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  • The Karmadont Chess Set

  • Way of the Shaman, Book 5
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Mahan's ready for new adventures - just as the gaming world of Barliona thought it was about to reenter its old comfortable rut. The winds of the Dark Forest have finally died down; Altameda has recognized its new owner while Geranika is nursing new schemes of global destruction. Would Mahan be happy with this predictable old life? We think not!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where is number 6?

  • By charlie on 27-08-17

Dastardly Deeds Done

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

Reviewed: 17-06-17

If you have made it through the previously four books then this one will not be a surprise to you and the writing and presenter continue to do a great job.

Some people may see the ending coming from a long way away others (myself) didn't see it until closer to the end.

Shaman Mahan continues his journey and adventures in the game and struggles to overcome the various challenges and basically happily progressing along as he works his way through his 7 year imprisonment sentence.

Nothing really major happens in this story until the end just continuation of various plot lines and character development but it is still quite enjoyable even with the few minor holes in the plot. The more sensitive of us will hate the ending and will have high expectations of the next book in the series.

Love the book, love the series, hate waiting for the next one.

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,546

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

Interesting beginnings

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

The Bobiverse is big and filling up with replicants of Bob.

The story takes an interesting premise and extends it to the future and extremes. The main Bob acts in a manner that is both believable and understandable. You come to invest yourself in the character and his struggles.

The novel starts off straight forward enough but as the number of Bobs increase so do the storylines and the challenges. It never becomes too much but the novel does lose some focus as it starts to jump around.

Character development is good and the main characters are well rounded with intelligence and humour. The villains are a bit less developed but the basic struggle over power is sadly too believable.

By the end of the novel some story lines have been resloved but many are still in progress. It is not a cliff hanger ending but it is obviously the ending of a book that expects to continue in the next volume.

This is novel well worth listening too. The story and characters are good and the narrator does an excellent job.

  • Promise of Wrath

  • Hellequin Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: Steve McHugh
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

A terrible storm is brewing in London, and Nathan Garrett, the sorcerer known as Hellequin, is the only one who can stop it. But his enemies have other plans. Harnessing the power of an ancient stone tablet, they cast Nate and his allies into another realm, where a bloody conflict rages between creatures twisted by magic. Meanwhile, with his friends' lives in danger, Nate must put centuries of differences aside, and place his trust in one of his greatest foes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different narrator after 5 books!?

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-12-16

A nice continuation of the series

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Overall this was an enjoyable listen and the story generally moved along well.

First thing though is that the narrator has changed from the one that has done the previous 5 novels. If you haven't listened to the previous novel in some time you might not notice but if you are listening one after the other you of course will be jarred by the change. The new narrator does a credible job and is fine.

The novel itself continues the various plot lines and resolves a few while starting up some more and ends with you wanting the release of the next one.

One bad habit that seemed especially noticeable in this release was the use of villians answering questions to advance the plot. Nate and his group would find some villain and ask them why they are doing something and generally get an answer or if not they would fight a bit and ask their questions and get some answers. It really did not seem very plausible and felt more like a plot device to advance the information and story.

The similarities of the spell scrolls and the sorcerers nightmares seems obvious though Nate did not pick up on it but it will undoubtedly be a part of the next story.

If you have made it this far in the series then this novel will easily met your expectations.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,001

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Gamer geek fest

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

Reviewed: 28-09-16

First, I found the narration by Wil Wheaton to be great. He spoke clearly, was well paced and had nuance and character that made each character distinct without going to vocal extremes. I am going to search and see what else he may have narrated.

The story itself is set in a dystopian future that is quite bleak and the outlet that is the game Oasis is the only life for many even though it is not really a life.

The challenges faced by Wade in his quest to find the ultimate game Easter egg are interesting, challenging and full of 1980's trivia when video arcades were all the rage. The villain and evil corporation that wants to gain control and to further enslave the populace is properly reprehensible and willing to do anything in the name of advancing themselves and the company.

I did find the middle of the book lost pace and was a bit slow but it picked up again and continued to keep my interest.

If you have a passing knowledge of video games and like an action thriller sci-fi novel then this could be one for you,

Highly recommend.

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  • Good Omens

  • The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the apocalypse are revving up, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming rapture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's the end of the world... but not as we know it

  • By Wayne on 09-10-08

A bit pointless

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

Reviewed: 18-08-16

The story is well written and the narration is excellent but there is very little in the way of story drama or character development. It is just basically a whimsical comment on religion and faith. Nice enough but almost boring.

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 659

Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle. In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected

  • By Tod Werewolf on 25-04-16

What happens if bad people can do magic?

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

So this is a series based around a magical realm with Light Mages and Dark Mages in competition with one another. It brings forward the idea of what happens when someone who is indifferent at best or outright mean has power over others. In this magical society the Dark Mages believe that basically if you have the power to take or do something then you do it and to not use your power in this manner is a weakness. For a Dark Mage there is no good or evil there is only can you get away with it and is there someone else around more powerful and meaner than you that wants the same thing.

The protagonist is basically a Light Mage who has the power of precognition which is a passive power in that you can see the future and alternate futures based on the choices and decisions that people make which allows you to manipulate people and items to your advantage. He doesn't have the power to strike an opponent down with a bolt of lightning but he does have the power to get that opponent to stand in the road just when and where the lightning bolt will hit.

So far it is an enjoyable listen and I am about to get the next book in the series and will recommend this. It isn't the best book I have listened to this month but it is good.

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  • Contractor

  • The Contractors, Book 1
  • By: Andrew S. Ball
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

The Earth is under siege - and no one knows about it because the invaders erase those whom they consume. A handful of men and women stand on the border between the mundane and the magical. They have a special spark of soul - not quite enough to be naturally gifted in spellcraft but greater than the average person, a tiny flame that can ignite incredible potential. They possess the ability to fight back against the Vorid: the ability to become a Contractor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to a series!

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-03-16

Cliffhanger ending makes me want the next book now

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

This starts out looking like a young adult novel with the main character just leaving high school and about to start attending University but it is a bit older than that with adult dialog and situations. The overall story of a hidden magical society is nothing new but the fact that its existence is revealed because of an attack by an alien culture is an interesting twist.

The basic premise and plot is logical and proceeds in a manner that makes sense and doesn't depend too much on all the right things just happening at the right time and place. There is some real sadness and real humour in the story and it moves along at a reasonable clip being neither too slow nor too fast.

The ending is certainly not predictable though again it fits well in the story and leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen next.

I highly recommend this either as a book or an audio though you will end up waiting like the rest of us for the next book in the series.

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  • Nova War

  • Shoal, Book 2
  • By: Gary Gibson
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Dakota and Corso discover not only that the Shoal are caught in an aeons-long conflict with a rival star-faring species, but that the Bandati have resolved to make an alliance with this race by giving them deadly knowledge acquired from the Magi starship; forging an unholy alliance with the Shoal-member Trader. Dakota is determined to stop them - but the destruction of millions of inhabited worlds appears inevitable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • TOO LONG,FAR TOO MUCH FILLER,OVERALL GOOD

  • By DENNIS on 08-03-18

Enjoyable second book in series

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

Reviewed: 22-10-15

I have a love hate relationship with the narrator. She is perfect for the Dakota the main character and excellent for the narrative and okay for many of the aliens. She is less stilted with the male characters but still doesn't pull it off.

The story continues with Dakota swept along in the tide of events and trying her best to survive. Unlike many other space war novels the battles here tend to be intimate and up close as opposed to vast armadas in space which keeps you interested and rooting for Dakota.

All in all a good listen and the second novel ends well with the setup for the third.

  • Assassin's Creed

  • Renaissance
  • By: Oliver Bowden, Anton Gill
  • Narrated by: Gunnar Cauthery
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Assassin's Creed: Renaissance, a new novelisation based on one of the biggest gaming-media franchises in the world. Read by the actor Gunnar Cauthery. 'I will seek Vengeance upon those who betrayed my family. I am Ezio Auditore di Firenze. I am an Assassin...' The Year of Our Lord 1476 - the Renaissance: culture and art flourish alongside the bloodiest corruption and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Kelly on 11-02-16

Unable to sustain interest

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

I had a hard time building any interest in this novel. At the beginning it felt as if I was hearing a rather dated version of a Shakespeare drama with very obvious plotting and dialog. Towards the middle of the story it became more interesting but I was not able to build much empathy with the main character and too much seemed to happen by good fortune than by any planning or design. I really struggled to maintain interest to the end.

The narration was good and the basic story was well crafted with no major problems it just was not for me as it felt uninspired and really didn't deliver much in the way of drama or excitement.

  • Freedom's Dawn

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 4
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

A ship under siege. A world on the brink of civil war. A distraught people seeking a new beginning. A battle weary crew that can barely hold it together. Even a legend can use a little help from time to time. The crew of the Aurora, the Karuzari, and the Corinairans must find a way to work together, or else they may all perish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A proper ending

  • By Robert on 15-06-15

A proper ending

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

Reviewed: 15-06-15

The previous releases all felt as they stopped at some arbitrary point in order to allow them to make four releases out of a single long novel. This one ends at an appropriate story point with many story lines moved along and everything ready for the next instalment.

Overall the crew of the Auroa are coping well though the Captain makes odd choices and is pretty much a passive agent for the latter part of the story and makes room for others including a villain to take control of the story.

The story and narration are of the same quality as the previous releases and if you enjoyed them you will enjoy this one.

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