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  • 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 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,094

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

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 15-07-19

Wonderfully different with great characters and a gripping storyline. Loved it. Can’t wait for more!

  • The Summer of Impossible Things

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death. In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens.... Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So lovely

  • By Emma on 02-09-17

A different and interesting take on time travel

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

Reviewed: 14-05-19

I loved the intertwined lives, the misdirection and the life long love affair. A wonderful story expertly read.

  • The Blurred Lands

  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

John Aviemore, still mourning the death of his wife, fears he’s heading for another breakdown. In an abandoned cottage, he faces a mystery that grows more terrifying every night. And he’s trapped there. Trapped in the place where worlds overlap. Trapped in the Blurred Lands. A disappearing city, a curse that unravels minds and a caged, power-hungry god. John’s only chance of escape lies with an ancient family secret and a character straight out of a fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark Bazaar of the Soul!

  • By Simon on 24-03-19

A magical tale

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

Reviewed: 12-05-19

I enjoyed this story of magic and fae and multiple realms. Beautifully narrated, great characters. A different take on the reasons for the folk tales that humans have created.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Worldship Humility

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Colin Morgan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

It’s been 120 years since the 50 or so worldships containing the few million survivors of the human species set off after the planet Earth was destroyed by a meteor. On the Worldship Humility, Sam, a 30-year-old Airlock Operative, is bored. Living in space should be exciting and full of adventure, except it isn’t, and he fills his time hacking 3-D movie posters and holographic adverts outside the stores in the retail zone. Petty thief Yasmine Emile Dufont is also from the WS Humility, but she is not bored....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pop Muzik!

  • By Simon on 01-02-19

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

Loved the narration by Colin Morgan and the story and the characters, can’t wait to find out what happens!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Emily Eternal

  • By: M. G. Wheaton
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Meet Emily - she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind's deepest secrets and even fix your truck's air con. But, unfortunately, she can't restart the sun. She's an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die five billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to. So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Elmamaria on 28-04-19

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

A fascinating and very different view of AI and what it means to be human. Loved it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take my money and give me book 3

  • By John on 08-03-17

A great follow up

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

See review for 1st one. This did not disappoint either. Keep the Joe and Skippy adventures coming!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

Finally decided to get expeditionary force after all the recommendations on RC Bray’s fan page and I’m loving it. Fun. Great characters and a sarky AI, lots of explosions and hair raising adventures. Brilliantly narrated as ever by RC Bray. Great stories, have already finished no. 2 and will no doubt be racing through the rest. 5 *’s all the way!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the wait

  • By JP on 15-07-17

Just wow

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Brilliantly written and performed, a fantastic twist, a sad ending but can’t wait for a further instalment. Starts off as a standard mining thriller and then boom! Great characters - even the evil and selfish ones.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fleet of Knives: An Embers of War Novel

  • The Embers of War Series, Book 2
  • By: Gareth L. Powell
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella, Amy Landon, Soneela Nankani, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The former warship Trouble Dog and her crew of misfits is called upon by the House of Reclamation to investigate a distress call from the human starship the Lucy's Ghost. Her crew abandon their crippled ship and seek refuge aboard an abandoned, slower-than-light generation ship launched 10,000 years before by an alien race. However, the enormous ship contains deadly secrets of its own.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good 2nd part

  • By Elmamaria on 06-04-19

A good 2nd part

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

Not as gripping as the embers of war but a really great telling of how a supposed altruistic decision can quickly turn into tyranny. Still enjoying the development of the characters and the storyline! Can’t wait for the 3rd.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Embers of War

  • By: Gareth L. Powell
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella, Amy Landon, Greg Tremblay, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

From BSFA award-winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the first in a new epic sci-fi trilogy exploring the legacies of war. The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organization dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When a civilian ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, are sent on a rescue mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to twice

  • By Elmamaria on 03-04-19

Listened to twice

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

A wonderful cast of characters and moral dilemmas. Had to listen to it again before embarking on book 2 - fleet of knives. Loved the vast scope of it and can’t wait to see how the de facto peace keepers of the multiplicity stop themselves from becoming tyrants and where Trouble Dog and her crew end up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful