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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

A Well Told Tale

I read the first book in this series many moons ago, when it was first published, and found it difficult for some reason to get the following books, until much later, and never got around to reading them. I really wish I had. I now have all the books in this series, which consists of four books, in the Deverry series, plus two following series, ("The Westland Cycle", and "The Dragon Mage" series) which continue the Deverry chronicles, and ends up with fifteen books all told.. I really, really hope that Audible are going to make the other books in this wonderful series available. I was a little dubious about the narrator, Ruth Urquhart, when I started listening, but once she gets into the swing of things she does a really good job. If you enjoy Juliet Marillier, than you will likely enjoy these books too, as they have a similar feel to "Sevenwaters" and "Blackthorn and Grimm" (my personal favourite). If anyone at Audible is reading this PLEASE publish the rest of this series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-18

OMG WOW!!

I've seen the "Dresden Files" books around for ages, and was convinced that they weren't for me. I read the "Codex Alera" series when it first came out, and loved it, as its more what I prefer to read/listen to. A friend kept telling me to read the Dresden Files, but I don't like urban/contemporary fantasy. If I see/hear the words "car", "phone" or "television", or other modern references, I close/turn off the book and leave it for someone else to read/listen to. My friend kept after me, especially when they found out that I'd gotten the "Codex Alera" audio books, and I finally gave in. I am now a huge fan of Harry Dresden, and am looking for a really special gift for my friend as a thank you for introducing me to this awesome series. The stories are brilliantly written, and James Marsters gives a truly fantastic performance. It took me a while to remember where I'd heard his name before, and was stunned when I discovered it was "Spike" from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". I'm now looking for more audio books performed by Mr Marsters, and also hoping that there will be more Dresden Files books to listen to/read. For all those people like me who like their Fantasy to be pseudo medieval rather than urban/contemporary, I say give this series a go. I think you'll like it. I surly did.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Awful Narrator

I've been generous giving two star for the story, as I just couldn't listen long enough to judge if the story was good or not. This might have been a fantastic story, but once again it has been ruined by a terrible narrator. I was just as generous giving one star for the performance, but they don't allow negative star rating.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-17

Unfinished

More waiting. Oh No!! I was really pleased when I found out that this third book was being released slightly earlier than originally planned. I listened to it a couple of days after it was released, as I was already listening to another book. I really enjoyed the story, and as always Nick Podehl was amazing. When the book ended however, I felt as though I'd been left suspended over a deep chasm, and will have to wait an indeterminate length of time before I can be rescued. I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment of this wonderful series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-17

Oh No! More Waiting!!

I really love this series, and was looking forward to getting hold of this, the third instalment. It was every bit as exiting as the first two books, but I was livid when I got to the end, only to find that there will be a fourth book, and I have no idea how long I'm going to have to wait before I can get hold of it, or if it will be recorded as an Audio Book. Audible is after all infamous for releasing only parts of a series (in my opinion) (Martha Wells' "Raksura" series being only one example). Aside from the waiting, I can't think of anything I don't like about this series. I like the characters, I like the setting. I like the narrator, who does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. In my humble opinion, A Winner!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-17

Promise Unfulfilled

Books one and two in this series were laugh out loud fun to listen to. I had to rewind several times just to hear parts I missed, as I was laughing so much at the antics of some of the wonderful characters. Unfortunately in the third book, things went from bad to stupid. Angele Masters did a brilliant job of narrating this series, and in the first two books it was her delivery that made it such a joy to listen. But even the best narrator can't do much with poor material. A very disappointing end to what had promised to be a fantastic series

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-17

Annoying Characters

I like character based stories, and in the first book in this series, I began to like the main character of Lia. She showed a spark of courage and intelligence, that seemed to disappear in this the second book. She started to become just another simpering, brainless fluff head, who could only function if she could secure the affection of the main male character, Colvin the petty minded and shallow. I gave the story two stars only because the setting was well done. I won't be listening to book three. Nor will I waste credits on the second Muirwood series. I will give credit to Kate Rudd, whose narration was the only thing that kept me listening for as long as I did. I'm disappointed, as I had enjoyed the first book, and was hoping it would fulfil the promise it hinted at. It was not to be.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Wrong Narrator :-{

I read the printed version of this and the other books in this wonderful series years ago, and loved them. So I was well pleased when I found them on Audible. Unfortunately, as with so many well loved series, the books have been spoiled by a poor choice of narrator. Its by no means the worst narration I've listened to, but it just didn't do these books justice. When I read the printed version of these books, I was enchanted by the vivid characters and their stirring adventures. The narrator left the characters seeming flat, and their adventures uninspired. All in all, a disappointing experience

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-17

DULL!!

Its not often I return a book, because I dislike the book. More often, I return a book because it has been ruined by a poor narrator. Not this time. I managed to listen to the entire book, only because I kept thinking that it would start to get interesting in a few minutes more. It didn't. The narrator just didn't have anything to work with, so his performance, as good as it might have been, just couldn't enliven a dreary, boring story. This book, and the rest of the books in this series will be returned, and I'll hopefully find something that is more entertaining.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-17

LOL!!!

I was pleasantly surprised by this book and the first book "The Corpse-Rat King", in this duology. I spent most of the time having to rewind, as I was laughing so much I couldn't hear what was going on. This is a laugh out loud sort of story, with a great deal of chuckling in between. Michael Page is a fantastic narrator, and adds to the overall enjoyment of the two books by Lee Battersby If you are easily offended by strong language, go listen to something else. But if you want a good story that's a lot of fun, I recommend this and "The Corpse-Rat King" very highly.

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