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  • Blood Song

  • Book 1 of Raven's Shadow
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Superb debut novel

  • By Karen on 16-07-14

Good story spoiled by bad narration

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

I took this book on holiday as an Ebook and also on Audible. I really enjoyed this book but this is one of those times when the audio experience falls short of its potential. I ended up reading about 70% of it and only listened when i absolutely had to. Steven Brand reads the whole thing in a dull mono tone. There is no sense of any emotion in his voice at all and his character acting is just non existent. Honestly, he uses the same voice for every single character in the book. Even the Females! Reading other reviews and people have given this "performance" 4/5 stars. That blows my mind!!!

Narration aside. I found this book OK. Its a great debut effort by the author and the pacing was solid, no lulls that you often find in this genre. The characters were a little one dimensional though, i would have liked more fleshing out. The past - present style of writing added a lot to the book and i think it worked really well.

3 stars is a little harsh but due to the narration i cant in good conscience give it higher.

  • Lying

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good essay. Very short

  • By Mr. R. Mallia on 12-01-17

Will make you think

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Any fans of Sam Harris will love this. A very short but concise essay on Lying and the moral questions it raises. I like how this is relevant and can be applied to everyone listening to it. I was left giving serious thought to the actions of myself and people around me.

At just over 1 hour long it doesn't exactly feel like value for money(even at the £1.99 sale price) It was, however, the most interesting dog walk I've ever had.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Paul on 19-03-15

interesting, not nothing more

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

Reviewed: 20-12-15

I enjoyed listening to the stories of people who found themselves hunted down by an internet hate mob, especially when they had done something so seemingly harmless.

I found this book interesting but was a little disappointed with the ending. No real conclusion or overall message is drawn other than "public shaming is bad and often the punishments far out way the crime". Everyone kind of knows this anyway.

Jon's narration wasn't bad overall, listening to the sample I though it might irritate me but you get used to it after a while.

  • Revival

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 746

In a small New England town, in the early '60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-30s, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been so much better

  • By KE on 11-03-16

Good old King

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Enjoyable read. Told memoir style by the main character from a very young age into his later life and the strange dealings he has throughout with his "5th Business". Its not an exciting thriller by any means, rather a story that drags you in and builds up slowly to its climax.
A climax, by the way, that the synopsis calls "the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written" - This is very far from the truth. Don't get me wrong, its not bad but its not exactly stellar either.
The writing and the characters are what makes this book really stand out, it's King at his best. The narration is spot on too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Firm

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. He made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired him a decorator. Mitch McDeere should have remembered what his brother Ray - doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail - already knew. You never get nothing for nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! That was a surprise.

  • By kmcca5 on 18-12-14

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 23-09-15

Ok, so i got this on the 2for1 sale because i didn't know what other book to get and settled on a Classic Grisham. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

Honestly, i was engrossed in this book, finished it in 3 days ( very quick for me). Something about the central character (Mitch) that has you rooting for him all the way through. I particularly like the ending, its not a typical "happily ever after" fob off that you might expect.

There is a reason this book has sold millions of copies. Buy it, Read it, you wont regret it.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,124

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Dear!

  • By mollyeyre on 05-09-15

Mehhh

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

Reviewed: 23-09-15

Well written and narrated, had the same feel of the original series. For me, the plot wasn't that engaging, It didn't exactly grab me. After finishing i felt mostly underwhelmed. My main flaw is that Salander does not feature enough, she plays more of a supporting role. This was an annoyance i had throughout the trilogy though, especially when you consider she is probably one of the most unique and exciting female characters to be written in a long time.

All in all, if you liked the Millennium trilogy you will probably like this, just don't expect it to be on par.

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jurassic Park!

  • By kmcca5 on 20-05-15

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

Jurassic park is one of my all time favorite films so when i saw this in the sale i thought id give it a go.

First off don't go in expecting a fast paced thriller. Unlike the film the novel really goes in depth into the dinosaur creation process and has some very long winded parts about genetics, chaos theory, archeology etc.... personally i really enjoyed these parts of the book, and found them fascinating but i admit they did slow down the plot somewhat. That isn't to say the action was lacking, there is lots.

In all, if you liked the film definitely pick this up, you wont regret it. Great read and very well performed by Scott Brick

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,460

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

Garbage

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

As a HUGE fan of Ready Player One I was so excited for this one, OMG it was such a let down.

The story is appalling, not only is it a blatant rehash of Enders game/Last Star Fighter but it has the audacity to frequently reference both and constantly draw parallels. It is not new, unique or exciting in any way. All the "Easter eggs" that made RPO so cool just feel lazy and forced in Armada.

Ok, this book is fun and fast paced but It felt like the book was rushed and absolutely no thought was put into it (a borrowed story line, one dimentional characters and a run time of less than 12hours) Honestly, if it wasn't for Will Weaton i probably wouldn't have even finished this. So disappointed!

26 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • The Painted Man

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

The stunning debut fantasy novel from author Peter V. Brett. The Painted Man, book one of the Demon Cycle, is a captivating and thrilling fantasy adventure, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. Voted one of the top ten fantasy novels of 2008 by amazon.co.uk. Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark…Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day's ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Original Fantasy

  • By Dave on 01-06-15

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

Loved this from start to finish. Classic fantasy at its best. Demons come out at night and prey on humankind, only to be banished when dawn comes - OK not the most original idea ever but PVB has still created a wonderfully captivating world that will have you totally drawn in. The 3 main characters are very well fleshed out and all very unique and engaging. You follow them all from childhood into early adulthood and its interesting to watch them grow and change as characters. They also have the likeability factor that make you keep "turning the page".

Colin Mace's narration is good, not the best I've heard but he does a decent job of differentiating between the characters and i quite liked the smooth tone of his voice. After finishing i immediately downloaded book 2 and am currently half way through it. I'm glad to have a new fantasy series to loose myself in for 70+ hours :)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,845

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, Difficult in places, but damn good!

  • By Simon on 07-06-15

Not great

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

To me the story just felt too rushed, with too much happening in such a short time frame. I also had no strong feelings towards any characters at all which made the whole thing a bit flat.

I'm Not really sold on the audio drama. I like the individual character voices but I don't think all the sound effects add anything to the story, on the contrary, most of the time they are just distracting. Any time a conversation happened on the phone it was muffled and unclear, and don't even get me started on the damn rain!

I've actually listened to 2 books narrated by Robert Glenister and i preferred them both to this, performance wise. I suppose that says it all.