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  • The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm

  • Tales from Alagaësia Volume 1: Eragon
  • By: Christopher Paolini, Angela Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini. A wanderer and a cursed child. Spells and magic. And dragons, of course. Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia. It's been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Mr Daniel Bodle on 02-01-19

Well written, expanding the world of Alagaesia

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

Reviewed: 13-05-19

This is really 3 linked stories, but they expand the world of Alagaesia nicely and further Eragon's story. Can't wait for the next installment!

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,093

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Epic!

  • By Sophie on 23-08-11

Brings together an epic story

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This brings together the elements of an epic story! Very enjoyable - I'd recommend it.

  • Assassin’s Apprentice

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but the narrator is all wrong!

  • By Lucy Clarke on 11-10-12

Good book

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Good story - so many places and people to remember! The main character is portrayed well. This first book in the series only hints at the magic system in the world. I was expecting a bit more depth. Looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families, and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived, and there is rumour of revolt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy isn't my usual genre, but ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-08-11

Very enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

A very enjoyable story with an interesting system of magic. Can't wait to listen to the next one. The narrator does a decent job, but there's very little variety between the voices of the characters.

  • Trash

  • By: Andy Mulligan
  • Narrated by: Chris Nunez, Elissa Steele, Everette Plen, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael’s world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s a bag of hope. It’s a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking, fast-talking to stay ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story, well told

  • By H on 16-10-18

A great story, well told

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

A great story, very well narrated. Once it gets going the plot rockets along at a good pace and keeps you wanting to know what will happen next. Great variety!

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012

Patrick Rothfuss narrates The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a companion novella to his bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle novels that shares an enchanting new perspective on the Four Corners realm. Renowned as a bastion of knowledge, the University draws the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex web of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A magnificent and delightfully joyful book.

  • By Angus Milner-Brown on 06-11-14

A totally "different" kind of story

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I've never read (or listened) to a book like this one. It's a very different kind of story, but I really liked it. One of the very few audio books I plan to listen to a second time.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 42 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,787
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,773

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 09-01-14

Gripping story

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

This is an epic book - exploring in more depth the themes from the first book and introducing many new ones. Can't wait for the third book!

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  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,559
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,307

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

An engaging story, well told.

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

A good story, well told. It draws you in and the character development is excellent. This book is largely the main character telling someone his (rather interesting) life story. A slight annoyance is that he sometimes drops hints about what's going to happen next in his story before he's got to that part. The narration is good, especially for the main character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Grief Observed

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments", A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An account of grief written from the heart.

  • By H on 27-11-17

An account of grief written from the heart.

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

I listened to this soon after my mum passed away and found it helpful. Listening again 3 months later I can identify with so much more with what CS Lewis writes. Especially about recalling what a person was like when they lived. I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

  • By: Meg Meeker
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Drawing on her 30 years' experience practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine, teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker explains why an active father figure is maybe the single most important factor in a young woman's development. In this invaluable guide, Meeker shows how a father can be both counsel and protector for his daughter as she grows into a spiritually and mentally strong young woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A counter-culture book

  • By Filipe Goncalves on 24-05-19

A lot of useful things to know

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

Reviewed: 21-08-17

A lot of the content of this book is good common sense. The author emphasises how important a father's role is to his daughter's life, which I think is true but I often forget. This book has been a good reminder. As other reviewers have commented the author writes from a Christian perspective. Whatever your view on this, Christianity offers a view of what's good for human flourishing, which is interesting to hear. Sometimes I think the author is a little too fearful. She works as a doctor and sees lots of problems, which perhaps colours her perspective. Nevertheless it is good to know some of the things that can go wrong (EG anorexia) and how to recognise some of the symptoms.