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  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missed at your own expense!

  • By Strawberryskullcrusher on 14-04-17

A whirlwind of blood and guts!

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

A slow start that is worth the wait!

It is set in a world with Mark Lawrence's signature disturbing echoes of modernity. It is a harsh world of ice and savage cold, survival only made possible by a man made device that focuses light and heat in a narrow corridor around their globe.

The story begins with a small girl accused of murdering a man. She's saved from hanging at the last minute, and is spirited away from death to the protection of Church, to be trained as a martial nun. The descriptions of the nuns' training are spectacular, worth reading for those alone.

One aspect of the book took a bit of getting used to: the children are really, really young. Nonna, our heroine, is no older than 8. They do not speak as children, and they certainly don't behave as children. It put me in mind of Ender's Game.

The narrator is fantastic!

  • A Promise of Fire

  • By: Amanda Bouchet
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her...if she is ever found. In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations. Stuck in the middle is Cat - circus performer and soothsayer - safely hidden behind heavy makeup, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she's more than she seems....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mills and Boons Meets Fantasy

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-10-18

Romance, action, humour! Has it all!

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

What a wonderfully fun book!

Set in Ancient Greece, our heroine is Magoi (magic user), hiding from a hideous past and a terrible prophecy of the future. Cat is snarky, funny, brave... a thoroughly lovable character. Along comes a Hoi Poloi (non-magic user) warlord called Griffin who kidnaps her to help him secure his conquests of land.

Unfortunately for Cat, everything is conspiring to push her out of anonymity and to take an active role in saving the realm from savage, heartless Magoi who rule their world.

There are dragons, magical battles, gods and goddesses, unwanted love, adorable horses, new friends, and love, loyalty and laughter.

The narration is great, perfectly brings Cat's snark to life.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Battlemage

  • Summoner, Book 3
  • By: Taran Matharu
  • Narrated by: Dominic Thorburn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

After the thrilling cliff-hanger at the end of book two, we rejoin Fletcher and his friends in the ether, where they must undertake a mortally dangerous quest, all the while avoiding capture by enemies and facing foes more terrifying than anything they have yet encountered. But this is nothing compared to what truly lies ahead for Fletcher, as his nemesis, albino orc Khan, is on a mission to destroy Hominum and everything and everyone that Fletcher loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Marcus a on 07-05-17

Terribly disappointing end

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

What a waste of a credit, but I felt I had to finish the trilogy.

The plot stumbles and trips to an underwhelming climax with lacklustre battle scenes, hackneyed bonds of friendship and the most uninspiring end + epilogue in the history of entertainment. I think the author got bored too.

Substandard.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

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

Book 3 - The End

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Books 1 and 2 were lovely, an intricate web of fairy tale, epic love story and fantasy. The characters were beautifully rendered with a grit that made them likeable. It is a surprising twist on Beauty and the Beast that all worked.

Feyre, mortal, haunted and loyal, is with her High Lord - the right High Lord. This 3rd and final book relates the war with Hybern and the tremendous sacrifice the entire cast has to make.

IMO, there is something not quite right with this book. The weft and warp doesn't come together smoothly, the pace and the story is jerky in places and it derails from emotional to mawkish on occasion. It felt a bit like the author was told to cut X number of words and the resulting edit isn't great. It has lots of those awkward narration moments where the character just dumps information, rather than weaving it into the storyline.

Still, it's a lovely story with lots of love, war, friendship and magic.

The narrator is excellent! In fact, her voice is so similar to J Ikeda who narrated 1 & 2, I was confused for a bit.

  • The Purloined Poodle

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it - and furthermore, he knows he can handle it. When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it's part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren't too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it's up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun

  • By Jacky on 30-12-18

Irish Wolfhounds Rock!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

This is a short romp with Oberon with lots of his trademark wisdom and insight.

He's solving the mystery of missing pedigreed dogs with the help of his friend Atticus, and things will probably get messy and require a bath.

Oberon is such a great character. He had me in stitches in the other Iron Druid books and this one was just too... cute? No no no no... heartwarming!

It's a standalone, so it's not required for Iron Druid. It's a whole lot of fun with the most fantastic dog in literature!

  • Royally Screwed

  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Shane East
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant - hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you. Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark-haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead she throws a pie in his face.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I do love a Royal romance!

  • By Leigh UK on 23-12-16

Classic Cinderella with a modern twist

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

What a lovely story! It's got everything - a handsome prince, a gorgeous peasant, lots of steamy sex and a happily ever after. What's not to love?

It really is fun, being inside a privileged head of an heir to the throne. Nicholas is witty, charming, dirty minded and all in all, the perfect man. Olivia is bold, brave, stubborn and beautiful - all in all, the perfect Cinderella.

The story is completely predictable, but that's not the point. The writing is engaging, the story will tug at the last little idealistic cell in your cold dead heart and make you believe in fairy tales.

The narration was great, jumping between the two. Shane West has the voice of an angel with dirty sex on its mind!

  • Famine's Feast

  • The Templar, Book 4
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Phillips
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

An epidemic is overloading Baltimore hospitals, and this time the vampires are finding themselves susceptible. Those infected are unable to control their hunger, crazed and insatiable no matter how much blood they consume. The timing couldn't be worse, with a rival Balaj in town for a feast - a rival that would be happy to take advantage of the situation and wrestle control of the Baltimore territory from Dario and his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • impossible to put down.

  • By Thomas P Scott on 31-12-17

Series is getting better and better

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Brief synopsis: Aria's town is attacked by a plague demon which fills hospitals and ERs with desperately sick people. On top of this, there's a sickness that affects vampires as well as humans, and the death toll rises. As usual, Aria has to juggle several balls, a couple of chainsaws, invading vampires from another territory, and a mage, all the while trying to find ways that don't involve lopping off someone's head with Trusty, her Templar sword.

This book gets positively steamy in places - Aria gives in to the wild attraction to Dario, her favourite vampire. It's probably a bit clichéd, but it's great that the love interests don't spend the entire series dancing around each other. This way, we will see how on earth Aria's going to square the circle of accepting the basic nature of vampires.

It's a fun book and the narration is great. Can't wait for the next in the series!

  • Betrayal

  • Infidelity, Book 1
  • By: Aleatha Romig
  • Narrated by: Samantha Prescott, Brian Pallino
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

One week. No future. No past. No more. Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree - no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as "Charli", she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • could not stop listening good story can't wait.

  • By flo on 18-12-18

Lots of twists and turns!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Thank heavens this series is very different to Consequences. That was just too much to bear. This is an exciting, tense book that keeps you nervous and anxious for more.

Brief synopsis: our heroine Alex/Charli/Alexandria is desperately fighting the privileged but soulless future as the heir to one of America's 'Royal' Southern families. She loathes the customs, misogyny and emptiness of a future plotted out for her since her birth.

Then she meets Lennox. He offers wildness and unpredictability and she gratefully falls into a week of freedom and hedonism completely out of character for her, kind of a last hurrah before going to graduate school and 'adult' life.

I felt the familiar rage toward the men in her family I felt when reading Consequences . They have an impregnable sense of entitlement and arrogance. Their behaviour goes well beyond highhandedness: there is an almost Kafkaesque quality to the complete impotence and powerlessness the women endure.

It's a great read with so many twists and turns you can't predict the plot at all. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Can't wait to get the next book.

The narrator is great - perfect for this book.

  • Dead Rising

  • The Templar, Volume 1
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Phillips
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Barely making ends meet in Baltimore, Aria finds it difficult to obtain gainful employment with no work experience and skills in jousting and swordsmanship. Just before she's served an eviction notice, the Mistress of the local vampire family offers her a job - to research a magical symbol. It's an easy task for a woman who has spent every moment of her life either in armor, or with her nose in ancient manuscripts. The money's good, and the seven day deadlines should be no problem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit disappointing

  • By Janine on 12-09-16

A bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

A new series from Debra Dunbar is a wonderful thing. This is a great story.

Quick synopsis: our heroine is an almost Knight Templar, trained but not sworn. She's broken away from them and her family to make it on her own, She ends up getting tangled in a vampire feud, faces a necromancer with a grudge and gets the hots for a hot, dangerous vampire.

The story doesn't seem as well put together as the Imp series. Parts seemed disjointed, but that could just be because of frustrating interruptions to my listening! The character also isn't as fun as Sam, but that's' also not fair to a new character.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. The narrator was so-so. I'll probably get the next one, too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern classic historic novel

  • By Mrs. S. J. Caldwell on 17-08-16

Breathtaking!

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

This book is rightfully considered a classic, the depth and scope of of it breathtaking.

Brief synopsis: Set in the late 1500's during Queen Elizabeth I 's reign, a ship makes it to Japan, the first Protestants to do so. The English know about Japan, but it is a closely guarded secret of Catholic Spanish and Portuguese trade.

The pilot of the ship, John Blackthorne, is a rarity in that he is well educated and articulate and manages to adapt to the Japanese rigid caste structure and culture. He survives and thrives where the majority of Europeans are unable to. He becomes a pawn in the deep plans of a Lord Toranaga while planning to take the Religious wars of Europe to the Jesuit silk trade monopoly.

Japanese society is described in loving detail, bringing it to life in a way that Europeans can access. It is an alien society to the West.

The narration is great, the story superb. IMO, the best of the Asian Saga.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful