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Ant the Limey

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  • Trial and Retribution III

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Fifteen-year-old Cassie Booth is missing after her paper round. Then her bloodstained jacket is found in a boathouse belonging to Karl Wilding, but there is little evidence against him. A routine visit by Detective Inspector Pat North to appease persistent complainer Stephen Warrington spirals into something far more sinister.

    Deborah Essary says: "bravo!!"
    "Not bad...but there's better to listen to first"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mildly enjoyable. Not overly gripping, nor does it really provide much mystery.

    It's not bad, and I don't consider it a waste of a credit - but I wouldnt buy another one in the series unless It was the last day before renewal.

    to be honest, I mainly bought it for the narrator - Christian Rodska also narrates the Marcus didius Falco books, ,and his voice is fantastic.

    Speaking of which - listen to those books first - or any Joseph Finder, or any of the medicus books by Ruth Downie, narrated by Simon Vance.

    Or any of the Ian Rankin books. His hard bitten Scottish policeman is much much better than the one in this book

    All of which are much more enjoyable in my opinion - BUT if, like I had, you have exhausted your favorite writers, then by all means give this a go to tide yourself over.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5705)
    Performance
    (5301)
    Story
    (5300)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Dresden is back with a bang!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You don't need this review.

    If you read dresden, he's back to form in every way, including narrator

    If you don't read dresden, you should, so go get the first one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4883)
    Performance
    (4475)
    Story
    (4500)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "A little disappointed, but will get the next one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After the awesomeness of the first three I felt a little let down.

    Quite frankly, a week after finishing it, I don't remember the ending. I didn't have the second part downloaded when the first part ended, so I started listening to the new Harry Dresden I had downloaded too, until I could get to wifi. Instead I listened to ALL of Cold Days before coming back to the second half of this book.

    Maybe it was my own expectations being too high. I didn't have to wait to read the first three, but had to wait for this one, and I really wanted to read the story that gave us a new Druid.

    Maybe it was the narrator's Oberon voice. I HATED how he voiced Oberon. It drove me up the wall. He made the dog sound like he had brain damage and a tongue transplant. Apart from that, he was fine tho.

    Maybe it was because I felt he took an oft-repeated one-line joke from the first three books and basically made a major plot point out of it - although I had actually been WAITING for that joke to catch up to him (no, I won't tell you the joke, go listen)

    Don't get me wrong, the book isn't bad at all. The action moves along at a decent clip, I definitely enjoyed the vampires, both old and new.

    Just...

    I was hoping for better after the first three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18213)
    Performance
    (16245)
    Story
    (16299)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great story, lovely twists, fantastic writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hesitated to download in case I was accidentally buying a romance. I can assure you this is far from a romance! I am Not going to tell you anything about the plot, except to say that I was wrong..and then wrong again..and then wrong again, as to where the book was going next.

    Some other reviewers said they thought the first half was slow. I disagree. I enjoyed the pace of the build, and thought the writing was superb.

    The two narrators do a quality job breathing the right emotions into the words at the right times.

    I definitely recommend this book

    I found myself constantly telling other people about this book as I listened to it, which is always a good sign.

    The characters also are well fleshed out, and by the end of the book you will find that there are no "wasted" scenes - everything is relevant and everything is important.

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3683)
    Performance
    (2521)
    Story
    (2554)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "Still riveted"
    Overall

    actually bothering to buy book 3 earlier than my credits renew - can't wait 5 days to continue!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4875)
    Performance
    (3385)
    Story
    (3421)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "riveted from start to finish"
    Overall

    Maybe I am just less discerning than the other reviewers, however I did not find the characters to be flat, nor the scenes boring. Nor was I bothered that the "camera" floated over the main characters shoulder the entire time.

    This is not, by the way, hard science fiction. Number of the Beast (minus Heinlen's late life obsession with tits) is hard sci-fi. Reynolds or Banks or early Clarke is hard sci-fi.

    This is entertainment. This is Space Opera. This is a great story playing on many old storytelling concepts. Not original and hardly genre-busting but I don't care!

    It is Fun, it is Engaging, it is a good space-faring romp!

    It is great for listening to while you do something with your hands that doesn't require great attention, or go for a walk, or cook, or do chores.

    Five stars from me, off to download the next one

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hallowed Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (255)

    The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

    Rose says: "Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods"
    "not bad but not her best"
    Overall

    in fact, its probably the least best (can't bring myself to say worst) of her books that I have listened o. The Vorkosigan books are amazing ( go get Wariors apprentice) or her Chalcedon books (Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls) are wonderful. this book...almost great but I got bored and quit 30 minutes from the end, in the middle of what was meant to be the great finale. Feel free to tell me that it was worth another half hour of listening. Don't get me wrong, I did like it, but I'd just had enough - I looked up the ending, summarized in two lines, and went off happy to my next book

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dune Messiah

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2289)
    Performance
    (1286)
    Story
    (1305)

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    Andrew says: "A nice continuation"
    "Frank - what happened??"
    Overall

    The first Dune book as thrilling..this one completely failed to keep my interest from about chapter 2...Its not bad per se, he just started introducing too much universe. Face Dancers?? oh please...It was only meant to be one book, but you had to jump the shark. Its a pity as I really did want the story to continue. I should have cut out after the end of Dune and been untainted by the sellout. Narrator is unremarkable (thats not a bad thing)

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2469)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (503)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "His best since before he went to prison"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed reading Jeffrey Archer for many years, even as a teenager before he was an MP and then sent to prison. His previous book (the Art one involving the 9/11 crashes) was merely so-so, and for a while his books have been merely enjoyable - but this one is FANTASTIC! a total return to form. If you have never read him, this really is a great place to start. Great characters, A long awaited justice served, high court drama, intrigue, villainy, and machinations. The characterization of Prisoners and their environemt is particularly vivid.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8961)
    Performance
    (3391)
    Story
    (3426)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "his best in years"
    Overall

    Its up there with Eye of the Needle and Pillars of the earth. Thank god he came back to this subject matter. Riveted the entire 46 hours - felt shorter than some 13 hour books I've listened to. So good, off to blow one of my credits on Pillars of The Earth if they have it - time to revisit the original.

    There's some repetition throughout, which comes mostly at the beginning of a time-jump (when he jumps 10 years of time or so) - its either to refresh readers during a weighty tome, or almost as if he expected it to be serialized and people might miss chunks of the content - thats the only fault and it hardly detracts. The characters are vibrant and so so deep. the internecine machinations are engaging, the twists of fate are sometimes predictable but entertaining...and the historical accuracy is top-notch. A must-listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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