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  • Horus Rising

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369

It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man hasstretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Amazing!

  • By David C. on 13-01-18

Oops...

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

This was just a mistake - I'm sure it's fine but it's really not for me. After trying to listen I'm not sure what possessed me to buy it, it's Roman Legions in space (I think) which is unlikely to ever be my cup of tea. I'll be returning it.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but

  • By Jeffrey Slater on 06-10-17

Short but sweet

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Well, if you enjoy the Peter Grant stories, you probably already know you're going to enjoy this. if you don't like them then you're probably not here. This is just a little story - only just over three hours, but has everything we hope for. Magic, weird crimes, River Gods, and so on. Plenty to enjoy, and the narration is just amazing.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 744

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book But Annoying Over Use of The Word "said

  • By Michael on 18-07-12

Terrific and funny

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

I loved this! It's such a fun idea - a parody of Star Trek and similar, with several laugh-out-loud moments. With maybe some extra fun added with the narration by Wil Wheaton - Ensign Crusher from Star Trek.
I see that other reviewers have been irritated by the "he said", "she said". I didn't find that a problem at all - our narrator handled them brilliantly (to my ears anyway), and I felt used them to punctuate the story really well.
I loved it - the sort of book that leaves me sad when it's over, but very definitely lifted the spirits.

  • Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Large chests are said to encompass all manner of hopes and dreams. Men covet them. Women envy them. But one fact holds true - everyone wants to get their hands on some big ones. The same holds true for one intrepid adventurer - a strapping young lad by the name of Himmel. Armed with his grandfather's trusty longsword and the dream of being the strongest, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need a follow up!

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-11-17

Not what I was hoping for

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

The blurb and reviews suggested this was going to be a great fun book.
It demonstrates admirably that what one person finds fun leaves another cold. Sadly with this book I'm in the cold camp - I don't get it. If it were all I had to listen to I'd stick with it, but I know there are books out there I'm going to enjoy more, so I'm moving on. it's not for me.

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  • Strange Magic

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. It's no surprise therefore that when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for the bones of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • so so boring

  • By Marie on 13-09-17

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

I think the story is probably passable, but I've been completely put off by the narrator whose voice, it transpires, becomes increasingly annoying as the story develops. To me at any rate, although I can see I'm out of step with the majority of reviewers, so I guess it's a personal taste thing. I've abandoned the effort, life's just too short.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Curse of the House of Foskett

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907

125 Gower Street, 1882: Sidney Grice was once London's premier personal detective. But since his last case led an innocent man to the gallows, business has been light. Listless and depressed, Grice has not even gathered the strength to re-insert his glass eye. Then an eccentric member of a Final Death Society has the temerity to die on his study floor. Finally Sidney and March have an investigation, one that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew, and the mysterious Baroness Foskett....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A selection of ghastly endings and sly sniggers

  • By Kaggy on 21-09-15

Really nice feel to this, but maybe a bit long?!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

This book has a really nice feel to it - I guess it's the style. I enjoyed the way it's written, and the rhythm of the prose.
I enjoyed the characters and the story, but i think for my taste at least, it all just went on a bit too long, and what initially seemed charming and stylish started to feel a little forced and drawn out.
However, this was a very pleasing and engaging listen, and I'd certainly listen to more.

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle. In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected

  • By Tod Werewolf on 25-04-16

Great - better than expected!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

Having been put off this book for a while by some of the reviews, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The story is great - very listenable, full of intrigue and twists.
I see some have said it's like Rivers of London - there are certainly similarities, but this book felt darker somehow.
I'm looking forward to digging into the others in the series.

  • The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix

  • By: Paul Sussman
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Born at the beginning of the 20th century, Raphael Ignatius Phoenix is determined to take his own life as the new millennium begins and he turns 100 years old. But before he ends it all, he wants to get his affairs in order, and that includes making sense of his own life. He decides to write it down, remembering the experiences, the myriad encounters and, of course, the 10 murders he committed along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely fantastic

  • By Jason on 31-08-18

What a treat!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This book is just wonderful - an utter treat.

it's the life story of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix, and what a life he had racketing about the world murdering people as he went! It's written with great humour and is just the most fabulous romp. There is something of the flavour of the Flashman books about it - I think because our hero is so terribly frank with his reader - warts and all.
I loved it, I didn't want it to end. It was funny and strangely uplifting for a story of murder!
I can't leave without mentioning the performance - utterly brilliant! Gordon Griffin really brings the text alive.
Highly recommended all round.

  • Contact

  • Alien Invasion, Book 2
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Find the missing. Fear the found. Three months have passed since the aliens' arrival, but little has changed in the skies. Motherships still hover, impervious to attack and communication. Spherical shuttles ferry about with unclear intentions. But the abductions of select humans have ended, and most of those taken have been returned - dazed, incoherent, and prophesying glory or doom, but home where they belong. Still, nine seemingly unconnected people remain missing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So is the world ending, or what?

  • By Kevin Boone on 25-06-18

Terrific

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I really enjoyed this book - it picks up where Book 1 leaves off, and continues the story.
Still full of drama, and we get to know the characters better. Like Book 1, I finished it in one day.
So - why only 4 stars? it's still great but I don't feel quite as compelled to race on to Book 3. I'll take a break first.
All beautifully written, the rhythm of it is very pleasing.

  • Invasion

  • Alien Invasion, Book 1
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

They are coming. The countdown has begun. First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter's orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with Internet) has already shown the populace what is coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well narrated disappointing story

  • By Jude on 19-09-15

I followed my nose

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

So - I didn't mean to buy this - I was lying in bed browsing for my next book, dropped my kindle on my face and accidentally bought it with my nose....! I was going to return it, but thought I'd give it a whirl - maybe my nose had happened on something brilliant?
It had!!!!! I loved it!!!!
The narration is outstanding, really grips and drives the thing along.
It's a great story too - alien ships are on their way, panic, everyone trying to get somewhere safe.
Finished within a day, straight onto book 2. Just terrific.