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J. Cheale

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  • The Dark Forest

  • The Three-Body Problem, Book 2
  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the third book in this trilogy?

  • By MR A CARLIN on 08-01-18

An unparalleled imagination

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

A fabulous insight into a different mind and for the western reader, culture. Together with the previous book of the story, The Three Body Problem, this is a long journey indeed and meticulously told. Not a quick bit of escapism however and to be avoided if depressed... Perfect choice of narrator.

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,835

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

His Dark Materials, Not

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

Dedicated fans may find much to relate to in this prequel, but not the place to go for newcomers. Rather slow going. Definitely in need of a good edit to trim the redundant exposition and over description. Still enjoyable, but despite an excellent performance, probably better as a book where one can skim past the chaff.

  • Matter

  • Culture Series, Book 8
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

In a world renowned, even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime occurs within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight and a search for the one, maybe two, people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Popular Culture

  • By Tim on 13-02-08

Solid Culture

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

Reviewed: 23-06-17

This is Banks on solid form. Generally well paced and providing a supply of wonderfully imagined places and concepts. Interestingly, he seems to re-use ideas from the non-culture novel Feersum Endjinn - albeit much developed and expanded. The performance is first rate and a good fit for the material. This is just slightly let down by a few too many sound editing errors (repeated takes left in and fades clipping the beginning or end of phrases).