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Castlewellan, United Kingdom
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  • Walking from East to West

  • God in the Shadows
  • By: Ravi Zacharias
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

This is a story about an amazing man. Yet it is also everyone's story about belief - how it begins, how it grows, and the struggles associated with it. Walking from East to West is a heartfelt personal story of one man's discovery that God is the author of our destinies, no matter how dark the shadows that hide the light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my better purchases!

  • By William on 21-07-11

One of my better purchases!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-11

An extremely interesting biography of the Christian apologist and teacher. I had heard his name but knew little about him and after listening to the excerpt thought it sounded interesting. It was much better than I expected, both in all he had to say about his life growing up in India and all that happened to him in North America. It was full of human interest, and once I started listened I could not stop. The Simon Vance reads well, and just faded into the background.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Passion for Souls

  • The Life of D. L. Moody
  • By: Lyle W. Dorsett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

D. L. Moody preached the gospel to more than 100 million people in the pre-television era. His energy and vision gave birth to fruitful ministries in publishing and education. He was an innovator, encourager and disciple maker. He had a passion for souls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative

  • By William on 01-07-10

Informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-10

A very good biography of the well known 19th Century Christian evangelist. I have read other biographies of DL Moody, but Dorsett covers ground have I have not come across before. Unlike some previous efforts here we have the man painted 'warts and all.' Very well read.

  • Time and Again

  • By: Jack Finney
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Frequency is all the buzz at the box office, so now's the time to revisit one of the best time-travel books ever written. Step back in time with Simon Morley to the New York that once was, as he is transported from the mid-1900s to the year 1882. Morley solves a mystery of the 20th century by discovering its 19th-century roots, and falls desperately in love with a beautiful young woman in the process. He ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By William on 01-07-10

Very Good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-10

A classic time travel story, which describes an experiment in which one can travel through time by self hypnosis. Very enjoyable and very well read. The sound quality is more like good FM Radio rather than CD, but I did not find it off-putting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • Rama, Book 1
  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book, poorly read

  • By Benjamin on 15-02-09

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-10

I found this most enjoyable, and found myself wanting to learn more and more about Rama and its makers. By the way I have listened to many audiobooks with this narrator and have become used to him, so while he may annoy some, I had no problem whatsoever. Only thing is, when will Rama 2 be on audible?

  • Galaxy Blues

  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Expelled from the Union Astronautica space fleet and facing charges of grand theft, Jules Truffant agrees to sign up as shuttle pilot aboard the freighter Pride of Cucamonga in exchange for amnesty. After botching Pride's mission to RhoCorenae and upsetting an alien culture in the process, Jules must take part in a voyage across the galaxy to place a probe squarely in the path of a black hole as it plows through an inhabited star system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great to listen to

  • By Anonymous User on 15-10-10

Very enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-10

Very well read and a truly interesting space yarn

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Coyote Horizon

  • A Novel of Interstellar Discovery
  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The planet of Coyote has become the last, best hope of humankind, but it has also become the principal point of contact with the hjadd, the alien race encountered by a European starship many years earlier. Although the hjadd have built an embassy near the original colony, they remain a mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hyperspace and a Frontier World

  • By Kevin on 21-04-09

Not the best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-10

I have read/listened to all the Coyote books plus the two spin off books, (Spindrift and Galaxy blues) and enjoyed them all, but this one is just all right. It is read well enough, but there is really very little going, as it follows one character's involvement with an alien religious cult, however at the end it does truly take off. I was tempted to stop listening half way along but am so glad I listened to get that ending. There are so many areas which might have been explored and were taken nowhere. Do not judge the rest of the series from this book

  • The Master of Ballantrae

  • A Winter's Tale
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Stevenson's brooding historical romance demonstrates his most abiding theme, the elemental struggle between good and evil, as it unfolds against a hauntingly beautiful Scottish landscape, amid the fierce loyalties and violent enmities that characterized Scottish history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Flashman? Love Ballantrae!

  • By P on 18-08-11

A excellent little adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-10

A well read, easy to follow story, in the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Spindrift

  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

June 1, 2288 - Europe's first starship, the EASS Galileo, launches on its maiden voyage to investigate an unidentified object, code-named Spindrift, which is traveling outside our solar system. An object that may be alien in origin. The Galileo disappears soon after...February 1, 2344 - The Galileo's shuttle returns to Earth carrying three surviving expedition members, who still appear to be the same age they were when they departed. They report that they have, indeed, made contact with an extraterrestrial race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of first contact

  • By William on 23-03-10

A story of first contact

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-10

I found this a most enjoyable story of first contact. It is well read and easy to follow. Some die hard readers of Science Fiction may be familiar with this type of plot and find little new, but I simply enjoyed it. I supposed it helped a little that I read/listened to the Coyote novels, but that is not necessary to enjoy this book. This is much more "alien" than the Coyote books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • ...Where Angels Fear to Tread

  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allen Steele
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

When two chrononauts from the 24th century travel back in time, they inadvertently disrupt the ill-fated voyage of the Hindenburg, causing it to land successfully. Now, lost in a parallel universe, their mistake will be felt by every single human being.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By William on 09-02-10

Good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-10

A well read and easy to follow time travel yarn. It follows the usual "be careful what you do in in the past or you will alter the future" form, but I found it a most enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours journey

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic combination

  • By Mr. S. Gibson on 15-08-10

A really good book spoilt for me.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-09

I was really looking forward to listening to this audiobook, and found much of it very interesting and enjoyable. However it was spoilt for me by the explicit sex in parts of it. This kind of content does nothing for me and I often thing it is added to increase sales. It is a great pity that Audible do not indicate that kind of content in the same way as I-tunes and others do.

4 of 18 people found this review helpful