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  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Gillian on 02-02-18

World War Generation Z

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

You can't really review this book without a quick nod to WWZ as its interview format is near identical. Not that this is a bad thing, and it really allows both Luke Daniels and Angela Dawe to put in some very distinct performances as the array of characters they take on.

The concept is excellent, built on the premise that society is 3 days' food from collapse at any given point. Take a group of 200 young people, isolate them from the world for the first time, split them into groups with no centralised leadership... yup, I can get onboard with this reality.

Well written but might benefit from a slightly slower pace in the first instance. All the killings are thought out in terms of cause and effect, but things shift from isolation and suspicion to full on tribal warfare a little quickly, maybe one more interview to bridge the gap early would have accomplished this. Then again, maybe I'm being picky.

Well worth your time if you enjoy the apocalypse for some light reading.

  • Deep Silence

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Terrorists-for-hire have created a weapon that can induce earthquakes and cause dormant volcanoes to erupt. One terrifying side effect of the weapon is that prior to the devastation, the vibrations drive ordinary people to suicide and violence. A wave of madness begins sweeping the country beginning with a mass shooting in Congress. Joe Ledger and his team go on a wild hunt to stop the terrorists and uncover the global superpower secretly funding them. At every step the stakes increase as it becomes clear that the endgame of this campaign of terror is igniting the Yellowstone caldera.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • slow start

  • By David Stokes on 21-01-19

Long live the DMS

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

Continuing the story of the god machines, the latest adventure for Joe and the team is a nitrous-fuelled blockbuster movie that doesn't let up. An excellent series with great characters, political machinations, 7 foot lizards and more action than you can shake a stick at.

  • After On

  • A Novel of Silicon Valley
  • By: Rob Reid
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Felicia Day, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it. But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Deane on 13-04-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Good yarn, plausibly told. Solid performances throughout.

Thinking of getting it? Get it. You won't regret it.

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,036

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By J Breckenridge on 17-05-17

One chapter spun into a whole book

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

The main failing of the book is that it forgets we are in a story about computer geeks masquerading as wizards. The central storyline about rogue dragons could (should?) have been a chapter at most.

All this before you get to the point where the two biggest antagonists on the tale are the most annoying children.

Books 1-3 are plenty of fun. Skip this one.

Mr Daniels is excellent as ever although his Welsh accent is worse than his English (Scottish also not stellar). Forgiveable, since his characterisation is always great, but accents from the British Isles aren't his strong suit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Disrupted

  • Ludicrous Misadventures into the Tech Start-Up Bubble
  • By: Dan Lyons
  • Narrated by: Dan Lyons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Dan Lyons was Technology Editor at Newsweek for years, a magazine writer at the top of his profession. One Friday morning he received a phone call: his job no longer existed. Fifty years old, and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was unemployed and facing financial oblivion. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? What could possibly go wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but slightly spoiled by whining

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-18

If you work in tech and are over the age of 35

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

I've worked in tech for the past 20 years and this book does a fantastic job of showing up just how silly it all is. While we all initially drink the kool-aid, over time the mandatory fun, ethos-embracing brand statements, senseless busy-work and expected work/life imbalance reveal themselves as the Emperor's new clothes.

Genuinely laughed my ass off with all references to over-entitled hipster kids who know nothing and yet somehow rule the roost.

Just a marvelous read, splendidly delivered by the author.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Consider Phlebas

  • Culture Series, Book 1
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,558

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction - cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Truly Great Sci-Fi Novel

  • By scotty on 09-04-12

3rd attempt, giving up

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

I tried reading the book and lost interest within 50 pages.

I tried again after being told that the Culture series is simply amazing, and couldn't get through it.

I finally listened to the audiobook and frankly have no idea what all the fuss is about. It's a bit dull, has far too many characters with silly names, and frankly I just don't understand what people see in it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing sequel, read by phenomenally talented CP!!

  • By Lauren on 21-05-18

Cannot get enough of this series

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

The first two books were great... this one is on a whole other level.

Stupendously good fun with fantastic characters that keep improving with time. Excellent narration and characterisation from Carl Prekopp.

My only word of caution is to keep your wits about you when paradoxes occur and try not to think about them too much. I get the divergent timeline concept, but pulling on those threads may lead to disappointment. A minor detail that doesn't stop this being tremendously good fun.

  • Hell to Pay

  • Ascend Online, Book 2
  • By: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Lazarus Cain is a member of the Grim Shadows, one of the Thieves Guilds in the city of Eberia. Unfortunately, Lazarus is having a bad day. Waking up in a torture chamber, suffering from amnesia, he'd be pretty much screwed if not for the mysterious, magical sigil burned into his chest. Sometimes a really bad day should be shared with others, especially professional torturers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Luke Daniels sounding a bit bored

  • By Mr Mask on 27-06-18

Luke Daniels sounding a bit bored

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

The first book in the series was fine, but by the end had started to shift away from LitRPG into being a straight-forward fantasy novel. That's fine I guess, but not what I signed on for.

This second book shifts characters, which is also fine, but then seems to forget that they're playing a game.

That this is a game they're playing should be (in my humble opinion) central to the story, not an afterthought.

As another note, Luke Daniels is one of my favourite narrators and throughout this book he just sounded bored, which I can't fault him for.

I won't be back for any more in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

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

A fun listen, but overlong

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

Reviewed: 29-06-17

It's a story that sets up nicely and trots along at a good pace for the most part but starts to drag towards the end.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,735
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • its skippy time

  • By stewart on 23-05-17

Still a lot of fun

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

Reviewed: 29-06-17

Definitely a fun series with plenty of likable characters, but we need to ease off on Joe having ideas Skippy hadn't thought of. This has been taken to a knowing level in the third book and is a little overused.

Doesn't stop it being fun.