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  • The Flame Bearer

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 10
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

The brand-new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two novels in the series. From the day it was stolen from me, I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island; it was massive, it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track - and it was mine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By C. Ian Keay on 02-05-17

Wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-16

I know that reviewing this book is a waste of time as it is number 10 in a series but I will do it anyway as tribute to the author

I've read a lot of books, I believe more than 400 in fact. This was one of the best!

Well done sir, and thank you

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch

  • Skull-Crushing True Stories of the Most Hardcore Duels, Showdowns, Fistfights, Last Stands, and Military Engagements of All Time
  • By: Ben Thompson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Unstoppable true stories of the most hardcore showdowns, last stands, and military engagements of all time! When only one can live, it's an ultimate deathmatch! This ain't no table tennis. You're not here to skip rope with your niece. You're here to witness the catastrophically awesome exploits of history's greatest badasses. Not only that, you're here to see what happens when badasses collide, when glory and doom hang in the balance, when two men enter one man leaves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good idea, Poor execution

  • By Matthew Edward White on 03-24-14

The title speeks for it self

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-13

At the time I am writing this review (April 23 2013), this book has got 3,5 rating out of 4 ratings and two negative reviews. I completely disagree with both the reviews and the rating and I will tell you precisely why.

First of all, this book is about violent deeds. If you cannot stomach violence don't even consider this one. The same stands for those of you who can't stand bad language.
However, if you can accept that violence and bad language are, and sadly will probably always be a part of life, you can continue reading this review.

This book covers approximately 2.500 years of human history and besides of being filled with violence and bad language, is also filled with tails of men and women, that defied the laws of mathematics, statistics and probability. Furthermore, since history is filled, and sadly will probably always be filled with violance and that usually history turns by a bloody way, you can also get a ruff picture of how our modern world came to be. This book contains short stories, from all over the world, with minimum backround info supplyed by the author in order to understand them, about how genius, skill, courage and luck can alter the laws of reality and some times, turn the course of history.

To conclude, the narrator seems to understand what he is reading and succeeds to deliver the slightly ironic and flamboyant tone of the author. Listen to the sample, and you will get a good idea of what is to follow for 13 hours.

In a few words?
Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch: Skull-Crushing True Stories of the Most Hardcore Duels, Showdowns, Fistfights, Last Stands, and Military Engagements of All Time




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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catastrophes!

  • Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
  • By: Donald R. Prothero
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Devastating natural disasters have profoundly shaped human history, leaving us with a respect for the mighty power of the Earth - and a humbling view of our future. Paleontologist and geologist Donald R. Prothero tells the harrowing human stories behind these catastrophic events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative but poorly narrated

  • By panagiotis on 01-19-13

Informative but poorly narrated

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-13

In my opinion the narration was very bad. In fact it stopped me from listening to the last third of the book, chapters 9 to 12 which are titled "Ice ages, Greenhouse planet, Mass extinctions and Can we survive nature and our own folly?" and which I found less interesting than the previous ones which completely fulfill the promises made by the publishers summary. So, my point is that you should listen to the sample before buying and be shore that you can stand this slow, annoying monotone for 12 hours.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do not read the review of Luke from Japan

  • By panagiotis on 11-10-12

Do not read the review of Luke from Japan

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-12

Thank god Luke I read your review after finishing the book. I can't understand why did you include such a spoiler without an alert dude. I would report you, but after voting negatively the button disappeared.
Very good book guys. If you aren't familiar with Mr. Abercrombie's books you should start with the first law trilogy, and after that continue with Best served cold, The heroes and finally Red country.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Wish You Were Never Born

  • A Shocking True Story of a Drugged Up Child Who Was Sexually, Mentally, Physically Abused, Now a Convicted Serial Killer
  • By: James Gregory Marlow
  • Narrated by: John David
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 12

An ex-con dubbed "The Folsom Wolf," James Marlow persuades his girlfriend, Cynthia Coffman, to travel across the country torturing, raping, and killing young women. But was James really the one who was controlled by Cynthia to carry out her master plan? Find the truth in this tell all! Written By A Condemned Man: I am a prisoner in San Quentin on Death Row. I love writing books as it passes the time in this dark place! I love writing poetry and am told that I am very good at it!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Worth the Time or the Money

  • By Katie on 03-25-13

So..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-12

This man has written in this book things, that if true, are very Very disturbing. However, as you very well know, the gall of a review is not to judge the sayings of the author but to persuade fellow listeners to buy or not to buy. In my opinion, the allegations made in this book are worth listening to whether they are true or falls. To be a bit more specific without spoiling the book, i will tell you that the facts given by the author do not concern the prison system and could altogether alter the course of humanity it self. Do you think i am exaggerating? Come on guys, buy it! it's only 2:30 hours long and costs $5.60, it is value for money. Besides, i am very curious to see your reviews and ratings.

PS. I hope i have persuaded you to buy

3 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • A World Undone

  • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
  • By: G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War

  • By Ignacio on 12-14-12

So..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-12

I was used to history books beeing boaring and monotonus, this book however is a completely diferent storry The author (this genius) has dedicated aprocsimatly 1 in 3 chapters (backround chapters) giving illuminating backround information about familly histories, historycal gossip and nasions history enableing you to follow the book even if you do not know what planet earth is. Further more he also gives such info even in the other chapters wich are more conserned in political and strategical events. I must also give credit to this fantastic narrator wich in my oppinion does a superb job not only by his general tone of voice, but also my bringing to life the words of long dead men. (listen to sample) To conclude i really beleve this book is a must reed if you are interested in history

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,757

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WINNING UGLY IS STILL WINNING

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-13-16

Well...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-12

If this book is a 4.4 listen Mr. G. R. R. Martyn's a game of thrones for example should be a 10 stars listen.In my opinion this is quite a childish book, however i can not say i wasted my time. The narrator was perfect and made the best of it. To avoid such trouble i think that audible should state the age of the reviewers. By the way I am 23 years old and i am not buying the next one.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,534

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Blah...

  • By ~Beloved~ on 02-20-14

So..

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-12

The main character of this book is named Jacob, the book is writen in the first person and is split in to chaptairs.
The interesting thing however, is that some of the chaptairs refaire to Jacob of 23, and others to Jacob of 93 years old,
in the proportions of about 2 to 1. I really enjoyed those refairing to Jacob of 93 but i had an issue with the others.
Having completely forgotten that the author was a woman, i begun to have my suspitions in chaptair 18, that means around
2h-40mins of part 2, from that point and for an other one and a half hour human relationships and
whits are blowne in the air.... (i had my evidence at exactly 3h-45min-24sec of part 2) To sum up: Great book, big hole
in the plot in part 2, great Jacob of 93 and great ending
PS No offence to you laydys, i love you all..


1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Decision Points

  • By: George W. Bush
  • Narrated by: George W. Bush
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for numerous historic and controversial decisions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Dedrea on 11-24-10

So...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-12

You could call me a conspiracy theorist or to be more honest you should call me one. In my personal oppinion the guy is lieing for 7 hours. It seams to me that someone pressed the play button on him and he started (playing), i mean Mr. Steven Hawking has more emotion and pation in his voice. However, if you are interested in how the world is running this book should add a small piece in your puzzle of world views.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75,342
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 75,293

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

George R. R. Martin is a brilliance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-11

This serie is a marval. It would take a page for me to say why, so i will say only this:
1. I would give a lot to forget the storry and listen to it again. (you will fully understand this when you've listened to all the books)
2. You can learn some things about life from these books.
3. For those who are yet to be convinced: LISTEN TO IT NOW!!!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful