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  • Knife of Dreams

  • Wheel of Time, Book 11
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 32 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great return to form... such a shame though..

  • By janet on 15-11-11

At Last something has happened

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

Reviewed: 18-05-16

In the last few books very little actually happened they were just full of padding. However in this book things happen and the story moves on - at last !

  • Crossroads of Twilight

  • Wheel of Time, Book 10
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tediously slow....

  • By Robyn on 17-05-13

Long winded and nothing significant happens

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Would you try another book written by Robert Jordan or narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

No to Robert Jorden. Yes to the narrators

What was most disappointing about Robert Jordan’s story?

The basic story behind the series is quite good but the author just tries to spread it out into as many books as possible. If the last 5 books had been condensed into one it would have been very good.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

not really

  • The Path of Daggers

  • Wheel of Time, Book 8
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan. In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • tiresome

  • By Stephanie on 23-08-15

Too much padding

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

Reviewed: 26-07-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The basic concepts are good and the story is pretty good but there's so much unnecessary padding as if the author is trying to get as many books as possible from the series. Basically twice as long as it needs to be.

What other book might you compare The Path of Daggers to, and why?

The previous book in the series.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favourite?

Matt

Was The Path of Daggers worth the listening time?

Over long.

  • Lord of Chaos

  • Wheel of Time, Book 6
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I say MogaDEEN you say MogIDion

  • By M de Bethlen on 25-01-14

Padded Out

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

What would have made Lord of Chaos better?

It would have been a good book if half as long. It was just padded out.

What will your next listen be?

Something more punchy

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The last battle when it finally arrived.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was well read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Raising Steam

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Essential for fans, but not the best of Discworld

  • By Andrew John Rae on 19-11-13

Tired & Predictable

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

Reviewed: 15-11-14

I am a big Terry Prachett/Disc World fan but unfortunately the series has grown tired with predictable humor and plots failing to excite.

  • The Dragon Reborn

  • Wheel of Time, Book 3
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By F. on 23-02-11

Entertaining if a little predictable

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

Reviewed: 13-07-14

This basically carries on from the previous two installments and as such has lost some of its freshness.

The ending was slightly disappointing as it appeared that the series was coming to an end with this book this book but a twist at the end makes it clear that more are to come.

Probably a mistake!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eagle's Conquest

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 2
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

The second novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Roman series. When Centurion Macro arrives on British soil as one of Emperor Claudius's invasion force in 43 AD, he is facing one of the toughest campaigns of his battle-scarred career. In a series of bloody skirmishes, Macro and his young subordinate, Optio Cato, and the desperately outnumbered Roman army must find and defeat the enemy before he grows strong enough to overwhelm the legions. But the Britons are not the only foe facing Macro and Cato....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sequel

  • By Simon on 11-10-15

Good but similar to the others in the series

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

Reviewed: 16-06-14

I've a few of these now (not necessarily in the correct order) and although they are enjoyable they do tend to have common elements in the story so they are getting a bit "samey".

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  • The Sword of Shannara

  • The Shannara Series, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Rival to Gandalf

  • By Renato on 26-02-07

Basically Lord of the Rings Retold

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

Reviewed: 23-05-14

Other reviewers have mentioned the similarities between this book and the Lord of the Rings. I would go father and say its basically just the same story with names and locations changed. A bit of a rip-off really but still quite enjoyable if predictable.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ionian Mission

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 8
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain, commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.... A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship - and luck when fighting against odds - come triumphantly into their own as the story concludes with some fierce and thrilling action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic in the series

  • By Mr Timothy P Butcher on 20-10-18

Too much detail too little avtion

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

Reviewed: 13-11-13

If you want to know in some detail what life was like on a ship of this period this is the book for you but not a lot happens to keep most readers interested.

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  • Flight of the Intruder

  • By: Stephen Coonts
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Experience the thrills of naval aviation during the Vietnam War and learn of the intense pressures of the profession through naval pilot, Jake Grafton, who soars off carriers, bombs from tree-top levels and makes treacherous night landings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome book

  • By ian b on 29-07-16

Excitement sacrificed in favor of realism

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

Reviewed: 06-06-13

Not a bad book but not as exciting as many others of a similar type. The last part is good but the early parts are a bit tedious. The author has tried to make it as realistic as possible but real life isn't as exciting as a ripping yarn.