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  • Oaths

  • Dragon Blood, Book 8
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

General Ridgewalker Zirkander is getting married. Sardelle - the woman who’s battled dragons, shamans, and countless enemy soldiers at his side - has accepted his proposal, and it’s the perfect time for a wedding. It’s been two months since any dragons or sorceresses attacked the city, the Cofah haven’t come after their kidnapped emperor, and King Angulus has stopped yelling at Ridge for his inadvertent role in destroying the castle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • more side plot than anything else.

  • By Martin on 28-01-19

more side plot than anything else.

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

while I enjoyed catching up with the characters, I did feel this offered little to the overall collection of books. the main story went no where fast and felt more like a side plot instead.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

An interesting idea and approach

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

There parts of this book that are genuinely interesting and insightful but try as I might, I can't bring myself to really see it as a story. There is, at least for me a prevailing feeling that it's more of an alternative natural history piece. It's enjoyable in its own right, but through out the book I could almost hear David Attenborough on one of his programs.

  • The Witch of Willow Hall

  • By: Hester Fox
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Years after the Salem witch trials one witch remains. She just doesn’t know it...yet. Growing up, Lydia Montrose knew she was descended from the legendary witches of Salem but was warned to never show the world what she could do and so slowly forgot her legacy. But Willow Hall has awoken something inside her.... 1821: having fled family scandal in Boston, Willow Hall seems an idyllic refuge from the world, especially when Lydia meets the previous owner of the house, John Barrett. But a subtle menace haunts the grounds of Willow Hall, with strange voices and ghostly apparitions in the night....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly enjoyable

  • By Rabid Reader on 28-01-19

Very different to expectation

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

This type of story is most definitely not something I would choose to read. Regardless of what the synopsis says, this is a love story in the vain of how I imagine the likes of pride and prejudice would play out. it's a pity the author chose to go that route as there is potential here, but I guess love struck women and their pounding hearts sells better. well written but not for me.

  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of this World!

  • By Simon on 26-04-17

A audio movie

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

loved the fact it had a full cast, sound effects and music throughout. I also loved the fact that the story fills in the blanks between Alien and Aliens. If your a fan like I am, then it's worth listening to.

  • Whispers

  • Feathers and Fire, Book 3
  • By: Shayne Silvers
  • Narrated by: Linnea Sage
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

One of the Vatican’s most infamous Shepherds has been murdered, and Callie’s friends are the prime suspects. To prove them innocent, Roland and Callie must risk their very souls.... Because Callie can’t reveal that she’s hearing strange whispers when she uses her magic, or that she’s harboring an Angel’s Grace. And if the Shepherds discover the hellish bargain Roland made, the streets of Rome will flow with blood as brother turns against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whisper l

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-12-18

Fast, Fun and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

Mr Silvers writes with a particular style that some might not like, but I do. Dark humour, fast paced stories and rounded characters.

  • Rage: Feathers and Fire, Book 2

  • By: Shayne Silvers
  • Narrated by: Linnea Sage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

Ever since Callie - the Vatican's rookie monster hunter - killed a demon a few weeks ago, Kansas City's been eerily quiet. But she soon learns it's just the calm before the storm. Because werewolves begin abducting young women in Kansas City, and a new church opens its doors, pronouncing death to all idols, including these "make-believe" monsters and wizards. But when one of their congregation is disemboweled by a monster on the steps of the church with the phrase God is dead painted in blood, someone in the church decides to take a lesson from the Salem Witch Trials.... And the police seem to be helping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to be entertained, I was!

  • By Martin on 24-09-18

I wanted to be entertained, I was!

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Magic and mayhem, humour and an engaging story. I found out about these books after reading the Nate Temple series. While in many ways it's more of the same (Not exactly a bad thing) the group of characters and the protagonist are just different enough to make them enjoyable in their own right. The name of the game is entertainment.

  • Nine Souls: A Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller

  • The Temple Chronicles Series, Book 9
  • By: Shayne Silvers
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Nate Temple has an appointment in Hell. One he can’t reschedule… After recent events, Nate took some much-deserved time off for a little rest and relaxation. But when he finally returns home to attend what should have been a celebration of love, he finds insidious fear infecting the streets of St. Louis. Paranoia. Chaos. Anarchy. It seems every supernatural family in town is sick and tired of Nate and wants to put him in his place. The worst part… all his friends seem to agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Felt to short.

  • By Martin on 19-09-18

Felt to short.

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

If I had a complaint about this story, it would be the trip to hell. That in my mind should have been a momentous occasion but felt kinda glossed over and underutilized. Other than that, another enjoyable read.

  • Blood Debts

  • Temple Chronicles Series, Book 2
  • By: Shayne Silvers
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

The ancient pact between mankind, Heaven, and Hell has been broken. And this upstart wizard's quest for vengeance may have just kicked off Armageddon. So, time for a drink...or maybe two. Already plagued with sinister night terrors that could qualify him as a card-carrying psychopathic insomniac, Nate can barely even manage to put his pants on in the morning, let alone pick teams for the Apocalypse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • improving

  • By Mrs on 13-01-18

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

Anyone who has read the Harliquin Chronicles will notice as I have the similarities between them and these books. ( don't know who came first). That said, they're entertaining in their own right so I would recommend reading the collection.

  • The Void War

  • Empire Rising Book 1
  • By: D. J. Holmes
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

It's the year 2465, 200 years since the stars were opened to humanity by the invention of the shift drive. So began the First Interstellar Expansion Era, catapulting humanity into a deadly race for the limited resources of navigable space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Void War

  • By Kevin on 21-06-16

Worth a read

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

The overall story was okay, but the author did at times get bogged down in technical details which slowed the pace of the story.

for me though, it was the narrator I struggled with most. His narration didn't flow and was at times out of time with the story which was off putting.

  • The Masked City

  • The Invisible Library, Book 2
  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant, Kai, goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction, and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai but for whole worlds. Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excruciating narration!

  • By N. D. Taylor on 04-06-16

the final 3rd, was it's saving grace

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

for me this story improved as it moved forward. it was slow to get going until the final 3rd of the book saved it with fast paced action.