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  • Apocalypse

  • Star Wars Legends (Fate of the Jedi)
  • By: Troy Denning
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

In the stunning finale of the epic Fate of the Jedi series, Jedi and Sith face off - with Coruscant as their battlefield. For the Sith, it’s the chance to restore their dominance over the galaxy that forgot them for so long. For Abeloth, it’s a giant step in her quest to conquer all life everywhere. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a call to arms to eradicate the Sith and their monstrous new master once and for all. In a planetwide strike, teams of Jedi Knights take the Sith infiltrators by swift and lethal surprise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thrill from start to finish

  • By Ian on 20-05-19

A thrill from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 20-05-19

After all the drama with Disney's new Star Wars this 9 part series was just what I needed.

Luke and Ben's journey and Jaina's engagement to Jag were tied as my favourite part of these books but the other Jedi, the Sith and the Solos also got enough attention to feel just as important.

Marc Thompson is great as usual, the sound and music is well integrated and it has now raised my interest in the rest of the original expanded universe (even with this being the final piece of EU before Disney took over it was a great ending in that sense).

  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,190

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

Leadership 101

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

At first I thought this would be a regular autobiography where Ant tells a self-fulfilling journey he went on, but no. Instead he gives ten experiences that tie in perfectly with each of his ten rules for leadership, examples of bad leadership and how real leaders should act, a retelling of his Mutiny experience (which is what introduced me to him) and revealed that beyond all the swearing, the authority, occasional trouble and toughness, he's more human and relatable than I first thought before listening to this.

And you know what? It's made me respect him even more. Definitely glad I got this. A certain recommendation!

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,208

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the ideologue, or the lazy + close minded.

  • By Jake O'Connor on 18-12-18

A book I never knew I needed.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-19

I first discovered Jordan Peterson through his videos and appearances at debates and I was hooked on what he had to say in each one. So when I heard that he had books on Audible I had to check them out.

Despite being longer than I'm used to, I was invested in every single chapter (or rule in this case) and the examples he used made all his points clear without patronising me, I enjoyed his references to pop culture, mythology and religion as they didn't feel contrived.

But most importantly, he made me think about how I can apply these rules in my everyday life, and even before I was finished I found that they really made me think a lot recently.

Granted there were some things I disagreed with, but I'm actually considering buying a physical copy of this book. Thanks for this, Jordan. Looking forward to your nect book!

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  • The Kishi

  • Tales from Esowon, Volume 1
  • By: Antoine Bandele
  • Narrated by: J. Keith Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Amana hopes his dark secrets will never catch up with him. But when nearby villagers discover a mauled body near him, the residents assume the traveling monk is to blame. Amana suspects the grisly handiwork of a bloodthirsty, mythological creature. Determined to clear his name and catch the culprit, Amana follows the trail of bloody clues. When shadows from his own past tie in with the demonic attack, he's torn between his vow of pacifism and his duty to protect the defenseless. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome African cultural Fantasy

  • By Admire on 20-02-19

A great first novel

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I have been a fan of Antoine Bandele since I found him through his Star Wars versus series and I was intrigued that he was writing about African mythology.

He has won me over with a gripping story, a hero I found myself sympathising and rooting for and the world building was a good start for his other Tales from Esowon, along with J Keith Jackson's good narration.

Not for the faint of heart given the mature story but it was worth it for the first of hopefully more entertaining interpretations of African mythology.

Well done Antoine, I'm looking forward to the next book!

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married, Alice in Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films ( The Dark Knight Rises), lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration

  • By Julia Brown on 30-11-14

Anne Hathaway gives a beautiful performance!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This was a great Christmas and New year present, Anne surprised me with not only a wonderful narration but a unique voice for each character.

Definitely recommend this to anyone!

  • The Fourth Friend

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellis Gets Into The Groove!

  • By Simon on 07-12-18

An enticing mystery!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

My favourite of the Jackman and Evans thrillers, from the clues, the conversations and conclusions I was hooked on this book more so than the last two and I'll definitely be listening to this one again.

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  • Straight Outta Crawley

  • Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being
  • By: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Narrated by: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's Holiday Camp talent competition, smashing the only other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo. The gig went so well that Romesh retired his comic genius for 22 years, hiding behind the guise of a maths teacher, before finally revealing himself again (no, not like that) at the tender age of 31. In 2010, Ranganathan staged his epic comeback gig to an almost silent room, and has since gone on to earn his place as the most in-demand overweight vegan Sri Lankan comedian in Britain. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Romesh's work then listen to this

  • By Gervaise Miller on 05-10-18

A different perspective

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Romesh has made me view him in a different way. While I was a bit shocked at some of the things he said he did, I kept in mind the rough background he told and has proved that if you can't make fun of yourself, how will you learn to take a joke.

Yes, he can be a bit blunt but if this book showed me anything it's that the world isn't black and white, plenty of grey areas in show business in particular.

I was stunned at his honesty, surprised by his remarks and as usual, he managed to make me laugh plenty of times.

  • Heroes

  • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,030

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils or outwitted scheming vengeful gods quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

  • By Simon on 02-11-18

A great book, even if you didn't read Mythos.

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

I have always been intrigued by different Mythologies and a fan of Stephen Fry so after hearing that this was his newest book I decided to give it a whirl.

While the stories of Heracles, Jason and Perseus are as engaging as ever, the real surprise was learning about Theseus, Atalanta, Orpheus and others and having them be some of my new favourites.

I appreciate that Stephen, along with being a brilliant narrator as always, makes notes along the way clarifying alternate versions and interpretations of these stories and the ties they have to other stories and characters.

Granted I did find some of the pop culture references a bit embarrassing (the Yoda impression and particularly comparing Orpheus to Lady GaGa and Kendrick Lamar...really? Okay, not my first choices but eh, not my decision) but honestly that's the biggest complaint I have.

If you haven't read Mythos, don't fret, this book is purposefully written so you can start with this one if you want, something Stephen mentions at the start. I liked this so much I bought a physical copy as well.

Overall, another great book to add to your collection!

  • Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #4: Exile

  • By: Aaron Allston
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

With each victory against the Corellian rebels, Jacen Solo becomes more admired, more powerful, and more certain of achieving galactic peace. But that peace may come at a price. Despite strained relationships caused by opposing sympathies in the war, Han and Leia Solo and Luke and Mara Skywalker remain united by one frightening suspicion: Someone insidious is manipulating this war, and if he or she isn't stopped, all efforts at reconciliation may be for naught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite LOTF book so far!

  • By Ian on 25-10-18

My favourite LOTF book so far!

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

A lot of stand out moments in this book has made it one of my favourites. Lando, Han and Leia's chemistry as crew of the Loooove Commander, Ben's journey and growth on his mission (miles better than Rey's in the sequel films), the fights with Lumiya, Jacen's descent into darkness, it's one of the strongest books in Star Wars for me.

  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Better as a documentary - read review to the end

  • By Elle on 04-10-18

Interesting read, however...

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

While I enjoyed this audiobook, the audio quality is all over the place, it's easy to notice and changing the volume multiple times wasn't something I expected considering the consistent audio volume of the previous books.

Apart from that, nothing spectacular but still a nice listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful