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  • The Grey Bastards

  • The Lot Lands
  • By: Jonathan French
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man's-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs. But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards' existence - one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity's tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hells Angels on Pigs - With Added Style!

  • By Simon on 25-06-18

3 X 5 Star rating from me guess it has something!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Not much to say on this one, but it's frickin awesome. Don't swither don't ponder,don't dilly and dally, just download and enjoy.
Looking forward to visiting ~The Lot Lands again.

"Live in saddle Die on the hog!"

  • The Deathless

  • By: Peter Newman
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

From one of fantasy’s biggest recent breakthrough authors comes an exciting, brand-new series. In the endless forests of the Wild, humanity scratches a living by the side of the great Godroads, paths of crystal that provide safe passage and hold back the infernal tide. Creatures lurk within the trees, watching, and plucking those who stray too far from safety. In crystal castles held aloft on magical currents, seven timeless royal families reign, protecting humanity from the spread of the Wild and its demons. Born and reborn into flawless bodies, the Deathless are as immortal as the precious stones from which they take their names. For generations a fragile balance has held....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Promising start, great story, medicore narration

  • By Karen on 22-06-18

Promising start, great story, medicore narration

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

Having loved Peter Newmans Vagrant series. I couldn't wait to give this new one a listen.

It does seem to be, a tad more conventional storywise, than his previous Vagrant series. But the story still sucked me in.

There are, some similarities to his previous books, and once again his wonderful imagination has created some wickedly interesting, beasties and demons who all inhabit his world of Immortals, "The Deathless"
The Deathless reside in skycastles and play caretakers to the rest of humanity who eek out a living in settlements close to the God Road they are reliant upon The Deathless to keep them safe by keeping the demons at bay.

Great start to the series can't wait to see what direction it goes in.

Narration though I did struggle with. General story telling was fine, though there were few times I had to rewind as I didn't find her voice very engaging and had lost track of what was going on, this got better further into the story, guess I was getting used to her. Her character dialect parts were not the best. she made most of the characters sound as though they where whiney which got tedious, or they reminded of Pam Ayres! and that was pretty much how it was for all the characters little to differentiate between them Skyborn = whiney, the rest where Pam.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,985

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

Unmissable!

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

You have to listen to this, it has been a quite a while, since I have enjoyed a sci-fi book as much as this one.

I don't want to say anything to spoil the plot, but for once the ratings do not lie and a well deserved award winner.

Thank you Mel for the brilliant narration you did Portia justice.

Download and enjoy, and yes I want a film please :)

  • The Death of Grass

  • By: John Christopher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

A viral strain has attacked rice crops in East Asia causing massive famine; soon a mutation appears which infects the staple crops of West Asia and Europe such as wheat and barley, threatening a worldwide famine. Christopher's classic post-apocalyptic novel follows the struggles of architect John Custance and his family as they make their way across an England that is rapidly descending into anarchy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end of the world as seen from the 1950's

  • By Charles on 18-08-11

Marmite well passed its sell buy date

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

Reviewed: 13-03-15

Any additional comments?

Despite it being loved my many. This one, for me has not aged well. I usually enjoy dystopian fiction but this I really disliked. The story was dull, dull, dull the characters very wooden,unlikable and totally unbelievable. Did not think it credible that practically overnight, faced with a food shortage that the majority of the male characters would leave their morals behind and at the drop of a bowler hat, turn into cold blooded killers. Was disturbed by the racism,classism and misogyny, not because I'm easily offended, but worried that may of been how a percentage of 50's Britain thought, Hmm I hope not!. There are some events in the book I found very distasteful.Not so much by the event itself but the attitudes of the characters. I Rolled my eyes at some of the crappy dialogue, and shook my head in disbelief at the books, views on woman, race, and class. A sci-fi classic for most,for me a steaming pile of poo. I made it all the way to the end but It left a nasty taste in my mouth ! If I ever see a paper copy I might buy it just to burn it.

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  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging - not what I expected

  • By Robyn on 14-12-17

He said, she said, they said

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

Reviewed: 29-10-14

Any additional comments?

Had so looked forward to this one, but for me it fell flat. No memorable characters, I just didn't give a dam about any of them,a boring story with little action that read like a bad Columbo episode set in future. The story felt rushed characters were under developed and it leaned more on murder mystery then sci fi.

Wil Wheatons narration was mundane there was no variation between character voices they all read the same and there where times during the narration he sounded bored, he could of read a Haynes manual with more emotion.

