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P. E. Haynes

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Don't waste your time

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This is truly terrible.

The idea sounds fun, but there's literally no story here. At best, the content would make an ok short story, but certainly not 8 hours worth.I struggle to find words to summarise what an utter waste of time it was to listen to this.

Over 200 audible downloads over 10 years, and this is the first 1 star review I've given.

Enjoyable enough and great narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Brilliantly narrated - the range of voices and accents really helps bring the story to life.

The story is decent enough, although it has less to do with the Titanic and everything to do with Jack the Ripper.

It does follow one of the more well-known Ripper theories, although is built in such a way to make a good page turning piece of fiction as opposed to something close to reality. Not a bad thing really.

Lots of fun and great narration

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Definitely one to recommend.

A very witty story indeed, does exactly what it says in the summary. Particularly enjoyed the many ways the crew members use to avoid being sent on away missions e.g. always being in the toilet!

Whilst I did also notice the constant use of "I said she said", as another reviewer commented, I think this is deliberate - the whole background context is of sloppy scripting by the show writers that leads to ridiculous casualty numbers amongst the crew. I suspect it came across better in the print version, but it really doesn't detract from the story.

Also worth mentioning what is meant by "a novel with three codas", as I'd not come across this before. The story actually ends on chapter 25, and the final 3 chapters are in essence short stories that follow on from the main story. These are written in a very, very, very different style to the main story - they're certainly not humour - and I was quite thrown by the sudden change. They're definitely not bad, and do give food for thought; but perhaps the print version did a better job of indicating they were standalone pieces? They're an interesting addition, if a little wonky.

Anyway, do give this a try - lots of smiles guaranteed!

Excellent delivery....of a fairly average story...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-16

I agree with the other reviewers, the delivery is excellent - the narrator even gets Northern Norwegian accents spot on!

But sadly, the story was a little too formulaic for me, and didn't seem quite as good as I hoped. Each to their own!

Mediocre - and an odd vocalisation of Luke...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Would you try another book written by Kevin Hearne or narrated by Marc Thompson?

The story was ok - not bad, not good, just about OK. It felt too much like a series of side quests and the sum of the parts didn't really add up to anything.

I hear great reviews about Marc Thompskn, and his overall delivery was good. But his Luke impersonation was not to my liking - he made him out to be too much of a grumpy teenager, whining constantly! It was a good attempt to be an "early" Luke but ultimately it didn't work for me.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was all very.... Average.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

Did Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars inspire you to do anything?

Hmm... Maybe to be a little more sceptical of other audible reviews!

Fun pop culture novel!

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

Reviewed: 20-02-16

Where does Armada rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty well. It's a good pop culture story, with loads of little quotes and references that brought a smile too my face. Slowed down a little in places and probably could have been 2hrs shorter, but definitely worth a credit.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ernest Cline? Why or why not?

Yes - will try Ready Player One next!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

That would be telling ;)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That would be telling ;)

Excellent, as expected!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-14

Any additional comments?

EXcellent audiobook, exactly as expected. I was hesitant to take the abridged version, but I don't really get the time to listen to an unabridged trilogy.

I thought the abridged version was absolutely fine - the story still flowed, and with one or two minor exceptions I didn't get the sense it was abridged at all.

Excellent narration and story, but you probably knew that already :)

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A good listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-12

I normally rate a good book as 3 stars, so 4 is, for me, above average!



Excellent narration really helps this story come to life. Detailed, though-provoking, and well paced throughout. Recommended.

With the Old Breed cover art

Simply...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-12

...outstanding. Brilliant account of the pacific theatre, gripping action combined with genuinely insightful commentary on the life of the poor marines involved in the fighting. Highly recommended.

a bit too dull...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-12

I normally give a decent book 3 stars, so this was a little below average for me.



I love this period of history, and therefore eagerly looked forward to listening to this. Sadly, I just found my mind wandering constantly. The narration didn't really grab me - I normally love Mr Sachs - and somehow, it seemed clear that this abridged version really didn't do the book justice.



Love Tom Holland, love the period, but simply found this audiobook dull. Sorry!