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Helen Foster-Turner

I've been into epic fantasy, sci-fi and everything in between since I first read The Lord of the Rings. I also love detective novels.

Harrow, Greater London, UK | Member Since 2003

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  • The Egyptian: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mika Waltari
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    The world of ancient Egypt springs magnificently to life in this astonishing historical novel of love, war, political intrigue, and religious revolution. Told from the first person point of view, it is the story of Sinuhe, physician to the royal court of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his successors in the middle of the tumultuous 14th century B.C.

    Fernando says: "Best historical Novel Ever written"
    "Great book and excellent observations"
    Overall

    The attention to detail that has gone into this book is amazing and although the archaeologists continue to update the sequences of events at the time it stands up soundly in its ability to take you to that place and time and wrap you in its atmosphere.

    My only critisism is of the reader, a slightly off kind of British English which to an English ear is slightly irritating, e.g. herbs should be pronounced with an "h", officer is not awfficer, etc. His delivery is more that of someone reading a diary than a novel and there is little change of pace irrespective of the excitement of the events unfolding.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • City of Dragons: The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Saskia Butler
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Return to the world of the Liveships Traders and journey along the Rain Wild River in the third instalment of high adventure from the author of the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy. Kelsingra waits for those brave enough to enter… The dragons and their keepers have discovered Kelsingra but so far only Heeby has succeeded in flying over the river to enter the fabled city. The other dragons, with their deformed wings and feeble muscles, are afraid to risk failure and humiliation.

    Helen Foster-Turner says: "Half a book?"
    "Half a book?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about City of Dragons?

    I'm an avid reader of Robin Hobb's work and a love the development of this story and the possibilities that lie ahead.


    What other book might you compare City of Dragons to and why?

    It fits in perfectly to the other books in the series


    Which character ??? as performed by Saskia Butler ??? was your favorite?

    Although typically teenaged and angsty, Thymara has the most to gain if only she finds it in herself to rise above her own poor expectations of herself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Selden's plight and the sheer dehumanisation of him. It is not hard to see parallels from our own history.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the book, there was little chance of me not doing so, however, it felt too much like half a book. Almost everything seemed to be in progress without anything really substantial happening. A book between books perhaps?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (309)

    Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training---all men, for women were unfit to practice magic---memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.

    Jarred says: "Fascinating World"
    "Yes and no."
    Overall

    On the whole an enjoyable enough read but one thing bugged me no end, the never ending self doubt of the lead character. I get it, I do, but the teenage angst thing went on and on and got annoyingly repetitive. I felt it interfered with the pace of the book. The narrator is good but she has a slow delivery which fails to pick up speed and energy when the action gets going.

    It is classic genre material and good enough in its class.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silmarillion, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Martin Shaw
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Considered to be Tolkien's most important work, The Silmarillion is the story of the creation of the world and the happenings of the First Age, clearly setting the stage for all his other works. With a superb performance by Martin Shaw, this first installment of 3 volumes will thrill and delight Tolkien fans of all ages, and listeners will treasure this extraordinary presentation for years to come.

    Duif says: "Adds character to the mythology"
    "An extraordinary work"
    Overall

    For lovers of Middle Earth this is the seminal work which collates many of Tolkein's 'lost tales' into a whole. It is a historical account, from the creation of the world on through the arrival of the elves, ents, men and dwarves on earth. It follows the the story of the Silmarils, gems of unsurpassing beauty, and the first rise of Sauron in ages long before Bilbo Baggins sets off on his adventures.

    It is written in a biblical style and encompasses many, many characters, some of whom have names similar to others. The listener should also be aware that some characters may have several names which can make it a little confusing and difficult to follow.

    It is rich with stories of creation and death, war, beauty, envy, love and enmity and most are told only in brief, as though you were reading these accounts from scrolls held in the Great Library of Minas Tirith.

    For those who have read both the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings and who search for more, The Silmarillion gives depth and context to the stories we know and love. In this spoken form, beautifully read by Martin Shaw, it is most easily absorbed and enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8494)
    Performance
    (4924)
    Story
    (4981)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "I loved it, you may or may not"
    Overall

    I felt as though this was a book I should have read years ago and regretted that I did not.

    Like many others who have reviewed this book, I also enjoyed Enders Game but took up Speaker for the Dead with no preconceived ideas. The first part of this novel is rightly spent setting up the rest and, since the story that follows is based on the characters experiences and the emotions that arise because of them, they form the important foundation for the rest of the novel. In other words it contextualises it.

    If you want another Enders Game, then it is not the same. It is richer, deeper and slower to build. It requires a reader with empathy, a little patience and an open mind.

    I will not nitpick the science but it was written a while ago and our collective understanding and expectations have changed in the interim. I do believe, however, that eventually technological development will plateau as we discover all the technology that will serve us and it will remain somewhat similar until something changes to cause the next great cycle of advancement.

    It touched me and it made me think which is all I can ask of any book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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