I remember thinking the story was coming to the end and checked the time remaining, my heart sunk when I saw It still have 2 hours to go.I really just wanted it to conclude and was relieved when the story did end and included a bonus novella. Now this I did enjoy. My advice forget the main story, and fast forward to the novella much more enjoyable with decent narration.
Novella..
Overall ****
Performance ****
Narration ****

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Thirst for Vengeance

  • The Ashes Saga, Volume 1
  • By: Edward M. Knight
  • Narrated by: David Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

My name is Dagan. There are few alive with more blood on their hands than me. I have lived a life of degeneracy. I have studied the teachings of the dark mage Helosis and walked the path of the dead. I have been to the shadowrealm and emerged with my soul enact. I have challenged the Black Brotherhood and ridden with the Knights of Valamor as a brother-in-arms. I have spoken to Xune. I've killed indiscriminately - for money, for fame. For vengeance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read don't listen

  • By Karen on 29-09-14

Read don't listen

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

Any additional comments?

A decent enough story, worth the money for the Kindle version, for a quick read. Do not waste your audio credits on this one, the narration is, if anything unique! Does not do the story justice.

  • The Incorruptibles

  • By: John Hornor Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way up stream. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it - from raiders, bandits and, most of all, the stretchers, elf-like natives who kill any intruders into their territory. The mercenaries know this is dangerous, deadly work. But it is what they do. In the boat the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By Robyn on 03-08-16

Not your usual run of the mill Elf story!

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

Reviewed: 15-08-14

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed this book. A beautifully written grimdark style novel, with strange mix of wild west, and fantasy. Set in an almost alternative history,one that the author managed to so skillfully blend together that it seemed so right.

It's not hard to see where he got his inspiration from for the races. The Vaettir "elfs" were akin to native americans, and the Rumans with their roman like culture. Only they run around with demonic carbines! Although there are many familiar themes, and races, they have been presented in a whole new style from how we usually see them. Just brilliant. A great story, that took wee while to really kick in, while the author did bit of character building/scene setting, but when it does it goes with a bang.

My only complaint about this novel was that it was over too quick,so really hope the author intends to do a sequel, would love to hear more from Fisk and Shoe, think the world that John Hornor Jacobs has created has a lot of promise.

Narration hey its Steven Pacey its in safe hands :).

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Safari

  • Mountain Man, Book 2
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain since the demise of civilization, Gus knows that his next visit to undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Zombie addict? come get your fix.

  • By Karen on 13-08-14

Zombie addict? come get your fix.

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

Reviewed: 13-08-14

Any additional comments?

Been waiting a while for this one to come out on audible, I have been needing my Gus fix :)

The story continues right from where the last one finished of. and once again follows our intrepid hero on his day to day mission to survive zombies,depression and loneliness.

RC Bray's narration once again brings Gus to life in all his hard drinking, crotch scratching best, I love Keith Blackmores depiction of Gus not your unusual hero but a very credible one. And even amidst the blood,gore and Gus's mental descent he still manages to bring humour to the situation.

Won't say much more, but if you read the first one and enjoyed.You won't be disappointed with this one.

Now onto book 3 for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tower Lord

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

The realm burns. Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home. Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than book 1!

  • By Janine on 08-07-14

Super Sequel

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Any additional comments?

A brilliant follow up to Blood Song, which I also really enjoyed, though felt this one was a step up.

Unlike Blood Song, the author opted to write Tower Lord from four character viewpoints. I felt this really opened up the story and gave us an idea as to what was occurring in the rest of the realm. Which would not of been possible if he had followed the format from the first book.

Nicely paced story, that really draws you in, with lots of suspense and action, I really enjoyed following the stories of all four of the POV characters it was good to see Vaelin taking a small step back and giving others a chance to shine. And an introduction to a load of new and interesting secondary characters.

Great listen, didn't want it end, now just have to wait for book 3.

Once again Steven Brand did a cracking job with narration, he has a great voice for storytelling but I still feel bit let down by his lack of character "voices" Though I did find the multiple POV's made it easy to follow along with him this time.





  • Hollow World

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man, about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe, but faced with a terminal illness he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage. If it works, he could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative Futuristic Utopia

  • By Beanie on 26-04-14

Old school vibe

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

Reviewed: 20-07-14

Any additional comments?

An interesting take on the time travel genre, though the emphasis of the story is more on earth of the future then actual time travelling.

I found this book to be a quick and easy listen with a decent but not overwhelming story, it also touched on some interesting philosophical discussions.

I did like how the writer developed the two main characters "Ellis and Pax" Though thought Ellis's friend Warren's actions a bit questionable. Also felt there was a lot, maybe too many references to American pop culture, but all in all the story was enjoyable. It even managed to get me a bit emotional which doesn't happen often!

With a good solid performance by Jonathan Davis, I had no problem following the story, or working out who was talking.

A decent Thriller,Sci-fi, Fantasy, Murder mystery story with an old school vibe.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful