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  • The Silmarillion

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Martin Shaw
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The complete unabridged audiobook of J.R.R Tolkien's The Silmarillion. The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien’s world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to enjoy this...

  • By Millsy on 15-11-2018

I really wanted to enjoy this...

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

Reviewed: 15-11-2018

I really wanted to enjoy this but clearly it’s not for everyone. I absolutely loved the LOTR series of books and was looking for something similar but I found the million unfamiliar names a pain and for me the creation of the characters and the world FAR to long winded. I think I also found it less enjoyable because a great deal of it is in Shakespearean language. Clearly going by the reviews this book is going to be very popular with some people but I just struggled with this one.

  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

  • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ken Albala
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful series.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-08-2017

Seriously interesting

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

Reviewed: 02-11-2018

If you are interested in the history of food across the globe, then like me you will find the majority of these lectures seriously interesting. The lectures start from the very earliest of recorded records of food and eating to the current day, the more recent years being pretty disturbing particularly if you happen to be Americans, fortunately I’m not. For instance, did you know that in the US what they call cheese is actually only 51% actual cheese, the rest being fillers and additives. Argh!

A word of warning, these lectures are likely to make you want to go back to basics, including buying your own whole wheat and grinding it for your own fresh whole wheat breads and such because the vast majority of bread produced is using wheat that has had all its nutritional value removed in order to be made from white flour. If however you do listen and choose to learn from history, you are likely to become a much healthier version of yourself.

I highly recommended this book. 🐨

  • Ritz and Escoffier

  • The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class
  • By: Luke Barr
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

In early August 1889, César Ritz, a Swiss hotelier highly regarded for his exquisite taste, found himself at the Savoy Hotel in London. He had come at the request of Richard D'Oyly Carte, the financier of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operas, who had modernized theater and was now looking to create the world's best hotel. D'Oyly Carte soon seduced Ritz to move to London with his team, which included Auguste Escoffier, the chef de cuisine known for his elevated, original dishes. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting account

  • By Millsy on 26-10-2018

Interesting account

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

Reviewed: 26-10-2018

Though at times I found this book a tad boring, on the whole it was really enjoyable and one I would recommend if you are interested in Ritz and Escoffier.

  • Excel French Cooking

  • By: Excel Cooking
  • Narrated by: Excel Cooking
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

French cooking is one of the most delectable cooking around. Some of the most expensive restaurants in the world provide the most exquisite French dishes, and people go there just to taste the very best delicious delicacies of what French chefs have to offer. But no one simply decides that they want to have French for the night, then be able to cook it. There are many things that you have to know in order to properly cook French cuisine.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Truly horrendous

  • By Millsy on 14-10-2018

Truly horrendous

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

Reviewed: 14-10-2018

This is probably the most useless cookbook I’ve ever experienced. Surely if one buys a book named Excel French Cooking you are probably at least a half decent home cook and looking for the challenge of French cooking. Well if this is the case don’t waste your time with this book, it’s got very little useful information and the recipes, well her recipe for Caesar Salad, Ingredients: some vegetables, some meat and a fruit.....WOW, what an ingredients list and she describes a crepe as like a French taco!

The narrator is also pretty terrible as she often speaks in a very robotic manner.

  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another great novel in Ilona fantasy world

  • By Captain Skurvy on 17-08-2018

Really enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-08-2018

This is one of those books where you start out disliking the main characters but later learn to love them. Really interesting story with great characters and a great narrator to pull it all together. I can’t wait for the rest of the series to be released 🐨 P.s. I also love the length, so many of these books are only 6.5-7 hours in length which for me just isn’t ideal, this book is close to 13 hours which I much prefer.

  • Hell's Belle

  • By: Marie Castle
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Cate Delacy is glad she's a witch - and you can take that any ol' way you like. As a very mortal woman she has a target on her back, so she has no intention of following in her mother's footsteps as an enforcer for the Council of Supernatural Beings. She didn't ask to be a Guardian and she has to pay her bills. Opening the Darkmirror Agency is her solution. Her clients are mostly human and they pay on time. But one day it all goes to Hell, figuratively.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weird and wacky 👹

  • By Millsy on 28-07-2018

Weird and wacky 👹

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

Reviewed: 28-07-2018

This story was quite a weird and wacky one, great characters, interesting story and really well narrated. I definitely recommend it 🐨

  • 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 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

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

Really good

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2018

This series so far has been very different from anything else I have listened to in that it has all the usual beasts and monsters many of us are familiar with such as werewolves, the odd vampire, dwarfs and mythical gods and new beings entirely but in this book they are nothing like other series and for this they help make up a really interesting and enjoyable story. I can’t wait for the next book in this series and I have already preordered the kindle edition though I am hoping the Audible version will be released at the same time using the same narrator who does a fantastic job individualising characters and enhancing the story. I highly recommended this book series 🐨

  • A Glimmer of Hope

  • The Avalon Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Steve McHugh
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Layla Cassidy has always wanted a normal life, and the chance to put her father's brutal legacy behind her. And in her final year of university she's finally found it. Or so she thinks. But when Layla accidentally activates an ancient scroll, she is bestowed with an incredible, inhuman power. She plunges into a dangerous new world, full of mythical creatures and menace - all while a group of fanatics will stop at nothing to turn her abilities to their cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly exciting

  • By Millsy on 23-07-2018

Surprisingly exciting

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

Reviewed: 23-07-2018

This book starts out a bit of a weird one but once it gets into the story it turns into a really interesting and very unique tale. Great characters and a great narrator too. I highly recommended this book and I will be buying the next in the series any moment now 😊

  • Sharpshooter

  • By: Leslie Murray
  • Narrated by: Leslie McDonel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

A mission gone horribly wrong. A vicious killer who will stop at nothing. Two women on the run for their very lives. After 9/11, an experimental branch of the US government has been tasked with the mission of proactively putting a stop to terrorism. They have sent a team to eliminate a financier responsible for funding the worst of these organizations. Everything is going according to plan. Until it's not. The team is ambushed, and when the mission is looking its darkest, it goes from bad to worse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Millsy on 22-07-2018

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 22-07-2018

This is the first book from this author and a really great one at that. It has great characters, action packed and a wonderful romance, what more could you want? One of the US reviews suggested this novel contained no sex, this is very much not the case, it occurs on several occasions and it reads in a very tasteful way unlike some of the other lesbian ‘romances’ which feel far more like erotic fiction which is very much Not! what I am after. I very much want an interesting and exciting story with the romance being highlighted and this book by Leslie Murray very much offers this. I look forward to reading/listening to more novels by this author.

In regards to the narrator, on the whole she does quite a good job, her tone is clear and her speed very much keep the excitement in the story. The only criticism I offer is that there is very little difference between characters and in reading the story there is literally zero pause or separation between changing scenes and character voices which can be slightly confusing when characters switch.

  • Power of Five: Reverse Harem Fantasy

  • Power of Five Series, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Victoria Mei
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera's life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master's advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera's barn. River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother's loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***Power of Five***

  • By IMEE B on 23-06-2018

Surprisingly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

I have listened to quite a few reverse harem books recently and several of those became all to like a weird endless erotic romp, not what I am after. For this reason I did hesitate before purchasing this book but I am glad I did as so far at least it has been a surprisingly interesting tale with the sex being a small aspect which I prefer. I have purchased the second book as I am interested in the development of the magic which hopefully Lara has. My only criticism is that these books are really quite short, I just wish each book was at least twice its length.

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