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  • Fire and Blood

  • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • By: George R.R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent excellent excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-11-18

Not a story, not what I was expecting.

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

I feel very disappointed. I was expecting a proper story, not just a reported account.

25 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • The Fix

  • A Rick Fuller Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert White
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

In the winter of 1996, on the orders of the British government, the SAS stole the contents of a safe belonging to the Provisional IRA. Rick Fuller headed that team. Days later Fuller's wife was brutally murdered. Convinced he was betrayed from within, Fuller begins a relentless search for her murderers. Ten years on, Fuller is a Manchester gangland enforcer, a lone and bitter figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An initial slow burn...

  • By Nel Taran on 23-02-18

Great narrator

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Good story but it's the narrator that really brings it to life. I like the characters and will be looking up book 2.

  • The Autumn Throne

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

England, 1176. Imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England, refuses to let her powerful husband bully her into submission, even as he forces her away from her children and her birthright. Freed only by Henry's death, Eleanor becomes dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry stirred up among his sons has intensified to a dangerous rivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a woman!

  • By Caroline Munday on 05-10-16

Annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

To begin with I found the narrator really annoying because she made every female character sound really feeble and pathetic whenever they spoke. I suppose I got used to it after a while.

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445

A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.... A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!

  • By Mini on 04-11-15

Never got going!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Like many, I chose this because I love Game of Thrones. But this never really got going. I kept waiting for a main event, but there wasn't one. I assume this book's purpose is to just set up the next one. I did enjoy heating about the Houses we're all familiar with, and I do like the idea of a prequel, but just feel a bit disappointed. One other bad point is the narrator has a habit of suddenly changing to a really quiet voice. Totally inaudible, but by the time I found the volume, he was back to normal again - very annoying!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • According to Yes

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook addition of According to Yes, the hilarious new novel by Dawn French. The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abysmal, ruined the storyline; cringeworthy

  • By PoppyS on 29-03-16

Cringe worthy I don't know why I kept listening.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

I kept hoping it would get better. The story is very unrealistic. Would not recommend.

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,033

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 19-12-15

The most addictive of the three books ao far. Dark and intelligent storyline with brilliant narration.

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration not great

  • By Deliabattie on 14-10-15

Love it.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

It really gives some perspective on your own country when someone who grew up abroad takes such a close look at it. I love Bill's sense of humour, how he values things that I really take for granted, and the fact he can be so successful by just saying what he thinks in a style that I'd like to think I could manage... maybe one day, if he leaves any suitable topics to cover!

I must comment on the excellent narration too. It even sounds like Bill!

  • The King's Curse

  • Cousins' War Book 6
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 24 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

The riveting story of Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and was one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses. Plantagenet, once carried proudly by Margaret like a crown upon her head, is now, at the end of the 15th century, the most dangerous name in England...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating if you're english!

  • By Jane de Nagle Costello on 21-01-15

Another great book

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

Reviewed: 18-11-15

I loved the story again and it's a great way to find out more about history, particularly the Courtenay family who still live close by. I found the narration slightly annoying with mispronunciation of several place names, but overall really liked it.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,356
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,402
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,375

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 14-11-15

I love this book and I love this production. Could not be better - just perfect in every aspect!

  • The White Princess

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Sarah Feathers
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

The haunting story of the mother of the Tudors, Elizabeth of York, wife to Henry VII. Beautiful eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville - the White Queen - the young princess Elizabeth faces a conflict of loyalties between the red rose and the white. Forced into marriage with Henry VII, she must reconcile her slowly growing love for him with her loyalty to the House of York, and choose between her mother's rebellion and her husband's tyranny. Then she has to meet the Pretender, whose claim denies the House of Tudor itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Trip back in time

  • By Rusly on 03-12-15

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

The story was excellent, it really kept me hooked. Super narration too. I've come across some poor ones recently, but this lady was brilliant at changing her voice for all of the characters and read it really well.