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Brisbane, Australia

  • 3 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 279 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4 - Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerrard Doyle

    Not so very long ago, Eragon-Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider,l was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now, the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix.

    teves09 says: "Could Have Been Better"
    "What a boring, predictable load of trollop"

    Paolini needs to learn how to write. Dialogue is stilted, plot is boring and full of tedious and predictable problems.

    If you want good fantasy, try Patrick Rothfuss or Russel Kirkpatrick.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist of Souls: Night's Masque, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Anne Lyle
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods - and a skrayling ambassador – to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital? Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is appointed to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems.

    Christopher says: "Enjoyable Read/Listen!"
    "Enjoyable Read/Listen!"

    I enjoyed the book quite a lot. It's a historical-fantasy based in London with a bit of magic etc and a good amount of mystery and action to keep it interesting.

    Quite similar to the Locke Lamora books in terms of the type of fantasy novel.

    The book does have a gender-role breaking sub-theme but the protagonist is not part of it and it is definitely not what the book is about.
    The book has a grand total of TWO gay characters. The other reviewer who mentions every second character being gay is exaggerating quite a lot...

    But even if there were more than two gay characters, it's hardly a reason to read or not read the book. The problems you would face reading it are no different than if a hetro guy was reading a book with a straight female protagonist...

    Overall there is very little explicit details gay or straight. A few scattered sentences is about it.

    Given the price ($8 when I bought it), this book is DEFINITELY worth a read. Very very cheap for 15 hours of solid entertainment!

    I was sad that book 2 isn't here or isn't written yet.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page

    They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

    Tracey says: "Very Entertaining!"

    It was a great book. Story kept you intrigued the whole time. It's a fascinating mix between The Italian Job / Oceans Eleven / Clever Crime with fantasy and a fascinating city-scape.
    Definitely worth reading. The narrator does a great job too. Very good reading

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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