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Julie-Ann Amos

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  • The Raven's Shadow

  • The Wild Hunt, Book 3
  • By: Elspeth Cooper
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Three moons are rising. They are rising over the snowy Archen Mountains, where Teia struggles through the high passes to carry her warning to the Empire: The Nimrothi war band is poised to invade and at their head stands Ytha. She means to release the Wild Hunt - and with it Maegern the Raven, the Keeper of the Dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended by Audible as comparable to

  • By Graham G. on 22-06-18

Much better than book 2

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Things get back to normal now – better storyline, and the characters on more interesting. The hero has had another personality transplant, but fortunately this time he has gone back to being the main character, not the annoying sulky individual he turned into the book 2. Overall it’s a really good series and interesting story, and there was little or none of the explicit sex that was in book 2. I just wish the author would rewrite book 2 as 1 was amazing and 3 excellent. I nearly didn’t bother after book 2

  • Trinity Rising

  • By: Elspeth Cooper
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

The future holds nothing but blood and death… and Teia fears there is nothing she can do about it. Her clan is riding to war, but her secret, untrained gift of foretelling has shown her they are riding to their doom. If she cannot turn them from their course, her only hope of saving them will be to betray them to their sworn enemies. Gair is mourning his past… but there is no time to dwell on his grief or hunger for revenge. Pursuing an artefact from the Founding Wars, he travels deep into the hostile southern deserts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story line

  • By Brian on 25-05-13

Great but weaker than book 1

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

That says it all - good but not a patch on book 1. Plus 2 real negatives. First, the hero seems to have changed from an extremely likeable young man into a sulky petulant Pain in the neck. I don’t think it’s necessarily the best idea to keep the main character and give them a bit of a personality transplant. Secondly, the first book was well in the young adult category, but the graphic and violent sex in places in this second book was really gratuitous and unnecessary and would certainly take younger listeners by surprise

  • Songs of the Earth

  • By: Elspeth Cooper
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Songs of the Earth is the most compelling debut fantasy novel since Patrick Rothfuss first hit the shelves four years ago, with the stunning The Name of the Wind. Combining superb characterisation with an epic story, it is beautifully told and engaging from the very first word. Gair is under a death sentence. He can hear music - music with power - and in the Holy City that means only one thing: he's a witch, and he's going to be burnt at the stake.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Songs of The Earth

  • By Jack on 10-04-13

Best read since Name of the Wind...

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

And I hate books people compare to great book because they always fall short. This one doesn’t. Read it. Or listen. It’s great either way.

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By RoseyToesRose on 29-07-17

Good but over long

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I love this at the start, lots of mystery and intrigue. But about a third of the way through it seemed to lose impetus and got really boring. I almost stopped listening but persevered. The ending also felt rushed, as if it was just time to wrap up and get everything over and done with. But it’s a good story, and I did enjoy it, just not so much when it was the long lull period

  • Fantasy of Frost

  • The Tainted Accords, Book 1
  • By: Kelly St. Clare
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The veil I've worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness, a suppression I cannot imagine ever being free of. My mother will always hate me. Her court will always shun me. When the peace delegation arrives from the savage world of Glacium, my life is shoved wildly out of control by the handsome Prince Kedrick, who, for unfathomable reasons, shows me kindness. Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost. Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start to a Great Series

  • By Karen Beresford on 19-02-18

The best thing since Name Of The Wind

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

Reviewed: 20-08-17

It is. Just listen to it and you'll know what I mean! It's really awesome!

  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been so much more...

  • By HughesyMK on 29-05-17

Don't let the start put you off

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

I really enjoyed this. The start was a little confusing, because there are several different character viewpoints which will hit you at once. Perhaps I was just being dense but I did find I got confused for a while.

Then it all got a little bit unrealistic. I found myself questioning the overall premise of the book and found a number of things that were so implausible and unscientific that I was irritated. I stuck with it, and slowly and surely things around. I wouldn't say that it was an on edge of my seat thriller, but there were enough twists and turns to make it fascinating after a while.

I thoroughly recommend it

  • Ship of Destiny

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

The dragon Tintaglia has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory. Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki. Against hope, a ship appears in the alien waters, but does it mean rescue, or a further nightmare, for Malta? In ruined Bingtown, the citizens are at war against the Chalcedean mercenaries besieging the harbour.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant!

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-03-15

End of the saga

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

Reviewed: 27-11-16

I'm afraid that I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the other books to date. It's unfortunate that most of this book is doom and gloom. The narrator did a fantastic job as always, but the story was a real long hard slog. Dragons – doom and gloom. Live ships, traders, all the main characters, doom and gloom. Obviously towards the end all the outstanding issues were resolved and things picked up a great deal, but I just didn't find it particularly enjoyable, which was a shame as I had loved the first two books.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

This is a world divided by blood--red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of godlike superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • In the spirit of twilight...

  • By Rosie on 04-12-15

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 17-07-16

I'll admit that I only bought this to see what all the fuss was about because everybody was raving about it. Now I know why! Really good and although the storyline is familiar and a little predictable from other dystopian fiction, the abilities are novel and entertaining. A really, really good listen

  • The Inquisition

  • Summoner, Book 2
  • By: Taran Matharu
  • Narrated by: Dominic Thorburn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

More demons, epic battles and fights to the death: introducing the unmissable next instalment in the Summoner Trilogy.... On trial for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must face the Inquisition, who will decide his future. The process is grueling, led by those who will do anything to see him suffer and haunted by ghosts from the past with clues to Fletcher's tragic origins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • arghhh now to wait till the next book

  • By JM bushby on 17-05-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 16-07-16

Really really good.... Just buy it and listen!
You will certainly not regret it I'm sure

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lies, Damned Lies and History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely but running on empty

  • By Asbjørn on 15-06-16

Not enough

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

I must've been spoilt because I've come to expect a bit more from these books I'm afraid – the story just felt a bit lacking and a bit short. What was there was great, but it just wasn't as much somehow as the previous books. I also thought the ending was rather week I'm afraid. I've given it five stars across the board because as always it's good, it's just not quite as good as the others

2 of 4 people found this review helpful