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  • The Heroes

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New recording with the original narrator

  • By Gavin on 21-01-12

Maybe my favourite book

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

It's either this, Best Served Cold, or Bed re They Are Hanged.
On the second listen it was even better, hard to sum up such a fucking sick book tbf. The way the characters POV sees them have different perceptions of the world around them makes it for me, along with the brutality of war.
Bloody good.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,903
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,624

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Bloody Good (No Spoilers)<br />

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

The good: Amazing story, just incredibly put together epic adventure unlike any other I've read. Traversing world's of games and movies without being cheesy.
Narrater has a cool voice and you can listen to him throughout fairly happily.

The bad: Personally I enjoyed the 80s theme and I get that the whole premise was based around one of the characters love for the 80s.. but I feel like with the scale of that story and the possible options available in the world of geekyness.. it seems a little sad that everyone in that virtual world is quite happy to be an 80s Bill & Ted esque douchy cool dude.
Next, I would of liked better action, near the start when there was talk of getting new weapon upgrades etc.. I was exited for gradually improving battle scenes, like in an RPG game. instead most challenges in the book revolve around playing old school games or knowledge of movie trivia (again all 80s).
But don't let that put you off, I was born in 88 and didn't have that bigger knowledge of 80s stuff, and more of a 90s kid! But I still got many many of the choc a block geeky references. And I think the premise would be enjoyable for anyone with an interest in gaming or fantasy / sci fi.
One other 'bad' point was the narrator uses the same voice for every character, with only minor changes. It's a good audiobook regardless but I am used to listening to some incredible Audiobook performances like The First Law and Kingkiller Chronicles. Oh and there's a few bits that they read out that are just really annoying, reading out a scoreboard multiple times including a load of pointless ID numbers, and a scene which was a text dialog between two main characters.. their names get read out repeatedly and it's really annoying. Should be able to tell who is talking via the different voices.

In summary:
This is a must listen if you are a bit geeky. If you like games at all, this is by far and large the best gaming type story I have heard of. Much better than I was expecting and I will recommend it to others.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic saga

  • By Sue Dobbing on 26-01-17

excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Great Audiobook and trilogy. This one dragged slightly and I personally preferred the first two. A few too many long speeches and character arcs get a little confused. But still very enjoyable and a good close out to an awesome story.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808

Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible story, gripped me straight to the end

  • By Tayo S. on 07-01-18

Shockingly good

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

What a gem, was surprised throughout. Thought I had it sussed at the start but man it just kicks off again and again. Very epic and very cool Sci Fi fantasy hybrid.
Loved it.
Narrated well to with Irish accent!

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  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,559
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,307

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
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

Fantastic Adventure Story - Must Read

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

This is up there with First Law series and Stormlight Archives in my favourite fantasy stories.
Has some 'Oliver Twist' meets 'Harry Potter' vibes, but in a unique, fully fleshed out fantasy realm.
One of those stories that keeps you gripped and fascinated throughout. Expertly read by Rupert Degas who brings even more life to the protagonist and interesting ensemble of other characters which the main character meets.

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old friends and enemies

  • By Matt on 23-12-12

Let Down.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

SPOILERS:
The first law trilogy got me into audiobooks, sooo good although the end of them left me a bit dissapointed, bad endings for certain characters who didn't deserve them.

Then on to best served cold, no complaints from me, fantastic all rounder book and story, loved it.

Heroes was very good, not as good as the others but very good.

Red Country, Red Country, Red Country.. I like what he was trying to do with the western theme, it could of worked. But it really is quite boring at times and some of scenes just feel pointless. Now my biggest problem with the book is the relentless ruining of characters. I agree with everyone that Joe creates awesome characters, but half of them seem be going through changes and character arcs through the books only to revert at the end, back to how they started.

Nicamo should of stopped drinking in Best Served Cold, it annoys me that he was brought back just to be a stupid drunk again and have a bad ending. Logen upsets me even more, it would of been better if the kids were his I think, the mother should of been Ferro.. at least that would of been a nice wrap up from the weak end of Last Argument. Caul recognised Lamb in the first few minutes of the book and then he didn't bother looking any closer, just to wait for months and then confront him and not take it further!? I would of liked for Logen to at least finish by meeting up with the Dogman so they could retire and finally 'make things grow'.

So yeah I felt dissapointed by this book I'm afraid, what a shame.

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