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Robert Rawlins

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  • Ghost

  • Marc Dane, Book 3
  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of Nomad and Exile comes Marc Dane's most terrifying case yet. A terrible threat from the depths of the dark net. A devastating betrayal at the heart of a covert strike force. A deadly pursuit across a digital battlefield. A ruthless terrorist fuelled by revenge. As devastating attacks unfold across the globe, Marc Dane must call on all his skills and ingenuity to track down the mysterious figure behind it all - a faceless criminal known only as 'Madrigal'. Before they plunge the world into war....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back on form

  • By Robert Rawlins on 30-09-18

Back on form

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

I loved Nomad but went a little off Exile, when I felt the action sequences had become too Hollywood, and Mark Dane started to look for like Dwayne Johnson in my head.

Really pleased to find that Ghost seems to have toned down a little, and gone back to the root.

Narator is first class too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Angels

  • Altered Carbon, Book 2
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Fifty years after the events of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless - and whose dangers are endless. Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excitement by the fistful.

  • By Martyn. R. Winters on 09-02-15

An unusual follow up.

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

Great performance, and the story was enjoyable in itself, however it didn't share much of the original, the crime thriller is gone, replaced with an epic sized cross-space adventure

Enjoyed it, but the first was more to my tastes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging - not what I expected

  • By Robyn on 14-12-17

Great story, I said.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Ita a great story, an interesting and fairly original concept in a fairly well ridden genre. Narratiob from Wheaton was solid, and due to any similarities with Raedy Player One found the right tone.

The additional Novela was also a little treat, certainly have the world extra context and coukd maybe break into a series of radio plays?

My one and only complaint is the "I said, she said, he said, they said, I said, she said" style of writing. perhaps this worked better in reitten form, but was at points a little grating

  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drowning in Aliens!

  • By Simon on 26-04-18

Mostly disapointing

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Much weaker than previous episodes.

A lackluster story which didn't feel like it really added much to the bigger picture. Unexciting twists, and a lack of suspense of atmosphere.

Too many characters to keep track of, found myself losing who was who, who were friends, who were enemies.

This also lead to a large cast, some of whom were excellent (Andrea Rollins) but with others sounding like a poor comedy impersonation of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Pre-ordered this a while back, only hope the next installment brings us back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hellbent

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

To some he was Orphan X. Others knew him as the Nowhere Man. But to veteran spymaster Jack Johns, he was a boy named Evan Smoak. Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top secret programme designed to turn him into a deadly weapon. Jack became his instructor, mentor, teacher and guardian. Because for all the dangerous skills he instilled in his young charge, he also cared for Evan like a son. And now Jack needs Evan’s help....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By ben on 16-03-18

Back on form

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I didn't much enjoy the second book in the series, and I almost didn't bother with this, the third in the series but I'm so glad that I did.

The writing, characters and plot felt much stronger, genuinely gripping, and Scott Bricks narration was first class.

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Orphan X, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

Ambushed and drugged, Evan Smoak wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what's happened, he receives a desperate call for help. With time running out, he will need to out-manoeuvre a powerful opponent to have any chance of escape. He's got to save himself to protect those whose lives depend on him...or die trying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book as good as the first one

  • By despie on 03-03-17

Suspension of belief required

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I loved the first book, and while this is equally well written and performed, the plot and characters seemed more.inplaisoble to me.

if the first book was a Bourne movie, this was more James Bond.

I'm sure it will suite many people, but the new bond villainesque characters didn't really do it for me.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,092

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Fantastic female led science fictuon

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

I had this sat on pre order for a long while, and went in blind without having heard the preview. it did not disappoint. Male authors often get berated for the way they write female characters, particularly those in the science fiction and fantasy genre but the honesty and floored personality if Jazz reminded me of many women I know,.

Those of you who enjoyed the humour from The Martian won't be disappointed to see it shine through again in the book.

Fast paced, plenty of twists made this an absolute pleasure to read. another book from Andy which showcases everything good in contemporary science fiction.

  • Exile

  • Marc Dane, Book 2
  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

Move over Jason Bourne, Marc Dane is here.... A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons. A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing. A vengeful Somali warlord, with a cause for which he'd let the world burn. A jaded government agency, without the information to stop him. Only one man sees what's coming. And even he might not be able to prevent it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling Listen / Superb Narration

  • By Rich Banton on 06-12-17

Disappointing sequal.

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

I loved Nomad but this follow up seems to have lost its way a little, at least for my tastes. The performance was great as always, but the story seems to become akin to something from the Fast and Furious franchise, action segments beyond belief and corney dialogue left me detached from the characters.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Red Sparrow

  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a mole at the Russian Intelligence service. Dominika Egorov, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought I had strayed into a cookery book

  • By Eddie on 13-03-18

Fantastic Contemporary Spy Novel

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Dark and repressive backdrop highlighted with anticipation and sexual tension

Decided to read after seeing the movie trailer, glad I did as I can't see how they will cover the depth and complexity of the story without taking the time to do so properly

Great performance of a well written novel.

  • Nomad

  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306

Marc Dane is an MI6 field agent at home behind a computer screen, one step away from the action. But when a brutal attack on his team leaves Marc as the only survivor - and with the shocking knowledge that there are traitors inside MI6 - he's forced into the front line. However, the evidence seems to point towards Marc as the perpetrator of the attack. Accused of betraying his country, he must race against time to clear his name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For lovers of I Am Pilgrim

  • By Robert Rawlins on 28-10-17

For lovers of I Am Pilgrim

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

I was recommended this after reading I Am Pilgrim and it didn't disappoint. Felt engaged with the story and characters early on, and the performance is first class.

As with all thrillers of this nature it's perhaps hard for it to be truly original in its plot and ideas, but it doesn't matter

Read it. Enjoy it

17 of 17 people found this review helpful