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  • The Vital Abyss

  • An Expanse Novella
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity. The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room. And then the man from Mars comes along.... Set in the hardscrabble solar system of the Expanse, The Vital Abyss deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishing

  • By matt hall on 30-08-17

interesting novella

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

OK. I bought this by accident, I thought it was part of the Expanse series. It's not in the series but it is of the series and it's actually pretty good!

Seriously, if you like the Expanse you do need this to fill in some interesting gaps.

Enjoy!

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 689

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Juvenile

  • By Sally on 14-04-17

Great opener to a potentially great series!

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

No spoilers. Heartily recommended as a grown up socio-economic essay with great scifi!

Will Wheaton gets my grudging respect for another really good narration.(I just can't forgive him for Wesley Crusher.) However, will someone PLEASE advise him of the current way to say emperor. There's another 'r' at the end.

Enjoy the End of civilisation.

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  • Revenger

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.... Captain Rackamore and his crew do.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear

  • By Mr S. on 12-10-16

good

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

science and steam punk combined with pirates of the carribean... enjoyed it though some narrative conventions were followed. good reading and happy to recommend.

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • Rama Series, Book 1
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well read with distinctive character voices.

  • By In car listener on 16-01-17

Interplanetary Mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

OK, first off I've never got into Clarke's books before so this was a stab in the dark. It was good, very, very good! The plot is engaging, some of the sociological stuff in the character background is distracting and superfluous. Other than that the whole Rama concept is fascinating!

The reader isn't my favourite, the characterisation isn't all it could be but still a engaging performance.

I am looking forward to next installment!

  • Ship of Rome

  • By: John Stack
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Atticus, captain of one of the ships of Rome's small, coastal fleet, is from a Greek fishing family. Septimus, legionary commander, reluctantly ordered aboard ship, is from Rome, born into a traditionally army family. It could never be an easy alliance. But the arrival of a hostile fleet, larger, far more skilful and more powerful than any Atticus has encountered before, forces them to act together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rip Roaring!

  • By scotty on 16-07-13

Rip Roaring!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

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

Always thought Roman history was boring? Wrong! Give this one a try, you'll be hooked on the first chapter...

What other book might you compare Ship of Rome to, and why?

Excitement and naval action like the Bolitho or Hornblower novels but set in an older yet equally rich context. The political intrigue and machinations of the leaders reminds you that not too much has changed in the world.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As an opening gambit the first chapter is a killer. Starting you on the coastal patrol if not the high seas with a detailed and engaging cast. The action starts fast and hits ramming speed while illustrating a rarely covered element of the Roman era; their navy.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

If you're not gnashing your teeth at the pettiness of the rulers in the first half you are far too forgiving... And the contrast with the detailed back-story of the protagonists is a joy.

Any additional comments?

If you take a chance on one audiobook this summer, make it this one. I was so impressed I took a weekend flight to Rome and visited some of the key locations mentioned. Listening to the story where it was set was magical!

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  • Nova War

  • Shoal, Book 2
  • By: Gary Gibson
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Dakota and Corso discover not only that the Shoal are caught in an aeons-long conflict with a rival star-faring species, but that the Bandati have resolved to make an alliance with this race by giving them deadly knowledge acquired from the Magi starship; forging an unholy alliance with the Shoal-member Trader. Dakota is determined to stop them - but the destruction of millions of inhabited worlds appears inevitable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • TOO LONG,FAR TOO MUCH FILLER,OVERALL GOOD

  • By DENNIS on 08-03-18

First Rate Read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

A most exciting opening to a series!



Great concepts and a rich tapestry crossing the galaxy!



The characters are well developed and definitely good fun.



Without doubt the narrator does a great job bringing the characters to life.



Good fun, thought provoking, exciting and with every possibility of a long running series.



Take a gamble, you'll love this one!

  • When Worlds Collide

  • By: Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

A runaway planet hurtles toward Earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed Earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • World Smashingly Good

  • By Steve on 14-12-12

Great Film. Better Story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

OK, this is really bad science but timely and it's a great story. The characters are larger than life and so is the target.



Lyra and Bellus are a twin pair of rogue planets that are just about to close pass the Earth, loop around and wallop us. But! If we're lucky and clever we can launch Arcs to send life to the world that doesn't hit earth... Listen on...

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  • Empire of Light: Shoal, Book 3

  • By: Gary Gibson
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

In the third Shoal book, the nova war has begun to spread as the Emissaries force the Shoal into a desperate retreat. While Dakota goes in search of the entity responsible for creating the Maker caches, Corso, left in charge of a fleet of Magi ships, finds his authority crumbling in the face of politically-motivated sabotage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Corker!

  • By scotty on 07-04-13

What A Corker!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Gary Gibson is a new author to me. Heard about some of his stories a while back but couldn’t get in to them. I’d heard good things about the Shoal series and WHAM! I was hooked!



Great inventive writing. Galaxy spanning concepts. Really believable human characters.



No spoilers. But if you try one new author this year give GG’s Shoal Series a run.



Also, a shout out to the narrator, Charlie Norfolk. Good job! A difficult set of characters and a job well done.

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  • The Hydrogen Sonata

  • Culture, Book 10
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations: They are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By M on 27-10-12

The Last Culture Story?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Deeply saddened to learn of I.M.B.’s dreadful illness. Got to admire the panache of his public statement. More power to his elbow!



Read the publisher’s review for the plot, this is what I think...



A proto-Culture... The Mysteries of the Sublimed Elder races? Too good to miss.



Once again incredible imagination with soaring concepts. If you’re interested in Culture novels this isn’t a bad place to start.



Well if this is the last Culture novel, what a stunner to go out on.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 431

Merry Christmas to Our Members, from the Audible Team. Two-time Emmy Award nominee (The Good Wife) and Audie Award winner for best narrator, Alan Cumming here narrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first-rate festive whodunit. Cumming adds his personal flair to the mystery classic and turns in an outstanding performance of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his pal, Watson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elementary my dear Watson!

  • By Adisha on 23-12-12

Quintessential Christmas!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Sherlock Holmes at his best. Not a complex story but a fun and insightful romp through London of the 1880's from the master crime writer. A big THANK YOU to Audible for this story as a Christmas present!