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  • The Voyage of Sable Keech

  • The Spatterjay Series: Book 2
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Sable Keech is a walking dead man. Was he resurrected because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus, or it took place late in a tank of seawater? Taylor Bloc wants to know the truth. He also wants more – adulation, power, control – and will go to any lengths to achieve them. An ancient hive mind has sent an agent to this uncertain world. Does it merely want to obtain the poison 'sprine' that is crucial to immortality? Erlin, still faced with the ennui of immortality, is interrupted by an angry whelkus titanicus, and begins a strange journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent sequel

  • By Huw Evans on 22-07-15

More classic Asher goodness

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Was a great continuation of the original story - set 10 years after the Skinner - with the right amount of change to Spatterjay life to make it a plausible return Oceanside to the planet.

Hooper humour was there as always a long with many familiar faces. Apart from one obvious twist the story weaves its way to a big finish once again, couldn't stop listening as I reached the finish.

I don't know if it could be considered as good without having first read The Skinner but who apart from a corrupted war drone would consider reading book 2 first !

Already bought book 3 which is the best compliment I can give it.

Since my trip to the little Flint am definitely now a fully reincarnated Asher fan !!!

  • The Skinner

  • The Spatterjay Series: Book 1
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

The savage ocean planet of Spatterjay draws visitors with very different agendas. Erlin is immortal and seeks a reason to keep living. Janer hosts a hive mind, which paid him to find this planet. And Keech is an agent of Earth who’s been dead for 700 years – but still hunts a notorious criminal. On Spatterjay’s vast waterscapes, only the Old Captains risk the native life forms and their voracious appetites. However, they are now barely human. And somewhere out there Keech’s target – the Skinner – runs wild. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class horror Sci-Fi

  • By Christopher on 01-12-11

Pratchett-esque humour and imagination - loved it!

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

Reviewed: 20-02-15

Listened to the engineer first (read in American voice) and was intrigued enough to give it a go. Was completely surprised upon listening to this though due to English narrator - the nuances of English accents made this so much funnier to listen to.

The plot line leading up to a crescendo, the quirky characters and humour, and the clearly thought out universe of the polity and beyond make this an absolute 5* read, particularly for UK listeners. I'm a complete convert and cannot wait to listen to more Neil Asher !!!

  • The Engineer ReConditioned

  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Mysterious aliens...ruthless terrorists...androids with attitude...genetic manipulation...punch-ups with lasers...giant spaceships...what more do you want? A collection by the author of Gridlinked, The Skinner, In the Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, and The Voyage of the Sable Keech.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Sci-Fi Storytelling, need more of this !

  • By Bodosa on 04-10-14

Fantastic Sci-Fi Storytelling, need more of this !

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

If you could sum up The Engineer ReConditioned in three words, what would they be?

Old school, humorous, engaging.

What other book might you compare The Engineer ReConditioned to, and why?

Its a tricky one, I think I would be drawn towards sci-fi/fantasy books I read as a child/teenager, Asher walks the line between both. The first story was quite stark and reminded me of Alien the movie (not a bad thing). After that it cheered up a bit, and amongst other things, for me it actually conjours up images and experiences of playing borderlands and fallout 3 PS3/Xbox games, in that the storytelling at times is tongue in cheek and pokes fun at conventions. It also has the classic god-like space traveller appearing throughout its stories, leaving me wanting to read more of these books to learn more about his origins.

Did Todd McLaren do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Generally alright, the best thing I can say is his voices never got in the way of the story, which probably means actually he did a pretty good job.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Difficult to answer because its a collection of shorter stories. but I'll try :0The Universe, Re-Engineered

Any additional comments?

Yes, I listen to my audiobooks on the move either on foot or in the car, and often am not able to eperate my generic audio playing device. This means I need clear audio breaks to signify the ending of a story and the start of the next. There were times listening to this when i was thrown with the abrupt conclusion of a story wandering into the start of the next which is why I scored the performance down (so not a reflection of the reader per se). A real shame as otherwise I probably would have scored this a 5.

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  • The Forever Watch

  • By: David Ramirez
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

The Noah: a city-sized ship, half-way through an 800-year voyage to another planet. In a world where deeds, and even thoughts, cannot be kept secret, a man is murdered; his body so ruined that his identity must be established from DNA evidence. Within hours, all trace of the crime is swept away, hidden as though it never happened. Hana Dempsey, a mid-level bureaucrat genetically modified to use the Noah's telepathic internet, begins to investigate.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Average Watch

  • By GhostMuppet on 04-06-14

Good story with some great sequences, smart ending

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

Reviewed: 14-09-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Forever Watch to be better than the print version?

Probably on a par, but a great listen for long distance journeys.

What did you like best about this story?

The initial setup and reveal was very interesting and full of suspense, and the very end was smart and right up there with great SF finishes.

What about Helen Johns’s performance did you like?

First book I've listened to with a female lead and female voiced. Very interesting as most books I read are male orientated, featuring males as lead, so was very refreshing. this same reasoning made it seem odd at first but actually once i got over my own potential sexism, i thought the performance was very good and emotions ranged in synch with the story excellently. Would look for her voice again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the loss in the middle. Cant say more than that without giving it away.

Any additional comments?

Very ambitious novel from an author I've not read before. Some sequences of it were gripping and a brilliant read. The end third lost it way a bit compared to what was a fantastic first half, but it was made up for by a very smart and elegant finish.