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  • Steelheart

  • Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little childish, but great fun.

  • By Joe on 29-01-15

Original, action packed and does not disappoint.

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

Reviewed: 18-01-14

If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing. Fun. Fantastic

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

After listening to the first thirty minutes I did not want to stop. I found myself waiting to get back and listen to the story.

Any additional comments?

I have read many different superhero stories, comics, novels etc. This is something new! Mixing the post-apocalyptic and superhero genres in a fantastic way, where only supervillians exists. Tense action from the start with some twists and turns along the way. You will not be disappointed with this story. Download, listen, enjoy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 8,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,178
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,166

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

Incredible! Enough said.

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

Reviewed: 18-01-14

Any additional comments?

Possibly the greatest fantasy book I have ever read. I lack the ability to articulate how enjoyable and ingenious this story is. Brilliantly written and the performance only adds to it.

Continues on from the last book and steps up even further. So many adventures and events push through this book and keeps you guessing at every turn. It did not bother me that the book was split in two. Both halves are enjoyable with many great moments. This book looks more into the nature of magic. The world building is fantastic and builds on the previous book. I cannot wait for the next book!

  • 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 9,723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,530

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

Magical, action packed, enjoyable story of growing

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

Reviewed: 18-01-14

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book has some funny moments and tear jerkers. The writing style draws you in and holds you. You will be hooked and getting the next instalment before you realise what you are doing.

Any additional comments?

Follows the story of a incredibly talented boy as he develops into on of the most well known men in this world. Very descriptive that misses no part of main characters life. A gripping read that will keep you guessing and edging the character on.

  • The Left Hand of God

  • By: Paul Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 657

The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place - a place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose - to serve in the name of the One True Faith. In one of the Sanctuary's vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old - he is not sure and neither is anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Robyn on 18-07-11

Different, tense, chilling but compelling!

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

Reviewed: 18-01-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book. It is an exceptional book with a very different approach. The characters are believable and enjoyable to follow and watch change.

Any additional comments?

Dark, tense, bloody. A different take for fantasy with some very chilling and tense moments. But not all dark, there are some funny parts and very enjoyable characters.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,891
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,862

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Fantastic! Do not let the technical bits throw you

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

Reviewed: 18-01-14

Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

Yes, I will definitely be listening to this book again. So many tense and funny parts. The book was very enjoyable from start to finish. Written well, read well, definitely worth a read.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh at so many points. The main character has such a fantastic sarcastic approach to his endless score of bad luck.

Any additional comments?

As a science teacher this story really brought out the geek in me. I picked at it and found no plot holes and the science is accurate. Do not let the technical side put you off. This story is very accessible and it has many laugh out loud moments. The main character is continuously dealt a bad hand but his ingenuity keeps him going. You will not regret reading this original story.

  • The Beating of His Wings

  • By: Paul Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Thomas Cale has been running from the truth. Since discovering that his brutal military training has been for one purpose - to destroy God's greatest mistake, mankind itself - Cale has been hunted by the very man who made him into the Angel of Death: Pope Redeemer Bosco. Cale is a paradox: arrogant and innocent, generous and pitiless. Feared and revered by those created him, he has already used his breathtaking talent for violence and destruction to bring down the most powerful civilisation in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying ending...

  • By Robyn on 12-01-14

Enjoyable but a step down from the previous.

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

Reviewed: 18-01-14

If you could sum up The Beating of His Wings in three words, what would they be?

Bloody, tense, dark

Any additional comments?

A suitable conclusion but I was always waiting for the main character to become more human. Yet another sequel full of dark and bloody situations with one bad situation followed by another. Some good parts but overall I did not enjoy it as much as the previous books.

  • The Worthing Saga

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful, they lived their lives at the rate of one year every 10. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put into motion. It allowed interstellar empires to be built.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Read. Would Highly Recommend

  • By Robert on 24-02-11

Fantastic Read. Would Highly Recommend

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-11

The Worthing Saga is a highly original book. The Saga is split into two main parts. The first part take up two thirds of the saga length and is the main story. The last third is a collection of short stories covering interesting key people not full explored in the main story.

Orson Scott Card once again draws you in with a highly original captive story that follows the life of a unique individual from his troubled child-hood through to his part in the down fall and recreation of the galaxy. The narrative is well done and certainly adds to the story.

I listened to this book on a traveling holiday and found myself waiting to get back on the road so i could find out what happens next. It is a must listen for any Sci-Fi fan.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful