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M. K. Walsh

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  • Muse of Nightmares

  • Strange the Dreamer, Book 2
  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice - save the woman he loves or everyone else? - while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gorgeous amazing moving loveliness

  • By M. K. Walsh on 17-03-19

gorgeous amazing moving loveliness

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

combining trauma healing, string theory and attachment theory in a beautiful story. About Gods and ghosts. I loved it.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,016

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

incredible

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

very moving. I listened to it in 3 sittings. Subtly hilarious and incredibly honest. beautiful beautiful writing. thank you.

  • The Last Mortal Bond

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 3
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never reached the excitement of the first book

  • By Robin300378 on 12-04-16

just doesn't work somehow

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-17

The first 2 books in this series were fantastic but it's just lost its way with this final installment. hard to put my finger on what was wrong but the pacing and the drama just were not there.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chapel of Ease

  • The Tufa Novels, Book 4
  • By: Alex Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for Chapel of Ease, an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show's writer and composer. As their friendship deepens, Matt learns that Ray's people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated hometown. But there is one question in the show's script that Ray refuses to answer: What is buried in the ruins of the Chapel of Ease?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another spectular story in the Tufa series

  • By H. Jess Dipple on 19-09-18

not his best

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

Reviewed: 18-09-16

not as good a story as his others. found myself cringing at points. bit disappointing.

  • The Mountains Rise

  • Embers of Illeniel, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

**See author's note on adult content below.** From the dark depths of the past, comes the tale of the first wizard of Illeniel. Daniel Tennick lived simply, a young shepherd with few troubles and little to occupy his mind, until the warden appeared. Daniel's power awakens, and he finds himself hunted by the servants of the cruel and uncaring forest gods. Trapped by his gift, Daniel will uncover the secrets of the deep woods and those who live there, a civilization created from the grave of an older one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Been a long time

  • By John on 03-10-15

wonderful read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-16

A refreshing and gripping read. thoroughly recommend for readers who enjoy Robin Hobb. not as dark as the reviews suggested.

  • The Long Earth

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing.

  • By Martin on 10-03-13

urk

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

lumpy dialogue, not very convincing characters, slightly disparate storylines, and cringey American accents by the narrator. reminded me of radio 4 plays. thats not a compliment.

wanted to murder lopsang. but I still finished it.



  • Reasons to Stay Alive

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Matt Haig
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

What Does it mean to feel truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brave work for which I am so grateful

  • By Camilla Morgan on 26-05-15

moving and very helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-15

haven't read any of his other books but would now. Very uplifting and inspiring for those who have suffered with illness. Thank you Matt.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Paris Bookshop

  • By: Nina George
  • Narrated by: Ray Sawyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop - or, rather, a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Shoeless on 15-05-15

started well but ended up extremely self indulgent

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

really struggled to finish this one. very sentimental after a really good start. I found myself groaning a lot. and not in a good way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Daylight War

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 26 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159

Continuing the impressive debut fantasy series from author Peter V. Brett, The Daylight War is book three of the Demon Cycle, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. On the night of a new moon all shadows deepen. Humanity has thirty days to prepare for the next demon attack, but one month is scarcely enough time to train a village to defend themselves, let alone an entire continent caught in the throes of civil war.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Found the series runs out of steam.

  • By Howard on 12-07-16

bloody brilliant

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

Reviewed: 21-05-15

Amazing story and brilliant characters. narrator is perfect but I wondered if he was as well prepared this time! seemed to not always know where the sentences were ending which was a bit annoying.

  • The Desert Spear

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

Continuing the impressive debut fantasy series from author Peter V. Brett, The Desert Spear is book two of the Demon Cycle, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. The Deliverer has returned, but who is he? Arlen Bales, formerly of the small hamlet of Tibbet's Brook, learnt harsh lessons about life as he grew up in a world where hungry demons stalk the night and humanity is trapped by its own fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing 2nd instalment

  • By Susan on 29-07-15

loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-15

great story. Great narration. the intertwining of stories is very clever. And the characters are wonderful. i love this series. Where's the next one?