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  • Great North Road

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 36 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845

Great North Road is a standalone science fiction adventure from Peter F. Hamilton, the author of The Night's Dawn trilogy. When attending a Newcastle murder scene, Detective Sidney Hurst finds a dead North family clone. Yet none has been reported missing. And in 2122, 20 years ago, a North clone billionaire was horrifically murdered in the same manner on the tropical planet of St Libra. So if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not all books are 1 credit.

  • By Steven on 27-02-14

Not interesting enough to justify the length.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This book drags. A lot...

The plot is reasonably interesting, but the first... well, it felt like 2/3rds, is involved in a part of the plot which is extremely intricate, told in very high detail, but in the final analysis, just wasn't that interesting. Were it half the length I'd have been fine with it, but I really don't care about the minutiae of office politics and procedural protocol in a fictional future-police department.

Well narrated, and lots of interesting stuff here, but stretching a reasonably interesting plot over way too many pages made it feel slow and uninteresting most of the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,581

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

Average story packed with purile fan service

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Will Wheaton was an ideal choice as narrator for this. He did a good job. If you like the book I suspect you'll be pleased he threw so much heart and soul in to it.

I however, do not like the book. The story itself was very much on the light side, padded out by vast amounts of "nerd-culture" references that (and I say this as an avowed and proud nerd) came off as vapid and irritating. Too much of a good thing, certainly, but also---even if done well---not enough to carry the extremely simple plot. They weren't done particularly well though. It felt like Fanfic. Full of enthusiasm, very light on actual content but lots of predictable fantasy enactment and wish fulfilment.

In fact, I'd go as far as to say that it felt like someone sat down and wrote a tick list of all the things that would make alienated, bullied nerds feel good about themselves, and hung them on a very weak plot. Nothing wrong with that as a goal of course, but there is nothing clever or sophisticated about this book in execution.

Case and point: the main character likes girls. Girls don't like him. He's shy and awkward. He meets another shy and awkward girl, who just so happens to like all the same things he likes, and by the end of the film he "gets the girl". If this sounds fine to you, you might like this book. If it sounds hackneyed and purile, this book will probably make you grind your teeth.

I've heard this is a polarising book: love it or hate it. Most of the reviews on here seem (to my slight surprise) positive. I wouldn't quite say I hated it, but I feel like it's reached cult status purely off the back of hitting every single note in the song of Nerd-Canonicity. Remove all the references and I have no doubt this book would have never been published.

  • Heart of Darkness

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Although Heart of Darkness was one of the first literary texts to provide a critical view of European imperial activities, it was initially read by critics as anything but controversial. While the book was generally admired, it was typically seen either as a condemnation of a certain type of adventurer who could easily take advantage of imperialism’s opportunities, or else as a sentimental novel reinforcing domestic values: Kurtz’s Intended, who appears at the novella’s conclusion, was roundly praised by turn-of-the-century reviewers for her maturity and sentimental appeal. A classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Pippa on 06-04-17

Avoid Alan Munro

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

I really don't understand why this narrator is so regularly employed. This book is close to unlistenable. He sounds very much like he is reading the words without any sense of comprehension whatsoever.

It's like listening to a Korean pop singer mouth English lyrics they obviously do not understand.

Awful. Avoid anything narrated by Alan Munro. Sadly, he's been employed to read a large amount of classics.

  • Merkiaari Wars Series

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Sixteen billion dead. In humanity's last brush with the Merkiaari, it was nearly wiped out in a war that spanned decades. When survey ship captain Jeff Colgan discovers a new alien race, he's required to investigate. But what if the life form is as deadly as the Merkiaari? As the aliens discover Colgan's ship and begin to hunt him down, the captain's mission changes from one of study to one of survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good and Gripping Series

  • By Rogeraee on 08-12-16

Good content, well written... Story lacking

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

Reviewed: 17-08-16

I bought this because I listen to audiobooks while I work, and this set represents a whole lot of bang for your buck.

All fairly standard sci-fi tropes. First contact, AI, supersoldiers, nanotechnology, galactic war against hostile aliens etc.

It's well written, but the author is clearly more in love with elucidating on his world and in particular, the technology therein, than telling a good story.

That isn't to say the stories are bad, but I certainly wasn't gripped. The writing is decent, most of the characters are a little thin but have plausible motivations. Overall I'm a little luke warm and won't rush to continue the series.

  • Cibola Burn

  • Book 4 of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • dont swap the narrator of the first 3 books!

  • By Scott on 23-05-15

Narration truly awful.

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

Reviewed: 15-09-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

So, full disclosure. I am not a fan of series which change narrators mid way. However, I try to get over that. In this case I just couldn't.

How could the performance have been better?

You know that style of speaking that American Journalists and voiceovers for film trailers employ? Like they're talking to a child? This guy was kind of like that. At least 50% of the time his intonation has absolutely nothing to do with the words he is speaking. His dialogue is stunted and weird, and does not follow the speech patterns of a normal human being.

Perhaps he's a very fine actor, but his narration was awful.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

They're making the Expanse in to a TV series.

Is this a useful way to analyse a book?

Any additional comments?

Luckily in book five they are returning to the previous, excellent, narrator.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,705

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, well worth a listen

  • By Mir on 01-02-14

Slow burner, but interesting.

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

Reviewed: 23-07-15

What did you like best about The Way of Kings? What did you like least?

The pace is slow, but it builds well.

What other book might you compare The Way of Kings to, and why?

I'm not sure really. It's fairly unique.

What three words best describe Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s voice?

Rather write properly.

Could you see The Way of Kings being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Is this in any way a meaningful tool for reviewing a book?

Any additional comments?

This isn't one of the most riveting fantasy books I've read but there's a lot of good content here, moral decisions and interesting characters and back story. However, you wouldn't describe this book as a page turner. By the end of the book the story is really starting to come together, and then it ends!

However, I listen to audiobooks while working, and so this is really excellent value time wise. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.

  • EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Paul Blake
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Extra word on previous review

  • By Alex on 12-09-10

Annoying change of narrator.

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

Reviewed: 21-01-15

What made the experience of listening to EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged) the most enjoyable?

There really is nothing wrong with Paul Blake, but why OH WHY can a new narrator in an ongoing series not listen to at least a small extract of the previous books, and attempt to emulate the pronunciation of names?

Who is Octawiun? (previously the more common Ocvavian)
Who is Serwillia? (previously the more common Sevillia)
Who is Carbora? (previously pronounced Caberra)

I have no idea if Iggulden uses something other than the standard Anglicisations of these common Roman names (the first two at least), but either way, consistency is important in a series of audiobooks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful