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  • Somebody to Love

  • The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
  • By: Matt Richards, Mark Langthorne
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

When Freddie Mercury died in 1991, aged just 45, the world was rocked by the vibrant and flamboyant star's tragic secret that he had been battling AIDS. That Mercury had even been diagnosed came as a shock to his millions of fans, with his announcement coming less than 24 hours before his death. In Somebody to Love, biographers Mark Langthorne and Matt Richards skilfully weave Freddie Mercury's incredible pursuit of musical greatness with Queen, his upbringing and his endless search for love with the story of a terrible disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audiobooks I've ever listen to

  • By Colin Smith on 22-11-18

What a revelation

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

As someone born in the 70's who grew up in 80's UK and considering themselves a Queen fan for nigh on 40 years I was blissfully unaware of the story and facts of the band and Freddie. Like some reading this review i became more interesred following the entertsining but chronologically inaccurate movie Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018. I chose this particular book due to the reviews citing the chapters on HIV and Aids adding additional benefit; those reviews were not wrong. The chronological, geographical and cultural journey of HIV presented in this audiobook is a fascinating, sobering and at times upsetting listen, still massivley relevent today. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough to anyone wanting to learn about Freddie or Queens journey

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  • Critical Failures II: Fail Harder

  • Caverns and Creatures Book 2
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Finding themselves permanently stuck in this strange new world, the gang tries to make the best of it by finding the nearest tavern and getting shitfaced. The plan goes just fine until they lose Katherine and Chaz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super book!

  • By James Hannam on 13-07-16

If you made it to the second book...

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

If you bought the 2nd book having enjoyed the first, you'll know what you are getring with the sequal and wont be disappointed. Yes its juvenile, yes it can be offensive, yes the story is basic but it is definitely, repeatedly laugh out loud funny. Laughter is an antidote against the serious issues of the world right now. If youve been a teenage roleplayer then you'll identify with the situational fun and banter these characters have, and the solutions they come up with. The narration is top notch and there's some clever plot devices and twists that show the author isn't as daft as the characters would lead you to believe. p.s. Best uses of Mount spell ever.

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race is trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible - assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story - highly recommended

  • By TomzMullen on 18-12-18

Gets progressively better

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

The book and narration are decent and reads like a YA novel, no bad thing however. The main character is written intentionally brattish but matures towards the midpoint of the story. The plot and final act are engaging. Well narrated throughout.

  • Hereticus: Warhammer 40,000

  • Eisenhorn, Book 3
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 613

Hunted by his former allies as a radical and enemy of the Imperium, Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn must fight to prove that he remains loyal as he tracks down a dangerous heretic whom the Inquisition believes dead, the dread former Inquisitor Quixos. As he grows more desperate for victory, Eisenhorn uses ever darker means to achieve his goals, but how far can he go using the weapons of the enemy until he becomes that very enemy and no different to the traitor he hunts?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent as usual

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-10-18

Required reading for any 40K fan

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

If touve got as for as book 3 then you dont need me to tell you that this is the seminal 40k trilogy, and whilst its a few years old now it stands up to most of the books in that universe. Dan Abnett is a master wordsmith of the 40k universe, and this narrator compliments the rhe tones and emotions of the books to perfection.

  • War Storm: Age of Sigmar

  • Realmgate Wars, Book 2
  • By: Nick Kyme, Guy Haley, Josh Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Across the Mortal Realms, a storm rages. Sigmar announces his return as his Stormcast Eternals strike a vengeful blow against the hordes of Chaos. Lord-Celestant Vandus Hammerhand has claimed one of the Gates of Azyr and now makes for the dreaded Gate of Wrath in the fire-blackened Brimstone Peninsula of Aqshy, and a reckoning with the Chaos Lord Korghos Khul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading for folk getting into AoS

  • By James Odin on 15-07-18

Got to hand it to the narrator for giving his all

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Assuming that you know the Warhammer universe and play Age of Sigmar, these short stories read like the battle report from a table top war game. They are entertaining enough to fans of the series but there are better Warhammer novels than these if you are not familiar with AoS. The narrator though is superb and whilst the Stormcast Eternals are 2 dimensional he does his best to differentiate them by accent and tone. The narrator really earns his money when it comes to the chapters with Tzeentch and Nurgle demons.

Fun to those who already like the AoS mythos.

  • Xenos: Warhammer 40,000

  • Eisenhorn, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

The Inquisition moves amongst mankind like an avenging shadow, striking down the enemies of humanity with uncompromising ruthlessness. When he finally corners an old foe, Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn is drawn into a sinister conspiracy. As events unfold and he gathers allies - and enemies - Eisenhorn faces a vast interstellar cabal and the dark power of daemons, all racing to recover an arcane text of abominable power: an ancient tome known as the Necroteuch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just wow!

  • By Marcus on 01-10-17

A Games Workshop 40K classic

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

An excellently entry to the trilogy written by one of the best authors contibuting to the GW 40K universe. I've read the books on two occaisions now, which is telling as i rarely revisit books, but this audiobook is so expertly narrated it is worth the time and cost. The narrator has a perfect range of pitch, tone and voices to allow easy differentiation of the characters, and a gravitas that really compliments the 40k universe. Quality.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coming of Age Fantasy

  • By Simon on 15-02-17

Teenage kicks

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Mixed thoughts. I came to this via an advert and liked the reviews, blurb and cover art. someone described it as being 'Harry Potter-like' but the comparisons to Rowlings universe are few. I'd put it in the YA category and would have liked it more in my teenage years. Thats not to say i didnt enjoy the book; it took a few hours for the story to really kick in and the protagonist is infuriating at times, but intentionally so.

The biggest credit goes to the voice-actor who displays the best range of accents and character differentiation that I've heard in an audiobook.

  • Legend

  • Drenai, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy, death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legends and Sagas!

  • By Simon on 26-06-17

Pure nostalgia

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

This works as an audio book as well as it read in the printed vesion. I last read the book around 1985, so approached this version expecting the simple story to have failed to live up to my memory of it. However the themes of honour, pride and love never go out of fashion and the basic conceit of the ultimate fort under seige by the ultimate invading force is as exciting now as it was to my teenage self. Recommended on many levels.

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  • World War Z

  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned gory fun

  • By monkey-puzzle on 21-11-12

SO much more than the movie

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

Reviewed: 25-05-17

The original book was great in print, but its true home lies in this format. A collection of personal accounts with a very good collection of voice actors. If all you know of the story is the movie (meh) then do yourself a favour and listen to this, you'll then realise it sbould have been made into an anthology series by HBO all along.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,736

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just fantastic!

  • By Miles on 12-06-13

Favourite book by Favourite author

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Excellent reading and voicecast, with an engaging Introduction and Epilogue read by the author. There is also an extra chapter that wasn't included in the original book. At time of writing the series is also being broadcast so this is a great time to immerse yourself in this thriller/ mystery/ folklore/ roadtrip story.