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  • Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 683

Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How cool is the narrators accent? Loved it!

  • By Keshnee on 14-04-13

Intriguing premise not lived up to

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I love a good anti-hero and the hints of a post-modern world are interesting. Overall though the plot just washed over me. Disappointing

  • Sword of State: The Forging

  • By: Richard Woodman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Winter 1644, the Tower of London. Colonel George Monck has been charged with high treason. A brilliant soldier, admiral and military governor, Monck joined the King's men in besieging Nantwich. But the Parliamentary side's more disciplined army successfully routed them, and Monck was thrown in jail. Brooding and despondent, Monck's troubles look to intensify when he starts an affair with Anne Ratsford, a married woman who is caring for him in The Tower.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neither fish nor fowl

  • By The Curator on 31-08-18

Neither fish nor fowl

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

Well written and narrated, the book fell between two stools for me. Too conjectural for a biography, too straight for a novel. Not bad, just not great.

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  • Limelight

  • Penny Green Series, Book 1
  • By: Emily Organ
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

London, 1883. Actress Lizzie Dixie drowned in the River Thames, so how was she murdered five years later in Highgate Cemetery? Intrepid Fleet Street reporter Penny Green was a friend of Lizzie's, and Scotland Yard needs her help. Does Penny unwittingly hold clues to Lizzie's mysterious death? Penny must work with Inspector James Blakely to investigate the worlds of theater, showmen, and politicians in search of the truth. But who is following her? And who is sending her threatening letters?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why don’t Audible label YA fiction as such

  • By The Curator on 29-07-18

Why don’t Audible label YA fiction as such

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

I know that there is some excellent fiction for young people and I enjoy reading it on occasion but I was expecting this to be an adult fiction. The appalling narration didn’t help. There was no life or energy in the reading and nothing to engage the reader.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Battle for Rome

  • By: Ian Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The Roman Empire is on the brink of civil war. Only Maxentius, tyrant of Rome, stands between the emperor Constantine and supreme power in the west. Aurelius Castus, promoted from the ranks for valour, is now a tribune in Constantine's army. But as Constantine becomes increasingly devoted to Christianity, Castus is forced to ask himself whether he is backing the wrong man....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great series

  • By ben on 02-09-16

Fine if you want battles but nothing more

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

As someone with an interest in the history of Rome, I find the background to these books really interesting but this totally washed over me. Lurching from battle to battle it felt like it was going nowhere. The subplot with the drippy wife was tedious and the one with child’s nurse ‘icky’- men who use slaves for sex are bad but I’m going to go ahead because for us it’s different for us regardless of the power imbalance. I get the feeling these are modern ‘boys own’ tales so in future, I’ll leave them for the boys.

  • Cup of Blood

  • A Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Prequel
  • By: Jeri Westerson
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin Guest-disgraced knight turned detective - begins an inquiry, but the dead man turns out to be a Templar knight, an order thought to be extinct for 75 years, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing. Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be minions of the French anti-pope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The strangest narration

  • By The Curator on 09-06-18

The strangest narration

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I enjoyed the romp through the grail story but nearly gave up due to the narrator and his strangled vowel sounds. I just couldn’t bear another bizarre pronunciation. The pawm of the hand?!!!

  • The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez

  • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Volume 1
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

It is the year 1586. England is awash with traitors, plotting to assassinate the Queen and bring about a foreign invasion. The young physician Christoval Alvarez, a refugee from the horrors of the Portuguese Inquisition, is coerced into becoming a code-breaker and agent in Sir Francis Walsingham's secret service. In the race to thwart the plot, who will triumph - the ruthless conspirators or the equally ruthless State?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So predictable

  • By The Curator on 04-05-18

So predictable

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Sadly the plot was predictable, the characters pretty one dimensional and the twist could be seen from page one. As mentioned by another reader, the narration was made uncomfortable by the sound of swallowing.

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  • Where Death Delights

  • By: Bernard Knight
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Forensic pathologist Richard Pryor uses his 'golden handshake' to set up in private practice with scientist Angela Bray. A friendly coroner gives them a start, and when two women both claim that human remains found near a reservoir are their relatives, the dilemma is given to them to investigate. Set in 1950’s post-war Britain, this thrilling new series is set during the emergence of forensic science.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story.

  • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 21-10-15

Whining nostalgia

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

Reviewed: 18-04-18

Before this book even begins the author talks about setting it before the era of modern policing and specifically “health and safety and political correctness “. This favourite whinge of the baby boomers made me nervous and indeed the first couple of chapters were tediously nostalgic.

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  • Berlin Red

  • Inspector Pekkala, Book 7
  • By: Sam Eastland
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

April 1945. East of Berlin the Red Army stands poised to unleash its final assault upon the ruined capital of Hitler's Thousand-Year Reich. To the north, at a lonely outpost near the Baltic Sea, German scientists perfect a guidance system for the mighty V2 rocket, which has already caused massive damage to the cities of London and Antwerp. This device, known only by the codename Diamondstream, will allow the rocket to arrive at its target with pinpoint accuracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shame to end the series

  • By The Curator on 03-04-18

Shame to end the series

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I’ve enjoyed everyone of this series but with this book seemingly the end, I look forward r to seeing what the author does next. It’s a pity when a good series ends but better than drifting off into lower quality books for the sake of it.

  • The Other Side of Silence

  • Bernie Gunther, Book 11
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

It is 1956 on the French Riviera. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working as concierge at the Grand Hotel, living under a false name. Then his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service. Bernie never forgets a face, especially when it belongs to a mass murderer who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands; among them a woman Bernie loved. Bernie has a score to settle with Hennig…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK but not great

  • By Mark on 13-08-16

Playing with themes

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

All the usual goodness in plot and characterisation with added playfulness on the nature of writing, storytelling and the fact that Gunther is a pretty unreliable narrator. Great stuff which makes Kerr’s death a greater loss for fans of his writing.

  • Poison City

  • Delphic Division, Book 1
  • By: Paul Crilley
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

The name's Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service. My life revolves around two things - finding out who killed my daughter and imagining what I'm going to do to the bastard when I catch him. I have two friends in my life. The first is my boss, Armitage, a 50-something DCI from Yorkshire who looks more like someone's mother than a cop. Don't let that fool you

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Colette on 02-09-16

Full marks for the narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I’m pretty quick to moan about narrators I don’t like or who mispronounce common words but praise is due to Peter Noble who doesn’t just read this book but performs it.

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