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One of my favourite series

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

Reviewed: 28-02-2020

This series is incredible and I cant wait for the next one. A unqie setting, great characters, action packed story.

I have to join fellow readers who hate the new narration arrangement though. TGR did such a great job on his own, why are your overcomplicating it now? Some of the other narrators are ok (Mustang for example) but some of the others are terrible. I can't remember specifically which narrator it was, but there was a scene where someone other than TGR did a quick voice-over for Darrow. Please, dont EVER do that again.

Great concept, poorly implemented

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

Reviewed: 24-10-2019

I've had to go back and read more reviews to figure out why I was so damn bored. It seems there's a minority of people, like me, who just aren't buying it.

The blurb sounded great, but at about halfway through I've lost interest because quite frankly, nothing is happening. It feels like a bunch of teenage girls in high school who cant get along and spend the majority of their time having pointless conversations and bitching about each other. This seriously needs to be moved out of Epic Fantasy and filed under Young Adult, because its definitely misrepresented in category.

Really the only redeeming quality in the story is the banter from Gideon, its refreshing to have an author/publisher willing to drop f-bombs and the like. Unfortunately its just not enough, which is a shame because I felt like the wordsmithing from the author was actually quite good. She just doesn't do anything interesting with it.

The narrator seemed will suited though, pleasant to listen to and did a good job.

Sending this one back for refund.

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Amateur hour

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

Reviewed: 18-12-2018

The dark web is a fascinating topic, but I learnt nothing new here. The production was clearly done extremely cheap, with poor audio recordings featuring background noise and static. The fact the author is a journalist explains the typical style of mainstream media over-dramatisation of the content including the annoying intro/outro of every episode. Speaking of which, the journalist really should not be narrating his own content with a lisp.

This is an amazing topic, but you should look elsewhere (American Kingpin) for less biased, higher quality content.

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Amazing epic fantasy

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

Reviewed: 15-05-2016

Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

Absolutely - this was an utterly captivating story, kept me intrigued, entertained and wanting to know more.

What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to, and why?

The story is a bit unique, but in a great way. I would definitely rate this as fantasy equal to the earlier works of someone like Feist, brilliant story telling.

Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances? How does this one compare?

N/A

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The main characters struggles and personal development as he navigates the story. The way he constantly battled to succeed, I loved his moments of triumph.

Any additional comments?

Can not wait to continue this story in the next installments!

Utterly brilliant

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

Reviewed: 15-05-2016

If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

Read this now!

What other book might you compare Ready Player One to, and why?

I have no other comparison for this, its unique amongst the things I've read/listened to.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The best part about Will Wheaton narrating this story is the fact that its *this* story - the whole plot revolves around pop culture and old-school geek (in a brilliant way). Wil comes from that very background so it feels very fitting to hear his voice bring the story to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have, I would! I loved picking it up again and I was captivated from start to finish.

Any additional comments?

I hesitated buying this, even looked at it a few times before finally taking the plunge. All I can say is, don't hesitate. I absolutely loved this read and will definitely be listening to it again sometime. The way the author blended old-school pop culture, gaming, advanced VR and a somewhat dystopian planet into a single story was amazing.

A solid, entertaining read

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

Reviewed: 15-05-2016

This was basically my first foray into the zombie world of books/audio. While there is nothing ground breaking here, its a solid and entertaining story. A flawed yet highly likable main protaganist helps keep it light hearted and I caught myself having the occasional chuckle as he navigates the story.

You're essentially getting 3 books in 1 here so its good value. Well worth the listen.

Meh...didn't leave me all that impressed

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

Reviewed: 18-09-2015

Quite frankly, I wasn't blown away by this book. I dont think Covey presented anything life changing and as he admits within this book - he didn't actually invent anything. Maybe my opinion would be different if I read/listened to this when I was younger and still finding my place in the world. None the less, the principles covered are important life skills and everyone should learn them from somewhere - which may or may not be this book.

What Covey did do well was arrange the principals into an easy to understand framework and relate it to every day life. On some occasions though, I feel he made far to much explanation and the end product could have been a much shorter piece of work while still maintaining its effectiveness. If you dont want to listen to 13 hours of this, Covey summarizes the content on his website, freely available to read through in about 20 minutes.

It came off as a little preachy in parts and while Covey is free to have one, religion doesn't really need to be in this book and all of these principles are 100% achievable without it.

I found Covey's reading to be top-notch though. His voice tone wasn't dreary, was clear and even calming, and I could easily listen to him narrate other of his works. The only thing annoying in the presentation was that awful little jingle/harmony they played between sections.

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A brilliant listen!

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

Reviewed: 27-08-2015

A slightly slow start but persistence definitely pays off. Swan Song is an excellent story and the narration was absolutely first class. For a single male narrator to pull off such a variety of differing voice tones for male and female characters was a top effort - I truly felt like I was feeling each characters different personalities the way Tom bought them to life.

This was definitely a story for mature listeners as it touches some adult topics, but I enjoyed the inclusion and the handling of those topics. Its refreshing to see a novel include real-world, gritty plot points instead of treating your book like a cartoon for kids.

I still find myself wondering 1 or 2 things from the supernatural portion of the plot - what exactly was the ring/crown? What was Sister's mirror? How did they come to be? But, for me, these questions have not detracted from the enjoyment of the story as a whole.

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Mostly entertaining with peaks of excitement

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

Reviewed: 16-05-2015

A large, complex, thought out and original world with traits that make it unique in the genre, compared to other titles I've read. I disagree that this work is non-stop excitement, but would agree that its nearly always entertaining. Being such a voluminous piece of work I found that things took a long time to build up and develop and while it was usually interesting, I occasionally found it tedious in some sections, although only briefly.

Towards the end of the novel was when the pace certainly picked up. There was a few hours worth that I found to be considerably more exciting than prior sections. Sanderson also reveals some answers to questions that had been lingering, making more sense of some plot lines and sections of story I had been thinking were random world-building unrelated to the story line.

Halfway through my listen I was thinking that I probably wouldn't bother with the second book. Having now finished book 1, seeing some loose ends tied and experiencing the peaks of excitement, I'm now definitely keen to see what happens next.

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