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  • The Pacific

  • By: Hugh Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Historian Hugh Ambrose deepens the experience of the HBO miniseries The Pacific - revealing the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot and producing a powerful blend of first-person immediacy and historical perspective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Making sense of history in the Pacific

  • By Mark on 31-05-10

flat narration

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I hoped this would be a great follow up to the mini series and it kind of is in terms of information but unfortunately the narrator just does not do a very good job at making the story. it seems like nothing more than a list of words to be read out in the same flat tone no matter what is being said. It's a shame because it is a story and could be told as one, but this has all the excitement of listening to an autoread pdf document, no change in tone etc. kind of just a list of information, not at all what I'd hoped for.

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly well performed

  • By Lyndsey T. on 16-02-16

Too many narrators

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

The story is good, and each chapter is more or less from the viewpoint of one of the characters which i thought was a great way to tell it. I can see why that would lead to the idea of each chapter having it's own narrator. The problem is when one of the characters from the other chapters has some dialogue, with a now new narrator, then maybe back to the original narrator next chapter then another narrator the next time, all for the same character there are 3 narrators. It just didn't work for me and it made it hard to keep track of the characters till quite some way into the story. I'm a one narrator kind of audiobook listener I guess, it's not unbearable but it is quite irritating and I'd not repeat this type of listen.

  • Kill ’Em All

  • By: John Niven
  • Narrated by: Tom Riley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Kill 'Em All by John Niven, read by Tom Riley. The long-awaited sequel to Kill Your Friends. It is 2017 - the time of Trump, Brexit and fake news. And time for the return of Steven Stelfox, exactly 20 years on from his Britpop heyday. Now 47 and rich beyond the dreams of avarice, Stelfox works only occasionally as a music industry ‘consultant’. A fixer. A problem solver. He’s had a call from his old friend James Trellick, now president of Unigram, one of the largest record companies in America....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stelfox is back - Big time!

  • By John Buckingham on 22-10-18

He's back, he's bad, he's brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Steven Stelfox and a few of the old gang - now older, wiser, meaner and richer than ever. The best bunch of anti hero's all rolled into one book. He is a horrible man, truly horrible man, but I do just love to hear all of his horrible thoughts and deeds. Laughed at so many parts in the book. I was sitting in my flat, listening to this book and it was like Stelfox was looking right at me when he came out with my favourite lines in the book - even though he actually called me a "Catch Up Next Tuesday" (You'll get it when you listen.) That said, he thinks all of us tolers are, so I didn't take it to personally. Oh, so if you're easily offended, possibly even not so easily offended...... You may find the main character a bit offensive, it is why he is so good to listen to. He even managed a derogatory line about my home town in Scotland - He's superb! My first review I have written in over a year having decided to quit writing reviews.... This one really made made me want to say how much I enjoyed the book and the others by the Author. There are 2 books prior to this in the Stelfox Series and really recommend those too, along with the others by the Author on Audible all of which I have in library.

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

Enjoyed this story so much, Perfect listen.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

This is the book I have been looking for, for a long while, got utterly hooked into this story and just love that feeling of finding a really comfortable listen to look forward to. Difficult to describe without spoilers, but the concept is just brilliant and works so well. Covers so many ideas which could have been difficult to get your mind around and makes it all just seem so clear and easy to understand. All put together into a really vivid story line, with characters I really cared about, everything here I want in story. I would love to have imagination and ability to put the ideas explored in this book into words, what a talent to have. Absolutely perfect book for me and recommend it completely as a great listen. One small note which was not a problem at all, I played the story at 0.85 speed as I personally found the narration was just slightly fast for me, I would recommend that speed if you find the same. I am so glad the app has this option. That said, Luke Smitherd narrated this book fantastically well and has a very easy to listen to voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Good old fashioned Ghost Story...

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Like a mug of hot chocolate in front of a log fire on a sheep skin rug..... Good story telling all round and well read. Perfect, just seems like a classic old tale. I have had a bit of a break from audio books in the past year and this one was just the ideal book to come back to and hit all the buttons I needed to have me madly searching audible for the next thing that was going to engross me and make me happy to just have the time to sit back and listen to a great story being told to me very well. Thank you for this one :) Very memorable this one will stick with me and I will listen again I am sure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • SpaceMan

  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Clayton Shepard is 249 miles above Earth when the lights go out. He has no communication, limited power, and an unbreakable will to survive. His one goal: find his way back to his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One for the newbies?

  • By Martin on 23-02-17

One for the newbies?

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

I love post apocalyptic fiction and I know its hard to not tread well trodden paths...... If I had listened to this at a future point when the full series is complete, I expect I would possibly have downloaded and listened to about the 3rd or 4th in the series of ten - just out of interest and then probably lost interest.... Actually this could be set in several series of post apocalyptic stories I have already done this with. It is not that this is a bad book at all, in fact if this was my first listen to the genre I would have loved it and been really keen for more, if you have not listened to a lot of post apocalyptic fiction and are interested - you will love it. If like me you have listened to many variations of the apocalypse, this one is a gap filler but nothing new here, I may possible download the next 1 or 2 but having been here before really I probably wont...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the World Running Club

  • By: Adrian J. Walker
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Do the impossible or lose your family forever.... Edgar Hill, unsympathetic husband and halfhearted father, finds himself in a hopeless situation. Despite all his best efforts, he hasn't managed to keep his family together. In fact they are further from him than ever - 550 miles, to be precise. And in a world near annihilated by a terrible disaster, leaving the UK harsh and brutal, uncrossable by car or bike, his journey to find his loved ones will be fraught with challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great British PA fiction

  • By William L Belfield on 28-03-17

Post apocalypse UK ...and running

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

Enjoyable listen and finally i get to travel the length of Scotland and England in a post apocalypse story, having always wondered when I listen to any what would be happening here. the main character I related to very much, from his childhood daydreams to his thoughts on exercise. The narrator was superb but one minor issue was with any parts where characters shouted, the narrator actually shouted too, which occasionally was a bit too loud but did add to the atmosphere i guess, just made me jump a couple of times! Some of the characters met along on the way were extremely memorable and very well portrayed by the narrator, very hopeful for a sequel to this one. Some laugh out loud moments and some sad moments too. Was just exactly the book I was hoping it to be from the description

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,970
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,822

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Listened in 2 days.....

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

Reviewed: 22-09-16

Best book I have listened to this year. I am not sure why the description did not really draw me to this book before but so glad I eventually gave in to curiosity. I am a big fan of online gaming, star trek, sci fi fantasy etc etc... so I am probably a bit nerdy I guess and I think it most definitely helps with this book. I enjoyed so much in this one, the 80's nostalgia mixed with the dystopian future just worked so well. Having Will Wheaton narrate this book was fantastic and made me smile a lot in certain places that it was him narrating, I am pretty sure he smiled himself at certain parts too whilst narrating. Aside from the fun part of him being narrator for obvious reasons he is actually a superb narrator and did such a good job with this, I would not hesitate to listen to him narrate anything. Love this story and everything about it.

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Physics of the Dead

  • A Supernatural Mystery Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 987

The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Simply no Formula for Luke Smitherd!

  • By Simon on 04-03-16

Very Enjoyable, great story easy to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

Great story, very well narrated and full of clever ideas. Kept me entertained and guessing. The characters were very like able and believable, the story and plot were well very thought out and where things were going was never obvious. Easily a sequel and prequel here and I hope maybe there is in future.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Djinni

  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899. Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free - an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By AnneDriscoll on 29-01-15

Wonderful tale.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

A great story, narrated well and thought out amazingly well. Usually I have a vague idea of where a story is going and there is a bit of a path you can see - this one not at all, could not see where it was going and enjoyed the journey very very much. Enjoyable, no gore, no bad language loveable and somehow very innocent main characters. Quite uplifting in a way.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful