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  • Tongues of Serpents

  • The Temeraire Series, Book 6
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Convicted of treason and stripped of rank and standing, Temeraire and Lawrence are transported to the prison colony at New South Wales. With them travel three dragon eggs destined to be handed over to second-rate officers willing to accept so remote an assignment - including one former acquaintance, Captain Rankin, whose cruelty once cost a dragon its life. They arrive at a young Australian colony in turmoil after the overthrow of the military governor, William Bligh - formerly Captain Bligh, late of HMS Bounty

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series.

  • By SoulFireMage on 16-05-19

I love this series.

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

Reviewed: 16-05-19

The characters are well drawn, well expressed and extremely likeable/unlikeable as appropriate.

If you love tales that meander and wander, exploring and developing, richly described and well written then these books are for you.

They're for folks who'd like to get to know a dragon or two, and his captain, and the world they live in, and the conflicts and consequences caused by their choices.

Lawrence's sense of duty is vast, to the point of frustration, Temierriere is quite properly mannered in his mildly rebellious nature and has his own very strong sense of what he feels is proper. Each new dragon you meet is quite distinct and rich a character as you could wish for.

The world is detailed and self consistent, it really is a thoroughly done alternate history from a few characters view point. Unusually for a series with dragons there is no fantasy element of magic of any kind, though in this tale you get bunyips.

The magic of this series is the relationship of man and dragon and theirs with the world. And it's quite glorious listen indeed.

Also love Simon's choice of voice with Temierriere.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

A dark enchantment blights the land. Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it second time around, too!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 18-05-16

A wonderful well read fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

This was a lovely, lengthy story, well worded and read with fairy tale grace and beauty and yet, true to the grim dark roots whence such tales spring, darkness and horror snarls and spits put corruption and hate, and yet woven through it all our witch gleans magic, light and even love in her dishevelled messy fashion to deliver us a delightful satisfying end through many trials and tribulations.

I loved this as I do Naomi's drsgon tales and I'll be doing Spinning Silver next. This is an ideal tale to let someone read to you for a week or two!

  • Black Powder War

  • The Temeraire Series, Book 3
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

British flyer Will Laurence and his extraordinary Celestial dragon, Temeraire, gratefully anticipate their voyage home from China. But before they set sail, they are waylaid by urgent new orders. The British government, having purchased three valuable dragon eggs from the Ottoman Empire, now requires Laurence and Temeraire to make a more perilous overland journey instead, stopping off in Istanbul to collect and escort the precious cargo back to England. And time is of the essence if the eggs are to hatch upon British shores.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally addicted!

  • By Gabrael72 on 06-05-19

Love all of these books so far

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-19

A beautiful intelligent relationship between the main characters, touching and detailed, set amongst the toils and strife of the Napoleanic era. In her books so far we've travelled, all the way to China and back.

The focus is firmly upon Lawrence and Temerriere and, well I became very attached to the dragon very early on.

Beautifully read, the perfect voice for the dragon and everyone around him.

No ridiculousness or need for magic, other than the existence of intelligent dragons of course, just great, character driven and well built series of tales that I wish were all on audible already
!

Also don't miss her Uprooted story. That too is chrcter driven, first person and quite remarkable. I keep stealing time to listen.

  • A Way with Words IV

  • Understanding Poetry
  • By: Prof. Michael D. C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Prof. Michael Drout
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In part IV of this fascinating series, Professor Drout submerses listeners in poetry's past, present, and future. Addressing such poetic luminaries as Milton,Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, these lectures explain in simple terms what poetry is while following its development through the centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent course

  • By SoulFireMage on 19-10-18

Excellent course

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-18

I'm a beginner in poetry, in fact not even that, never studied it, never liked it.

Yet on advice from an excellent writing blog, I decided to learn a little of it.

I've listened to Drout before, on Rhetoric and on grammar, so I knew what I would get. An enthusiastic teacher of his subject, something needed for a slightly reluctant learner.

I won't be a poet, yes I know it, and that, I don't mind. But, for a means of expanding writing skill and writing mind, to not learn some, I'd be blind.

It's an excellent course, not a survey, yet he presents in time orderly fashion. He explores technique through the ages: stress and meter, rhyme and slant, enjambment, ceasura, measure and more; then, relates their use to each age, each poet and explores the effects bought about.

This review I'm writing after one listening to the entire course.

Will I listen again?
Yes, for my purposes, I will and side track down some poets he brings up.

If you are new to poetry, perhaps looking to learn to expand writing skill or just to learn why poetry is fussed over, this is the right course.

You are not bombarded with hours of inaccessible readings.

You are given a delightful feast of techniques, and how poets used them; each course served in proper order so that you can savour the flavour of effects each poet did favor.

Don't let my crime of rhyme put you off giving time-to listen to this course and learn something new!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading.

  • By Paul on 29-08-17

Lucid writing, lucid reading, enjoyable listening

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

I've never been into history, I wasn't at school and I wasn't as an adult. Yet, I wish to write good fiction and realised that history at the minimum would offer two benefits: lessons of the past, depth of culture.

For someone who has never deliberately learnt much history beyond school, this book is ideal.

I'm a third the way through the audio version, I'm not bored, the reader is excellent and the writing works well.

I highly recommend it for anyone who has any passing interest in history and enjoys good audio books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

  • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James Hynes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kev Partner on 17-12-14

Excellent in depth course, well presented

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-18

I recommend this course wholeheartedly. My morning commute has been accompanied by Professor James Hyne for the past few weeks and I'll probably repeat the course.

  • The Elements of Eloquence

  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rhetoric, Rhetoric, Rhetoric!

  • By Sarah on 20-07-15

fantastic, fabulous, funny and fluent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-17

Best thing I've listened to on audible thus far! Highly recommended, entertaining and eloquent: you'll drive your friends nutty, your partner barmy and your colleagues up the wall!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful