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M. J. Wall

Basingstoke, Hants
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  • Family

  • Surviving the Evacuation, Book 3
  • By: Frank Tayell
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Three months after escaping from London, Bill discovers the true extent of the global war that followed the outbreak. Most of the world has been destroyed, but though ruined farmland and abandoned cities are filled with zombies, there are other survivors and there is a safe haven - so he is told - in a small village on the Irish coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent episode

  • By M. J. Wall on 08-11-18

Another excellent episode

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The plot thickens as Bill uncovers more dark secrets underlying the zombie apocalypse that brought the world to its knees

  • The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man

  • By: Jonas Jonasson, Rachel Willson-Broyles - translator
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

The sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international best seller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It Got a Little Bit Old Fairly Quickly For Me.

  • By Simon on 09-08-18

. A mirror to the current state of the world

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Alan continues to bounce from one international crisis to another, accidentally influencing World affairs. Cutting but good hearted, even Putin's messing with world order is treated with humour.

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  • The End of the World Running Club

  • By: Adrian J. Walker
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

Do the impossible or lose your family forever.... Edgar Hill, unsympathetic husband and halfhearted father, finds himself in a hopeless situation. Despite all his best efforts, he hasn't managed to keep his family together. In fact they are further from him than ever - 550 miles, to be precise. And in a world near annihilated by a terrible disaster, leaving the UK harsh and brutal, uncrossable by car or bike, his journey to find his loved ones will be fraught with challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great British PA fiction

  • By William L Belfield on 28-03-17

Forrest Gump meets Meteor

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Over worthy, full of parental moralising, unbelievably stupid lead characters who fly off the handle in the most inappropriate situations. Even locked up in a dark cell by a tyrannical parody of a Mancunian witch, Edgar rants on about how bad a parent he is, apologising for having no paternal feelings for his firstborn. He finds his salvation in a denouement as predictable as the context of the story is unbelievable.

  • Pro Cycling on $10 a Day

  • From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
  • By: Phil Gaimon
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Plump, grumpy, slumped on the couch, and going nowhere fast at age 16, Phil Gaimon began riding a bicycle with the grand ambition of shedding a few pounds before going off to college. He soon fell into racing and discovered he was a natural, riding his way into a pro contract after just one season despite utter ignorance of a century of cycling etiquette. Now, in his book Pro Cycling on $10 a Day, Phil brings the full powers of his wit to tell his story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Alternative Cyclist's Story

  • By Tony on 11-09-17

An insight into the backside of pro cycling

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Phil Gaimon was good but no star. This book is an ramble through the travails of someone trying to turn their talent into a living in a cut throat sport that has a poor commercial model. That he kept persevering and made it - albeit briefly - is testament that one needs stamina both mentally and physically to achieve one's goals

  • The Terror

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of the fabled Northwest Passage had every expectation of triumph. But for almost two years his ships, HMS Terror and Erebus, have been trapped in the Arctic ice. Supplies of fuel and food are running low. Scurvy, starvation and even madness are beginning to take their toll. And yet the real threat isn’t from the constantly shifting, alien landscape, the flesh-numbing temperatures or being crushed by the unyielding, frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read

  • By Caroline Pearson on 02-05-18

So very long - like an actual Arctic expedition

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I saw this book out to the very end - a feat of human endurance in itself. I feel sorry for the narrator who must have spent days in the recording studio inching his way across the tortuous, rutted prose. I got to the end and thought 'what was the point?'
I have long been a fan of Simmons. This was a fine idea and had its moments but oh so very long in detail and short in substance for the main part. Could have been half the length and I suspect that if done well, the purported film may end up being that rare thing : a motion picture better than the source material

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,958

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Good but not the Martian

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Second book syndrome? More clever real world science, more wise cracks. So what's not to like? Well maybe the lead character is too smart arse, less believable - I certainly found it difficult to engage with her. But a clever (if slightly unbelievable) plot twist keeps the attention to the end.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,012

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

Believable future vision - overlong in the telling

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

Reviewed: 17-05-18

Bought this on the back of seeing the film which I found quite enjoyable. The book has a similar narrative thread but differs throughout in the detail: it's almost as if the author when screenwriting the film wanted to rewrite the book! It is clever but ponderous and sometimes tedious and annoying. A so so read

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2007.
America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for the road - or anywhere else

  • By SKA on 20-09-09

Stark and powerful

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

A stripped to the bone tale of a father's love for his son set in a bleak and barren post apocalyptic world.

  • Alien: Covenant

  • A Novel
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition

  • By Andy on 31-05-17

Predictable and repetitive

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

At least we know where they came from now. But otherwise more of the same from Aliens (when it was original). And shame it had a narrator who couldn't do female voices well

  • D Day Through German Eyes Book 2

  • More Hidden Stories from June 6th 1944
  • By: Holger Eckhertz
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 168

The first book of D Day Through German Eyes has fascinated listeners around the world with its insight into the German experience of June 6, 1944. Now, book 2 contains a completely different set of astonishing German testimonies from the same archive. These newly translated eyewitness statements by German veterans show the defenders to be determined but psychologically insecure, often deluded in their thinking, and all too human in their shock at the onslaught they faced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very powerful alternative view

  • By M. J. Wall on 05-07-17

A very powerful alternative view

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

This and it's companion volume paint a vivid and quite alternative view of one of the most pivotal events in modern European history. Such works are doubly important as so often history gets to be written by the victors alone. Here are the voices of men on the ground who, by and large, thought they were doing the right thing. The power and merciless nature of the Allied invasion comes across relentlessly.

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