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  • Thrawn: Treason

  • Star Wars
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from best-selling author Timothy Zahn. 'If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.' Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would love to see film versions of Thrawn...

  • By tiffer on 01-08-19

Moan moan moan moan

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

Reviewed: 13-08-19

Had to stop because of constant irrational aggressive monologuing from the assistant director character. So boring and exhausting to listen to constant illogical moaning, with every word spoken by this character spoken through gritted teeth. Tedious lazy writing, and poor over the top narration

  • Into the Void

  • Star Wars Legends (Dawn of the Jedi)
  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a very clever story

  • By Daz on 15-10-13

STOP PRONOUNCING JEDI INCORRECTLY!

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

Totally ruined by the terrible narration, made it completely unlistenable for me. The narrator kept pronouncing the word Jedi totally incorrectly. It absolutely baffles me how she cannot know how to pronounce the word, it's in the common lexicon now. How did no one on the production side of things correct her? It's a shame because the other star wars novels I have listened to are some of the finest books I've ever heard on audible, in both story, writing style, production and narration. I would also add that in addition to the distracting narration that the way the book is written also adds to the tedium.

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  • Rama II

  • Rama Series, Book 2
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 478

In 2130, an alien spaceship, Rama, entered our solar system. The first product of an alien civilisation to be encountered by man, it revealed many wonders to mankind; but most of its mysteries remained unsolved.… Sixty-six years later, a second approaching spacecraft was detected; four years on, the Ramans are definitely returning. But this time, Earth is ready. And maybe now, with the arrival of Rama II, some of the questions posed by Rama will at last be answered.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Worst sequel I've read in a long time.

  • By Athos on 01-11-15

Reads like a piece of poor fanfiction

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

Reviewed: 18-10-17

I can't quite believe how bad this book is.

It reads like a trashy piece of fan fiction. I cringed repeatedly at the pathetic and forced character interchanges and the two dimensional and utterly tedious "character development". I seriously doubt Clarke had much to do with this book, but rather the (uncredited on Audible, but credited during the narration) Gentry Lee.

What makes this such a travesty is the first Rama book is so good. What I find so confusing is that this book is in a totally different style which simply doesn't work. The first book focused on the science, the discovery, and the awe. This book is a poorly written, poorly produced soap opera in space.

I kept thinking during the book that it reminded me of my writing when I was in school, the unnecessary embellishment of everything (how many times do people have to stumble in this book just for something to say?!). This is not a good thing.

I have no idea why anyone would this this was a good follow up to Rama. Probably one of the worst books I've ever been submitted to.

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,454

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Well written but a bit brutal

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

Reviewed: 25-05-17

Well written, well narrated, unconventional structure (in a good and interesting way), and no tedious cliche tropes. However, some moments are really rather brutal, but the writer doesn't go into more detail than necessary unlike other books I've listened to where the writer seems to revel in the vile actions

  • The Monogram Murders

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 647

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Boring Monogram Murders

  • By Ulla on 18-09-14

Much better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 25-05-17

After listening to all the Christie Poirot novels I was expecting something of a lower standard, especially as it's not narrated by Hugh Fraser who does such an excellent job. However I was pleasantly surprised: The narration and writing were excellent, and in many ways I thought the plot was better than many Christie novels (especially ones where she was getting on in years.

  • Five Little Pigs

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other suspects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried ‘wee wee wee’ all the way home.It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can’t get that nursery rhyme out of his mind…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-16

Tiresome cold case

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

Slow moving cold case, lacking any excitement or urgency. Story is still ok, but nothing special, unlike the other Poirot books. Hugh Fraser is of course magnificent

  • Hallowe’en Party

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

A classic Christie mystery. Read by Hugh Fraser who plays Hugh Fraser in the popular TV series. At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce – a hostile thirteen-year-old – boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good who-done-it

  • By Selene on 08-04-13

Good, but slightly predicatable

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

Unfortunately, while I love the Poirot books, I do feel as Christie got older her creative imagination did falter a little, and I was able to half guess the solution about half way through which is a cardinal sin for a detective novel; the reader should never feel more intelligent than Poirot! However, you may have noticed I said half guessed as there was still a little twist, and therefore I still rate this reasonably.

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  • Elephants Can Remember

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. For here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident: the broken body of a woman was discovered on the rocks at the foot of the cliff. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies, a husband and wife, shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capitol!

  • By Catwat on 02-01-16

Sadly predictable, and another tiresome cold case

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

Having listened to the entire Poirot series of Christie books, I can't help but think that as she got older, her writing capabilities faltered a little. Why do I think this?:

1. The book is shorter than usual, almost like she ran out of steam.
2. She has a tendency to repeat herself with what the characters say within a single conversation.
3. The pace of the book is painfully slow.
4. Worst of all: I accurately guessed the correct solution about an hour and a half in, which is the cardinal sin for detective novels.

If it gets to the point where you are frustrated at the supposedly genius detective for being so stupid for not seeing the obvious solution, then something has gone wrong with the writing. In previous Christie books I am always pleasantly surprised and astounded at the cunning way she essentially double bluffs the reader by making a character seem like the murderer, but dropping hints about another person that the discerning reader picks up, only to find that even those hints are a red herring, but in this book it was all too obvious and therefore quite boring.

In addition to this I find her cold case stories such as this carry a certain lack of excitement.

Despite this, Hugh Fraser is of course magnificent, and in my opinion by far the best reader of these books.

  • Gut

  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722

The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have to redress the balance

  • By David J James on 13-03-16

Fascinating, and potentially life changing.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

This is one of the only books I have enthusiastically recommended to other people in real life. the information is presented in a fantastic manner, well written in an engaging style that helps you to really understand the subject without bombarding you with academic over-verbosity. It is quite frankly life changing information that I strongly encourage all to read.

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  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Hate Luke Smitherd!

  • By Simon on 04-07-16

Excellent British Sci Fi

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

I don't usually buy books told from the first person as I don't enjoy them but I ended up buying this one without realising it was so, and was a touch disappointed in the first few seconds when I realised it was told from such a perspective. However, as the book progressed, even within the first few minutes, I knew I had found the exception to my rule. Fantastic. Excellent concept, well executed, written in a way that keeps you guessing just that right amount, and done in a way that doesn't lazily utilise the same old boring tropes you have to deal with so often in novels and stories (e.g. mistaken identity, stubborn irrational and illogical authority figures etc) which often make sections of a book really hard going and slow. Also very well read, in fact one the better readers I've heard on Audible.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful