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  • Sanctus

  • By: Simon Toyne
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight…REVELATION OR DEVASTATION?The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies …A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sanctus

  • By Steve Sparkes on 25-05-11

A great debut

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-11

I had a fair idea what sort of book this would be and wasn't disappointed.
The monk throws himself from the citadel heights at the start of the book and the rest is spent fighting over keeping his message (secreted about and insdie in body) hidden and those trying to uncover it. The plot is tight and works well. There's nothing forced or lacking in substance. The characters are well rounded without being overly memorable.

The Da Vinci Code it isn't, it's plot is much thinner and less dramatic but then it's Toyne's first novel and a good start. I enjoyed the audio very much and it's not that long which is a bonus!

Read nicely. Recommended.

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,354
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,337

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Patient Giant of the Fantasy Genre

  • By Simon on 08-01-16

Recommended

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-11

Not having the time the read this book (or perhaps the strength to lift it) I chose to listen to it.

I confess that I got 2-3 hours in an realised my mind had wondered so much that I had no idea what was going on. That is not good. However, on a second attempt I got up to speed and really enjoyed it. At first I was a little miffed that the readers are American. I generally don't like that. Reading isn't my preferred reader by any means. Kramer and Reading read all the Wheel of Time books on audio and I wasn't that attracted to her then - I have only listened to the first one. Her intonation is quite annoying at times. Perhaps not to the north american ear but it is to mine. I get through 3-4 audio books a month so I've listened to a few now.

Otherwise, it's a great book and worthy of the David Gemmell Legend Award for fantasy. It's high fantasy with a broad sweep and a different feel with Shardblades, light-eyes, great use of the stormlight in allowing wielders of it to 'lash' themselves to walls and ceilings such that 'up' becomes 'down' and so on. Great world building and vision with some truly memorable characters. High fantasy at its best.

If it wasn't for Reading, I would have given it a 5.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A splendid melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 22-05-14

Fabulous

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-11

I grabbed this as a way in to Follet while not having to sit through 50 hours of Pillars of the Earth. I was not disappointed. The story is masterfully crafted and keeps moving with the two main plots being whether or not Hugh and Maisy will get together and when or if the bad guywill get his due deserts. Great story, great characters and an unusual but satisfying, fitting end.

I loved it and fear I will have no choice now but to take the plunge and get Pillars of the Earth!

41 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • The Heroes

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New recording with the original narrator

  • By Gavin on 21-01-12

Masterly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-11

This is great stuff. Ok, a lot of swearing is involved but some is extremely funny. This book is an exploration of what is a hero, if indeed any such thing actually exists, and - even where it does - does the person subject to that label think of themselves as such.

To maintain a narrative of a battle lasting just 3 days and maintain interest is a feat in itself. Back are some old charaters that minored in the First Law Trilogy, Gorst being the most obvious and of course Caul Shivers from Best Served Cold. The story looks at war generally, why wars are fought, considers if they ever serve any real purpose and, provided you 'look' as you read, you find many other issues to occupy your mind. The battle scenes are excellent as always and this is a superb adition to Joe's already impressive publications.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • On Chesil Beach

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Ian McEwan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year and Book of the Year, 2008.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2007.
Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

It is June 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, just married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress anxieties about the wedding night to come. On Chesil Beach is another masterwork from Ian McEwan - a story about how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!.

  • By Joan on 14-04-07

Not to be missed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-11

Surely this is one of the most spellbinding yet excruciating pieces of prose that you could possibly listen to. The onner working of the characters minds is laid bare for the reader to empathise with and despair. McEwan reads it himself very effectively. The story is a sad one that leaves you thinking and the interview with McEwan that follows is enlightening in terms of hearing him explain the thought process behind some aspects of the tale. This really is not to be missed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful