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Pint-sized Bookworm

I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1: The War of the Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

    Catherine says: "Inglis sounds like Tolkien!"
    "Lord of the Nazgul!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this audio book to all Lord of the Rings fans as it enhances the reading experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aragorn is my favourite character for his wisdom and bravery and willingness to sacrifice everything to save Middle Earth.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Ingliss' performance of Lord of the Rings is excellent. His performance of Ghan-Buri-Ghan is brilliant and I loved the accent.


    Any additional comments?

    The Battle of Pellinor Field and The Pyre of Denethor are my favourite chapters in this part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Du Jour

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Bonnie Hurren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Another day. Another death. Death du Jour. My God, how many such days would there be?'On a bitterly cold march night in Montreal, forensic anthropologiest Dr Temperance Brennan is exhuming the remains of a nun proposed for sainthood in the grounds of an old church.Just hours later, Tempe is called to the scene of an horrific arson. A young family has perished, and there seems to be no witness, no motive, no explanation.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Bones, bones and more bones!"
    "Bones, bones and more bones!"
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    Death Du Jour is the brilliant second novel, featuring Tempe Brennan, written by Kathy Reichs. Tempe's sister Harriet is involved in a life changing course which may be more than it seems. Tempe investigates a cult after the bodies of women and children linked to the cult, are discovered. Bonnie Hurren delivers a good performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assegai

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (16)

    It is 1913 and ex-soldier turned professional big game hunter Leon Courtney is in British East Africa guiding rich and powerful men from America and Europe on safaris in the Masai tribe territories. One of his clients, German industrialist Count Otto Von Meerbach, has a company which builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. But Leon had not bargained for falling passionately in love with Eva, the Count's beautiful and enigmatic mistress.

    Derek says: "Assegai - A true African Safari Adventure"
    "A briliant tale"
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    Assegai is a brilliant tale of love, war, friendship and adventure. The novel is set just before the onset of World War 1, Leon Courtney defies his father, Ryder Courtney and becomes a partner in a safari hunting business. The clients he takes hunting include Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, a German dominatrix and Otto and his concubine Eva who is the woman he falls in love with, setting off the cataclysmic chain of events that lead to the climax of this novel. Simon Vance delivers a great performance, and Wilbur Smith remains a true master storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Triumph of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    1884, Khartoum, on the banks of the Nile, the Courtneys meet the Ballantynes in this epic adventure. In the Sudan, decades of brutal misgovernment by the ruling Egyptian Khedive in Cairo precipitate a fierce and bloody rebellion and Holy War headed by a charismatic new religious leader, The Madhi or "Expected One". The British are forced to intervene to protect their national interests and to attempt to rescue the hundreds of British subjects stranded in the country. Along with hundreds of others, British trader and businessman, Ryder Courtney is trapped in the capital city of Khartoum.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Wilbur Smith is master"
    "Wilbur Smith is master"
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    Wilbur Smith is a master storyteller. In The Triumph of the Sun, he introduces us to Sean and Carrick Courtney's uncle, Ryder Courtney, and Penrod Ballantyne. Together they must overcome their rivalry for the eldest daughter of David Penbrook, British consul in Khartoum, and come together to fight for their lives against the Islamic tribe of Mahdi Jihadists. A great read, and it is well narrated by Tim-Piggott Smith.

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  • The Broken Eye: Lightbringer, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who might still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism - he can't use magic at all. Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Absolutely awesome"
    "Absolutely awesome"
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    The Broken Eye is absolutely awesome. Andross' manipulations start coming to fruition, the white is combating those manipulations, Gavin Guile is held prisoner and believed dead by many, Teia has become a spy, and Kip is making deals with his grandfather. Simon Vance does a great job with the narration making The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks more awesome, if that is even possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blinding Knife: Lightbringer, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he's got less than one. With 50,000 refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin's got problems on every side. As he loses control of his magic, all magic is running wild, threatening to destroy the Seven Satrapies. The old gods are being reborn. Their army of color wights is unstoppable, and the only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole 16 years ago.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Spectacular story, great listen."
    "Spectacular story, great listen."
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    The second novel in the Lightbringer trilogy, The Blinding Knife is a spectacular read and a great listen. Simon Vance does a great job with the narration, and Brent Weeks' writing just keeps getting better with every book he writes. This time Kip is in Black Guard training, Liv is working with the Colour Prince, Gavin/Dazen reveals his secret to Karris and Andross Guile starts his manipulations of Kip. Readers of Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett and George R. R. Martin will love Brent Weeks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism: Lightbringer Trilogy Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "A colourful extravaganza!"
    "A colourful extravaganza!"
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    The Black Prism by Brent Weeks is full of colourful magic, that sends people crazy when used too often, and turns them into colourwights. Gavin Guile is the prism the rarest of all magic users as he is able to use all colours of the spectrum. Kip is Gavin' s natural son. A brilliant narration by Christofer Jean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    A new queen has usurped the throne and is leading Cenaria into disaster. The country has become a broken realm with a threadbare army, little food, and no hope. Kylar Stern plans to reinstate his closest friend Logan as King, but can he really get away with murder? In the north, the Godking’s death has thrown Khalidor into civil war. To gain the upper hand, one faction attempts to raise the goddess Khali herself. But they are playing with volatile powers, and trigger conflict on a vast scale.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Night Angel is brilliant!"
    "Night Angel is brilliant!"
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    The third and final book in the Night Angel trilogy, Beyond the Shadows is absolutely brilliant. Kylar is bonded to Vi, Jenine is married to the new Godking Dorian and believes Logan Gyre dead, Durzo Blint returns new danger around the Black Barrow rears its ugly head. Once again Paul Boehmer delivers an awesome performance of the audiobook. Brent Weeks just keeps getting better with every book he writes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    Kylar has rejected the assassin's life. In the wake of the Godking's violent coup, both his master and his closest friend are dead. His friend was Logan Gyre, heir to Cenaria’s throne, but few of the ruling class survive to mourn his loss. So Kylar is starting over: new city, new companions, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might be alive, trapped and in hiding, Kylar faces an impossible choice. He could give up the way of shadows forever, and find peace with his young family.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Brilliant!"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Shadow's Edge is the brilliant sequel to The Way of Shadows. The Khalidorans have conquered, but a group of Cenarian rebels, led by Logan Gyre fight back against the Godking's armies. Khylar Stern and Vi team up, to attempt the impossible, assassinate the Godking Garoth Urssuul. This audiobook is once again brilliantly narrated by Paul Boehmer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (336)

    Discover the origins of Durzo Blint in this original novella set in the world of Brent Weeks' New York Times best-selling Night Angel trilogy.... "I got a bit of prophecy," the old assassin said. "Not enough to be useful, you know. Just glimpses. My wife dead, things like that to keep me up late at night. I had this vision that I was going to be killed by forty men, all at once. But now that you're here, I see they're all you. Durzo Blint."

    Dillon says: "Good, but not great."
    "Great prequel"
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    A great prequel to The Night Angel trilogy. Well narrated by James Langton. Tells the story of Gaelan, one of Durzo Blint' s past lives. A great listen and read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets. For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city’s most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

    A User says: "Absolutely brilliant!"
    "A great debut novel"
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    Way of Shadows is a great debut novel by Brent Weeks, and brilliantly narrated by Paul Boehmer. Readers of Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett should love the Way of Shadows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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