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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race is trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible - assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story - highly recommended

  • By TomzMullen on 18-12-18

For the young listener

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

This book is geared towards a younger audience, which is why I am glad that this is a self contained story as I doubt I will follow on.

The story itself wasn't bad, on the whole. However, the deciding factor for me was M-Bot. Who on earth gives an A.I a Scottish accent. It really killed it for me.

  • The Praxis

  • Dread Empire's Fall, Book 1
  • By: Walter Jon Williams
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

An infinite, sweeping saga of interstellar war - the first SF classic for the 21st century. The empire of the Shaa lasted 10,000 years. Years of terror, infinite violence and oppressive, brutal order. Now the Shaa are no more, but the terror and violence are only beginning... The Shaa, rulers of the universe, began to commit ritual suicide when it became clear that their minds - profoundly intelligent but limited - would accept no further information. Near immortality was their one, great mistake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Poppey on 16-01-19

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

This is the first book in a trilogy and, If you can make it past the first 8/9 chapters, this book starts to pick up. I did enjoy the book, but it was a little on the heavy side. Also, the continual references to my lord began to grate in the end.

Narration was, in my opinion, well suited to this book.

  • Empire of Sand

  • By: Tasha Suri
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Mehr is a girl trapped between two cultures. Her father comes from the ruling classes of the empire but her mother's people were outcasts, Amrithi nomads who worshipped the spirits of the sands. Caught one night performing these forbidden rites, Mehr is brought to the attention of the Emperor's most feared mystics, who force her into their service by way of an arranged marriage. She discovers that her new husband is a mysterious, enslaved Amrithi with abilities like her own: together they must use every ounce of cunning, power and will they possess to resist the order's cruel agenda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad

  • By Poppey on 16-01-19

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

I found this book quite hard to get into. The many names seemed to sound similar, which was initially confusing.

However, once past the beginning, I began to warm to the story which
revolves around a young noblewoman, Mehr, who is caught between two cultures; Mehr is forced into marriage to Amun, who turns out to be one of her race, an Amrithi and a mystic. Amun, too, was forced to marry Mehr so that they could dance the rite of the bound, a dance that warps the dreams of the sleeping gods to fulfil the prayers of the mystics, thus maintaining and expanding the empire.

I did quite enjoy this book, but as to following the storyline on, I do not think I enjoyed it to that extent.

  • A Court of Frost and Starlight

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

When Feyre kills a wolf, a beastlike creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a magical land, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fab little short story

  • By Mrs on 19-07-18

Aftermath

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

This book follows on after the war and delves into the past histories of each of the characters during the Winter Solstice holiday. It is a book of the calm after the storm. It also reveals that Feyre, no matter how she would like people to see her, has, in my opinion, a cruel streak, whereas Rhys shows he can really be quite a compassionate person.

Going back to her relationship to Tamlin, Although he tried to keep her prisoner and was mislead by the High Priestess, Lanthe into certain actions, he did it because he was terrified of what might happen to her after her imprisonment and death under the mountain. What he did was wrong, but what her sister Nesta did was also wrong. What Feyre did to Lucien was equally wrong. She also seemed to think it mattered not to throw Lucien under the bus in her quest for revenge. Yes, he was weak, but that was not a reason to do what she did to him. Rhys had far more of a grudge than Feyre. However, even he, when, seeing Tamlin was broken, offered a small slice of compassion. Yes, our Feyre is not the sweet, selfless heroine she is portrayed as.

I loved every minute of this series and it is one I will certainly listen to again.

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book , but bad move changing narrator

  • By Carrie-ann S on 22-09-17

Ferocious

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

In this book, everything goes to Shite for Tamlin as a result of Feyre's scheming and it is sad that she draws Lucien into her schemes as I feel he did not deserve what she did to him.

This trilogy has been one of the very best books I have ever listened to. I actually went through one night without any sleep just listening to it. My partner is fed up with my ear pods being constantly in.

This series has been one of love and loss; of peace and war; of what might have been and what could be. Such imagination; such passion and such sadness that this is the last book.

  • A Court of Mist and Fury

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 461

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court - but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms - and she might be key to stopping it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book ever and ever

  • By Liz on 30-12-16

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Picking up approximately 3 months after the conclusion of A Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre returns to the Spring Court with Tamlin, and is now engaged to be married. However, Feyre is kept almost a prisoner. Lanthe, High Priestess of Prythian, moves into the house and things do not go well from there on in. Then Rhysand seems to come into Feyre's life again and everything explodes.

I could go on, but this is one trilogy where the listener needs no spoilers. It is a book which will keep you awake all night listening to. It is a book which has simply everything.

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

When Feyre kills a wolf, a beastlike creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a magical land Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does the book justice

  • By Sam Lucas on 02-04-18

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Having discovered Sarah Maas' books mid 2018, I have not stopped listening since.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is set in a land of faeries and mortals. A love affair between a mortal and a High Fae Lord. This book starts off slowly, but really takes off after the first few chapters. I have to admit to finding Feyre a little naive and rambling, at times and, towards the end, I found the last trial she had to overcome predictable.

Tamlin and Feyre's love looks as though it will last through it all, but I have a feeling that a love triangle in the future between Feyre and Rhysand is on the cards. Lucian I feel a little sorry for as he seems to lose out, and, again, I feel he will end up the scapegoat in all of this.

  • Traitor's Blade

  • The Greatcoats, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

The Greatcoats - legendary heroes, arbiters of justice...or notorious traitors? The Greatcoats are travelling magistrates bringing justice to all...or at least they were, before they watched the Dukes impale their King's head on a spike. Now the land's heroes are reviled as traitors, their Greatcoats in tatters. Facio, Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as mercenaries, but when they find their employer dead - and are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder - they realise things are about to get even worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-03-18

Brilliant Debut

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

What a terrific debut novel, with a hint of Alexandre Dumas. This is one of those swashbuckling books that draws you in.

As the story unfolds you are filled in on the background through Falcio's eyes. This can be a little wearing at times. I have to confess to not seeing the twist that came at the end. However, this was spoilt, for me, by the eccentric behaviour of the character concerned - I will not say who as it would give away the storyline, so I dropped a star.

  • The Voyage Home

  • The Voyage Home Saga, Book 1
  • By: D.J. Holmes
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Abducted from Earth as a child. Sold into slavery. Forced to fly the ship of a ruthless pirate. Sarah knows nothing of her homeworld or her people. Her one longing is to return home. Little does she know humanity is no better off. The Elders, a ruthless alien race, rule Earth with an iron grip. When Sarah’s ship is ambushed by an Elder frigate she is thrown into a life and death battle. Survival would send shockwaves throughout the galaxy. Never before has an Elder warship been beaten in one-on-one combat. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Impressed

  • By Poppey on 09-01-19

Not Impressed

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

I found Sarah goodie two shoes a little too much for me. We are all a partnership, until you don't agree with me!

  • The Forever

  • The Forever, Book 1
  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

Jupiter, thrown off orbit, will destroy Earth in less than a century. Jon Ryan volunteers for the most ambitious, desperate mission ever conceived: His consciousness must be transferred into an experimental android host, where he'll live an immortal - and lonely - life. Jon's only companion on his 50-year voyage is his ship's irritable AI. The US president wants Jon dead and is willing to sacrifice his own people to eliminate Jon. An alien species has vowed a holy war to eliminate all humans, either on Earth or wherever they might run. Only Jon can protect humans from their enemies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Aiellos performance saved the day!

  • By Harvey on 11-10-18

Not Great

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

I had high hopes for this book, but they didn't materialise. I found the comedic voice of the narrator good in parts, annoying in other parts. I prefer my sci-fi without comedy.