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  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story

  • By Mari on 19-08-2014

saved by secondary characters

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

Reviewed: 14-01-2019

The main character of the book loses her memory, and has to redefine her identity as mother and separated wife without the experiences leading to that identity. Unfortunately I found that the author did not research either amnesia or motherhood enough to be convincing through the main plotline.
For me, the psychiatric notebook of the sister going through unsuccessful fertility treatment and the blog kept by the grandmother rang much more true and ended up saving the plot, (a bit like OITNB where the main character is also the least interesting imho). I ended up finishing the audiobook, actually shed a tear, but will probably not choose another book from the author.

  • The Black Prism

  • Lightbringer Trilogy Book One
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Redone by new Narrator

  • By kneaky on 02-05-2017

realistic people, unrealistic world

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

Reviewed: 18-10-2017

I persevered with this book because the characters had realistic flaws, and the storyline built on interpersonal relationships tainted by very well presented and researched personality flaws. This is
Unfortunately the same amount of care was not taken by the author to make either the magic system internally consistent, or the battles and the description of the dynanics of large groups of people realistic.
The internal monologues of the different characters are strangely similar and repetitive.
Overall interesting book, but I was relieved to finish it and won't waste my time on tbe sequels.

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs - once thought of almost as gods - were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • heckin good boiiieeee

  • By Richard on 15-10-2017

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 27-09-2017

The good: the magic system works: there's enough detail to connect with, yet still vague enough not to trip alarm bells in my scientifically trained mind. Positive female characters. The narrator has a wonderful repertoire of accents, cadences and pitches to easily distinguish characters from each other.

The bad: The emotional responses of the characters are way off the mark. Dialogues are often forced, e.g: too many words in high stress scenarios. Some scenes feel set up and pointless, and are obviously placed to be followed up - signs of a cut and paste job to fix plot holes after the first edit, but never worked into the story properly. It all feels like a teen bubble, where the significance of the actions and opinions of the teen characters are unrealistically inflated. The narrator makes everything sound melodramatic.

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  • Fallen Dragon

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Lawrence Newton always dreamed of adventure amongst the stars. Now the ultimate prize is within his grasp, but what will he risk to get it? Lawrence is the sergeant of a washed-out platoon taking part in the bungled invasion of yet another human colony world. The giant corporations call such campaigns 'asset realization', but in practice it's simple piracy. When he's on the ground, being shot at and firebombed by resistance forces, he recalls stories of the Temple of the Fallen Dragon. Its priests supposedly guard a treasure hoard large enough to buy lifelong happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Matthew on 25-11-2016

shoddy science, OK fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-07-2017

What disappointed you about Fallen Dragon?

Very little research was put in by the author into the ecology, evolution or genetics backing up his major plot line. And the time-travel cop-out at the end?

What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Do his research.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

John Lee's performance was the only thing that kept me going.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful