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E. Robinson

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  • Lion of Macedon

  • Greek Series, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107

His name is Parmenion. Despised by Spartans and Macedonians alike, he must fight for his place in the world. Yet he will survive. Dark forces have marked out his destiny as the most fearsome warlord Greece has ever known. For he will become the Lion of Macedon - and will reshape the glory of Greece before he faces the wrath of hell....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By P on 23-02-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

While I love many of David Gemmell's books this one was pretty disappointing. It started really well then lost its way. It was as though the author wasn't really quite sure what the story was. That coupled with what felt was a half-hearted narration, it for me did not hit the spot. Peter Kenny is clearly no Sean Barret. Where I feel Gemmell really loses it is when he delves into fantasy which I don't think he can really handle convincingly. I've noted this in several others of his books like in the Waylander series, though the story in these was far stronger and could carry these weaker sections. I don't think I'll be listening to any of the others in this series.

  • House of Pain

  • 131 Days, Book 2
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Strength. Honor. Death. Once every year, in the city of Sunja, gladiators meet within the arena known as Sunja’s Pit. Some men enter for the lure of fortune, some for the fame, and some simply for the fight. The games continue for days until a champion is finally crowned. Or until all involved perish. The warriors comprising the House of Ten begin training under punishing mentors and a drink-loving taskmaster. Within the city of Sunja itself, Borchus works to establish a network of spies to aid the newly formed house’s cause. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Growing Pains!

  • By Simon on 18-03-19

Ordered it in error!

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

Ordered in error but.... continued to listen. I remembered listening to the first chapter of book 1 before returning it. I should have done it with this book, but I persevered. While it has moments that are reasonable, the repetition is irritating. After thinking about it one of the main problems is none of the characters is remotely likeable, you want o give each and everyone a good hard slap. While Mountain Man Gus was a hero all of them in this tale are pretty much zeros and for me, that's one of the many problems with the tale, unlikable characters that you don't give a hoot about.
John Lee does a reasonable job but in the end its the story that lets it down as it just has nowhere to go but repeat itself.

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,824

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Not convinced!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

Im not sure where the author is heading with this series, after the disappointment with the last book no4, I was expecting/hoping for an upturn but in all honesty Im pretty disappointed again. While the story does contain interesting and compelling parts the author, in my opinion, includes too much repetition and padding. Its almost like he's trying in a desperate way to hit the 10 hour mark and is running out of ideas. Some parts of the story are just too way out and the author is in danger of turning it into a farce, which is a real pity as he has created a really great foundation and world for his characters to roam. This story however, where the strong arm of the law meets My Little Pony is just one step too far into the world of fantasy. While the stories have become noticeably weaker the narrator, Kobna has really found his mojo and put in a great performance that really nails the main characters, he is Peter Grant.

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  • Broken Homes

  • Rivers of London, Book 4
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the best-seller list with his superb London crime series - a unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil: an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his caseload.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic and Mayhem...

  • By Sharon on 28-07-13

Oh Dear!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

Im not saying the wheels have fallen off but the series has defiantly taken a lurch, and not in a good way. Too much padding and time spend on what appear to be peripheral and irrelevant storylines. Much as I love the main character and the way the narrator handles him the basic story in this one was a bit of a let down.

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  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,706

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

Best one yet!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

This is the best in the series so far. The narrator does a sterling job now that he really got to grips with the characters. The story moves along well and like the first two its full of humour combined, a pinch of pathos and reality mixed with the incredible.

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,265

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

Interesting listen

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

Pretty quirky and off beat. The narrator has really found the groove making for quite a good listen The overall story is a step up from the first book.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,454

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

A good start

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

Getting a series off the ground must a very difficult thing to do. In this case the author crafted quite an interesting and different world, though the plot at times went slightly off track. The narrator, I'm still not convinced, while I really want to like him, at times his voice, sounded as though he had a cold, was slightly grating. Overall it was a reasonable opener, so much so that Im going to give the second part a go and see how that goes....

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,491

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Sci-fi with a Modern Style

  • By Simon on 07-06-18

Started out well....

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

It started out well but fell away, the story becoming somewhat thin. I think other reviewers make similar comments. The idea was sound in parts, though why certain things happened the way they did made at times little sense. I know its science fiction, but good science fiction makes the unbelievable believable, and I'm afraid this didn't quite do it.

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  • Girl on Fire

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He cannot write these quick enough

  • By Miss on 06-04-18

Gilt edged 5 star

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Tony Parsons certainly found his mojo with this one, and Colin Mace joined in. They are saying that audio books are a new art form and they could well be right. The combination of Tony and Colin produces an experience that chops you up and then spits you out. Listen to it and you will understand.

  • The Slaughter Man

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

On New Year’s Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon is a gun for stunning cattle, leading Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man. But the Slaughter Man is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Ad the bad on 23-09-15

Getting better

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

Like Murder Bag there are some really strong aspects to this story. The way the author deals with emotional aspects of the narrative is really great. The downside is the occasional weak plot point like borrowing a scene from a well known film about killing someone called Bill! I thought that was a bit iffy! otherwise a pretty good story.