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  • The Wall

  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Will Poulter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else. He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen, but lacking subtlety

  • By Miko on 20-01-19

Good listen, but lacking subtlety

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

Set in the not too distant future, The Wall takes place in a dystopian version of the UK where the populace is conscripted into service on the The National Coastal Defence Structure, colloquially known as ‘The Wall’. It takes current-day issues—climate change, immigration/asylum, nationalism—and presents them to us through a protagonist whose world is just different enough from ours that you can understand how he grew up to accept the defects of his world without question. In this, Lanchester works the magic of speculative fiction, giving us the cautionary tale, allowing us to glimpse a slightly skewed reflection of our world, showing us that this could well be the bottom of the slippery slope we are descending. It’s an entirely readable and enjoyable addition to the dystopian genre, but it lacks the subtlety and complexity that comes with the best of speculative fiction and the characters could have been more fully realised. The protagonist was developed enough to create a sense of empathy, but while the supporting characters were identifiable as individuals, for the most part, I had no sense of what propelled them and that made them seem somewhat lightly sketched.

I was impressed by Will Poulter’s narration. It’s the first book I’ve heard him read and I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to another.

All in all not a bad addition to my audible library and I'd recommend it if you're looking for an entertaining dystopian listen, just best not to go into it expecting ground-breaking new ideas or predictions for our future.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Gone-Away World

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it's on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out - but there's more to the fire than meets the eye. A story of love and loss; of ninjas and pirates; and of a friendship stretched beyond its limits. But it is also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes - however unlikely they may seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weird

  • By Alathia on 14-02-15

Ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

Unfortunately, I have to disagree with all the rave reviews that encourage even those who are unsure to try this book. From an over apparent fixation on sex to onomatopoeic sound effects, to me this book seemed juvenile, like it was written by a teenage boy for teenage boys. I gave it a couple of chapters before becoming so annoyed that I had to stop and utilise Audible’s wonderful return policy.

  • Gold

  • By: Chris Cleave
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Usually, this is where we'd tell you what this book is about. But with Chris Cleave, it's a bit different. Because if you've read The Other Hand or Incendiary, you'll know that what his books are about is only part of the story - what really matters is how they make you feel. Gold is about the limits of human endurance, both physical and emotional. It will make you cry. Gold is about what drives us to succeed - and what we choose to sacrifice for success. It will make you feel glad to be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional Rollercoaster

  • By Destination Hulk on 11-01-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

I adored The Other Hand and quite liked Everyone Brave is Forgiven, but Gold disappointed. The writing was good, the narration solid, but the story itself was missing the magic of the other books, the ability to draw you in and not let go. Or maybe it just wasn’t for me. I found the characters a bit stereotypical, slotting into their niches tightly even though Cleave was obviously striving for depth, and, perhaps because of this, I found them hard to identify with even in the places that were designed for empathy. Very much hoping his next book will be back on form.

  • Calling Major Tom

  • By: David M. Barnett
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Calling Major Tom is a funny, uplifting tale of friendship and community about a man who has given up on the world...but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him. We all know someone like Thomas. The grumpy next-door neighbour who complains to the residents' committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don't have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feeling Blue?

  • By Jumpin' Bean on 19-07-17

Pretty silly

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

I chose this on the strength of the reviews, but I guess it’s just not really my type of book. I was hoping for something like ‘My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises’, but where as that was quirky, fun, and almost believable, this fell entirely into the unbelievable category for me, enough so that my suspension of disbelief couldn’t cope.

I also had trouble with the narration at times; I’ve enjoyed David Thorpe in the past, but in this there were moments where he was actually yelling and that grated on my ears so much I skipped forward. I got this book during a two-for-one sale so probably won’t return it, but had I used an entire credit on it alone, I would have.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kraken Wakes

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They come over here stealing our deep places...

  • By Dr Caterpillar on 03-10-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 31-05-18

I found this disappointing; the story was not nearly as engrossing as Chocky or The Chrysalids and, while the narration itself was good, the production was abysmal. I am not a fan of musical interludes in my audiobooks and this one was full of them. On so many levels, I didn’t feel they made sense at all and, for me at least, they detracted from the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chocky

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Matthew is a normal 11-year-old boy living with his parents and little sister in Surrey. He's too old and sensible to have an imaginary friend really. Yet when Matthew's parents keep finding him talking and arguing with a strange presence whom Matthew calls Chocky, that's what they believe it must be…at first. But Chocky is oddly sinister, and keeps asking Matthew all sorts of complicated questions about the world and making him behave in unusual and erratic ways. Then Matthew suddenly does something heroic, well beyond his capabilities; the media become interested and the interest in Matthew widens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too good

  • By Alan on 14-03-13

Not at all what I expected

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I’m constantly looking for quality science fiction literature performed by British narrators (I tend to find them easiest on the ears despite my own accent being Canadian), and I enjoyed Day of The Triffids, so this book has been on my radar for some time. I was reluctant to try it, though, as I had the impression it was horror and was going to be too disturbing for me - this couldn’t have been farther from reality! I’m so glad I finally decided to take the gamble; I found the story entertaining, thought-provoking, and, given when it was written, ahead of its time. Daniel Weyman was a joy to listen to, as always. I do hope he narrates more science fiction in the future.

All in all, I’m very pleased with this addition to my audible library and I’d recommend Chocky to anyone with an interest in science fiction or speculative fiction.

  • Fever

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodburn, Peter Noble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Nico Storm and his father drive across a desolate South Africa, constantly alert for feral dogs, motorcycle gangs, nuclear contamination. They are among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world's population. Young as he is, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father's protector. But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is a man with a vision. He is searching for a place that can become a refuge, a beacon of light and hope in a dark and hopeless world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read

  • By Juliet on 23-09-17

Enjoyed this.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

A good addition to the literary post-apocalyptic genre, by which I mean a thoughtful speculative novel on what happens after civilisation as we know it is finished, NOT one of the droves of zombie books that unfortunately swamp the post-apocalyptic category/tag. I’ve read and listened to a lot of books this genre, largely because it is interesting to explore what authors think people would do in such circumstances, but this was the first I’ve read set in South Africa; this was a large part of my enjoying the book, the difference in culture and setting.

A note on the narrators: a previous reviewer stated that Peter Noble had a hard time hanging on to accents, while this is true of a couple characters, in all he did a fine job and was a pleasure to listen to. This is the first I’d heard of Jennifer Woodburn and was hesitant to try the book as there was no sample of her on audible; I was pleasantly surprised and wouldn’t hesitate to listen to her again.

Would recommend this book and know I will end up re-listening to it in the future.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Round the Bend

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his air-freight business, he little realises the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. Shaklin possesses a religious power which inspires everyone he meets to a new faith and hope for humanity. As Cutter’s business grows across Asia, so does Shaklin’s fame, until he is widely regarded as a unifying deity. Though he struggles to believe Shaklin is indeed divine, Cutter too finds solace in his friend’s teachings, and commits to passing on his message.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feels Good

  • By Patrick on 05-03-11

Beautifully captures the time and places

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

I was unsure if this would be for me as I’m not a particular fan of planes and am not a religious person, but I took a chance on it based on the reviews, the narrator, and the fact that I’ve liked a couple of Shute’s other works. I’m glad I did as I really enjoyed it. I found it engrossing; it beautifully captures so many places in the world in the post-WWII era and the characters are not only interesting and believable, but likeable (which may not be in keeping with today’s trend of anti-heroes, but to me was a breath of fresh air). I’m certain I’ll relisten to this again - very pleased with this addition to my audible library.

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Nick Rawlinson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother.... As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves, and monsters, and begins his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I had written this.........

  • By Mark on 12-02-14

Like a Never-ending Nightmare

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

This book showed promise, but literally lost the plot and descended into being a vehicle for nearly every nightmare~ish concept out there, from monsters and gory violence to more subtle and disturbing issues such as child abuse. Seemed to be horror for horror’s sake, which was a shame as this book could have been much more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Man in Havana

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the music

  • By DD Kaplan on 27-07-10

Good story and narration, annoying production!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Amusing story and good narration, but the music between the chapters infuriated me! If I wanted to listen to music, I would; I do not need a noisy interlude between chapters! Also the music segments were long. (I’ve listen to a couple other audiobooks that have used a similar format, but these clips were much longer than the music in those, which just made it even more annoying.) Wish they’d edit the audiobook and remove them.