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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,845

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

A great follow up

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

They say about music that you have your whole life to write your first album and six months to write your second. How many groups have put out an awesome debut only to fade into mediocrity?
That thought was in my mind as I started Artemis - I need not have worried.
To be clear, this is not The Martian pt 2, but so many of the elements that made Wier’s first book so enjoyable are clearly there: the detailed hard S-F, the wise cracking central protagonist, the believability.
The performance (from Rosario Dawson of Daredevil fame) is excellent too.
If you enjoyed The Martian, this is well worth a listen.

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling and Engaging

  • By Katherine on 11-04-13

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I recently worked my way through all of Joe Abercrombie’s books (all excellent by the way) and have been looking for something to fill the gap they left.
Metro 2033 is great, well written, translated and performed - it effortlessly introduces the reader to a whole post apocalyptic society living in the Moscow Metro.
(Part of the time I spent listening to it I was in Bratislava and Budapest and the writing very nicely conveys the feeling of the Eastern European underground system).
I can’t wait to get into Metro 2034.

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919

Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low down dirty double crossing ...

  • By Stuart on 08-02-13

Truly excellent.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

A fantastic book, with a great performance.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this tale of horrible people doing unspeakable things to each other. The ensemble cast of characters is well handled and the story has plenty of pace. Every chapter closes leaving you wanting more.
Overall I would give this 9.9 out of 10. It would be 10/10, but for the narrator's pronunciation of "grimace", which he reads as grim-ace, rather than grim-us (there is plenty of grimacing going on in this book!) :-)

  • Phoenix Rising

  • A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
  • By: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very unexpected

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-01-14

OK

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There is far too much in this book that is utterly anachronistic - turns of phrase and general behaviour and attitudes of the central protagonists being the main problems.

Would you be willing to try another one of James Langton’s performances?

It piqued my curiosity enough to try the next in the series.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The central premise is interesting - it is basically a Victorian X-Files (but without the supernatural)

Any additional comments?

Not terrible, but there is some far better steam-punk about - Alan K Baker, Mark Hodder and Chris Wooding all spring to mind.

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  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 785

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This virus really infected me!

  • By Samuel on 08-11-11

Stephenson strikes gold!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I should probably start this review by stating that Snow Crash is one of my favourite novels, but I haven't read anything by Stephenson since that came out 20 years ago.



This book is so good in so many ways.

It is long enough to let the story fully develop and not leave you wanting more.

Much in the manner of Snow Crash, all the plot strands come together to make a very satisfying finale.

It manages to be both serious and funny at the same time.



It is worth remembering that if this had been written 20 years ago it would have been classed as SF, now it fits into the techno thriller genre and does so very well indeed.

The Daylight War: Demon Trilogy, Book 3 cover art
  • The Daylight War: Demon Trilogy, Book 3

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 26 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

On the night of a new moon all shadows deepen. Humanity has 30 days to prepare for the next demon attack, but one month is scarcely enough time to train a village to defend themselves, let alone an entire continent caught in the throes of civil war. Arlen Bales understands the coreling threat better than anyone. Born ordinary, the demon plague has shaped him into a weapon so powerful he has been given the unwanted title of saviour, and attracted the attention of deadly enemies both above and below ground.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • OH NO!!

  • By Nik on 27-02-13

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This is the third volume in the trilogy that began with The Painted Man.

The level of detail that the author manages to bring to his world continues to impress, as does the depth of characterisation; as the cover illustration suggests, much new insight is given to the Krajian women behind the throne.

There is also plenty of detail given about the training of the desert warriors.

The story progresses apace and by the end I am simply left wanting more.



This volume has a new reader, but I did not feel that this detracted in any way from the recording.

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