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Annette

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Haslum, Norway | Member Since 2011

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  • The Walls of Byzantium: The Mistra Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Heneage
    • Narrated By William Rycroft
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    15th-century Europe: a time of warring states and ruthless growing empires, divided churches and dynamic traders. In the midst of growing unrest, rivals battle for this treasure, each desperate to secure its power for their own nations. But no-one can discover its whereabouts; nor even knows if it is still in the possession of those born to guard it.... Four remarkable characters from four leading families provide the story as their crossed allegiances, plots and passions are played out on this epic scale.

    Annette says: "Too shallow and boring a storyline"
    "Too shallow and boring a storyline"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only when I have nothing else to listen too.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hopefully some proper historical fiction - Ancient or medieval.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Rycroft’s performances?

    Not for a while


    Did The Walls of Byzantium inspire you to do anything?

    Look for a new book


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best narration, as the narrator reads in a staccato voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion Wakes: The Kingdom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Low
    • Narrated By Robin Bowerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A nation will fight for its freedom.The first novel in a major new series as Robert Low moves from the Vikings to the making of Scotland.In the dying days of the 13th century, Scotland is in turmoil. The death of Alexander III has plunged the country into war, both with itself and with Edward I of England. Determined to bring the north under his control, Edward instead unleashes a Scottish rebellion which unites the many warring factions against him - though the old hatreds are not easily put aside.

    Annette says: "The whole book is ruined by the narrator"
    "The whole book is ruined by the narrator"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert Low and/or Robin Bowerman?

    I have read/listened to many of Robert Lows' previous books. They have all been captivating stories. I was looking forward to his newest series. But it was such a letdown! I am sure The Lion Wakes is another captivating story, but I had to give it up. Couldn't stand listening to the deadpan Scottish narrator, too tiresome. (I know the book is about Robert the Bruce and Scotland and all, but please!) I may get the ebook version later perhaps, and read it myself.
    Check out the sample-listen, before you buy this book!!!


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Low before, how does this one compare?

    Sorry, but Robin Bowman should not narrate books!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Poorly


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment due to poor narrating


    Any additional comments?

    Can I switch the audible version to an ebook version instead???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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