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Ashington, United Kingdom
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  • The Neutronium Alchemist

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers but now follow a far from divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world. On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 2 massive gaps

  • By James Walker on 10-01-18

I read the books years ago and loved them

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

Reviewed: 24-03-19

The audiobook is just awesome. I really love the way John Lee brings Hamilton's universe to life. Really very good indeed.

  • Cowl

  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The Heliothane Dominion is triumphant in the solar system after a bitter war with their Umbrathane progenitors. But some of the enemy have escaped into the past, intent on wreaking havoc across time. The worst of these is Cowl, an artificially forced advance in human evolution but one who is no longer human. Polly, desperate to obtain funds to support her habits, is unprepared for her involvement with Nandru Jurgens, a Taskforce soldier, and the killers pursuing him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it when I read it!

  • By Anonymous Coward on 21-10-18

I loved it when I read it!

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

It was just as good to have it as an audiobook. Even better still was the fact that it cost me a fraction of its normal price because I already owned the Kindle version.

I particularly liked the vision of the way that time functions in the universe.

I also liked the fact that your never really sure who the bad guys and the good guys are right up until the last minute.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mindstar Rising

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Catherine on 13-12-11

I loved the story when I read it

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

all those years ago and I have to say that I'm a big fan of Toby Longworth who provides real depth to the characters. I rarely find myself annoyed with his pronunciation as well, I get the feeling he puts quite a lot of effort into his performance.

  • Gridlinked

  • Agent Cormac, Book 1
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

In outer space you can never feel sure that your adversary is altogether human. The runcible buffers on Samarkand have been mysteriously sabotaged, killing many thousands and destroying a terraforming project. Agent Cormac must reach it by ship to begin an investigation. But Cormac has incurred the wrath of a vicious psychopath called Pelter, who is prepared to follow him across the galaxy with a terrifying android in tow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent scifi

  • By Petteri on 22-05-18

The book made me a huge Asher fan

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

Read well, with a great story with a huge backstory. Well worth paying for. Thoroughly recommended to hard sci-fi fans.

  • The Line of Polity

  • Agent Cormac, Book 2
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 22 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed by a nanomycelium, and the very nature of this sabotage suggests that the alien bioconstruct Dragon - a creature as untrustworthy as it is gigantic - is somehow involved. Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great!

  • By Stephen on 17-01-19

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

Great book, read well with just a few inconsistencies. I'm not keen on the narrator's pronunciation of words like ceramel. I accept the stuff doesn't exist but considering its spelling it should be pronounced in the same way you say enamel. There are a couple of other words that grate but other than that, brilliant.

  • Night Without Stars

  • Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

The planet Bienvenido is in crisis. It has finally escaped the Void, emerging into regular space. But it's millions of light-years from Commonwealth assistance, and humans are battling the Fallers for control of their world. This rapacious adversary, evolved to destroy all sentient life, has infiltrated every level of human society - hijacking unwilling bodies so its citizens fear their leaders, friends and family. A mysterious figure known as the Warrior Angel leads a desperate resistance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By David on 13-10-16

Surprised at how good this was

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

Reviewed: 27-02-17

I was seriously discouraged by the summary. I enjoy the way John Lee performs, and I really like Peter Hamilton and I enjoyed the first book. The summary for this book really put me off though and I delayed by months before I decided to take the plunge. I'm glad I did.

  • The Long Utopia

  • The Long Earth, Book 4
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

It's 2045-2059. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption humanity is spreading farther into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve. Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang, lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He’s convinced they’re leading a normal life in New Springfield - they even adopt a child - but it seems they have been guided there for a reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series of four stories

  • By Simon on 01-12-15

Really enjoyed this one again

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

Reviewed: 22-12-16

You've got to love the writing team, a subtle blend of comedy, pathos and sci-fi that really works for me. It's not edge of your seat stuff, just well thought out, intelligent, well written and enjoyable with a little bit of extreme peril on the side.

  • The Long War

  • The Long Earth, Book 2
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 927

A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth - but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mitchell Quinn on 06-08-13

Love the story and the narration

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

Reviewed: 19-12-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Long War to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the book, but the narration is excellent

What did you like best about this story?

It's well paced and has some really thought provoking elements

Which character – as performed by Michael Fenton Stevens – was your favourite?

Always Lobsang!

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

Laugh

  • Eternity's Mind

  • Saga of Shadows, Book 3
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Two decades after the devastating Elemental War, which nearly destroyed the cosmos, the new Confederation restored peace and profitable commerce among the peoples and worlds of the Spiral Arm. The ambitious, innovative Roamers went back to their traditional business of harvesting the vital stardrive fuel ekti from the clouds of gas giant planets, and the telepathic green priests of Theroc provided instantaneous galaxy-wide communication via their connection to the powerful and sentient worldtrees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Benjamin Watson on 24-09-17

I've listened to and/or read the others so...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Super mystical SciFi extraordinaire. Just like the rest of the Seven Suns saga and other Saga of Shadows books.

It really began to grate by the end.

So did the endless repetition of stuff we already know.

I'm sure the book would be at least 30% shorter if we didn't revisit information so endlessly.

The performance was good though, so it gets four stars overall even though the story drove me nuts.

  • Revenger

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

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

Really, really good

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

Sometimes I struggle with Alistair Reynolds. I have found some of his books absolutely captivating and others downright dull and memorable only because they were so outrageously dull. I loved the first two books of the Revelation Space trilogy, liked the third and really disliked The Prefect and Terminal World.

I'm glad to say that this is one of his better ones and the performance by Clare Corbett was excellent.

A really good story with the potential for a cracking sequel in a very interesting universe.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful