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  • Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 550

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every thousand years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just good spoiler free review

  • By England fan 1 on 24-12-16

A bit quaint, but still a good adventure

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

A bit of a zoo world, living with talking animals. Constant battles and close shaves make it entertaining and it's well narrated too.

  • Hive War

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

The Republic, the Opters, and a strange Crystalline race of unknown origin all meet in a series of titanic battles. Commodore Straker summons thousands of ships, but he soon learns he’s technologically outclassed by the enemy. With traditional victory impossible, the race is on for each side to destroy the key worlds of the other. Billions die, entire planets are destroyed. Even while the war rages, dark suspicions grow. There are traitors in the midst of the chaos. Straker realizes the worst enemy is the one you believed to be your ally....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Poppey on 15-12-18

Lots of ongoing battles, good if that's your thing

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Not that deep, some superficial army honour. As before the battle of insects on now crystals too continues. Billions die, but the central group carry on doing their thing.

  • Against a Dark Background

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's probably just me but...

  • By Paul on 25-10-12

Better by the second half, well narrated

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

Like many Ian m Banks, the story meanders, only really getting onto gear on the joining of the Android, about halfway through. The ending on the other hand is rather quick and unclear. Well narrated though and worth a listen of you can get through the first half.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EPIC

  • By mr peter a r pryde on 13-07-17

Good scifi, bit gory & some unpleasant characters

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

Well narrated and hard to put down story. Interesting aliens but their story doesn't go to deep. Some of characters are rather unpleasant and each death is in detail. Still worth a listen if you don't mind the gore.
Its bit odd by the last 3rd, as hints Hints of a book 2, but instead moves to be a separate prequel storyline.

  • Exit Strategy

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah - its former owner (protector? friend?) - submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good to the very end

  • By paul sparks on 04-12-18

An ok Ending

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

A nice story coming to a reasonable ending. it was well and consideratly narrated too.
just the short length of each book being an issue.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, if a little short

  • By ian on 23-06-17

A nice listen, liked more unproven theories

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Good listen, but didn't cover too much over the standard model of the universe. Would have liked more differing / opposing ideas to dark matter, expansion theory for example and any problems we are encountering with this present almost fixed ideology.

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  • Xeelee: Redemption

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Michael Poole finds himself in a very strange landscape.... This is the centre of the Galaxy. And in a history without war with the humans, the Xeelee have had time to built an immense structure here. The Xeelee Belt has a radius 10,000 times Earth's orbital distance. It is a light-year in circumference. If it was set in the solar system, it would be out in the Oort Cloud, among the comets - but circling the sun. If it was at rest, it would have a surface area equivalent to about 30 billion Earths. But it is not at rest: it rotates at near light speed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good hard sci fi story telling

  • By D. Marsh on 26-09-18

Good hard sci fi story telling

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Maybe not to everyone's taste as most of the conversation is science based, with not the most in depth of characters. Some ideas from other writers in here but on a bigger scale. Unsure of the journey times in here travelling by truck as thing so large. Will look forward to the next installment.

  • Alan Partridge: Nomad

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,990
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511

In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance. Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every line has a joke.

  • By Dickie Armstrong on 24-10-16

Funny in parts, not as good as previous book

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Good narration, but you can have too much of a good thing, as it is too long and it wears the story down, particularly at the end.

  • The Player of Games

  • Culture Series, Book 2
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh: Jernau Morat Gurgeh, The Player of Games, master of every board, computer, and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Civilisation and the Culture

  • By Mark on 08-12-10

My favourite Culture novel, well narrated too

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Bit of a quick ending, but otherwise perfect.
Just a pity he's Mott here to write more.

  • Artificial Condition

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the murderbot saga

  • By paul sparks on 15-05-18

Good and well narrated, very short though

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Not worth a whole credit due to short length. Nice story and from a robot perspective.