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“Marmite” book, masterful narration

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Reviewed: 14-12-19

I first read this book 40 years ago and love the complexity and depth of the characters and huge sweep of the fantasy world “the Land”. The main character is anything but your cuddly Bilbo or Frodo or your wise and powerful Gandalf, Covenant is a complex character who for good reason is difficult or impossible to like or empathise with. This self absorbed, conflicted, unpleasant “hero” makes the book a rather difficult read, at least in the earlier chapters. As the story gains pace other main characters are introduced. I know people who have abandoned the book within the first third because of this. Please don’t, keep going at least until he reaches Revelstone and a number of more sympathetic characters appear.

I have never listened to book narrated by Scott Brick before, an omission that I will now actively rectify. His reading of this book, with it’s diverse characters is, in my option, masterful.

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"Warts and all" overview of WW2

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Reviewed: 02-07-16

An very accessible assessment of the actions, strengths and failures of the major nation participants in WW2 concluding with a broad brush overview of the influence of that conflict on late 20th century and early 21st century geopolitics.

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My brain hurts! (But not as much as I thought it might)

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Reviewed: 29-05-16

There is only so far that you can paint word pictures to describe complex specialist theories in simple and accessible ways to the lay man. This audio book makes a very creditable contribution to this task and I felt informed, with a better grasp of the issues, complexities and relevance. I had to replay a couple of sections but overall found this to be reasonably easy to follow.

Absorbing book, beautifully crafted. Masterfully narrated.

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Reviewed: 18-05-16

Listened to all three books in this trilogy, the story, the characters and the coherence of what is a pleasingly complex plot continue to develop from the first chapter of the first book right through to the epilogue of this third and final instalment. The main protagonists in this instalment struggle from crisis to crisis as the world is brought to ruin all around them. The story is excellently paced. The ending is not your typical "Bilbo returned to the Shire" and is well worth the investment of time listening to the three volumes in sequence. The narration was, in my opinion, fantastically matched to the story and to the characters. I will undoubtedly be buying and listening to more books in this series.

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The Mistborn story continues its convoluted and fascinating way.

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Reviewed: 23-03-16

This book continues the beautifully characterised story started in the Final Empire. The plot twists and turns are brilliant and keeps the reader guessing. As in the first book, you are left wondering where the story will develop from here and I can't wait to find out (the rest of the books in my library and on the wish list are going to have to wait a while).

The reading is inspired, a masterclass in audio book reading in my opinion.

The only reason that I have given it 5 stars is that there is no system to give it more.

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Epic story telling with more twists than a twisty thing!

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Reviewed: 23-01-16

I enjoy sci fi and fantasy novels but I had never heard of Brandon Saunders before I subscribed to Audible and bought this book speculatively on a daily deal. For the first few minutes of listening I was not impressed by the narration which appeared to be "languid" and the story appeared somewhat directionless.

My first impressions could not have been more wrong. Michael Kramers delivery perfectly captures the pace and complexity of this novel, also dryly delivering the subtle humour in the interactions between the main characters. Brendon Saunders has created an interesting and complex land, with its own unique form of magic and considerable complexity to the social and political history underpinning the empire.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I have already bought the next two books in the trilogy and am pleased to see that Audible has a further 3 books in the Mistborn series available plus others by Mr Saunders. I would also look out for other books read by Michael Kramer, having become a real fan of his style and delivery.

Excellent.

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Reviewed: 05-11-15

An old favourite story, which I hadn't read for decades. The narration was excellent, and brought out the characterisation really well.
I really enjoyed.

Complex imaginative storytelling

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Reviewed: 30-08-15

Book 2 of 4, the ongoing story unfolds, weaving several threads with complex characterisation in detail. Imaginative and descriptive.

Good sci-fi, average narration

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Reviewed: 18-08-15

Strong story
Narration ok overall. There a couple of Scottish characters and the narrator's efforts are gratingly bad (Mel Gibson's Scottish accent sounds like a native in comparison)