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  • Tower Lord

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,552

Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Swampy Middle!

  • By Jack on 07-11-14

Very interesting development in the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

If you could sum up Tower Lord in three words, what would they be?

Development. Twists. Engaging. Blood Song was an enjoyable enough book but I bought Tower Lord just to see what happened as the story continued, not expecting too much. However the story developed new depths, characters developed; new, interesting and engaging characters appeared - all in all it was a very enjoyable experience.

What did you like best about this story?

The new characters, the development of the plotlines that had seemed finished, the interweaving of characters and subplots. Anthony Ryan manages to write an intriguing story that is entirely believable - none of the clichés or contrivances that fantasy often falls into.

What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

A narrator is good when they're invisible (or rather inaudible). When one becomes aware of the narrator, it's usually because they've said something that breaks you out of your absorption. Okay, there are a few minor problems with edits and cuts, but overall it was fine.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An awesome masterpiece

  • By Tim on 01-06-06

Original, compelling, fresh.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. If someone enjoyed this genre I would recommend it as something entirely new and very enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell?

Strange scrying the future of the battle of Waterloo. Can't say anymore with spoiling it. But the whole book is full of interesting moments.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, I think so. There are better narrators out there, but maybe that's personal preference. The narrator didn't get in the way of the story and that often a sticking point for audiobooks.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed at times, didn't cry but it certainly has unusual depth and depth of character development for the genre.

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  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,066

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Oh my god it's bad.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

What would have made Theft of Swords better?

If the characters had been something other than completely predictable. If the dialog hadn't been so turgid. If there'd been any novelty or imagination present.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael J. Sullivan again?

Nope, I doubt it very much. I've had an Audible Gold account for a couple of years and this is the first time I've bought a book that I can't bear to listen to. It doesn't take much to please me, but this is like hearing nails on the blackboard of my soul.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tim Gerard Reynolds?

Anyone. My cat. Tim Gerard Reynolds just doesn't know how to read a story. Dramatic voicing in the most mundane descriptive passages. "I have TO use MY dramatic VOICE now!" "in FACT its THE only VOICE i HAVE"

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I keep coming back to it like a child who's found his hamster dead in the morning, poking its little cold corpse to see if it's just asleep. But no. There's no life left in this book.

Any additional comments?

Whoever reviewed this and said it was a "fast moving" and "original" epic fantasy needs to widen their reading more than a little. Listen to The Lies of Locke Lamorra for a great story, well written with brilliant narration. That, and they should send me a cheque for $15....

23 of 29 people found this review helpful