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  • Lucifer's Hammer

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 508

The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Post-apocalyptic entertainment at its best!

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-12-13

Classic

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

Brilliant book, many have followed but this is the daddy of them all. 1977 but still enjoyable and relevant. This is the book of the film Armageddon and The Postman together, in full without the Hollywood spin.

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • started well

  • By people's bank on 06-03-17

Tedious and Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Probably a very good story but could have been done in 3 hours not 12. Seven hours in and the plot has only just started to come together, another 5 hours until something resembling a plot is laid out. But it goes on way too long with descriptions of minutia, repeats bits of the protagonists back story over and over, it just becomes tedious. Needs to be a lot tighter in its otherwise excellent writing and tell a story, this is rambling and boring at times. The good bits are very good but there is far too much useless waffle in between the action.

  • David Suchet's Questions of Faith

  • By: David Suchet
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

David Suchet sets out to establish what connects three of the world's major religions - and critically what divides them - as he travels the world on a personal pilgrimage of discovery. Judaism, Islam and Christianity share far more in common than the abhorrent acts of extremists would ever suggest. When the roots of the three Abrahamic faiths are shared, why is it that they foster dissent, intolerance and disagreement? What unites them and what divides them? Is God a warmonger or a peacemaker?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing and very well-informed

  • By Stephen on 12-04-18

Not Interesting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-18

Religious rubbish, only of interest if you believe in this twaddle. Could cure religious conflict only when the world grows up, this is not helping

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,070

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

Gave up about half way. Drab characters, nothing much happened but then I have little patience with books that ramble on and on without engaging. No idea what this is about beyond some girl smuggler on the moon.

  • Opening Moves

  • The Gam3, Book 1
  • By: Cosimo Yap
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this. He has only one thing on his mind: the Game. A fully immersive virtual reality, the Game appears to be a major part of the invading civilization. Alan can't wait to play, recklessly diving into the digital universe. Soon though, Alan realizes the Game is anything but simple, and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By JONAH8208 on 25-02-17

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 25-02-17

Bit like the classic Ready Player One but more complex. Dunno how the author is going to get through this story in less than 20 books but looking forward to more

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dynasty

  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Dynasty tells the story of Rome's first dynasty of emperors, from its establishment by Augustus Caesar in the last decades of the first century BC to its final, florid extinction less than a century later. The line of autocrats known to historians as the 'Julio-Claudians' remains to this day a byword for depravity. The brilliance of its allure and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes still haunt the public imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Jai K. on 08-12-15

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 23-10-15

Very detailed and well written book. There was a lot in this history that is not generally known because most Roman history covers 900 year, but this covers only the short period of the Julio Claudio dynasty in a lot of depth.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

  • By: Allen C. Guelzo
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history–the most intimate and richly readable account we have had–of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed but easy to follow

  • By JONAH8208 on 02-08-15

Detailed but easy to follow

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Very detailed and easy to follow with a much more realistic analysis of the intense politicing between the union civilian and military

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • The Expanse, Book 1
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162

Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Work

  • By RG on 24-01-15

Excellent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Pretty good space opera stuff this, like all good sci fi it is almost believable this tech will be around quite soon

  • The Shadow of What Was Lost

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439

It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs - once thought of almost as gods - were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The tag line says it all...almost

  • By Mike on 07-07-15

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-15

Very good story well told, i await the next installment with eager anticipation. Narration was also very smooth and firm adding subtly to the overall enjoyment of this book

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the best way to tackle this behemoth!

  • By Simon on 06-08-14

Long, Boring and Pointless

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

Reviewed: 29-10-13

Loved Snowcrash and The Diamond Age

This however is far too long and ridiculously boring. There is no coherent story going on just a long rambling disjointed fluffy nothingness which occasionally breaks out into merely interesting in that it imparts measured doses of information re computer / codebreaking history. It was so irritating I felt it was like a 1000 page introduction to a story which never actually got going, kept on setting the scene then wandered off into mush instead of delivering a story - then had another go, and another, and another..............

Got about half way through before ditching it, life is too short to care where this is going. I bet it is really good on the last few pages but I lost the will to plough through it that far.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful