they don't give me enough space to explain how good it is. Take it from somebody who has read pretty much everything from Tony Robbins and Marianne Williamson to Achaan Chah and Daniel Goleman... this guy knows what he's talking about and he actually cares whether you understand him or not. Do yourself a massive favour.... buy ALL his books and play them in the background when you're at home or in the car without TRYING to "get it." For me it took a full year of owning this audio book and listening to snippets before I actually "got him." Sometimes WE are not ready to move forward... it isn't him.... it's us. When you actually keep playing bits in the background... your subconcious soaks it up and leads you to the day when you SUDDENLY sit bolt upright and go WOW! This guy is one of the best. Invest in you.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • The Exact Science of Attracting Money Audio Series

  • The Money Chi
  • By: John Alexandrov
  • Narrated by: John Alexandrov
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

This program is going to make a phenomenal difference in your personal and professional life. Many listeners are already calling The Exact Science of Attracting Money a classic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Idea : Badly Executed

  • By Jay on 21-12-08

Nice Idea : Badly Executed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-08

I bought this book because I have an open mind and recognise that the greatest books I've discovered and learned from have absolutely nothing in common. It is incredibly difficult to choose a self help book because so often you're hearing the same message phrased differently. In this case John DOES suggest 2 things I've never heard before A: Don't Be General, Ask For Money and B: Associate yourself with a club or peer group who understand money and enjoy it fully. These were good pieces of advice but like the other reviewer I read earlier... Ihad to REALLY concentrate and listen to the whole audio book three or four times to get any kind of handle on what John is trying to say. DON'T BOTHER WITH THIS BOOK try something else. Mr Alexandrov is an opportunist and is playing the numbers.... if enough people DON'T read the reviews... he MAY sell a few.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful