LISTENER

Mini

Henley-On-Thames
  • 28
  • reviews
  • 125
  • helpful votes
  • 33
  • ratings
  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Sci-fi with a Modern Style

  • By Simon on 07-06-18

A trap worth falling into!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Having listened to the bobiverse books I thought I'd give this a go.

Brilliant!! Lots of interesting concepts which are highly relevant to roday's world. Great storyline which is really brought to life by excellent narration. Been awhile since I reviewed a book... but had to for this one... you have to get it! Fantastic listen... think there'll be a lot more 5 starr rathings!

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,821

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

I love this... only book I've listened to twice!!!

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

Reviewed: 22-09-16

You *must* listen to this!!!

Set in the future, which really seems possible with everyone fully immersed in virtual reality. The "Steve Jobs" sets an impossible "Easter egg" hunt and it's just an amazing ride through lots of 70s/80s iconic TV and game references. Even though that's my era... so many I hadn't heard of!!! But, doesn't matter, it's a great story. My kids all love it too, so all ages really get this (and probably more so since they're into games even more!)

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,203

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

Read this... before we all get wiped out by AI :-)

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

Reviewed: 22-09-16

Hadn't read the previous book, and it really isn't necessary to have done so.... although by the end you'll probably want to read it!

Full of fascinating ideas on the future and insights to the past. Quite heavy content which is probably best taken at a slower pace to allow digestion. The narrator is superb and really helps make it an easier book to listen to than you'd expect!

Read it... before human kind gets wiped out by artificial intelligence.... the robots are coming....

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By Robert on 31-10-10

Epic tale! Epic read! Epic Cathedral builders!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Was recommended to me on a tour of a Cambridge cathedral. The life of a family of stonemasons who roam and build cathedrals across the country. A full on life history with exquisite detail which keeps you wanting to hear more and more.

Full marks... epic read!

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 648

Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hamlet From The Womb

  • By Simon on 01-09-16

"family guy" Stewie, before birth, in a book!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Reminds me somewhat of Stewie, the one year old protigy in "Family Guy". However, in this case, the protigy is pre-birth. Extremely interesting concept, with the main character being restricted to the view of the world from the womb.

The character and writing are just superb on his view of the world. The story itself is good and only let down by a weaker ending that I would have wanted. Well, you can't have everything.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book cover art
  • Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

  • The Mowgli Stories
  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

The magical story-telling and unforgettable characters in Bev Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well known voices from film, TV, radio and comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By The Evil Robot on 02-10-15

Had to find out the "real story"

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

Reviewed: 25-08-16

All of us know intimately the Disney version. So, I was curious to find out what the "real story" contained. It's a children's story and I see it's under category 8-10 year olds! So, perhaps I'm not supposed to fully appreciate it.

It was interesting to understand the "real" Jungle book story but nothing riviting or particularly brilliant. At least the hole in my "childhood reading" has been filled.

Not sure on the "dramatic version" either. It won the "bear dramatisation", then the other contenders can't have been good!

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,096

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

"All aboard"... jump on the bandwagon and read it!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-16

I was hesitant about this book. Very mixed reviews, but in the end it was well worth "reading". A good "whodunit" which uncovers very effectively. I think it just depends on whether you can relate to rejection and turning to a few too many drinks to drown your sorrows as to whether you can get on with the book!

Only thing I didn't like was the 3 voices. Until near the end, the other characters were extremely "thin" and seemed needless. Would've been better the main narrator did all voices.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

5 star - hope u stumble across this like I did

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

Reviewed: 25-04-16

Glad I stumbled across this series. A light, playful romp into time travel. Easy to listen to and keeps a good pace, and must commend the narrator on making it come over very "naturally".

Lght humour throughout. I'd be surprised if u don't romp through it and straight onto book 2!! You'll be hooked!!

  • The Mime Order

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "no brainer" if u enjoyed the first one!

  • By Mini on 04-04-16

"no brainer" if u enjoyed the first one!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

It was a good while ago I read the first book... and could've done with a recap of all the different types of special powers in this book. Another slow start, but in the end it did keep the story ticking along and enjoyable.

If you've read the first, and enjoyed... this is a "no brainer".

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,626
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed. Her innocence has been sacrificed by a man with singular purpose: a man who will stop at nothing in order to prepare Earth for the coming conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent finale!

  • By Allan on 08-03-16

Third book suffers from normal lack of editing

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

If you've read the other two... you won't read the reviews... you'll want to know the conclusion. For a while, I wasn't sure if the third book was actually heading for a conclusion, or a fourth book! It took a long time to get anywhere, and there were some very large sections which just didn't seem to contribute to moving the story forward.

As per other "successful" books, the success has reduced the "editing" and allowed a bloated book to be delivered. Still enjoyed it, but just could've been so much better if it stayed focused.