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  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,528

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

Derivative but so fun and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Okay... As other reviewers have said it is definitely very close plot wise to stories such as Enders game and yes many of the pop cultural references feel forced and in the first third of the book there were just so many of them it felt too much.

However... I still really enjoyed the book. Will Wheaton did a fantastic job narrating and the story was fast paced and fun. If the stories it is obviously homaging had never been written this would be considered much better than its being currently reviewed.

I listened to the book almost in one shot and thoroughly enjoyed it.

It does feel a little rushed and possibly in need of a strong editor and a little reworking to develop some characters and plot points but don't let that put you off. Give it a chance. Don't go in expecting a master piece but enjoy it.

Thank you Ernest Cline.

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Paul on 19-03-15

Another good ronson book

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

If you like his others this is also good. I enjoyed it and listened almost in one sitting.

  • Proxima

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story, odd accent

  • By Gadget on 24-01-15

Magnificent storey - voice actor odd pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

As other reviewers have said the voice actor being American had some struggles pronouncing soft vowel words. His true accent coming through sometimes taking me out of the immersion. However on the whole he did a good job and there was clear distinctions between each character.

The story as always from Baxter was engaging, word, planetary and Galaxy spanning although I thought he was actually a little light in the science compared to previous books.

I have immediately purchased the next book in the series and cannot wait to start.

Baxter is always a must read!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dodger

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Steven Briggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686

Dodger is a tosher – a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn’t.But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.And Dodger’s tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's not to love

  • By Jesper on 19-10-12

Another Pratchett work of art

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

Reviewed: 31-03-15

Such a wonderful book you can almost smell London while reading it.

Outside of discworld TP shines as usual. A must read as always

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,795

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

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 26-03-15

Read this twice in paperback and enjoyed it even more read by wil Wheaton.

One of my all time favourite books.