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  • Knightfall: The Infinite Deep

  • The Knightfall Series, Book 1
  • By: David B. Coe
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Following the Fall of Acre, Landry, Godfrey, and the other survivors of the siege flee in a sailboat across the Mediterranean. Drifting for weeks, they try to land on Cyprus only to run into a dangerous Mamluk detachment. Running dangerously low on supplies, they are forced to take to the seas once more. Trying to land on the coastline of Turkey, they are ambushed by pirates and taken captive. Incarcerated on a remote island compound, Landry, Godfrey and the other Templars must plan their escape before all hope is lost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crusader adventure

  • By Pete on 19-04-19

Crusader adventure

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

Reviewed: 19-04-19

I bought this book on the strength of the narrator James Langton who did a great job with the Hellequin series,and because I loved the author's Thieftaker series. I was not aware this was a follow up to a tv series but this was not a problem. The story pics up after the fall of Acre as a group of Templars and refugees flee the city, presumably the events of the tv series. As a result you are thrown into an established group but the author does a great job of quickly getting you to know them, I immediately felt an affinity for the characters and enjoyed a well written adventure. i look forward to more.

  • Cursed

  • An Alex Verus Novel
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

Things are going well for Alex Verus. He's on moderately good terms with the Council, his apprentice is settling in, and his shop in Camden is gaining quite a reputation. But when a mysterious woman bursts into the Arcana Emporium one night with an assassin on her tail, Alex is thrown into a plot to revive a long-forbidden ritual.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They got the series :)

  • By nicole on 25-05-15

Enjoyable but not exceptional

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

Reviewed: 25-05-15

The Alex Verus stories are very enjoyable as long as you don't mind the slightly familiar feeling. They have a similar style and storyline to the Harry Dresden books and the first novel Fated even references him. There are a lot of urban magic novels around at the moment and Cursed is good but no match for say Ben Aaranovitch. That said the characters are likable and the plot engaging. I will certainly be listening to the rest of the series. I have heard criticism of Gilbert Jackson's narration but I liked his characterisations, although his slow reading pace may not be to everyone's liking.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

The Summer Tree
    The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 1
    
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        Simon Vance
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    106 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Summer Tree

  • The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 1
  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

The Summer Tree is the first novel of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Five university students embark on a journey of self-discovery when they enter a realm of wizards and warriors, gods and mythical creatures - and good and evil...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic fantasy at its best.

  • By Sharon on 03-04-13

A classic of the genre.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

I first read The Summer Tree in the early 80's and have loved it ever since. At a time when fantasy literature was just becoming popular most books were either Tolkien rip offs or D&D clones, and often part of very predictable ongoing series. Kay, draws his inspiration from mythology, and although we find orcs (Svarts) elves (Lios Alfar) dwarves and other fantasy staples they are not the usual flat stereotypes. Kay brings a language style reminiscent of the Morte D'Arthur and weaves a magical tale that set a new standard for fantasy at the time.
Simon Vance is a great performer and brings the characters to life. Initially the accents and character voices felt strange, but only because I've read the book so many times and have my own versions in my head. I've yet to hear a bad reading from him.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

Jack Nightingale found it hard enough to save lives when he was a cop. Now he needs to save a soul – his sister's. But to save her he has to find her and they’ve been separated since birth. When everyone Jack talks to about his sister dies horribly, he realises that someone, or something, is determined to keep them apart. If he's going to save his sister, he's going to have to do what he does best - negotiate. But any negotiation with the forces of darkness comes at a terrible price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Had hoped ...

  • By TinaF on 09-02-16

Fun but derivative

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

Reviewed: 27-05-14

I picked this based purely on the sample of the reader's voice. The story is fun, a typical world weary, wise cracking detective in the mould of Chandler or Spenser. Obviously he's a smoker an an ex cop so nothing surprising here. The books, Midnight being the second in the series, quickly draw us into a supernatural world as the protagonist Nightingale, discovers more about his father's satanic past. This all adds a twist to the standard detective noir story.
There are lots of strange happenings, some more believable, plot wise, than others. You start to really feel for Nightingale as his world falls apart and strange deaths occur.
At times he does feel if he channelling John Constantine though, especially his calm and wisecracking dealings with demons.
The high point of the book is the reading by Paul Thornley who delivers the characters with subtlety and made me want to listen to three books in sequence. I'm not sure I'd have persevered if I was reading the books for myself.
My only quibble is his habit of a long pause after 'said' and a stress on the character's name just after. This book has a lot if 'said Nightingale' s in it and this felt awkward when the rest of the reading was so nuanced.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Eagle

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Series - now complete

  • By Simon on 24-08-15

Finally

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

Would you listen to Under the Eagle again? Why?

I was really excited to see that Scarrow's early Macro & Cato books were finally being released as an audio version. The more recent books have had a couple of different but excellent narrators who capture the voices of the leads excellently. It's always difficult when a series has a new reader but David Thorpe handles the gruff voice of Macro and the younger Cato well. My only gripe, which is small but for me really off putting is his pronunciation of Cato. I have always read it, as previous narrators have as Kay to. Thorpe calls him Car to. For someone new to the series this is irrelevant. But after over a dozen books I just can't think of him this way. I wonder how Scarrow pronounces his name?

This aside it's a great first story with humour and fast paced gritty action that follows our two heroes across Britain in search of Caesar's lost treasure. Great fun and worth a listen.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful