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  • The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE best zombie trilogy ever!!!!

  • By TheWitchesCat on 04-05-13

Great story, medicore narration, appalling accents

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17

Would you try another book written by Mira Grant or narrated by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein ?

No. Actors really should be able to perform a passable accent - their English accents were some way south of say, Dick van Dyke's performance in Mary Poppins and detracted hugely from the story in Mahir's chapters. They did provide some laughs though!

What did you like best about this story?

The writing, which takes a typical zombie-era scenario and presents it in an original way.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein ’s performances?

Nope.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational

  • By Raine on 29-12-16

Awesome, in the true sense of the word

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

Reviewed: 26-01-17

Would you listen to The Power again? Why?

Yes. The story is both compelling and well written, and the Adjoa Andoh is easily one of the best narrators I've heard.

What did you like best about this story?

The tenacity of the plot; prologue and epilogue serve as a heady contrast to the main body of the work, especially in audiobook format.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It's difficult to say without spoling the plot. There are so many viewpoints and reflections of our patriarchal society, it really is something to listen to. This book would be an excellent read for teenagers of both sexes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Easily.

Any additional comments?

Alderman takes a subject currently under much discussion - that of whether gender is innate, or even an undeniable factor in how people are in themselves, and how they treat each other; or if we are all people, some of the female sex and some of the male, all capable of the same highs and lows.

I am so very glad this book didn't trek down the well travelled road of females being more nurturing, more caring; that a matriarchal society would be inherently better. After all, the sex of ones brain is not biologically discrete from the rest of ones body; and although society likes to think so, men and women are only physically different. The most compelling thing, for me, were the many moments of 'what if' triggered whilst listening to this.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Sockpuppet

  • The Martingale Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Blakstad
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

You shared your life online. Now how will you get it back? Twitter. Facebook. WhatsApp. Google Maps. Every day you share everything about yourself - where you go, what you eat, what you buy, what you think - online. Sometimes you do it on purpose. Usually you do it without even realising it. At the end of the day, everything from your shoe size to your credit limit is out there. Your greatest joys, your darkest moments. Your deepest secrets. If people want to know everything about you, all they have to do is look. But what happens when someone starts spilling state secrets?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very timely book - and a brilliant read

  • By Molly Flatt on 24-06-16

As cringeworthy as your Dad's dancing

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

Reviewed: 21-06-16

What disappointed you about Sockpuppet?

Touted as a fresh, near-future sci-fi, this book isn't half as clever as Matthew Blakstad thinks it is. The prose tries too hard - somewhere close to the end, one of the characters observes some copy that is tired, chopped together words and marketing jargon (I'm paraphrasing here, forgive me, I simply wasn't bothered enough to rewind and write down the quote properly.) That pretty much sums up the book. It's a mish-mash of l3wt speak as it was 10 or more years ago, applied to a plot that tries too hard to be shocking (and isn't) centering around a handful of two-dimensional characters.It's a pretty uncomfortable listen in all; sadly, not because of a good plot or unexpected twists, but just because it was so badly written I was almost embarrassed on behalf of the author.

Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew Blakstad again?

Not based on this offering.

How could the performance have been better?

The constant, repeating threads of usernames, forum strings and nested comments jarred. Overall the narrator did the best she could with the material.

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

The end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Assassin’s Apprentice

  • The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chilvary Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility. So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but the narrator is all wrong!

  • By Lucy Clarke on 11-10-12

Wonderful, compelling story, ruined by narrator

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

Reviewed: 31-10-13

Would you listen to Assassin's Apprentice again? Why?

No. The recording was simply excruiating to listen to; Paul Boehmer seems to take inspiration for his faux-English accent from Kenneth Williams and sees fit to give the Fool the voice of a comedy gnome. I'm not sure why Boehmer was cast to narrate the story of the young Fitz but it was a gross miscalculation on the part of the publisher and ruins any enjoyment of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

Robin Hobb is one of the few fantasy writers who works with prose rather than stilted lurches from scene to scene, as most other fantasy writers seem to prefer.
In this, she spins a yarn that stretches over kingdoms, species and generations, complete with folklore and her characterisation is second to none, with each having a unique voice within the text.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Boehmer’s performances?

No.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful