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  • The River of Souls

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 5
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A disappointment!

  • By Ryan on 12-06-15

Disappointing...

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

Reviewed: 29-08-16

I have purchased every single of the Matthew Corbett series, and they have become a firm favourite of mine. I often return to them, loving the pleasure of listening to the atmosphere and rich storyline that McCammon weaves for his hero to travel through.
Unfortunately this one ends all too soon: abruptly, and not particularly satisfyingly... Here's hoping he can bring it back with book 6.
On the plus side, Edoardo Ballerini's narration is as flawless as in the previous books.

  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765

Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi Locke Lamora, the estwhile Thorn of Camorr and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking ship they arrive in the city state of Tal Varrar where they are soon planning their most spectacular heist yet; they will take the luxurious gaming house, The Sinspire, for all of its countless riches.No-one has ever taken even a single coin from the Sinspire that wasn't won on the tables or in the other games of chance on offer there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Stuart on 18-09-12

Refreshing Chaos Continues...

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

Reviewed: 27-02-14

Following from The Lies of Locke Lamora, our protagonist Locke and his friend and protector Jean have arrived in the city state of Tal Verrar, looking towards their next big score. Their eyes firmly fixed on the Sinspire, they are surprised when the city ruler usurps their free will and sets them a deadly task; to rid the waters to the south of a marauding band of pirates. Despite no knowledge of the sea or sailing Locke and Jean have no choice but to set forth to meet their fate.
This is a worthy second instalment in the Thorn of Camorr series. The style is as jarring as with the first book, but is easier to settle into after a short while. As before: BUY THIS BOOK!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

Refreshing chaos...

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

Reviewed: 27-02-14

The only way to start this review is to say, BUY THIS BOOK! It's brilliant!
Set in a world that seems to be modeled on an early Venice, it follows Locke Lamora, Jean Tannen, the Sanza twins, Father Chains, and Bugg. Together, they form the "Gentleman Bastards" a highly skilled band of confidence tricksters. They are drawn into the political machinations of Capa Barsavi and The Grey King.
Whilst the story is excellent, prepaid to be VERY confused. It is told in two time streams simultaneously, where Locke is being trained by Father Chains, and where he has succeeded Father Chains. The swapping between the chronology can be sudden and confusing, but if you persevere then you will find this story to be a delight...

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautifully read, chilling tale.

  • By J. PERROTT on 07-07-12

A wonderful historical whodunit

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

Reviewed: 21-08-13

This is the first book in the Matthew Corbett series. Set in the days where the United States hadn't rebelled, and is still a collection of colonies for England and the Dutch.
The story centres around the thoughts and actions of our prissy protagonist, a law clerk to Magistrate Woodward, who have been called to deal with a witch trial in a town called Fount Royal. The town is floundering under the influence of the witch and the town officials are desperate for a quick execution; as the evidence is put forth, Matthew becomes less and less convinced of her guilt.
The story is well told, with plenty of twists to prevent the plot becoming stale, and unusually, McCammon has chosen to make Matthew a tiresome character... I often found him to be slightly annoying, and it's obvious that many of the characters within the story feel the same! That said, despite a minor dislike of Matthew, I did find myself caring what happened to him, and how the town would be saved (if at all...)
The writing is first rate, immersing you in the period and conjuring a detailed and believable world.
If you like a good solid mystery in your fiction, try this one for size!

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he's twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not great

  • By Sam on 09-07-14

Comic fantasy in Pratchett's league!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-13

Combine a 2000 year old Druid, coven of witches, a pack of werewolves, a vampire, and a semi-telepathic Irish wolfhound... Mix in a small American town, and toss in a few angry Irish gods.
This is obviously the recipe that Kevin Hearne followed writing this book, and it's bloody brilliant! (I use the word "Bloody" as an adjective in this case as there are a fair number of sword fights and other violent episodes in this book!)
The characters are believable (I believe that if I knew a 21 year old who happened to be a 2000 year old Druid, he'd act this way!) and the story keeps clipping along.
All in all, well worth a read, and well worth 5 stars!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

  • The Complete First Series
  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Anthony Head, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

A Victorian epic of awful schools inc the aptly named St Bastards, worse prisons, nuns at St Bitches, giant rabbits, and long lost super-hero aunts, in the style of Charles Dickens after far too much gin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dicken's with tonque firmly in cheek

  • By Blue Jay on 16-05-08

BBC radio comedy at its finest

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

A star studded cast bring this hilarious parody of Dickensian literature to vivid life. Pip Bin, Harry Biscuit and co must defeat Gently Benevolent, Pip's EVIL guardian, despite set a is such as being sent to the workhouse, press ganged into a ships crew and being accused of plagiarism. How will they get past these Bleak Expectations?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Name of the Wind (Part Two)

  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,681

Part Two of The Name of The Wind (Unabridged).'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely BRILLIANT!

  • By Marcus H. on 01-10-12

Epic fantasy has got much more epic

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

This story is perfect, a tale of gypsies, beggars, "magicians", daemons, dragons, love, and music. I have never read such an amazing novel. With a huge cast of characters and locations this book may appear daunting at first but give it 20 minutes and I promise you will be swept away and lost in the story of Kote/Kvothe. The narration is beautiful and flawless, never dropping the atmosphere.
The best bit is, the sequel: The Wise Mans Fear is already available on Audible. Take a punt on this book and you will NOT regret it!

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,881

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

Much much better than the film!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

Please don't be put off this book as a result of the 2007 film. This first instalment in Philip Pulman's His Dark Materials trilogy is atmospheric, and beautifully narrated by the author.
I read this book in 2004 after a hospital stay and was initially unsure, but I persevered and fell headlong into a gripping story once you get past the obvious differences to the world we inhabit. (dæmons for example!)
The beauty of the author narrating the story is that you get an idea of what he intended as he was writing it; there is no interpretation by the narrator, and the story somehow feels more pure for this.
I will finish by saying that this story is brilliant and well worth using a precious credit on.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Bedlam

  • By: Christopher Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

Would it be your ultimate fantasy to enter a video game? A realm where you can look like a hero or a goddess, fly space-ships, slay dragons, a realm where there are no consequences and no responsibilities. Or would it be your worst nightmare? Stuck in an endless state of war and chaos where not even death can offer an escape…This is where you find out. This is Bedlam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on to your hats

  • By Caroline on 23-07-15

The perfect story for the playstation generation

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

As a gamer, I was enthralled by this book. It follows our confused central character who has been subjected to a mind scan in a piece of experimental technology; later he wakes up on an alien planet... To his horror he discovers that he is now an NPC in an alien army defending against the invading human horde. Thus begins a rip-rollicking rush through the gaming universe encompassing many old classics and referencing many current favourites. But beware, all is not as it seems in the "gamer-verse"!
I will warn you that as will all Christopher Brookmyre stories, the language used can be (and often is) VERY strong and descriptions of injuries and carnage can be graphic, but this is all part of Brookmyre's comic writing style.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: Tom Hodgkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Sara on 05-01-12

Amusing, but not a story that I'd come back to...

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Lampooning many different authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H. G. Wells this book purports to be a memoir found in a safety deposit box at a bankrupt London bank. It tells the story of Professor Moriarty, and his henchman, Basher Moran. As it unwinds the two influence many events such as fooling the foremost astronomer of their time, busting a spy ring, and confounding Sherlock Holmes.
This book is largely inoffensive although there is some implied strong language and behaviour. It is an entertaining read, but not one I'll be rushing to listen to again anytime soon. I can only equate this to mental chewing gum; it's not bad, but not going to stimulate any brain cells...

7 of 8 people found this review helpful