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Fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 27-07-20

I loved this book,and I wasn't really expecting to having read the synopsis and reviews.I bought it because I also loved Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice series - this wasn't what I was expecting when I read it so finding out that The Raven Tower also wasn't what I expected shouldn't have surprised me!
It drew me in - I normally listen to my audio books while I'm driving and it's a sign that a book is really gripping me when I start squeeze in 5 minutes listening when ever I can.
There is a double story running through the book and these stories come together gradually,as you start to piece together how they interrelate.
Adjoah Andoh is an excellent narrator,with a good variety of well differentiated and character appropriate voices (Eolo isn't whiny - he's a country boy,Norfolk maybe?!).
It's hard to say much without adding spoilers but for me the best character by far was the main non-human character - another reviewer has said they found its story boring,I found it completely gripping,and was so hoping there would be a 'happy' ending for it.
Highly recommended.

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

I wasn't sure how this would be but I loved it -the balance between the author's story of becoming sober,her childhood on Orkney,and Orkney now was perfect for me.It evoked very strongly the contrast between London,which feels like the archetypal city,and the island.
Highly recommended!

Hooray,more Provincial Lady!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Where does The Provincial Lady Goes Further rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series of books have been favorites for many years,and it's great to have them as audiobooks.My audiobook rankings start with 'wonderful productions of wonderful books' and go down from there - this is in that top category.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably The Provincial Lady herself - but I do like Mademoiselle,with the snide comments...

What about Georgina Sutton’s performance did you like?

She is an excellent narrator and gets the tone of the books just right.

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

No - it's not that kind of book,I'm very familiar with it and the pleasure is in being able to dip in and out.

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Compelling end to a great series

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

What made the experience of listening to The Last Mortal Bond the most enjoyable?

Simon Vance is an excellent narrator and his performance definitely enhanced the experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

So - more like homework than entering a voluntary review of a purchase!
Valyn was perhaps my least favorite character ,with Adare and Pia (Probably spelled wrong,as I've never seen in written down) competing for most favourite.Adare's character developed over the series and I just liked her more.
Pia - funny,if a priestess of the god of death can be funny.....

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Can't pick one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No - this is perhaps the only weakness in the book. I would have expected the end to be particularly moving,but didn't find it to be.

Any additional comments?

This was a great series,I bought The Emperor's Blades (Book 1) as a Daily Deal,loved it,bought the remaining two books and listened straight through to the end of this book.
The plot continued to twist and produce surprises until the end,and Brian Stavely had a lot of original ideas.
Highly recommended!

Excellent fantasy series

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Cast in Shadow to be better than the print version?

No - both are good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast in Shadow?

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

Khristine Hvam is an excellent narrator,and I always enjoy her performances.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well,the moment that might have moved me was the end.Unfortunately it was ruined by the fact that the producers had seen fit to add music .Come on - this is an audioBOOK.it isn't a movie - it a reading of a book.The adding of music does not enhance the reading - it destroys the mood by saying loud and clear 'Hey,this is a performance! Say goodbye to being caught up in the story!'
Yes - it does really annoy me.:)

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended but sadly yet another series where Audible UK listeners are not able to listen to all the books.If you can cope with listening only to the beginning and end of a series then go for it,if not buy the books instead!

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Loved it...

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

If you could sum up The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in three words, what would they be?

Original,gripping,touching.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet?

That is hard to say,because the book is a collection of memorable moments and I don't want to be writing spoilers - listen to it and choose your own moment!

Which character – as performed by Patricia Rodriguez – was your favourite?

Well - um,Sissix.No,maybe Rosemary? Dr Chef? Kizzy? I can't choose,because I felt that Patricia Rodriguez's performance was perfect - all her character depictions 'fit' for me.

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

It was certainly a book that I listened to in every spare moment I had!

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story,and unlike anything else I've read.Becky Chambers has created a fantastic set of characters,and the world is so interesting,with all the variety of alien cultures and beliefs.There is a plot but really the plot is secondary to this exploration of how diverse the universe could be.And it's funny.And there is love and friendship and danger and excitement..
Highly recommended - just listen to it!

Highly Recommended Pre Xmas Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-12

I've given this 4 rather than 5 stars because the quality of the audio is poor.The story itself is great,funny and clever with some poignant moments,and Elaine Stritch is a good narrator.Since I first read the book (which was recommended by a friend in the USA) it has become one of my favorite light pre xmas reads.

Enjoyable sci fi

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-12

Good well written sci fi adventure,with a female lead character. I also found the narrator difficult to listen to and almost didn't download the book because of that,but found that I did get used to her style,and that the book was gripping enough to carry me past it.I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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Good listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-12

I read Doreen Tovey's books years ago and loved them then,so I was happy to see the audiobooks were available.This is the story of the Toveys' life with assorted animals (and friends),particularly their Siamese cats,and the madness that the cats,animals (and friends) can cause. Particularly relevant if you love cats,but I enjoyed them for the humour as a non-cat loving teenager,so wider appeal as well!

I particularly appreciated Joy Gelardi's narration,her voice fits the books perfectly.

Unexpected find

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-12

I downloaded this book on a whim,looking for something different,and absolutely loved it.It is extremely funny( laugh out loud funny at many points).The whole concept of Sandra,the heroine,studying fads,and the regular snippets of information about this throughout the story,sounds strange but works brilliantly.So there is science,chaos theory,the quirks of the corporation where she works,mad office assistants,romance,sheep....all combined in an enjoyable and well-narrated package. Highly recommended.