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  • How to Fight a Dragon's Fury

  • How to Train Your Dragon, Book 12
  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 213

Dragons versus humans: can Hiccup save the dragons? Find out in the epic finale to the How to Train Your Dragon series, read by David Tennant. It is the Doomsday of Yule. At the end of this day, either the humans or the dragons will face extinction. Alvin the Treacherous is about to be crowned the King of the Wilderwest on the island of Tomorrow. His reign of terror will begin with the destruction of dragons everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing final!

  • By puppeteer on 13-11-16

Perfect ending

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

This book series has enchanted me throughout, and David Tennant has done an absolutely marvellous job narrating. The ending is fitting and perfect and you might want to keep some tissues nearby. Very happy that Cowell isn't one of these writers that loses steam as she writes a series, or anything she has gained it.

  • 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 1,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139

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

Fantastic Story

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

I was at the edge of my seat of most of this. Much as I loathe Renna and think she is a weak character, I just adore the others so much it doesn't even bother me.
The only real negative is Colin Mace for me. He is really good at times but there are some really odd pauses that at times make it difficult to follow. There are also some inconsistencies regarding how he pronounces names though they still stay recognisable so it's not the worst thing.

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  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

Make it through the first few chapters...

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

Reviewed: 19-10-14

...and you won't be sorry. I have to admit I was a little unsure about this novel at first. It jumps around quite a bit in the beginning, telling the back story of the protagonist interspersed with the current adventure. Once I'd figured out that the narrator started each of those back story bits with the word 'interlude' I was fine, but I was fairly confused at first.

Aside from that I really loved this book and have just bought the sequel. Personally I found the narrator really good and enjoyable to listen to so I'm not sure why some reviews are criticising him. All a question of taste I suppose so have a listen before you buy.

Such a unique story, following a complete anti-hero. Well done all around.

  • Natural Causes

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

  • By Patricia on 22-06-13

Ian Hanmore saves it - somewhat.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-14

Would you try another book written by James Oswald or narrated by Ian Hanmore?

I don't think I'd read another James Oswald book, no. As for Ian Hanmore, I liked him so yes.

Has Natural Causes put you off other books in this genre?

Well that depends. When I bought the book I thought I was getting a crime novel (I'm somewhat new to the genre really). The unique selling point was that it was set in Edinburgh, a city I love and used to live in - however this is NOT a normal crime novel, it's a supernatural one. Don't get me wrong, I love good fantasy, but I'd say 90% of the novel is just your run of the mill crime story which then quite suddenly culminates in a supernatural ending. It's really very disjointed.

What does Ian Hanmore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The charming voice and lovely accent. He's a joy to listen to really and the only redeeming thing about this book.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Aside from the narrator? Not really... I didn't really relate to any of the characters at all to the point where I found some of them rather unpleasant. He visits his grandmother in the hospital every single week yet shows nary a sign of grief at her passing... He inherits a lot of money but it doesn't really influence or change him as a character at all, which makes me wonder why the author thought it necessary in the first place.

Any additional comments?

It's an odd book and not even evocative of Edinburgh. It was nice to hear some of the place names but that was about all it was really. That and the lovely accented reading voice of course...

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,815

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Fairly enjoyable...

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

Reviewed: 06-08-14

After reading all the negative reviews I almost didn't buy this book, but since I couldn't find anything better I decided to give it a try anyway - I had the credit after all.
I must say despite the fact that it is a bit gruesome in parts I actually really liked it. I enjoyed the characters and their personal problems just as much as the actual solving of the murder.

Having talked to some other people about the book the feedback I have managed to gather is this: If you are a fan of crime novels and read them often then this book is probably not for you. All the crime novel lovers I've talked to have guessed the murderer from the start and found the character building bits in between just plain boring.

That being said I don't normally read crime stories. I got the book because I liked the first one, which quite frankly I only bought after it became public knowledge that JK Rowling was the author. So consider me the reader who knows nothing of the genre but enjoys this author's style. And I loved it, had no clue who the killer might be and on top of that was completely enthralled by Robert Glenister's performance. Did it keep me on the edge of my seat? Probably not. But it had me coming back to the story again and again until it was over. It was a relaxing story with some gory bumps in between...

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  • The Name of the Wind (Part Two)

  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,688

Part Two of The Name of The Wind (Unabridged).'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely BRILLIANT!

  • By Marcus H. on 01-10-12

The story continues....

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

Where does The Name of the Wind (Part Two) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely one of my favourite audiobooks, simply because of Degas' wonderful voice.

What did you like best about this story?

The story, the romance, surprisingly even the jumps between past and present.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Slaying the dragon, need I say more?

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

I think it is hard not to be moved by this story. It feels so real, so human... I honestly can't imagine anyone not liking it.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,484
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,308

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

Made even better by Degas

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Wind (Part One) to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. Rupert Degas breathes life into this in a way a print book simply can't match.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Wind (Part One)?

Without trying to spoiler anyone: I loved the description of life on the streets, it was done so vividly that I couldn't stop listening!

What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The accents he uses, the warmth he gives the characters. It's marvellous!

  • The Faraway Horses

  • The Adventures and Wisdom of America's Most Renowned Horsemen
  • By: Buck Brannaman, William Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

In The Faraway Horses, Buck Brannaman shares his renowned methods for horse training and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Robert Redford's movie The Horse Whisperer, for which he was the technical adviser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Johanna on 24-05-14

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

What did you like most about The Faraway Horses?

Everything felt so real and yet so life affirming. Buck Brannaman manages to infuse even the darkest times in his life with a warmth that will break your heart without crushing it completely. and John Pruden does a marvellous job reading it.

What did you like best about this story?

This man is simply inspiring. I think we could all learn something from Buck.

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

This was my first one but I'd be happy to give his others a try too.

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

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

It's not just a book for horse lovers. I don't think you actually learn much about horsemanship in this book. You can take away valuable lessons about life though and I suppose we can all benefit from that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Insurgent

  • (Divergent, Book 2)
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever...because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing dystopian fiction

  • By Mrs. P. L. Norris on 09-12-13

Only read if you can take it.

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

Would you try another book written by Veronica Roth or narrated by Emma Galvin?

I thought Emma Galvin did a wonderful job reading so I'd definitely try her work again. As for Veronica Roth, I'd probably tread carefully from now on.

What was most disappointing about Veronica Roth’s story?

It was simply too brutal for me. I thought the first book was interesting, the characters well rounded, but eventually it became the book equivalent of an ego shooter game for me. It turned so bleak that I simply couldn't stick with it anymore.

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

No, this was my first.

Do you think Insurgent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well it has a follow up book. I read a plot summary and decided to stop listening immediately when I did. There is only so much bleakness I find enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

This is a well written book. If unhappy situations don't put you off then I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I'm too sensitive though and if you're a parent reading this, I'd certainly think twice before letting my child enjoy this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Creatures

  • By: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

Is falling in love the beginning...or the end? In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. On the 16th Moon, the 16th Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it. In the end, there is a grave. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her 16th birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An identity crisis of a book, with audio-problems

  • By Elinor Dashwood on 16-04-13

Another Twilight...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-13

So I've just finished this book and sadly it has left me completely underwhelmed. It was strangely reminiscent of Twilight in that it was love at first sight, teenagers wanting to die for one another instantly after meeting and all that. Only the protagonist is male this time and the love interest is a marginally deranged witch, excuse me, caster, who awaits fate's decision of whether she's good or evil.

What follows is a lot of angst, talk of destiny and loads and loads of talk about eternal love. Honestly, if you loved Twilight and are looking for something frighteningly similar you might actually enjoy this one. If you are, however, looking for any sort of substance, deeper meaning or even just a hint or realism, you should look elsewhere. The characters are flat, their actions predictable. The author has created a very black and white world. Characters are either good or evil, there is no middle ground.



All the adults are keeping the teenagers in the dark 'for their own good', however one wonders how any of the misinformation the teens are given could possibly protect them. It just doesn't make a lot of sense, in my opinion. I know that the author is trying to keep the mystery going but if she can only do that by making all the adults behave completely irrationally then she's not very good at creating a believable world.



Right so in short, read this if you love Twilight and just want something you don't have to think about. Consider it entertainment of similar value as cheap telly and you may even end up feeling satisfied. I shall not be reading the sequels. The weird cliffhanger at the end just annoyed me.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful