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  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 615

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - Fell out with the narrator.

  • By Peter on 06-07-10

Dreary

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

Reviewed: 20-04-16

Characters all unlikeable, story meandering and tedious, narration monotonous. I listened to half of it and then gave up.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,026
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,997

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

My favourite book of 2014

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

I loved this book so much I bought it as a gift for 2 friends. The story is tense and gripping; the main character is sympathetic and you care about his fate. There is technical language which lends authenticity to the story and I found it didn't matter that I didn't understand it all. The narration is excellent - I will certainly be on the lookout for more books narrated by R C Bray.

  • Saints of the Shadow Bible

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James MacPherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

Sunday Times number-one best seller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus' team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, yes, yes, Rankin right back on top of form!

  • By Jill on 10-11-13

Another great book by Ian Rankin

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

Reviewed: 14-12-13

After Standing in Another Man's Grave, I was a bit uncertain of reading another book co-starring both Rebus and Fox. However Ian Rankin manages to bring together the two characters without seeming to favour one over the other. The dynamics between Rebus and Siobhan Clarke are interesting now that they have reversed roles and she is his superior officer.
This was another winner for me: the narration was excellent and I enjoyed the bonus interview of Rankin by the narrator James MacPherson

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  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in 16th century England

  • By Phil on 22-01-10

Great book, shame about the narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

I really enjoyed this book but that was despite the narration. I didn't find enough differentiation between the voices of the different characters. For example, Cardinal Wolsey and his manservant sounded exactly alike so it was often quite hard to tell who was speaking, which got rather confusing. I found it required a lot of concentration and I ended up having to listen to some chapters several times in order to follow what was going on.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,948
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,741

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

Best Narrator Ever...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

and the story is pretty good too! Although this is a long book it is a fairly quick read because Patrick Rothfuss is a master storyteller and Rupert Degas is such a skillful narrator, giving each of the characters their own distinct voice. My all-time favourite book.

  • The Pride of Chanur

  • Chanur, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cats in space! (not a spoiler)

  • By Gareth Parsons on 03-09-18

Fun Space Adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

C J Cherryh creates great aliens and this book is no exception. The story is told from the point of view of the Hani, a species where the females are the space-farers, forging a trading compact with 5 other alien species, whilst the males remain on the home world. The crew of the Pride of Chanur make first contact with a new species when one of them seeks refuge aboard their ship. We see the struggle of the characters to understand each other and to interact with other species,especially when the language and actions of some species are so different as to be incomprehensible and the arrival of the stowaway will have an impact on relationships within the compact.



I found the action scenes hard to follow, I'm not sure if that was because I lost concentration or because they were just confusing. All in all, however, it was a good read and I will definitely be reading more of her books.

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur. In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking A+

  • By Theodore on 10-01-13

Insightful and inspirational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

This is a book to change lives. It gave me a greater understanding and allowed me to have compassion for myself as an introvert. It explains clearly and with good humour what it is to be an introvert in a world where extraverts seem to rule supreme. It highlights the value of allowing introverts to function in a way that suits them rather than trying to fit into a counter-intuitive extravert way of being. The narrator is clear and her reading holds the attention.

  • Downbelow Station

  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location - - on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter - makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth persevering with

  • By Christie on 21-09-12

Well worth persevering with

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-12

I almost gave up on this audio book - I found the narrator's voice extremely irritating and the book gets off to a very slow start as the author sets the scene for the story from the point of view of each of the main characters. I found it all very dense and confusing and it was so hard to stay focussed that I ended up listening to the first 4-5 chapters over and over again trying to make sense of what was going on.



Fortunately I persevered and kept listening. Once past the first few chapters, the story picks up pace considerably. The action continues to move from the viewpoint of one character to another as events play out both on and off-station, giving the story a cinematic quality. As I became more familiar with each of the characters, I got hooked in and started to care about what happened to them. I will definitely read this book again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,978

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A short Review of Nearly Everything

  • By Roy on 08-08-05

Tedious in the extreme

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-08

I bought this book in the hopes that it would make interesting all of the subjects that failed to capture my imagination at school. Sadly I was terribly disappointed. This is a boy's book, filled with facts and figures, numbers with countless zeros. I found it really hard to engage with. I found the voice of the narrator very annoying - I think I have got too used to hearing Bill Bryson reading his own books. However, on the plus side, and the reason I gave it one star, it is great for insomnia.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful