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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,388

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book has got character!

  • By Sebastian on 24-12-14

Modern Classic

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

What did you like most about American Gods?

I just loved the general feel of the whole thing, the desperation of the old gods, the seediness of their situations, the fact that I would certainly have believed that this was all some sort of fever dream in Shadows head.

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

I have 2 - Shadows nonplussed reaction to chatting with his dead wife and the shock of one of the central characters fates.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Any scene with Czernobog in it. He made me laugh out loud all the time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • By: Walter M. Miller Jr.
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • classic.

  • By dave nolan on 08-03-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

Where does A Canticle for Leibowitz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was the first one I downloaded with my initial free credit and it is still the best I've listened to.

What other book might you compare A Canticle for Leibowitz to, and why?

Any of those genre of sci-fi books that I call post-apocalytica. So Earth Abides by George R. Stweart or I Am Legend by Richard Matheson but also future history novels like H.G. Wells the time machine or Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon.

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

I haven't heard anything else he's done but I would certainly like to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end of brother Francis' story made me gasp.

Any additional comments?

I love this book. Despite spanning many centuries and dealing with big issues, it manages to be about individual characters wants and needs. One of those rare Sci-Fi pieces that combines the cerebral with the personal successfully.

  • Blue Remembered Earth

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superior space opera

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-06-14

I think I liked it.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but not every friend. They would have to like rollicking adventure mixed with (mostly) hard sci-fi and not mind the occasional plot hole. I'm friends with people like that.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the scenes on the moon, particularly with the genetic zoo keeper characters.

Do you think Blue Remembered Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well it has, and I was happy to spend more time with the Akinya family.

Any additional comments?

I really liked Kobna Holbrook-Smith's narration...eventually. It probably took me about a third of the book to get used to his unusual style but once I did I loved the quirky voice choices and caramel tones.

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  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasingly long

  • By Felix on 24-08-05

Inventing a new folklore

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

If you could sum up Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell in three words, what would they be?

Long, Worth it.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the diversions, the stories within the story that built up a picture of this almost but not quite England.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

He was consistent, didn't overplay anything and nearly made me walk into traffic during a particularly interesting bit