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  • Player Piano

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Kurt Vonnegut's first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul's rebellion is vintage Vonnegut – wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uncanny prediction of today's world of automation.

  • By Matthew on 18-09-16

Absolute Brilliance!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-17

What a wonderful book! Funny and serious at the same time it explores what should we value about modern life. Vonnegut writes in a very clear understandable manner that allows the reader to fall fully into his way of thinking, which is laced with heart felt wisdom and insight. Highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Souls of Black Folk

  • By: W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

“The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” writes Du Bois, in one of the most prophetic works in all of American literature. First published in 1903, this collection of 15 essays dared to describe the racism that prevailed at that time in America—and to demand an end to it. Du Bois’ writing draws on his early experiences, from teaching in the hills of Tennessee, to the death of his infant son, to his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super Important Book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-08-17

Super Important Book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-17

This is such an important and insightful book to come to understand the world we live in and specifically the circumstances and conditions of African Americans living in the USA. The narrator does an amazing job of bringing the text to life with true emotion when it could have so easily have been a bookish and depressing read. Both the author and the narrator have an eloquence that makes this book a wonder to read, despite the distressing nature of its subject. I highly recommend it.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Absolutely the wrong narrator!!!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-17

The narrator maybe excellent reading Jane Austen but she absolutely the wrong voice for the young woman at the centre of this incredible & important novel. I could not bear to listen to it after a couple of chapters and had to find the alternative version by Claire Danes, whose voice and performance is suit the story perfectly! There is a slither of logic as to why audible chose an English narrator for a uk market, but the incredibly, incredibly, posh voice does not suit this text in the slightest. I could not imagine this upper class sounding voice realistically representing the voice of the ordinary sounding background of the central character. It is totally unsuited and disconnected. The equivalent would be getting a thick working class accent from the deep South of America to narrate Pride and Prejudice. Out of place and out of context. What a waste of time and energy.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Neuromancer

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 775

The Matrix: a world within a world, a graphic representation of the databanks of every computer in the human system; a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate users in the Sprawl alone. And by Case, computer cowboy, until his nervous system is grievously maimed by a client he double crossed. Japanese experts in nerve splicing and micro bionics have left him broken and close to death. But at last Case has found a cure. He’s going back into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • READ THIS INSTEAD OF THE (RUBBISH) BLURB ABOVE

  • By DjanSeriy2020 on 29-06-12

Totally Awesome!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-16

Totally awesome! Awesome in its totality. Classic sci fi. Genre saver. Highly imitated, never replicated. So much of modern culture is a by product of the culture of this book, stolen, borrowed and built from its pages. Amazing!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,520

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

Awesome! Thank you!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-16

Awesome! Thank you! Awesome! Thank you! Awesome! Thank you! Awesome! Thank you! Awesome! Thank you! Awesome! That was so good!

  • The Hanging Garden

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

DI Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork but an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang gives Rebus an escape clause. Telford is known to have close links with a Chechen gangster bringing refugees into Britain as prostitutes. When Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford goes back to Paisley and pronto.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You got to love Rebus

  • By trevor montgomery on 25-04-15

Awesome!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-16

this book was awesome! a great continuation from the last book! very inventive and engaging

  • Knots and Crosses

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 833

'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An uncertain beginning

  • By Simon on 02-09-15

Great Debut!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-16

Living in Edinburgh and having worked in the Central Library featured in this book, i found the story very close to home. This was my first Ian Rankin book and i have to say i really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more about John Rebus.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful