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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 91
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

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
  • Naughtily Entertaining

  • By Teddy on 08-08-18

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 2,340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206

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 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

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 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

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 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

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 19 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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  • The Lord-Protector's Daughter

  • Corean Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Mykella, the eldest daughter of the Lord-Protector of Lanachrona, discovers that someone is diverting significant sums of money from her father's treasury. Soon, a series of fatal and near fatal accidents occur with members of her family and trusted retainers. Then there are attempts to remove Mykella and her sisters from the capital by marrying them off.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A so so storie

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-08-17

all intrigue and no action

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

What disappointed you about The Lord-Protector's Daughter?

to much angst, self doubt, pointless intrigue and no action all the worst points of the series squeezed into one book half the length of the rest

What could L. E. Modesitt, Jr. have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

completely cut out this tale there have been gaps of centuries where this series starts three quarters of the way through the timeline, he could have missed this out completely and the series would have been all the better for it, this book started off slow and got slower where only the people who where not in a position to help could see what was right in front of their face and those that did have the power to help couldn't see it if their life depended on it, totally frustrating and even though the book was half the length of the rest of the series it was still twice as long as It should have been (imo)

Which character – as performed by Kyle McCarley – was your favourite?

no favourites even those who weren't totally despicable or complete morons weren't particularly note worthy

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lord-Protector's Daughter?

the whole basis of the story line was slow and turgid frustratingly obvious from the start with the repetitive nature of the way the lead character learns of their ability and how they go about strengthening it to the clichéd lord who is nice but blind to the treachery all around him, there's no saving it

Any additional comments?

if you hope to get what you had in the previous 6 books of action and adventure where talented commanders fight aliens to save the world from death or glory then you're in for a huge disappointment if credits are hard come by, either stop at book 6 or skip book 7 as it is a poor shadow of the rest of the series, clearly the author is running out of idea's

  • Transmission

  • A Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

College students Kenji and Dylan stumble upon a strange recording in the background of an obscure song. It's a woman's voice uttering a string of seemingly random characters. Upon further inspection, the song appears to have been embedded with a hidden message. Attempting to crack the mysterious code and becoming obsessed with the recording, Kenji and Dylan set off in search of answers. With every turn in the road however, the puzzle only seems to grow more complicated.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre to stupid

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-01-17

communing with the dead?

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

Reviewed: 17-11-16

Would you listen to Transmission again? Why?

for sure! I would just make sure my TV is unplugged and that it wasn't in the dead of night!

What did you like best about this story?

you can feel the tension in the tale grow as you get deeper into the story and right up to the end you're not absolutely sure what the outcome is going to be

What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

i think Jake is our generations Vincent price! as soon as you hear him start to speak you know something untoward is going to happen and it's probably not going to end well

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

yes , it's not too long and could easily be listened to in one sitting it's a real "page turner" as well so make sure you have a clear afternoon!

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