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  • Elysium Fire

  • Inspector Dreyfus, Book 2
  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Featuring Inspector Dreyfus - one of Alastair Reynolds' most popular characters - this is a fast-paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge. One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday...and unless the cause can be found - and stopped - within the next four months, everyone will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best

  • By AndyMackenzie on 29-01-18

Not his best

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

This was enjoyable but not one of his best. I enjoyed the familiar setting and characters. I enjoyed John Lee”s narration as usual but i felt most of the characters sounded similar to each other. Better differentiation in the Prefect.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Run

  • Day by Day Armageddon, Book 4
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

In a desperate bid to survive as hordes of bloodthirsty undead now dominate the ravaged US population, a navy commander discovers an incredible secret about the pandemic in this fourth novel in the acclaimed Day by Day Armageddon series. Task Force Phoenix may be humanity's final hope, and the narrator's agonizing decisions could mean living one more day - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Mr on 19-08-16

Good but a bit addictive though

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

Reviewed: 22-09-17

Good follow-up story but a bit predictable. Narrator was brilliant as usual. Looking forward to the next instalment though.

  • The Long Shot

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Martyn Read
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

The plan is so complex, the target so well protected that the three snipers have to rehearse the killing in the seclusion of the Arizona desert. Cole Howard of the FBI knows he has only days to prevent the audacious assassination. But he doesn’t know who the target is or where the crack marksmen will strike. Former SAS sergeant Mike Cramer is also on the trail, infiltrating the Irish community in New York as he tracks down Mary Hennessy, the ruthless killer who tore his life apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Leather book

  • By Ste on 01-05-18

The long shot

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Good story and I liked the characters however the narrater's impression of an irish accent had little resemblance to the real thing.

  • The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother's favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry's worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nailbiting from start to finish

  • By Wilma on 06-12-10

great first audion book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-11

This is an excellent book by Jo Nesbo, brilliant first audio contribution from the Author and found the narrator Shaun Barrett to be very easy on the ear and able to slip easily from one character to the next. Looking forward to future installments from this author, keep the coming.

  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Leopard

  • By Chanel on 26-03-11

brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-11

Another complex but brilliant story by Jo Nesbo. These books keep getting better well done Jo.

  • The Prefect

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Prefect near perfect

  • By Patrick on 19-09-11

keep them coming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-11

A.R. keeps writing these excellent books with very imaginative storylines which enables the reader to conjure up fantastic images of the characters and vistas used in his stories. Keep them coming Alastair.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Redeemer: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 6

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range.Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole’s troubles have only just begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By JonR on 05-02-11

more please

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-11

Another good story by Jo Nesbo. Great characters and narration is excellent. Wish they had brought the books out in correct order on audio though.

  • The Player of Games

  • Culture Series, Book 2
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh: Jernau Morat Gurgeh, The Player of Games, master of every board, computer, and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Civilisation and the Culture

  • By Mark on 08-12-10

superb

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

Reviewed: 30-01-11

Another brilliant book in the culture series, fantastic settings and characters and brilliantly read. Can't wait for the next books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger....' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - this is excellent!

  • By Mrs Mac on 28-01-11

poor

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-11

Probably one of the worst SK series of short stories. frustrated at lack of ending for these stories and the characters were humdrum and uninteresting.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • House of Suns

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • House of suns

  • By Ron on 11-09-09

house of sons

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-10

Another good book by the author. lots of good characters and plot. John Lee brings out the best of the book in his narration.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful