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  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,633

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By stucody on 22-03-15

Wow

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

Reviewed: 17-04-16

I was pretty sceptical about this series, the synopsis didn't really jump out at me and I'm not wild about the narrator (already did the Martian) but was after something a bit longer than 8hrs and the reviews were so positive I decided to give it a go. Well I was hooked after an hour or two. Can't wait to start the next book.
When will HBO pick this up? It needs doing.

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More entertainment

  • By Robyn on 09-11-16

Still good

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

Reviewed: 31-01-16

I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first, there was too much emphasis on the love interest and their feels... and i just didn't understand either of their choices.
What i did enjoy was the humor, time travel, adventure, fantasy and so on... although it wasn't as funny as the first book, but all that said its still a good book and worth the read. roll on book three :)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,653

A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.... A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!

  • By Mini on 04-11-15

i liked

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

Reviewed: 31-01-16

Great little Westereros hit while waiting for the next book/series
and Harry LLoyd is so much better to listen to than Roy Dotrice.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Really enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 31-01-16

So, i was a little skeptical about it but went ahead and gave it a go. Within ten minutes i was chuckling and that is a pretty surefire way of getting me hooked.
Jodi Taylor has a fantastic sense of humor and a great imagination, I love Zara Ramm's delivery. Very dry and very British, perfectly matched to the books.
There is a bit of something for everyone in the series (just about to start book 3 at the time of writing) while i get put off by too much emphasis on raunchy romance (id have downloaded 50 shades if i wanted a book about bonking) there is lots of humour, drama and a fair bit of action.
Great books, highly recommended.

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    Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    996 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Star Wars

  • By Kindle Customer on 20-12-15

pew pew

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

Reviewed: 31-01-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I got this book because i heard some scenes cut from the film stayed in the novelization, i am a SW fan (obviously) so couldn't resist.
There are no major surprises, sound design is present throughout, mostly helps set the scene although in a couple of places was a little off putting and disconcerting while driving.
Again, the British accent was awful, I don't know why readers cant do a little research and practice, it really does have the potential to ruin a book.
If you liked the film and want to get a little more (it really is only a little more) then go for it or if you are sight impaired then it is perfect.

  • The Damned Busters

  • To Hell and Back, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Hughes
  • Narrated by: Tom Lawrence
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

After accidentally summoning a demon while playing poker, the normally mild-mannered Chesney Anstruther refuses to sell his soul…which leads through various confusions to, well, Hell going on strike. Which means that nothing bad ever happens in the world – and that actually turns out to be a really bad thing. There’s only one thing for it. Satan offers Chesney the ultimate deal – sign the damned contract, and he can have his heart’s desire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful narrator

  • By ElloryP on 19-10-15

Dreadful narrator

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

Reviewed: 19-10-15

If you are going to read an entire book in an American accent for no real reason get it right. It was like listening to a four year old recreating their favourite American cartoon show badly.
The only time any accent was needed was for the characters voices but the entire book was read with this grating and distractingly poor interpretation.
Put me off to the point where I don't even know if the story was good because every other sentence was like fingers on a chalk board.

  • An Unwelcome Quest

  • Magic 2.0, Book 3
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great take on the quest games of years gone by

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-17

Great

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

Reviewed: 27-09-15

Love this series of books, I really hope there are more to come. Well written, very funny. Great characters read excellently. "We will gloss over Philips English accent"

More please!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Spell or High Water

  • Magic 2.0
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back to being a professional wizard

  • By GhostMuppet on 19-03-15

Just fantastic

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

Reviewed: 13-09-15

Second book in the series, very funny and I'm no expert but think they are well written.
Luke Daniels does such a good job, his English accent could do with some work but he really does do an excellent job at helping you to visualise all these characters. He injects light and shade into the reading and I'm really impressed.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,571

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

Bluergh

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

Reviewed: 13-09-15

After the absolutely wonderful READY PLAYER ONE I was looking forward to getting stuck in to another book by the same author and read by the same narrator.
Unfortunately in my opinion this story does not have a patch on the last book.
It's incredibly schmaltzy, Cline must not have got all the film references (that worked so well in RP1) out of his system so half heartedly carries them on throughout this one. I just kept groaning because it felt like he'd plagiarised himself.
Will Wheaton does a fairly good job up until he attempts what is described in the book as "a thick British accent" he's clearly done it with none or at best very little research or practice, and as a British person it grates terribly. We have many very thick accents in Britain, none of which sound like the love child of a South African and an Australian.
Very disappointed.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Matrix meets mediaeval fabtasy

  • By Matthew on 07-10-15

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Was a little skeptical about whether I'd enjoy this or not, pleased to say my skepticism was entirely unfounded.
A witty and entertaining story, Luke Daniels does a fantastic job with character voices although his English accent is unfortunately not very good and as an Englishman myself is quite annoying, I can look past it and still enjoy the book because he is able to read in such a way that you know which character is which and get drawn in to the narrative. Very well done,.
I look forward to the second book and hope this gets picked up and turned into a TV comedy series or film franchise.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful