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Annette

Aloe

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
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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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    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
  • Crusade of Tears: A Novel of the Children's Crusade (The Journey of Souls Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By C. D. Baker
    • Narrated By Colin Fluxman
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Crusade of Tears is an astonishing tale of courage, perseverance, and faith surrounding the tragedy of the Children's Crusade of 1212 in which thousands of German children crossed the Alps in a heart-wrenching attempt to rescue Jerusalem from Islam. Baker paints a masterful portrait of the times, one that blends meticulously researched historical accounts with a compelling plot and an unforgettable assortment of characters.

    Kristin Sladek says: "Tough Journey, but worth it!"
    "Sorry... couldn't finish it"
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    Would you try another book from C. D. Baker and/or Colin Fluxman?

    No, I would not try another book from the author. I only managed to listen to the first 16 chapters (of 30), due to good narration. I enjoy historical fiction, the longer the better, when the story is good! This book has some good moments, but they are unfortunately too few and far between.


    Has Crusade of Tears turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really. I still enjoy historical fiction.


    What does Colin Fluxman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If I were to read the book myself, I would have given up on the story a lot earlier. Colin Fluxman's good narration gave the story and the characters some life and credibility.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crusade of Tears?

    I think the whole book could be shortened down..


    Any additional comments?

    I never finished the audiobook. Maybe the last 7 hours and 50 minutes of listen is more catching..?. I will never know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hawk Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert Lyndon
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    The year is 1072. The Normans have captured England. The Turks have captured a Norman knight. And in order to free him, a soldier named Vallon must capture four rare hawks. On a heart-stopping journey to the far ends of the earth, braving Arctic seas, Viking warlords, and the blood-drenched battlefields, Vallon and his comrades must track down their quarry one by one in a relentless race against time. The scale is huge. The journey is incredible. The history is real. This is Hawk Quest.

    Darlene says: "What a fantastic heartstopping adventure!"
    "A+ Riveting LOONG historical adventure!"
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    Would you listen to Hawk Quest again? Why?

    Yes, it is one of the best books I have listened to in the past year or so. A good storyline, believable and interesting characters set in an exciting era, and; they're on a good quest,


    What other book might you compare Hawk Quest to and why?

    Good historical fiction set in the early middle ages.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Vividly depicts how life may have been in the era.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing. A very good narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I love historical fiction, the longer the better, but it must be good and believable. This is such a listen; a whole 28 hour long - brilliant and captivating.
    If you like Bernard Cronwell, Jack Ludlow, Rob Low and Philippa Gregory, I think you will enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf's Head: The Forest Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steven A. McKay
    • Narrated By Nick Ellsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions - including John Little and Will Scaflock - hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

    presterjohn1 says: "Not your Grand-dad's Robin Hood"
    "Good Robin Hood story, looking forward to book 2"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wolf's Head the most enjoyable?

    Surprisingly good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wolf's Head?

    hmm.... its been a few books in between listening to this book and writing this review... don't recall!


    Have you listened to any of Nick Ellsworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't think I have listened to Nick Ellsworth before. I won't hesitate to listen to his narration again, as long as it is for the right book!


    If you could take any character from Wolf's Head out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sorry, can't answer that


    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated to pick this book, as I thought I knew the Robin Hood story, and it would be a bit boring to listen to. But I was pleasantly surprised. This story is entertaining, different, fast paced, rough and overall a good historical adventure. Keeps you hanging on. If you enjoy this book, I recommend the Outlaw series by Angus Donald.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Angus Donald
    • Narrated By Graham Padden
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.

    G.Monie says: "Not bad Robin Hood Fiction"
    "Entertaining good Robin Hood story"
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    Would you listen to Outlaw again? Why?

    Don't know, maybe in a few years...


    What other book might you compare Outlaw to and why?

    Wolf's Head by Steven McKay. Also a good alternate Robin Hood story. Don't know which I liked better.


    What about Graham Padden’s performance did you like?

    B+ :) Good performance overall. Enjoyed his altercating accents allocated different characters. But as usual, with a dark male narrating voice, his female voices become a bit silly to listen to! (absolutely not the worst I have heard though!)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, but it kept me captivated, and wanting to listen on. Looking forward to book 2 already


    Any additional comments?

    Historical fiction is the best. (Conn Iggulden Emperor Series, Robert Fabbri Vespasian books, Anthony Riches, Jack Ludlow, Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow, Philippa Gregory, Robert Low and so on..)Thought Robin Hood would be too fictional a story to listen to, but I was pleasingly surprised.

    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
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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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    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???

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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