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Nazrana Issa

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  • The Mapmaker's Apprentice

  • Glass and Steele, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

When an apprentice from the Mapmakers' Guild goes missing, Matt and India are employed to find him. Going undercover as a married couple, they discover that not everyone at the guild is what they seem, and the lad's unearthly maps caused jealousy, suspicion and fear. With one of the apprentice's magic maps in their possession, India and Matt must use their wits and India's fledgling, untried magic to find him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whiny new narrator

  • By Nazrana Issa on 21-01-19

Whiny new narrator

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

Had high hopes for the second enstalment but the new narrator plays India, who was previously vulnerable because of her circumstance but brave regardless, into a silly prissy baby women who the other characters inexplicably adore. Granted the writing is more to blame. She’s has in one book gone from a quietly plucky heroine to a irritating stereotype.

  • Dark Light

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Betrayed, terrified and alone, Elizabeth Cage has fled her home. With no plan and no friends, she arrives at the picturesque village of Greyston and finds herself involved in an ages-old ceremony that will end in death. And that might be the least of her problems - the Sorensen Institute would very much like to know her whereabouts. And Michael Jones is still out there, somewhere, she hopes. No matter how far and how fast she can run, trouble will always find Elizabeth Cage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Continuity error

  • By drdapa on 09-11-18

Why was the narrator changed?

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

The previous narrator, Katie Scarfe, did a fantastic job. She portrayed the right level of vulnerability and comedy. This one is fine but sounds too old and severe to voice Elizabeth Cage. It spoiled it for me and was distracting.

  • The Back Road

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Penny McDonald
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039

A girl lies close to death in a deserted lane. A driver drags her body to the side of the road. A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching. For Ellie Saunders last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has ... Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The biggest disappointment on Audible

  • By Ryan Clontz on 23-09-14

The long and winding (back) road

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

The plot consists of the secrets and lies of a group of people and a crime that can’t be solved because of said secrets - standard mystery fodder.
The narrator ( most important thing in my opinion) was hard to listen to. The over pronouncing of certain words became increasingly irritating over the course of the narrative.
I found it frustrating that many plot points could be guessed so far ahead of when they were revealed I was desperate for the pace to pick up. The plot is very gradually unravelled by the first person narrative of each character and conversation between. But often nothing new was revealed to contribute to solving the mystery. The characters seem to be playing catch up with what you may have understood hours before or raking over details in an excruciating fashion.
Many times the characters talked about there perspective on events or there feelings. This is great to understand motivation but unfortunately I did not care for the majority of two dimensional characters, particularly sisters, so there inner turmoil just felt like another unwanted speed bump to plot development.
I listened to the end to see if I solved the various mystery’s correctly ( I had) but had I been reading a physical copy I would have skipped ahead several times.
Shame because if the plot had been tighter and the pace quicker it would have been a fun listen.