Elizabeth is my favourite character as she is brave and willing to learn about the realities of life in all its horror, and is not naive as Elsie was.
Lucy Gaskell did a wonderful job and I love her British accent.
The most memorable character is Elsie, Bessie' s friend. Her naivete, the way she discusses her sexual relations with Bessie and the trouble she eventually finds herself in are all memorable moments in The Tournament.
This is the third book following Bird's of Prey and Monsoon. It tells the story of three generations of Courtney's, and their struggles with each other, the Dutch, Muslims and the wilds of Africa. Tim Piggott-Smith delivers a brilliant performance. This Courtney series is Wilbur Smith at his best.
This is the brilliant sequel to When the Lion Feeds. After leaving the Witwatersrand with his son Dirk, Sean Courtneymeets Ruth Friedman and together they escape into British held territory during the Boer War. They go their separate ways, and Sean joins the British Army after a brief return home to Ladyburg. He battles against his brother in law Jan Paulis who leads a small troop of Boer soldiers, eventually after the two have several encounters the war ends in peace. Sean returns home to marry Ruth whose husband Saul has died during the war. Garry continues his jealousy and hatred of Sean culminating in a climatic horse race between Michael and Dirk Courtney, in which the result could determine Garry's fate. Brilliantly narrated once again by John Lee, Wilbur Smith's The Sound of Thunder is a great listen and read.
When the Lion Feeds is a definite classic. Wilbur Smith's first published novel and still one of his best. It tells the story of Sean Courtenay from late childhood with his twin brother Garry, to his making it rich on the Witwatersrand and then losing it all, to his hunting elephants for ivory and getting rich again, to his marriage and birth of his son Dirk and his return to Witwatersrand and the tragic conclusion to a great novel. John Lee delivers a brilliant performance which enhances the already brilliant story. A great read and listen for Wilbur Smith fans. I hope more of Wilbur Smith's novels become available on Audible in the near future.
Part 2 of Fool's Assassin sees the return of the Fool. A messenger dies leaving Fitz with the task of finding the "unexpected son". Bee has grown into a young girl and Tom Badgerlock has taken in 2 bastard children in Shun and FitzVigilant to prevent them from being murdered. Book one in the Fitz and Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb is absolutely brilliant and is well narrated by Lee Maxwell-Simpson and Avita Jay.
Fits returns in Fool's Assassin. He is married to his beloved Molly and Molly's children are grown and living their own lives. When pale skinned strangers arrive Fitz' s life is once again turned upside down. Brilliantly narrated by Lee Maxwell-Simpson and Avita Jay volume one of Fool's Assassin sets the scene in brilliant new trilogy by Robin Hobb.
Joona Linna investigates an illegal arms dealer after a corrupt government official commits suicide to avoid facing his worst nightmare. An incriminating photograph of an illegal arms deal is discovered and Joona Linna decides to investigate. A fantastic listen and read. Lars Kepler write brilliantly together and Sean Barrett gives an excellent performance as the narrator.
The Hypnotist is a brilliant mystery with plenty of twists and turns which kept me wondering where the story was going to take me next. Eamonn Riley gives a great performance of the audio book and Lars Kepler are definitely a dynamic duo of mystery.
This is a great story but the performance of Christopher Evan Welch could have been better. It is a story about a dying rich woman who hires the disgraced ex-detective Perry to find her missing daughter before it is too late. Not all is as it seems though and soon Perry is caught in a webs of deceit, family secrets and murder. The proceeds of this book go to a great cause in Safe Horizons, an organisation dedicated to helping families and victims of crime.
The Third Kingdom is a brilliant sequel to The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind. Sam Tsoutsouvas gives his usual great performance that makes it an enjoyable listen and even more enjoyable read. Richard and Kahlan are touched by death after escaping the Hedge Maid Jit. Richard discovers he must end prophecy, and Nicci, Zed and Cara have been captured by Hannis Arc. All this and more makes The Third Kingdom a spine chilling sequel to The Omen Machine.
The leaders of the Midlands gathered in the People's Palace wish for prophecy to be heeded and wish that Richard and Kahlan would allow prophecy to lead them as well. Meanwhile Hannis Arc the leader of the remote Faijin Provence in D'Hara is plotting revenge against the House of Rahl with the aid of a Hedge Witch named Jitt. Richard discovers The Omen Machine after the sky falls in. Is the omen machine evil or just been exploited by evil people. Another great performance by Sam Tsoutsouvas and while The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind is not as good as The Sword of Truth books it is still an enjoyable and fantastic read.
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