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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,398
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,367

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Good Potter!

  • By Simon on 29-11-15

All wonderful until skipping 10 hours in...

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

Reviewed: 29-11-15

What made the experience of listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4 the most enjoyable?

I love these books and was so excited to see them on Audible, and cannot fault the narration, story at all. My review is to warn people and perhaps audible of the skipping of the track during the first task. Between 10:03:48 for a few minutes. I have deleted and redownloaded but this still occurs. Disappointing and distracting, but at least it is not too long. I am yet to listen if this reoccurs in the rest of the book.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Queen's Gambit

  • By: Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

The court of Henry VIII is rife with intrigue, rivalries, and romance - and none are better placed to understand this than the women at its heart. Katherine Parr, widowed for the second time aged 31, is obliged to return to court but, suspicious of the aging king and those who surround him, she does so with reluctance. Nevertheless, when she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing and seductive Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Catherine Parr

  • By Patabee on 06-08-13

A fun 'pantomime' based in Tudor England

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

Reviewed: 13-05-15

What did you like best about Queen's Gambit? What did you like least?

I'll start by making it clear, this is not a historical guide for those wishing to extend their knowledge greatly of Tudor England or that of Catherine Parr. Although it follows the timeline of Henry VIII's final wife's rise to Queen of England, and I would class it more as an young adults historical, romantic fiction. If it wasn't for some more graphic scenes, I would even recommend it to a younger audience as a means of engaging them in History. I struggled with some of the more 'disney' aspects of the storytelling. Catherine Parr: your pure, kindhearted, beautiful 'princess', Seymour: the 'prince' who cannot be. Henry VIII: your traditional pantomime villain, that you can imagine if this story was told on stage, would have the audience booing and laughing over his behaviour. And Dot: the angelic maid who sits with her queen and her queen's stepdaughter under a starry sky watching falling stars (yes - this does happen). The reader is very fitting for the story.

Would you recommend Queen's Gambit to your friends? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend it to teenagers, who perhaps are tired of the list of facts that come with studying history as a means to engage them, or those who just like an easy read romance.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The beginning. I had high hopes to finally have a book about Catherine Parr. The first part was gripping, but then steadily lost it's way, and to what audience the author was writing for.

Did Queen's Gambit inspire you to do anything?

I would like to read more about Catherine Parr. I will be looking to more historical texts, and it will be interesting to see why the author chose to present her in such a light.

Any additional comments?

If you approach this book as light hearted fun, with the bonus of picking up some extra information, then it is an enjoyable read. If you are hoping for a gritty historical reading, then I would recommend turning elsewhere. I do like the authors style of writing, and would be interested if she did books from Henry's other wives POV, but again, for fun.

  • City of Lost Souls

  • Mortal Instruments, Book 5
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright, Eloise Oxer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life but Jace's soul. Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eloise Oxer has ruined this for me.

  • By Holly on 04-09-14

Eloise Oxer has ruined this for me.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

What did you like best about City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5? What did you like least?

Unfortunately I couldn't get more than twenty minutes in. Nothing to do with the writing, I wouldn't have got this far into the series if I didn't enjoy it, but the narrator is so painful to listen to, I'm going to have to wait until a better reading is found.

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5?

See above.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Grant was fine, though I preferred the gentleman from the previous book. Eloise on the other hand... Slow speaking, painfully slow. Dreary, stressing words seems more important than the story. The voice was so monotonous, I couldn't follow the story. She seems to breath words to attempt to make it more mysterious where it is just plain irritating. The last word in every sentence is breathed long, frankly weird.

Was City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5 worth the listening time?

I may keep trying as I want to hear the book, but I certainly will avoid the narrator in future books.

Any additional comments?

Other ratings are based on previous books, and expectations for this book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful