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  • Chasing Shadows

  • First Wives, Book 3
  • By: Catherine Bybee
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe. Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Avery’s story continues

  • By DF on 04-02-19

Avery’s story continues

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Not as sexually charged as previous books, but a fabulous next step in the lives of the group of friends.

  • The Battersea Barricades

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

It's not easy being a rebel. So many new skills to assimilate. Never mind strategic planning, weapons expertise and the like - there's bicycle stealing, oil-stain removal and boat steering to be mastered first. And quickly. It's the time of the Civil Uprisings, and two young women set out to make a difference. Their only problem? They don't know where they are. Or where they're going. Or what to do when they get there. Other than that....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving

  • By Lindzl00 on 23-04-18

Another epic short story

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

If you are a fan of the saint Mary’s chronicles, you’ll love this background tale as much as any of the others. It’s another excellent tale from Jodi Taylor, with the fantastic Zara narrating.

I really enjoyed hearing about those unsung heroes and what really happened during the recent history of their England.

The only problem is waiting for the next one!

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  • Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead

  • Magnus Chase, Book 3
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan, read by Michael Crouch. Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. Now he's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus Chase and his friends to stop Loki's plans, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail on Midsummer's Day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • even at nearly 40 I LOVE this series

  • By Jan Jacobs on 15-12-17

Wow again

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Excellent finale. I won’t say too much because I don’t like spoilers, but the tale is all pulled together well.

Narrator very good, no offence to Kieren Culkin but this guy is much better.

  • Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Kieran Culkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon - the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost; it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read too fast

  • By Catherine L. on 21-11-16

Excellent story, not sure about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Another good book from Rick Riordan. Not sure about Kieran Culkin as a narrator.

There are places where I had to zip back and listen again because he was talking so fast. It’s nice to get variations in pace to go along with the pace of the story, but it ruins the flow if I don’t catch what’s said and have to go back. The worst bit is that he’s narrator on book 3. I can’t NOT read it, I have to know what happens 😫

  • Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Guetig
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits. One day he's tracked down by an uncle he's never met - who tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Norse rules

  • By thea jane on 11-03-17

Still on form!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Riordan excels himself again. It's the little details that stand out - the references you will only get if you have read the other books; the bits you get funny looks for as you just randomly giggle to yourself (especially if people aren't aware you are listening to a book). Certainly written by an adult who is aware other adults read their books - adults will recognise 'death by PowerPoint', but very few kids would get the reference.

Makes you want to read on, and I was less keen on the Norse mythology before this - the names just don't stick in my head

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  • Abhorsen

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 400

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Incredible Listen

  • By Mr on 23-12-12

As good as I remembered

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

It's been a few years since I last read the Old Kingdom trilogy, and this is the first time I have listened to the audio book versions.

I loved it. Tim Curry really brings the books to life. None of my usual grumbles that the narrator can't pronounce simple words, never mind the more obscure stuff fantasy demands.

I just hope the narrators for books 4&5 are as good!

  • Lirael

  • Daughter of the Clayr
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 367

Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr's glacier. She doesn't even have the Sight, the ability to See into the present and possibly futures, that is the very birthright of the Clayr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Ms. H. Morris on 09-02-11

The middle part of the trilogy, doesn't work as a stand alone book

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

The middle part of the original trilogy, it's not a book in its own right. However it is an integral part of the story.

Jumping on a few years from the story in Sabrina, we meet Lirael and Sameth. Sam is Sabriel's son and abhorsen in waiting - a role he doesn't want or like.

Other new characters are introduced and connected with the cast of Sabriel. All in all a good link story, but not a stand alone book.

Tim Curry shines again as narrator.

  • Sabriel

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By Richard on 20-03-07

Awesome start

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

I was 25 when this book was first published, so I was never in the target audience, but I really enjoyed it, so I went on to read the rest of this series and many other works by Garth Nix. I'm not going to pretend I loved all of them, I didn't.

When I saw that a fifth book had been published I went back to re-read the whole series, and being a big fan of audio books (and Tim Curry), I was keen to listen.

I am so pleased I did. He's such a good narrator for this series, you can instantly tell who is speaking. He brings the books to life in a whole new way.

I am slightly concerned that the narrators for four and five are as good.

  • Cruel to Be Kind

  • Saying No Can Save a Child's Life
  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: DeNica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103

Cruel to Be Kind is the true story of Max, age six. He is fostered by Cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes. Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn't the only one in denial; his whole family are, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By anna abimbola on 22-02-18

Another good story

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

We go back a few years with this story to not long after Cathy and her husband have split up. Max is a lovely kid, and the family start to grow on you.

As well written as ever, and Danica does an excellent job of giving life to the characters. I was almost in tears at one point... which was awkward because I was listening on my way to work!

Looking forward to the next one again

  • Accidental Sire

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

In Molly Harper's newest paranormal romantic comedy, Ben, Gigi's old boyfriend, must find a way to save his new love after a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident. But will she want to live after she finds out how Ben had to save her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • She did it again!

  • By Justine on 26-07-17

Another good book

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

Reviewed: 29-08-17

Amanda's narration is as good as usual (we will forget the Irish/Boston episodes). She's back on form with just local accents.

Megan who we met briefly in 'Big Vamp On Campus' gets the lead in this one, and poor Ben is a co-star again. At some point when I wasn't looking Miranda (the driver) has been turned, so we have very few humans left in the group.

I love Jane, Gabriel and all of the Half Moon Hollow gang, they are all so well written and Molly gives them all so much character and life.

I am just a bit gutted that she can't write faster as it will be a long wait for the next one