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  • Throne of Glass

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most Definitely Not Game of Thrones

  • By jf101 on 30-12-16

Most Definitely Not Game of Thrones

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

Reviewed: 30-12-16

Would you try another book written by Sarah J. Maas or narrated by Elizabeth Evans?

Not in this series. The underlying premise is interesting - female assassin, training camp for bad guys, unknown mission - but the world building is very limited and the main character is highly unconvincing. This is my main problem with the audiobook and in the end the reason I could not finish the book. A hardened female assassin who has killed 20+ guards trying to escape from the prison mine, undergone a brutal training regime with a master criminal with many assassinations under her belt essentially acts like a naive teenager in almost all the situations she is faced with. There are so many inconsistencies between the "super assassin" premise and how she actually behaves it becomes impossible for the story to hold any credibility. Comparisons to GoT or the Name of the Wind are utterly misplaced. The narration is good, but cannot redeem the story.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Mindstar Rising

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Catherine on 13-12-11

Good book, excellent narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-12

Hamilton is always good value and the narration from Toby Longworth was top-notch and has prompted me to look for other books he has narrated.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Clarissa Oakes

  • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 15
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

As the book opens, Captain Jack Aubery sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel, the Surprise, pondering middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, poor reading

  • By jf101 on 28-08-08

Great book, poor reading

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-08

I agree with the prior reviewer, the overall reading is fine but the West Country accent for Aubrey ruins the audiobook to the extent that i did not finish listening to it. It would be far preferable to have Stephen Thorne do all the series rather than swap between different readers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful