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  • Dissidence

  • The Corporation Wars, Book 1
  • By: Ken MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

One of SFX magazine's Most Anticipated Books for 2016. An epic vision of man and machine in the far reaches of space. Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a 1000 years ago, he's been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he's not sure he's fighting for the right side. Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Mara on 12-09-17

just awful

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

The story was dull and predictable and the narrator was so bad. Really struggled to finish but gave up.

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  • Sea of Rust

  • By: C. Robert Cargill
  • Narrated by: Christy Meyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

An action-packed postapocalyptic thriller from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic. Humankind is extinct. Wiped out in a global uprising by the very machines made to serve them. Now the world is controlled by One World Intelligences - vast mainframes that have assimilated the minds of millions of robots. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality, and Brittle - a loner and scavenger, focused solely on survival - is one of the holdouts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quite addictive

  • By craig henthorn on 26-12-18

good start but lost it's way

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

started out five out of five but ran out of steam and just became rather average shoot em up sci fi

  • Rama II

  • Rama Series, Book 2
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

In 2130, an alien spaceship, Rama, entered our solar system. The first product of an alien civilisation to be encountered by man, it revealed many wonders to mankind; but most of its mysteries remained unsolved.… Sixty-six years later, a second approaching spacecraft was detected; four years on, the Ramans are definitely returning. But this time, Earth is ready. And maybe now, with the arrival of Rama II, some of the questions posed by Rama will at last be answered.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Worst sequel I've read in a long time.

  • By Athos on 01-11-15

Shame

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book takes so long to get going. It starts off with some interesting global politics then we get much to long of an introduction to the characters(Most of which has no relevance). The whole big aliens spaceship seems to be lost in very predictable characters. The only character where the background really matters is the main character - Nicole who was interesting. Points in the story where big or strange things are happening and she starts to reminisce about her father and the chateau in France was a bit tedious after a while.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Lots of questions are answered and you are left ready for where the next book will take you.

Have you listened to any of Toby Longworth’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Brilliant performance and would not have made it through the book if i had been reading it. His characterization was brilliant

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possibly.

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whiled away a very long drive!

  • By Emma on 27-08-16

Very hard work

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

Reviewed: 29-12-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Geologist might enjoy it the constant reference to minerals types and formations became very tedious.

Has Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry put you off other books in this genre?

No. Tim Curry's performance was very good and i would happily listen to another work he narrated.

Any additional comments?

I love a lot of Jules Verne stories they all have great ideas about science and possible theories of the time and most of them you can just accept the theories and move on with the great story, unfortunately not in this case. Most of the book is a very dry dull description of the theories necessary for the book. The characters are not particularly interesting and i had no interest if they survived or not.If you are looking for a great Jules Verne story this is not his best by a long way.

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  • Provenance

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to their home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family and her world before they are lost to her for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ann Leckie has done it again. Another great story

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-10-17

rambling and too long for what it was.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

fantastic performance only thing that got me to the end. Story was very repetitive and the ending was so predictable. I have to say it because I loved the ancillary series.

  • The Massacre of Mankind

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No one would have believed . . .

  • By Simon on 20-01-17

Very good attempt at a follow in style.

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

Reviewed: 30-07-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

On the whole i enjoyed the book but not something i would every listen to (or read again). The story is much more big picture and the story of the world and has none of the excitement or charm of the original story. It was refreshing to have a story told from the point of view of a woman. The working in of the new world history was very interesting at times - how the world could have ended up.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story rambles too much and somehow there is a total lack of excitement.

What about Nathalie Buscombe’s performance did you like?

The narrators passion was clear and at a few points was the only thing that kept me going.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No just not enough there

Any additional comments?

I hate to be all negative the book was worth a listen the narrator is excellent and for all its faults it was an enjoyable story.

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  • Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant!

  • By louise on 02-09-09

More Love and Romance than Zombies

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

Reviewed: 30-07-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Story could be cut and would have been a much more enjoyable story.

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

Performance was excellent and the only reason i did not give up.

What character would you cut from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

The stuff around the younger sisters was painful a bit more done to liven this up would have really helped the book.

Any additional comments?

There are some truly funny parts to the book and the bits i enjoyed i really enjoyed but there were just not enough of them.

  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: David Buck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

With buried treasure, treacherous buccaneers, a young hero, and Long John Silver, the one-legged villain, Treasure Island remains one of the most popular of pirate adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Argh, Jim M'lad

  • By Alex on 30-05-14

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

after giving up on the book was not expecting much but what a fantastic story and performance.

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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,987

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

Starts out great but soon become a dull tedious

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

Reviewed: 21-01-17

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Narrator was brilliant only think that kept me going. He really brought the characters to life and i would listen to him again.

Any additional comments?

The general idea is very interesting but the book is not sure what it wants to do. All of a sudden a new technology break through occurs (conveniently). The idea of all the bobs was great and really interesting but never achieves its potential.

  • A Closed and Common Orbit

  • Wayfarers, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story wonderfully read!

  • By Dario Persechino on 24-12-16

Total let down after such an amazing first book

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

Reviewed: 25-12-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book seemed to drag so much. The idea of the story is great but some how i just found this seemed to drag and it was almost a chore to listen such a change from the first book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Becky Chambers again?

Yes but i would hope it was more like the first book in this series.

What does Patricia Rodriguez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Lovely voice and great performance.