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  • Dark Oak

  • The Dark Oak Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jacob Sannox
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Humanity has finally defeated the Dark Lord, but Morrick fought on the wrong side. Though he was a slave, he is branded a traitor and must earn the trust of new lords in order to return to his family, if they are still alive.... Now that their common enemy is dead, the nobles begin to forget old loyalties, and Queen Cathryn’s realm looks set to plunge into war once more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A third copy and for good reason

  • By A Viking and a Gentleman on 30-12-18

A great start to the series

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Really enjoyed listening to this tale. A well written story and brilliantly told. Nigel has some great character voices and uses moderate sound effects throughout to enhance the atmosphere and intensity of the story.
All in all, I’m looking forward to seeing how the story plays out in the coming books!!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lowdown

  • Dale Conley Action Thrillers Series, Book 3
  • By: Erik Carter
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 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

Dale Conley is under pressure. His boss, his partner, the media - they all want answers. The bodies are piling up. As he investigates a wave of race-related poisonings sweeping through New Orleans, Dale discovers the murders are the work of a mysterious organization that aims to create a new slaveholding nation. It’s a group so powerful that it was a major factor in the Civil War. It’s a group so secretive that it’s erased itself from history books for 100 years. But as Dale continues to pressure them, their secret is out. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Spectre of Death is in handcuffs.

  • By Norma Miles on 08-01-19

Think Magnum PI

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Took me a while to get into, but once I’d got used to the flow, I really enjoyed it. Not quiet the typical action hero, but thoroughly fun read.
Very well read by Adam and really enjoyed all his characters. Again, takes a bit of getting used to if you’re expecting a gruff action hero tale as his voice is very soothing, almost melodic and poetic at times.
I don’t think having read the first 2 books is necessary as I hadn’t, but I’m definitely going to give them a go too!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Woodcastle: Courts Divided, Book One

  • By: Kell Inkston
  • Narrated by: A W Dickson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Assigned alongside the legendary overlord slayer and a half dragon that's all bite and no bark, the group sets off for the hidden kingdom of the fairy peoples. The team's mission? To investigate a gruesome string of unexplained murders. The suspects? Humans, as always. Meeo and her party must prove their innocence and shine light on the true culprits before they're taken by spear and bow to the executioner's square.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable bit of dark fun

  • By J Smith on 03-01-19

Enjoyable bit of dark fun

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

It took me a while to figure out what was going on with this story and even now, I’m not sure there isn’t some underlying hidden meaning throughout it all!?
Anyone liking a bit or action fantasy with a Pratchett style humour throughout, then this book is for you without a doubt!
And it’s narrated very well, so well read and clear distinction and voices between characters!
Definitely worthy of a listen!!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy!

  • Hell Week

  • America Falls, Book 1
  • By: Scott Medbury
  • Narrated by: Adam Barr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 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

Think North Korea and Russia are the greatest danger to the United States? Think again. After a surprise biological attack, America, the most powerful nation on Earth, quickly succumbs, with 99.91% of the population over the age of 16 decimated. As society unravels, and the ground invasion of his country begins, loner Isaac Race must form a connection with a ragtag group of survivors and elude not only the invaders, but other dangers and threats unleashed in chaotic Post-America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!

  • By J Smith on 14-12-18

Perfect!

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Well written, great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and expertly narrated!
Such a pleasure to have listened to and can’t wait to jump into the rest of the series!!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

  • Shadowmarch

  • Shadowmarch, Volume I
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 29 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

For generations the misty Shadowline has marked the boundary between the lands of men and the lost northern lands that are the lair of their inhuman enemies, the ageless Qar. But now that boundary line is moving outward, threatening to engulf the northernmost land in which humans still live - the kingdom of Southmarch.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • terrible narrator

  • By thetwistedtail on 06-03-15

Well written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

I’m a little stuck as to what to say on this one.
I loved reading a Tad Williams when I was younger, but I think the narration spoilt it for me.
I can’t fault Dick’s reading, he’s a great storyteller, but it feels like the pacing of the story is so slow and his accent takes a bit of getting used to and his younger characters and women sound a bit whiney.
Due to the amount of hours, I’m finding the motivation to continue the series a struggle.

  • The Coilhunter Chronicles - Omnibus (Books 1-3)

  • By: Dean F. Wilson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Three audiobooks from the Coilhunter Chronicles: Coilhunter, Rustkiller, and Dustrunner. Welcome to the Wild North, a desolate wasteland where criminals go to hide - if they can outlast the drought and the dangers of the desert. Or the dangers of something else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable series of sci-fi westerns

  • By C. Rowlands on 23-12-18

‘Stand down before I make you sit down!’

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

Great trilogy!
I’ve never listened to steam-punk-western before, but I will be searching for more after this!!
Completely cliche in every way, but brilliantly so and is exactly what’s needed in a book like this! Pure action, brawling and gunfights seasoned throughout by the honourable hero of the tale.
I can’t imagine anyone pulling off the narration of this better than Mr Bray; he is the essence of a cowboy!
Listen to it, you won’t be disappointed! Plus you can’t beat a trilogy for value on your credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Debt

  • Wolf of the North, Book 3
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end. The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good i didnt want it to end

  • By Mary on 12-03-18

Sad to be at the end!

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

5/5 says it all; brilliant writer and fantastic narrator!
Don’t start here though, start at book one and read them all!!
Loved it!

  • 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 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

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 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cant help but think someone had read the Lord of the Rings....

  • By Walter on 23-08-17

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.