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Angela Meadon

Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • The Lions of Al-Rassan

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier - until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

    Kat Hooper says: "Lots of drama"
    "Magnificent story let down by the narration"
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    If you could sum up The Lions of Al-Rassan in three words, what would they be?

    Brutal, Beautiful, Compelling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Jehane bet Ishak, a Kindath physician, because she is a very powerful female character.


    What three words best describe Euan Morton’s performance?

    Inconsistent, Clear, Emotive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely! I wish I could have listened to The Lions of Al-Rassan in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is magnificent, but the narration threw me out of the story often. Unfortunately, the narrator tried to speak dialogue in accents and he mixed up the voices and it was difficult to track who was speaking, or what accent that character had.

    I will definitely buy the book to read.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3649)
    Performance
    (3331)
    Story
    (3349)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Adnan says: "Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!"
    "Good story hobbled by the narrator."
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    Once again I found this fun, interesting story set in an engaging world with interesting characters and conflicts to be undone by the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4761)
    Performance
    (4378)
    Story
    (4379)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Great story, confusing narration"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but I found the narration to be confusing.

    The tale of the thieves, Hadrian and Royce, starts off simple enough but it quickly snow-balls when they become embroiled in a conspiracy to kill a king and anoint a new emperor.

    I found this story entertaining, and was very quickly caught up in the lives of the characters.

    Sullivan's voice runs through the narrative with a quirky sense of humor that had me laughing out loud, and a vivid imagination that had me so caught up in the story I was very disappointed when it ended.

    The only negative thing I have to say is that the narrator sometimes confused me. He did a great job, but sometimes the dialogue was difficult to discern. He did voices for different characters, and sometimes they wandered and melted into one another so that it was difficult to distinguish who was speaking.

    And it's "Ry-ri-a" not "Ri-year-a"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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