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  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book - Not so good recording

  • By Avatre on 26-05-18

Dark but Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Excellent story, dark and gripping but with a smattering of light hearted banter. Moments that made me laugh and moments that made me despair for the characters and the situations they landed in. Quite an emotive book.

The narrator was ok, not the best. He needs to learn some accents and voice pitching to help me as a listener discern who I'm listening to.There were moments that one character sounded very much like another and I was left wondering who said which bit.

As noted on another review, the females do sound like wheezy old men but the narrator also uses the wheezy voice when characters shout. Which can drag you out of the story a bit.

Anyway, don't let it put you off a purchase, it's a gem and the narrator is good 80% of the time. The story is lengthy and excellent bang for buck, especially if you're purchasing with credits.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,456
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,031

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

Interesting Listen

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

A light, easy listen with good narration, funny references and interesting concepts. The book isn't gripping but it's geek factor and humour is enough to make me want to read the next one.

  • 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 5,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,099

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).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story slightly ruined by Kate reading

  • By lloyd on 09-08-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Great story, I love the imagery. Michael Kramer works really well as the narrator, but I struggled with Kate Reading. she always sounds frantic and stresses sentences that don't need it. It adds unneeded tension and drama to scenes I envisage as being quite calm. It just pulls you out of an otherwise fantastic story.

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  • The Painted Man

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713

The stunning debut fantasy novel from author Peter V. Brett. The Painted Man, book one of the Demon Cycle, is a captivating and thrilling fantasy adventure, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. Voted one of the top ten fantasy novels of 2008 by amazon.co.uk. Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark…Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day's ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Original Fantasy

  • By Dave on 01-06-15

Stunning Opening Novel

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1) to be better than the print version?

I prefer printed books to audio books, I feel more engaged with the story, however Audio books have their place. Perfect for those long commutes to work and back. I did really enjoy the Audio version so I guess it comes down to personal taste and circumstance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1)?

*Spoiler* The Moment Arlen turned his back on humanity. The death of Arlen and the birth of the Painted Man.

What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?

Fluid reading, very few moments I felt jarred out of the story as can often happen if you've read the written version and remember certain scenes happening at a different pace.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Jardir's betrayal.

Any additional comments?

Enjoy! this is a fantastic opening book to a fantastic series.