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  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Great addition to Audible

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

Excellent story well translated and well performed. It develops the story full of excellent characterisation. Very much looking forward to part two.

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  • A Feast for Crows

  • Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Feast for Crows. 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 Feast for Crows is the fourth volume in the series. The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Whats going on with the accents?

  • By Karen on 29-12-11

A new reader is needed

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

It shows the strength of the story that I've stuck with the audio until now. This performance is the worst of all. Even the young female parts sound like old men! The accents swerve between cod oirish and scots and between Long John Silver and old Oo Arrh jokes. It really is not good enough. A new, better, more versatile reader or two must be found. I won't be listening to any more of this rubbish.

  • A Crown of Swords

  • Wheel of Time, Book 7
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ebou Dar

  • By William Clements on 12-03-12

It's all the same!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The series goes on too long and I lost interest in the characters.

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

The performance is consistently good.

Did A Crown of Swords inspire you to do anything?

Stop listening to them.

Any additional comments?

Usually with a series like this I would at least listen to the last book to hear what happens to the protagonists. With this I couldn't be bothered.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,754

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Bad Sneakers and a Pina Colada my friend

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

Perfectly crafted, like an early Steely Dan track. This first novel in the trilogy sets up the development of the story of Lisbet Salander in such a way that you want to go on and listen all the way to the end. Pretty much what I did. I read the first novel and enjoyed it so I gave the audible version a go. I enjoyed the audible version more, so I went on to listen to the other two until the end. It was like watching a good TV series and being able to create the characters for myself. Such a pity Stieg Larsson wasn't able to write more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Surface Detail

  • Culture Series, Book 9
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The finest Culture novel yet!

  • By J Hurwitz on 04-11-10

Imagination that encompasses the universe

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

From the first page of the Wasp Factory to the last words that Iain M Banks and Iain Banks writes I will cherish the imagination of a genius. In all the science fiction novels Iain M Banks has created a universe such that his descriptions of the people and things that inhabit it culminate in the reader or listener being able to inhabit that same universe. Peter Kenny has the tones of characterisation just right. But Iain M Banks is the Master of modern Science Fiction. Listen and read. You won't be disappointed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881

The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • reasonable

  • By Caroline on 29-01-11

Better as a Novella

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

Room had so much publicity. For many months it featured in shop windows, on the pages of newspapers and in posters. I did enjoy it for the most part. The readers made a good job of bringing the characters to life. The only drawback was that I felt that there was too much development of the minutiae of life in the room before the plot kicked into it's rhythm. It could have been much more honed and focussed. That being said it is a good story and quite well told.

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  • Miss Garnet's Angel

  • By: Salley Vickers
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Miss Julia Garnet, prompted by the death of a friend, goes to live in an out-of-the way corner of Venice. Here she meets with people and experiences which fracture her known world: Nicco, a beautiful Italian boy; Carlo, an art dealer; and the enigmatic English twins engaged in restoring the Chapel-of-the-plague, whose mysterious history includes a lost 14th-century diptych.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative, spellbinding and erudite

  • By Sarah on 07-03-08

Absolutely beautiful story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

This is one of my most favourite and cherished novels. The parallel telling of the Book of Tobit and the blooming of Miss Garnet is a work of gentle genius. Venice is described with love and understanding. It is another character in this story of revelation, redemption and hope. The sense that angels walk with us through all of our lives is comforting and reassuring. The way the story is tied up in elements of mystery, misunderstanding, misdirection and final truth marks this book out as a treasure. Miriam Margolyes is an incredibly talented narrator. She brings all the people to life, old, young, male. female and angel, all live because of her talented empathy with Sally Vicker's creation.

  • Unseen Academicals

  • Discworld, Book 37
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always so much more than fantasy

  • By Mary on 27-12-09

Over 'ere son; on me 'ead.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

Whatever Terry Pratchett chooses to write about he is always able to comment humurously on the way people are. Most of us can identify people like these characters. It is always a joy to read more about Ankh Morpork folk. Lord Vetinari, the Librarian, the Watch and CMOT Dibbler, to mention a few, always make me smile and admire Terry Pratchett's creation.

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  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Dull grey!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

I enjoyed Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness very much and so gave this offering a chance. The narration is weak. The voices are not well developed enough to separate from Jeremy Northam and become who they are in the book. Maybe that didn't help. I still didn't connect with the story or the characters and that was disappointing. I'll give Michelle Paver's future output a chance but this has lowered my expectations.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

In the English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall. Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester, but she is as distant as the star they see fall from the sky one evening. For the prize of Victoria's hand, Tristan vows to retrieve the star for his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the town's ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Listen BUT

  • By E. Robson on 12-12-14

There is glitter!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

Neil Gaiman's imagination is prolific. Characterisation and plot are very good. Wall is a great metaphor for the line between this earthbound existence and the world of imagination. There are plenty of well drawn characters and lots of twisting plot lines. The humour is dry and the development of the romance is the better for it. The differences between the book and the film means that both can be enjoyed for their own stories but similar enough to feel connected to the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful