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  • Starshine

  • Aurora Rising, Book One
  • By: G. S. Jennsen
  • Narrated by: Pyper Down
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Text to Speech Converter

  • By C. D. Hughes on 18-02-15

Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Sci-fi ish but one of those books where space ship could be replaced with ship, star port with port date references changed frim 2200 to 1500 and one a few other tweaks and its a pirates murder mystery on earth.. A hint of something interesting at the start then it's forgotten about.. Probably we'll written but not really sci fi

  • Oryx and Crake

  • MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704

Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is about the future. Now, in Oryx and Crake, the future has changed: it's much worse. The narrator of this riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he's sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, disturbing, amusing, entertaining

  • By Martin on 03-02-10

Odd book

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

I hoped it would focus more on what happened, how amd why, I'm sure some will love it.. Overall I'll give it 4

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and believable

  • By Tony Barker on 07-03-14

A bit old fassioned

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

Reviewed: 20-04-18

Without looking I assume this was written a long time ago, however I quite enjoyed this book and it kept me interested.

  • NOD

  • By: Adrian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Tim Beckman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 190

Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no-one has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand can still sleep, and they've all shared the same strange, golden dream. A handful of children still sleep as well, but what they're dreaming remains a mystery. After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A strange and fascinating end to it all

  • By Kaggy on 05-07-14

Odd book

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

One of those that's really good the first time you read it but not the sort of book you are likley to read again.. First read it's a 4 second time I could not be bothered to finish worth a read (the first time)

  • Whistlers

  • A Shrouded World, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo, John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Jack Walker and Michael Talbot come from two worlds; the same, yet different. They both find themselves transported into an alien one, where things aren’t as they seem. While it appears similar to the ones they come from, there are some terrifying differences. Is it a dream? Or has reality been somehow warped? Jack comes from a world filled with nocturnal creatures that were once human, but now seek to destroy the last vestiges of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than I was expecting

  • By Trevor on 30-11-14

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

Interesting characters well written, lots of odd stuff going on, lots of possibility to expand the story looking forward for the next book

  • Villains Pride

  • The Shadow Master, Book 2
  • By: M. K. Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Jackson Blackwell, The Shadowmaster, is in over his head this time. After his last adventure, where he tore fantasy novels a new one, Jackson has to deal with the repercussions of angry gods, angrier conspirators, and the wrath of his pregnant girlfriend! Thanks to a godly decree and a crafty clause, Jackson has been banished from his home. And the only universe kindly enough to take him in is one infested with comic-book-style superheroes and supervillains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!

  • By David Smith on 06-11-18

Refreshingly different

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Really enjoyed this book, interesting different style of writing, looking forward to the next in the series

  • Genesis

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 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

Escaping wrongful imprisonment wasn't something Connor had in mind, but being put into stasis aboard Earth's first interstellar colony ship was something he couldn't have prepared for. For 300,000 colonists, the new colony brings the promise of a fresh start...a second chance. Connor might be the wrong man for the colony, but he's the right man to see that it survives what's coming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the worst but not inspiring either

  • By carl on 06-03-18

Not the worst but not inspiring either

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Don't let this out you off, I may at some point but the next in the series.

No great characters, nothing stand out or special,

It's an OK scifi book but not really for me

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  • The God Engines

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Captain Ean Tephe is a man of faith, whose allegiance to his lord and to his ship is uncontested. The Bishopry Militant knows this — and so, when it needs a ship and crew to undertake a secret, sacred mission to a hidden land, Tephe is the captain to whom the task is given....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The God Engines

  • By Kawie1 on 24-02-15

Terrible performance

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

I've listened to 100s of audio books rarely do I down rate the performance but this one is so bad I think it actually detracts from the story

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  • Bowl of Heaven

  • By: Larry Niven, Gregory Benford
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven ( Ringworld) and Gregory Benford ( Timescape), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths…and it’s on a direct path heading for the same system as the human ship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RECOMENDED FOR NIVEN FANS

  • By DENNIS on 13-04-13

Had promise

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

This book had promise But just did not deliver,shame really the premis was good and I had high hopes for this book

  • The Death of Grass

  • By: John Christopher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

A viral strain has attacked rice crops in East Asia causing massive famine; soon a mutation appears which infects the staple crops of West Asia and Europe such as wheat and barley, threatening a worldwide famine. Christopher's classic post-apocalyptic novel follows the struggles of architect John Custance and his family as they make their way across an England that is rapidly descending into anarchy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end of the world as seen from the 1950's

  • By Charles on 18-08-11

Overall a good read

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

The writing style is showing its age, this book lacks any science and its very old fashioned, however I quite liked the book overall.