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  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Incomplete text

  • By Theatre critic on 04-04-17

Kinda forgettable

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

It took me half a chapter to realise I had already red this. Even still I could not remember most of it, all I knew is that I found it a little cliché last time. As you can imagen it was even more so the second time around.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,904
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,447

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

Great SciFi

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Very intensive and unique concept ! Sometime slightly nebulous in how and why things work out the way they do. Giddy to see where it goes.

  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really impressed

  • By Anonymous Coward on 18-04-16

Better read it

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

Reviewed: 29-06-17

Great novel however because of the multitude of new words created and the large number of alien names it is sometimes hard to follow the vocal narration. It might be better to read this one as to allow an easy referencing of previous information.

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  • Waking Gods

  • Themis Files, Book 2
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Adna Sablyich, Laurel Lefkow, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

An unknown vessel, not of this world, materialises in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion? Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes' dreams - apocalyptic visions of death and destruction - is the habit they have of coming true. Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how...but why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Dune Drifter on 11-04-17

Adds little new while file log gimick gets old

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

This series adds little to nothing to the sifi genre. It takes ideas from all over science fiction and stitches them together in the most foreseeable and clichee way. The referencing of big scifi titles by one character only serves as a reminder of the same trope done better. It fails to be meta and only comes across as pandering to even tbe most casual scifi fan.
Some of the voice actors do a great job acting out voice the recordings but it only makes sense in certain situations. Both books are performed by a group of voice actors that each play character while there is no narrator. this leads to the dialogue/ monologue heavy situations like conversations or letters work well and are engaging. Any where else however it is awkward to listen to the character narrate his own actions while describing whats happening around im in the most unatrall kind of way.

  • Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare

  • The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1
  • By: Darren Shan
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers - Mr. Crepsley - is a vampire! Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes - but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fangtastic!

  • By Suman Raziq on 29-01-19

came higly recommended

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

im a hufe vampire fan and this book came recomended from several friends. however ther is little original thoght to be found and almost nothing happens. every book i though ok next book stuff is going down but each finale was more disapointing tyan the one before

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

  • By: Thomas S. Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were - and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading for thoughtful people

  • By Isolde on 04-09-12

very interesting

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

Reviewed: 26-05-17

extremely interesting ideas about how scientific thought changes and the dynamics that are involved in such a process

1 of 1 people found this review helpful