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  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kindhearted to collect his debts. They face poverty until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reader lets down a fabulous story

  • By Sherry McCourt on 16-02-2019

Moral, magical and white!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

Such a delight to listen to! Naomi Novik has a gift for creating, within a single book, a depth and history for her characters which provides a great basis for a ‘reality’ that she gently weaves magic around - making it feel true as ever. Her stories accomplish quickly what could easily be explored over many books but are neatly and rightly wrapped in a single volume. I love Katy Sobey’s narration I will be searching for other books she has performed for the pleasure in how she reads them.

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  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

A dark enchantment blights the land. Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written folklore fantasy

  • By emmoff on 17-11-2016

Spellbinding - Thirsty for more!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-2019

This book was a pleasure to experience from beginning to end. I loved the way the characters were brought to life and how the magic was woven and unfolded through it. Katy Sobey’s narration was enchanting, I’ll be listening to more!

  • Rides a Dread Legion

  • Demonwar Saga, Book 1
  • By: Raymond E Feist
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

A lost race of elves, the taredhel or 'people of the stars', have found a way across the universe to reach Midkemia. On their current home world, these elves are hard pressed by a ravaging demon horde, and what was once a huge empire has been reduced to a handful of survivors. The cornerstone of taredhel lore is the tale of their lost origins in the world they call simply 'Home', a place lost in the mists of time. Now they are convinced that Midkemia is that place, and they are coming to reclaim it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chapters out of sync

  • By Anonymous User on 15-02-2018

Different Worlds and Emotions!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2014

If you could sum up Rides a Dread Legion in three words, what would they be?

Foreboding, Epic and Confronting.., I'd chuck in unexpected too!

What did you like best about this story?

The delivery and the reconnection with familiar characters and some new ones :)

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

A personality for each of the Characters that only enhanced my experience and guided my imagination.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes - this is a book that makes you feel hope, fear, excitement and a deep sadness.

  • At the Gates of Darkness

  • By: Raymond E Feist
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 112

Recent events have devastated the Conclave of Shadows; the discovery of the Demon horde on the heels of the taredhel invasion of Midkemia, the threat of the star elves themselves, and the terrible personal cost paid by Pug and his family. But grieving must wait. At a deserted fortress in the Valley of Lost Men, the Conclave's agents witness horror beyond their imagination, orchestrated by a familiar enemy. But Belasco's motives are as yet unclear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish audiobooks had maps of worlds

  • By Anonymous User on 11-10-2018

Amazing Performance

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2014

What did you like most about At the Gates of Darkness?

I really felt the story - I nearly jumped out of my skin on the bus when the Daemon Prince spoke!

What did you like best about this story?

The performance and the story were both enjoyable. :)

What about Peter Joyce’s performance did you like?

He has a voice that just works so well with this genre

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Um as above - there were moments - it certainly wasn't monotone :)