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  • Fire and Fury

  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,553

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best-selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive audiobook, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirl of Staff and Ideas

  • By Ricci on 22-03-18

A revelatory and highly enjoyable look backstage

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

In 2016 it was said that non Trump supporters took him literally but not seriously and that his supporters took him seriously but not literally.

Similarly with this book it should likely be taken seriously but not entirely literally. It speaks of a more fundamental truth regarding the Trump presidency even if media sources have raised some questions regarding the authors facts and sources. (E.g.I wonder how he can retell small contemporaneous details from two different locations during the CIA speech when he can only have been at one site, if there at all.)

But - It just makes soo much sense. I have spent too much time reading articles and politico pieces about what Trump has done and this book plausible answers the question "why?"

Though one should be aware that Bannon seems to he the source or POV of much of the story and there is likely other views as well.

The performance is well done with emphasis for sarcasm and point of view. Great listen!

10 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Ancillary Sword

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 2
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Breq - the soldier who used to be a spaceship - is serving the emperor she swore to destroy. She's been given her own warship, her own crew, and ordered to the only place in the galaxy she would have agreed to go: to Athoek Station, to protect the family of the lieutenant she murdered in cold blood. Athoek was annexed by the Empire some 600 years ago, and by now everyone is fully 'civilised'. Or should be - but everything is not as tranquil as it appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane Austin in Space Returns

  • By Jasper on 16-07-15

Enjoyable but feels like a setup for next book

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

It's nice to continue following the story but when the climax of it started I was surprised. I felt nothing particular had happened so far. Overall the story felt like a setup for the next book.

The performance is great. Engaging and with a range of accents.

Part of the charm of the first story was the many and potentially simultaneous POV of the ancillaries. This dual POV is again present for some scenes but it feels more like a technical exercise and it's odd how these disparate but important events seem to happen at once.

The single gender pronouns continue throughout the book. I feel I have a better sense of characters gender but I may well be wrong. I suppose it doesn't matter to me, which is the point after all.

  • Imperium

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story, utterly superb narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-01-17

A well narrated fictonalised account

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

An enjoyable well narrated book. It seems to stick close to the historical accounts and fleshed out daily life in Rome and it's courts.

However I didn't find much of an arc and did not become invested with the main character. Perhaps it is because I know the end results and the things to come from history.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well: He found a quaint little shop, he befriended the local lord, the village folk loved him, he found a sharp young apprentice to help out, and, best yet, he met a comely young widow with the prettiest eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it an hour of your time and you won't regret it

  • By Michael on 31-03-17

An unexciting romp through a D&D fantasy world

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

Reviewed: 26-03-17

I knew what I was getting on with asked on the books description. I was looking for an enjoyable, if likely generic romp. That's what I got. My main issue is that there is no danger or suspense in the story as our hero and his companions are to powerful for their opposition.

The book ends with the hero being told by a Deus Ex Machina that he will leading the armies of the free world or all is doomed - not prophetically but straight out told. Despite this the last 20min of the book is another character breaking the show not tell rule straight out explaining the setup for the rest of the story by convincing our suddenly reluctant hero he is the greatest and is the only one who can lead them. Our hero has inexplicably forgotten everything Gandalf told him 12h earlier.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Furies

  • War in Europe, 1450-1700
  • By: Lauro Martines
  • Narrated by: Simon Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

During the European Renaissance, an age marked equally by revolutionary thought and constant warfare, it was armies, rather than philosophers, who shaped the modern European nation state. "Mobile cities" of mercenaries and other paid soldiers - made up of astonishingly diverse aggregations of ethnicities and nationalities - marched across the land, looting and savaging enemy territories. In the 15th century, Poland hired German, Spanish, Bohemian, Hungarian, and Scottish soldiers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Untroubled by the narration

  • By Jim on 08-02-17

Soldiers and peasants say war is hell

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

The author makes it clear at the start and in the conclusion that his aim is to tell the stories of war and early modern Europe from the view of those that fought and suffered, namely the empressed soldiers and abused civilians, rather than that of the military strategy or political historian.

The book focuses on themes rather than chronology, which is at times confusing and only offers lessons on the establishment of modern states towards the very end. The majority of the book is a litany of suffering (starvation, disease, pillage, destruction, violence, facial mutilation and sexual violence) brought to life by quotes from first hand sources. Expect to listen to stories of e.g. how a woman, crying over a dead husband or child, was grabbed by plundering soldiers and raped in the middle of the street, on top of the familial corpse.

Whilst the topic gives a different and interesting perspective it is a though slog to listen to such deprivations for 10h straight. This book is likely better read than listened to.

  • Catalyst (Star Wars)

  • A Rogue One Novel
  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,193

The must-have prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the upcoming film, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Scene setter

  • By Tad on 12-12-16

Catalyst?... Snorefest

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

Reviewed: 18-12-16

No narrative drive. No action. No interesting characters. Dialogue was drivel. I listened to this to enjoy the movie more, now I don't know if I care enough to see it.

I only cared about the bad guy and his talent for intrigue and smooth talking was undermined in the final. The only person with an archive was the smuggler and he won't be in the movie.

The performance is good, not great and is enhanced by sound effects and some music. Some of the performers character accents made them sound too similar.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent classic space opera.

  • By Russell Ridley on 26-07-15

Washed-up underdog story hitting all the beats

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

The outcast captain of a aging warship and his misfit crew fights an implacable enemy whilst overcoming internal strife.

The story and characters are as I expected, no surprises. It was an enjoyable listen. Like seeing a B action movie, you know what you are going to get so sit back, turn your brain off and enjoy it.

  • Dissidence

  • The Corporation Wars, Book 1
  • By: Ken MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

One of SFX magazine's Most Anticipated Books for 2016. An epic vision of man and machine in the far reaches of space. Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a 1000 years ago, he's been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he's not sure he's fighting for the right side. Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Mara on 12-09-17

A promising start

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

Reviewed: 16-06-16

The narrator is very good, lifts the story.
The robot/AI ideas are interesting but I was not filly hooked by the human protagonists. In the end the book felt more like a promising setup for a series than a satisfying standalone entry.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful