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  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another perfect book from Lawrence

  • By S. C. White on 17-05-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Fantastic book. The story is well thought out and the narration is good.

I suggest it for anyone who likes strong female leads.

  • Kings of the Wyld

  • The Band, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best - the meanest, dirtiest, most feared and admired crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. But their glory days are long past; the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then a former bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help: his daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy horde 100,000 strong and hungry for blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty and humorous.

  • By Mads on 05-03-17

Gritty and humorous.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

If you could sum up Kings of the Wyld in three words, what would they be?

Camaraderie, adventure and nutjobs.

What other book might you compare Kings of the Wyld to, and why?

I could definetly compare this to Abercrombie's "The first law" series. It shares many themes, though this book is better. It has a broader spectrum of emotions. It's quite funny, even though it can at times be dark. You feel for the characters in it, you care.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I havent, I don't think. He was great though. I was a bit sceptical due to the accent, but it worked really well. He manages to differentiate voices very well, he adds feeling and emotion at the right times... When there is humour, he makes you honestly think that the character finds whatever is going on amusing.
He even pulls of gritty voices. I am pleased.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is very long, so no.. But I did finish it in a couple of days, it was more or less impossible to put down.

Any additional comments?

Never heard of either the author or the narrator before, but this was just magnificent... It's like finding a brand of whisky that you've never even heard of before, sampling it and finding something that has the exact amount of sweetness and complexity, countered by a smokey and warm taste.. With an after touch of sensation that leaves you considering it even after you've finished.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Cephrael's Hand

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 1
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 32 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Massive!

  • By Patrick on 22-12-16

Worth it

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

Reviewed: 23-08-16

What did you like most about Cephrael's Hand?

It was a decent story with more or less alright writing. The narration was great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cephrael's Hand?

Most probably the ones with the pirate. That's all you're getting, no spoilers.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There were quite a few, yet, some of the fight scenes were pretty neat.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Movie 1 of 10 in an epic saga of family, friendship and clumsy attempts at love.

Any additional comments?

Be warned... For all it's good points, the writing is lacking in a few key aspects. Among other faults is the authors habit of repeating words. There is a limit to how many times in one sentence I want to hear the phrase "tawny eyes". That limit is once. Once per sentence.
Other than that, it's good.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Age of Myth

  • Book One of The Legends of the First Empire
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Enjoyable Mystical Read

  • By Lulu on 15-07-16

Sullivan + Reynolds = Gold

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Age of Myth to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version as I only listen to audibooks lately, due to detteriorating eyesight.

What other book might you compare Age of Myth to, and why?

This one is hard.. It's quite different from other works by Sullivan, even though it's the same narrator. I feel like it has a slight resemblance in pacing to The Lies of Locke Lamora. ( http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Lies-of-Locke-Lamora-Audiobook/B004K4EMHE/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1468025799&sr=1-1 )
Though the plot is quite different. The portrayal of characters and humor resemble in part what I loved in The Cycle of Arawn. ( http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Cycle-of-Arawn-Audiobook/B00W8DHWPS/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1468025917&sr=1-1 )
Though so far it's less... Visceral, less brutal. With kinder characters. It doesn't help to sepperate the two that they're performed by the same person.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favourite?

Giffard. Don't know if I'm spelling that correctly, but he's.. Fantastic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The scene involved Giffard and a woman. It was.. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Made me sit down and write this review.

Any additional comments?

VERY different from the other books Sullivan has written, yet in a good way. The pacing, humor and strong characters are still there, yet the story is completely different, the world is different.. It's just really fresh.
Even if you've not read any of his other books, read this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coming of Age Fantasy

  • By Simon on 15-02-17

Great start!

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

Reviewed: 14-03-16

Narrated really well, good story and curiously good mix of characters, both good and bad.
loved it.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Twelve Kings

  • The Song of the Shattered Sands
  • By: Bradley Beaulieu
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

An epic new fantasy series of mystery, prophecy and death within the ancient walled city of the Twelve Kings.... In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she's never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha'ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Arabian gold

  • By Deano on 03-09-15

Really good!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Great start to a series. compelling characters.
The setting is rich and detailed, without becoming tedious.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Crucible of Souls

  • The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1
  • By: Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent approach and cracking characters

  • By Mark Gifford on 20-07-15

Pretty decent.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

This was no Patrick Rothfuss or Brent Weeks. more akin to Terry Goodkind.
That still means good. Not excellent, but well worth the read/listen.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful