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  • The Wolf

  • Under the Northern Sky, Book 1
  • By: Leo Carew
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Leo Carew's debut novel The Wolf, the first book in the Under the Northern Sky series, is a masterpiece in epic historical fantasy - a new voice to rival David Gemmell or George R. R. Martin. Violence and death have come to the land under the Northern Sky. The Anakim dwell in the desolate forests and mountains beyond the black river, the land under the Northern Sky. Their ancient ways are forged in Unthank silver and carved in the grey stone of their heartland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It had me addicted

  • By Thomas on 14-04-18

Bland.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

The story started well, but quickly faded into tedium. it seemed like nothing really happened for most of the book. I almost gave up on it mid-story, but persevered to the end. Wish I'd just given up, the ending was weaker than the rest of the story. The narrator was ok, but not fantastic. I wont be bothering with the sequel.

  • Endgame

  • Arisen series, Book 14
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 553

This is it. Alpha team goes once more into the breach. On what will be their final missions ever in the Zulu Alpha - and the fight of their lives — Homer & Ali, and Predator & Juice, launch out into the terminal post-Apocalypse, as London is overrun by the very last rush of death covering the entire planet. Neither mission can fail, but can all four teammates survive? Or will some go down safeguarding the lives of those they love more than life itself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Last Hope of Humanity!

  • By Simon on 04-05-18

Entertaining and amusing

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

Really liked this whole series. Sometimes it was far too sentimental, and sometimes the action just got really unbelievable, but, all in all, thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Had some good laugh out loud moments in this book, and RC Bray was awesome. Was wondering how they'd close the book out, and it was a little bit weak and sentimental. That aside, recommended.

  • Carnage

  • Arisen, Book 12
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 595

After recovering Patient Zero, Alpha must escape Africa to end the ZA once and for all. But they can feel the hot breath of a reinforced and vengeful Spetsnaz team on their necks - and there can be no escaping the reckoning of an ultimate sniper showdown between Ali and Vasily, and an incomparably brutal iron-cage Texas death match between Predator and Misha. For the first time, all the teams will come together and must fight as brothers for any chance of making it back to Britain. And only one thing is certain - not everyone is walking away from this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another amazing book

  • By Linda on 06-05-17

Silly, but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I'm really enjoying this series, but some books are better than others. This one did test my ability to immerse myself in the story, as some of the events had me shaking my head and saying 'as if' aloud. That, and the overly sentimental crap, meant this wasn't my favourite in the series, but RC Bray is an excellent narrator, and overall the story was entertaining.

  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,749
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,549

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice... until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before. A short story of approximately 9500 words. The first story of the "Mountain Man" series. Contains language and graphic violence. If you enjoy this, check out the rest of the series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely freebie!

  • By NC on 08-04-14

Oh, dear

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

Reviewed: 23-12-17

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

Writing like an adult, with adults as the target audience

What could Keith C. Blackmore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Exercised better control of the English language

Would you be willing to try another one of R. C. Bray’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disbelief.

Any additional comments?

If this was written by an early teen, I would have been to the expected standard.

  • These Dead Lands: Immolation

  • By: Stephen Knight, Scott Wolf
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York, Captain Phil Hastings heads for the safety of Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training facility deep in the woodlands of Pennsylvania. Joining with other remnants of the military, government, and civilian communities, Hastings and his men must try to keep the tsunami of corpses from taking over the world and plan the resurrection of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start.

  • By Niall byrne on 16-10-17

A cut above the rest

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

Reviewed: 23-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of These Dead Lands: Immolation to be better than the print version?

I don't know, I haven't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of These Dead Lands: Immolation?

Getting to 'The Gap'

What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

All his characters sounded different enough to forget it was all one person narrating.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

In this sleep of death, what dreams may come

  • Man of War

  • Rebellion, Book 1
  • By: M. R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

In the year 2280, an alien fleet attacked the Earth. Their weapons were unstoppable, their defenses unbreakable. Our technology was inferior, our militaries overwhelmed. Only one starship escaped before civilization fell. Earth was lost. It was never forgotten. Fifty-two years have passed. A message from home has been received. The time to fight for what is ours has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By lee hudson on 19-02-17

Good solid story

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

Would you listen to Man of War again? Why?

Maybe, in a year or so - story was compelling, and interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

The old ship coming back into the fight, Battlestar Galactica-esque.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Hays’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

The story was interesting, and not too far-fetched to make immersion possible. Well performed narration, but the southern drawl accent was corny. All in all, recommended.

  • Predator: Incursion

  • The Rage War, Book 1
  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 506

Predator ships stream into human space in unprecedented numbers. The Colonial Marines, controlled by Weyland-Yutani, respond to the incursion, thus entering the Rage War. This terrifying assault by the Yautja cannot go unchallenged, yet the cost of combat is high. Predators are master combatants, and each encounter yields a high body count. Then, when Lt. Johnny Mains and his marines - the VoidLarks - enter the fray, they discover an enemy deadlier than any could imagine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good.

  • By A Reader on 05-01-17

Weak

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

Reviewed: 18-08-17

The narrator's voice was poorly suited to this book, being almost a monotone that would be better used in a hypnosis book. I frequently found myself drifting away from the story, plus the story itself was somewhat convoluted and difficult to follow.

  • Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every thousand years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just good spoiler free review

  • By England fan 1 on 24-12-16

Passable

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

What did you like best about Rebel Fleet? What did you like least?

The setting, the story was touch silly.

What could B. V. Larson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A stronger story, that didn't insult the intelligence. A military couldn't operate successfully that way. I suppose it has shades of a Spartan style of organisation and philosophy, but that didn't work out for them, so how would an advanced extra-terrestrial military machine manage using a similar system?

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Space battles.

Do you think Rebel Fleet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Story too weak.

Any additional comments?

The style of the writing made me think it had been written by a teenager.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Odyssey

  • Academy series
  • By: Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Jack McDevitt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

To boost waning interest in interstellar travel, a mission is sent into deep space to learn the truth about "moonriders," the strange lights supposedly being seen in nearby systems. But Academy pilot Valentina Kouros and the team of the starship Salvator will soon discover that their odyssey is no mere public-relations ploy, for the moonriders are not a harmless phenomenon. They are very, very dangerous-in a way that no one could possibly have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Book

  • By Stephen on 14-11-09

Ok, but too long.

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

Reviewed: 26-02-17

The first half of the book was long-winded, with not a lot happening. When the story finally got going, I had trouble being absorbed by it. Overall, a weak offering, but it did have some redeeming features towards the end.

  • Warriors of the Storm

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 9
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number-one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major autumn 2015 TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series. A fragile peace is about to be broken.... King Alfred's son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Æthelflaed, rule Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • average story.

  • By David O Connor on 04-04-16

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 31-08-16

A gripping tale that brings Uhtred closer to reclaiming his stolen home. Savage and compelling - one of the best in the series.