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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 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,977

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

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

It's difficult to properly review this one without spoilers so I'll just say this: Download and listen, particularly if you're an Ernie Cline fan.

  • Awaken Online: Catharsis

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life. Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn't expect. In this game, he isn't the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant addiction

  • By Kyle Groenewald on 30-03-17

An odd one this

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

Reviewed: 18-04-17

This tale has some great ideas but the clunkiness of the storytelling let's it down. I suspect many of the apparent weaknesses stem from the narration which is pretty poor. I'll most likely pick up book two at some point, though sadly it has the same narrator.

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  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Matrix meets mediaeval fabtasy

  • By Matthew on 07-10-15

Puerile and magnificent

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

Reviewed: 24-02-17

I wasn't at all sure what to make of this book when I started listening. The opening gave me a totally false sense of where the book would end up, but it's all the better for it. If you want to switch off and listen to something light and thoroughly entertaining, you'd struggle to find much better, especially if you're a sci-fi and fantasy nerd.

  • Nexus

  • Nexus, Book 1
  • By: Ramez Naam
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

In the near future, the nano-drug Nexus can link mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage, with far more at stake than anyone realizes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly surprised by the quality

  • By Mordy on 26-06-14

The great and the good

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

Reviewed: 29-12-16

Some great ideas here with good execution. Looking forward to the next two books in the series.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 906

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting concept ruined

  • By Mr. G. Mitchell on 12-10-17

Pretty thin but decent nonetheless

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

I quite enjoyed this tale, despite the fact that its plot is wafer thin. Not sure I'll be rushing to pick up any more of Scalzi's books, except perhaps Old Man's War which I've heard excellent things about.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,610

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Sweet Dreams

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

For anyone who consumed popular culture during the 1980s, this book is an absolute confection. It managed to hit so many of the reference points for that period in my life, I'd struggle to list more than ten that it missed. Computer games, films, TV programmes, music, role playing - you name it, Cline brings it all flooding back.

The story itself is well crafted, and Wil Wheaton was the perfect choice as narrator. I honestly can't recommend this book enough, and I doubt it'll be long before I listen through again.

Beware, though, it will cause such a degree of nostalgia, you might find yourself hunting for all those wonderful things you remember from your youth.

  • Before They Are Hanged

  • The First Law: Book Two
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,381
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An EXCELLENT trilogy, BRILLIANTLY narrated

  • By Tom on 23-08-10

No hesitation

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

Reviewed: 08-11-14

Any additional comments?

I only discovered Abercrombie recently and I just can't get enough. Characterisation is superb (helped greatly by Steven Pacey's narration) and the plots are refreshingly unpredictable. If you are looking for traditional swords and sorcery fare, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you seek original storytelling with wit and raw believability, download The Blade Itself now and get listening.

Click-Clack the Rattlebag cover art
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag

  • A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

"Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at BookTrust.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Gavingks on 23-12-12
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag
  • A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman

Good little tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

A nice little tale which, while perhaps predictable, is still strangely satisfying. That said, I do love Mr Gaiman's work.

  • The Pillars of Rome

  • Book 1 of the Republic Series
  • By: Jack Ludlow
  • Narrated by: Nick Boulton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

With barbarians at the gate and enemies within, two men must fight for the soul of the Republic. In a cave hacked out of rock two young boys appeal to the famed Roman oracle for a glimpse into their future. In the flickering torchlight the Sybil draws the blood-red shape of an eagle with wings outstretched: an omen of death. As they flee the cave in fear, Aulus and Lucius make an oath of loyalty until death. An oath that will be tested in the years to come. Narrator Nick Boulton brings this story of prophecy, courage, history and adventure to powerful life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two kids and a prediction ...

  • By Graham Gittins on 23-11-18

Not bad

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

It's a little stiff but not a bad start to what is clearly intended to be a (perhaps lengthy) series of books. Also picks out an era of Roman history not tackled by anyone else I've read, which I guess everyone in this genre needs to do if they want to succeed. Characterisation is a little one-dimensional and cliched but that will hopefully improve in later books, which I do plan to get around to at some point.

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,399

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

Wizard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-12

Another top notch (if a little short) book from Aaronovitch. Characterisation is spot on and attention to detail is beyond reproach.