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  • 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 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 245

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

Narrator Struggle street...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-2018

So for the first book in this series I wrote a review about how disappointed I was that the male narrator had been changed, this book only emphasised my disappointment. I wanted to reach through my car's Bluetooth and ring the Fool's neck. I couldn't decide if it was the way he was acting in the book or the way the narrator portrayed him. His voice was so whiny and pathetic I wished half way though the book that he would die just so I would never have to listen to that voice again... UGH (Pulling hair out). I finally decided that if I was actually reading the book, rather than passively listening to it the Fool wouldn't irritate me so much, every time I had to listen to the Fool's voice I imagined myself reading it instead and tried not to want to stab my car's stereo. I wonder if my car/phone will survive the next book in the series.

  • 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 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

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

So very disapointed that the Narrator was changed

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

Reviewed: 01-08-2018

After having made it this far into all of Robin Hobb's books and having thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them I was very looking forward to this series also. And then I read the comments about the narrators and thought to myself surely they can't be that bad...? I was wrong. Having come straight out of listening to the Tawny man trilogy narrated by Nick Taylor (whom I loved) and straight into this one I was horrified by the change in narrators. Accents were wrong, pronunciation of characters names were wrong, it was so off putting. I wondered if the narrator (Lee Maxwell-Simpson) had even listened to the previous books to get a grasp of what, we the listeners, had been experiencing previously. I really believe continuity in narrators is a must when listening to continuing series. The story was still great.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,816
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,799

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry was brilliant

  • By John on 19-09-2016

"Fantasmical"

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

Reviewed: 10-11-2017

To quote the urban dictionary this book was "Fantasmical", fantastic and magical.
I am in love with J.K. Rowling's books and to add Stephen Fry into the mix = Splendiferous!
*WARNING* You won't be able to stop here though, you will have to listen to all the books in the series because they are that good!

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  • The Mountain Man Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not put it down.

  • By Pa Pritchard. on 11-11-2015

Didn't get much work done this week

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

Reviewed: 14-08-2015

Loved it, finished it in a week. Good flow to story, usually read a book and pick holes in the story, but not with this book.

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  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,387

Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Joshua on 28-04-2015

Awesomely Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 18-06-2015

This book just like the first one, did not disappoint! I almost wish I had of come across this series once all the books had been released, waiting for each next book will be tedious beyond belief, but ultimately, I'm sure, well worth it. I can't wait for the 3rd book.

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  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,682

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long - 45 hours and the first of 10 books!

  • By Jeremy on 24-04-2015

Superb! As a woman I loved the story!

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2015

I was concerned initially that this book may be a little masculine for me, I wanted to know that there were women that had read this book and also reviewed it. I read all the reviews, especially the few that women had written, and I really had to search because there were only a few.

I went ahead and purchased the book anyway, still thinking that there may be too much war and fighting in it for me. And initially there was, but then it expanded, opened itself up and became a wondrous piece of writing which all the previous reviews had been telling me about.

The character development is complex and insightful, the characters grow on you and you find yourself cheering for them every time fate steps in and takes a step backwards for them.

I finished the book wanting more and am now on to the second book in the series which has opened up some of the questions unanswered in the first book.

Go on, take a chance, you won't be disappointed, you'll love it.

  • American Gods

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a brilliant story.

  • By Alaina Jefferson on 26-04-2014

Intricate, sublimely written book

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

Reviewed: 25-03-2014

Where does American Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Look it's not my favourite Neil Gaiman book and it's not one that I will probably listen to over and over again, but I'm definitely glad I did listen to it.

What other book might you compare American Gods to, and why?

I actually don't think there's anyone out there that I have come across that even compares to Neil Gaiman, his mind is intricately deep.

What about Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s performance did you like?

I liked the warmth in their voices. I loved it when Neil came on and read his parts.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

God's gone mad!

Any additional comments?

I honestly think this book may be better read. Sometimes you come across books that cover so much and are so in depth that its nice to be able to dwell upon the words written on the page and reflect upon what the author has written. With an audio book this is harder to do.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 336

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful read.

  • By Hawthorn🦋Cottage on 19-01-2018

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 25-03-2014

What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

The characters were fleshed out well and explored in depth

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think I could distinguish between Aibeleen or Skeeter, I enjoyed their characters development, how they moved from being quite contained and suppressed into strong, independent, internally powerful women.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Minny got her revenge on Hilly.

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

When Celia and Minny finally opened up to each other.

Any additional comments?

The narrators were great! I had put off reading/listening to this book for a while, I wish I hadn't it's such a beautiful book.

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