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  • The Dark Between the Stars

  • The Saga of Shadows, Book One
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well read, less hard science and a bit of fantasy

  • By Anonymous Coward on 21-07-15

whispers way too much

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

the book is a good one but I cannot get over the narrators use of whispering every time tries to add emotion, be it angst, anger , happiness sadness, the lot and it seemed the deeper you get into the book the quieter he whispers, I kept having to turn the volume up.

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator killing this great book

  • By Karen on 04-02-16

great story poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

ok first off, I loved the story , it's been over 25 years since I've read it and it holds up remarkably well, my only gripe is with the narrator, who thought it was a good idea to get a narrator who clearly has never heard a Scottish accent in his life narrate a story mostly based around a planet named "new Scotland" utterly abysmal attempts that never got better ruined what would otherwise been an excellent book.

  • Ep. 6: Driving Test (Slaving Away)

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

In Episode 6, Miranda finally sits her driving test. But on the morning of the test, she is completely thrown by a surprising and unexpected houseguest, wearing one of her flatmate Dan's T-shirts and making herself more than at home. Celebrating her test (we're not saying she passes by the way), more might be exposed than even Miranda is comfortable with. Dreams are espoused and plans are hatched to escape the city in this first season finale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny

  • By flibbix55 on 01-10-18

short but sweet

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

What made the experience of listening to Ep. 6: Driving Test (Slaving Away) the most enjoyable?

the story was very well written and the performances by some of Britain's best known household names was a joy to listen to

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ep. 6: Driving Test (Slaving Away)?

the role reversal of the neighbours was very amusing

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

I thought all the narrators brought their "A" game to this tale, totally enthralling.

Any additional comments?

I loved the story and the narration completely, my only gripes were that after every episode I had to go back to my library to listen to the next episode instead of it continuing on as my preferences stated and also there is no way to review or "share" on any multimedia platform on my phone, I had to go to my desktop to leave a review

  • Oathbringer

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book Three
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420

From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sanderson brewing up a hell of a storm!

  • By Simon on 22-11-17

Best fantasy series ever

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

3rd of 10 I just hope I live long enough to hear how it ends!

  • New York Deep

  • By: Andrew J. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Deep below Manhattan, tunnel engineer Josh Reed leads his team as they excavate the East Side Access extending New York's railway service. But sparks fly as the drill hits an unusual crystalline material - one Josh has never seen before. They push on, and Josh discovers something even more unexpected: a vast room, empty and lifeless - or so it seems.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing ending

  • By robert on 11-11-17

Disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

The narrator has a very monotone speech even during times of high action which makes it difficult to become engrossed in the tale and the ending which could have gone in a multitude of ways chose the most depressing possible, I walked away from the book thinking it would be the last time I would listen to this narrator or read another book from this author

  • The Dagger of Adendigaeth

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 2
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 29 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race's decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin'athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin's Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself? In T'khendar, Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T'khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great world, clunky writing

  • By Rachel Langley on 07-02-17

Horrendous ending

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Everything was great up till the last 15 minutes, talk about a contrived ending, I'll not be going on to book 3

  • The Chronicles of Kerrigan Box Set, Books 1 - 6

  • By: W.J. May
  • Narrated by: Sarah Ann Masse
  • Length: 39 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family's history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed. As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her 16th birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It's up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family's past and have a ray of hope for her future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Over all a good read, after getting used to a bad welsh accent😯

  • By Nicole A. Layfield-Cousins on 30-05-18

totally enthralling

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

What did you like most about The Chronicles of Kerrigan Box Set, Books 1 - 6?

even though the books were short,in total the story was well balanced and had depth to it, with some great characters
at times fast paced and full of action and others you delve deeper into the the characters and story line devepoment, but it is always entertaining and the longer you listened the more enthralling the story becomes

What other book might you compare The Chronicles of Kerrigan Box Set, Books 1 - 6 to, and why?

vampire academy is similar(with the obvious lack of vampires)

What about Sarah Ann Masse’s performance did you like?

ok dealing with the elephant in the room first!
some of sarah's accent's are horrendous! Molly is one of the main characters in the story and the welsh accent utterly abismal! if i had to guess i would say it's closer to a scottish pakistani than anything else and it took me a while to get my head around it, but if you ignore where she is meant to derive from and just listen to the story, she is totally adorable!
and in fact she is one of my favourite characters in the whole series.
other than accents Sarah does a wonderful job narrating, you dont have any problem deciding who is who when listening and her narration is very emotive which really pulls you deeper into the tale being told

  • Brothers in Valor

  • Man of War, Book 3
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Sometimes Captain Max Robichaux fights by the book - and sometimes he throws the book away. This makes him one of the Union Space Navy's rising stars. It's also what has kept him and his green crew alive...thus far.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • honsinger does it again

  • By stewart on 25-07-15

Awful ending

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

An awful way to finish, totally out of keeping with the rest of the series

  • Lady-Protector

  • Corean Chronicles, Book 8
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

A bloody coup has made Mykella, the Lord-Protector's daughter, ruler of her land, but it has also left her and her two sisters bereft of family and uncertain of their friends. Worse, their country is almost destitute, and there are rumblings of war along the borders.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • painfully awful end to a great series

  • By robert on 15-05-17

painfully awful end to a great series

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

Reviewed: 15-05-17

more palace intrigue, more self doubt and angst as carried through from book 7 only with the added possibly the most cringe worthy romance I have had the displeasure to listen to.
just 1 battle right at the end of the tale that was barely worthy of the name.
If what you enjoyed from books 1-6 were the blood pounding battles against aliens to save the planet from destruction and the high tempo story line then I suggest you forego both books 7 and 8 as they lack all of that, a very disappointing end to what started off as a very compelling series

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  • Legacies

  • Corean Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great worldwide civilization, the end of a golden age. New civilizations have fought their way up from the ancient destruction and chaos, knowing little of the lost world that preceded them or the details of its fall.C orus today is a world of contending countries, of humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a place of magical powers and of a few people who are talented enough to use them. Alusius, the hero of the story, is one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • start at book 4

  • By robert on 10-05-17

start at book 4

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Any additional comments?

the series is a compelling one and very enjoyable with the noted exception of book 7 but the series starts 3 quarters of the way through the timeline so if you haven't yet started listening to the series I would suggest you start at book 4-6 if you really love it then there are an additional 2 books that are also before books 1-3 in the timeline but aren't as good and are irrelevant to the rest of the series and can be missed out if you're low on credits (or patience)

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