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  • The October Man

  • A Rivers of London Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Sam Peter Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

A brand-new stand-alone novella in the Rivers of London series! Tobias Winter has been assigned to the Abteilung KDA - the Department for Complex and Unspecific Matters. Despite the intriguing department name, as Winter explains, dealing with the strange and the supernatural is 'actually 90 percent paperwork'. But this is a story about the other 10 percent of the job: the life-threatening danger part.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deutschlands Flüsse

  • By Andreas Beck on 15-06-19

A Perplexing Novella

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

Reviewed: 16-06-19

This seems like a filler for the expansion of the Rivers of London; Peter Grant's off to Germany? Sadly I felt the main character was a little dull or maybe just 2 dimensional. (I think that German speakers may get more out of German Police procedural comments & observations). Not enough back story; but I suppose the story of the evolution of copper on the beat to enrolment in the magic police has already been done. Too short for all the plot developments and just as my interest was piquing the book finished. If you're already a fan of the series this is probably required reading/listening to, but I think if its your first foray into the series start with Rivers of London.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stainless Steel Rat

  • By: Harry Harrison
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing narrative style for a classic book

  • By Stephen on 20-11-12

2 dimensional comic book story

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

Revisited out of nostalgia: I read this series as a teenager after reading about the stainless steel rat in 2000AD.

The story is uninspiring without a twist or any drama & characters are 2 dimensional: fine for a comic book. Audio performance is not great. I won’t be revisiting anymore in the series. Pity.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Sci-fi with a Modern Style

  • By Simon on 07-06-18

Average Follow Up to Bobiverse series

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

This might have benefited from a new narrator. Ray Porter narrated the Bobiverse series superbly and unfortunately there was similar vocal characterisation. The story sort of petered out, with similar themes from Taylor's previous series which weren't expanded upon enough. Sadly I'm afraid I can only give this book 3 stars as it doesn't get beyond average, which is a pity.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Algebraist

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Geoff Annis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

For short-lived races like humans, space is dominated by the complicated, grandiose Mercatoria. To the Dwellers who may live billions of years, the galaxy consists of their gas-giant planets - the rest is debris. Fassin Taak is a Slow Seer privileged to work with the Dwellers of the gas-giant Nasqueron. His work consists of rummaging for data in their vast, disorganised memories and libraries. Unfortunately, without knowing it, he's come close to an ancient secret of unimaginable importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hooray and oh dear.

  • By Toadjuggler on 03-02-18

Sadly no Peter Kenny

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

The story is very good in typical Iain M Banks way (not a Culture series novel but in the same vein) but is let down by the narration. Geoff Annis gives an ok narration but doesn’t have the range of Peter Kenny and so is let down by poor female vocals and very bad American-ist accents. I’d still say it’s worth buying.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful