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  • Nice Dragons Finish Last

  • Heartstrikers, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Audie Award, Fantasy, 2016. As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don't cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really a great read

  • By Mr Anthony Geoghegan on 09-01-15

Great new universe - good for shy early teens

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

Reviewed: 22-05-19

My 13 year old son is quite shy and as soon as I'd finished listening to this book, I passed it straight onto him. There is some romance (a bit of kissing, oggling at bottoms etc) but nothing you'd be too embarrassed about your mum walking in on (having said that he's listening on headphones). This is a fairly light read, but it grows on you and I found myself getting more & more involved.

The main character is a dragon, who just so happens to prefer humans to his murderous family. His mother threatens to eat him if he doesn't become more draconic - a fact that my teenage son thinks is hilarious. This is a "over coming odds" and "be yourself" type novel, which is saved from being just one more chick-lit sci-fi romance by a strong cast of characters and a really well developed magical universe. If you have a shy teen who doesn't feel they fit in, hand it over. Seriously. You think you have problems with your brother ... try being the youngest heartstriker.

  • Hogfather

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 980

"Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz," says Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. "Truly original. Pratchett creates a brilliant excess of delectable detail!" Hogfather is a Discworld Christmas tale - not to be missed! Browse more novels of Discworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Pratchett

  • By Beccameriel on 12-01-14

Great story for long winter evenings

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I've been listening to this with my 10 year old and he totally loved it. I have to say that there's a fair amount of mild swearing ("bloody hell!" etc) but these days sadly he probably hears worse words at school ... but we still had to have a "discussion" about it.

There are lots of children's books now which weave together various fairy tails to make a story (most notably How to Save A Kingdom) but Terry Pratchett is still the master for me. It's a joy having these books as audio recordings as I keep coming across bits that I must have missed whilst reading them. The only reason this isn't a five star review is that the audio quality appears to be patchy in places and/or varying in volume.

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    Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    96 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Besieged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O'Sullivan, the handsome, tattooed, 2,000-year-old Irishman with extraordinary magic powers from Kevin Hearne's New York Times best-selling Iron Druid Chronicles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Christopher Ragland

  • By mr peter a r pryde on 06-08-17

Variable quality short stories - terrible accents

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Despite what hints in the novels would lead you to believe, I don't feel that listening to these short stories has given me a massive new insight into any of the characters. Actually, I now realise that the Archdruid is really annoys me - in short bursts, he's an interesting foil but for 20 minutes....

So whilst a super-fan might love these, it's not a keeper for me. Some of the tales are extremely well written, others rather weak or felt rushed and frankly the S&M fantasy one just had me cringing (Kevin Hearne cannot write a convincing sex scene and really should just stop trying). My main problem with them was Luke Daniel's narration as his take on the characters voices were just off for me. Particularly the Archdruid who, as I said, really annoyed me anyway with the swearing / coarse language and NO I don't see that people were like that back then. It's just an excuse to write dirty for laughs and I'm missing the joke (rant over).

  • Ep. 1: The Power of Habit (In the Habit: Introduction to Changing our Behaviour)

  • By: Ash Ranpura, Alice Fraser
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

What exactly are habits? Why are they so important? And how long does it take to create them? Ash Ranpura’s wife starts by explaining what she’d like Ash to change about himself. He realises there is a lot he could change – he wants to exercise more, smoke less, drink more water, meditate more, even eat more healthily. Alongside him is the comedian Alice Fraser who actually has loads of really good behaviours. She runs, she meditates, she doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink. She explains to Ash a lot of this is because she has developed good habits that are automatic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting information.

  • By Birdette on 06-02-19

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

One for anybody who’s starting a new journey in life. Approachable & really interesting. Ever wondered why you STILL do that things with your nails? Ever since you were a kid?

  • Pyramids

  • Discworld, Book 7
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Going Forth is Easy..."

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-09-15

School for assassins - who needs Hogwarts?

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

I'm trying to get my 12 year old boy interested in reading again, and Terry Pratchett is a real help. If your son has read the Carter Kane / Percy Jackson novels, then this would be a good one to give them. It's essentially the same sort of idea (Egyptian gods, magic powers, assassins) but just funny. We did a combo of listening / reading as the language is quite dense in parts, but both really enjoyed it.

  • H.I.V.E.: Deadlock

  • By: Mark Walden
  • Narrated by: Will Thorp
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Otto and Raven are desperate to rescue their friends from the clutches of Anastasia Furan, head of the evil Disciples organisation. First they must track down the location of the Glasshouse, the prison where Furan trains children to become ruthless assassins. But Otto is also being hunted. The three months that Otto has spent following his expulsion from H.I.V.E. have given the Artemis Section - an elite division of the American intelligence services that specialises in capturing the toughest targets and reports only to the president - an opportunity to locate him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deadlock 4 the wim I’m at HIVE

  • By MR A J Todd on 23-11-18

Finally! The Raven / Dr Nero backstory!

