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  • Alex Verus, Book 9
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Alex Verus is tracking down dangerous magical items unleashed into the world by Dark Mages - however, when the Light Council decide they need his help in negotiating with the perpetrators, Alex must use all his cunning and magic to strike a deal. The ninth novel in the urban fantasy series which began with Fated - the Alex Verus novels are magic-filled fan favourites, perfect for fans of Jim Butcher and Ben Aaronovitch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read - just need the next one now

  • By Elaine O. on 18-08-18

Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I wish I could say, this latest book was worth the wait, bit sadly, it was not, Alex has become a whining bore, and I was actually rooting for the dark side to win!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Magicians, Book 1

  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 435

In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price.... Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton, he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a path very different from any he'd ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narnia and Harry Potter combination for adults

  • By Tuke on 05-03-16

Slow and boring

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

Reviewed: 28-05-16

Any additional comments?

I'm only a quarter way through, I'm finding it hard going. The story is slow and boring and the narrator is awful, his voice is really starting to irate me with a snobby American accent that just drones on and on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle. In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected

  • By Tod Werewolf on 25-04-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 25-04-16

What three words best describe Gildart Jackson’s voice?

Gildart Jackson's narration was not quite right for the character, his voice is too old sounding, there isn't anything wrong with his narration it was just bad casting, I thought he sounded like John Suchet!

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all this series now, I have enjoyed the stories, they are not complicated to follow, you could describe it as 'easy listening', just wish they had used a younger sounding narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Thought Readers

  • Mind Dimensions, Book 1
  • By: Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Everyone thinks I'm a genius. Everyone is wrong. Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that's not because I'm unusually smart or hard-working. It's because I cheat. You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality - the place I call - "the Quiet" - where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.I thought I was the only one who could do this - until I met her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful narration

  • By tori on 03-09-18

terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 21-03-15

I tried to get past the narrator because the story was interesting and unusual but I couldn't stand it in the end, only got as far as chapter 4,.

  • Fitz and the Fool - Fool's Assassin - Part One

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Lee Maxwell-Simpson, Avita Jay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow, really slow

  • By SAnderson on 27-04-15

Not as good as the other Farseer books

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

Reviewed: 25-08-14

Any additional comments?

I thought Robin Hobb was just milking the story for all its worth, I found the daughter to be a whining moan machine. The narrator was average and someone should explain that 'are' is not 'our' to him! It wasn't terrible but it wasn't as good as the other books either.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

  • By: Tate Hallaway
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this

  • By Andromeda's Twin on 15-05-13

Not for a middle aged woman like me!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

Any additional comments?

I think this story would suit a much younger listener, late teens early twenties.
The style of writing was not for me but I think the Twilight generation would enjoy it

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he's twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not great

  • By Sam on 09-07-14

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

What did you like most about Hounded?

Loved everything! Oberon is the best character ever!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

The old widow's offer to use her back garden to bury the body in.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Ragland’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to Christopher Ragland before, I would have no problem listening to him again as I thought he was one of the best narrators I have heard so far, his British accent was a bit odd and strained, but I forgive him as he is a wonderful story teller.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I listened to the entire series in in about two weeks! I like to have a good story on whilst cooking, cleaning and ironing, it makes mundane chores more bearable!

Any additional comments?

These books are very similar to The Dresden Files, expect they don't have Dresden's constant irritating moralising, are much better written, and are also really funny. If you like entertaining fantasy stories these books are for you! I cant wait for the next one, Thanks Mr Hearne, I really enjoyed your world!!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,825

My name is Peter Grant and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Had to give up

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith?

Allan Corduner!

Any additional comments?

I have only listened to the first two chapters, I don't think I can face any more. The story is good so far and the narrator has quite a pleasant voice but I just can't bear the constant sharp intake of breath he takes, I'm not sure if it's his fault or if the equipment they used to record was overly sensitive or something, but I just cant stand it any more, no one else has complained on here that I can see, so maybe its just me being fussy!

  • The Magician's Guild

  • The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book - shame about the narrator

  • By Brighton UK Customer on 16-08-09

The worst narration ever!

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

Reviewed: 18-02-14

Any additional comments?

I felt the story was interesting, but the narration was unbearable, the man's voice was akin to Antony Worrall Thompson, all his inflections were in the wrong place and one of his characters sounded like a terrible Winston Churchill, I managed to finish this first book but can't face any more! Such a pity, I cannot understand how Richard Aspell got this gig and kept it for future books!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trinity Rising

  • By: Elspeth Cooper
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The future holds nothing but blood and death… and Teia fears there is nothing she can do about it. Her clan is riding to war, but her secret, untrained gift of foretelling has shown her they are riding to their doom. If she cannot turn them from their course, her only hope of saving them will be to betray them to their sworn enemies. Gair is mourning his past… but there is no time to dwell on his grief or hunger for revenge. Pursuing an artefact from the Founding Wars, he travels deep into the hostile southern deserts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story line

  • By Brian on 25-05-13

Not as good as the first book

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

Reviewed: 02-10-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I found this 2nd book a little boring, after it finished and I began contemplating the story I thought I had been given a lesson on feminism, I'm not keen on being lectured about the stupidity and arrogance of men and the strength, intelligence and wisdom of women!

What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

I love the way Allan Corduner tells a story, I believed all the characters and his voice has a warm quality that does not grate on ones nerves.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed book 1, and was left disappointed with this second book, Gair has become a sulking, petulant character whom I lost sympathy for and his story does not start until half way through the book, I was expecting this book to be as good or better than the first, but sadly it was not, I don't think I will bother with the 3rd.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful