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  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another perfect book from Lawrence

  • By S. C. White on 17-05-17

A disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

after hearing and seeing great reviews on this book I have to say that it left me a little perplexed. The story seemed to go nowhere and although I love fantasy and have no objections to the main characters being young I had difficulty dealing with 12 year olds dealing with their 'lot on life' and this is from someone who had a convent education!

the narration was mediocre at best. the characters where either Irish or Liverpuddlian and it seemed that everthing was spoken at a whisper - even the battle scenes were narrated without any change to the timbre.

it is rare that I review a book that I don't like simply because all criticisms are subjective but I felt that I had been let down and I want to give readers a chance to know that no everyone thinks Red Sister is good.

36 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • A Time of Dread

  • By: John Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished Lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced, and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought. In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests - a sign of demonic black magic. In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Gwynne has done it again!

  • By Patricia on 24-01-18

John Gwynne has done it again!

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

Having been a huge fan of the Faithful and the Fallen series it was with a little trepidation that I sat down to listen to Book 1 of John Gwynne's new foray back into the Banished Lands however I was not disappointed. There is so much I would like to tell the listener but should I tell anything of the story or its characters I feel as if I might take away a little of surprise about the outcome of a battle or the underlying humour when - even though we are listening - that 'next page' is turned and you are suddenly crying or laughing or swearing.

The narrator was good although I felt this time his rhythm was a little bit off and his pauses seemed to be in the wrong place but perhaps it is me being picky!

Overall this is another brilliant story from one of the UK's newer fantasy authors and without doubt I would recommend this to all who love excellent well-written books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wound of the World

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 3
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 380

Dante and Blays have forced Gladdic from the Collen Basin. But the victory might be only the first battle in a much larger war. With the land on the brink of starvation and politically fractured, Dante and Blays scramble to secure Collen's food, borders, and allies. Before their work is done, rumor arrives from Mallon. The enemy is mustering for another attack. Even if Collen can weather the coming storm, there's no guarantee their independence will last out the year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • more please

  • By Ryan on 14-05-17

A gripping story

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

It's hard to write a review on a 'Cycle' that is halfway through it's tale but I will try my best and concentrate just on this story without giving away the plot

If you have come to this book as a stand alone 'read' I really think you should start again with the 'Cycle of Arawn' and then continue with the 'Cycle of Galland' - for those of you who have done this here goes. This for me is the best so far. The story was a lot better paced and the newish characters melded into the storyline seamlessly. I actually swore out loud when the book ended - it is saying the next book should be spring 2017 which is now so I hope the Audible version is not far behind it.

Talking of Audible - every time I review a book where Tim Gerard Reynolds is the performer he gets 5 stars. The man is just brilliant at knowing just when to take a breath or slightly raise his voice. I know that here in the UK when Audible asks who does a good performance people rate Stephen Fry and others like him but as far as I am concerned TGR is the best out there - I am sure Edward W Robertson agrees.

Anyway to end - brilliant story and storytelling - fast pace from beginning to end - just can't wait for book 4 😆

  • The Last Mortal Bond

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 3
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never reached the excitement of the first book

  • By Robin300378 on 12-04-16

What an amazing trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

An outstanding story that as the final part of a trilogy was able not only to tell a tale but also able to answer all questions - a great listen 😊

  • Age of Myth

  • Book One of The Legends of the First Empire
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Enjoyable Mystical Read

  • By Lulu on 15-07-16

Stunning - a memorable tale

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

Reviewed: 30-06-16

Initially I was worried that this new adventure could be a let down given the superb standard of the Ryeria books. I can state absolutely that this is not the case. Michael J. Sullivan has created a whole new story with excellent characters and a plot which leaves you wanting more. I have ran out of superlatives for Tim Gerard Reynolds narration but again with this book he has raised the bar again. For those of you who will read this review and have not read any of Mr Sullivan 's books I would suggest that you have missed reading/listening to one of the best fantasy authors for over the past 20 years - for those who know his work download now it has been worth the wait. One slight criticism - I have to wait until summer 2017 for the next installment!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The City of Mirrors

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

In life I was a scientist called Fanning. Then, in a jungle in Bolivia, I died. I died, and then I was brought back to life.... Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards one of the great cities of The Time Before. The ruined city of New York. Ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the first and last of The Twelve. The one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future. What she finds is not what she's expecting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Robert on 28-03-17

Utterly brilliant! A masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 18-06-16

What can I say about this book - having waited so long for the final part of this trilogy I was afraid that the expectation would outweigh the event but I am thrilled to say that Justin Cronin didn't let me down. The story was brilliantly crafted with the use of his central characters being allowed to evolve to their own individual ends. Scott Brick also has to be mentioned as his narration was - just like the first two books - exceptional. If you haven't listened to The Passage and The Twelve, I suggest that you download them immediately and then you are in a position to appreciate just how great this book is 😊

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 65 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

The White Tree (Book 1): In Mallon, the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays. Together, they're drawn into a centuries-old conflict that brings Mallon to the brink of civil war. Surviving won't be easy. But if they make it out alive, they'll step down the path to becoming two of the greatest warriors the world has ever known.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good potential, poorly executed.

  • By Robyn on 21-02-16

A brilliant work

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

I find it difficult to write reviews as I only want to praise a book not to criticise but I have to say the Cycle of Arawn is a trilogy that offers everything a listener waits for but very seldom comes along. I want to write this review with wit and humour but in the end I am going to say 2 things. First the book is brilliant (change and insert any other adjective that corresponds to brilliant if you wish) second, by choosing Tim Gerard Reynolds as the reader transferring from eye to ear was made so much easier and for the listener so much more pleasurable 😊

  • The Death of Dulgath

  • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, Michael J. Sullivan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Three times they tried to kill her. Then they hired a professional. She hired Riyria. When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria is hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and the cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start life as thieves for hire. Things have gone well enough until they receive the odd assignment to prevent a murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable

  • By Stephanie on 01-05-16

Another brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 30-12-15

Have run out of superlatives for both Chronicles and Revelations - Michael J Sullivan does it again with Tim Gerard Reynolds yet again voicing what has become for me the finest fantasy series of the 21st century - for anyone out there wanting to listen to something fresh, with believable characters and marvellous stories start with Theft of Swords and go from there - let me assure you that it will be well worth it 😊

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story

  • By Michael on 03-09-14

The completion of perfection!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

Just to repeat myself - read/listen to the whole thing (the trilogy) from cover to cover and then say it's one of the best fantasy stories that has been written over the past four decades - and for those of us who like to listen I have run out of superlatives for Tim Gerard Reynolds so I can only say Brilliant! 😊

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Steelheart

  • Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little childish, but great fun.

  • By Joe on 29-01-15

Yet another brilliant story from Brandon Sanderson

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

Reviewed: 14-02-15

Listened to this straight through and once I have finished saying how great it was l am going to listen to it again