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Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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  • Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day

  • And Other Tales of the Necromancer
  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

Johannes Cabal is a necromancer - and he's slightly infamous. Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer features seven of Cabal's most frightening adventures, including "Exeunt Demon King", "The Ereshkigal Working", "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day", and more. Also included is an original introduction written and read by the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Moriah on 03-12-15

awesome work

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

Reviewed: 15-06-17

love the short story format and the author's quirky and innovative style. brilliant stories.
bravo!

  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 599

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

Love this author, story arc slow to gain momentum

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Complex threads with a real sense of an epic storyscape.

Am starting book 2 now!

  • The Medusa Chronicles

  • By: Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Following an accident that almost cost him his life, Howard Falcon was not so much saved as he was converted, through the use of prosthetics, into something faster, stronger and smarter...but also slightly less human and more machine than he was. And with this change came an opportunity - that of piloting a mission into Jupiter's atmosphere and ultimately of making first contact with the life forms he discovers there.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull and Plodding

  • By Andrew on 17-09-16

unexpected rich story arcs that combine well

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

I really enjoyed the nearly familiar characters and the long life scenarios. so thoughtfully written with a well paced and not overly complicated plot. a great book to pick up and put down. I dipped in and out over a couple of weeks and my enjoyment didn't suffer.

bravo!

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  • The Phantom of the Earth Part 4

  • An Epic Sci-Fi Saga, Books 1-5
  • By: Raeden Zen
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Here are the five thought-provoking postapocalyptic stories that lovers of science fiction can't stop talking about, gathered together in one volume for the first time. The futuristic theories, conspiracies, political maneuvering, and characters within these visionary tales will stay with you long after you finish.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • epic! (but hard to follow in places)

  • By Leon on 11-10-16
  • The Phantom of the Earth Part 4
  • An Epic Sci-Fi Saga, Books 1-5
  • By: Raeden Zen
  • Narrated by: John Lee

epic! (but hard to follow in places)

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

performance took some getting used to but I warmed to it. I felt like I needed to read the Wikipedia page and re-listen in places. liked it overall though and recommended if you like complexity

  • Shaman, Lover, Warrior

  • Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman, Book 5
  • By: M. Terry Green
  • Narrated by: Celia Aurora de Blas
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

As Livvy struggles to hold on to loved ones, her past and future unexpectedly collide. Caught between the multiverse and the real world, and saving herself or doing right, Livvy learns a final truth: the real measure of love isn't fighting for someone, it's dying for them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thriller with peaks and troughs / light and shade

  • By Leon on 02-08-16

thriller with peaks and troughs / light and shade

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

complex McGuffin that took a while to play out. some great tensions between characters. unexpected plot twists with some unexpected closures.

  • Shaman, Priestess, Pawn

  • Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman Book 4
  • By: M. Terry Green
  • Narrated by: Celia Aurora de Blas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In the heartland of the ancient Maya, techno-shaman Olivia Lawson isn't just an oddity, she's an outcast. Despite having trekked through the jungle to find shamans thought to be extinct, Livvy finds the ultra-clandestine group not just closed but downright hostile. To her surprise though, their interest in SK borders on obsession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • fast paced thriller, plot lines hard to follow

  • By Leon on 20-07-16

fast paced thriller, plot lines hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

fast paced thriller, plot lines hard to follow.
i enjoyed the performance and the transposition of Livvy into the Aztec arena but found this one hard to digest

  • Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman Series

  • An Urban Fantasy Thriller Series, Books 1 - 3
  • By: M. Terry Green
  • Narrated by: Celia Aurora de Blas
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The groundbreaking series that Publishers Weekly said "could easily open a fresh new world of urban fantasy". Even for a techno-shaman, a kachina in the bedroom isn't exactly part of the drill. When Olivia Lawson wakes to find one towering over her, she panics. A Hopi god visiting the real world isn't just wrong - it's impossible. Or is it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • rich thriller story arc

  • By Leon on 29-06-16

rich thriller story arc

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

Reviewed: 29-06-16

loved these books. unexpected combination of tech and spirit. Pace relaxed and plot easy to follow.

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  • The Dark Forest

  • By: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion - in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's a new Robert Heinlein!

  • By Leon on 03-05-16

There's a new Robert Heinlein!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

There's a new Robert Heinlein!
And I pronounce his name Sir-Chin Leo.
What a riveting story, amazing plot development and thrilling climax!
I cannot wait to read more. The wit of Aasimov, the craftsman like story development of Heinlein and the dark foreboding plot lines of Uris.
An author to watch out for!

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  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 664

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dont be put off by the science!!

  • By Thomas on 07-03-18

loved the fresh writing style

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

Reviewed: 13-04-16

a little slower to start than I expected but I warmed to the style: unashamedly for people with an IQ over 120. Can't wait for more!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Shepherd's Crown

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605

A Shivering of Worlds. Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad & elegiac but also funny because, of course...

  • By Beccameriel on 01-09-15

achingly good book

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

Reviewed: 28-03-16

knowing this was the last of its kind lent this book a sense of gravitas. rather than tidy up discworld I felt this book left discworld alive, rather like the author, in another realm.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful