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  • Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests, Volume 3

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 272

What happens when one takes a murderous psychopath and forces them to team up with a cowardly tinkerer? Though not a question Jeremiah ever expected to ponder, he is nevertheless looking forward to seeing what the aforementioned duo will cook up. Success or failure does not matter to Richard, only that the journey be entertaining.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tasty

  • By Dilbert on 17-12-18

Split feelings, but a solid concept and story

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

The overall story of ELLC has had me hooked from the first book - I love the flipped narrative and Boxxy as a ‘protagonist’. There has been some decent character development too which makes me hungry to see where the story has yet to go - particularly with Edward.

What is increasingly bothering me though is some of the descriptions and attitude toward female characters that is getting sometimes a bit too chauvinistic - even the more developed female characters seem to be reduced to pornographic caricatures (in particular Fizzy). I’m increasingly wondering the extent to which it benefits the story rather than just being a cheap sexist attitude reminiscent of the Twitter Warriors of ‘GamerGate’ who threatened sexual violence or those who claim to be ‘InCels’. If indeed the former, then some of the writing quality needs to improve to adequately convey this, as it damaged my enjoyment of an otherwise excellently entertaining story a few times. I know the book is comedic and lighthearted, but that doesn’t mean that it cannot be intelligent and has to stoop to unveiled sexism for cheap laughs. I have wondered a few times what Iliev’s own attitudes to women are and whether the book reflects this or is written knowingly and tongue in cheek.

Some will say I’m overthinking things and perhaps I am as, the concept and majority of the storytelling are great.

  • Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests - Vol. 2

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Things are not well within the Lodrak Empire. An entire city goes up in smoke and ash, and an entire province is slowly being consumed by an ever-expanding cloud of death. But while the humans rally to contain the fallout of this disaster, they are much quicker to pin the blame for it on their elven neighbors to the north. With centuries' worth of strife and bad blood between the two nations flaring up, all out war is rapidly becoming an inevitability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny I let out a little bit of wee...

  • By DCM on 08-04-18

Supremely entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

The first act is quite weak and focuses a bit too much on the ‘interests’ of the demons, but once the party enters Auerosa (guessing the spelling) the story really picks up and the end is fantastic.

Thoroughly enjoying this series

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scream for me Audible

  • By Neil Pardoe on 19-10-17

The Book of Soul

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Utterly utterly excellent audiobook. Bruce tells his story like a master storyteller and there were plenty of laughs along the way. I cannot recommend this thoroughly enough for anyone who likes life stories - rockers or not!

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