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Hag cover art

Dull, Over-Analysed and Tedious. Just not for me!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I listened to 3 'fables' before deleting the book from my device. The original tales behind these stories were probably told and listened to with more excitement and thrill, upholding the morals that they describe. Modern adaptations sound dull by comparison (probably due to the vast array of media content we are exposed to today).

In depth analysis after each story was told, made me feel like I was back at Uni being lectured and it was a chore to listen to. I am sure others will really enjoy these tales but sadly they are just not for me this time.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

The Singularity Trap cover art

Great storyline, excellent narration, loved it.

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

The storyline and narration draw you into the scenes and characters so that you are rooting for the main character from the start. It's a common underdog becomes hero story but told in such an interesting way that I couldn't wait for my next journey to hear some more and find out what was causing the changes that took place. A great concept, diverse characters and possibility of continuing storyline make me hope for a sequel.

Dennis E. Taylor is now one of my favoured sci-fi authors and Ray Porter brings the story alive with great narration.

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Can't wait for Book 2 in the Code series!

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

I absolutely loved this book. It was an entertaining futuristic space sci-fi scenario with action packed scenes, great descriptions and humour that made me literally laugh out loud and a variety of characters to keep you interested. I love that some chapters recount a scenario from the other character's perspective to give you a 3D understanding of the events.

Worldship Humility has a broad spectrum society with all the usual issues....poverty, poor living conditions, gangsters, social climbers, wealthy people controlling conditions from the top ranks, good people, bad people, crime, survival instincts, average workers, struggling businessmen etc.

It will be very interesting to see how the Russians, Chinese, and all the other nations on their own ships interact politically and socially in future books. I really enjoyed listening to this book and I loved the 'Extracted' series too. I have high hopes that the 'Code' series will continue to entertain me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Definitely Agatha Christie meets Inception

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

I like to second guess twists in a plot and for this book I came up with a choice of 2 scenarios. The first one was right! Don’t get me wrong, it was not blatantly obvious at all.

I’m not an Agatha Christie fan and found it a little tedious to start with and a little confusing but I was driving long distance and kept zoning in and out. I had to rewind several times. I’m glad I persevered but feel I would have been better reading the written words for this one.

The narration was perfectly adapted to the era of the story. The narrator managed to transport my mind immediately to the 1920’s and the language used in the book did the same.

Overall it was a good concept and any Agatha Christie fan would thoroughly enjoy it.

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Captivating storyline and Gave me something to think about where Humanity is Concerned!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

Overall the storyline was interesting. It seemed predictable but actually wasn’t. It made me think about the actions of humans and how different the world could be and about technological interference with nature.

Descriptions allowed my imagination to build images of the surroundings and characters without being lengthy and boring. Content kept me interested throughout without being too technical.

Narration was clear and some character differences were successfully introduced.

All round - a good futuristic/sci-fi/dystopian style book.

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Gripping Scenario From Start to Finish

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

What made the experience of listening to Kill Someone the most enjoyable?

Not being able to second guess the storyline, being left wanting to hear more as soon as possible.

What other book might you compare Kill Someone to, and why?

I found it to be quite unique and don't think I can compare it.

What does Matt Addis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He injects just enough accent and tone to make the characters believable without sounding strained with different voices. Smooth narration and well-paced.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not an emotional book but definitely leaves you wanting to hear more.

Any additional comments?

I love Smitherd's endings.... My imagination is running wild at the end of every book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A unique concept

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Sci-Fi lovers will enjoy this book.

It didn't immediately captivate me like Smitherd's other books have but it definitely grew on me. About half way through, I found that I was looking for excuses to listen to the rest of the tale. I was intrigued by the storyline and wanted to know what was responsible for the events described. I particularly like the fact that readers/listeners are kept In the dark and only get to learn the 'Physics of the Dead' along with the characters in the book. As always, Smitherd exhibits a unique and fantastic imagination 😀

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Imaginative tale makes you contemplate reality!

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

Reviewed: 13-10-16

Would you listen to In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story again? Why?

I don't ever listen to audiobooks more than once but I may think about reading it too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

I was surprised when 'Chuck' showed his true personality!

What does Luke Smitherd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I enjoyed hearing the regional accent attached to the characters. It also flowed really well with exclamations and intonation as they were meant to be.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me have an emotional reaction but I kept finding excuses to work on projects so that I could listen to more of the story.

Any additional comments?

My first introduction to Luke Smitherd's work was The Stone Man which I enjoyed immensely. "In the Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You" is equally imaginative and I enjoyed listening to it whilst working. I'm looking forward to more of the same .........

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Another Great Rachel Abbott Plot

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

Reviewed: 13-07-16

Where does The Back Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in my top 5 audiobooks

What other book might you compare The Back Road to, and why?

This was a typical Rachel Abbott storyline. She writes what seems to be a predictable plot and then just as you think you know what will happen next there's a surprising and creative twist leading to the storyline taking on a new dimension.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narration was OK. Not my favourite but not too bad either. A couple of the voices used for characters were a little irritating but that's due to a lot of males in the cast as well as the females.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

After a serious incident on a rural back road, you discover that nobody is what or who they seem to be.

Any additional comments?

I really like Rachel Abbott plots with all their twists and turns. I like to be surprised and tricked when I think I can predict the next move or 'whodunnit'!

I enjoyed reading about how Tom and Leo met after previously reading books that follow their relationship a bit later on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Imaginitive, well-written, leaves you wanting more

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

Reviewed: 13-07-16

Where does The Stone Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Stone Man is in the top 3 of my favourite audiobooks.

What did you like best about this story?

It was totally different from any other book I've read....from imaginative ideas to the narrative style. You think the plot is predictable but then the unexpected catches you off guard. The ending leaves you wanting more but also realising that in reality you wouldn't get all the answers in this situation.

What about Matt Addis’s performance did you like?

Matt Addis read at a comfortable pace, created different styles of narrative voice for each character but didn't over exaggerate accents and inflections.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was hooked from the beginning and had to find excuses to keep listening (I've never done so much driving and ironing!). I would happily have listened to this book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I loved the author's epilogue and sense of humour. He persuaded me that I should take the time to review his work and let others know how much I enjoyed it.

I enjoyed it so much that I've already bought another one of his audiobooks....this time narrated by himself and recommended by reviews of other fans. I need to do some more laundry so I can get started on it while I do more ironing!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful