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  • High Mage

  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 333

 Things were starting to look up for Magelord Minalan the Spellmonger: The magic mountain in his domain not only made him a wealthy man and the most powerful mage in history, it also produced a lode of magical gemstones with unique properties - properties the Alka Alon, the masters of magic on Callidore, are fascinated by. When Minalan gets his chance to trade some of his magic rocks for irionite, he finds himself in a position to raise hundreds more magi with the stones...making them High Magi. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still holding on to see

  • By Anonymous User on 18-04-18

I love this series of books...!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I am about to start the last book in the series that is available in Audible , I really hope that some of the other books become available soon. As I have said in my previous reviews, the pairing of the author and narrator is one of the best, if not the best, combination that I have listened to on Audible. If this is your genre, I highly recommend that you listen to this series.

  • Knights Magi

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 4
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

When the Magelord Minalan, the Spellmonger's two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage...in theory. The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage...because no one had ever been one before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is book 4...

  • By Richard McFerran on 19-11-18

This is book 4...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-18

So far, 6 out of 10 books from the Spellmonger series have been narrated.

I really hope that books 7 to 10 are narrated soon, and, that John Lee is the narrator.

For me, a great audiobook book needs two things, a great author and a great narrator. If either of the two are not great, the audiobook will not be great. The Spellmonger series is written by an excellent author and read by an excellent narrator, a rare combination indeed

  • A Better Me

  • The Official Autobiography
  • By: Gary Barlow
  • Narrated by: Gary Barlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 442

A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary's life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating honesty and a human side that people rarely see. Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars, open, honest and raw and as we've never seen him before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Helen Bailey on 19-10-18

I'm not a massive Take That Fan...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I chose to listen to this book because I warmed to Gary Barlow as an X-Factor judge and the book summary resonated with me.

I found his book to be very candid and it has reinforced certain aspects of my own life, those being meditation, Yoga and fasting. That's what I found made the book worth listening to.

I'm a 48 year old man who likes a drink at the weekend, not to excess, and I like eating many, many foods that I shouldn't. I take up those activities to counterbalance the things I enjoy.

My wife has also listened to the book, and what she got out of the book was different to me.

  • Magelord

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 3
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 504

How can Sire Minalan fight goblins, plots, poverty, and politics, all from his remote and rustic vale, while keeping the peasants in line and the Warbird of West Fleria at bay? With wit, courage, determination, and a healthy dose of magic. And when the new king tasks him to find a way to slay a dragon, an ordinary knight might shy away from the quest. For Sire Minalan, it's just another day on the job as a magelord!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magelord: The Spell monger series, Book 3

  • By Edward Neil Rigby on 14-11-18

Review?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

If you've already listened to the first two books, then it is unlikely you will ever read this review, you will just listen to the book.

If you haven't started listening to the series, my advice is buy the first book and start.

If this is your genre, I would be absolutely astounded if you did not enjoy this author/narrator combination.

  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,341

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, really well-read

  • By Tony on 14-10-13

I was not enthrallied by this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Stephen Fry's narration was excellent and that helped me finish the book.

To be fair to the author, I must admit that this book isn't something I would normally read, but as I watched the film when I was younger, I thought I would give it a go.

I listened to it because I thought it would be an easy, lighthearted book. The author's use of complex language meant I had to focus more than I wanted to, also, I felt his style of humour was very repetitive and this caused a disconnection from the book at times.

As writing styles have matured since this books release, the book has become dated. However, there is no doubt this will remain a classic book, and I think everyone should at least read the book or watch the movie. The book is an icon of it's era!!

Maybe, just maybe, if I hadn't watch the film before I read the book, I would have given the book 5*

Thank you for reading my review, I hope you find useful.

  • Warmage

  • Spellmonger, Book 2
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Series!

  • By Thomas D. on 21-10-17

I'm looking forward to the next book...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-18

This is the second book in the series and it is consistent with the first.

A great book written by a great author and read by a great narrator.

If you like sci-fi fantasy with light-hearted yet dark humour, I highly recommend this book.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well: He found a quaint little shop, he befriended the local lord, the village folk loved him, he found a sharp young apprentice to help out, and, best yet, he met a comely young widow with the prettiest eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If only a sixth star was available...

  • By Alan R on 10-03-17

Absolutely great series...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I am nearing the end of book 3 and I felt compelled to edit my review of this book which is the first in the series.

I lack the ability to articulate just how much I appreciate the style of Terry Mancour. He has created a world with such detail and depth, with his dark sense of humour resonating with my own.

John Lee brings the books alive, he surpasses my high expectations.

I have listened to many great books on Audible, and when I listen to a new author/narrator pairing, I hope that I find a combination that competes with these great books. Terry Mancour and John Lee are perhaps my favourite pairing to date.

  • Magefall

  • The Age of Dread, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Aryan
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

With their last refuge fallen, two young mages must conspire against a god to show the world that their abilities aren't a curse; they are the only way to ensure lasting peace. Under the threat of anti-magic fanatics, Wren struggles to find her place as a leader and to keep her people safe as they build a new home. While Danoph searches for answers on a spiritual journey, determined to find out who he really is and where he came from in an effort to calm the coming storm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!!

  • By Richard McFerran on 14-09-18

Superb!!

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Reviewed: 14-09-18

The book is very good and the author has been creative in his writing.

The narration takes this book out of this world!! Matt Addis narrates this book perfectly. His range of voices make the characters stand out with easy to recognise voices.

Where Matt Addis makes a real difference is his ability to use his pace, pitch and tone to bring the story alive, he conveys the atmosphere and the emotion of each moment, making them resonate with the listener.

He must research the books he narrates by reading each chapter taking time to understand what the author is trying to communicate, and I expect he speaks with the author to clarify how he will execute the narration.

He is the ultimate professional narrator!!

This book is good, and a mediocre narrator would not destroy the excellent story. Matt Addis complements the story perfectly.

Narration is extremely important with audio books, I try listening to a Brandon Sanderson book and could not get past the first chapter because I found the narration too bland.

I recommend this series of books, and I recommend you listen to any books narrated by Matt Addis that suit the genre of books you enjoy.

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  • The Dragon's Fang

  • Dragonfall, Book 3
  • By: David A. Wells
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Benjamin awakens to a world filled with new powers and possibilities, but also fraught with new dangers and old enemies. Separated from his loved ones, hunted relentlessly, betrayed, and defeated, Ben pushes doggedly toward his objective, and a confrontation that he desperately wants to avoid. The Dragon’s Fang is the explosive conclusion to the Dragonfall trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting...

  • By Richard McFerran on 03-09-18

Enchanting...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

At last I will be released from the enchantment.

From the first book I have struggled to stop listening, having become immersed in the story. I really love the complex relationship between Ben and Frank, there are many other characters and relationships throughout and the author does a fantastic job weaving them all together.

Topped of with excellent narration by Derek Perkins, each character having their personalities come alive with his superb range of voices. Derek Perkins is easily in my top 5 narrators, I think he could make the phone book sound interesting.

  • The Dragon's Codex

  • Dragonfall, Book 2
  • By: David A. Wells
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

After narrowly escaping Rogue City, Ben travels north into the Deschutes Territory in hopes of finding sanctuary, if only for a little while. His respite is brief and his hunters are persistent. Within a few days he's on the run again. Ben must negotiate the desert, the underground, and the unknowable perils of magic if he is to recover the Dragon's Codex, the only known book of magic in the world, and his best hope for finding a way to stand against the wyrm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How could you do that to us...

  • By Andrew Delaney on 15-12-16

Addictive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-18

It is hard to stop listening to this book, especially at the end of a chapter. Assuming you have already listened to the first book an you enjoyed it, keep going, it's well worth it.