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  • Hannibal Rising

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Thomas Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece !!!!!!!!!

  • By Vic W on 14-12-06

Never allow an author to narrate his own book!

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

Reviewed: 28-11-14

The story is good, reasonably interesting although not really engaging.
But it was a huge mistake to have the book narrated by the author. I say it time and again, only professional voice actor should narrate the audiobook, otherwise it becomes amateurish performance detracting from the quality of the story.

  • 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 3,995
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494

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
  • Possibly My Favourite Listen So Far...

  • By Andrew on 18-10-13

Brilliant narration, average story

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

Reviewed: 29-08-14

The story is mostly dull. Even by the end of the book it's not clear what's the point of it all. I understand that it is the first of the series, but overall it is so unengaging that by the time I had finished it I didn't have a slightest desire to continue with the series.
Although I give the author full credit for good sense of humour and unconventional equivocal characters.
Narration by Steven Pacey is great, even if he pronounces the word "grimace" rather peculiarly ))

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,293

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. 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 Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrative a little disappointing 😕

  • By Anna on 06-05-15

terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 26-07-14

The story is ok, although it does have an aura of tedium at times, and I agree with those who say that there's no moral or any sort of conclusion in the offing.
But the worst thing is narration. Why on Earth Dany started sounding like a peasant? Why the accents are changing between books and sometimes even chapters? Why names are pronounced differently? I even took trouble to compare a few passages, which I found odd, with the print version - he misreads words at times!
It is really disappointing. A good book made so much inferior by poor narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 12,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,903
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,909

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Difficult Narration

  • By R. Moorhouse on 10-06-12

Good story, disappointing performance

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

Reviewed: 11-06-14

Any additional comments?

The biggest (and probably the only) problem I have with the performance is that the characters sound much MUCH older than they are supposed to based on their age.

  • The Templar Legacy

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the new Dan Brown?

  • By Gavin on 14-04-13

decent story, disappointing performance

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

change the narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Michael’s performances?

I have always been disappointed by Paul Michael's narration - even since Dan Brown's books. I just don't understand why the production companies choose him to read those books.
All his characters always speak in the same phlegmatic tone - both on the death bed and in the heat of a fight. His attempts at French accent are awful. And the whole narrative is monotonous and unengaging .

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes, I think that could be interesting

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Magic Arrives Without Warning

  • By Paul Snook on 15-05-16

tender and sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

I would. It's a beautiful story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

The whole story is fascinating. It is about magic, but the magic is subtle - and somehow it's more about people and how their lives intertwine and influence each other. That's what is special about this book - subtlety.

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

Jim Dale is superb. Literally, this man can make a telephone book sound exciting!

  • Voodoo Eyes

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Meet the man with the voodoo eyes:Solomon Boukman. He’d used voodoo, black magic, and extreme violence to control his people, and to keep anyone who ever heard his name in a state of fear. He’d zombified his enemies with potions and hypnosis and used them as his very own suicide killers. Some said he was the earthly incarnation of Baron Samedi, the voodoo god of death; others said he was The Devil incarnate…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating historical backdrop for this story

  • By juliana on 13-01-16

Awful

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

Reviewed: 23-02-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

may be a different narrator could make is a notch more interesting, but still I doubt

Any additional comments?

It's desperately dull. But the worst part is narration. Why all this accentuation at the last syllable of every phrase? I had to give up and will erase it from my memory without regret (though I still regret I spent a credit on it).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone

  • By Steven on 29-01-14

Good book. Disappointing performance

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

Reviewed: 22-02-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

At times it is too long-winded.As the storey develops you feel more and more suspension and expect it to mount up to the very end of the book and then suddenly you deflate like an old tyre because Terry Flynt … went to visit parents, for instance.And I also find some ideas a bit far fetched, but that's ok, that's fiction.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the language, like the fact that a lot of story telling is done by means of dialogs - it's a good and difficult writing technique, which I praise.
And I absolutely love that it is set in London!

What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

The T-glottaling was terrible. A few times I considered throwing the book away - totally put me off. Terrible.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes, I would