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  • Ringworld

  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 534

Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel Ringworld is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vast

  • By aeromys on 21-07-15

A true classic, well performed

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Ringworld is a classic SF novel for good reason. Even if some of the physics is a bit dodgy (Niven was heckled by MIT students about it, back in the day!). Presented here as an excellent example of the audiobook art.

  • The Labyrinth Index

  • Laundry Files, Book 9
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry - the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats - has culminated in the unthinkable: an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street. But in true 'the enemy of my enemy' fashion, Mhairi Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy - there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story utterly utterly ruined by the performan

  • By Anonymous User on 31-10-18

Nice Story, sack the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Was looking forward to this book as I love the series, but the Narrator is atrocious so almost gave the book back.

Charlie pay attention; she can't even pronounce the main protagonists name correctly.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blood World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 8
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep 300 rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth's legions are sent to Blood World. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat. Earth's Legions must impress them, but other alien powers have been invited to join the contest. The prize consists of billions of loyal troops - Earth must win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivated

  • By Anonymous User on 28-06-18

James McGill soldiers on

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

If you've enjoyed following the exploits of Earth's favourite Georgia Boy so far, you won't be disappointed!
The narration is excellent as ever.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightmare Stacks

  • A Laundry Files Novel
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 125

Alex Schwartz had a great job and a promising future - until he caught an unfortunate bout of vampirism and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain's only counter-occult secret intelligence agency. His first assignment is in Leeds - his old hometown. But the thought of telling his parents he's lost his job, let alone their discovering his 'condition', is causing Alex almost as much anxiety as his new lifestyle of supernatural espionage. His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student from the local Goth Festival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By David Stretch on 27-09-18

Another fantastic installment of the Laundry saga

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

A different protagonist this time, Alex, a survivor of the group of PHANGs originally encountered in The Rhesus Chart. Excellent story, well narrated!

  • 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 3,057
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888

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

The excellent adventures of Skippy the Magnificent

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

Reviewed: 16-06-17

Great fun as always, a most excellent adventure! Joe and the Merry Band of Pirates, and Skippy, of course, go back out into the galaxy and try to save the Expeditionary Force along the way. Thoroughly recommended.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,735
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,381

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT!

  • By Fiona on 13-06-17

A slice of geeky heaven! The story gets better.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Looking forward to book three, where the ongoing story of the ever expanding cast of Bobs will no doubt continue to be expounded. Really good fun for a geeky audience.

  • Staked

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Iron Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne's epic New York Times best-selling urban fantasy series, has a point to make - and then drive into a vampire's heart. When a druid has lived for 2,000 years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers - led by power-mad Theophilus - have become a huge problem requiring a solution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vampires, gravey and bath time stories

  • By mr walker on 28-02-16

Good as ever

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Kevin Hearne continues the always fun Iron Druid series in similar style. It's quite fun, especially with the decent voice acting, to have bits from different protagonists' points of view. All in all, thoroughly recommended if you have enjoyed the series so far.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • That Which Other Men Cannot Do

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 15
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

With political unrest growing, the Alliance must rush to rebuild their fleet and expand their sphere of influence before their support runs out. But when the Jung up the ante, the Alliance must turn up the heat. Captain Nathan Scott and the Sol-Pentaurus Alliance must put everything on the line to save the Sol sector once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant end to the first part!

  • By Darren on 03-07-16

The Saga continues

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

What is there to say? More of the same as the war with the Jung heads towards a denouement. If you have enjoyed the series do far you won't be disappointed.

  • Born of the Ashes

  • The Frontiers Saga, Book 11
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101

Captain Nathan Scott must decide whether to stand and fight to the end, or live to fight another day - even if it means the end of his world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the story, narration could be better

  • By SWG on 21-01-18

The Frontiers Saga continues in fine form

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

Reviewed: 28-08-16

If you have enjoyed the story so far you will not be disappointed. Captain Scott and his crew continue their fight against the odds, working towards the inevitable confrontation against the might of the Jung Empire.

  • Liberation

  • The Frontiers Saga, Book 10
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103

Heartfelt reunions with friends... Desperate plans to gain advantage... Opportunities that cannot be ignored... Discovery of family once thought lost... The time has come for Captain Scott to fight for that which was taken...the very freedom of the world he was sworn to protect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great entry in the series

  • By Mark on 28-02-17

Good pulp fun

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Continuing the story of the Aurora in much the same vein. If you like the previous ones this is more of the same. Good light-hearted fun.