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  • The Oversight

  • By: Charlie Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

Only five still guard the borders between the worlds. Only five hold back what waits on the other side. Once the Oversight, the secret society that polices the lines between the mundane and the magic, counted hundreds of brave souls among its members. Now their number can be tallied on a single hand. When a drunkard brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headquarters, it seems their hopes for a new recruit will be fulfilled - but the girl is a trap, her appearance a puzzle the five remaining guardians must solve or lose each other, and their society, for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start!

  • By Martin on 02-12-14

Still not sure what to make of this.

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

Reviewed: 14-01-19

I got to the end of the book having quite enjoyed it but still feeling somehow let down. I didn’t really click with any of the characters and I’m not sure even if it was an adult or YA book. It had hints of Neal Stephenson (not discouraged by Simon Prebble narrating) and Susanna Clarke.

  • The Ninth Rain

  • The Winnowing Flame Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jen Williams
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Jen Williams, acclaimed author of The Copper Cat trilogy, featuring The Copper Promise, The Iron Ghost and The Silver Tide, returns with the first in a blistering new trilogy. The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces - talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wait for it!

  • By MR D KISS on 18-07-17

The ultimate meh

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

I didn’t hate the book, I just couldn’t care enough to like it. Even where I missed bits I couldn’t be bothered to go back. At one point a dragon appeared and I realised I had zoned out some while previously. The characters weren’t individually interesting or charismatic enough to grab my attention. Plenty of others enjoyed it so maybe I just wasn’t the right reader.

  • Candle Flame

  • By: Paul Doherty
  • Narrated by: Terry Wale
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

February 1381. London lies frozen in the grip of one of the bitterest winters on record. The ever-rising taxes demanded by the Regent, John of Gaunt, are causing increasing resentment among the city's poor. When the seething unrest boils over into a bloody massacre at a splendid Southwark tavern, in which nine people, including Gaunt's tax collectors, their military escort and the prostitutes entertaining them, are brutally murdered, the furious Regent orders Brother Athelstan to get to the bottom of the matter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the narrator for me.

  • By The Curator on 01-01-19

Not the narrator for me.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I enjoyed these stories in print. They were good fun and not massively tricky to work out the crime. However I’m afraid I just can’t get in with this narrator. He makes everyone sound slightly doddery.

  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missed at your own expense!

  • By Strawberryskullcrusher on 14-04-17

Psycho goes to the Chalet School

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

I’d heard good things about this book but I got very bored very quickly. Essentially the plot is like that of every story in the Bunty comic during the 1970s. Poor unfortunate ends up at classy boarding school, eats with the wrong cutlery but comes good just in time for the end of term hockey final. But with magic and knives.

  • Roman Mask

  • By: Thomas M. D. Brooke
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Augustus Caesar rules Imperial Rome at the height of its power, as the Roman Empire stretches across the known world. Cassius, son of one of her most powerful families, is the personification of Rome's imperial strength: wealthy, popular, a war hero with a decorated military career, he hides a secret. After his nerve is broken in Germany, the thought of genuine armed combat is enough to send him into a cold sweat of fear and shame.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • PTSD in the ancient world

  • By The Curator on 16-11-18

PTSD in the ancient world

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

An interesting concept explored in an interesting way. I was slightly put off by a number of howling grammatical errors and one scene was totally ruined by the heroine wearing a cotton stola. There seemed no reason for this rare and expensive fabric so it just came across as a mistake. I know it’s fiction but I should be watching the plot not the details if the writer has got it right.

  • Spellslinger

  • Spellslinger, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

A rich, compelling and laugh-out-loud new series for all teen, YA, adult and fantasy fans. How do you survive a mage's duel without magic? Kellen's about to risk everything: his family, his home, even his own life.... When you're a Jan'Tep initiate approaching your 16th birthday, you'd better be ready to prove your worth as a mage. Either that or have a miracle on the way. And Kellen isn't counting on either. He knows he'll need a few tricks up his sleeve to avoid disgracing his family and becoming a Sha'Tep servant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration and story!

  • By sammys_shelf on 02-09-17

Audible needs to create a YA section

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

I’ve said before that I have no objection to YA books but I’d rather know in advance if that is what I’m buying. The book itself is fine and I’d definitely buy it for a younger reader.

  • Hawkwood

  • By: Jack Ludlow
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The Hundred Years’ War is over and newly-knighted Sir John Hawkwood is headed for France to make his fortune as a freebooter. Violence and extortion are rife, and the freebooters will stop at nothing to capture the Papal City of Avignon. This is only the beginning. Italy beckons, and with it, yet more battles against rival mercenaries, powerful cities and the Papal State.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A plodding biography

  • By The Curator on 30-10-18

A plodding biography

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

To be honest, I’d probably have given up on this if I wasn’t such a fan of Peter Noble’s narration.

  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shardlake again entangled in Tudor history

  • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 28-10-18

Another interesting historical view

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

I enjoy the Shardlake novels but I wish I’d read the book. I’m afraid the ponderous and monotone narration made this drag horribly. The pace remained the same throughout and at times the characters all sounded alike.

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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 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

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
  • Brilliantly dark story, fantastic narration

  • By David on 10-09-12

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful