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  • The Last Mortal Bond

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 3
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never reached the excitement of the first book

  • By Robin300378 on 12-04-16

Brilliant ending to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Fantastic story and superb narration. Listen to the full trilogy; you won't be disappointed (with the exception of the disappointment having reached the end!).

  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

  • By: Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun for both young and old vampire lovers

  • By The Reluctant Hermit on 10-11-13

Exciting story

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

Reviewed: 22-09-15

An intriguing take on a vampire adventure: action by the bucket-load, an extensive range of well-developed and contrasting characters together with superb narration.
Having listened to all three books in the trilogy I can highly recommend them and await The Geomancer's release on Audible. James Marsters is an excellent narrator with a wonderfully engaging tone (even though his pronunciation of 'Edinburgh' is somewhat amusing). I look forward to listening to more books narrated by him.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Effect

  • Don Tillman 2
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O’Grady
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles happily into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project. As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style soon gets him into trouble. To make matters more difficult, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, different and intelligent!

  • By Ann D on 09-11-14

Not quite as good as the Project, but OK

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

Reviewed: 19-04-15

Absolutely adored The Rosie Project but wasn't sure whether to listen to this as I was so happy with the ending. Unfortunately, I should have left it there. Whilst this is a lovely story with many amusing and heartwarming moments, Rosie's character had lost some of her sparkle. A nice enough listen with perfectly pitched narration but I'm happy sticking to the original.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Steelheart

  • Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sanderson never disappoints

  • By Robyn on 29-12-13

Wow, excellent surprise find

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

Reviewed: 17-02-14

Downloaded the book on a whim based on previous reviews...extremely glad that I did! Suits fully grown as well as 'young' adults with a rich, powerful and intriguing storyline. A rare treat with superb narration. Download, you won't be disappointed. Second in the trilogy due out later this year I believe.

  • The Garden of Evening Mists

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Malaya, 1949. After a career spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, - herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp - seeks solace among the jungle fringed plantations of Northern Malaya. There she meets the enigmatic Aritomo, an exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan. Yun Ling asks Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister. But the jungle holds secrets of its own…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best listen of 2012

  • By Sarah on 02-12-12

Deeply evocative, beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 08-10-13

The story takes place through three distinct time periods: Yun Ling's older character as a recently retired judge, her teenage self in the POW camp and her 30ish year old character living near the Cameron Mountains.

On first listening to the narration, it took me the first 6 chapters or so to fully engage with the story, at which point I then had to flick back in my paper copy (reading group) to check details. Following that I was absolutely hooked! I listen to audio books instead of the radio on the drive to work, yet found myself having to continue reading as soon as I walked through the front door.

The intimacy that Eng creates with the most subtle of character gestures and the evocative depictions of the landscape and scenery leave a deep imprint in one's life after reading this book. I will often go through a day or so of 'mourning' after reading a particularly moving story during which I process the story and almost 'miss' the characters in my life, however I fear that it will take me considerably longer with Garden of...so great is the effect of the numerous sub plots and the heart-wrenching metafiction of the stories of love and loss.

A beautiful, beautiful story...do read/listen to it, your life will be richer for it...a particular favourite scene being the meteors in the garden...enchanting.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

Absolutely wonderful...humour, love and empathy

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

Reviewed: 07-06-13

A thoughtful, inspiring and heartfelt insight into the life of Don. Made me laugh out loud and cry. Beautifully written and read with perfect pitch. Highly recommended; best book since Me Before You.