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CeNedra Red

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  • Darkspell

  • The Deverry Series, Book 2
  • By: Katharine Kerr
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

On the long roads of Deverry ride two mercenaries. Lord Rhodry, exiled from the dragon court of Aberwyn, has yet to discover his true parentage, and his swordmaster-lover, Jill, has barely glimpsed her awesome powers. Meanwhile, the ancient sorcerer Nevyn, held back by his vows from boldly intervening in their lives, can only watch and wait as Rhodry and Jill move ever closer to danger. For as the two struggle to recover the Great Stone, the mystic jewel that guides the conscience of the kingship of Deverry, malevolent dark masters are weaving terrifying spells against them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Well Told Tale

  • By CeNedra Red on 02-08-18

A Well Told Tale

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I read the first book in this series many moons ago, when it was first published, and found it difficult for some reason to get the following books, until much later, and never got around to reading them. I really wish I had. I now have all the books in this series, which consists of four books, in the Deverry series, plus two following series, ("The Westland Cycle", and "The Dragon Mage" series) which continue the Deverry chronicles, and ends up with fifteen books all told.. I really, really hope that Audible are going to make the other books in this wonderful series available. I was a little dubious about the narrator, Ruth Urquhart, when I started listening, but once she gets into the swing of things she does a really good job. If you enjoy Juliet Marillier, than you will likely enjoy these books too, as they have a similar feel to "Sevenwaters" and "Blackthorn and Grimm" (my personal favourite). If anyone at Audible is reading this PLEASE publish the rest of this series.

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story & brilliantly narrated

  • By Tom on 14-08-09

OMG WOW!!

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

I've seen the "Dresden Files" books around for ages, and was convinced that they weren't for me. I read the "Codex Alera" series when it first came out, and loved it, as its more what I prefer to read/listen to. A friend kept telling me to read the Dresden Files, but I don't like urban/contemporary fantasy. If I see/hear the words "car", "phone" or "television", or other modern references, I close/turn off the book and leave it for someone else to read/listen to. My friend kept after me, especially when they found out that I'd gotten the "Codex Alera" audio books, and I finally gave in. I am now a huge fan of Harry Dresden, and am looking for a really special gift for my friend as a thank you for introducing me to this awesome series. The stories are brilliantly written, and James Marsters gives a truly fantastic performance. It took me a while to remember where I'd heard his name before, and was stunned when I discovered it was "Spike" from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". I'm now looking for more audio books performed by Mr Marsters, and also hoping that there will be more Dresden Files books to listen to/read. For all those people like me who like their Fantasy to be pseudo medieval rather than urban/contemporary, I say give this series a go. I think you'll like it. I surly did.

  • Twinborn Chronicles

  • Awakening
  • By: J.S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 66 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Kyrus Hinterdale is about to get drawn into a conflict. His discovery that the world in his dreams is real, and that his twin within that world dreams of him, sets him off on a quest of self-discovery that could reshape two worlds. He is not alone with this special vision. Others like him had been at it far longer, working secret plots and stealing secrets from one world to take advantage in the other. Caught in the middle of an ancient conflict, Kyrus and his twin, Brannis, must discover who can be trusted, who must be watched, and who is out to kill them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing listening

  • By Caroline Nuttall on 29-07-17

Awful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I've been generous giving two star for the story, as I just couldn't listen long enough to judge if the story was good or not. This might have been a fantastic story, but once again it has been ruined by a terrible narrator. I was just as generous giving one star for the performance, but they don't allow negative star rating.

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  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first 2

  • By lloyd on 09-12-17

Unfinished

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

Reviewed: 27-12-17

More waiting. Oh No!! I was really pleased when I found out that this third book was being released slightly earlier than originally planned. I listened to it a couple of days after it was released, as I was already listening to another book. I really enjoyed the story, and as always Nick Podehl was amazing. When the book ended however, I felt as though I'd been left suspended over a deep chasm, and will have to wait an indeterminate length of time before I can be rescued. I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment of this wonderful series.

  • Winter's King

  • By: Bryce O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 22 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The Monster of Karth has risen once more. Quin Tern of Azbar has met his fate, and his council has borne the price of crossing Raz i'Syul Arro. Now, as the cruel walls of the city fade into the winter storms at his back, Raz rides north, seeking to take the High Priest Talo Brahnt up on an offer he never should have refused. The path Raz has chosen, though, is a bloody one, and before long he and his new companions find themselves pitted against hardships they can neither anticipate nor ignore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but please never again

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

Oh No! More Waiting!!

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

Reviewed: 27-12-17

I really love this series, and was looking forward to getting hold of this, the third instalment. It was every bit as exiting as the first two books, but I was livid when I got to the end, only to find that there will be a fourth book, and I have no idea how long I'm going to have to wait before I can get hold of it, or if it will be recorded as an Audio Book. Audible is after all infamous for releasing only parts of a series (in my opinion) (Martha Wells' "Raksura" series being only one example). Aside from the waiting, I can't think of anything I don't like about this series. I like the characters, I like the setting. I like the narrator, who does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. In my humble opinion, A Winner!!

  • A War in Crimson Embers

  • The Crimson Empire, Book 3
  • By: Alex Marshall
  • Narrated by: Angèle Masters
  • Length: 25 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • simply fantastic end to a great story

  • By A Guy on 10-09-18

Promise Unfulfilled

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

Reviewed: 27-12-17

Books one and two in this series were laugh out loud fun to listen to. I had to rewind several times just to hear parts I missed, as I was laughing so much at the antics of some of the wonderful characters. Unfortunately in the third book, things went from bad to stupid. Angele Masters did a brilliant job of narrating this series, and in the first two books it was her delivery that made it such a joy to listen. But even the best narrator can't do much with poor material. A very disappointing end to what had promised to be a fantastic series

  • The Blight of Muirwood

  • Legends of Muirwood, Book 2
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Rising from her humble beginnings as a lost orphan, Lia is summoned to be Muirwood Abbey’s protector and special guardian for Ellowyn Demont, the lost heir of the fallen kingdom of Pry-Ree. After the death of the ruthless king at the battle of Winterrowd, the great Aldermaston and Abbey leader calls on Lia to use her mystical talents to save Muirwood from two new threats - a vengeful queen accusing the Abbey of her husband’s death and a deadly plague threatening to destroy the land.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying Characters

  • By CeNedra Red on 27-12-17

Annoying Characters

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

Reviewed: 27-12-17

I like character based stories, and in the first book in this series, I began to like the main character of Lia. She showed a spark of courage and intelligence, that seemed to disappear in this the second book. She started to become just another simpering, brainless fluff head, who could only function if she could secure the affection of the main male character, Colvin the petty minded and shallow. I gave the story two stars only because the setting was well done. I won't be listening to book three. Nor will I waste credits on the second Muirwood series. I will give credit to Kate Rudd, whose narration was the only thing that kept me listening for as long as I did. I'm disappointed, as I had enjoyed the first book, and was hoping it would fulfil the promise it hinted at. It was not to be.

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  • The King of Attolia

  • By: Megan Whalen Turner
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Eugenides, no stranger to desperate circumstances, has gotten himself into difficulties he can't get out of. Used to being treated with a certain measure of wariness, if not respect, he suffers the pranks, insults, and intrigue of the Attolian court with dwindling patience. As usual, nothing is as it appears when he rescues a hot-headed young soldier in the Palace Guard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong Narrator :-{

  • By CeNedra Red on 11-12-17

Wrong Narrator :-{

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I read the printed version of this and the other books in this wonderful series years ago, and loved them. So I was well pleased when I found them on Audible. Unfortunately, as with so many well loved series, the books have been spoiled by a poor choice of narrator. Its by no means the worst narration I've listened to, but it just didn't do these books justice. When I read the printed version of these books, I was enchanted by the vivid characters and their stirring adventures. The narrator left the characters seeming flat, and their adventures uninspired. All in all, a disappointing experience

  • Deryni Rising

  • Chronicles of the Deryni, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Kurtz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In the kingdom of Gwynedd, the mysterious forces of magic and the superior power of the Church combine to challenge the rule of young Kelson. Now the fate of the Deryni -- a quasi-mortal race of sorcerers -- and, indeed, the fate of all the Eleven Kingdoms, rests on Kelson's ability to quash the rebellion by any means necessary...including the prescribed use of magic!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • DULL!!

  • By CeNedra Red on 18-11-17

DULL!!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-17

Its not often I return a book, because I dislike the book. More often, I return a book because it has been ruined by a poor narrator. Not this time. I managed to listen to the entire book, only because I kept thinking that it would start to get interesting in a few minutes more. It didn't. The narrator just didn't have anything to work with, so his performance, as good as it might have been, just couldn't enliven a dreary, boring story. This book, and the rest of the books in this series will be returned, and I'll hopefully find something that is more entertaining.

  • The Marching Dead

  • By: Lee Battersby
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Having achived so much, Marius don Hellespont was finding life just a little boring. But now something, or maybe someone, has stopped the dead from, well, dying. So wouldn’t you know it, it’s up to Marius, incorrigible sidekick Gerd, and Gerd’s not-dead-enough Granny, to journey across the continent and put the marching dead back in the afterlife, where they belong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LOL!!!

  • By CeNedra Red on 16-10-17

LOL!!!

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

Reviewed: 16-10-17

I was pleasantly surprised by this book and the first book "The Corpse-Rat King", in this duology. I spent most of the time having to rewind, as I was laughing so much I couldn't hear what was going on. This is a laugh out loud sort of story, with a great deal of chuckling in between. Michael Page is a fantastic narrator, and adds to the overall enjoyment of the two books by Lee Battersby If you are easily offended by strong language, go listen to something else. But if you want a good story that's a lot of fun, I recommend this and "The Corpse-Rat King" very highly.