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Mr. Peter J. Wilcock

Brisbane, QLD Australia
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  • Reign of Madness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 840

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Made for younger readers

  • By Anonymous User on 28-06-2017

Another example of good writing and narration!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-2018

Following on from Book 1 of the series, Kel Kade & Nick Podehl do not disappoint. This book is written as well, but a massive step up in the story and plot. The main character is not without his quirks, which makes the book even more enjoyable. Having enjoyed Book 1 so much, it was easy to fill my time listening to this, and I finished it far quicker than expected! Already onto Book 3 and Book 4 is not far away! Highly recommended!

  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely stunning!

  • By Dean on 08-09-2016

Easy listening and well written.

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

Reviewed: 19-12-2018

Free the Darkness by Kel Kade is not your average fantasy novel. Most novels, the main character struggles with finding their power, or skill, or something to help them rise above the challenges the world throws at them. This is not one of those books. Without spoiling it, all I can say is once you fall into the well narrated book, you'll do what I did and buy the rest of the books, and listen to them a little too quickly! Highly recommend this, and the follow on books.

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • There are much better options in the GameLit genre

  • By Damien P. on 12-12-2017

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 14-08-2018

Didn't know what to expect with this genre. Was so wrapped up in the book, that when it finished I didn't realise I had read it in two days. (Can't listen non-stop thanks to work and sleep!)

Be careful when you start this series, make sure you have plenty of credits available to purchase the next in the series, and so on :)

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, great narration awesome story!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-06-2018

Another good book from the creator of BOB!

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

Reviewed: 14-08-2018

If you haven't read the Bobiverse books yet, read this first. That way when you finish this, you'll have something else to read next! If you've already read Bobiverse books, this is still a good read. Just don't get disappointed when you find out there aren't more in this series! Worth the read ;)

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,745
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,445

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reindeer Flotilla Setec Astronomy

  • By Nicholas Hallam on 03-09-2017

Love to hate the MC, at least in the beginning

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2018

I was really getting frustrated with the main character at the start, but I guess it's to be expected when you grow up almost exclusively interacting with a computer, and people via a computer. Scary to think that this is a possible future, and to some point it already is, but pushing all that aside, the book overall is a good read! Thoroughly enjoyed it and a little sad that it's a one off! Still haven't watched the Movie and don't intend to, as this allows me to look back at points and smile without having to see it on a screen!
Definitely give it a go!

  • 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 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 250

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

Improvement from Book 1

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2018

Definitely a better read than Book 1, carries the story along well, and sets up Book 3 well! After listening to all three I'm still disappointed the male narrators changed again, but after going through it with the previous books I'm used to it!

  • Fool's Assassin

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Lee Maxwell-Simpson, Avita Jay
  • Length: 28 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife, Molly, these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown. But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • more Fitz and fool

  • By V on 01-08-2017

I expected more

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2018

The book doesn't really start until about 3/4 of the way in. Feels extremely slow and more like a recap of the entire series. Power your way through it so you can get onto books 2 & 3.

  • Assassin's Fate

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, David Thorpe
  • Length: 45 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 342

Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter, Bee, was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A deeply moving conclusion!

  • By Rosanna on 12-08-2017

A grand finale!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2018

This is the longer out of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, but also the better out of the 3. The story makes up for the lack there of in the first, and also has an ending I'm happy with! Don't spoil it by looking into things on reddit or google. Just enjoy it and look forward to the next series!

  • Fool's Fate

  • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
  • Length: 31 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 279

The moving end to the tale of the Farseers, in which kingdoms must stand or fall on the beat of a dragon's wings, or a Fool's heart. A small and sadly untried coterie – the old assassin Chade, the serving-boy Thick, Prince Dutiful, and his reluctant Skillmaster, Fitz – sail towards the distant island of Aslevjal. There they must fulfil the Narcheska’s challenge to her betrothed: to lay the head of the dragon Icefyre, whom legends tell is buried there deep beneath the ice, upon her hearth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story

  • By toni on 28-06-2015

Again great story, but the editing was terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-12-2017

Any additional comments?

Over the trilogy the narration improved drastically. Books 1 & 2 were difficult to get through as I was set on how things should be from the Farseer trilogy. Coming into book 3 I was expecting the same as book 1 & 2 but 3 was far better. The editing however was still poor. Repeated sentences was quite common but overall I was happy with the book.

  • Fool's Errand

  • Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Nick Taylor
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 296

Return to the world of the Farseers… Robin Hobb’s best loved characters, Fitz , The Fool and Nighteyes the wolf, face new adventures and trials in the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy. When Assassin’s Quest closed, Fitz was living in self-imposed exile. Wracked with pain, he had chosen to discard the magical gifts that had seen him survive the wonders and torments of navigating the legendary city of the Elderlings, and of raising a dragon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Performance for a great story

  • By Evan on 10-10-2018

Great story, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 30-11-2017

Any additional comments?

I'm not commenting about the story, as I don't wish to ruin it for anyone, however I will say it's another trilogy well worth the read/listen. Unfortunately, the change in narrator from the Assassins Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy) almost ruined it completely for me. I'm dreading the next series after this :'(