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  • Jorundyr's Path

  • Wolf of the North, Book 2
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid's Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth. From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr's Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of, filled with friends, enemies, and danger - the crucible from which heroes are forged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, made better by the performance

  • By Mary on 01-11-17

Still worthy of 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Whereas book one firmly tells the story from Wulfric’s standing, book 2 feels like the amalgamation of the story from 4 or 5 characters, pausing with the character’s name to split the sections up; takes a bit of getting used too but still deserves the 5 stars. I’m nearly finished book 3 at the time of writing this and can confirm book 3 falls back into standard format.
Again, Simon is a legendary storyteller and truly does the story justice in every way!

  • The Wolf of the North, Book 1

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric's life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hungry Like the Wolf

  • By Simon on 17-05-17

Fantasy at its best!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

After reading Society of the Sword, I had to try this too! I hadn’t realised it was set in the same world, but was very pleased to find it is!
Literally couldn’t put this down and immediately started book 2.
And Simon, well, what can I say!? It’s so easy to understand how the storytellers of old made a living wandering from town to town telling their stories listening to someone of Simon’s calibre! Love it!

  • Death Rites (The Lazarus Codex)

  • By: E. A. Copen
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Old gods die hard. Professional necromancer Lazarus Kerrigan knows all too well that the Big Easy is anything but. Crime is up, business is down, and someone--or something--crushed an innocent girl to death on his doorstep. After the search for the murderer brings the police to his front door, Laz must prove his innocence by hauling in the real killer with help from the dead. When the sun sets in New Orleans, more than monsters go bump in the night... And what Laz awakens in his quest for answers might just get him--and everyone else in town--killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable urban fantasy...

  • By Salter on 25-10-18

Great Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Ok, so I was still a little on the fence after listening to the sample, but thought I’d give it a go... and wow, am I glad I did.
Hooked from the first 5 minutes and kept up the intense pace throughout. What a great story and very well written.
Travis does an excellent job with all the characters and his voice fits perfectly with the setting; he sets the mood so well too, really pulling off the intensity of fight scenes etc.
Really hope there’s more to come from this pairing; loved it!!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • The Society of the Sword Trilogy

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took a chance on a new author and....

  • By Graham on 27-11-17

Hooked from the start!

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

I loved this book so much and was devastated when it finished!
The story is brilliant, with sword fighting, magic, court intrigue and adventure throughout, with enough misfortune and bad luck falling onto the main character to keep you on the edge of your seat and interested throughout!!
I’ve not listened to Derek before, but he’s a fantastic narrator, really portraying the characters well with clearly defined personas and voices and I’m already looking for more of his work!!
I need more of this and I’ll definitely be re-listening to this again!
And the best part... it’s a whole Trilogy for one credit!! Best value credit I’ve spent all year!

  • The Shadow Reigns

  • Witch-Hunter, Book 2
  • By: K.S. Marsden
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Ip
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The world has been thrown into darkness by the Shadow Witch's revolution. The witch-hunters are scattered, but still strong. The race is now on to gather allies and win the war. New enemies will arise; loyalties will be pushed to the limit. And an important question will be answered: Can a witch-hunter who practices magic ever be trusted, or will he be persecuted?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By JEYCEE on 15-10-18

A great modern day Witch hunt!

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Absolutely loved the first book and was so glad to get into the second!
Really, really enjoyed the continuation of the story in which is now set in an almost apocalyptic England.
James, again does a fantastic job with his narration, having given all the characters great accents and personalities!
Again, simply great and can’t wait for the next installement!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • You Die When You Die

  • West of West, Book 1
  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

You can't change your fate - so throw yourself into battle, because you'll end the day either a hero or drinking mead in the halls of the gods. That's what Finn's tribe believe. But Finn wants to live. When his settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe, Finn plus several friends and rivals must make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, and to survive, Finn will fight harder than he's ever fought before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Angus! Angus! Angus!

  • By Simon on 23-06-17

Fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Almost as good as the Age of Iron Trilogy!
I love his hearing all the inner thoughts of his characters and they have me laughing out loud at times with their naivety!
Sean, again is brilliant with the narration, characters and personalities; fast becoming my favourite narrator.
Roll on book 2!

  • The Land You Never Leave

  • West of West, Book 2
  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107

Newly and uneasily allied, two tribes from different worlds set off across the Ocean of Grass. Their mission is to fulfil a prophecy and take Ottar the Moaner west of west, to save mankind. In their way are the denizens of the Badlands, the most terrifying and powerful collection of murderers and monsters the world has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wootah Hooter!

  • By Simon on 15-09-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

Absolutely loved this series. I’d say Age of Iron slightly beats it, but only just!
I love the characters and their inner monologues and I literally found myself laughing out loud quiet a lot of times; and believe me, this book is far from a comedy, but it’s brilliant!
Sean Does am equally amazing job at narrating, with all the characters having great voices and personalities!
I’ve not been more devastated at a cliffhanger in all the books I’ve listened to, when I realised book 3 isn’t out yet... please, please, hurry! Lol

  • Darkmage

  • The Rhenwars Saga, Book 1
  • By: M. L. Spencer
  • Narrated by: Simon Wright
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Darien Lauchlin has already lost everything. Now the only thing he has left to lose is his soul. When his own brother unseals the Well of Tears, Darien is the last Sentinel left alive to defend his homeland. Now he is faced with an impossible decision: either watch everything he knows shatter - or forsake his oath of peace to become an instrument of pure destruction. Accompanied by Naia, a priestess of Death, Darien embarks on a harrowing journey to save the people of the Rhen. But will he lose his own soul in the process?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good. Definitely worth a listen.

  • By Dingo 883 on 19-10-18

The start of an Epic YA fantasy adventure!?

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I must say that I enjoyed this book a lot more than its prequel! It’s filled to the brim with adventure, magic, battles and intrigue.
It’s still a little tame and cliche’d at times for my tastes but it’s very enjoyable for what it is!
The narrator reads it well, although there isn’t a great distinction between his characters and it’s all read with the same cadence and tone, whether its the description of a babbling stream or narrowly avoiding death in a battle.
I found listening at x1.25 made it more enjoyable and didn’t decrease the quality at all.
The book definitely peaks interest as to what happens in book 2!
This is an honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Blue Lights, Bitter Roots: a short horror story

  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Sarah L. Colton
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Millions of threads so thin as to be invisible, so vaporous as to be ductile, drift through the classroom, emitting a chill and leaving a sense of unease. Hidden deep in their cloaks, the Blue Lights analyze the odors that cling to the individual cells of every child, from the top of each little head to the bottom of their ticklish feet and every dark secret place in between, from their gathering brains to their blood-soaked spleens. One girl feels dizzy; one boy throws up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hide-under-the-duvet-good!

  • By J Smith on 02-10-18

Hide-under-the-duvet-good!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

As usual, Dona has come up with a very good, disturbing and scary short horror story!
I like the disturbing character-emulating confusion that comes out in Dona’s writing, adding to the tension of the read.
Sarah really adds to the enjoyment of the book, reading it really well and portraying the characters really well; her tone summing up the atmosphere perfectly!
Again, only missed out on a 5 star rating due to it being a short listen (although good value for money!)
This is an honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • All the Children on the Porch: A Short Horror Story

  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Sarah L. Colton
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Jenny was born on October 31st. She’s never gone trick-or-treating or celebrated her birthday beyond an initial taste of frosting that always puts her into a deep, drugged slumber - a sleep that protects her from family secrets and the horrible reality that dark holiday could reveal. What will happen when she finds her father’s journal and determines to stay awake on Halloween? Will she survive when the dreadful truth comes out? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing

  • By Raven on 16-11-18

Warning: Do not read with the lights off!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Dona pulls yet another terrifying story out of the bag... thoroughly enjoyed it and only struggle to give it 5 stars due to it being so short.
Very well narrated by Sarah, who portrays the characters superbly well and fits the story perfectly.
This is an honest opinion of a free review copy.