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  • Heroes

  • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,940

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils or outwitted scheming vengeful gods quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

  • By Simon on 02-11-18

Immensely entertaining, highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

You can probably guess my joy when I found out that there was going to be another book in the mythos “Series” by Steven Fry with the focus shifting from the temperamental and all to often human gods of the Greek pantheon; to the heroes, quests and monster slayings happening all around mythical Greece and the then known world.

I enjoyed every minute of it, the different stories and the sense of an overarching plot the author created. The various heroes had motivations that lead them to do what they did and get into the kind of trouble the oracles would warn you away from. The heroes were flawed and ultimately failed or triumphed despite the insurmountable odds and their own faults. From Heracles, to Perseus, Atalanta to Medea, each of these at times tragic figures had their own place in the grand scheme of things; as well as served to advance the overarching narrative, possibly culminating with the Trojan war and its aftermath. In a possible 3rd book? One can only hope.

As a Greek mythology geek, I very much appreciated the effort put into drawing all the not so relevant and confusing threads and stories to weave into a cohesive hole. It must have been a job and a half.

Steven Fry’s narration of the various stories was as always versatile, entertaining and fully immersive. I don’t think I’ll forget Heracles’ northern accent, or Stheneboea’s husky voiced charm in a hurry.

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,965
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,272
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,244

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Poignant and humorous, thought provoking and candid, a roller-coaster of emotions from start to finish.

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

Sometimes you ask yourself, “why didn’t I read
this sooner”? I knew that I would like this book after all, but why did it take me so long to dive in?

Starting “This is going to hurt, confessions of a junior doctor” was full of expectations. I thought it would be funny, ironic with a sharp witted social commentary on the current state of affairs.
And as I was reading, I discovered that it had all these things and more. Satire, coupled with a general sense of bewilderment, laugh out loud humour and moments of poignancy.
Written in the style of diary entries, the author took us through a journey, all the way from the beginning where the wide-eyed student decides to be a doctor not knowing what they are getting themselves into; continuing upto the point where they’re leaving education still somewhat mystified and eager. All the way up to the seasoned junior doctor, the perhaps somewhat disillusioned veteran of the countless emergencies, hours of the day that are not enough and an almost none existent personal life.

Adam Kay’s narration was the perfect vehicle for this diary style memoir. His ironic tone made the various moments of light and not so light humour stand out. And his honest delivery made it a deeply personal read. The weaving of the sad moments in amongst the funny, at times incredulous situations the people working in the NHS faced gave me the impression of a minefield. You never know when the next one is going to explode, when the next sad real story is going to crop up.

It gave me an inside glimpse of the other side.
I would highly recommend it. I would suggest you also get the audiobook as there are some extras you might miss out on if you only had the print or kindle copy.
This was without a doubt a 5 stars for me; and the first one of the year.
It was amazing.

  • Knaves over Queens

  • Wild Cards
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

In the aftermath of World War II, the Earth’s population was devastated by a terrifying alien virus. Those who survived were changed forever. Some, known as Jokers, were cursed with bizarre mental and physical deformities; others, granted superhuman abilities, are known as Aces. Now the virus has reached Britain.... Queen Margaret rules over a country in which such legendary figures as Herne the Hunter, Spring-heeled Jack and Babh, the goddess of war, roam at will. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good extension to the wild cards series

  • By P. J. Williams on 30-07-18

I think you won't regret picking this up

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

The best way for me to describe the experience of reading this collection was with this anecdote. When out for a meal with colleagues and friends; we were ordering desserts but we couldn’t decide what we wanted, so we pretty much ordered many different cakes. We kept passing the different cakes around where each person cut a piece, after that they would pass it along to the next. We called it the cake roulette.
This is what reading Knaves over Queens brought to mind. Each short story and novella had its own flavour, was for its own reasons exciting and added to that the various cameos of characters from one story to another made them fun to look forward to. The characters were interesting and there was an element of progression all through out. The historical elements added that extra bit of authenticity and gritty reality. From the second world war and Churchill, Turing, to the Cray twins, Thatcher and the Falklands war, the troubles and the more recent Brexit.

Peter Noble’s superb narration matched the gritty tone throughout. He made all the characters distinct to the point where I could tell who was who without hearing having to hear their names.

And in case you are wondering, as far as continuity goes, you don’t have to start from the first book to enjoy and fully appreciate this one.

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  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,995

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Poignant, personal and humorous

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

A highly personal story and journey of someone questioning the gender stereotypes and this idea of how boys and girls are supposed to be or act.
Not your typical memoir, I found Webb’s account in some way deeply intimate, vulnerable, poignant as well as self-deprecating. By revealing things about himself the author was able to illustrate the points he was making.
It made me think, it made me laugh, (sort of) and last but not least it made me continue reading.
For an 8 hour long audiobook it managed to pack in a fair number of concepts, questions, a teenagers diary, teenage poetry and even a pub quiz.

Robert Webb’s heartfelt and perhaps somewhat ironic narration made it even more personal. Oh and there are cameos.
I'd happily recommend it.

  • Knight's Shadow

  • The Greatcoats, Book 2
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

The Greatcoats have found the heir to the throne...but now they must keep her alive, against all the odds. Falcio Val Mond has completed the final task given to him by the late King Paelis: he has found the King's Charoites (well, one at least). But his task isn't over, and now he, Kest and Brasti must protect the girl from those who want her dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great sequel to a good first book.

  • By Daniel Plunkett on 09-01-18

Pulse pounding action

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

This was a great continuation to the series,
A character driven plot, swordfights galore and some spine tingling moments of triumph, pane and valour. The pace hardly ever let's up and when you think that things have finally slowed down enough for you to rest, the twist will leave you reeling.
Jo Jameson's performance tipped me right into the middle of the story and made the interactions between the characters that extra bit more real, their banter that extra bit funnier and the dark parts in the story that extra bit darker.
A page turner, for lack of a better phrase. I will be reading on.
And perhaps if you grew up with the three musketeers, either read the books or watched the films, you might just like this series.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging - not what I expected

  • By Robyn on 14-12-17

I liked it and then some. Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

My kind of sci-fi, far enough in the future to be exciting, but close enough to the present to be ever so slightly worrying. A fast and furiously paced police procedural mystery with plenty of character development, action and some very interesting questions about society and how people with disabilities fit within it. Wil Wheaton’s fantastic performance gave voice to the thoughts of the main character, completing the immersion started by the author.

  • The Relic Guild

  • By: Edward Cox
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Magic caused the war. Magic is forbidden. Magic will save us. It was said the Labyrinth had once been the great meeting place, a sprawling city at the heart of an endless maze where a million humans hosted the Houses of the Aelfir. The Aelfir who had brought trade and riches, and a future full of promise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Intriguing Science Fiction Novel!

  • By Lynn Worton on 02-11-14

engaging, kept and held my attention

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

Darkly atmospheric, with an intriguing blend of Sci-Fi, fantasy elements and plenty of action that works. The narration by Imogen Church, a spinetingling foray into the forgotten twists and turns of the Great Labyrinth as well as the minds of some of its denizens.

  • Witches of Lychford

  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities while some object to the modernization of the local environment. Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth - that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination. But if she is to have her voice heard, she's going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy and reality in a beautiful mix!

  • By Asbjørn on 26-09-15

A fun read, well worth my credit

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

Couldn't sleep, so I picked this up. I found The story to be darkly gripping, short and sweet, the characters distinct with there own tale to tell. The narration provided by Marisa Calin added that extra sense of for-boding to the atmosphere. It kept me awake, that's all I'm saying. I liked it.

  • The Lost Child of Lychford

  • Witches of Lychford, Book 2
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

It’s December in the English village of Lychford - the first Christmas since an evil conglomerate tried to force open the borders between our world and...another. Which means it’s Lizzie’s first Christmas as Reverend of St. Martin’s. Which means more stress, more expectation, more scrutiny by the congregation. Which means...well, business as usual, really. Until the apparition of a small boy finds its way to Lizzie in the church. Is he a ghost? A vision? Something else? Whatever the truth, our trio of witches (they don’t approve of “coven”) are about to face their toughest battle yet!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • lost child etc

  • By Mrs. J. waite on 17-06-18

A most enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

Magic, Christmas in an English village and the sense of looming disaster kept me riveted till the end. Emma Newman's narration was the perfect fit for this sequel, giving the three principle characters an extra dimension and adding to the overall suspense.

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  • Snapshot

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: William DeMeritt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

From New York Times number-one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner, Chaz, are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Snappy Sci-fi!

  • By Simon on 18-02-17

Fast-paced, character driven. simply Sanderson

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

What made the experience of listening to Snapshot the most enjoyable?

It was most certainly the pace. And of course the idea behind the story itself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

What can I say, both main characters were my favourites. Each of them brought something different to the table.

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

His gruff baritone added that extra almost hardboiled atmosphere to the world Sanderson created. He made the world real and also made the character’s sound distinct. Which in my opinion is what truly matters when grading a narrator.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Snapshot: take a picture: you never know, it might be your last.

Any additional comments?

The magic man did it again! I knew as soon as I saw the title on audible; I knew that I would buy it, buy it and enjoy it.
One thing to say was that the audiobook was only 2 hours and 23 minutes.
But somehow it felt longer. But please don’t take that the wrong way, in my opinion that was good. The story did not feel rushed. The conclusion brought everything to a close with a snap and it left my mind reeling. Brandon Sanderson manages to put in plot and character developments galore; adding little clues on the way and letting your imagination roam for a little while. Until you are hit with the big reveal, and make no mistake, there is a big reveal. One of those ahhh…. Head-scratching moments that leave you asking yourself, “How did I miss that”? And the ending so simple but at the same time oh so brilliant.

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