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  • The Temp

  • By: Steve Nelson
  • Narrated by: Marek Larwood, Vicki Pepperdine
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

How far would you go to get your dream job? In The Temp, Warren (Marek Larwood) is sent to a variety of temp jobs by his recruitment officer Aimee (Vicki Pepperdine) on the promise that if he does a good job, it might become permanent. And each time, the job turns out to be more dangerous and ludicrous than advertised. Open-minded to the point of mindless, Warren never seems to notice that the job is very different to the job description - he just wants to do a good job, and get made permanent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By IYA on 07-02-19

Some funny bits

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

An unusual but inventive way of getting a lot of situations in to a comedy. However, many of the one - liners miss the mark. There are some genuine funny bits, I like the start of the laboratory assistant episode. On the whole it is worth listening to but don't expect belly laughs or to many chuckles.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Looking Glass War

  • By: John Le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

Once, the distinctions were clear: the Circus handled all things political while the Department dealt with matters military. But over the years the power and influence had passed to the Circus. Now suddenly the department had a job on its hands. Uncertain evidence suggested Soviet missiles being put in place near the German border, while vital film had gone missing and a courier was dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great presentation

  • By Steve Hocking on 03-01-18

Espionage on a shoestring

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

The Brits think they have enough but one department, feeling under-valued, tries to run a job it has no business doing. The circus is involved but you'll need to make your own mind up as to what they did. Good story, good narration, just lacked a bit of tension at some points.

  • Record of a Spaceborn Few

  • Wayfarers, Book 3
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat. Tessa chose to stay home when her brother, Ashby, left for the stars but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened. Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn't know where to find it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the rest of the series

  • By James Mason on 06-10-18

Another disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

The first Wayfarer book was good, the next two just spin-off stories in the same universe. This is a book about 'why am I here', 'who or what is God' etc.. No sci-fi really, no excitement and no real point. The narration was its best point. The more I listened the quicker I had to turn the speed up to just get through it. You can do x1.4 without a problem.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • Wayfarers, Book 1
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012

Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut! When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • for young adults

  • By Mark on 07-02-16

Good space fare

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

Multi -species craft doing a dangerous job made that bit worse with the outbreak of violence. Great narration, fairly good pace and little padding.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Consider Phlebas

  • Culture Series, Book 1
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,532

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction - cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Truly Great Sci-Fi Novel

  • By scotty on 09-04-12

Bit long winded for what it is.

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

Not too bad but it is saved from mediocrity by the excellent narration. The story could have been much tighter and pace and interest kept high but we wandered on to excessive detail with no benefit than to pad things out.

Good ideas but not griping enough to score highly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Expo 58

  • By: Jonathan Coe
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jonathan Coe's brilliant new comic novel Expo 58, read by the actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. Expo 58 - Good-looking girls and sinister spies: a naive Englishman at loose in Europe in Jonathan Coe's brilliant comic novelLondon, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk at the Central Office of Information and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable comic novel that tries to be poignant

  • By David on 04-04-14

An unusual spy story

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

Our main protagonist is a little slow in understanding the complexities of the situation and simply follows the most obvious path. It's a simple story, beautifully told. A very easy enjoyable listen. It's not supposed to be complex but I'd have liked a little more intrigue, however, very enjoyable regardless.

  • The Third Man

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

The Third Man is one of the truly great post-war films. It's a thrilling story of black-marketeering set against a backdrop of Vienna in the immediate post-war era, when the city was divided into four zones amongst the major powers: Russia, Britain, France, and America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent novel and narration

  • By Frankiesam on 01-12-15

Really good cantor through old Vienna!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Very enjoyable detective story with the twists and turns you'd hope for. Excellent narration.
Well worth a listen.

  • Beyond Black

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad, Beautiful and Dreamlike

  • By Ova Incekaraoglu on 05-08-18

A so-so rambling story.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Modern day take on people who claim to see ghosts. A couple of interesting sections but not enough to keep any moment. Very well narrated.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Only Human

  • Themis Files, Book 3
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Sylvain Neuvel, William Hope, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, read by a returning cast. We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside. We were wrong. As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And, with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing ending to an excellent series

  • By Mr on 01-06-18

A great finish!

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

I was a little sceptical of having all those narrators but it worked great. There's large robot fighting, conventional warfare, an armed uprising, aliens, politics, a toy store, a weird Russian and aliens (again).

The ending fits the story. It covers the time line and introduces some very interesting new characters.

As alien stories go this is a must listen/read. As any story, this is a must!

Give all three a try, you shouldn't be disappointed with them.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Bedlam Stacks

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

An astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international best seller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies. But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria. On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859, and India is ravaged by the disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely blown away by this

  • By mollyeyre on 04-08-17

An okay story with good ideas but seemed too long

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Plenty of the unusual, well crafted and very well narrated. However it did seem to drag, a little bit more pace and less flowery descriptions would have gone well.

Worth listening to but unfortunately it didn't knock my socks off.