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  • Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

  • By: Temi Oh
  • Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58

A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, 10 astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives. It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no-one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are We Nearly There Yet?

  • By Simon on 11-01-19

Listenable, but flawed

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Firstly, I could have done with it saying somewhere in the description that it's a book for teenagers or young adults as I believe they're called now. That way I'd have been far less disappointed with the sketchy characterisation and simplistic development.
Once you realise it's a kids book, then the stereotypes and standard tropes make more sense and the book transforms from a vaguely irritating listen to a middling one.
On that basis it just about stays the right side of silly (were it a proper hard science fiction novel it would cross the line into downright ludicrous.)
That said, the narrator does a passable job of bringing two dimensional characters to life and it's nice for a change to see a publisher promote a book that's not written by or read by white middle aged men.

  • Cibola Burn

  • Book 4 of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They replaced the "bad" narrator with the good one

  • By Finlay on 22-06-18

Good story, awful awful narration.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Dear God, but the narrator was terrible. Fist-gnawingly, Hair-tearingly awful. Worse even than John Lee (who makes every story sound like he's auditioning for an amateur Shakespeare production.)
This joker just thinks he's Captain Kirk. Had to listen to it on 1.25x speed just to ameliorate the terrible random pauses in the narration.
Seriously. Just read the book. This will make your ears hurt.
Otherwise a decent story. Typical Expanse novel, full of action and goodies vs baddies.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • 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 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739

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

Decent story. Needs editing.

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

Reviewed: 20-01-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's a decent story with some interesting ideas.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The concept itself is pretty interesting. And the delivery on the premise is plausibly written within the strictures of the story.
I wasn't completely sold on the logical leaps made by the protagonist, but that's a minor point.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was surprisingly good. Especially considering the author did it himself rather than a professional voice artist. Needs editing though.

Any additional comments?

From about half way through, there are a large number lines repeated more than once. This has the effect of throwing the reader out of the story somewhat. It's not the end of the world, but some (I guess) proof listening wouldn't have gone amiss.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful