LISTENER

Matt Shepherd

  • 9
  • reviews
  • 9
  • helpful votes
  • 13
  • ratings
  • Blood Song

  • Book 1 of Raven's Shadow
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than GoT

  • By Trish on 16-08-2015

Started slow, almost gave up. Glad i didnt.

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2019

Story well written with detailed charecters and well performerd. Plot is very interesting with well placed cliffhangers.

  • The Tiger's Daughter

  • By: K Arsenault Rivera
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The Hokkaran Empire has conquered every land within their bold reach - but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests. Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed more than i thought.

  • By Matt Shepherd on 23-10-2018

Enjoyed more than i thought.

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2018

Almost stopped listening a few times but something kept me going. Not usually a fan of letter format stories though the author pulled it off. Also didnt have a problem with racism that many others complained about, it seemed like 2 legitimate realistic unique-ish historical cultures. But i am a white guy living in an Asian country. I think some people just like to complain and cant comprehend something so different being realistically plausible. The romance felt natural not forced like some other books i have listened to(and i DONT read books for romance, i like it in the background). I am not in a hurry to read the sequel, but i will eventually. This one ended well without any real cliffhangers.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 42 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,785

Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING NOVEL AND NARRATION!

  • By Serena on 05-10-2015

Too much diana

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

Reviewed: 22-10-2018

Just too much mushy stuff with diana. Really wouldn’t mind he she died and he moved on. Seemed unrealistic how sim got fela, but action, magic, words, plot, foreshadowing, world, humour are suberbly
done.

  • Fool's Quest

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Lee Maxwell-Simpson, Avita Jay
  • Length: 33 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 254

Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters with the second volume in a brand-new series. Happy endings never last.... Years ago they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robin Hobb is my absolute favorite.

  • By Miss on 15-09-2016

Good though i disliked the fools voice.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-2018

Decemt performance though still wish the narrator hadn't chnage from the last trilogy. The fools voice is really annoying

  • The Red Sea

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 1
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

When Dante Galand was just a boy, his father, Larsin, sailed away to make his fortune. And never returned. Since then, Dante has become a great sorcerer. A ruler. A destroyer of kings. And he's just learned that his father is living on a forbidden island at the edge of the known world. Where he's dying of a mysterious plague. In the company of his friend, the swordsman Blays, Dante travels to the island. There, his magic can do nothing for his father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody brilliant

  • By Steve on 09-06-2016

Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-09-2017

Would you try another book written by Edward W. Robertson or narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds?

Nothing about this series hooked me this is the second audio book i have ever disliked enough to want to return. Actually didn't listen to it till it was to late to return.
Narration was fine, story just had no spark.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Illuminae

  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Jonathan McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

The year is 2575, and two megacorporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and is mutating, with terrifying results. Their ship's protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it Or regret it.

  • By Matt Shepherd on 28-08-2017

Read it Or regret it.

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

Reviewed: 28-08-2017

I read and listen to a lot of books and this sat on my phone for a while, i wasnt really keen on the writing format so was reluctant to try this even though i had bought it. But walking home one day realised i had nothing else left and was forced to listen to it. And im so glad i did.

I have read a lot of books from many genres, i mean brandon Sandersons my fave author. But this is hands down the best audio series i have ever heard and i write this review in the final few hourse of the second. Annoyed because i thought the third book was out.

The censoring of swear words was a little annoying but its explained in the story and you can easily tell what they are saying. The voice cast is great You will become attached to the characters quickly and become hooked by the mystery. The second quarter of book one is a little slow but from there it picks up speed like an avalanche contiuing into book 2 with an extended cast.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Gemina

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 2
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Carla Corvo, Steve West, P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 137

Hanna Donnelly is the station captain's pampered daughter, and Nik Malikov is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Together they struggle with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, blissfully unaware that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect sequel

  • By Matt Shepherd on 28-08-2017

The perfect sequel

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

Reviewed: 28-08-2017

If you liked the first, you will love this even more!! Word word word word

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,488

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Betty Denley on 13-12-2015

banger!

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

Reviewed: 20-12-2016

Classic read, but at the same time a new experience listening instead of reading!

word15 word16 word17 word18 word19 word20

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A reason to be grateful for being deaf?

  • By Matt Shepherd on 30-10-2016

A reason to be grateful for being deaf?

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

Reviewed: 30-10-2016

Would you try another book written by Christopher Paolini or narrated by Gerard Doyle?

I have no problem with the story or author, they are both very good. so I decided to listen to this series, but as soon as the dragon started speaking I wanted to tear my ears off.

This is the worst narrator I have ever come across!!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Gerard Doyle?

Anyone else, a incoherent two year old would sound better than this angry Scottish cookie monster wannabe.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful