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Samuel Colbran

Gold Coast, Australia
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  • The Dark Lord Bert

  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

How does a one-hit-point goblin become the Dark Lord? By accident. Bert is a tiny goblin with big dreams. He follows adventurers, and loots the copper they leave behind when they take the real loot. One day, Bert hopes, he'll have enough copper to buy a warg, and finally promote from a one-HP critter to a Warg Rider. Kit is a typical gamer hoping to enjoy a good story, but her friends are more interested in rules, loot and experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun little adventure

  • By Samuel Colbran on 18-04-2019

fun little adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-2019

This a a fun little book. Now I know what litrpg is and enjoy the genre. Bert is awesome

  • Brief Cases

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 83

Magic. It can get a guy killed. Return to the world of the Dresden Files with Harry Dresden (the only wizard in the Chicago phone book) and friends as they solve supernatural mysteries, protect the helpless, and fight evil. Brief Cases is a new collection of Dresden Files stories which includes an original novella, from international best seller Jim Butcher. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deaden? What's not to love?

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-06-2018

awesome and insightful stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-2018

I love the Dresden Files, with Jim Butcher remarking on why he wrote each story and how it expanded the world was fascinating.

  • Summer Knight

  • The Dresden Files, Book 4
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always a joy

  • By MISS SARAH TOWLER on 19-04-2017

brilliant book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-2018

Just love James Marsters narration of Mr Butcher's books. I have read all his books multiple times and still enjoy them with each new read/listen.

  • A Thunder of War

  • (The Avalon Chronicles, Book 3)
  • By: Steve McHugh
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

After years of struggle, Layla Cassidy has finally mastered the dark powers that threatened to control her and turned them to good. She’s ready to fight, but the next battle will be her greatest test yet. The forces of Avalon are growing ever stronger, reinforcing their dominance with almighty displays of brutality. When Abaddon comes close to crushing Layla and her friends, it’s clear that the thunder of war is about to give way to lightning - and that they have no chance of surviving it alone. The final battle against Abaddon is drawing closer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome finale to a brilliant series

  • By Samuel Colbran on 07-11-2018

Awesome finale to a brilliant series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-2018

Loved this book, nearly listened to it in one sitting. Layla was again a relatable character and Reny was as always awesome.

  • Skin Game

  • The Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 235

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful. This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies, to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Butcher and James Marsters makes magic again!

  • By Anonymous User on 04-12-2017

love this series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2018

Can't wait for Peace Talks as this is a fantastic series and I just want to see how Mr Butcher finishes it.
Powered my way through Mr Marsters narration and he brings Harry to life through Mr Butcher's storytelling.
If you read this review, head back to Storm Front and start reading it again!

  • Hand and Talon

  • World of Kyrni, Book 1
  • By: Melonie Purcell
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When Sorin, a cranky old soldier, barges in and decides to take over her life, Krea is less than enthused. Sure, he saved her from a brutal death at the hands of the guards, and he did stop decrepit faerie monsters from eating her. But declaring she isn’t human and dragging her through a cursed forest to the Royal City is going too far. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing and interesting

  • By Anonymous User on 09-03-2018

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-2018

I didn't know what I was getting into when I grabbed this book for Rose Montague's 12 days of Bookmas, but after being suck in after the first few pages, I was hooked!

Ms Purcell has marvellous creativity, her grasp of the lore she created for this book was fantastic! From the Callers to mages to the fae and most of all Kyrni, each was given a perfect amount of time to drip the information into your imagination.

I did also grab the audiobook, and the narrator Kristan James was spot on with her tone, pace and brilliant skill of bringing Melonie's book to life.

This is a book to remember, and I might delve into it soon. Highly recommended!

  • Jill

  • Three J'amigos, Volume 3
  • By: Rose Montague
  • Narrated by: Caryn Kuhlman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

In the conclusion of the Three J'amigos series, Jade and Jane are on a rescue mission. Jill has been kidnapped and the world of Faerie is in turmoil. When Jill is transported to a place from which there is no escape, Jade and Jane must split up in an effort to save her. The magic and mayhem continue and the addition of a newly created vampire presents unexpected complications. Will Jill be able to escape to reclaim her throne as Winter Queen of Faerie? Don't miss out on the non-stop action and fun in the final book in the trilogy!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The final volume of the three J's

  • By Samuel Colbran on 27-07-2018

The final volume of the three J's

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-2018

When you have been driving to a beautiful destination, that last part seemed to fly by like it was a brief ending to an extraordinary trip. It make me think about the journey, instead of this leg of the trip.
Not saying I did not like Jill but I wanted more. This comes back to looking at the three rather than the one. This is one complete story, what started in Jade then move to Jane and finishes in Jill. Miss Montague has created a rich and marvellous story split into three parts. I can't fault it, but I wanted more. More story, more details.
Again I have to look at all of the Three J'amigos, and I cannot give it less than 5 stars.
Caryn Kuhlman again did a marvellous and brilliant job bring Rose's characters and personalities to life, and it made it even more special. I could spend another ten hours in the world of Rose Montague's
If you want to read the book or listen, I would suggest to do it in one seating. The experience will be amazing! Thank you for this incredible series, Miss Montague.

  • King of Ashes

  • Firemane, Book 1
  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

A new novel from internationally best-selling author Raymond E. Feist. The world of Garn once boasted five great kingdoms, until the King of Ithrace was defeated and every member of his family executed by Lodavico, the ruthless King of Sandura, a man with ambitions to rule the world. Ithrace's ruling family were the legendary Firemanes and represented a great danger to the other kings. Now four great kingdoms remain, on the brink of war. But rumour has it that the newborn son of the last king of Ithrace survived....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I am waiting for the next book...

  • By Samuel Colbran on 27-07-2018

I am waiting for the next book...

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

Reviewed: 27-07-2018

Delving into Mr Feist new book, world, characters and lore. Two things I can say about this book is that it is nothing like his massive Riftwar saga, and when will the next one be out!

I felt that this was a book of introduction and world building. Meeting the main characters, exploring their personalities and their goals at this moment in time. The world building was remarkable, and I couldn't help comparing it with my ideas (I will be writing a blog about that at a later date).

Did I enjoy the book, oh my yes! With a Captial HELL YEAH! King of Ashes is indeed a first of three as the pace and style scream that. Characters have flaws and strengths with strong motivations. The plot hasn't revealed itself, but I can see there are more surprises in future books.

As much as I like it, the drawback of it was the restraint and too much concentrating on the introduction of this series. Which was only a small qualm of mine, it still didn't detract from me losing myself in the story and the need to know more.

I would suggest buying the book but wait until the second comes out as you find out the 'need to read now!' feeling.

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  • Assassin's Fate

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, David Thorpe
  • Length: 45 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 340

Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter, Bee, was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A deeply moving conclusion!

  • By Rosanna on 12-08-2017

Don't want to let go...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-2018

It is strange how much I love this book. Most people will know that this is the finally of Fitz's journey. I have seen him grow from a lad to an assassin to a hero to a man to a Husband to a father and then reaching this book.
This book is split into two narratives; one is of Bee Farseer and the other Fitz and the Fool. There were times I wept at Bee's treatment and roared with enthusiasm with her successes. Fitz as he chased after vengeance, learned a lot about himself and his closest friend the Fool. The dynamic relationship between the two was beyond love and words, as they are one soul with Nighteyes.
I could feel Ms Hobb struggling to let go, as anyone would be with a treasured loved one. The one issue I had with the book was the drawn-out ending and the long chase. Not saying it wasn't needed but 48 hours audiobook was a slog.
The narration was terrific, for each narrative had their voice actors. Assassin's Fate was the first time I have heard two narrators on an audiobook. The two were David Thorpe and Avita Jay; each one brought the character of Bee and FitzChivalry to life.
I might have to go back to where it all began, Assassin's Apprentice as I am not ready to let go. Thank you Robin Hobb for your creativity and imagination, I will never forget the Six Duchy

  • A Flicker of Steel

  • The Avalon Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Steve McHugh
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Thrust into a new world full of magic and monsters, Layla has finally come to terms with her supernatural powers - and left her old life behind. But her enemies are relentless. Sixteen months after her life changed forever, Layla and her team are besieged during a rescue attempt gone awry and must fight their way through to freedom. It turns out that Avalon has only grown since their last encounter, adding fresh villains to its horde. Meanwhile, revelations abound as Layla confronts twists and betrayals in her own life, with each new detail adding to the shadow that looms over her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good

  • By Millsy on 25-07-2018

Worth the wait!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-2018

Over a short amount of time, I powered through Mr McHugh's the last three books of Hellequin Chronicles and then straight on to the first book of The Avalon Chronicles. After reading A Glimmer of Hope and seeing that the second book was up for pre-order, I was extremely excited.

So I have finished A Flicker of Steel, and now want to read the next one... but I have to wait until November...

I guess I should start with this review. Where was I? Oh yes, A Flicker of Steel. FoS expanded a lot from the last one, it been two years since the previous book and is set after Scorched Shadows (So now I understand the timeline), we pick up with Layla as a full-time agent. As this expands what happened after the takeover (if you want to know more read Hellequin Chronicles) and catch up Tommy, Oliva, Cassy, Chloe and Harry.

Seeing how they have grown and have been dealing with this new status quo and how they all need desperately need a win. There is not much I can say about this book without spoiling the heck of it.

The growth of Layla from the first book to the end of this one was marvellous to watch. In the first one, she thought she was a monster like her father, in this one she has accepted that darkness exists within herself, but you don't need to lose yourself.

The book is action-packed and fantastic.

And again my hat goes off to Elizabeth Knowelden's narration as it allows the humour, excitement, emotion and characters come to life. Her skill to give the listener/reader the full picture from her use different tones, accents and pitch. Miss Knowelden is brilliant and brings the level of the book beyond five stars!

Just like Mr McHugh has written so far, every book builds on the previous books and finally this book it connects to the larger storyline. Which make me want to read the next book!

5 out of 5 stars! (With Miss Knowelden 10 out of 5 stars!)