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steven

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  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (65)

    For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O'Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he's being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, his apprentice Granuaile and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide and seek, the game plan is...

    Tanya says: "Where's Luke Daniels? Like seriously!"
    "Brilliant as ever"
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    What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

    Very bizarre one this, downloaded trapped and hunted at the same time. Was a bit worried that Luke was not narrating. When I started listening to trapped it was Mr Ragland and was not impressed, half way through the first chapter though it switched to Luke Daniel's "bizarre" and he continued till the end.

    Hunted was the same except it started with Luke then changed to Ragland for a very short time half way through. Most odd, not complaining though. This does mean that Audible has the book in both voices which is again strange.


    Any additional comments?

    Atticus and Oberon are fantastic characters, the story is never for a second dull and the pace is relentless. Love the way he manages to tie in all the God myths and bring them together. highly recommended read if you are a fan of urban fantasy or not. Oberon is just hilarious

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Interstellar Age: The Complete Trilogy: The Interstellar Age, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Valmore Daniels
    • Narrated By Dave Wright
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Forbidden the Stars At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead. There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself. On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone!

    Gregory says: "Would love to recommend, but production concerns."
    "Good plot, god awful narration"
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    Have just finished listening to the entire series, it was tough going though and considered many times letting it go, the one thing that kept me going through this was the story itself. Good concept, good characters if a bit rushed at time. The thing that let it down completely though was narration, it was by far the worst I have ever came across in all my many years on audible. The voices of each and every character where delivered in a style that can only be described as an astonished 5 year old, inflection was awful. Seriously, they had 80 year old, very wise and learned men with the voices of little kids. In order to get through I had to try and take each delivered sentence and imagine it as I would have read it rather than the awful way it was delivered by the narrator.

    Would I recommend this, yes, but not in audible format. Go buy the book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5487)
    Performance
    (4976)
    Story
    (5041)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "An ending, no, just another beginning"
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    Many years of following the wheel as it turned have now culminated in the conclusion of one of its cycles, what a simply fantastic journey it has been. The conclusion was epic, with many, if not all the questions answered and cycles completed. Thank Mr Jordon and Mr Sanderson, you have given me and others a great deal of enjoyment and filled our lives with a rich and inspiring world.

    Could it have been better, like all things in life of course it could have been. As work of literary fiction though it is one of the greatest ever written.

    So jump onto the wheel as it turns towards Rand, Matt and Perrrin, revel in it as it spins its path through many twists and turns and then enter a new age at its conclusion. You will laugh, cry, get highly irritated by bickering women, curse the forsaken, mourn lost battles and friends and feel elated at the victories. You will though be left feeling your life is slightly emptier as the wheel enters the fourth age and you close the final page on the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knife of Dreams: Book Eleven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4262)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2485)

    The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

    Natasha says: "Getting us there!"
    "Good luck Robert"
    Overall

    If you follow Robert Jordan you are probably aware by now that he is currently fighting a life threatening disease and his family and fans face the prospect of loosing a literary genius. Robert Jordan has given fans of fantasy one of the great epics, as I write this I pray that he he is given the the time to write us an end for this great work and goes on to create many more. Many thanks Robert and may God speed you back to good health. Start at the beginning and read them all… some slow paced….. some fast….. some lows but many highs…. Overall, authorial brilliance.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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