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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,854

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life đź’™ New Hobbies Found đź’ś

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

For the video game role playing geek in you

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

This book is really one for role playing/MMO aficionados. it took me a while to get into this book only to be attracted by the fact that it's being made into a movie and that Wesley crusher would be narrating it. both the former and latter got tired fast but I decided to stay with it and the story grew on me. At first a little thing like that fact that the VR world was meant to be so real that people had lives in it but most users walked in it by pointing, not walking or bring plugged in via the brain or something (hence why they felt like they were really in it) didn't quite add up - doesn't sound super immersive for you to think that world is as real as the real one - and for some reason a trivial thing like that bugged me. The geek talk in the narrative was quite high level and if you aren't into 80's role playing games like dungeons and dragons or the more recent online MMOs then you might get fed of some of the terminology used and the level of detail.
however if you can get past all this then the concept is interesting.
overall not a bad book to listen to but you need to persevere. I never really think a movie is as good as the book but I suspect with this one the movie will be good with the book being a little disappointing - if Spielberg can Jazz up the action and tone down the geekiness then he'll have a winner.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf’s Revenge

  • By: Lachlan Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In Wolf's Revenge, the fifth novel in Lachlan Smith's Shamus Award-winning series, attorney-detective Leo Maxwell seeks an exit strategy from his family's deepening entanglement with a ruthless prison-based gang. Caught between the criminals and the FBI, Leo charts his own path in defending a young woman who was manipulated into brazenly murdering a member of the Aryan Brotherhood in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • full of twists and turns

  • By Mr Patel on 28-01-18

full of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

if you have read the other books in the series this is a must read. in fact even if you have not this book also reads well as a standalone but you'll have a better context going in book order. RC Bray is brilliant as usual making the characters and the story come alive.
looking forward to the next installment!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • performance better than the story

  • By Nautilus on 02-02-18

brilliant Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

At first after reading one of the other reviews of this book I was agreeing with the reader, but as you go through the book and embrace the "unbelievable"elements this turns into a multi layered science fiction with twists and turns until the very last word. The book as usual is the 5 star rating thanks to RC Bray's brilliant narration.
I would highly recommend this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gilded Needles

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Welcome to the Black Triangle, New York's decadent district of opium dens, gambling casinos, and back-room abortions. The queen of this unsavory neighborhood is Black Lena Shanks, whose family leads a ring of female criminals - women skilled in the art of cruelty. Only a few blocks away, amidst the elegant mansions and lily-white reputations of Gramercy Park and Washington Square, lives Judge James Stallworth. On a crusade to crush Lena's evil empire, the judge has sentenced three of her family members to death. And now she wants revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story is in the blurb

  • By Zoot on 28-08-17

An evil vision of revenge in 19th century New York

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

Reviewed: 15-12-17

This was a truly dark story about revenge in 19th century New York. A harrowing tail of how things were in those times where everything was based on power, class, money, greed and violence. This story transports you to a time you would not want to have lived in regardless of class, rich or poor - in America both were pure elements of evil it seems according to the author. This is an amazing story and the deceptive nature transports you to this time, but be warned if you have a strong imagination you'll get a little depressed with the scene, story and dialogue the author conveys - but of course only RC Bray can bring it all to life.

I thought half way through that I really am grateful not to have been born in a place like that full of selfish violent people but I suspect England at the time was like that but more so America due to the immense wealth on offer and it's free market economy...

A must read for anyone interested in dark stories of revenge especially in 19th century with an author that has the ability to transport you there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

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

Another great Zombie apocalypse book

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

Reviewed: 25-11-17

I've read a few Zombie apocalypse books now and this one ranks amongst the best one out there, namely the Arisen series. I can see a good series starting and look forward to the next installation. RC bray, as usual (and I'm always repeating this) was amazing and made the book come alive.
To the authors, lay off Stilly!! The guy really gets his fair share of stick! :)
I'm looking forward to the next book, make sure you stick with RC bray reading it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. R C Bray awesome as always

  • By Matthew B. on 23-11-17

brilliant end of the world saga in the making

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I've read two "end of the world" books and this one was brilliant. I won't name the other one as I got bored half way and returned it although that book seems to have high ratingsb for some reason. With regards to this book in question I found the characters brilliant and RC Bray bought them to life with his narration.
it's scary to think that if the world ended it would probably descend into a chaos like that described in the book - everyone for themselves splitting into good and evil. However you would hope that, like the book, a number of good people existed. This books drops you into such situations and describes the inner demons everyone faces while trying to survive having to do things they would never have done in normal circumstances.
I'm looking forward to the next book, its a shame that my favourite character in the book won't be in it!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rupert the Wolf!

  • By Simon on 04-10-17

Excellent dark thriller

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

Reviewed: 22-10-17

Another brilliant book in the series with Max Rupert showing his dark side. A very well written book that proves why revenge is a dish best served cold (pun intended and you'll understand why after you've listened to the book!)
R C Bray is brilliant as usual and makes the story come alive.
A must listen, especially if you've listened to the other books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Moonlight

  • Dick Moonlight, Book 3
  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

PI Dick Moonlight wakes up to find himself on a plummeting plane and handcuffed to an FBI agent. As if his life wasn’t already turbulent enough - his bar burned down; his ex, Lola, left him for another man; and Jack Daniels is his new best friend - the FBI informs him that he’s got unfinished business. His last case, the one with Russian mobsters after a top secret flash drive, isn’t exactly closed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant book - a must listen

  • By Mr Patel on 17-10-17

Another brilliant book - a must listen

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

I think the moonlight series is brilliant and the story is brought to life by Mr RC Bray and his excellent narration. Moonlights' sarcastic personality and hence dialogue is perfect, setting the tone for another rollercoaster thriller. The story has numerous twists and turns and it kept me coming back for more. The dialogue and RC Brays voices for those pesky Russians is hilarious along with the voice he puts on for Zumbo - adding further humour to this great thriller. A must listen!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moonlight Rises

  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

A gang of Obama-masked thugs in a downtown Albany alley gave Dick Moonlight a one-way ticket to the Pearly Gates. But when his hovering spirit slips back into his bruised body, the real trouble starts. A private detective with a short-term memory problem, Moonlight knows he’s still in danger. He’s got plenty of enemies to keep him guessing why — even the latest love of his life, Lola, can’t be trusted. But the goons who snuffed him want something else: Moonlight’s latest client, a handicapped nuclear engineer, had a top-secret box the gang believes is in Moonlight’s possession. Moonlight can’t remember any box — but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have it. He just better figure out where it is before he winds up dead for the last time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant book from Mr Zandri and RC Bray

  • By Mr Patel on 13-10-17

Another brilliant book from Mr Zandri and RC Bray

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

Reviewed: 13-10-17

I generally only listen to RC Bray books as I think he's the next narrator on Audible, hence I read this and the other moonlight book he read.
I like the sarcastic persona of moonlight and his side kick in this story. The story has twists and the dialogue helps form a direction that anyone who likes thrillers will like. I also like the dialogue between the "dumb" Russian gangsters. Brilliant. Mr Zandri user RC Bray for the next books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mirrorworld

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Crazy has no memory and feels no fear. Dangerous and unpredictable, he's locked away in SafeHaven, a psychiatric hospital, where he spends the long days watching Wheel of Fortune and wondering what the outside world smells like. When a mysterious visitor arrives and offers him a way out Crazy doesn't hesitate to accept.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sci Fi

  • By Mr Patel on 30-09-17

Brilliant Sci Fi

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

Reviewed: 30-09-17

I always praise RC Bray and his narration in every review and this one it is no different. The way he reads books brings them alive. This book is well written and has good dialogue. The story starts off in such a way that the sci fi it becomes feels worlds apart. But soon after you feel there is. something supernatural to this story and it kicks in.. I liked the way the author tries to link real world historical events to science fiction element of the book...kind of makes you think he may be right!
good sci fi/fantasy with brilliant narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful