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  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,416

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Nat on 20-02-11

Good adaptation.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

I find this book the most difficult of the novels to get through. Thankfully the performance makes it a lot more accsessable.

  • Use of Weapons

  • Culture Series, Book 3
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

The man known as Cheradenine Zakalwe was one of Special Circumstances' foremost agents, changing the destiny of planets to suit the Culture through intrigue, dirty tricks or military action. The woman known as Diziet Sma had plucked him from obscurity and pushed him towards his present eminence, but despite all their dealings she did not know him as well as she thought. The drone known as Skaffen-Amtiskaw knew both of these people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book from Iain M Banks.

  • By Thomas on 16-04-12

So far the best of the Culture novels, I've read.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

So far the best of the Culture novels I've read (or in this case had read to me). The story is engaging, the characters are warm and engaging in the background of constant war. Peter Jenny's performance is perfect, which just adds to the whole experience.

I'm really beginning to appreciate the talent that was lost when Ian M. Banks passed on.

  • The Legend of Huma

  • Dragonlance: Heroes, Book 1
  • By: Richard A. Knaak
  • Narrated by: Richard Topol
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Only fragments of the account of Huma survived the Cataclysm that broke the world of Krynn. The fullness of his tale has never been told – until now. One man took up the call to defend the world against the Queen of Darkness. He was the first Hero of the Lance, driven by his devotion to the Oath and the Measure and his love for a silver dragon. His life made him a hero. Here is the tale that made him a legend….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good adaptation

  • By C. H. Ford on 25-05-18

Good adaptation

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

Well I originally read this book, I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by the story and what was done with the characters. The audio adaptation manages to capture the characters of the book with the characters sounding exactly how I imagined them (especially Kaz).

  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight

  • Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but there are issues with narration

  • By Sean on 03-12-13

Good conversation.

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

A good conversation on the first fantasy novel I ever read. There are better fantasy stories out there but I will always have a nostalgic space for Dragonlance.

  • Surface Detail

  • Culture Series, Book 9
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The finest Culture novel yet!

  • By J Hurwitz on 04-11-10

From the personal to the epic and back again.

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

Excellent story about a possible end point of virtual reality. When people find out there isn't a heaven or hell. Virtual one are created, which in turn leads to a virtual world.

The description of the hells made me wonder about what was going through the authors mind at the time. Another reason to miss Iain M Banks.

  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough...anything!

  • By Mark on 19-12-16

Excellent serialisation

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

Reviewed: 21-06-17

Excellent narration of a great story. Somehow captain Falco sounds like zap branagain but doesn't detract from the story.

  • The Lost Fleet: Courageous

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must get the rest of the series.

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-06-17

Excellent adaptation.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

This is an excellent adaptation of one of the best military Sci-fi series out there at the moment.

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  • The Lost Fleet

  • Dauntless
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

The Alliance has been fighting the Syndic for a century, and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, a man who has emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized beyond belief. Now, he must live up to his own legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the lost fleet book 1

  • By William on 22-07-09

Excellent adaptation

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

This is one of my favourite series and it has been adapted very well. Recommended for any war in space fans.

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,397

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book by Ernest Cline

  • By Evil RobotNixon on 18-09-15

Not as good as ready player one but it OK.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

An OK story with excellent narration from wil weaton. A gaming culture fantasy of pure escapism.

  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great wow done well you will find it entertaining

  • By Dan Rouge Wolf on 01-10-18

Excellent adaptation

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

This is more than just a standard book reading. The actor enhances the performance with good impressions and the sound effects and music give this book one of the best star wars feels. If only the original thrown trilogy could be adapted this well.