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Becky L

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Great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-20

To be honest, my first impression of the English/Australian accents left me a little unsure of how it would work, being a book set in Australia. But it actually really worked and they differentiated the dialogue/narration well. The story was fantastic and well worth the listen.

Better in print

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-20

I absolutely love this story but I just can’t listen to the audio anymore. The narrator doesn’t fit well here - there is no differentiation in tone between any one sentence and the next, nor any character and the next, and the end of every sentence has this odd inflection where it sounds like the narrator is saying ‘I told you so’ in his head.

Not a good pairing and unfortunately didn’t work for me at all.

Wonderfully narrated book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-20

This is one of those books that is brought to life by the performance in this audio. JL brings life and spark, d the most impressive range of accents, to this story which totally lifted it above the written version for me.

Enjoyable listen.

Fantastic novella

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-20

I loved this story - it was short and easy to fit in on an afternoon and I listened to it all in one go. Michale Dean did a good job of getting Cruz and Elliot’s characters across exactly how I imagined them in my head.

The narrator makes the story

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-19

This took a while to get going, and whilst I loved Jericho from the start, it took some time for me to warm up to Poe and not just see him as a spoilt brat. The story definitely gets better as it goes along, undoubtedly made more enjoyable by Kirt Graves' performance - he encapsulates Jericho's gruff yet beautifully empathetic nature and whilst Poe grated on me for a while, it was a realistic and hard won turnaround in the end.

Pure brilliance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Sometimes there are moments of pure brilliance when a great author and a great narrator collaborate to make an audio story more than the sum of its parts. Ravensong (and Wolfsong too) is one of these rare occurrences - it’s a beautiful tale full of complex characters and emotion, and Kirt’s narration elevates all is this and brings it to life in a way I don’t think any other narrator could achieve. Pure brilliance.

A dark and gritty supernatural future

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Ok, if I count the intro novella, Asymmetry, as being tickled with a feather, this was like a full-on rugby tackle! This is a dark and gritty tale set in a world with a vampire who dominates absolutely, and a werewolf sold to be his slave/whatever-he-wants-him-to-be. The world building is good, both in backstory and in the characters actions, and although it has a bleak outlook I want to know more. Solid 3 stars.

The narration is hard to review. Jack Noble’s voice is to die for - beautiful accent and tone, but the pacing was way too slow. I listened on x1.25 and there were still long pauses between words and sentences - there were only small section of the dialogue that sounded natural, where words bled together as they would in a natural conversation, but the remaining dialogue was rather robotic, with each word articulated in full, and when listening on headphones you could hear the switches between dead air and recording. BUT... his voice was to die for! So, 5 for the voice/1 for the editing, 3 overall.

A surprisingly sweet intro

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This was, within a gritty world where witches, werewolves and vampires have taken over, a surprisingly sweet and rather charming novella. The story revolves around Dorian, a new vampire, and Emery, a sort-of witch, both who are trying to navigate a new humanity with their own struggles, but who end up in a rather gentle togetherness. A nice short intro to the Fate of the Fallen world - with great narration.

Fast paced read with brilliant audio

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-18

There’s audio narration, and then there’s Joel Leslie’s audio narration and the author/audio combination here was simply sublime. This was a long listen but I was completely immersed in the story during the whole tale. Leslie’s range of accents was again showcased here (although I wasn’t quite as keen on Kris’s voice as I was of Etta Mae’s!) and the non-dialogue elements were just as good and moved the story along at the right pace.

A brilliant listen, worth of revisiting in the future.

Wonderful book, and good narration

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

I’be read this in paperback so I know I loved the story - Cashel and Justice were a great pairing and their tale made for a great read (even if Justice sometimes needed to just listen!). Michael Pauley did a good job of the audio - his narration of the dialogue worked really well with each character uniquely different and fitting for how I interpreted their persona. I wasn’t quite so keen of the non-dialogue elements, but the two were clearly distinct and so worked well together. The sample gives a good representation of the whole tale though and this is just my personal preference. Overall, it’s a great story and well worth a listen.