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  • 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 450
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

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

Excruciating narration

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

I hadn't read any of the reviews of this production, or listened to the sample before purchasing. BIG mistake! Anne Flosnik's voice grated from the start, with a strange unnatural rhythm and unbelievable voices. Perhaps English is not her native tongue, but Audible could easily have found a far better narrator from amongst the many it can choose from. I hope that I can return this title, as I will never listen to it again.
Sadly I was forced to allocate one star for 'Performance. Too high in my opinion.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Jennings' Diary

  • By: Anthony Buckeridge
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

"Hah-ooh cinosrepus! ‘Selbanev, Nosnikta, Senoj-Nitram,’ said Jennings. ‘They’re the names of people, I bet you can’t guess who!’ ‘Russian agents? - Zulu tribesmen? - Ancient kings of Egypt?’ hazarded Darbishire. ‘No, no, no,’ Jennings flipped his fingers in delight and danced ungainly ballet steps round the tuck-boxes. ‘Oh, wacko! If you can’t guess, neither will anybody else, so we can use it for the code.’”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By Shelduck on 31-08-16

A serious feast of nostalgia.

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Where does Jennings' Diary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a treat to listen to when winding down at the end of a hard day. It reminds me of a less stressful time of life, when doing my homework was perhaps the hardest thing that I had to remember!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jennings' Diary?

This has to be any time when Jennings collides (figuratively) with Old Wilkie.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have only listened to Simon Vance's readings of other Jennings books, but he has captured them perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely - but sadly I had to get some sleep so rationed myself to a couple of chapters per night.

Any additional comments?

I have just added another Jennings book to my collection and look forward to another dose of escapism.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,392

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Great except for the technical chapter glitch!

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

Reviewed: 16-05-15

A great read. The story has enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing right up to the end.
I thought that the main character was a little too accepting of the existence of magic and ghosts and other non humans, but apart from that I will definitely be buying the rest of the series to see how the characters develop.

Sadly, the spoken chapter numbers do not match those displayed on my iPad, but that is a minor issue and certainly not enough to prevent me reading the next story.

  • Shada

  • Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure
  • By: Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant

  • By DaBiffster on 01-12-13

Slightly technically marred but very enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 16-05-15

The narrator moved the story along smoothly.
I wasn't sure how I would like an audio book featuring such well known characters as these, but need not have worried. The only things which did irritate a little was that the spoken chapter numbers did not tie up with the onscreen display - but as I only looked at the screen occasionally that was a minor issue. Also, there were many chapters of very short duration which slightly disrupted the story flow. It was very difficult to sit down to, say half an hour of relaxation when it probable that I would end in the middle of a chapter. Better to have the facility to end after a set number of chapters.

  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow and a bit confusing but stick with it!

  • By Beccameriel on 07-07-15

Keeps you guessing right up to the end

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

Reviewed: 02-04-15

How do you pick a best moment out of so many? From the entrance of the witch, to the realisation by one of the major characters that he is more closely involved with the unfolding events than he realised to the final race against time to save the innocent victims the author keeps you guessing. Very well worth spending the time - just try and avoid listening at bedtime or you will have very strange dreams!!