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Great but for a younger audience than Hellaquin

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

What did you like most about A Glimmer of Hope?

This book is a welcome return the Hellaquin universe. As with the previous series a bunch of predictable good guys pit themselves against a bunch of predictable bad guys but it is none the poorer for it.

If you want depth of character, witty banter and a twisting plot you may be a tad disappointed. However, the whole is far greater than the sum of it's parts, making this a thoroughly enjoyable llisten.

The main focus for this tale is a girl in her early twenties with her inevitable side kicks, love interests and forthright views. There are literally no surprises and very little clever dialogue. To make up for this there is a lot of bottom kicking of both the magical and non-magical variety. All of the characters play their parts to vanquish evil and overcome their personal and literal demons... blah blah blah.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden?

The narrator was, at best, okay. Some of her accents were a bit spotty and she didn't always seem to know which character was speaking. Thankfully though, none of this distracted from my overall enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

I've just read back over my review and I make it sound like I didn't really like this book. Nothing could be further from the truth. The problem is that I'm a grumpy old man (40ish) and I'm not the target audience. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy just switching off my brain and letting the story take me. I see these books as a kind of pallet cleanser to be enjoyed between long, slightly dull, heavy adult themed books and in this it works wonderfully.

In essence what I'm trying to say is that if you are young and fresh of face with a love of magical action adventure books, you will love this. However, if you are less young and far less fresh faced,, with a love of long involved and pretentious books with far too many long words then, try and enjoy yourself once in a while and read some Steve McHugh.

Great book, annoying main cahracter.

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

What does Jennifer Woodward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She is not an amazing narrator but she does a good job. Her accents seem accurate and unlike a lot of her peers, her male voices are believable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think there were several moments which were supposed to move me but to be honest I find Will's constant angst a little tiresome. Quite frankly, with his complete inability to keep his emotions in check and his total disregard for anyone he cares about, he is the most distinctly unlikable character I have ever tolerated.

Any additional comments?

I really like these books, despite the fact that Will Trent and I seem to be having a metaphysical personality clash. I'm probably being unfair but what few believable aspects of his character there are, are singularly unappealing. Don't let this put you off however as this story is absolutely worth getting your teeth in to.

Pure Steel

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The whole book is filled with lovely little scenes but I am particularly fond of any scene where Steel gets drunk.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I must admit to being moved by the injuries suffered by the bad guys at the end of the book.

Any additional comments?

This is a darkly entertaining romp through the tattered remains of Steel's life following her demotion. with her new sidekick and team of dysfunctional detectives, she bumbles her way through solving a number of minor crimes. The larger story revolves around the man she framed and their revenge on each other.

I was particularly enchanted by some of the smaller touches. My personal favourite was the 'words of the day' which the officers all used, even in the most stressful of circumstances.

In short I thoroughly recommend the purchasing this title. Not only is it a nice change in pace for Logan fans but it will happily stand alone as a novel to new comers.

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Any additional comments?

For starters, a lot of reviewers have said they are unhappy with the lack of character development and plot twists etc. and to be honest this is hardly Game of Thrones. However this book is a light hearted romp through a well constructed world. The stand out aspect for me is the writing. I am particularly fond of the analogies used by Blaze. They are almost all unique and entertaining.

There have also been a lot of complaints that, because the characters show little remorse in killing, they must be one dimensional. I would argue however that the fact that they are not pigeon holed into good or evil outlooks they have the opportunity to explore the darker side of the magic system.

In short don't buy this book if you are looking for political intrigue and grim realism. If, on the other hand, you would like to be transported to a care free world by a true wordsmith, then this is the book for you.

Amazing and satisfying to read but...

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Assassin's Fate the most enjoyable?

For starters, this book wraps up questions I've had from several previous novels, including the Liveship traders trilogy. Secondly there is no down time, the pace of the book is stunning and all the more impressive as it goes on for 45 hours.

What three words best describe Avita Jay and David Thorpe ’s voice?

COULD BE BETTER. The male voice was tolerable even though some of his pronunciations were unconventional. The female voice however was poor. Particularly near the end of the book when things start getting emotional, she may have well be reading out a shopping list. Also it's always a tad annoying when there are two narrators who pronounce names etc differently from each other. It's a testament to how good the book is that none of this spoiled my enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

it hurts me to make negative comments about this book but... The ending although emotional was a little slow yet felt rushed. Another chapter would not gone a miss. I was also surprised that the Fool, who was always a likable character, came across as a little unpleasant in this story. Overall however, as I've said, this was a fantastic read. in fact I'd say this Fitz and the Fool series was the best of all Robin Hobbs works.

Good book but a little over-progressive.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I like James Masters and really enjoyed his narration of the Dresden books although there were a few slight mispronunciations. The other slight problem I have is that,, considering he played an English Vampire for years on Buffy, he had a terrible English accent for the parts of the book set in the UK.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Better than the Mortal Instruments.

Any additional comments?

What a great story. A riveting listen from start to finish and every second enjoyable. Each character has something to offer and is progressed well. The story is intriguing and full of twists, and the narration is highly engaging.

If I were to make a little complaint it would be that the writing seems to be too progressive in the sense that it seems to make a big deal about not making a big deal about homosexuality. There seem to be more homosexual characters than I would consider realistic in a general cross section of society. So many in fact that it surprises me that Shadow Hunters haven't died out through lack of procreation. Don't get me wrong I am all for inclusion but I just think that the author is trying a little too hard.

Aside from this, this is another great book and I can't wait for more.

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Nun better

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

Reviewed: 18-06-17

Any additional comments?

If you had told me that I would be blown away by a book about a bunch of little girls attending a convent then I would have called your sobriety into question. However from the second I started the book to the very end, I was hooked.

It's a little bit like the book Blood Song by Anthony Ryan except it is infinitely better. The basic premise is about a young girl who, after some unpleasantness with a child taker and a gallows, finds herself training to be a nun. Thankfully for me at least, the nuns are the fighting kind not just the praying kind. There are some prophesies, some interesting magical systems and a strange world to explore, all linked with an almost poetic writing style.

I particularly liked the sci-fi element of the worlds origins. Apparently, although the world is the usual medieval type affair, the people on the planet were carried there in space ships hundreds of generations before to escape a dying sun.

If I were to try to find a problem with it, it would be that it takes a while for the reader to understand all the magic and the nature of the world. However as the main character is a child and doesn't understand these things herself I guess it makes sense.

I'm fairly certain that, once the next book comes out, this series will sit in my top 5 fantasy series alongside,The Kingkiller Chronicals, the Codex Alerea, The Stormlight Archive and the Riftwar Cycle.

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A good book with a peculiar end.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I don't like to sound like an old bore but a more conventional and possibly more believable ending would have been nice.

The basic premis of the book is interesting and it feels like it's going to be a classic Lincoln and Sax romp. A little unfortunately, approximately 3/4 through the book the plot takes a sideways dive and comes off a little unbelievable. It's almost like the writer allowed some excitable child in his family to script the final twist.

What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Just a fantastic narrator. Certainly one of the best on Audible.

Any additional comments?

I know I have said that the ending is a little strange but the book was very enjoyable nevertheless. Certainly worth a read even if you have not read the other books in this series.

It's nice to catch up with the characters, Lincoln's relentless pursuit of alcohol, Sax's endless car fanaticism and Tom's constant mothering. and I particularly enjoyed the new dynamic of taking them outside the US.

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An ok story set in a world with no sense of humour

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

Reviewed: 29-04-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Difficult question to answer. Although I never felt the urge to give up on it, I found myself wishing it wasn't so long. I like the characters from the previous book and wanted to follow their development but ultimately it wasn't particularly rewarding.

Would you recommend The Fix to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it if they have read the first books in the series but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to someone who had not read the previous books in the series.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was fine although it suffered from the usual problem of two narrators ie. The dialogue was a little stilted because the parts of the conversation were recorded at different times.

Any additional comments?

It's an interesting concept which is adequately executed but I wouldn't spend a credit on this title if you haven't read the other books in the series.

Not quite a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was a distracting noise but little more. The story kept me going as I was expecting something cool to happen but alas I was disappointed.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was not spectacular. It's a shame as with a character like Superman one can have a lot of fun.

What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

Not particularly horrible.

Any additional comments?

This wasn't a bad book but in my fanboy opinion, it devoted far too much time to how Clark was feeling etc and far too little time to cool super power stuff. Also Clark's friend Willy wasn't particularly likeable so it just ended up being a story about a guilt ridden super boy and his depressing, selfish friend. Having said all that however, there is something about it which kept me reading. In short, it's worth listening to if you are at a loose end but don't expect a magical adventure.

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