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Andrew C.

London, England
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  • Sleeping Giants

  • Themis Files, Book 1
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074

Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger.... That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've ever listened to

  • By JBL on 13-05-16

Dreary and dull

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

Boring, slow, lacking any dramatic tension. Just a weird ponderous unengaging plod through a by the numbers story. I stopped not long after chapter 20. I had no compulsion to go back to it. Having a bunch of actors reading different characters is an odd halfway house between a traditional audio book and a true dramatic adaptation such as the BBC might make for radio broadcast. The actors don't​ really get into it and play off each other. The transitions between characters are stilted and there are weird pauses, just a half a second off. This all gives the energy of an initial read through of a script. I also wonder if the characters in each scene recorded live together or if each voice was recorded independently and the pieces stitched together. I'm not going to go back and check whether voices overlap: this book has been deleted.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,511

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

Not Really Science Fiction

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

Reviewed: 18-05-17

I hate this. The events in this book make no sense. Looking forward from today's military technology even a few years takes us far away from where this universe exists. Here war is fought by ignorant, dumb, tough dudes with guns and bombs.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,728
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,530

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

This is a lot of fun

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

Reviewed: 24-05-16

Evokes nostalgia both through its olden days cultural references and through harking back to the cyberpunk genre. Thankfully there was no scene where hacking a system was transposed to physical motion through a VR space.

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soooooo... that's it?

  • By Mrs. E. Brewington on 31-07-15

Really good, then slightly annoying, then bad

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

This is three completely different books abutted.

The first is a really good disaster story full of tech and plot and pace.

The second meanders through dumb political shenanigans in space but there is still good stuff to keep you going.

The third is completely disconnected from what went before, hard to follow, and uninteresting.

Get it for a spare credit but when the narrator says, "5000 years later," do what the author should have and stop there.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Steel World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

In the twentieth century Earth sent probes, transmissions and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should I start this series

  • By luke on 10-06-15

Formulaic, by the numbers stuff

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

A juvenile novel without the charm of one of Robert Heinlein's.

Nonsense technology for reincarnation.

No need to rewind if you fall asleep before your timer stops it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful