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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,621

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

  • By Matthew on 04-02-18

Droning incoherent rubbish

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

This is incoherent nonsense. Peterson's thesis is a mix of the blindingly obvious and the irredeemably confused (WTF is he on about with the lobsters?). Pseudo-profound twaddle packed out with twelve-dollar words. I know his fans will say that I just haven't understood him / read enough of his work / whatever, but I am well educated and well-read and this book is just dross.

I am deeply disappointed. I honestly expected this to be better than the knockers said. It isn't.

  • The Elephant in the Room

  • A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the "Alt-Right"
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

'But Hillary is a known Luciferian,' he tried. 'She's not a known Luciferian,' I said. 'Well, yes and no,' he said. In The Elephant in the Room, Jon Ronson, the New York Times best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, Them and So You've Been Publicly Shamed, travels to Cleveland at the height of summer to witness the Republican National Convention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bit short for a whole credit

  • By Mooma on 31-10-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This is Jon Ronson giving us a performance of “how Jon Ronson created Alex Jones and thus Trump, oh dearie me”. It is not insightful in the way many of his other books are, and if you have read his other books it also has a lot of redundant content.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,220

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mistake was made and corrected

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-08-17

Genius

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

Reviewed: 26-09-17

A genuine original. I'm sure that everything here has been thought of before, but the whole is an absolute one-off. Compelling characters with plausible and amusing imperfections, a narrative thread that continually delivers unexpected directions, and believable tech for the hard SF fan. My wife and family also enjoyed it.

  • The End of All Things

  • Old Man's War, Book 6
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, John Scalzi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • author seemed to have lost interest

  • By JASON on 27-06-18

Vintage Scalzi

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

Reviewed: 26-09-17

I am giving the narration five stars but the book was so compelling I finished almost all of it on my Kindle. The ending is a bit trite, but I can forgive that because the narrative and characterisation are so good throughout.

  • The Burial Hour

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 13
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

The only leads in a broad-daylight kidnapping are the account of an eight-year-old girl, some nearly invisible trace evidence and the calling card: a miniature noose left lying on the street. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Then the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book with a peculiar end.

  • By Ian on 06-06-17

The worst Rhyme book to date

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

Reviewed: 26-09-17

This book has a number of implausible plot elements, implausible changes in characters' attitudes, and the worst, clumsiest and least plausible plot twist in any of the Rhyme books (and any book I have read in years by any author). The grating product placement is actually one of the less annoying things in the book.

I actually didn't bother listening to the last 25 minutes, even on a tedious drive to a remote site. It completely lost my interest.

  • The Ember War

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance. In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable fast-paced space story.

  • By Dune Drifter on 20-03-16

Good book, terrible accents

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Would you try another book written by Richard Fox or narrated by Luke Daniels?

Written by Fox, yes, narrated by Daniels, no.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Abysmal accents. Appalling attempts at French, Scottish and other accents - really comically bad. Plus some idiosyncratic pronunciations of common words like "shone".

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  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator killing this great book

  • By Karen on 04-02-16

Classic story, appaling narration

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

Reviewed: 26-06-16

What would have made The Mote in God's Eye better?

The reader attempts a Scottish accent which is slightly less accurate (and vastly more annoying) than Dick Van Dyck's notorious faux-cockney.

Would you be willing to try another one of L J Ganser’s performances?

Nope.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful