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  • Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr
  • By: John Crowley
  • Narrated by: John Crowley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Dar Oakley - the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own - was born two thousand years ago. When a man learns his language, Dar finally gets the chance to tell his story. He begins his tale as a young man, and how he went down to the human underworld and got hold of the immortality meant for humans, long before Julius Caesar came into the Celtic lands; how he sailed West to America with the Irish monks searching for the Paradise of the Saints; and how he continuously went down into the land of the dead and returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book

  • By Franklin on 04-17-18

It is not Watership Down.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I know it is wrong to compare one book to another, but this one never kicked it onto gear. still a bird lover will find it appealing.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Heroes

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,788

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pacey is as good as it gets

  • By Lord Ragnar on 05-12-16

Warning. I am a big Abercrombie Fan

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I really can not believe all the action takes place on one hill. Simply a brilliant book by an author that knows how to write a tale. Steven Pacey is one of my favorite narrator.

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,882

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

A Retelling of the Achilles Tale

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Using all the tales of Achilles to form a new seamless and beautiful story, Madeline Miller is brilliant and Frazer Douglas very easy to listen too.

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,542

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Perfect marriage between book & narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

This is one series that having the audio is a plus. Having Kobna Holdbrook-Smith in your head is a pleasure. It performance adds to the book. As for the books, it sort of a British X-Files type, great fun.

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird Science

  • By Dubi on 04-26-18

Clever use of Public Domain characters

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Kate Reading is as professional as they come and Theodora Goss has created an interesting tale using the female characters from Great Gothic novels from the 19th century. It is a mystery that involves Holmes & Watson with the help of the daughters of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , along with others. Simply brilliant

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Prince of Thorns

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,333

Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It sticks in your head.

  • By Door on 09-07-13

What to read waiting for the next from G rr Martin

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

Reviewed: 10-06-13

Would you listen to Prince of Thorns again? Why?

Yes, there was alot of mysticism that all came together in the end. There is a bit of going back and forth between time period, clearly stated in chapter headings, but still a re-listen , after the whole series is listen to, seems to be in order.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characters are hard to like, namely because at first introduction is set during the sack of a villiage , with all its violence and mayhem. While the story progresses you will hold back judgement, but the heroes in this tale are soiled with alot of blood.

Have you listened to any of James Clamp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

James Clamp's performance was brilliant and made the story come alive. This is the first time I have ran across Clamp and he is now one of my favorites. A great listen.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was a chapter in which the main character participated in a Tournament evemt that was well written & voiced by Clamp that was bloody and exciting.

Any additional comments?

Cormac McCarthy meets JRR Toliken, a great introduction book to a series that hold a lot of promise.