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Ruairi Smyth

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  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown away!

  • By MrMatt on 01-02-16

Excellent in a quite different way from book 1

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

Reviewed: 31-01-16

Really enjoyed it, was not quite so sure how things were going to go. Kept me on my toes

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

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
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 24-07-15

Excellent until about half way through then tedium

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

Reviewed: 23-07-15

Struggled to finish, note for the reader if you can't do accents don't even try

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Utopia

  • The Long Earth, Book 4
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

It's 2045-2059. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption humanity is spreading farther into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve. Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang, lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He’s convinced they’re leading a normal life in New Springfield - they even adopt a child - but it seems they have been guided there for a reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series of four stories

  • By Simon on 01-12-15

Weakest so far

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It failed where the previous books succeded in drawing you into the story. Some of the arcs were compelling whereas the main only started to get really interesting towards the end

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

the main arc was interesting however there was not as much suspense as I would have hoped.

Which character – as performed by Michael Fenton Stevens – was your favourite?

Sister Agnes

Do you think The Long Utopia needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, I think there are some loose ends that would be deserving of being tied up

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ultima

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

Fresh from his latest collaboration with Terry Pratchett on the Long Earth sequence Stephen Baxter now returns to the mysteries and challanges first hinted at in his acclaimed novel PROXIMA. In PROXIMA we discovered ancient alien artifacts on the planet of Per Ardua - hatches that allowed us to step across light years of space as if we were stepping into another room. The universe opened up to us. Now in ULTIMA the consequences of this new freedom make themselves felt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why, I remember once on campaign...

  • By Alan Nixon on 22-09-16

Slow

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

Reviewed: 21-05-15

Very difficult to become invested in some of the characters, it took a long time to really get a feeling for the main characters.this made the story even more drawn out. The concept however was fantastic and a remarkably pleasing ending

  • Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent

  • By: Jay Bonansinga, Robert Kirkman
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

In The Fall of the Governor, Part One, classic characters from both the comic and television series, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, finally made their appearance in the Walking Dead novel series, only to discover that the Governor is a very dangerous enemy. Now, the Walking Dead series of novels continues with more fan favorite characters from the comic book and TV show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Just brilliant!

  • By patrick on 04-04-15

Worst of the lot...

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

Reviewed: 22-04-15

Struggled to finish but the book was incredibly predictable with cardboard characters. After the previous books it was a major letdown

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,613

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By stucody on 22-03-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

The author really conceived the story well and thought through all angles and communicated this extraordinarily well

0 of 1 people found this review helpful