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  • Snow Like Ashes

  • By: Sara Raasch
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians' only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter's magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter's defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians' general, Sir. Training to be a warrior - and desperately in love with her best friend and future king, Mather - she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe not to my tastes

  • By Poppy on 05-09-16

Struggled to finish it.

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

What disappointed you about Snow Like Ashes?

Throughout the story the main character continuously thinks about her feelings for young men and her father: I love him, do I love him?, how can I love him?, does he love me etc...

What will your next listen be?

Maybe: Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

I don't think so, her narrator's voice is fine but all of her male character's voices are pretty much the same.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really, the reason why I listened to this one in the first place is because Nick Podehl part narrates the second book, but I don't think I will try it given that I struggled through this one.

  • Opening Moves

  • The Gam3, Book 1
  • By: Cosimo Yap
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681

The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game. A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. Alan can't wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe. Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By JONAH8208 on 25-02-17

Probably better as a book

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

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

The idea of entering a virtual world and levelling up yourself to become more powerful whilst gaining new weapons and armour etc.. was an addictive storyline for any RPG gamer. Entering the Gam3 and meeting multiple races battling over various things brought great depth to the story.

Nick Podehl is fast becoming my favourite narrator, but even he couldn't make the, seemingly endless at times, list of the main character's abilities when he 'levelled up', which was fairly regularly. There ws one chapter towards the end where I think the list took more than 10 minutes to get through. For example: Health +10 points, Armour +5 points, Dexterity + 3points, Agility +20 points. You think this is too much, you wait for when it gets to the sub categories of the specific class of the character like the "ability to communicate with an unidentified artificial intelligence +30". It was so ridiculous it made me laugh,

I enjoyed this book, and will listen to the next if it is released, but if you're also a reader I think this book is best read so that you can skim read the long list of attributes following a level up.

6 of 7 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 1,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816

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

A bit obvious

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This storyline I found fairly predictable at times, and the main character is obsessed with guns. I found the fairly regular detailed description or each character's gun, it's response, capabilities and limitations etc... a bit dull to listen to. I didn't really bond with any of the characters, and the early descriptions of the epics immediately made me think of comic book heroes with capes... I then couldn't imagine the standard characters and the epics in the same world easily, which made it a bit disconnected when a human met an epic.

Alien: Out of the Shadows
    An Audible Original Drama
    
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    Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    5,053 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,692

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!

  • By Chris on 27-04-16

Lost the magic of an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

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

The performance is great with so many narrators and sound effects, but because each character had its own narrator their were no descriptions or thoughts in the dialogue. It was more like a film than an audiobook, but it was a new experience and I did enjoy listening to the performance.

  • Paths of Alir

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 3
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 34 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 260

Powerful beings from the fringes of Chaos have come to the realm of Alorin. Fate bends to their will, and their will is set upon Alorin's destruction. Alone in understanding the threat they pose, Alorin's Fifth Vestal, Björn val Gelderan, has launched a desperate plan to stop them: a "great game" played upon the tapestry of mortal life. Now, in Paths of Alir, Björn's Players have taken the field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An exceptional book

  • By Chris on 03-02-17

An exceptional book

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Paths of Alir has become one of my favourite audiobooks. The series "A pattern of shadow and light" lures you in with Cephrael's hand, and once you are familiar with the characters it becomes addictive to find out how each character's path interacts with others.

The imagination that Melissa conveys is magnificent. The descriptions are full and vivid but easy to envisage. For me this was the best of the series so far, primarily because the adepts explore their powers a little more.

I can't write a review that gives this book and Melissa's world enough credit.

Nick Podehl's performance was yet again flawless. Can't wait for the next one to be released in February!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly excellent!

  • By Aaron on 02-10-16

Exceptional book

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, I am immediately going to begin the second in the series and can't wait to find out what happens next. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy stories surrounding a significant (and awesome) character.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coming of Age Fantasy

  • By Simon on 15-02-17

Looking forward to the next one!

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

Reviewed: 14-10-16

The story is very interesting and has great depth. I'm very much looking forward to the next one. I don't want to say too much about the book as I don't want to ruin the enjoyment it brings. But you go on a journey with the main characters that take you through the motions of battles, war strategy, fantasy, abandoned cities, and something else... it's all good! A nice book to drift off into another fantasy world.