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  • Broken Homes

  • Rivers of London, Book 4
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the best-seller list with his superb London crime series - a unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil: an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his caseload.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic and Mayhem...

  • By Sharon on 28-07-13

enjoyable series

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

enjoyable enough with entertaining characters but the books do tend to come to an anticlimax, for example the roof-top showdown felt like the end of a chapter not the end of the book.

I will carry on with the series though

  • The Retreat Series

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Craig DiLouie, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

This set includes the first three audiobooks from the Retreat series: Pandemic, Slaughterhouse, and Die Laughing

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • very average,

  • By duncan miller on 09-07-18

very average,

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Firstly Rc Bray puts in another fine performance, unfortunately the material is a little lacking.
After listening through the first 3 books in 4 sittings I could not tell you one characters name, they're all quite shallow, I just could not get a feel for any of them.

Every time any character has any sort of back story (the ex ranger police officer for example) it's a indication that they are going to die whereas the main protagonists (Lee I think and the woman with broken teeth) have about as much back story as a star trek red shirt.

The books come across as if they've been abridged, it really feels like chapters have been missed out, when the first book ended I had to check to see if I had only downloaded half the book

Going to give the rest of the series a miss

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack 3
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 959

This publisher's pack contains Sanctuary (book 5) and Rebellion (book 6) of the After It Happened series. Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness that swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

  • By Simon on 20-02-18

post apocalypse with a stiff upper lip

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

Where does After It Happened rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If you enjoyed the Mountain Man or Arisen books you'll enjoy this. I particularly enjoyed the unique British humour and sensibilities that Devon Ford captured. These books are not meant as world class literature but they are great entertainment and well worth a read / listen

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

R.C Bray is probably the best (or at least top 3) performers working in audiobooks, how he manages to portray the gruffest of British soldiers in one sentence and switch to a teenage girl in the next to a psychopathic foreign soldier the breath after is beyond me, his ability to bring every character to life in such a way you can almost picture them just from his performance makes me search out every book he's performed

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

The epilogue of the final instalment really brought a lump to my throat, the books aren't perfect but the emotions the epilogue brought forth made me realise how much I'd enjoyed them and how much the central characters had touched me

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,262
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,239

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

how could this be bad?

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

The classic stories of Conan Doyle read by Stephen Fry a, consummate performer, who obviously has huge love for the work

  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set, Books 4–6

  • Extinction Evolution, Extinction End, and Extinction Aftermath
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 32 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Central Command is gone, the military is fractured, and the surviving members of Team Ghost, led by Master Sergeant Reed Beckham, have been pushed to the breaking point. While the strong return to the battlefield, the wounded are forced to stay behind on Plum Island and fight their inner demons. Betrayed by the country they swore to defend and surrounded by enemies on all sides, Team Ghost has one mission left: protect Dr. Kate Lovato and Dr. Pat Ellis while they develop a weapon to defeat the Variants once and for all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • really depressing and to sad.

  • By ian coates on 29-05-18

obsessed with freckles and redheads

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Nicolas Smith seems to have a fetish for redheads and freckles at least 5 characters are described as freckled faced with 3 of them being redheads.
The story clips along well enough and is entertaining even if Reed Beckham seems a little too soppy to be the leader of the best delta force team in the US military.
Bronson makes most of the female characters come across as overly emotional whining messes always on the verge of tears which is understandable for kids but must missrepresent how Smith wrote the adults
overall it's an entertaining enough series that I'm going to finish

  • Men at Arms

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,780

The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving! These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they've been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, shame about the audio quality

  • By Daniel on 11-05-12

classic prattchett read badly

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

nigel planer is a great comic actor but has completely messed up the characters. Anguea, one of Sir Terrys most intelligent and compelling characters comes across terribly.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

great find

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

Reviewed: 30-03-17

loved the story and the narration, skippy is the cherry on top, would really recommend.

  • Deathmatch

  • Arisen, Book 11
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Humanity's most fearsome enemy is no longer death. Alpha and Marsoc meet their match. Lurking in the bush is the dark shadow cast by the operators - a terrifying force every bit their equal in skill, ferocity, and sheer resolve...but utterly unconstrained by humanity, compassion, or brotherhood. Now, to complete their mission and save the world, the operators will have to pay with their lives, or their souls, or possibly both.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wtf is up with Spetsnaz

  • By Anonymous User on 14-08-17

Please, finish already

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

The writing and story are still enjoyable but it's beginning to drag. this instalment should have been longer, progressing the story more, unfortunately book 11 feels like filler.

Arisen should be a 12 book series but it looks like the author or publisher is rather clinically (greedily) pushing it to 13, 14, 16? books

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,528

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

A mess of stereotypes and sci-fi tropes

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Plot points are telegraphed from miles out, horrible unsympathetic characters and stupid ending.

I have trouble believing Zac, a whiney self centered 17 year old would have been allowed to stay in the military but as his conspiracy theorist, man child of a father is a highly decorated general I guess the earth defence alliance doesn't bother with psychological testing.

Add to this the alien collective forgiving the actions of the rest of the human race after Zac stops the doomsday weapon at the end and the clumsy set-up for a sequel in the epilogue had me saying "this is stupid"

The saving grace for this is Wil Wheaton's performance, though his Carl Sagan sounds more like George Takai.

  • The Breakers Omnibus

  • Books 1-3 and Prequel Novella
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 42 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Books 1-3 and the prequel novella of the Breakers series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hamming it up

  • By duncan miller on 21-01-16

Hamming it up

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

Reviewed: 21-01-16

I enjoyed the story, seeing a major world event from the perspective of different characters was very interesting but it was quite obvious from the outset that each thread would come together and interact later in the book.

My problem was with the narrator, he sounded like he was doing an impression of captain kirk in the style of Adam West, over the top hammy voice acting, his intonation made one charater (a quite likeable guy) sound like a slimy creep.
Luckily in the later books he seemed to tone it down and was bearable towards the end.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful