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  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,908
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly My Favourite Listen So Far...

  • By Andrew on 18-10-13

Delightfully twisted and evil

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

What made the experience of listening to The Blade Itself the most enjoyable?

An admirably hard, fast and unpretentious read and packs a mean punch. It is crammed full of torture, vengeance and bad behaviour whilst keeping a good sense of humour.

What other book might you compare The Blade Itself to, and why?

The blood song

What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

Steven Pacey has brought this gritty book to life. He fully submerses us into the characters of the book.

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

“Once you've got a task to do, it's better to do it than live with the fear of it.”
― Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself

  • The Lives of Tao

  • By: Wesley Chu
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

When out-of-shape IT technician Roen wakes up and starts hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumes he’s losing it. He isn’t. As of last night, he has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Over the millennia his people have trained human heroes to be great leaders, to advance our species at a rate far beyond what it would have achieved on its own. Split into two opposing factions - the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix - the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good idea poorly executed

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-18

A good, fun read

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

Where does The Lives of Tao rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks well against my previous books. An interesting concept that makes schizophrenia sufferers wonder!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tau himself, having to put up with Roen. A good relationship all round..

Which character – as performed by Mikael Naramore – was your favourite?

As above

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

Made me laugh out loud even in the sad parts....

Any additional comments?

A good all round listen, looking forward to the next book in the series...

  • A Darkness at Sethanon

  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

The adventure concludes with the triumphant finale in the Riftwar Saga. Raymond E. Feist is an internationally best-selling author. The battle may be over, but war is coming… The Kingdom forces may have won the first conflict but the enemy has a strong grip on Midkemia and invasion now seems inevitable. Arutha travels north to confront the Dark Elves, but without help, Pug knows that Arutha's forces face slaughter. With Tomas he must scour the world - and beyond - to find the one person with enough power to give them a chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like wizards dragons you will love this .

  • By Mr. S. Gumbley on 09-02-14

Fantastic climax to an Tale

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

Reviewed: 21-01-14

If you could sum up A Darkness at Sethanon in three words, what would they be?

Epic, climatic, magical

What other book might you compare A Darkness at Sethanon to, and why?

Apart from the first two books It has to be Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series of books. As absorbing and thrilling with the right level of detail to allow you to taste the environment

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The battle scenes in this book are particularly impressive and the Seige!

Any additional comments?

Maybe not as good as the first two but must be a top 100 read in collaboration with the first two books.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

A Grown Up Terry Pratchett Story

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

Reviewed: 21-01-14

Where does The Lies of Locke Lamora rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A top ranking tale that has captured my imagination. Hustle meets Ankh-Morpork!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Gentlemen Bastards that gang of misfits ably lead by Locke Lamore. What a team!

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

Brought life to the book, at times wouldn't have believed that it was only one person telling the tale. Magical

Any additional comments?

Only bought this book by chance, a random purchase and I certainly do not regret it. The combination of a good tale told by a master story teller, well worth a listen.