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  • A Brief History of King Arthur

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Mike Ashley
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Who was the real King Arthur? What do the historical documents tell us about the Knight of the Round Temple? It is just a chivalric fantasy? The story of Arthur has been handed down to us by medieval poets and legends - but what if he actually existed and was in fact a great king in the early years of Britain's story? Mike Ashley visits the source material and uncovers unexpected new insights into the legend: There is clear evidence that the Arthurian legends arose from the exploits of not just one man, but at least three originating in Wales, Scotland, and Brittany.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an interesting book, but maybe not what you think

  • By J. Armstrong on 24-09-14

not ideal for audio

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

this is an interesting subject, and presented well. however, it is not suitable for audio. too many times there were lists of names from a table. too many times there were references to previous sections. my recommendation is to get a physical copy of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Knight of the Cross

  • A Knight Hospitaller Novella
  • By: Steven A. McKay
  • Narrated by: Nick Ellsworth
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The Knights Hospitaller battle ancient evil in medieval Rhodes as mysterious disappearances and insane devil-worshippers threaten to turn the entire island into a bloodbath...When three Hospitallers go missing from a local village outraged Grand Master Foulques de Villaret sends the English knight Sir Richard-at-Lee and his trusted sergeant-at-arms Jacob to discover their fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Novella from a mistaken purchase

  • By GhostMuppet on 30-03-15

Great Novella from a mistaken purchase

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

Reviewed: 30-03-15

Sometime ago I accidentally purchased Wolfs Head (it appeared in an Audible sale, and i mistook it for another book that i thought sounded interesting). Never mind i thought, i would give this a listen - after all it was a while since i read Robin Hood. I am so glad i did. The story was gripping. The second book was even better.

This novella appeared on my screen as a recommended read. It follows Sir Richard and introduces Steven (both are in the first 2 two books, but are fleshed out a lot in the second). Its set when Richard was in Rhodes. While his other books are fairly historical - this has an element of fantasy within it.

A good gripping telling of the story. Narration was by Nick Ellsworth who also delivered an excellent delivery in the novels. This rarely happens in my experience. Audible Novellas are normally done by a different narrator. Top marks for continuity.

All in all, this is a great novella (you don't need to have read his books), good story, great pace, excellent narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Providence of Fire

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The first book had some promise...

  • By Ross on 03-05-16

Great continuation of the series

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

The second book from Brian Staveley in this series is better than the first book. The first book was building up the world and characters. This book progress the plot.
I really enjoyed the book and now have to wait for the third book to be released.

There were a couple of things i didn't like. Now, this is a little spoilerish, so don't read on.

The first is the fact the three story point of views seemed to follow the same path. All three got captured around the same time, and got freedom around the same time. It felt a little lazy - but it did not detract too much from the plot.
The last was the end. I like a cliff hanger when i know there will be another book - but this didn't have one. It could have, but didn't.

The audio version was excellent as always.

This series is building up nicely and if it continues like this, then i will be awarding the next book 5 stars.

  • NOD

  • By: Adrian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Tim Beckman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 195

Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no-one has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand can still sleep, and they've all shared the same strange, golden dream. A handful of children still sleep as well, but what they're dreaming remains a mystery. After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A strange and fascinating end to it all

  • By Kaggy on 05-07-14

What could possibly happen if we can't sleep?

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

Nod is not normally the type of book i would read. However, it was on a 2 for 1 Audible dead so i took the gamble.

Its fairly short, which is good in a way. Any longer and it would have suffered a star loss.

Essentially, virtually everyone in the world is unable to sleep, and this story is what basically happens. I do not know the science behind the lack of sleep over that period of time - but it seems a little stretching.
Some encounters were fun and interesting - but some just seemed a little daft.

The audio book was well produced.

All in all a good story, but nothing to shout out about.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hammered

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he's ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he's asked his friend Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare. One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus's home base of Tempe, Arizona.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Trinire on 01-06-18

Great series getting a little lost with this book

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

What the hell was going on with this book. The first two were extremely enjoyable, with a lot of humour and action and following a little formula.
This book seemed very disjointed, from the very first chapter.

OK, we know from the last book that Atticus has promised to get some enchanted fruit. So the story starts there. No introduction, just the start of the theft. Once that was done i thought we would get back to the main thrust of the story - which we did - but it was not the story i was expecting.

Atticus leads a group to Asgard to slay try to slay Thor. We have gone from a light hearted series to a fairly serious story about the group ready to kill. We have stories about their past, and big serious fights were a lot of entities (people, supernatural, gods etc) are killed.

This book lacked the satisfaction i got from the first two. Hopefully the next book will be better and back to formula with the right amount of geeky humour back.

  • The End Is Now

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Mur Lafferty, Kate Baker, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. "The Apocalypse Triptych" will tell their stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please don't ever End!

  • By BillyBlackBear on 26-04-15

Some gems when the world is ending

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

The second part in the series. I think this one had more misses than the last, but about the same amount of hits.

Hugh Howey ruled this - an excellent story and I am really looking forward to the third part. Desirina Boskovich still has a good story, even it wasn't as good as the first part. Annie Bellet and Jake Kerr round off the hit return authours, while Elizabeth Bear rocked the new comers.

Sarah Langan failed for the second time, and Jonathan Maberry lost it big time mainly due to the narration. Daniel H Wilson has to be the worse, i couldn't even finish it.

Looking forward to the final part of this series. Hopefully the hits will stay there, and will drag up a few of the others.

  • The Lives of Tao

  • By: Wesley Chu
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

When out-of-shape IT technician Roen wakes up and starts hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumes he’s losing it. He isn’t. As of last night, he has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Over the millennia his people have trained human heroes to be great leaders, to advance our species at a rate far beyond what it would have achieved on its own. Split into two opposing factions - the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix - the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good idea poorly executed

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-18

An alien war on earth that we know nothing about

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

I wanted a nice fun read after the heavy Gardens of the Moon, Malazan book 1.
The third book is out soon, and my book club have recommended this series a few times - so, I got the audible version.

And they were right.

This is a nice light, fun, interesting read/listen.

Essentially, Tao is an alien. His race crashed on this planet before the humans were around. They need a host to survive - so have spent millennia co-existing with humans and other life forms.
But there is a civil war going on between the 2 factions of aliens. Tao is a operative who loses his host and has to take emergence possession of the nearest vessel - an overweight male computer tech.
This is where the story really starts.

The book is essentially a normal bloke who thinks the secret operative business is like James Bond - boy is he in for a surprise.

This book did the job i was after - and i look forward to the second and third books.

  • An Unwelcome Quest

  • Magic 2.0, Book 3
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great take on the quest games of years gone by

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-17

The wizards play old style RPG game - for real

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

The third part in the Magic 2.0 series sees our heroes being abducted and forced to complete a quest by an arch enemy.
This continues on from the amazing first two books. If you have ever played some classic adventure games, then you will appreciate some of the scenes (such as the quest giver repeating himself until he receives a satisfactory response).

Some elements of the quest were a little off. One such area was the blacksmith - which lasted a little too long in my opinion. Nothing that will ruin the story for you.

The book has been set up to have a sequel, which is good news and I hope there is one - as there is no reason why this series should stay as a trilogy.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back to being a professional wizard

  • By GhostMuppet on 19-03-15

Back to being a professional wizard

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

The second book in the Magic 2.0 series sees our Wizards moving to Atlantis. Atlantis is a place run by women, who are called sorceresses. Males are relegated to servants who live the good life in return for sexual favours (or, that's how it came across to me).

This follows the similar style of writing and humour from the first book. Unlike the first book, there are two story threads. The first are the Wizards in England/Atlantis and then there is Jimmy's story (the same one from the first book). Both are enjoyable, but Jimmy's is a little predictable.

Atlantis has Brit the Elder and Brit the younger - basically the same person occupying the same time. This then leads on to a lot of Time Travel story lines, which is the main plot for this book.
The reason for the plot was a little weak to me, but the journey was fun so I can let that fall.

The audio again was brilliant.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,392

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Matrix meets mediaeval fabtasy

  • By Matthew on 07-10-15

Funny time travel yarn of geek

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

This was on an Audible offer, and was recommended by the NABCC goodreads club that I frequent. I am so glad I did. This book is spot on for my humour and I liked the general principle of the story. The cover is also great, and reminds me of my early computer RPG playing.

In essence, this is a about a guy who finds a file that amends reality. After the usual blow out, he draws the attention of the government. A plan is devised to escape the Feds to Medieval England - and earn a trade as a Wizard.
What could possibly go wrong?

Turns out a fair bit. Mainly because there are other Wizards.

This book is character focused with a sense of humour. The story is fairly basic, but it does have a fun modern day pop culture reference about it. I loved that the other wizards came from different time periods, and one had a C64 computer.

It doesn't get too soppy, doesn't go too slow and introduces a lot of Geek culture references. All in all, this is a great book.

Luke Daniels did this Audible version as he was brilliant. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the second book from audible straight away.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful