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I honestly gave up.

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-2021

I really wanted to like this book. I’m a scientist. I study evolution. I really wanted to enjoy it. There was so much hype. The first chapter or two were witty and enjoyable, if a bit too detailed. I liked some of the ideas like how gossip/religion are essential for keeping a large community together. But then it just gets bogged down in waaaay too much detail. I’ve honestly given up. I bought this book a year and I don’t think I’ll ever finish it.

Outstanding! Such a relief to find a brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 04-01-2021

I’ve been really struggling to find good audiobooks lately and the release of Dark Tides was an incredible relief. I loved Tidelands and this instalment is similarly addictive. I had to keep listening. I found myself wanting to shout at some of the characters because I was so invested. It’s such a relief to find an outstanding, high quality, gripping audiobook!
Loved the narrator; her voice is perfect. The conclusion of the book comes a bit too quickly and easily but I loved it nonetheless.

One of my favourite stories, tenderly and gently narrated

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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: 23-08-2020

I’ve always treasured this book, with it’s calm and steady pace, and insight into other times. Emma Fielding narrates the story with the sensitivity it deserves. Perfect listen for troubled times.

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-2020

I’ve been frustrated in the past by the narrator of Dragonsong and Dragonsinger, etc. and have been waiting for aaaages for the rest of the Dragon books to be recorded unabridged. Finally audible are releasing the rest of the series and Sophie Aldred gives a satisfying performance. Her voices for the lord holders don’t quite match their descriptions but overall, she’s pleasant to listen to.
I’ve really enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

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Unexpected pronunciations but overall loved the audiobook

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

Reviewed: 04-01-2020

I was initially taken aback by the narrator- particularly the way she pronounced some of the words. That’s probably just because I don’t know the correct pronunciation though, having only ever come across these words and names written down.
But I’ve grown to love the narrator’s voice. I really enjoyed her portrayal of Brun! She does a good job distinguishing between the characters. I love this series and I’ve really enjoyed this audiobook. Already downloaded the next one!

Best audiobook narration I’ve heard so far

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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: 23-10-2019

Pride and Prejudice is always a classic and I enjoy coming back to it from time to time. But this is my first time listening to it as an audiobook. Rosamund Pike’s performance was perfect. I loved her voices, her timing and her charm. And didn’t she play Jane in the 2005 movie? Perfect casting for the audiobook.

Bittersweet ending with some awkward narration

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

Reviewed: 02-09-2019

As usual. Robin Hobb concludes her stories in a real way- not saccharine but satisfying in the complex way of real life.
Avita Jay as the voice of Bee continues to be wonderful. But David Thorpe’s voice (Fitz’s narration) was harsh and grating, and especially jarred after spending two books listening to a much gentler-voiced Fitz (by Lee Maxwell-Simpson). Thorpe’s mispronunciations were incredibly irritating. I got used to him eventually but it could have been a smoother finale.