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  • The End of the Wasp Season

  • By: Denise Mina
  • Narrated by: Sally Armstrong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

When notorious millionaire banker Lars Anderson hangs himself from the old oak tree in front of his Kent mansion his death attracts no sympathy. But the legacy of a lifetime of self-serving is widespread, the carnage most acute amongst those he ought to be protecting: his family. Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered in her home. The genteel community is stunned by what appears a vicious, random attack.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts good but ends in rather a rush

  • By Frances T. on 19-03-17

Good effort from Denise Mina

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Wasp Season to be better than the print version?

Possibly; Sally Armstrong read it very well.

Which character – as performed by Sally Armstrong – was your favourite?

Alex Morrow.

Any additional comments?

A very good novel, could be enjoyed as a stand alone story, though will probably make more sense if you've read Still Midnight.

  • Distrust That Particular Flavour

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Though primarily known as a novelist, over 30 years William Gibson has also built up a reputation as one of our most entertaining and insightful critics of contemporary culture. He is widely credited with having described the internet and cyberspace before any such things existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By JJ on 13-04-13

Don't Distrust This

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

What made the experience of listening to Distrust That Particular Flavour the most enjoyable?

Great narration by Robertson Dean.

Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He is ideally suited to Gibson's words.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, as it is a collection of essays and articles.

Any additional comments?

Not one for the casual listener, this will more appeal to longtime fans of William Gibson.

  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Three years have passed since Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Moriarty vanished into the abyss of the Reichenbach Falls. In that time the criminals of London have been able to sleep safe in their beds. But the capital has never been in greater need of its protector.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A return to form

  • By Stephen on 13-04-13

Sherlock Returns

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Indeed. It is good.

Any additional comments?

This collection of stories, unsurprisingly, deals with Sherlock Holmes returning from the dead after apparently being killed off in the Final Problem. Derek Jacobi again narrates these stories with aplomb, and particular note is given to: The Empty House, Charles Augustus Milverton and the Six Napoleons.

  • The Books of Blood: Volume 6

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Dick Hill, Johnny Heller, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Few authors can claim to have marked a genre so thoroughly and personally that their words have leaked into every aspect of modern pop culture. Clive Barker is such an author, and the Books of Blood marked his debut - his coming out to the world - in brilliant, unforgettable fashion. Crossroad Press is proud to present Clive Barker's Books of Blood in digital for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Books of Blood Concludes

  • By Just on 27-04-18

Books of Blood Concludes

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

What did you like most about The Books of Blood: Volume 6?

The prose and imagination of Clive Barker.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

All the narrators are good, except for the reader of the Last Illusion; though he does not spoil it. And Pearl Hewitt is particularly good.

Any additional comments?

The final volume of the Books of Blood, this continues the excellent writing of the proceeding five volumes. You can see how Clive Barker has evolved since the first volume, how the stories have become grander. The first story here, the Life of Death, is wonderfully bleak, Twilight at the Towers gives a new take on a classic monster trope, the Last Illusion introduces us to Harry D'Armour, Barker's paranormal PI who crops up in future novels, and the final story, On Jerusalem Street (A Postscript), is a neat epilogue to the whole series. Loved it, though a bit upset there is not a volume seven.

  • Zero History

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Hollis Henry worked for the global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend once before. She never meant to repeat the experience. But she's broke, and Bigend never feels it's beneath him to use whatever power comes his way - in this case, the power of money to bring Hollis onto his team again. Not that she knows what the "team" is up to - not at first. When a Department of Defence contract for combat-wear turns out to be the gateway drug for arms dealers, Bigend finds himself adrift in a seriously dangerous world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable conclusion to Blue Ant series

  • By Edg on 08-01-16

Damn near perfect!

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

Where does Zero History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. Seriously.

What did you like best about this story?

The writing; William Gibson's prose is usually great and this is no exception.

Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favourite?

Heidi Hyde.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yeah, but I'd not spoil that for you.

Any additional comments?

The final book in the Blue Ant trilogy, Zero History is quite excellent. Cleverly, the main focus of this book is the minor plot threads from the first two novels, and it feels perfectly natural. Can be read as a stand alone, though you will get so much more out of the rich story if you're familiar with Pattern Recognition and Spook Country. 10/10

  • The Precipice

  • Book One of The Asteroid Wars
  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Amanda Karr, cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Asteroid War Novel

  • By Just on 27-04-18

First Asteroid War Novel

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

Would you listen to The Precipice again? Why?

Maybe.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

Ben Bova's Grand Tour books are usually very good, though this one is only okay. The story takes quite a while to get going, though when it does it is very good. However the recording has too many narrators which makes listening a little bit confusing.

  • Airframe

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AIrframe - Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-10

A Gripping Thriller

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

Would you listen to Airframe again? Why?

I would. A very good book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Casey Singleton, she is a very relatable heroine.

Any additional comments?

A classic, strong story from Michael Crichton, he wrote this after the Lost World, and gets back to his techno thriller basics after more dinosaur adventures. Corporate intrigue, media hype, false documents and competing personalities; Airframe has it all. And very well read by Frances Cassidy!

  • The Twelve

  • Book Two of The Passage Trilogy
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future…. Until they were selected for a secret experiment….to create something more than human.

Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun. The Twelve is the epic sequel to The Passage. Read by Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • even better the second time

  • By TSUK79 on 17-07-16

Cronin does it again

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alicia of Blades. Coz she is awesome.

Any additional comments?

The second in Justin Cronin's excellent Passage Trilogy, it manages to maintain the ridiculously high standard of the first book. Scott Brick is perfect for this novel, and I'm very excited to hear the third. A+

  • Jago & Litefoot Series 2

  • By: Mark Morris, Jonathan Morris, Andy Lane, and others
  • Narrated by: Christopher Benjamin, Trevor Baxter, Conrad Asquith, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The continuing adventure of Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot, characters first introduced on television in Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), who have become Infernal Investigators, solving mysteries involving paranormal or alien phenomena in 1880s London. This release features four full-cast audio dramas plus a behind-the-scenes documentary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victorian sheek

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-09-18

Second Series of Scandalous Steampunk Stories!

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yup, and I have done. Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot are two characters I have to share.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jago AND Litefoot. The perfect double act.

Any additional comments?

Series two of their adventures, Jago and Litefoot are just excellent. Even if classic Doctor Who is not your thing, the chemistry between these characters is simply too good to miss.

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  • Mona Lisa Overdrive

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

The award-winning William Gibson goes beyond science fiction to the broader mainstream fiction audience. His unique world features multinational corporations and high-tech outlaws vying for power, traveling the computer-generated universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Trilogy! I'll do it justice next time!

  • By Simon on 07-09-14

William Gibson Overdrive

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sally Shears; but if I tell you why I'd give something away...

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

He is a very good narrator, ideal for this story.

Any additional comments?

The third volume in Gibson's Sprawl trilogy, this neatly closes the story began in Neuromancer and continued in Count Zero. It is not quite as good as Count Zero, yet still an excellent novel. Well worth a listen.