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  • The Elven

  • The Saga of the Elven, Book 1
  • By: Bernhard Hennen, James A. Sullivan, Edwin Miles - translator
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

A fierce and merciless demon has been unleashed on the world, spreading destruction and bloodshed in both the human and the elven realms. Northlander Jarl Mandred witnesses the ruthless attack on his men, and he seeks vengeance with the help of the elf queen, Emerelle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Friendship !

  • By Sir Greggor on 15-09-18

Long epic

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

Entertaining and inventive but the characters lack depth and there seem to me to be some serious logic flaws.

  • Vampire Crusader

  • The Immortal Knight Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Dan Davis
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The immortal knight, Sir Richard of Ashbury, hunts his nemesis through centuries of war.... AD 1190, England. A young knight's family is slaughtered. As the lords of Europe seek to retake Jerusalem from the mighty Saladin, Sir Richard swears an oath of vengeance against Earl William de Ferrers, who has returned from the dead with an insatiable thirst for violence. Richard stalks William and his savage knights across Europe to the Holy Land, fights in the crusades' bloodiest battles alongside Richard the Lionheart and unearths a secret of great evil under the hills of Palestine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for more

  • By Sara Thomas on 09-05-18

A wee gem

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Really surprise how good this was - well written, good characters and dialog with the feeling of historical accuracy. Romped sling but not predictable with some good plot twists. John Lee a good narrator although he only appears to have about 8 voices, previously used in Peter . F. Hamilton novels so weird flashbacks on hearing the characters. Nevertheless well read at a good pace.

  • Children of the Deterrent

  • Halfhero, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Sam Phillips, Jaimi Barbakoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

The new novel by the author of the best-selling The World Walker series. 'My name is Daniel Harbin, and I'm a child of The Deterrent.' What if a superhuman turned out not to be so super...or even human? Britain's superhero, The Deterrent, was unveiled to the world in 1979 and disappeared two years later. The truth about his origins has never been revealed. The rumours about his children - those that survived - and their mysterious abilities have never been confirmed. Until now....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly predictable

  • By Miss Penelope Wright on 08-06-18

Not worth a sequel

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

A great example where two excellent narrators can not rescue a poor, pedestrian story with little excitement, suspense or clever twists. Well written but otherwise a week plot with two dimensional characters. I simply lost interest and by the end was. It interested in knowing what happened next

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Semiosis

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Burke
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating idea

  • By Concerned3rdParty on 12-02-18

Gentle, clever and carefully plotted

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

A great original plot, I worried a little in the early chapters at the lack of detail and subscription, but this isn’t a traditional Science Fiction book, it has at its centre the story of a group of humans growing to form a society and adapting to the sentient flora and fauna. Beautiful plotted, it tells the story over 100 years from a variety of protagonist (not all human) yet it *never* dips into the intense self introspection or intense emotional analysis many books do. Superbly plotted and exceptionally well narrated by two actors. So far this is my book of the year. Thoroughly recommend.

  • The Massacre of Mankind

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No one would have believed . . .

  • By Simon on 20-01-17

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

A true gem - Superb narration, great style and pace. Very respectful of the original book yet able to take us forward 20 years.

  • Sleeping Giants

  • Themis Files, Book 1
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074

Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger.... That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've ever listened to

  • By JBL on 13-05-16

Interesting idea but not reading its sequel

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is an ideal book to listen to while doing chores, and the use of different narrators makes it easy to follow. There were some interesting ideas, but it was the narrators that gave the characters depth not the story and the plot just fizzled out about 75% of the way in. This is not this years 'The Martian'

Would you recommend Sleeping Giants to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really there are so many much better examples of wonder science fiction.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Excellent they buoyed up other wise two dimensional characters

Did Sleeping Giants inspire you to do anything?

Inspired me not to get the sequel, I enjoyed the performances and ideas but was not hooked enough to want to read/listen to more

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • The Expanse, Book 1
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004

Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed, rich and excellently paced

  • By Scott on 26-02-15

Hurrah, great Sci-fi is back

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

Reviewed: 21-11-16

Great characterisation, thrilling plot, with a new take on an ancient alien threat all laid out in a superbly envisioned dystopian future. Read in a calm, understated manner that perfectly fits the characters and plot.

  • The Devil's Evidence

  • Thomas Fool, Book 2
  • By: Simon Kurt Unsworth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

A stunning new thriller from the critically acclaimed author of The Devil's Detective. Thomas Fool, now the head of Hell's Information Men, must solve a new mystery that crosses the divide between Heaven and Hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Sequel!

  • By Lynn Worton on 18-12-16

Inconsistent

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

Reviewed: 27-10-16

Well written and performed, with a good start but poor characterisation as sometimes the main character would fight back and other times he wouldn't. His motivations and actions were almost random in parts. Excellent description and world building but plot was chaotic. Not invested enough in the main character to pick up the next in the series

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?

  • The Shadow Police, Book Three
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

The ghost of Sherlock Holmes is dead, but who will solve his murder? The Great Detective's ghost has walked London's streets for an age, given shape by people's memories. Now someone's put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. But what's the motive? And who - or what - could kill a ghost? When policing London's supernatural underworld, eliminating the impossible is not an option. DI James Quill and his detectives have learnt this the hard way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A every day London story NOT

  • By Tod Werewolf on 08-12-16

Struggling to retain wonder and horror of first book

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

Reviewed: 24-10-16

The first book in the series introduced us to an amazing mix of police work and fantasy horror and while this third book builds on the underlying larger story arc of the smiling man the characters appeared more observers than participants. Narration as ever superb.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Well Fed

  • Mountain Man, Book 4
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 897

After nearly four years, the zombie epidemic has almost burnt itself out. Gus' new life on a communal farm is peaceful. The daily routine of policing the fields is rarely disrupted by straying undead. His drinking binges are over. Long days have thrown time over the memories of Annapolis. But this will all change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By Daniel on 30-05-15

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 27-08-16

Masterfully reading by R. C. Bray with the perfect voice for such a tale. Story is a little repetitive and you need to of listened to the previous three books. However, for pulp Zombie fiction mashed with Mad Max apocalyptic gangs it's remarkably well written and plotted, and it's heat gun to read.