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  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901

Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi Locke Lamora, the estwhile Thorn of Camorr and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking ship they arrive in the city state of Tal Varrar where they are soon planning their most spectacular heist yet; they will take the luxurious gaming house, The Sinspire, for all of its countless riches.No-one has ever taken even a single coin from the Sinspire that wasn't won on the tables or in the other games of chance on offer there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Stuart on 18-09-12

Thoroughly recommended

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

Reviewed: 26-01-16

The book:
File this under "ripping yarn". The plot does a great job if grabbing your attention and holding it. Lynch deftly handles its many twists and turns, and does a great job of introducing a cast of memorable characters.

If I had to nitpick, some of the plot beats feel similar to those in the first novel, you'll see a couple of the twists coming a mile off, and there are probably one or two too many bromance moments. Still, you'll have such an enjoyable time that it's hard to hold these against it.

The performance:
Outstanding. A couple of the characters/accents are pretty hammy, but I felt they worked for those characters and those situations.

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 24-07-15

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

The scope and ambition of this novel are staggering, and I can't think of another author who could hope pull something like this off successfully. I'm not convinced Stephenson has, but there's still much for fans to like.

The good: Stephenson's usual elements are all present and correct: physics, engineering, code breaking and a smattering of martial arts. The plot moves along at a decent clip for the most part, and the large cast is handled pretty well.

The bad: The pacing is a little uneven, and the plot losses impetus in the final third. More fat could have been trimmed in some parts too. That large cast and expansive plot don't leave too much time for character development either (with a few notable exceptions).

I'm less torn about Peter Brooke's performance. He took on a mammoth task with this one, and I'm afraid he fell short for me. He does competently for the most part, but a few of the accents were like nails on a chalkboard. If I read this again it'll be the paper version.

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