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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

A little bit different

This is another quirky listen. A family with a difference, while managing to be just a little bit dysfunctional. Amusing and light-hearted in its tone, it was cleverly constructed with a decent twist in the tail. Worth a credit if you are looking for a comfortable holiday listen with a difference.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Good fantasy listen

Apart from the narrator being a little bit "shouty" too often, this was a really easy, enjoyable listen.
Moves along at a decent pace, with all the usual ingredients of a good fantasy novel. Strong, feisty heroine, and decent support characters. Enjoyed it. A different magic / power angle than I've encountered before, even if the references to the fae and demons etc are still familiar.
Downloaded book number 2 immediately I finished this - and that's usually a good indicator for a good rating.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Quirky

Very much like the 100 year old man in that the improbable occurs on a regular basis, and everything lines up rather too usefully. That said, having grown up in South Africa during the apartheid years, I enjoyed the South African scenes which if they hadn't been so light-heartedly written might have been rather upsetting given their "well-observed-truth".

An easy listening credit. Perfect for when you need something entertaining and uncomplicated.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Still excellent

Slightly concerned that I may be coming to the end of this series?

I think there has only been one book (Ghost Story) which I felt a little neutral about - the rest have simply ticked all my required listening boxes. The magic stacks, the characters are unique and well developed - and after 15 books, I'm really quite fond of them. This is comfort listening for any fan of magic and the supernatural. James Marsters is excellent as narrator, and has made this series for me.

With Skin Game, there is yet another twist to the series (which is why I'm slightly concerned that there aren't a whole list of books to come in the audible library...). All sorts of new alliances, twists and turns. Nice to see Michael on an outing again - and the scenes with Mouse always make me smile too.

The humour is on form, as always. Definitely a favourite series of books.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-18

It's all change

It's all changing.....a good plot twist lobbed in at the start of the book sets the scene for a new direction for Harry and his team/friends.

Another 5 star instalment to this series. I am not even remotely getting bored with this saga - indeed have just nervously checked to see how many books there are left in this series as I'm already worried about what I'm going to resort to when its done.

James Marsters is superb, as ever.

If you haven't yet started this series - treat yourself! Start at the beginning though, cos it's a fun, fun ride.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Excellent as always

I so enjoy the Harry Dresden stories; they seem to get better and better. This has become my go-to series when I need something tried and trusted as a palate cleaner between epic fantasy tales. (Harry and the characters are so well developed that it gives this series surprising depth.)

This story is steering the way to further intrigue reference the black council....its clearly all going to implode or explode quite spectacularly in one of the books to come.

Narration never disappoints. James Marsters is consistent across all the books, and he manages to keep the ironic and humorous moments just right. (as long as I avoid remembering him as Spike from his Buffy days)

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Great start to an exciting trilogy....

I have read Red Sister and Grey Sister in quick succession - they are excellent. The world which Mark Lawrence has built stacks, the plot is good, and the characters are well-developed and interesting. Am now feeling bereft at losing my connection to these characters while I wait for book 3.

Book one and two have flowed seamlessly, and what I really appreciated was the introduction to book two where a recap is given - thereby avoiding unnecessary and contrived references to book one's events. That said, the first 10 minutes of listening made me think I had missed a bit of the first book as a new character is introduced who I didn't recognise.......needn't have worried as it all became clear within the first few chapters.

The foreshadowing that has "topped and tailed" these two books is also an interesting angle - it's totally set the scene and anticipation for the final reckoning that is surely coming in book 3. If the energy and intrigue continues at the same pace, it promises to be a good one.

Narration is good, although the variation in accents for the different characters isn't as extensive as my favourite narrators' (eg; although I enjoy the Aussie accent, it felt a little like it was the narrator's only, or "go to", alternative accent, but it doesn't detract from the story.

If you are into the fantasy genre, then this should tick all the boxes.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Another cracking instalment

I have read Red Sister and Grey Sister in quick succession - they are excellent. The world which Mark Lawrence has built stacks, the plot is good, and the characters are well-developed and interesting. Am now feeling bereft at losing my connection to these characters while I wait for book 3.

Book one and two have flowed seamlessly, and what I really appreciated was the introduction to book two where a recap is given - thereby avoiding unnecessary and contrived references to book one's events. That said, the first 10 minutes of listening made me think I had missed a bit of the first book as a new character is introduced who I didn't recognise.......needn't have worried as it all became clear within the first few chapters.

The foreshadowing that has "topped and tailed" these two books is also an interesting angle - it's totally set the scene and anticipation for the final reckoning that is surely coming in book 3. If the energy and intrigue continues at the same pace, it promises to be a good one.

Narration is good, although the variation in accents for the different characters isn't as extensive as my favourite narrators' (eg; although I do enjoy the Aussie accent, it felt like the narrator's only / "go-to" alternative accent), but it doesn't detract from the story.

If you are into the fantasy genre, then this should tick all the boxes.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

18 hours wasn't long enough

This has all the ingredients of an excellent series. I knew when I started listening that book 1 was only going to be about introducing the characters, and setting the scene for something bigger - but it did that so well and I thoroughly enjoyed all 18 hours 42 minutes of it. Indeed, I was left feeling abandoned by my new "friends" when it ended, and had to "just check" that I hadn't misread the release date of this, and perhaps book 2 might already be out....alas not.

This has the makings of an epic fantasy. Decent traditional fantasy stuff with a slight "frontier meets mafia" feel but with likeable, fully developed characters - and a few poisoned apples in the mix to keep it interesting. Hints of power and magic to come.....roll on book 2!

Narration is fine - occasional moments of not knowing who was speaking, but nothing too damaging to the story. A good listen all round.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-18

Brutal but engaging

Set in a time when life was cheap and brutal, and allegiances somewhat fluid. Battle is bloody and frequent.

The lead characters are engaging, and likeable, and the narration is perfectly suited to the story. Enough hooks to keep me wondering about what is to come.I will be downloading the rest of the series in the hope that the quality standard is maintained.

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