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  • Grey Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 2
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

The second novel in the brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns. In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy, Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracking instalment

  • By Robyn on 16-05-18

Listened straight through...

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

Excellent. Better than the first book in the trilogy this sets a VERY high standard for the last book. Roll on the next one!

  • Warspite

  • Ark Royal, Book 4
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

The First Interstellar War is over, but the Royal Navy still has plenty of work to do. As Earth struggles to recover from the bombardment, Captain John Naiser is placed in command of HMS Warspite--an experimental heavy cruiser--and ordered to escort a squadron of colony ships to a star system of immense strategic importance. But as the crew struggle to survive hundreds of light years from Earth, they find themselves dealing with the legacy of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little different!

  • By S. Griffiths on 22-04-15

Good. Said John.

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

Reviewed: 23-05-18

It’s another one of those Christopher Nuttall books with a shouty staccato performance by Ralph Lister. There are obvious signs that Mr Nuttall isn’t taking any of this too seriously but it’s joyously rip-roaring stuff. If you liked Ark Royal then this is the best in the series yet.

  • Sword and Scimitar

  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Malta, 1565: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation. Amongst those called to assist is disgraced veteran Sir Thomas Barrett. Loyalty and instinct compel him to put the Order above all other concerns, yet his allegiance is divided.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyment excitement

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-12-12

Good enough that I listened straight through!

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

I loved most of this but having listened to about a gazillion Simon Scarrow/Jonathan Keeble books as soon as the ‘bad guy’ voice was used, I knew EXACTLY who the bad guy was. I’m sure a voice actor as talented as Mr Keeble can mix it up a bit more than this? It didn’t ruin the book, but it certainly telegraphed something that didn’t need to be!

Other than that, very, very good!

  • All Hell Let Loose

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

The complete magisterial history of the greatest and most terrible event in history, from one of the finest historians of the Second World War. This shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world - soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children. Reflecting Max Hastings' 35 years of research on World War II, All Hell Let Loose describes the course of events but focuses chiefly upon human experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours long yet still felt too short.

  • By MR on 10-09-16

Unremittingly depressing....

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

It really was a crap time to be alive apparently. 30 hours, 2 volumes and I think there was one solitary happy ending. To a horrible story. But as a history, it is balanced, well performed and genuinely horrifying in a way that would put off even the most jingoistic of patriots. If you can get through it, this is a great book.

  • 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 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

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

Great!

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I could wax lyrical for HOURS about how good the story, performance etc. is but really, stop reading this and just listen to the book. It’s really, really good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Tiger

  • Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer, Book 2
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Captain Ben Stiger captured Castle Vrell and rid it of a minion of a dark god. Now he finds himself cut off from the empire, with a hostile rebel army marching on the legion's fortress where they guard the entrance to Vrell Valley. It is not in Stiger's nature to simply wait for the enemy. Badly outnumbered and facing odds greater than 20 to one, he sets out to impede the enemy's advance and show them the steel that the legions are made of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-moving Fantasy With Claws!

  • By Simon on 17-07-16

Not as good as the first book, but still fabulous

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

My expectations after the first book were sky-high and while this one is paced a bit slower it still moves along so fast you wonder where 10 hours went. On to book 3!

  • Stiger's Tigers

  • Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer, Book 1
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The empire has endured many centuries but is now threatened by multiple wars and a major rebellion in the South. A nobleman from an infamous family, an imperial legionary officer, a fighter, and a right proper bastard of a man, Captain Ben Stiger finds himself reassigned from a crack legion to the rebellion simmering in the South. Placed in command of a truly terrible company, the 85th Imperial Foot, he is unknowingly sent on a suicide mission to resupply an isolated outpost, the garrison of Vrell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heady Mix of Gritty Legions and Classic Fantasy

  • By Simon on 11-06-16

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

There are LOTS of these kinds of books, but this one REALLY stands out from the crowd. It just rattles along at an incredible pace and many of the story arcs that you expect to last the whole book are played out over just a few pages, there is so much going on. There is deity intervention, non-humans and magic but the way they are handled is subtle and they easily slip into the alternative reality the author has built. I really can't recommend this enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Who Met Her Match

  • A funny romantic comedy that will make you laugh out loud!
  • By: Fiona Gibson
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

What if your first love came back on the scene...30 years later? After yet another disaster, Lorrie is calling time on online dating. She might be single in her 40s, but she's got a good job and wonderful children, and she's happy. This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough. That is until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her - after 30 years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful

  • By Claire Boynton on 20-07-18

4 star story, 6 star voice performance

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

This is a very pleasant rom com of a book, however what REALLY made me listen to it non-stop was the performance. The range of voices is quite incredible, plus the consistency of the voices meant that you actually knew who had said what before the narrator read the words "xxxx said". Quite incredible. And it really lifts a good book into an incredibly good listen.

I will be buying more of both the author and the voice actor.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolf of the North, Book 1

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric's life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cant help but think someone had read the Lord of the Rings....

  • By Walter on 23-08-17

I cant help but think someone had read the Lord of the Rings....

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

...And I don't care! I really liked this and I've immediately bought the next one and I'm sure I'll be getting The Blood Debt when that comes out in October-ish this year.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • You Die When You Die

  • West of West, Book 1
  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

You can't change your fate - so throw yourself into battle, because you'll end the day either a hero or drinking mead in the halls of the gods. That's what Finn's tribe believe. But Finn wants to live. When his settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe, Finn plus several friends and rivals must make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, and to survive, Finn will fight harder than he's ever fought before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Angus! Angus! Angus!

  • By Simon on 23-06-17

It's great, but it's awfully familiar....

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

The voice performance is superb. The content is witty and I listened to the whole thing pretty much non-stop so I really did love it. But it's all just a bit too familiar - almost like the author pinched a few choice bits from a bunch of other fantasy novels and made another (albeit great) one.

I'll definitely be buying the next two though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful