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  • Mentors

  • How to Help and Be Helped
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself? Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped describes the impact that a series of significant people have had on the author - from the wayward youths he tried to emulate growing up in Essex, through the first ex-junkie sage, to the people he turns to today to help him be a better father. It explores how we all - consciously and unconsciously - choose guides, mentors and heroes throughout our lives and examines the new perspectives they can bring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So short...but another great book!

  • By RR, Essex on 25-01-19

Deceptively helpful, and very engaging

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

I loved listening this book. There is an added feeling of engagement when the reader is the author, and they can say & phrase the words exactly in the tone that was intended.

Be aware, it can seem at times like he is getting off topic. However, towards the end of the book it became clear to me that his discussion style is all part his mentoring procedure. You certainly end the book with some different perspectives, and points for deeper consideration in the role of people and mentors in your own life.

Very much worth a listen. One of the few audiobooks that I might listen to again.

  • Ship of Destiny

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

The dragon Tintaglia has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory. Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki. Against hope, a ship appears in the alien waters, but does it mean rescue, or a further nightmare, for Malta? In ruined Bingtown, the citizens are at war against the Chalcedean mercenaries besieging the harbour.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant!

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-03-15

Fantastic conclusion to a strong trilogy

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

This book was fantastic from beginning to end. I was very surprised with how well Robin Hobb weaved together such a large number of different plots. It made for an enjoyable, unpredictable conclusion to the trilogy.

If you made it this far, then you've likely got used to Anne flosnik's reading. From the second book onwards I found her reading to be fine, enjoyable even - though it was quite disparate from the previous trilogy! (And so far better than the tawny man trilogy reader)

  • The Mad Ship

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 33 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

Althea Vestrit has found a new home aboard the liveship Ophelia, but lives only to reclaim the Vivacia as her rightful inheritance. However, Vivacia has been captured by the pirate ‘King’ Kennit and is acquiring a keen bloodlust. Bingtown becomes embroiled in a violent political upheaval against the corrupt Jamaillian leader, while the fading fortunes of the Vestrit family lead Malta deeper into the magical secrets of the mysterious Rain Wilds Traders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story, not sure about the narration

  • By Kusameh on 13-04-13

Great book, no audio issues this time!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Reading is much better, and, unlike the first book, the sound production has been done well.

I won't deny that Anne Flosnik might not suit everyone, but I find her reading in this book easy to follow and clear - if you made it through the book one reading you'll definitely be fine! You are rewarded with a faster, clearer and well recorded rendition.

The story really gets going in this book, there is none of the long-feeling development of world building and character establishing segments in this. The story is engaging, tense and very enjoyable - I really do recommend making it through the first book if you are reading it and unsure.

  • Ship of Magic

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 35 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

Wizardwood, a sentient wood. The most precious commodity in the world. Like many legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds. But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders, when only a liveship, fashioned from wizardwood, can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River? Rare and valuable, a liveship will quicken only when three members, from successive generations, have died on board. The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening, as Althea Vestrit’s father is carried on deck in his death-throes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great story, disappointing narration

  • By Eli on 15-11-12

Great book, badly produced reading

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Firstly, to get you through the reading on this book, I highly recommend running it at 1.25x speed - trust me, it makes it quite bearable.

On the performance side, it is very challenging to listen to at normal speed. The audio is badly processed, it sounds distinctly like an amateur recording -the voice is frequently cut short, and gaps where audio has been cut/pasted can be heard as clicks. The voice actor's reading is very slow, but I am convinced that this is down to poor instruction by the producer/recordist.

On the book side, I found it to be a captivating and different-enough book to follow the Assassin's trilogy. I'll not deny that you certainly have to stick with it in places, some of the political aspects of the book can feel quite long - but in my view, the plot itself easily makes this worthwhile.