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  • The House of Hades

  • Heroes of Olympus, Book 4
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Nick Chamian
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

The stakes have never been higher. If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there'll be hell on Earth. Literally. Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors of Death, there's a legion of bloodthirsty monsters waiting for them. Meanwhile, Hazel and the crew of the Argo II have a choice: to stop a war or save their friends. Whichever road they take one thing is certain - in the Underworld, evil is inescapable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible narrator

  • By Kitty on 23-03-17

Great story, terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 23-03-17

Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Chamian’s performances?

No, god no.
I haven't liked any of the narrators of these books as they all have very nasal voices however this guy almost caused me to return the book. He places emphasis on seemingly random words in sentances it sounds like a 12 year old drama student trying to be dramatic. I'd read the book rather than buy this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,609

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back on form - best in the series since the first

  • By Suffolk Nobody on 27-11-16

Good story but it's lost a little magic

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

Reviewed: 22-12-16

Any additional comments?

The storyline should have been satisfying but the writing has lost a little something. It felt like something written to get it over and done with and to move the story along, Usually the second I finish one of the rivers of London books I replay the whole thing. This time I just shrugged and started another book. Although I was slightly disappointed when comparing it against the previous titles this is still a fantastic book.

As always Kobna's reading of the book was perfection.

  • Veiled

  • An Alex Verus Novel
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Alex Verus is a mage who can see the future, but even he couldn't have seen this day coming. Alex has agreed to join the Keepers, the magical police force, to protect his friends from his old master, the Dark mage Richard Drakh. Going legit was always going to be difficult for an outcast like Alex, and there are those in the Keepers who aren't keen to see an ex-Dark mage succeed. Especially when Dark mages are making a play for a seat on the council for the first time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for next book

  • By Kathie on 19-11-15

Each book gets better than the last

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

Would you listen to Veiled again? Why?

Each one of the books in this series get a bit better. The writting less awkward and the narration less robotic. They're nothing amazing but I'm still looking forward to the next one.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He's got a lot better since the first book.

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

Not an emotional reaction but I'm enjoying the charactor development of the supporting cast. I like the way Luna, Anne and Vari have progressed and the interactions between them.

Any additional comments?

I feel invested in the characters and want to know where they'll end up. Although I'm reasonably sure I could predict the direction the next book or two is going to go in.

  • Cursed

  • An Alex Verus Novel
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Things are going well for Alex Verus. He's on moderately good terms with the Council, his apprentice is settling in, and his shop in Camden is gaining quite a reputation. But when a mysterious woman bursts into the Arcana Emporium one night with an assassin on her tail, Alex is thrown into a plot to revive a long-forbidden ritual.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They got the series :)

  • By nicole on 25-05-15

Delightfully average

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it if they didn't have anything else to listen to. The characters and their relationships to each other are well crafted and you want to know what happens to them and get invested in their lives. The universe is a fun one although it's nothing original. The writing is a little awkward and you usually work out exactly where the story is going by the first few chapters.

What other book might you compare Cursed to, and why?

It's not quite as good as the Rivers of London and James Quill books but it's a good listen while you're waiting for the next one of those books to come out.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration is better than the last book, Gildart Jackson has got less robotic

Any additional comments?

All the Americanisms drive me round the bend. Why does a British author writing about a British character living in London use words like; gotten, yards, highschool ect?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 676
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

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

Good story, weak writing and robotic narration.

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

Reviewed: 28-07-15

Would you try another book written by Benedict Jacka or narrated by Gilbert Jackson?

Yes. The writing is a bit clumsy but the characterisation is wonderful and the world he's created is intriguing.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration of the main character was okay as Gilbert Jackson has a pleasant voice but it's a little robotic in places. He makes all the secondary characters incredibly robotic though and the women all sound like complete morons.

Do you think Fated needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes I'd love to see where the characters go and learn more about the world.

Any additional comments?

What's with all the Americanisms? It's written by a British author and set in London. It's full of words like gotten, sidewalk ect. Very jarring.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolves of London

  • Obsidian Heart, Book 1
  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 916

Alex Locke is a reformed ex-con forced into London's criminal underworld for one more job. He agrees to steal a priceless artefact - a human heart carved from the blackest obsidian - but when the burglary goes horribly wrong, Alex is plunged into the nightmarish world of the Wolves of London, unearthly assassins who will stop at nothing to reclaim the heart. As he races to unlock the secrets of the mysterious object, Alex must learn to wield its dark power - or be destroyed by it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one!

  • By Magenta on 24-01-15

Entertainin read

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

Reviewed: 22-06-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to a friend who was stuck for something to read and had already read London Falling and the Rivers of London books.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was entertaining, well written and I can't wait for the next book. I've read better in the genre but this is still near the front of the pack. The story starts off quite slowly and then suddenly it's galloping along. The final few chapters were thrilling and finishing on a cliff hanger has left me impatient for the next book.

What aspect of Ben Onwukwe’s performance might you have changed?

ARGH! He needs to chose a class accent and stick to it. He's trying to perform as a working class London character but his vowels and the occasional word are pure public school. I found it a little distracting. Other than that it was a good performance, he has a pleasant voice which I enjoyed listening to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Queen

  • By: Sylvia Izzo Hunter
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

In the hallowed halls of Oxford’s Merlin College, the most talented - and highest born - sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover.… Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace - and without a trace of his power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Ariana on 28-11-14

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

A wonderful story with endearing characters. It took me a few chapters to get into it but by the time I got to the end I was sad to be parted from my new friends. I sincerely hope there are sequels to this lovely tale.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Convenient Marriage

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Caroline Hunt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

When the most eligible Earl of Rule offers for the hand of the beauty of the Winwood family, he has no notion of the distress he causes his intended. For Miss Lizzie Winwood is promised to the excellent, but impoverished, Mr Edward Heron. Disaster can only be averted by the delightful impetuosity of her youngest sister, Horatia, who conceives her own, distinctly original plans . . .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

  • By Maureen on 23-01-11

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 28-04-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator.

What didn’t you like about Caroline Hunt’s performance?

I didn't actually manage to finish it as the characters were made so annoying. She made them all sound as if they were very sttupid and annoying.

  • Polgara the Sorceress

  • By: David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 30 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book!

  • By karonald on 25-10-10

Fantasic story, weak narration

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

Reviewed: 17-10-14

What did you like most about Polgara the Sorceress?

It's fantastic.
I got increadibly attached to the characters in the Belgariad and Mallorean and it was lovely to get the full back story in Belgareth and Polgara. It really is as good as those books.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

When Dina is narrating (rather than reading speech) her voice has that flat American tone I've found in many audiobooks. It's a soothing sound but makes it difficult to concerntrate.

Some of her character voices are excellent and others are very grating. She makes Ce'Nedra sound like a senile old lady and Polga sound like a teenager! It was so irritating I found myself skipping through Ce'Nedra's parts.

  • The Name of the Wind (Part Two)

  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,676

Part Two of The Name of The Wind (Unabridged).'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
  • Absolutely BRILLIANT!

  • By Marcus H. on 01-10-12

Fantastic, well written and beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 27-09-14

Would you listen to The Name of the Wind (Part Two) again? Why?

I wasn't that interested in this book but when I read all the reviews I thought 'that many people can't be wrong' and they weren't. The story is a little slow but so well written and narrated that it kept me spellbound.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy these books from audible!
Two of these books are each split making them 4 books. They are available from iTunes as complete books saving you money. They are also available on the US audible site as two complete books. I don't like being ripped off!