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  • Cinder

  • The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen and temptation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting concept but needed better editing

  • By Rio Carnival Girl on 03-01-19

A fun take on the Cinderella tale

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

This is an easy listen young adult book. Some interesting ideas but it dose end without a conclusion, obviously meant to be read as part of the series.

  • The Star Fraction

  • The Fall Revolution 1
  • By: Ken Macleod
  • Narrated by: Stephen Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Moh Kohn is a security mercenary, his smart gun and killer reflexes for hire. Janis Taine is a scientist working on memory-enhancing drugs, fleeing the US/UN's technology cops. Jordan Brown is a teenager in the Christian enclave of Beulah City, dealing in theologically-correct software for the world's fundamentalists - and wants out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Grace on 17-12-12

I couldn't finnish it.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

I found it difficult to follow the 'story' as it jumps about from character to character and scene to scene. Far more of a crazy tale about future politics and not a enough science fiction for my tastes. I did not find any of the protagonist and antagonist interesting enough to engage with and couldn't tell which was which. Narrator rather dull. Not for me I'm afraid.

  • Upgrade: The Complete Human++ Trilogy

  • By: Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Brainocytes transform the human experience, making you smarter, faster, and more powerful. With enemies at every turn, Mike must use his newly enhanced capabilities to save his family, his friends, and ultimately, the world. This bundle contains all three audiobooks of the thrilling Human++ trilogy.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • lots of detail, story takes forever to unfold.

  • By victoria macdonalf on 02-01-19

lots of detail, story takes forever to unfold.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

It goes on and on talking about emails and teck and the look on peoples faces............Six hours in and I'm still waiting for some sort of development to the story. It's narrated quite well but it's taking so long to get to the point of the story that I am losing the will to live or interest in the 'story'.

  • The Dead Won't Sleep

  • Rosie Gilmour, Book 1
  • By: Anna Smith
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

A decomposed body washes up on a beach near Glasgow. The victim, Tracy Eadie. Junkie. Prostitute. Fourteen years old. Rosie Gilmour, tabloid journalist and crusader for justice, receives evidence linking police officials with Tracy's disappearance. Digging deeper, Rosie uncovers a sickening network of corruption and abuse, leading back to the very top of the establishment. And to powerful figures who want their secrets kept hidden. Rosie has found the story of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glasgow's underbelly exposed

  • By Vicuña on 24-05-14

very 'real'

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Gripping story very moving in places. Interesting characters. but be warned it dose end suddenly......even for a cliffhanger.

  • Necrotech

  • SINless, Book 1
  • By: K C Alexander
  • Narrated by: A. B. Kovacs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

In an apathetic society devoid of ethics or regulation, where fusing tech and flesh can mean a killing edge or a killer conversion, a massive conspiracy is unfolding that will alter the course of the human condition forever. With corporate meatheads on her ass and a necro-tech blight between her and salvation, Riko is going to have to fight meaner, work smarter, and push harder than she's ever had to. And that's just to make it through the day.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just as it was getting some where it ended.

  • By T. Merritt on 05-01-19

All description, not much story

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I bought this based on a revue and was bitterly disappointed. The majority of the book is descriptions of teck, clothes and men's physical attributes. There is very little story and the charterers are not very engaging. William Gibson it's not!
The street slang is bum-wincing!
Beware if you find bad language offensive she uses cunt a lot as an adverb.

  • Fortune's Folly

  • Outer Bounds, Book 2
  • By: Sara King
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Humanity, in its struggle to escape its own planet's demise, began sending colony ships from Earth almost 700 years ago in the desperate hope a handful would find someplace habitable for human life and be able to continue our species. Only one ship survived. It survived only because it found a vast swath of alien planets, all terraformed, all utterly abandoned. Alien megastructures cold and lifeless.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • comes to a sudden end mid story!

  • By victoria macdonalf on 29-11-18

comes to a sudden end mid story!

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

Not as good as the first one, the character Natalie is so unbelievable as an ex solder, she is a very annoying girly brat that never stops whining! The character Anna is so very vile that it is hard to believe that she would seriosly get away with her stunts for so long, I think someone would have just 'topped' her. The middle gets very muddled with too much going on to follow properly. You just think it is going to round up to some conclusion but it doesn't........it just ends. Obviously it is going to conclude in a further book but even so, it is a bit abrupt. The premise is good and would make a very good Netflix series if you cleaned up the story line and rounded out the characters a bit but I don't think I will be bothered to get the next book if it comes to audible.

  • Record of a Spaceborn Few

  • Wayfarers, Book 3
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat. Tessa chose to stay home when her brother, Ashby, left for the stars but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened. Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn't know where to find it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the rest of the series

  • By James Mason on 06-10-18

meandering lack of story

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

I loved book one, book two was good as well and so I was looking forward to this book.......... I was seriously disappointed! There is no story! Just a series of vignettes about 'every day life', lots of long descriptions of food and places, very boring. It seams to be written in a 'girly novel' style. Not really science fiction, does not go anywhere, too many characters to keep track of (or even care about). I struggled to the end because I just wanted to see if SOMETHING happens. It doesn't.

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  • A Hard Woman to Kill

  • DI Hanlon, Book 3
  • By: Alex Howard
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When a frightened Russian woman seeks DCI Hanlon's help in finding her missing husband, Hanlon's not keen on the case. Until she hears a name she recognises only too well: Arkady Belanov, sadistic pimp and owner of an exclusive brothel in Oxford is involved. When her former partner and friend disappears, Hanlon is forced into an uneasy alliance with the London underworld to rescue him from the blood-stained hands of the Russian mafia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Russian accent

  • By victoria macdonalf on 11-10-18

Terrible Russian accent

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I enjoyed the other D I Hanlon books but not so much with this one. Although Adjoa Andoh has a lovely speaking voice and is a very good narrator I'm afraid her Russian accent really put me off, it sounded like someone trying to do a cartoon version with a mouth full of rice pudding. It made me feel quite nauseous.
Slow start, very brutal and depressing in the middle (i almost gave up on it) but picks up at the end with a reasonable conclusion

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Gripping story (bit silly in retrospect) . This story had me on the edge of my seat. It has many twists and turns. Very well narrated. It kept me engrossed to the end.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,745
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,316

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Good entertianment

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I love the Cormoran Strike books. well rounded characters with a well thought out story line. I actually sat down to listen to this book which is unusual as i normally listen on headphones while doing other things.