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  • Assassin's Fate

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, David Thorpe
  • Length: 45 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69

Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter, Bee, was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Thorpe huge thumbs DOWN

  • By Katrina on 01-08-19

Great book spoiled by reader

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

Let me be clear, Avita Jay is fabulous as a reader for this book, telling the story from the perspective of Bee and other characters in her part f the story. The reader for books 10 and 11 for the voice of Fitz Chivalry was Lee Maxwell-Simpson who personified that character for me and who read with empathy and intelligence for that and all the other characters. I could listen t his reading all day and am only sorry he does not seem to have read more books as I would probably buy them for that reason alone. I am particularly disappointed by the reader of book 12, this one, who is David Thorpe. I don't think Mr Thorpe ever bothered to listen to any of the previous books in this series. He is poor at different voices and it is often difficult to tell who is speaking. He has a bombastic and flat manner of speaking turning most of the characters into annoyingly loud boors. Worse when he gives the reading any inflection it is inaccurate and often wrong and he frequently emphasises the wrong words. He is reading a book, somewhat poorly, rather than embodying the characters. The most comical and annoying is his reference to the "LIV" ships. No Mr Thorpe they are LIVE ships it is not a verb it is a noun! I have waited so long for this book and I really want to know the story but my pleasure in it has been diminished by his poor rendition. If I was Robin Hobb I would not be happy about it at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Teachings of Don Juan

  • A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
  • By: Carlos Castaneda
  • Narrated by: Luis Moreno
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 552

For over 40 years, Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan has inspired audiences to expand their world view beyond traditional Western forms. Originally published as Castaneda’s master’s thesis in anthropology, Teachings documents Castaneda’s supposed apprenticeship with a Yaqui Indian sorcerer, don Juan Matus. Dividing the work into two sections, Castaneda begins by describing don Juan’s philosophies, then continues with his own reflections.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By jesus on 07-09-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

Although I first read this book many years ago and had fond memories of it I found with this listen that the characters generally were were annoying and pointless, particulalry the central character. I was unable to finish it as I got bored.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Scar

  • By: Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 834

Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly, highly, Highly Recommended

  • By Robert on 08-13-12

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

Well worth listening. This appears, at the beginning, to be a shallow tale of a swashbuckler but develops into something far more complex, sinister and surprising with an excellent conclusion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Gate

  • Mithermages, Book 1
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,182

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Card doing what he does best.

  • By joshua on 01-05-11

Great read

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Liked this book very much but was disappointed that there was no sequel available as this is clearly not the end. Still worth listening to.

  • City of Dragons

  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Half a book?

  • By Helen Foster-Turner on 05-09-12

Delicious

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

This is currently the last in this series but there is clearly more to come. Wonderful to listen to. A real joy. Don't miss it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon Haven

  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Jacqui Crago
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good narration - Terrible editing

  • By Anonymous User on 10-23-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Robin Hobb is a brilliant writer and it's a real joy to listen to her stories. If you enjoy fantasy fiction this is one you must not miss. This is the second in a series of 3.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon Keeper

  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey to the cocooning grounds in generations. Many have died along the way. With its acid waters and impenetrable forest, it is a hard place for any to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Alison on 08-21-09

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Loved this book. I listen to a lot of books but found this story and the characters quite addictive and immediately bought the rest of the series. I am only sorry, devastated in fact, that although Amercian readers can get Robin Hobbs other books on audible I, in the UK, currrently can't. I live in hope and in the meantime have had to resort to buying the written books!

  • Juliet, Naked

  • By: Nick Hornby
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie, Ben Miles, Bill Irwin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88

Annie's put fifteen years into safe, slightly obsessive Duncan, and now she'd like her money back, please. It's time to move on. But she lives in Gooleness, the north's answer to a question nobody asked. Is she really going to find real, proper, fell-it-deep-down-in-your-boots love on a damp and windy seafront? Or perhaps she should follow her heart and pursue Tucker, the reclusive American rock star, who keeps emailing her his smart advice. But between Annie and her second chance lie a few obstacles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome reading (listening)

  • By Catarina on 09-12-09

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-24-11

The story starts a little slow and you might start to think the characters are too boring to bother with - this changes. Well worth a listen.

  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Story

  • By CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH on 08-11-06

WONDERFUL

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-09

My first listen to a book by Bryce Courtenay. A really good listen with characters you will care about from beginning to end. Reader Humphrey Bower is a real treat. His reading enhances any book. Not to be missed.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,271

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

GRIPPING

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-09

Absolutely brilliant book. Highly entertaining as well as informative and historical.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful