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  • Rocket Men

  • The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter, Robert Kurson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 60

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the moon by President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the moon - in just four months. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Apollo book I've listened to

  • By Angus Fitton on 09-08-18

beautiful

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

A perfect balance between story telling and hard facts. A wonderful edition to the Apollo canon.

  • Redemption Ark

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and brilliantly read

  • By Michael on 26-06-09

what can i say

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

one day i will read the series. the performance is exquisite. the story is huge. the ideas. the ideas.

  • A Son of the Circus

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 26 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to university and medical school in Vienna, Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla is a 59-year-old orthopedic surgeon and a Canadian citizen who lives in Toronto. Once, 20 years ago, Dr. Daruwalla was the examining physician of two murder victims in Goa, India. Now, 20 years later, he will be reacquainted with the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing and inventive book

  • By Tom on 04-08-11

Wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-18

first irving i have listened to, or read, for that matter. a rich textured novel, funny, surprising and sad seemingly all at the same time.

  • Post Captain

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 2
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining, and enjoying amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Post Captain

  • By John on 27-06-12

meandering tale with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

this is the second time i have attempted to read this novel. fortunately it was brilliantly narrated for me this time. the narration is brilliant and is the sole reason why i wish to continue the series.
having, sometime ago, read the first book i was eager to read the second. alas i found the story lacking in the more exciting naval parts. my criticism with the story is the drawn out love interests with the two protagonists. hopefully we will get over this hair pulling nonsense and back to the action...!

  • Ghostly Tales

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2017
  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,807

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well read

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-12-17

excellent stuff

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

classic stuff, well read and well acted. can we get the same again next year?

  • Oryx and Crake

  • MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754

Margaret Atwood's classic novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is about the future. Now, in Oryx and Crake, the future has changed: it's much worse. The narrator of this riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he's sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, disturbing, amusing, entertaining

  • By Martin on 03-02-10

To sci-fi or not to sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

There seems to be a debate about this being sci-fi, or not. I'd argue that this is sci-fi and, if not what is? there's fiction and science. .
on the whole this book is an excellent example of fluid story telling. i always find it amazing how an author can tell a story and make every single word count. the narrstion is excellent and suits the narrative style of the book to perfection. i believe that sci-fi is the best platform for fiction and this is the best. have a look at; "the road" and "never let me go" to see what i mean.

  • Chasm City

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revelation space.

  • By Martin on 22-07-13

excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

i found my first jaunt in this universe difficult to follow, however this story has a nicer structure than revelation space. the narration is excellent!

  • 3001

  • A Novel
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

In 3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke brings the greatest and most successful science fiction series of all time to its magnificent, stunningly unforeseen conclusion. As we hurtle toward the new millennium in real time, Clarke brilliantly - daringly - leaps 1,000 years into the future to reveal a truth we are only now capable of comprehending. An epic masterpiece at once dazzlingly imaginative and grounded in scientific actuality, 3001 is a story that only Arthur C. Clarke could tell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK, Not Great

  • By Boo Boo on 06-05-17

a fitting end...

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

Reviewed: 18-03-18

in many respects you can watch 2001 and then listen to this. given that 2001 was not really a novel this part makes up for that. however i have always felt that clarke was feeling a bit cynical when putting tgis together...

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic combination

  • By Mr. S. Gibson on 15-08-10

stunning

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-18

please dont make this into a movie. this is an excellent rendering of the book. i could listen to this again and again. the quality of the production is perfect. can wr please get all these guys together again for the others in the series?

  • Eon

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Perhaps it wasn't from our time, perhaps it wasn't even from our universe, but the arrival of the 300-kilometer long stone was the answer to humanity's desperate plea to end the threat of nuclear war. Inside the deep recesses of the stone lies Thistledown: the remnants of a human society, versed in English, Russian and Chinese. The artifacts of this familiar people foretell a great Death caused by the ravages of war, but the government and scientists are unable to decide how to use this knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By David on 22-04-15

infinite

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-18

what can i say, ive read this 2 times now i can listen to it forever....