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

The HIVE students are growing up in this book. We've got a bit more blossoming love interest, school exams (HIVE style) and personalities rounding out. The big plus as far as my 10 & 12 year old sons were concerned was finally getting some of Raven's backstory (all assassins have good backstory right?) which turns out just to be as bleak as you'd imagine. There has been much discussion about whether Raven and Marvel's Black Widdow were both students of the Glass House in the back of the car ... The book ends on a proper cliff hanger, so be prepared to have the next book on stand by.

The plus for me was that Franz develops too. In this book he's not just the fat kid who makes everyone laugh. You find out that the boy does actually have skills. Respect due.

  • Witches Abroad

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,191

What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for three clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua. For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat, and a secondhand magic wand that works only on pumpkins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best of the Witches series

  • By Katharin on 14-02-08

My favourite Pratchett ever

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

This has definitely got to rate as one of my favourite Terry Pratchett books. I had got fed up with listening to kids stories & put it on in the car with my 10 & 12 year old boys. It was an instant hit (although there is more bad language than I remembered, but nothing they've not heard before!).

Probably our favorite part was when Greebo, Nannty Ogg's Tom cat, gets turned into a human & wanders around causing chaos. This caused much family discussion on what our cats would be like as people. The language can be quite dense for children so I wouldn't listen to this with very young ones, but my two were totally captivated. We even ended up making gumbo & trying to tell the future in it.

  • My Arch-Enemy Is a Brain in a Jar

  • By: David Solomons
  • Narrated by: Joe Thomas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Luke and his brother have swapped bodies by accident. Zack's got Luke's weird feet while Luke has Zack's superpowers! Now he needs another world-threatening adventure to try them out. Could a family mini-break at Great Minds Leisure Park be his chance? Probably, because that's where his super-clever arch-enemy lurks, fermenting dastardly plans and bubbling gently.... My Arch-Enemy Is a Brain In a Jar is the fourth instalment of Luke's laugh-out-loud adventures. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Genuinely funny - great series for 10 year old boy

  • By EC W on 17-10-18

Genuinely funny - great series for 10 year old boy

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

This series is genuinely hilarious and deals with the troubles of being the younger, non-super brother to a super-hero teenager. As the mother of two boys (aged 10 and 12) I can see much of my boys interactions in this book. You don't have to start from the beginning, but in it would probably help as there are some characters who crop up from an earlier story thread.

Nothing too challenging plot wise, scare wise or language wise. My 10 year old even told me later he'd dug the book out of the school library to finish the story at school, because we had got to an exciting bit of the audio-book & he couldn't wait until later. It that's not a great review, I don't know what is.

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  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New series has potential, but annoying audio

  • By jules on 31-01-18

Great Location but MH's best book

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

Mystic Bayou is a great premise for a new series from Molly Harper. A town that has all kinds of species of magical creatures & people living with humans (it makes me want to find out why all the Vampires ended up in Half Moon Hollow - Molly please write that book!!). Lots of great ideas & places to explore out from.

Other than that, this wasn't a keeper for me. I spotted who done the murder pretty much straight away and, seriously, every single one of Molly Harper's males (of what ever species) seem to be supernaturally endowed, grumpy & suspicious to start with a slightly possessive attitude. But it was a fun, easy, if predictable listen. Actually I think I would've enjoyed it more if the whole thing had been done from one perspective. Here you have some chapters from the heroine, some from the hero, with a slightly inconsistent cross over perspective in the first couple of paragraphs (i.e. male voice reading from female perspective, then male perspective for the next 10 mins). Should've been two different books I think.

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  • Anno Dracula

  • Book 1
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jack the Ripper meets Vlad the Impaler

  • By Sara on 15-02-12

Just couldn't get into it - needed a good editor

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

Now don't get me wrong; I love the IDEA of this book. I really wanted to like it. I've just finished listening Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbvilles by the same author, and really enjoyed that. Sadly I couldn't get a hold of Anno Dracula and I got most of the way through it.

I'm actually struggling to decide why I didn't like it. The narrator didn't particularly grab me (which is never a good start) as he has quite a soft voice. But I think the main problem for was the sheer volume of characters and sub-plots you are required to follow meant that the book sort of collapsed in on itself. I wasn't entirely sure if it wanted to be a love story, or a re-imagining of the Jack the Ripper in Victorian vampire London. I think it should've stuck with the latter as this was by far the more imaginative line of the two. Some of the characters & sub plots drift in & out so quickly that you are left with a sense of lost possibilities; the idea of a prison camp on the South Downs was never really fully explored. Shame.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful