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  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 26 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, still holds out - and Empress Lasseen's ambition knows no bounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you are reading these for the first time ...

  • By Paul J. on 20-02-19

A deep and dark world.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

All characters are shades of grey, magic and mythical creatures are commonplace, God’s walk among men and the world is very deep and dark. The tale weaves a web that is only clear at the end, a well crafted story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,247
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,232

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip from Winchester

  • By Philip on 08-06-11

Performance not good.

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

The performance was so slow and dull, it sounded like someone was reading the phone book.
It was as if they were basing their performance, on a stuffy 1950s Shakespeare, am dram show.
I could not properly rate the story as I fell asleep every time I listened to it.
I will have to buy the book myself to see if I like the author.

  • Natives

  • Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire
  • By: Akala
  • Narrated by: Akala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,220

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today. Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Interesting and Challenging Listen

  • By Ross Clark on 10-07-18

Akala a Man of his time.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

A real eye opener, an absolute must read. A very intelligent well put together book. Having myself come from a very working class family from East London, I lived much of this and like Akala, I found my way out of the streets. Akala has opened my eyes even further.
Cheers Mate.

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548

Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old friends and enemies

  • By Matt on 23-12-12

A Great read.

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Classic Joe Abercrombie, very funny and real people captured in the dialogue. No black and white here, all characters are various shades of grey. While Steven Pacey brings the text to life always keeping a good speed and translating the text very well indeed. A very good series of books. A Great Read.

  • The King Beyond the Gate

  • Drenai, Book 2
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

A century has passed since the heroic defence of Dros Delnoch. But the people of the Drenai face a new terror: a mad emperor kept in power by two forces of unsurpassed evil. The Joinings are werebeasts of awesome power. The Dark Templars are warrior-priests whose fighting skills are without equal. Against them the Drenai face certain defeat. One man, an outsider hated by the Drenai for his Nadir blood and despised by the Nadir for his Drenai ancestry, sets out to bring down the emperor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Of Might and Magic!

  • By Simon on 01-07-17

Gemmell Brilliance.

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

Reviewed: 16-07-17

Very well narrated, with a good flow and the story is of course pure Gemmell Brilliance. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Legend

  • Drenai, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy, death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legends and Sagas!

  • By Simon on 26-06-17

Great story.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

This audio book, brought back to me the magic in David Gemmell's books, my favourite author from my teens. The production is great very well narrated by Sean Barrett. I recommend this book from the bottom of my heart.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

My 9 yr old Nephew rated this 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 14-12-16

Loved every aspect of this story, a really good performance.
Great cast good telling five stars all round.