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Cowboys & dimensional travel so much fun!

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Reviewed: 14-08-2020

Mr Blackmore back at his best with the excellent performances of R.C.Bray. I wasn't sure this would work from the blurb but like so many of Blackmore's collection the dialogue, characters, setting and story were a tremendous ensemble for a story with superior imagination at play. Besides the excellent action and very humorous interactions from the characters that are almost expected from a Blackmore novel the descriptions of the settings and universes that our hero's experience were key highlights for me. Your wondering "what next?" throughout the novel once its kicked into gear. I especially love his descriptions of the various environments of Canada in different seasons. Which are obviously alien for us in the southern hemisphere. Also unique to listen to the odd Canadian 'cowboy' outlaws hilarious disparagement of their US neighbors. Lots of fun for lovers of action and fun dialogue not just those that have the fantasy/sci-fi/horror bug. Enjoy the ride.

I wanted to like this more but...

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Reviewed: 14-08-2020

Overall an enjoy able listen. R.C.Bray does excellent performances, the universe presented and the problems the characters encounter were all believable. There was a nice 'hopefulness" vib about humanity in an apocalypse that was refreshing considering there is too often current dystopian thinking applied to people faced in situations of societal breakdown and stress. All the while not preaching or nieve. The book really is a set up for number two. It establishes three key characters and the universe they survive but it doesn't provide much in the way of a strong plot. The extra detail about firearms and survicialism was interesting for me but would bore many IMHO. Having said that I stuck with the book and look forward to giving the next a go. Perhaps one for those that already enjoy apocalypse sci-fi rather or those that enjoy lots of point of view narration.

A 21st century classic Fantasy

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Reviewed: 21-06-2020

I read this awesome novel when it was new. Hearing it now was another revelation of the genius imagination and descriptive brilliance of the author. It’s long but the universe of the series is such an incredible mix of fantasy and steam punk requires rewarding immersion. If your after a simple book this isn’t it. It has a lot to say about social relations and casts an incredible mirror to the early development of capitalism. While at the same time an intricate story of conspiracy, betrayal and loyalty on a fantastical floating pirate city. An excellent book and a real value for money long listen performance from the narrator.

History made poetic & accessible

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Reviewed: 27-05-2020

This the best history of the events of 1917 in Russia if ever read (and that’s a few). The performance of John Banks is fantastic and wonderfully compliments Mieville’s beautiful writing. Mieville makes the history pop from the pages and judiciously deals with all the key controversies and key events in a way that is accessible to people that may no nothing about the subject. It was a joy to listen to after reading have read the book some time. Wonderful to have a this fantastic contribution to history that doesn’t deal in fairy tails and finger paintings of the Cold War fraud historians of both “sides”. Can’t recommend enough.

Back with Mountains of awesome

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Reviewed: 24-02-2020

Picks up from where things left and provides a big surge of adrenaline. New “baddies” some shocks and fast paced action. R.C Bray at his finest as the performer. Just disappointed it ended when it did. Hooked and want the next please!

An excellent surprise

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Reviewed: 11-02-2020

I’ve never been interested in werewolves but this was an excellent, entertaining, gruesome and fun experience. The author makes you want to pack up to Canada while at the same time provides some great jumps and laughs in what is the most fun I’ve had with a horror book in an age. Recomend.

Enjoyable listen

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Reviewed: 14-11-2019

Picks ups and runs after the hard slog that was 2nd book. Well worth it. Only criticism is the heroine’s propensity to self blame in the course of the story is a tad over done. Plenty of what ifs and ideas for readers imagination after the 2nd books depressing outlook. The author resurrects a far more optimistic and considered veiw of human nature. Very refreshing considering some post-apocalyptic novels are depressing in their ignorance or antipathy towards collective endeavours by human beings confronting social crisis. Dust made the whole series worth a listen for me.

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Ok but, Was it really needed?

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Reviewed: 10-11-2019

The performance was very good. The universe is very engaging, sinister, depressing with small glimpses of hope. Ties the prequel events in Wool up neatly. On the whole the world of the book kept me engaged while sadly it just went on for way to long. Perhaps half the time could have been spent which left me wondering why it was needed. Prequels can suffer from tieing everything into a neat bow which can kill the readers imagination. Having said that, I’m looking forward to picking up the story from where Wool finished.

Lots of fun in a dark fantasy world

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Reviewed: 17-10-2019

Lovers of dark fantasy (I.e. Black humour dominates a high fantasy world that is grey not good vs bad) will enjoy this book. Having had a break from Blackmore since the fantastic Mountain man books this was a very enjoyable listen. Excellent job by Lee for narration. There are parts dealing with addiction and hopelessness which I didn’t enjoy but they were very well written and worth enduring. Some great banter and black humour throughout. The world isn’t pretentious and would be a good place to try a fantasy novel for those curious but put off by the main stables in the genre. Though, there is plenty of violence (not gratuitous, just visceral) so not for the faint hearted or young teens imho. Thanks

Worth the wait. A fan pleaser.

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Reviewed: 17-10-2019

Its a high fantasy world getting smashed by an Industrail revolution and it’s definitely not Tolkien’s. Picks fantastically up from the first series of books. New fun main characters alongside old surviving favourites. Excellent for existing fans and can be read/ listened to without needing to read the other books. Though you may want to go and do those again after this one. The reader does an awesome job putting the pages to audio life. A long time since the last First Law books and worth the wait imho. Thanks