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  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Story and Very Enjoyable

  • By David on 30-09-17

No Nonsense End of The World

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

This was right up my post apocalyptic street with NO Zombies just pure step by step survival using what’s to hand to make a new life. If simple resourcefulness and tribal interactions floats your boat then you will love this book.

  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missed at your own expense!

  • By Strawberryskullcrusher on 14-04-17

Left me wanting more....

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

I selected this book with some reservations but I was very pleasantly surprised to find the book gripping, with strong characters and a plot worthy of a Harry Potter sequel. I was genuinely disappointed when it ended and Cant wait to read more Mark Lawrence!

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I was unsure about this book at first especially when it starts to get weird but it's expertly explained and suddenly the penny drops and you get it only to find that there's a new twist just as mind boggling. I couldn't get enough of it absolutely brilliant!

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed. Her innocence has been sacrificed by a man with singular purpose: a man who will stop at nothing in order to prepare Earth for the coming conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starts well, disappointing end

  • By SM8475 on 10-04-16

Inspired story

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

Reviewed: 13-09-16

This trilogy is a well thought out and detailed account which is an excellent listen - there were one or two sections of book 3 which were a little slow but overall Ive really enjoyed the books and would recommend them!

  • The End Has Come

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: Hugh Howey, Jamie Ford, Jonathan Maberry, and others
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Gabrielle de Cuir, Justine Eyre, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the end of the world. In science fiction the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing!

  • By BillyBlackBear on 07-07-15

Disapointing!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

As a great fan of the first two volumes i have really disappointed with book 3. In the first two volumes there were occasionally stories i disliked, some that were good if not entirely convincing but many that were absolutely mesmerising. Unfortunately in volume 3 these proportions have been reversed and i was left utterly disappointed.
Some of the stories were so fanciful they had no chance of working. Sorry but its a big thumbs down from me.

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  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,780

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had doubts, I never should have. Brilliant

  • By Andy on 26-01-15

Great insight

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

This is a fascinating story or abuse and incredible insight into depression and alcoholism. The story falls a little flat in the middle lacking pace but it keeps you guessing almost to the end.

  • Carry Me Home

  • By: Sandra Kring
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A moving tale of the unshakable bond between two brothers set against a backdrop of family secrets, loyalty, and small town life. Earl "Earwig" Gunderman is sixteen-years-old when the world is thrust into war and his older brother Jimmy is shipped out to the Pacific theater. Being what they used to call simple-minded, Earwig must cope without the protection of his revered older brother as he strikes out towards independence and adulthood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Stand by me' meets 'Forrest Gump'

  • By BillyBlackBear on 27-04-15

'Stand by me' meets 'Forrest Gump'

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

Reviewed: 27-04-15

This is a remarkable book, beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. Funny sad and enlightening in equal measure I just wanted it to go on and on.

  • The End is Nigh

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Mur Lafferty, Rajan Khanna, Kate Baker, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories. Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very enjoyable start to the Apocalypse

  • By GhostMuppet on 10-01-15

Triptic Triumph

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

Reviewed: 26-04-15

This and its sister books are a complete triumph - I was concerned that I might not like the short story format but it works soooo well.
One or two of the books are a little weak but others are incredibly good and I think what works and doesn't will vary between readers but this series is definitely worth every penny.

  • The End Is Now

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Mur Lafferty, Kate Baker, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. "The Apocalypse Triptych" will tell their stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please don't ever End!

  • By BillyBlackBear on 26-04-15

Please don't ever End!

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

Reviewed: 26-04-15

This and its sister books are a complete triumph - I was concerned that I might not like the short story format but it works soooo well.
One or two of the books are a little weak but others are increasingly good and I think what works and doesn't will vary between readers but this series is definitely worth every penny.

  • 299 Days

  • The Preparation, Book 1
  • By: Glen Tate
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

299 Days: The Preparation, the first audiobook in the 299 Days series, depicts the inner struggles Grant must face as he exists in a social system he recognizes as unsustainable and on the verge of collapse, but one in which he has built his life around. What begins as a return to his roots, self-sufficiency and independence, becomes a full blown move to prepare for what may come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this whole series, skip book 10 tho

  • By Jason Smith on 24-07-15

Disappointing !

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

Reviewed: 26-04-15

This pre apocalyptic tale should be the most believable and hence the greatest in its genre as its is based on a more reasoned and thoughtful build up to the end times. However, for me it was like pulling teeth, the pace of the story is sooooo slow you find yourself praying for the end to come. I do now have a great understanding of weapons but have abandoned the series as I simply can't put myself through that again.