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  • The Chronothon

  • By: Nathan Van Coops
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Ben just wants time with the scientist's daughter who got him into this, but when he's rooked into competing in a chronothon - an Amazing Race through time - getting the girl means he'll need to make the finish line. When he finds out this competition is more than just a sprint through history, winning takes a back seat to surviving. To save the people he loves, he'll have to conquer the real dangers hidden in the shadows of the chronothon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling adventure story

  • By Mark Speed on 19-04-16

Compelling adventure story

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

Reviewed: 19-04-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm a big fan of the author, and loved The Chronothon when it was published as an ebook. It's very clever - a young man gets tricked into taking part in a deadly race through different periods in time. The action follows him and his fellow competitors. Terrific action sequences and some clever sub-plots.

The narrator is absolutely perfect for this novel - a great voice,and he reads with at the right tempo inflection for every line in each scene. A very hard job, done exceptionally well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chronothon?

I really enjoy the extracts from Quickly's journal at the start of each chapter. There are some terrific action sequences, but also some clever sub-plots that play out really well.

Have you listened to any of Neil Hellegers’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not familiar with the narrator's other work, but this one is excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long for one sitting. Excellent value!

Any additional comments?

Buy it!

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  • The Boy Who Fell from the Sky

  • The House Next Door, Volume 1
  • By: Jule Owen
  • Narrated by: Daniel Burns
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Desperate for a distraction from the chaos around him, Mathew becomes fascinated by his peculiar and reclusive neighbour, August Lestrange. Mathew begins to investigate Mr. Lestrange, turning to the virtual world of the Nexus and Blackweb for answers. But as he digs deeper, Mathew realises that Mr. Lestrange doesn't seem quite human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic in the making

  • By Mark Speed on 03-03-16

Classic in the making

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Boy Who Fell from the Sky to be better than the print version?

I very much enjoyed listening to the audio version of the story, and I think the performer is well suited to the audience.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a wonderfully imagined and believable dystopian future. The author is clearly an expert futurologist and, whilst the environmental and political elements of the story are alarming, she provides a wonderful counterpoint through a virtual world created by her characters.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Burns’s other performances? How does this one compare?

My first time listening to this peformer

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Curiosity killed the cat, but who can slay a dragon?