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  • Superhuman by Habit

  • A Guide to Becoming the Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny Habit at a Time
  • By: Tynan
  • Narrated by: Tynan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Superhuman by Habit examines habit building in depth. It covers the principles and philosophies of habit building, as well as the practical nuts and bolts implementing those habits. The second half of the audiobook is dedicated to specific habits in every major area of life, covering the pros and cons of each, the path to implementing them, and specific notes about each one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth the read!!

  • By Mark on 14-04-16

Worth coming back to

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

If you're struggling for motivation, but desire to improve any aspect of your life, this is good place to start.
It's not perfect by any means, and it's not going to change your life on its own, but it will give you enough ideas where to start and what to do, that it should help you.
The reading is a little monotonous at times, but overall it's fine.
It's also one of those books worth coming back to, to remind yourself of its messages.

  • Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

  • By: Grant Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212

Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sci-Fi, but...

  • By Christopher Wilton on 05-01-11

Great, classic Red Dwarf

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Don't read it without reading the first book, but having done that (or with a healthy enjoyment of the TV series), you'll enjoy this one. Probably better than the first, great reading (& impressions) by Chris Barrie.

  • Red Dwarf

  • Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
  • By: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130

When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration and fun to listen too

  • By Leon on 22-08-08

For Red Dwarf fans this is essential reading

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

It's Red Dwarf, largely, though not precisely, as you know it. Storylines from the TV series put together into a coherent narrative, if you're a fan of Red Dwarf, it's highly likely you'll love this. Read by Chris Barrie, who does a great impression of his crew-mates, you'll feel like you're back on the Dwarf.
If you've never watched Red Dwarf, I dare say there's enough background and introduction to help you 'get it' (hard for me to tell really), but it's worth it as an intro.
My only complaint is that it ends too soon, and you need to buy the next book (Better Than Life) to see how it all ends.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,011

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Absolutely superb

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

A wonderful book, and an enthralling listen (& read if you've read the book) . Highly recommended.

  • Dirk Gently

  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dramatised)
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Harry Enfield
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Harry Enfield exuberantly returns as Dirk Gently, who, fallen on hard times and dressed as a gypsy woman, is using his irritatingly accurate clairvoyant powers to read palms. He is saved when a frantic client turns up with a ludicrous story about being stalked by a goblin waving a contract accompanied by a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Douglas Adams at his best

  • By mark on 02-09-15

Great book, not the greatest audio performance

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Harry Enfield is a legend, who has done some great work. This is not one of them. The book on which this dramatisation is based, is great. The dramatisation is weak, and the performances 'phoned in'. Worth reading, not worth listening to, especially if you enjoyed the book.

  • Good Omens

  • The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Mark Heap, Full Cast, Peter Serafinowicz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent radio adaption

  • By Alex Goff on 23-02-16

Great adaptation, very entertaining, too short!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Lots of great actors giving voice to a superb piece of comedic writing. They really did it justice and I only wish it had been longer!

  • Altered Carbon

  • Altered Carbon, Book 1
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always interesting!

  • By Jez Cajiao on 19-10-13

Convoluted, but gripping in places. Average read.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

The story is long and convoluted, and some of the twists and turns seem very forced. The graphic sex and violence also seem shoehorned in and unnecessary. It could have been much shorter and more punchy. Frankly the Netflix TV series made a better job of it.
The performance, well, the guy has a good solid voice and enunciates clearly. But he pronounces words incorrectly too often, and misreads at times (eg for "causal" he read "casual").
Overall I kind of quite enjoyed it, but it's not a reading I'd recommend.

  • Inferno-Unabridged

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking story

  • By Susan on 07-03-17

Great book, poor rendition

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

Reviewed: 21-08-11

I love this book & know it well having read it many times. Tom Weiner's rendition of it however comes nowhere near doing it justice. His reading voice has great tone and timbre and on that basis ought to be really good, however his phrasing, timing, and particularly inflection are poor and misplaced. Sometimes his phrasing is completely inappropriate to the situation, the words that preceded it and the words that follow. His long drawn out drawl at the end of some words also irritates me, though that's personal taste. If you've read the book I wouldn't recommend this version. If not, well you'll get more or less the sense of it.

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