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  • Old Man's War

  • Old Man's War, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

At 75 years old, John Perry is after a fresh start - so, naturally, he joins the army. Earth's military machine can transform elderly recruits, restoring their lost youth. But in return, its Colonial Defence Force demands two years of hazardous service in space. This is how Perry finds himself in a new body crafted from his original DNA. A genetically enhanced and upgraded new body, ready for battle. But upgrades alone won't keep Perry safe. He'll be fighting for his life on the front line as he defends humanity's colonies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Naration

  • By Ben G on 27-11-17

A fantastic emotional and action packed romp.

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

Reviewed: 25-07-19

I have tried reading this book three or four times with no success. But I am glad I listened to it on Audible. It is a great story, sometimes funny, sometimes sad; the a good dose of action and drama thrown in.

  • Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet

  • By: Dallas Campbell
  • Narrated by: Dallas Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

For almost all human history, we've been firmly rooted to the Earth. And sure, it's got some good things going for it: nice views, friendly inhabitants, good coffee. Air. But what if you want to get off? Whether you've got itchy feet and need a bit of a break or you're looking for a complete change of scene, this book has all the information you'll need to leave, with free expert advice from the men and woman who can actually make it happen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bi childish

  • By A R H on 06-03-19

A bi childish

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

The narrative is quite good and the author obviously a space buff, but I found it to be quite childish. Still worth a listen though

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

Another fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

The rivers of London Series is one of the few that I will hold everything and download audio book. Why audio book? Mainly for convenience to be honest.
Lies sleeping is another brilliant story in the series, for my money one of the best.

  • Michael Palin: Full Circle

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

The third and most ambitious of Michael Palin's adventures is a voyage of epic proportions - the circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim. He travels for almost a year through the 18 countries that border the world's largest ocean, and is forced to negotiate mountains, plunging gorges, cross glaciers and dodge icebergs. Volcanoes also mark Palin's journey. He climbs one which has freshly erupted and follows great rivers like the Yangtze and the Amazon to some of the most remote places on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Palin Power!

  • By Fatboypoole on 08-04-13

Another very enjoyable journey. Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Very enjoyable journey, well worth listening too. One two Three four five six seven eight

  • Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains

  • Misadventures on a Buddhist Pilgrimage
  • By: Paul Barach
  • Narrated by: Paul Barach
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Age 28 and fed up with the office job he settled for, Paul Barach decided to travel to Japan to follow a vision he had in college: to walk the ancient 750-mile Shikoku pilgrimage trail. Here are some things he did not decide to do: learn Japanese, do any research, road test his hiking shoes, or check if it's the hottest summer in history. And he went anyway, hoping to change his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful echo's in the first few chapters

  • By A R H on 09-07-17

Awful echo's in the first few chapters

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Good story but awful echo/reverb on the first few chapters made this very hard to listen too

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,513
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,850

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

Another brilliant Peter Grant story

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

If you haven't listened to any of the Peter Grant stories, there are 5 so far and this is the third, why??

The narration is some of the best I have heard, the story is fast paced and dynamic.

Start with the Rivers of London and go from there, you won't be sorry

  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd, What If? gives hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions. How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun that descends into silliness

  • By Dr L Madden on 01-12-14

Amazing book for Geeks

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

Reviewed: 14-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I certainly would. What if answers all the questions you wanted ask but didn't know who to ask.

What did you like best about this story?

Will Weatons narration

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The question about the periodic table

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish!!

Any additional comments?

Just get it, its amazing.. Please do another!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Timberline U.S.A.

  • High-Country Encounters from California to Maine
  • By: Donald Williams
  • Narrated by: Scott W. Kirby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

As a youth in Denver, Donald Mace Williams developed an affection for high mountain country. After a journalistic career spent mostly on flat lands, he set out to rediscover what was special about country above timberline. He hiked the high alpine in four of America's major ranges - the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and northern Appalachians - and in his narrative of his travels, he tells us what he saw and learned and who he met.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Go above timerline

  • By A R H on 14-10-14

Go above timerline

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

Reviewed: 14-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Wonderful discription of the world above timer line

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author was the main character, I loved his discriptions of training by climbing up his office stairs.

What about Scott W. Kirby’s performance did you like?

It was good

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I listen to Audio books on the way to work

  • Walking Home

  • Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way
  • By: Simon Armitage
  • Narrated by: Simon Armitage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

In summer 2010 Simon Armitage decided to walk the Pennine Way. The challenging 256 mile route is usually approached from south to north, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, the other side of the Scottish border. He resolved to tackle it the other way round: through beautiful and bleak terrain, across lonely fells and into the howling wind, he would be walking home, towards the Yorkshire village where he was born.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A relaxing and enjoyable read

  • By Sue McW on 12-06-13

A great story let down by dull narration

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

Reviewed: 06-08-14

What disappointed you about Walking Home?

The narratior seemed like he was close to suicide. DULL

What was one of the most memorable moments of Walking Home?

Ditching it for another audio book

What didn’t you like about Simon Armitage’s performance?

Very monotonal and dull

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Walking Home?

I would have left them all in just spiced up the narration

Any additional comments?

Pass me a rope

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The X-15 Rocket Plane

  • Flying the First Wings into Space
  • By: Michelle L. Evans
  • Narrated by: Gary L. Willprecht
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

With the Soviet Union's launch of the first Sputnik satellite in 1957, the Cold War soared to new heights as Americans feared losing the race into space. The X-15 Rocket Plane tells the enthralling yet little-known story of the hypersonic X-15, the winged rocket ship that met this challenge and opened the way into human-controlled spaceflight. Drawing on interviews with those who were there, Michelle Evans captures the drama and excitement of, yes, rocket science.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A rather long-winded, one-sided story.

  • By Preselector on 16-02-19

Brilliant for a fanatic

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

Reviewed: 06-08-14

If you could sum up The X-15 Rocket Plane in three words, what would they be?

Detailed, long, precise

What was one of the most memorable moments of The X-15 Rocket Plane?

The record breaking feats of daring by the pilots and the realisation the Neal Armstrong was taken off of flight duties

Have you listened to any of Gary L. Willprecht’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

God this this long

Any additional comments?

If like me you a a die hard fan of all things areonautic and space, then this is the book for you. I can see that the story could have a limited audience to the some muggles