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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 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,259

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

Overrated

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

Reviewed: 28-06-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who think Big Bang Theory is funny.

What was most disappointing about Dennis E. Taylor’s story?

The check list of pop culture references in an attempt to be cool / funny got old fast, and left me with characters I didn't care about, in a story that became uninteresting. The characters voices - such as Homer Simpsom, and Admiral Akbar - were annoying.

What three words best describe Ray Porter’s voice?

Ok Alright Generican

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from We Are Legion (We Are Bob)?

I can't think of any scenes I'd cut off the top of my head, but that's partly because I lost interest half way through the book and really struggled to finish it.

Any additional comments?

This isn't the masterpiece others would have you believe it is.

  • 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

Just didn't work for me

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Would you try another book written by Alastair Reynolds or narrated by Clare Corbett?

I thought Clare Corbett did a good job with the Narration, though I'm not sure about another Alastair Reynolds story - this was the first story of his I've read.

What will your next listen be?

Hopefully something with a story I find enjoyable?

Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favourite?

Mattise

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narrators performance. There are a few exciting situations near the start of the book with some characters that are actually likeable.

Any additional comments?

Reads more like a YA novel, which I wasn't expecting. YA needn't mean an inherently bad story if it's engaging, with interesting characters - I really enjoyed the Hunger Games series for instance. Unfortunately this wasn't the case with Revenger.

I didn't really warm to the characters or follow their line of reasoning in a few cases, in fact I'm not even sure I like the main protagonist by the end of the story. I also felt it leaned way too hard into space as the high seas, with spaceships as sail boats, and 1800s English slang schtick. The metaphorical world where the story is set also really failed to grab my attention.

There are also a few "it just so happens" moments which for me kill any suspension of disbelief.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hand for a Hand

  • DI Gilchrist, Book 2
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

When DCI Andy Gilchrist is called to a crime scene to find an amputated hand clutching a note addressed to him, he is pulled into an investigation that will test him to the limit. Soon other single word clues are found along with amputated body parts and the murderer's vengeful message becomes clear as the identity of the next intended victim is revealed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So much gore

  • By Rogayah on 22-03-13

Brutal, but hard to care about characters.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Characters I could empathise with.

What was most disappointing about T. F. Muir’s story?

The characters didnt act in a believeable way, for example: A mans girlfriend is murdered and he just drinks and watches football?

It is a middle aged mans fantasy, which made it a cringeworthy read - Hard man Gilchrist drinks heavily (it seems hes more concerned with having a pint than solving the case, rediculous concidering who it involves), speeds around in his midlife chrisis mobile, and has sex with his much younger female coworker - who fawns over him for some reason. She also feeds him fish and chips while hes speeding along in his Mercedes.

It also has the typical cop story cliche of tension between Gilchrist and his superiors.

There is also a key part of the plot which involves a laptop password, and a lot of prining, its pretty silly.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was a bit hit and miss, sometimes it was spot on, but at others it became comical - sometimes robotic, or made characters sound like the were asking a question instead of stating a fact or opinion.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There was a twist near the end which was interesting.

  • Afraid

  • By: Jack Kilborn
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Nestled in the woods of Wisconsin, Safe Haven is miles from everything. With one road in and out, this is a town so peaceful it has never needed a full-time police force. Until now... A helicopter has crashed on the outskirts of town and something terrible has been unleashed. A classified secret weapon programmed to kill anything that stands in its way. Now it's headed for the nearest lights to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid

  • By Chris on 03-07-13

Started well, quickly became very silly.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

The only thing that kept me listening was the narrator, who kept things lively and made the personalities of the antagonists distinctive and entertaining. The title of this review sums up why I was disappointed with this book, explaining in more detail would probably spoil the listen for people determined to give it a go.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Plague of the Dead

  • Morningstar Strain
  • By: Z. A. Recht
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original no. Good story nonetheless . . . Yes!

  • By Simon on 04-12-14

Disappointing and overrated

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-11

I bought this book based on its high rating - big mistake.

This book was very predictable, and full of scenes which feel like they were lifted right out of a bad hollywood action movie - a man throwing down his gun to have a fist fight with his enemy (the last time I saw that was in Team America!).

I did not find the story exciting, scary, or even that interesting. This wasn't helped by the narration which was unintentionally amusing more often than not - which kind of defeated any attempt to build tension.

There are better zombie, and horror stories out there.