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  • Cowl

  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The Heliothane Dominion is triumphant in the solar system after a bitter war with their Umbrathane progenitors. But some of the enemy have escaped into the past, intent on wreaking havoc across time. The worst of these is Cowl, an artificially forced advance in human evolution but one who is no longer human. Polly, desperate to obtain funds to support her habits, is unprepared for her involvement with Nandru Jurgens, a Taskforce soldier, and the killers pursuing him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome storyline and exceptional narration!

  • By Greg Hale on 13-04-18

Awesome storyline and exceptional narration!

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

Another excellent storyline from the master, I sincerely hope there is much more to come from this alternate to the polity !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brass Man

  • Agent Cormac, Book 3
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

On the primitive world Cull, a knight errant called Anderson hunts a dragon, not knowing that elsewhere is a resurrected brass killing machine, Mr Crane, assisting in a similar hunt. Learning that this old enemy still lives, agent Cormac pursues while scientist Mika begins discovering the horrifying truth about an ancient alien technology. Each day is a survival struggle for the people of Cull. Ferocious insectile monsters roam their planet as they try to escape to their forefathers' starship, still orbiting far above them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star scifi

  • By Petteri on 04-06-18

Excellent Performance!

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Yet another fine continuation of the Cormac series
With another great narration from Rik Jerome,
Can someone sign him up for a recast of the Entire Foundation Saga & Robot Series?

  • The Black Mile

  • Soho Noir Thrillers, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

London, 1940: The Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for 57 nights. Houses, shops, and entire streets are wiped from the map. The underworld is in flux: The Italian criminals who dominated the West End have been interned, and now their rivals are fighting to replace them. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, the Black-Out Ripper sharpens his knife and sets to his grisly work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the rest!

  • By Benjibutton on 29-11-14

The most unintelligible narrator EVER!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I have never, in 20+ years listened to such an awful narrator!
Viscount Asquith, he pronounces.. get this!
Viz-kont As-kith! CRETINOUS
That's one of around 25+ repeated mispronunciations..
English CANNOT be his birth language!
If it is? Then I've been thinking & speaking Esperanto for the last 50 years!
Are there no audio editors?
I'm disgusted!!
Should a publisher sell a printed book with as many stupid howlers in it they'd be laughed out of every bookshop on the planet!
P.S.

I'm getting a full refund!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Tenth Cycle

  • A Rossler Foundation Mystery, Book 1
  • By: JC Ryan
  • Narrated by: William Andre Gensburger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

For thousands of years, the truth about human history has intentionally been suppressed and exploited. For decades, scholars have been saying that the truth about human history will be found inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, but up till now no one has ever been able to find it. Those who tried have been ridiculed and persecuted. The Tenth Cycle is a provocative technothriller about human history, conspiracies, and an ancient society with power and money that will stop at nothing to reach their sinister goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery book

  • By med c on 04-08-17

Aweful ... Utterly aweful

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Utter garbage!
Premise of story started reasonably well.
But deteriorated rapidly after third chapter!
Combined with the worst narration I've had the misfortune to struggle through in nearly a decade I will be getting a full refund shortly!

It was that bad I'm off to get my ears syringed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Death

  • Gereon Rath, Book 2
  • By: Volker Kutscher
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Berlin, 1930. Sound film is conquering the big screen, leaving many by the wayside: producers, cinema owners - and silent film stars. Investigating the violent on-set death of actress Betty Winter, Inspector Gereon Rath encounters the dark side of glamour and an industry in turmoil. When his father requests that he help his friend, the mayor of Cologne, Konrad Adenauer, and his ex-girlfriend, Charly, makes a renewed attempt at rapprochement, things start to get out of hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silent Death is a really enjoyable listen

  • By Dan Rose on 23-05-17

More More More!

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

Reviewed: 21-05-17

Superb!
I hope the wait for the third instalment will not be as long!
Hats off to the translation too.

  • A Man Without Breath

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Winter, 1943. Bernie Gunther has left the Criminal Police and is working for the German War Crimes Bureau based in Berlin. Reports have been circulating of a mass grave, discovered deep in the Katyn Forest. Rumour has it that the grave is full of Polish officers murdered by the Russians - perfect propaganda for Germany. But it needs a detective of subtle skill to investigate this horrific discovery. Cue Bernie Gunther...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Badly edited.

  • By Lyndsay on 03-07-13

Let down by narrator! Again!!

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

Reviewed: 16-02-17

Paul Hecht is a reasonable narrator for many books I've listened to, but Bernie Gunter he IS NOT!!
Stilted and hesitant with often very poor pronunciation is very common, it's as though he's extremely uncomfortable reading the material.
I do hope these are re-recorded with the original narrator from the earlier books!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Full Dark House

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both the first and last case of an unlikely pair of crime fighters - and how along the way they changed the face of detection. A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of 80-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues, May finds his friend’s notes of their first case....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where it all begins?

  • By Russ on 09-07-12

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 15-09-16

Excellent plot !
More twists & turns than an Agatha Christie who dunnit, couldn't stop listening...
I highly recommend

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

Another Fantastic Read !

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

Reviewed: 30-04-16

Another exceptional book from this author, and read by him too!
I have listened to audiobooks since they were on tapes back in the 80's and I must say Luke Smitherd has an excellent voice for audio.
A clean neutral accent with clear and smooth delivery and pronunciation to boot!

As for the book and storyline?
Superb, reminded me in many ways of several Moorcock "Jerry Cornelius" adventures...(utterly bizarre, but very thought provoking)

Simply put...a damn fine read / listen...

ps. I'm not being paid for this review... well, not yet at least.. >:)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Proxima

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story, odd accent

  • By Gadget on 24-01-15

Awful performance!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

Worst speech performance I've heard in over a decade!
Absolutely Awful!
I'd say he's from the mid-west USA!
Wadder instead of water!
Ore'nge instead of ORANGE!!

What a crock!
Getting a refund back on this Iss poor performance!