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  • Retribution Falls

  • By: Chris Wooding
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships, and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Basically a steampunk Firefly :)

  • By Beccameriel on 26-06-13

Brace for sky pirates adventures. A good listen.

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

Not sure what is it about this steampunk fantasy book packed with adventures... Of tales of sky pirates, political plots, treachery, love affairs and rum, a lot of rum. This has it all, the plot is fast-paced and simple, and it works! This book reminds me about Scott Lynch’s ‘Lies of Locke Lamora’, however it’s an easier to follow read without the complex and intertwined events, yet it makes for a truly entertaining yard. Packed with side stories of main characters, golums, demons and treasures, this book will win your heart from the very first pages.

Rupert Degas narration is outstanding. The characters and action come to life and couldn’t hope for more from the performance.

The only let down is that there are no more books from the series available on audible, however this book is worth a listen as a stand-alone.

  • High-Rise

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 848

From the author of the Sunday Times best seller Cocaine Nights comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing Fable

  • By G. K. Lowell on 14-05-15

Well-narrated mayhem, not sure about the story.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

On paper I really liked the concept of this book. I expected intrigue, intelligent dialogue and interwoven stories of individuals who are forced to interact with each other while sharing the same apartment block. However, I think the author took it a step too far. I just can’t imagine a mass of intelligent people located in the same building going wild and breaking the law at the same time in the circumstances they were put in. It’s just not believable enough for me.

Tom Hiddlestone narration is great and made me continue to listen to this audiobook. I don’t think he was able to reach his full potential reading this story, which for me wasn’t convincing and interesting enough. I hope I come across more books read by him.

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166

Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%. Week Two: Civilization has crumbled. Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another dystopian novel

  • By Rosalynde on 20-07-15

Peaceful darkness & joy of the read.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

If you think this book is of a Sci-Fi genre, well it is. But it is also evocative, full of emotions, down to earth and will leave you thinking. This post-apocalyptic view of the world shown through the eyes of ordinary, yet complex individuals is melancholic, dark and yet somehow hopeful. The author shows that there are two sides to people, there is darkness which is part of the humanity and there is compassion and love, and the need to carry on no matter what obstacles you come across on the footpath of life.

Jack Hawkins does a good job with the narration. He gives the events in the book softness and gives you space to absorb all the emotions and connect with the main characters.
It’s an enjoyable stand alone listen, well-worth loosing yourself in the story.

  • The Empire of Ashes

  • The Draconis Memoria, Book 3
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 23 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

The White Drake's army has cut a bloody swathe across the world, leaving nothing but ash in its wake. Thousands of innocents have died beneath its blades, and countless more will surely follow. Only small-time criminal Claydon Torcreek and master spy Lizanne Lethridge - along with their ragtag band of allies - stand between the White Drake's fury and the world's end. To save the future, they must delve into the past - and unravel a timeless mystery that might just turn the tide once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fine Ending to the Series

  • By Nick on 21-10-18

Dangerous & wonderful magic in the dragons world.

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

A satisfying wrap up to a well-written trilogy. Anthony Ryan has done a great job.
His magic system with dragons is just astonishing. The complexity of war, politics, intrigue and the magic of dragon blood was keeping me satisfied till the very last pages. The way the author is able to draw the reader into the action at different parts of his fantasy world is terrific and makes this read so much more engaging, yet without over complicating the plot.
This book stands out from the shelf of fantasy books of a similar genre. What a great writing style!
So why four stars? Although on paper everything was there and the magic, and events were so well developed, I felt that I didn’t fall in love with the characters. The heroes have just not grown enough for me. There were emotions and hinting at what might happen next, but there could have been so much more...

Steve West does a fair job. He is is trying to give characters their own unique voices and I really wanted to loose myself in this listen, but he just doesn’t have the magic that Anthony Ryan has spread. One more time, a different narrator could make this audiobook so much more enjoyable and powerful.

  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, original and fantastic narration

  • By Laura Brand on 09-05-18

Don’t loose your head!

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

John Scalzi has almost created a recipe for the perfect book in here. FBI agents: Chris and Vann are running an investigation looking into a mysterious death that would make Holmes and Watson proud. It all takes place in the near future, with just a few sci-fi themes. The book focuses on the interrrogation of witnesses and explores your moral views through the ‘Haden’s syndrome’ concept, letting your imagination run wild. If that isn’t enough, the sarcastic humour and interactions between the agents show a character and skilful writing style of the author. Truly entertaining.

Wil Wheaton’s narration is splendid. The charisma he puts into the story is rare and makes a fantastic audiobook. Perhaps he draws his energy from his beard... and I hope he keeps on performing more books.

