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Cthulhu fhtagn

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-20

Excellent work by a fantastic cast. Really enjoyed this and I hope they produce many more.

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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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.

An odd one this

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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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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Puerile and magnificent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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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.

The great and the good

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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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.

Pretty thin but decent nonetheless

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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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.

Sweet Dreams

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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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.

No hesitation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-14

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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.

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  • A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman

Good little tale

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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.

Not bad

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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.