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  • Oakleaf Bearers

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 4
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: William Zappa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 83

Can sworn enemies fight side by side to save their lives and their kingdoms? Just as spring approaches and Will and Evanlyn can finally escape Skandia, Evanlyn is carried off by mysterious horsemen. Will sets out after them, but one boy against six fierce Temujai warriors is impossible odds - even for a Ranger apprentice. Halt and Horace arrive just in time. But the happiness of their reunion is cut short when Halt realizes these Temujai are only scouts for a massive invasion force.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant

  • By mrsvee on 16-03-2019

Pleasant

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

Reviewed: 16-03-2019

The main thing noticed that there were too many mispronunciations. Occasionally misplaced emphasis, but basically, a good read of a good story.

  • The Ruins of Gorlan

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: William Zappa
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 127

Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont's Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger's secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be what he longs for, but when he and Halt are sent out to prevention the assassination of the King....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ranger's Apprentice

  • By Zephyr Vega-chistie on 03-06-2017

Well read

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

Reviewed: 14-03-2019

Yes, William Zappa reads well, just a few pronunciation erros, bu overall, well done., and the story has lost none of its appeal.

  • The Royal Ranger: Duel at Araluen

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 14
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

King Duncan and Princess Cassandra are trapped high in the south tower of Castle Araluen. In the north, Sir Horace and Ranger Commandant Gilan are besieged in an old hill fort as they wait for the Red Fox Clan's next attack. Ranger's apprentice Maddie must find the Heron brotherband and convince them to join her, so she can give her father the help he needs to break out from the hill fort and ride to confront the traitor. Will they reach Castle Araluen in time? And when the battles have been fought and the dust has settled, who will rule the Kingdom of Araluen?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please bring back William Zappa

  • By Anonymous User on 09-12-2018

You have done it this time!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-2019

Why oh why did you have John Keating do this reading. He trivilialised the characters with his “voices”, he paused when no pause was required. He mispronounced so many words, he emphasised things that didn’t need emphasising and he did not emphasise things that should have been emphasised. Please, please, go back to William Zappa ... in fact, re-record both Royal Ranger Books, 2 and 3. Pleeeeezzzzeee!

  • Bony and the Kelly Gang

  • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 25
  • By: Arthur Upfield
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Tucked away in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales is Cork Valley, inhabited by hard-drinking Irishmen. Here an Excise Officer looking for illicit whiskey 'stills' has been murdered, and it's Bony's job to find the killer. Disguised as a horse thief, the Aboriginal detective hitchhikes into the valley to meet a lawless lot....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most entertaining

  • By mrsvee on 24-01-2019

Most entertaining

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

Reviewed: 24-01-2019

If all readers would listen to this and base their readings on the style of Peter Hosking. Well done!

  • St. Peter's Fair

  • The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

It is Summer in the Year of Our Lord 1139 when the grand festive event, St. Peter's Fair, is held in the town of Shrewsbury. The event brings pause to the ongoing civil war, as tradesman from across England and beyond arrive in the town for some much needed gaiety. That is, until the body of a wealthy trader is found in the River Severn. Was Thomas of Bristol the victim of murderous thieves? And if so, why were his valuables abandoned nearby? Brother Cadfael offers to help the merchant's lovely niece Emma. But while he is searching for the killer, the man's wares are ransacked and two more men are murdered. Emma almost certainly knows more that she is telling, as others will soon realise. Cadfael desperately races to save the young girl, knowing that in a country at war with itself, betrayal can come from any direction, an even good intentions can kill. Performed by Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, this fourth chronicle of Brother Cadfael weaves history and intrigue into an intricate web of adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phoenix Books aiding version best yet.

  • By mrsvee on 09-01-2019

Phoenix Books aiding version best yet.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-2019

This version of Ellis Peters Cadfael story, ‘St Peter’s Fair’, is far and away better than the Bolinda version. For one thing, the reading done by Sir Derek Jacobi beats hands down that audio book by Bolinda and read by a female. I certainly want more of Ellis Peters Cadfael stories done by Phoenix, and I particularly want ‘Summer of the Danes’, which Bolinda do not have. It’s on my Wish List.

  • A Civil Contract

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully delivered rendition

  • By Rachel on 14-03-2019

Always a pleasure.

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

Reviewed: 24-11-2018

Whether I read or listen to a Georgette Heyer book, I enjoy it. The tales are varied, the language is a pleasure to read/listen to, and they have such lovely happy endings. I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned romance.

  • The Monogram Murders

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified - but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is NOT Agatha Christie.

  • By mrsvee on 22-11-2018

This is NOT Agatha Christie.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-2018

Perhaps this author thought by writing about an established character by a well known top author she would have success. Sorry dear. It is a poor excuse for an AC novel and I never want to read another story by you.

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  • The Land of Painted Caves

  • Earth's Children, Book 6
  • By: Jean M Auel
  • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 30 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

The Land of Painted Caves concludes the story of Ayla, her mate Jondalar, and their little daughter, Jonayla, taking readers on a journey of discovery and adventure as Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni - one of the Ninth Cave community's spiritual leaders and healers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By debra on 20-04-2016

A bit too much of many things .

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2018

we waited years for rhis final book a d sorry to say it's a bit of a disappointment. Too often are the full descriptions of Ayla and Jondalar's sex episodes ... as though put there to make the book longer ... a few too many mis pronunciations and misplaced emphases ... too much repitition. But now the story is finished. Thankyou.

  • Sky Dragons

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Leadership of these dragons and riders falls to Xhinna, female rider of a blue dragon, who must earn the respect of all who follow her and solve the problem of how to get sufficient numbers of dragon eggs, all while protecting her people and baby dragons from the predators, and worse, traitors!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By mrsvee on 03-11-2018

Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-11-2018

Sorry, but this is the worst book to come from Anne McCaffrey ... too much “conversation” and not enough story. You can, and have done better than that. So disappointed.

  • The Plains of Passage

  • Earth's Children, Book 4
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 31 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Ayla and Jondalar leave the safety of the lands of the Mammoth Hunters and embark on a seemingly impossible journey across an entire continent. Their goal is the Cro-Magnon settlement in what is now southern France where Jondalar lived as a young man. Accompanied by the half-tame Wolf, the superb stallion, Racer, and the mare, Whinney, they brave both savage enemies and the elemental dangers of weather and terrain in their search for the place that will become Home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite of the whole series

  • By Kerry on 15-01-2017

mostly well read

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

Reviewed: 26-10-2018

Dear producer ... do you just det a teader behind a microphone and say..."go do it", or do you pop in occasionally. You have missed several misplaced emphases wihch spoil an otherwise good read.