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  • The Cruel Stars

  • Ark Royal, Book 11
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

The Royal Navy never expected to fight a full-scale interstellar war. Everyone knew the Great Powers would never risk everything on armed conflict when there was plenty of room for everyone in outer space. But when a hostile alien force stumbles across humanity's handful of colony worlds, the Great Powers must set aside their differences and fight to preserve humanity from utter destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good plot, shame about everything else

  • By Poppey on 04-04-18

Parallel to Book 1

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

This book starts just before Book 1 in the Ark Royal series and continues through parallel to the first Ark Royal book.

You follow the crew of a freighter captain who's ship is conscripted into the Navy as an escort carrier. This ship never crosses paths with Ark Royal at any point but fights in it's own engagements in systems near to where Ark Royal is deployed.

Interesting story that on the whole I did enjoy. Nothing much to wright home about though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: Current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated reentry to the atmosphere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Opportunity Missed?

  • By Simon on 18-10-15

Great Idea... Poor Ending

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

The headline says it all really. I was greatly enjoying this book and the way the story was being developed, the detail and thought that was put into the whole process of tackling 'the fire'. And then, it ended! I don't know if it's because I've become used to books coming in 'trilogies' and so authors take their time in telling the story and completing the saga. But this book felt like only half a book to me, and the story left unfinished.

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Neil on 04-08-15

"Yes Minister" in the Future taken to Space

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

Before you get the wrong idea this book can in no way be classed as a comedy. Don't get me wrong there were some amusing moments in it but it is probably not something that you'll find yourself laughing at.

It is like "Yes Minister" and "Yes Prime Minister" in that in theory the Civil Service does not run the country in the UK, but, in a way, they kinda do really.

Very interesting and enjoyable book that kept me interested and looking forward to continuing right up until the end. In a way you could also say its a very cynical look at the worlds politics.

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,928

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stumbled across this 'plying' beauty

  • By M.Brad on 11-04-17

Really Funny

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I hesitated to get this book due to some of the other reviews but I'm so glad I did.

I haven't enjoyed a book as much as this one for a long time. It is sci-fi 👍 it has a well thought out story 👍 it's really really funny 👍 at least I thought it was.

My wife enjoys watching red dwarf, not going out and maranda. I feel if you enjoy these TV comedies you'll probably enjoy this book. A lot of very dry humer.

I don't understand why people had a problem with the author narrating the book as well. I thought he did a decent job.

  • The Longest Day

  • Ark Royal, Book 10
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

The first major alien offensive against Earth has been blunted, winning humanity time to deploy new weapons and prepare new tactics as Earth's space navies prepare to take the offensive. But the enigmatic aliens have plans of their own - a full-scale attack on Earth that will either win the war in a single stroke or lose it. The stakes have never been so high. The fate of humanity itself is in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Mr A Clennell on 01-12-17

This is more Ark Royal 2.5 than 10

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I have enjoyed listening to this book. That being said none of the story is needed or adds anything much to the ark royal story as a whole.

The book covers the 24 hour period during which the Tadpoles invade the solar system and manage to bombard earth in the crossfire. It ties up some loose ends that didn't really need tying. It give a bit more insight into how Mr Nuttall invisioned the Tadpoles mentality as being which was interesting.

The book then jumps a little forward to ark royals return from it's 'Nelson Touch' deployment into enemy space and the political leaders arguing about the future war plans that we know about from book 3, the Trafalgar gambit.

All in all, good book, but not adding much to the story as a whole.

  • Terradox

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

When a sudden impact sends a spacecraft bound for a distant research station hurtling toward a previously unseen and inexplicable planet, responsibility for the safety of its passengers immediately falls on Ivy 'Holly' Wood, a former poster child of the public space program now fleeing Earth's tyrannical leadership. The mysterious planet's startlingly Earth-like atmosphere initially breeds optimism among Holly's group of stranded survivors, but before long it becomes clear that Earth's rules don't apply.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Falconer has landed!

  • By Fiona on 02-07-17

Good Book... Not as good as his 1st

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

Reviewed: 16-10-17

Before I start I would like to say that this is a very good book and I've only dropped it one star on the story rating because this is a well written book with a very good story that keeps you engaged all the way through.

I got this book because Mr Falconer's first book (Not Allan) was outstanding. It had some plot twists that I found completely unexpected and I loved the book from start to finish.

This book feels like it was maybe finished to hit a deadline given by the publishers. It has plot twists but most of them I picked up on from the very first clue... And yes, I mean the very first clue... It took chapters and chapters for the main characters to catch up with me. There was only one or two twists that I saw much closer to the reveal but nothing that really kept me on my toes.

So in shot, a good book that you will enjoy if you love Sci-Fi like me, but unfortunately falls short of his first work.

Still looking forward to Mr Falconer's next book ;-)

  • Kantovan Vault

  • Spiral Wars, Book 3
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

The UFS Phoenix is on a mission to find a lost data-core that may contain the secret to defeating the alo-deepynine alliance. But the means to find the data-core is hidden deep in tavalai space, in a highest-security vault where the tavalai's manipulative State Department keep all their most treacherous secrets. To recover it, Phoenix must pull off the most daring heist the Spiral has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We come in peace.... Shoot to kill, Shoot to kill

  • By UnwashedMonkey on 26-02-18

Best Sci-Fi Series Yet!!

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Now... I've listened to the first 3 books in this series in one go so I cant remember with any certainty where each book ended and the next began.

For this reason I'm just going to review the 3 as a whole and post the same review for all 3 as they are essentially the same brilliant story.

This story starts right at the end of a 160 year long interstellar war. Earth had been lost and mankind was out for revenge! But now they are celebrating winning the war.

The story follows the crew of one of the newest warships given to mankind by their alien allies.

Now if you don't mind finding out what happens in the first few chapters read on... if you do stop here... you'll love these books.

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Very quickly the crew of this ship find out there's a bad smell at the top of mankind's leadership and get themselves branded as renegades!

It follows the ship and crew as they flee through space with no friends, no allies, and nowhere safe to go, as they try to both clear their names and expose the military's top brass. They soon find themselves embroiled in something much bigger than anyone had ever expected and the lines between their enemies and allies quickly gets blurred.

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,014

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Really?..... REALLY?!?!

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Where to start?

The biggest problem with this book is I found it virtually impossible to care about any of the main characters.

First we're expected to believe a professional assassin working for Her Majesties government has a pang of conscience after over 130 kills and wants out.

Then we have to believe the organisation he works for is happy to let him run around London doing his own thing instead of letting him go to his retirement home 6 feet under!

He then tries to 'make amends' by helping a youngster avoid becoming a gang banger... never mind he already IS one.

While 'helping' he manages to get several people killed and others sent to hospital, at lest 2 of whom are 'good' people.

Then in the final show down he makes so many tactical errors and does so many stupid things it makes it really REALLY hard to believe he could possibly have successfully 'eliminated' over 130 people without getting himself 'retiered' earlier!

All in all... don't wast your time with this. Honestly DON'T!!

  • Drysine Legacy

  • Spiral Wars, Book 2
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

The legendary battle-carrier UFS Phoenix is on the run in Outer Neutral Space. Lieutenant Commander Erik Debogande and Major Trace Thakur are determined to use neutral territory to broker a peace between humanity's warring factions, away from Fleet's strong arm. But as machinations in Fleet Command send a legendary warrior from Trace's past on a sworn path to kill her, there arises in the territory of an insectoid foe an ancient enemy from the nightmares of Spiral history, bent on Phoenix's destruction….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stocking good read. A real page turner!

  • By Mike on 01-06-16

Best Sci-Fi Series Yet!!

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Now... I've listened to the first 3 books in this series in one go so I cant remember with any certainty where each book ended and the next began.

For this reason I'm just going to review the 3 as a whole and post the same review for all 3 as they are essentially the same brilliant story.

This story starts right at the end of a 160 year long interstellar war. Earth had been lost and mankind was out for revenge! But now they are celebrating winning the war.

The story follows the crew of one of the newest warships given to mankind by their alien allies.

Now if you don't mind finding out what happens in the first few chapters read on... if you do stop here... you'll love these books.

-------------

Very quickly the crew of this ship find out there's a bad smell at the top of mankind's leadership and get themselves branded as renegades!

It follows the ship and crew as they flee through space with no friends, no allies, and nowhere safe to go, as they try to both clear their names and expose the military's top brass. They soon find themselves embroiled in something much bigger than anyone had ever expected and the lines between their enemies and allies quickly gets blurred.

  • Renegade

  • Spiral Wars, Book 1
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

One thousand years after Earth was destroyed in an unprovoked attack, humanity has emerged victorious from a series of terrible wars to assure its place in the galaxy. But during celebrations on humanity’s new Homeworld, the legendary Captain Pantillo of the battle carrier Phoenix is court-martialed then killed, and his deputy, Lieutenant Commander Erik Debogande, the heir to humanity’s most powerful industrial family, is framed with his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Peter Richardson on 05-02-16

Best Sci-Fi Series Yet!!

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Now... I've listened to the first 3 books in this series in one go so I cant remember with any certainty where each book ended and the next began.

For this reason I'm just going to review the 3 as a whole and post the same review for all 3 as they are essentially the same brilliant story.

This story starts right at the end of a 160 year long interstellar war. Earth had been lost and mankind was out for revenge! But now they are celebrating winning the war.

The story follows the crew of one of the newest warships given to mankind by their alien allies.

Now if you don't mind finding out what happens in the first few chapters read on... if you do stop here... you'll love these books.

-------------

Very quickly the crew of this ship find out there's a bad smell at the top of mankind's leadership and get themselves branded as renegades!

It follows the ship and crew as they flee through space with no friends, no allies, and nowhere safe to go, as they try to both clear their names and expose the military's top brass. They soon find themselves embroiled in something much bigger than anyone had ever expected and the lines between their enemies and allies quickly gets blurred.