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Kate Louise Webster

Macleod, Victoria Australia
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  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What an awesome read!👍

  • By A fan on 10-06-2017

Not as good as the first three books

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

Reviewed: 08-02-2019

Steven Pacey delivers another excellent performance. However I didn't feel any attachment to any of the characters, which made it a less enjoyable book for me compared to the first three

  • China Rich Girlfriend

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father. On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED this one! A great sequel!

  • By Luke Perger on 21-03-2016

More depth than the first book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-2019

This is an excellent followup to Crazy Rich Asians, although you sometimes feel like you need a family tree to track all the characters.
While Rachel and Nick's relationship was the heart of the first book, this focuses more on Astrid and a few other characters to provide a counter point to the leads life. Highly enjoyable read

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice ideas well put together

  • By Vicki Edgley on 08-11-2016

Gets a bit perfunctory but still a great read

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

Reviewed: 08-01-2019

I will definitely be listening to the next books in the series to see what happens with all the different "Bob's".

  • Last Argument of Kings

  • The First Law: Book Three
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Most Unsatisfying ending ever

  • By Marty H on 30-12-2016

An epic story beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 16-12-2018

Stephen Pacey does an event job once again of bringing Joe Abercrombie's well fleshed out characters to life.
The book spends the right amount of time wrapping up what becomes of the lead characters but still leaves you wanting more.

  • Before They Are Hanged

  • The First Law: Book Two
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 430

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pacey is brilliant!

  • By John G. Walker on 08-01-2015

Another brilliant book from Joe Abercrombie

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

Reviewed: 28-11-2018

Steven Pacey once again brings these characters to life beautifully. If I ran into Nine Fingers in the street, I would absolutely recognise him. And Lord Marshall Burr's illness was so effortlessly imagined I started to feel sick myself!

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she might one day marry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpassed my expectations!

  • By Anonymous User on 29-07-2018

If haute couture is your thing, you'll love it

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

Reviewed: 17-10-2018

Some of the long descriptions of furnishings and clothes lost me a bit, but I did enjoy all the characters well voiced by Lynn Chen.

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, violent, dark..... And hilarious. Enjoy

  • By Marc on 15-11-2015

I couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2018

The story is compelling, funny and sad, I listened to it as often as I could. the narrator breathed life into the characters so I felt like they were all around me. Only buy this if you have space in your life to be absorbed by it and addicted to it

  • Emperor of the Eight Islands

  • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 1
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A spellbinding epic from the author of Across the Nightingale Floor. An ambitious warrior leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his younger son to give up his wife to his older brother. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, the Spider Tribe, born from cocoons. A powerful priest trains a young disciple, Shikanoko, who has been made a sorcerer against his will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic

  • By Kate Louise Webster on 21-09-2018

Magic

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

Reviewed: 21-09-2018

A magic story that doesn't bend its own rules.
A worthy companion to Lian's other books.

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 949

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun ride, if a little derivative

  • By Todd on 28-07-2015

Find Raid the Arcade on Spotify!

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

Reviewed: 22-08-2018

Came to this book after loving Ready Player One and it does not disappoint. Will Wheaton does a superb job again, voicing all the characters and wringing every last drop of emotion from each scene. Intersperse your reading with listening to the associated Spotify soundtrack "Raid the Arcade"

  • Molly's Game

  • From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
  • By: Molly Bloom
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a 20-something petite brunette from Loveland, Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game in existence. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know - celebrities, business moguls and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exquisite restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely LOVED it!

  • By Jasmine on 23-02-2018

She is ballsy if a little naive

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

Reviewed: 04-08-2018

Molly is not a character you willl fallin love with but she is interesting. Cassandra Campbell does a great reading, adding depth and feeling to the story. The author talks about how in love she felt with a number of her boyfriends, but it just seems like words. Maybe these descriptions are circumspect to protect her own privacy. This seems strange however considering all the other details she goes into. It is still worth a listen if you plan on seeing the movie.