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  • The Secret Barrister

  • By: The Secret Barrister
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb dissection of the English legal system

  • By Kirstine on 06-06-18

Striking book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-18

A well written and easily digestible exploration of the English Justice system. Perfectly read, funny , sad, infuriating and always engaging I highly suggest this book to everyone.

  • Starship Liberator

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 1
  • By: David VanDyke, B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flat and poorly performed

  • By Pete on 22-08-17

Clumsy and unrefined

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

some interesting ideas and nautical references. the si-fi is fine but the dialogue is pretty flat and the character development is very 2D and unrewarding. I battled my way to the end but it was pretty tedious and a a bit juvenile.

  • World War Z

  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,783

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned gory fun

  • By monkey-puzzle on 21-11-12

Great book. far, far, from what I expected

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

Reviewed: 21-03-18

I found it a fascinating listing. Definitely the most detailed and well considered zombie story I have encountered. Brooks touches on every aspect of the zombie plague in a concise manner.
Detailing the sociotal, political, religious and technological upheavals of the event while never coming over dry due to the sources coming from first hand accounts of the people who lived through the epoch. These accounts are made even more human by the superb narration.

If your not interested in a gore fest but want to be firmly entertaind then this is the zombie book for you even and perhaps especially if you thought you had no interest in ever reading a zombie book.

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun "D&D" style adventure.

  • By Joe on 05-08-17

Good bit Of Geeky fun

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

Reviewed: 30-11-17

What made the experience of listening to Sufficiently Advanced Magic the most enjoyable?

The world building, magic system and funny one liners.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jin

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Mixed bag I did oddly enjoy the artist rendition however he did give the book a rather comical feel ( which I imagine was intentional) However his female voices are more akin to a Muppet then a female human and were a bit jarring.

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

Yes it has some genuinely funny moments. I also like the fact that a Fantasty writer was brave enough to explore non conventional routes as to the sexuality of the protagonist.

Any additional comments?

If you Like Fantasy, especially role playing games. you will love this.

  • The Painted Man

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646

The stunning debut fantasy novel from author Peter V. Brett. The Painted Man, book one of the Demon Cycle, is a captivating and thrilling fantasy adventure, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. Voted one of the top ten fantasy novels of 2008 by amazon.co.uk. Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark…Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day's ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Original Fantasy

  • By Dave on 01-06-15

Great bit of fantasy.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

really enjoyed this book I am an avid fan of the Wheel of time books and found that this was equally enjoyable especially as it was much darker. great world building, love the magic system can't wait to see where it goes.

  • 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 7,551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,706
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,698

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

Just gorgeous

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

Reviewed: 29-03-17

everything about this series is wonderful the narrative the writing style and the narration! Best I have yet to encounter. I wish there where six stars as this stands anove all the others I have given 5

  • 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 9,096
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,941

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 read

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

Reviewed: 14-02-17

beautifully constructed tale. fabulous narrator, I was dumbfounded to discover this is the chap from bob , he builder. what a talent.

  • Fire Catcher

  • Charlie Tuesday, Book 2
  • By: C. S. Quinn
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Charlie Tuesday is the city's best thief taker. But one case still eludes him, a mysterious key entrusted by the mother he barely knew. The key opens a chest of priceless papers - papers said to hold the dark alchemy of a lost Brotherhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Roberta on 22-01-18

smashing performance

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

great story. I normally read fantasy stories but I find the undercurrent of mysticism in these books satisfy that need well.

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  • The Redemption of Althalus

  • By: David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 27 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor. Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A series in itself

  • By Jude Malcomson on 11-12-14

Not as good as I remember.

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

Reviewed: 23-07-16

I loved this book when I was younger. Thinking it was a complex weaving of mythos and theology. Listening now I just found it a bit childish and hollow. I repect the Performer for his attempt. but there are a lot of characters and it would have benefitted from the use of multiple actors rather then one chap straining his somwhat limited repartee of accents. I found his rendition of the female characters to be somewhat over femenised and he sometimes slips from one characters lines to anothers while accidentally maintaining the same accent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful