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  • Godsgrave

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times best-selling author Jay Kristoff. Conquer your fear, conquer the world. Mia Corvere, destroyer of empires, has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry do not believe she has earned it. Her position is precarious, and she's still no closer to exacting revenge for the brutal death of her family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining but with some problems

  • By lloyd on 28-09-17

Superb

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

A wonderful story superbly delivered by the narrator. I look forward to the final part of the trilogy. Hopefully it’ll be on Audible soon...?

  • The Wolf

  • Under the Northern Sky, Book 1
  • By: Leo Carew
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Leo Carew's debut novel The Wolf, the first book in the Under the Northern Sky series, is a masterpiece in epic historical fantasy - a new voice to rival David Gemmell or George R. R. Martin. Violence and death have come to the land under the Northern Sky. The Anakim dwell in the desolate forests and mountains beyond the black river, the land under the Northern Sky. Their ancient ways are forged in Unthank silver and carved in the grey stone of their heartland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It had me addicted

  • By Thomas on 14-04-18

A brilliant tale, most excellently told.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

It’s a travesty that this book has so few reviews. It captured me from the off and kept hold all the way through.

Apart from the excellent plot and characters, I really enjoyed the author’s take on the business of war.

It’s also superbly read.

I feel that Bernard Cornwell & Angus Donald aficionados would be well served by giving it a go.

Really looking forward to part 2....

  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy sequel to a great sci-fi series!

  • By G. P. Brown on 29-01-18

Absolutely brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

My only regret is that it was about a year since I listened to the first three in this series. Therefore, I was a little rusty over some of the finer points of the unravelling story.

I still loved the book. The rise of a Gold with honour and the desperate struggles of the hero, Darrow are fascinating. Duplicity, violence and tension are everywhere and it is all once more delivered superbly by an excellent group of narrators.

I can’t wait for the next one....

  • Not Alone: Second Contact

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

When a massive meteor lights up the sky over the remote island of Kerguelen, the world holds its breath. In Birchwood, Colorado, Dan McCarthy gets to work. Following his incredible experiences of the previous year, Dan knows this was no natural occurrence. The Messengers are back - to finish what they started - and they didn't come all this way for nothing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A refreshing take and a very enjoyable book.

  • By J The Tech Guy on 31-07-18

Excellent, from start to finish.

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

It’s a particularly tough book to review without giving too much away! What I will say is that it kept me on the hook from Not Alone Book 1 to this second and final instalment, ‘Contact’.

As well as the subtle ‘are they, aren’t they?’ Alien thread, the story is just a much an examination & critique of top end global politics and the nefarious role of the media.

Dan & Emma are particularly well rounded, believable and likeable characters. In fact from the down right nasty to the good guys it all feels plausible throughout.

I couldn’t stop listening. Give it a whirl, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

  • The Red Knight

  • By: Miles Cameron
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 30 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

Forget George and the dragon. Forget Sir Lancelot and tales of knightly exploits. This is dirty, bloody work. This is violent, visceral action. This is a mercenary knight as you've never seen one before. Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic!

  • By K on 05-10-15

A great tale, delivered peerlessly

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

Great characters, loads of battling & a scary but interesting set of foes.

I rattled through this rollicking tale at a rate of knots!

I enjoyed the fact that some of the Captain’s enemies were explained. I.e. why they were taking up arms & that not all of them were just man-flesh hungry nightmare creations.

I also found the ‘Christianity’ slant to be interesting. I don’t thing I’ve ever read any of this genre which doesn’t just have some ‘new Gods’ to worship / despise!
It gave light to some complex & interesting characters.

Finally, it’s read masterfully. I loved the various accents portrayed. This really helps making it a joy to get lost in.

I shall return for more....

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  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,107

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun yarn with some unexpected twists.

  • By Bad Monkey on 26-04-17

Keep going. It’s long, but excellent.

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. Plausible, interesting characters with depth juxtapose an implausible storyline. This helps to make the outlandish become almost ‘everyday’.
You’ll understand what I mean when you read / listen.

It’s a fascinating subject made real.

It is long, but twists in new directions just when you think it’s going to get a bit dull & samy.

It’s really well narrated. I could be picky & question of few of the English accents, but to be fair, there can’t be many Americans who can perfect a South Yorkshire lilt. And, Sheffield apart he makes a decent fist of most of them!

I’d thoroughly recommend this book to science fiction fans. Also, if you like to stray into politics.

I loved it.

  • The Blood Debt

  • Wolf of the North, Book 3
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end. The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good i didnt want it to end

  • By Mary on 12-03-18

A superb end to a great Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I’ve really enjoyed all three of these books. They’re really well written with excellent characters. I was pretty much rapt throughout.

I though the narrator, Mr Vance did a wonderful job too...

  • The Chase

  • Isaac Bell, Book 1
  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

April 1950: The rusting hulk of a steam locomotive rises from the deep waters of a Montana lake. Inside is all that remains of three men who died forty-four years before. But it is not the engine nor its grisly contents that interest the people watching nearby. It is what is about to come next.... 1906: For two years, the western states of America have been suffering an extraordinary crime spree: a string of bank robberies by a single man who then cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses, and then vanishes without a trace....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its exceptionally good...!

  • By Salter on 06-08-15

A cracking yarn

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

This was a bit of a change of direction for me. But it’s a turn I’m glad I took.
It’s a little old fashioned, but I believe that adds to the overall charm.
A real old school cat & mouse tale. A brilliant but slightly haughty sleuth. A deathly cold and severely cunning thieving serial killer. Oh, and a natural disaster superbly described.

Well worth a look, I’d say.

  • The Core

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376

Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st century to an epic close. The war has begun.... For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Two heroes arose - men as close as brothers yet divided by bitter betrayal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointing end to a series that petered out.

  • By Tom on 18-02-18

I shall miss the Callings!

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

A great series. Wonderful characters with more than a metaphor or two aimed at our own tumultuous planet.

It's also superbly read throughout.

Great stuff, Mr Brett. You should be proud of yourself.

  • After the Fire

  • A Zoella Book Club 2017 Novel
  • By: Will Hill
  • Narrated by: Amy Finegan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She's starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Advertising pays off this time...

  • By Nick on 08-08-17

Advertising pays off this time...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

A few weeks ago I was travelling from Newcastle Central Station to London Kings Cross. I was a bit late & running to catch my train when I glanced up and saw an ad for 'after the fire'. I quickly took a screenshot and boarded.

I'm so glad I did. This is a superb story. Like the author, I have always had an interest in cults. How they come to pass, how people can be so led by nefarious, self serving egotists.

This book gives a stunning insight into the madness of a fictional cult, loosely based on the infamous Waco siege its characters are plausible and rounded. The narration, excellent.

I don't do 'spoilers'. Try it for yourself. I doubt you'll be disappointed....

6 of 6 people found this review helpful