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  • Wildmane

  • Threadweavers, Book 1
  • By: Todd Fahnestock
  • Narrated by: Helen G McMillan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A brooding demigod. A young magician. A race to restore magic to the lands. Mirolah wants a quiet life, but the villagers in her town will kill her if they discover the truth. She is a magical threadweaver, the first to surface in 300 years. Long bereft of magic, the human lands are dying. Humans are devolving, and their culture is crumbling. Their legendary protector, the demigod Wildmane, has given up on them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The start is odd but gets better and better!

  • By Anonymous User on 07-07-19

The start is odd but gets better and better!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

I almost gave up on this book after an hour as the prologue was odd and heroine seemed a bit weak and simple to start with - but the more you get into it the more fascinating characters, backstories and interweaving plots are introduced, and I ended up really enjoying it! The narrator is great with lots of different voices to differentiate the characters.

  • Wicked Saints: A Novel

  • Something Dark and Holy, Book 1
  • By: Emily A. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Natasha Soudek, Tristan Morris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war. In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-04-19

Something missing

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

I loved the idea and the world but wouldn't pick up the next book. Some of the writing felt a bit awkward at times, and the plot reveals towards the end didn't make complete sense to me. Overall it massively felt like a debut.

  • Sky Without Stars

  • System Divine, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Joy Osmanski, Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope, a new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But 500 years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing. Whispers of revolution have begun - a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but started to drag

  • By Anonymous User on 05-04-19

Good but started to drag

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

I really liked the idea of this book but thought the characters were a bit weak - apart from Chatine - and the ending didn’t have a very exciting climax. I didn’t buy into some of the ideas like everyone thinking Chatine was a boy just because she kept her hood up, but if I ignored the things that didn’t quite seem believable - even in a fantasy setting - the book had a lot of potential. There just isn’t quite enough to make me want to read another 18 hour sequel.

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  • The Wrath and the Dawn

  • By: Renee Ahdieh
  • Narrated by: Ariana Delawari
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the 18-year-old caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when 16-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very average

  • By Anonymous User on 04-04-19

Very average

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Teenage angst, insta-love (with a mass murderer of teenage girls), a brooding 'boy-king' that speaks in loads of riddles and overdramatic statements, and an ending which resolved very little. This just wasn't my sort of book.

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Liyah Summers
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction - but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story let down by poor narration

  • By Aimee on 07-03-19

Worst narrator ever

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

Reviewed: 23-03-19

The men sounded just the same as the women, it’s that bad in places! I wish this could be recorded again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dark of the West

  • Glass Alliance, Book 1
  • By: Joanna Hathaway
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Dan Bittner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the queen of Etania - Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the queen, a plot that sends Athan undercover to Etania.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very like the Winner’s Curse

  • By Anonymous User on 22-03-19

Very like the Winner’s Curse

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

Reviewed: 22-03-19

A mix of romance, politics, spying and fighter pilots - sounded great but the book fell short for me. It plodded along with few dramatic highs and felt very much like a debut in terms of dialogue and character depth.

I liked the cocky Athan less and less as the book went on, whilst with two hours to go I was waiting for our docile princess Aurelia to just do something, anything! The spying element was a let down as Athan uses his first name whilst spying and everyone knows who he is except the Aurelia. They fall in love quickly with a lot of purple prose on Athan’s side, most of which I found hilarious rather than moving. There’s some flying action but Athan’s sort of on the bad side and his group has all the best weapons so wasn’t exactly cheering him against the rebels...

On the good side I made it to the end pretty quickly and would try another book by the author with the hope her writing will grow stronger.

  • The Kingdom of Copper

  • The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 23 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

In Daevabad, where djinn can summon flames with a snap of their fingers, where rivers run deep with ancient magic, and blood can be as dangerous as any spell, a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom. Nahri’s life changed forever when she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad, she needed all of her grifter instincts to survive. Now, as Nahri embraces her heritage and her power, she must forge a new path.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of politics

  • By Anonymous User on 03-03-19

Lots of politics

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I did enjoy this book but got a bit bored of one atrocity after another by the djinn, daevas and shafit. Nahri confused me with her loyalty to the Daeva and Dara’s memory. Dara has gone all remorseful and bemoans the past crimes he was ‘made’ to do. Ali is a hot head that seems to want to get himself killed. And the king just goes round killing everyone because his city comes first. Enjoyable but I’m not that invested in any of the characters as they’re all a bit annoying.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The City of Brass

  • By: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Among the bustling markets of 18th century Cairo, the city's outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike. But alongside this new world, the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By R. Maines on 27-01-19

Good just not great

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I liked the politics but it took me half the book to really understand all the different jinn terms, types and alliances. Whilst a good story and well written my main problem was that I didn’t massively connect with any of the main characters given their biased views and prejudices, therefore was less excited about who was going to win out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter

  • The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great story with an awful narrator

  • By Mr G Marsh on 06-10-10

A bit Mary Sue but loved it

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

This book may not be for everyone but personally I loved the detail and how you felt immersed in Paks’s life as she trained to be a fighter. The author seemed to really know her stuff. People got realistically injured, tired and too weak to fight instead of being superhuman. On the downside Paks is one of those too good characters that can do little wrong. It didn’t matter much but I would have liked to see a bit more inner emotional depth e.g when friends she trains with die.

  • Foundryside

  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

The city of Tevanne runs on scrivings, industrialised magical inscriptions that make inanimate objects sentient; they power everything, from walls to wheels to weapons. Scrivings have brought enormous progress and enormous wealth - but only to the four merchant Houses who control them. Everyone else is a servant or slave, or they eke a precarious living in the hellhole called the Commons. There's not much in the way of work for an escaped slave like Sancia Grado, but she has an unnatural talent that makes her one of the best thieves in the city. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible

  • By Paul on 25-02-19

Ok

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

The narrator had quite an annoying voice when she tried to do the male characters. Story-wise the magic system was inventive but the characters were very similar - the swearing always irritated type. I nearly returned the book after two hours but by ten was enjoying it.