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  • The First Fear

  • The Empowered Ones, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Olney
  • Narrated by: Alister Austin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

For centuries, the Supreme has reigned with an iron fist. The people are slaves to her whim and at the mercy of her followers who revere her as their goddess. Using a supernatural ability, known as the "Power", she is able to channel emotions and convert them into superhuman abilities. Some resist. Not all live their lives in servitude. A few rare people also possess the power and try to fight. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The First Fear: Yay or Nay?

  • By Thomas Perkins on 05-02-19

Star Wars plus Mistborn equals....

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

This book reminded me of two of my favourite fantasy sagas! I look forward to the next book.

The setting is much like Brandon Sanderson's first Mistborn trilogy i.e. evil empire, oppressed populous, super powered ruler, as is the unusual basis of of magic. This time it is emotions rather than metal!

Some of the dialogue reminds me of Star Wars, especially in fight scenes.

  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 599

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good solid psychological thriller

  • By Nigel on 30-11-17

silence of the lambs in Britain!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I loved the last line. Is a sequel in the works? good ominous music. More please!

  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Gillian on 02-02-18

FANTASTIC!

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

I found this to be very clever story telling. I just hope this never happens in real life!!!

  • Tarnished City

  • The Dark Gifts Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Vic James
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Luke is a prisoner condemned for a murder he didn't commit. Abi is a fugitive desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own. New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything - and everyone - they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country's darkest hour approaches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved

  • By Angela on 01-05-18

Even better than the 1st book!

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

Awake all night with this! Can't wait till book 3. This series is like the hunger games crossed with the Reckoners (Brandon Sanderson)

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  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,657

A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.... A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!

  • By Mini on 04-11-15

So much more fun than its big brother!

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms to be better than the print version?

Can't really answer that as I rarely read so have not read the print version

What other book might you compare A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms to, and why?

The Narnia books as this is more light and fun than ice and fire

What does Harry Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Don't know

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The dreams of the future by eggs elder brother. I love the Dragon bloods magic!

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  • The Sorcerers' Plague

  • Blood of the Southlands, Book 1
  • By: David B. Coe
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

David B. Coe enthralled fans and critics with his Winds of the Forelands, an epic fantasy full of political intrigue, complex characters, and magical conspiracy. Now he takes the hero of that series to new adventures across the sea on a journey to the Southlands. Grinsa, who nearly single-handedly won the war of the Forelands, has been banished because he is a Weaver, a Qirsi who can wield many magics. He and his family seek only peace and a place to settle down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Page struggles to make this interesting

  • By Laura on 28-03-17

I'm falling for Grinsa

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

Would you listen to The Sorcerers' Plague again? Why?

Maybe after a break. I cycle back through my favorites from time to time

What did you like best about this story?

Grinsa

Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favourite?

Grinsa

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

No. The horsemen quirsi annoyed me so much a had to take a break

  • The Evolutionary Void

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Peter F. Hamilton’s startling perspectives on tomorrow’s technological and cultural trends span vast tracts of space and time, his stories are as compelling as they are epic in scope, and yet they are always grounded in characters – human, alien and other – who, for all their strangeness, still touch our hearts and fire our imaginations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great end to the trilogy

  • By John on 25-01-11

3001 and beyond!

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

What did you like most about The Evolutionary Void?

The realistic seeming future commonwealth. It's technology and lifestyles are very believable. Reminds me of Arthur's c Clarks ideas of future tech and evolution

What did you like best about this story?

Again the future tech and the strong female lead araminta and the honorable waterwalker oh and the mr. Bovys. I like hims.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Voices to the characters and a sense of excitement

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

Occasionally laughed and a general sense of wonder at a possible future

  • Strangers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 29 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy amateur dramatics style narrator spoils it

  • By Craig Beck on 17-06-13

fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-15

hooked all the way through in the fashion of Stephen kings under the dome. Definitely going to check out some other Koontz books now

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