  • Wrath of Empire

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

 The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not. Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michael may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Gareth on 12-10-18

Mr McClellan ‘STYKEs’ again. Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Brian McClellan has set a bar so high with his previous novels, that I was a touch nervous whether this next book in the sequel will keep me interested. One more time he showed that the long wait for this second book in the series was worth it. You do need to read previous book to make the sense out of the events.

The author takes us back to the Powder Mage world, which is both explosive and fantastic. He further develops layers of complex political intrigue indespersed with events full of action and leaves you flipping the pages with glee abandon.

Yet again, the characters are well-developed and he slowly reveals more details about their personalities, past and motives. Ben Stykes, Vlora Flint and Michel Brevis will keep you entertained and their story arcs won’t disappoint.

All of this is set on the military field making you think that it’s just a ‘big dance of gunpowder’ until the big finale and the magic arrives...
If you’re into well built fantasy worlds and enjoy loosing yourself in the story, then this sequel is for you.

Christian Rodska has grown on me as a narrator. His rough voice wonderfully describes the fast paced events and his ability to give characters their own voices keeps things more interesting.

I very much look forward to the next book in the series and have a feeling it will be worth it...

  • Grey Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 2
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

The second novel in the brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns. In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy, Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracking instalment

  • By Robyn on 16-05-18

Enchanting! It could be his best trilogy yet...

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

After reading ‘Red Sister’ I wasn’t sure if Mark Lawrence could deliver a worthy sequel, as the bar was set so high, but rest assured he did it! ‘Grey Sister’ is not only a fantastic follow up of the first book, but an absolute must read from the author.

This second book in the series which is set two years after the events in the first book is full of action, complicated twists, even humour and introduces new characters alongside the full of personality Nona which I simply couldn’t get enough of. All of this set in a complicated politically charged world filled with magic, poison and treachery, and takes you on an unforgettable journey that sets your imagination soaring.

Mark Lawrence’s writing is elegant, his prose weaves such energy into the pages that they almost turn themselves. As you can see it definitely left an impression on me!

Helen Duff did a splendid job with the narration and although there could have been more charisma to some of the characters, it is wonderful to hear a subtle voice when the blood is being spilt. It gives you shivers at times.

Overall, this is a fantastic book and Mark Lawrence might become my favourite fantasy writer yet... I very much look forward to the next book in the series.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging - not what I expected

  • By Robyn on 14-12-17

I hope they will turn it into a movie! Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

I think the best words to describe this book are ‘a mystery science-fiction detective story’.
Very unusual book set in not too far future which is both realistic and terrifying at the same time.

An idea of a virus spreading across the world is not new, however John Scalzi’s style and humour turned this book into a thrilling experience. It doesn’t take much for the reader to work out where the story takes you, but it does make you stop and think...

It should be noted that the final two hours of the book are an accompanying novella read by different narrators. At first I was disappointed, but then started to enjoy the additional information which further integrated you with this future set up. This has such potential for a movie!

Narration! It’s Will Wheaton! I love Will Wheaton! Splendid! Fantastic! The best!

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  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 8 hours of Awesome in a 12 hour audiobook

  • By Bob on 23-03-17

Something different. OK

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

Interesting take on how to tackle the end of the world. What I really liked about this book was that the time travel concept didn’t turn into a young adult story or joyful adventures we’ve seen before in “Dr Who” or “Back to the future movies”. Here it creates a serious playground for three very different adults to work out the most important rescue mission in the history, while they are dealing with their own failures, emotions and simply being humans. Although the book concentrates it’s attention around Ben, perhaps a little bit too much, there is also a very strong female character Safa... that takes the story forward.
It’s not a five star book, but somehow with its interesting dialogues, humour and action it comes together and I will be listening to a book two.

Carl Prekopp is a good narrator who makes the story more alive and pases it well. The only downside is I’m not sure how memorable he is, but perhaps it was down to the story...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sleep Smarter

  • 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
  • By: Shawn Stevenson, Sara Gottfried MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sara Gottfried, Shawn Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this guy. Massive Value.

  • By Elizabeth Lawlor on 22-11-16

Practical guide to sweet dreams...

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

I’m guilty of bringing phone and iPad to our bedroom and I got this audiobook after my fiancée kept feeding me information about the blue light. I thought I will find out for myself. This book not only opened my eyes to the effects of blue light had on my sleep quality, but also so many other bad habits I had.

This is a practical and easy guide to a better sleep for everyone. Easy changes can make a big difference to your day to day restfullness and stress reduction.

The narration is fine. The book doesn’t need an outstanding performance and simple just works.