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  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic!

  • By Raine on 23-06-15

Keeping it interesting

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Well told story lines that have yet come together. Can't wait to see how the characters get on in the next one.

  • An Ember in the Ashes

  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala, Jack Farrar
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It's a story that's literally burning to be told. What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution? For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she's never had much of a choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the next big thing in YA Fantasy

  • By Christopher on 23-06-15

Interesting fantasy story

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

Loved the two different perspectives told by the two different narrators. Interesting plot, bit different. Looking forward to the second one.

  • The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach

  • A summer sizzler full of sun, sea and sand
  • By: Kat French
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Winnie, Stella and Frankie have been best friends forever. When their lives unexpectedly unravel, they spontaneously decide to buy a gorgeous B&B on a remote Greek island. Drenched in hot sun, Villa Valentina is the perfect escape from reality. But when Winnie meets Jesse, their brooding neighbour, she finds that Greece is full of its own complications - not least how attractive he is....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic - a wonderful listen well worth a credit!

  • By Lorraine on 03-08-17

Easy summer listen

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

Nothing special and a bit very simple in its story line, but a nice easy one to listen to for the summer: Greek sunshine, three women finding love and making Gin.

  • Love Story, with Murders

  • Fiona Griffiths, Book 2
  • By: Harry Bingham
  • Narrated by: Siriol Jenkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

The second novel featuring recovering psychotic DC Fiona Griffiths opens with as intriguing a pair of murders as you could imagine. Firstly, part of a human leg is discovered in a woman's freezer, bagged up like a joint of pork. Other similarly gruesome discoveries follow throughout a cosy Cardiff suburb, with body parts turning up in kitchens, garages and potting sheds. And while the police are still literally putting the pieces together, concluding that they all belong to a teenage girl killed some ten years earlier, parts of another body suddenly start appearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Colette on 20-12-14

Intriguing thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Liked this one as much as the first of the series. It's great to get to know the characters better and the case certainly had its surprises coming, too.

  • Talking to the Dead

  • Fiona Griffiths, Book 1
  • By: Harry Bingham
  • Narrated by: Siriol Jenkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

For rookie detective constable Fiona Griffiths, her first major investigation promises to be a tough initiation. A young woman and her six-year-old daughter have been found brutally murdered in a squalid flat, the single clue a platinum credit card belonging to a millionaire businessman who died in a plane crash six months before. Fiona, however, has secrets of her own. She is still recovering from a crushing psychological breakdown, and the feelings that haunt her are constantly threatening to undermine the mask of normality she has learned to wear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this one

  • By Colette on 18-12-14

Fascinating story line well narrated

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

This crime story set in South Wales is peppered with interesting and unusual characters as well as fascinating and unexpected plot twists, looking forward to the second one already.

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  • Madame le Commissaire und die tote Nonne

  • Isabelle Bonnet 5
  • By: Pierre Martin
  • Narrated by: Gabriele Blum
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Vom Rand einer steil abfallenden Klippe, wo man sonst unter hohen Aleppo-Kiefern wunderbar den Sonnenuntergang genießen könnte, bietet sich Isabelle Bonnet ein alles andere als idyllischer Anblick: Unten am Strand liegt eine Frau, unverkennbar in Ordenstracht gewandet. Schnell bestätigt sich, was zu befürchten war: Die Nonne lebt nicht mehr. Offenbar hatte sie bei der Suche nach seltenen Heilpflanzen den Halt verloren und war zu Tode gestürzt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Netter Krimi wie immer

  • By Susanne on 17-05-18

Netter Krimi wie immer

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

Reviewed: 17-05-18

Mal wieder eine gute und nicht ganz offensichtliche Geschichte aus der Provence. Isabelle und ihr schräger Assistent entzücken immer wieder.

  • The Tiger and the Wolf

  • Echoes of the Fall, Book 1
  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger, and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my kind of book

  • By Susanne on 29-04-18

Not my kind of book

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

Whilst it was narrated very well, I found the story telling too confusing and not gripping enough to do much for me.

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  • The Core

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514

Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st century to an epic close. The war has begun.... For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Two heroes arose - men as close as brothers yet divided by bitter betrayal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointing end to a series that petered out.

  • By Tom on 18-02-18

Conclusion, bit confusing...

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

End of a long story, well read, but bit too many characters to keeping track when jumping from one location to the next...

  • 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 8,696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,774
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,760

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

Great sequel - fab story continues

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Densely narrated plot read ever so grippingly and taking us deeper into the story of the protagonist... Can't wait for the final third part to conclude this epic tale.

  • 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 10,529
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,278

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

Fantastic story telling

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

First of the yet to be concluded trilogy is reeling you into this amazing world with a semi-tragic hero, too young, too handsome, too full of himself.