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  • The Core

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313

Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st century to an epic close. The war has begun.... For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Two heroes arose - men as close as brothers yet divided by bitter betrayal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointing end to a series that petered out.

  • By Tom on 18-02-18

amazing finish to an epic series

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

a totally engrossing series with multiple P.O.V. and some truly world class character development .
I was left right up to the last not truly knowing how the tale was going to end or who (if any) of the main characters were going to survive the decent to the core or the swarming but at the end was left with a story very well told and an epic finish that tied up the loose ends enough to walk away from the series happy, but with enough (intentional) sprouts of new story lines that could potentially lead to a new series.
very happy to have invested time and money in this series and wouldn't hesitate to buy more offerings from this author.

  • Thief's Magic

  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just didn't take off

  • By Sydney on 22-05-14

50/50

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

on the whole I am a fan of Trudi Canavan and so it was with great anticipation that I started her new series.
it started well enough when Tyen (a young student mage) finds an ancient magical book that has an entrapped woman inside it and his battle to save her and in turn himself is a wonderful read and very engrossing, but when we started to hear the other tale of Rielle and the magic of angels was when it fell apart for me, I understand that to get to a certain part of her story (trying to avoid spoilers here) that she has to go through turmoil and upheaval, but there is so much repetition of her angst, indecision and piousness that made the tale drag for me and in places the plot surrounding her and her tale of woe seemed too overly contrived, however once that was dealt with(80% of her tale unfortunately) her story opens up into what could potentially be on par with Tyen's, fingers crossed!

  • 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 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

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 431
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

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.

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  • Ep. 6: Driving Test (Slaving Away)

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

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
  • More Slaving Pls

  • By Paul on 12-12-18

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 2,762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,603

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 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

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 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

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 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

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 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

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