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  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding performance, great story

  • By RFC on 02-01-2016

Boring

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

Reviewed: 21-06-2018

It promised to develop. The Sherlock type English gentlemen culture was fun but the magic was unimaginative and dull

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 264

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it all.

  • By Richard on 26-06-2018

Loved this, got me out of my sword and wizards rutt

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

Reviewed: 25-05-2018

Getting tired of wizards and swords. Galaxy outlaws is a nice venture into future sci-fi. Think guardians of the galaxy but with an old school fire and brimstone wizard.
Really enjoying it, do yourself a favour this is a bargain 60+hours keeping me wanting more

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Taliesin

  • The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

It was a time of legend, as the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. Meanwhile, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the endless knott

  • By Brenden on 18-04-2018

Not the endless knott

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

Reviewed: 18-04-2018

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Endless Knott was wonderful, my expectations were not met in this
I crept waiting but this stayed in the realms of conversations with a focus on anthropology .
Never developing to an interesting story.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Wanda McCaddon?

Wanda performed well enough.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It promised to develop it just never developed.

Any additional comments?

Left disappointed

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well: He found a quaint little shop, he befriended the local lord, the village folk loved him, he found a sharp young apprentice to help out, and, best yet, he met a comely young widow with the prettiest eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and steady with a climactic ending

  • By Leilani Coetzee on 04-07-2017

Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-08-2017

Yup boring, didn't like the build up or spell mechanics
Don't recommend it. Try insufficient magic

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Name Of The Wind meets The Maze Runner

  • By Daniel on 31-08-2017

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 04-08-2017

Fully engrossing storyline.
Loved the attunement. System.
Some will say it's a childish system mirroring some RPG. But don't listen to them. Just read it and enjoy

  • Breaking Seas

  • An Overweight, Middle-Aged Computer Nerd Buys His First Boat, Quits His Job, and Sails Off to Adventure
  • By: Glenn Damato
  • Narrated by: René Ruiz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Do you have a dream you must pursue, but everyone says it's unrealistic? Or that you're not qualified? Too old, too out of shape? Or you don't have the "right experience?" Glenn Damato was a 41-year-old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why did he do this? How did he answer the ancient human question: how do we jump-start growth in our lives? We become something we were not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!

  • By Craig on 22-09-2017

No

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2017

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Promised adventure just wasn't up to expectations.

What could Glenn Damato have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Glenn was too inward looking and see through.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked the window into daily sailing life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful