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  • Chernobyl 01:23:40

  • The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster
  • By: Andrew Leatherbarrow
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands, and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated, and inaccurate stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Chanatron78 on 11-08-17

Excellent Account of the Disaster and Aftermath

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

Reviewed: 24-11-17

This book is just right for those with an interest in the Chernobyl Disaster but do not have a very technical background. There is plenty of detail about what happened and how it happened but no too technical that it reads like a text book or a report. I like technical detail (I'm an engineer) and this was just right.

It also gives a good insight into the people involved in many different ways and juat how far the effects stretched.

The narrative is nice as it is from a point of view of someone who is not a nuclear engineer but wants to know what happened, like many readers I imagine.

Don't let some other reviews put you off about the narrator's tone of voice. I am super fussy about narrator's and have even stopped several books due to bad narrators alone... But this one is fine. It's not a novel so doesn't require getting into character or anything. It's clear and easy listening.

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  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 8 hours of Awesome in a 12 hour audiobook

  • By Bob on 23-03-17

Superb

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Excellent book, very exciting and a great take on the time travel concept with very real and likeable characters. Really feel like I got to know them very well. Never a boring moment where time passes and I wonder what just happened, kept my attention well throughout.

And the narrator is just brilliant! Can't speak highly enough... Such great effort to give unique voices to each character with individual character. He really, really makes this book come alive. A good narrator makes such a difference.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,952
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,884

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

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 21-01-17

Really enjoyed this book. My perfect sort of book... Near future which is run down in an energy crisis, very believable technology a great story and lots of geeky 80s computer references!

Will Wheaton does a superb job of reading this book. It really makes such a difference when you have a good narrator and he gets it spot on.

  • Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011

  • Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Space
  • By: Rick Houston
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Humanity's first reusable spacecraft and the most complex machine ever built, NASA's space shuttle debuted with great promise and as a dependable source of wonder and national pride. But with the Challenger catastrophe in 1986, the whole space shuttle program came into question, as did NASA itself, so long an institution that was seemingly above reproach. Wheels Stop tells the stirring story of how, after the Challenger disaster, the space shuttle not only recovered but went on to perform its greatest missions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not finish due to Awful Narrator

  • By Jonathan on 10-10-16

Did not finish due to Awful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

Just terrible narrator.

The way he reads is just so off putting with some weird and irritating inflection in his voice. I cannot believe that an audio book recording studio would let him even pass an audition, let alone go on to record the entire book.

Put me off completely after about 1 hour and I stopped the book. Just can't bear it. Completely distracted me from the content.

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  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • By: Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 236

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best one so far...

  • By Sam on 30-01-17

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

Superb! Packed, PACKED with detailed accounts of everything Apollo. Really really good. Anyone who likes space flight and engineering and exploration will enjoy this book.

  • Into the Black

  • By: Rowland White
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

On 12th April 1981 a revolutionary new spacecraft blasted off from Florida on her maiden flight. NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia was the most advanced flying machine ever built - the high watermark of post-war aviation development. A direct descendant of the record-breaking X-planes the likes of which Chuck Yeager had tested in the skies over the Mojave Desert, Columbia was a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner, capable of flying to space and back before being made ready to fly again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant insight into a fantastic flying machine.

  • By Helen on 18-05-16

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

I absolutely loved this book. Its a great mix of technical and story telling. I am of course bias as I am a big fan of the Space Shuttle and I am an engineer so I like technical books. But it's not all technical like a text book. It tells great stories of the test pilots and all the other people involved in making Man's greatest (so far) achievement possible.

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 691

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This virus really infected me!

  • By Samuel on 08-11-11

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 14-09-15

Loved this book. Great story about an ex drug baron turned computer genius (to suit his needs) who becomes embroiled in a dangerous sequence of events with terrorists and the Russian mafia.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,766
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,845
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,817

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Amazing, Technical, Funny

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

Reviewed: 19-11-14

What did you like most about The Martian?

The attention to detail in terms of the technology, the environment and how he dealt with it. Obviously some good research was done to try write about surviving on Mars. I love realistic, technical books. It might be a bit overwhelming for some, but the character's personality makes up for it.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

Mark Watney, great character brought to life by RC Bray. Lots of funny comments mixed in with the technical jargon to lighten it. But sounds typical of the man on the front dealing with the engineers/scientists back home.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A story of one man's survival in the most inhospitable place...Mars.

  • Exit Wound

  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Three tons of Saddam Hussein's gold in an unguarded warehouse in Dubai. For two of Nick Stone's closest ex-SAS comrades, it was to have been the perfect, victimless crime. But when they're double-crossed and the robbery goes devastatingly wrong, only Stone can identify the guilty party.... As he slowly puts the pieces together, his quest for vengeance becomes a journey to the heart of a chilling conspiracy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic!

  • By Mikey on 14-10-14

Bit Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 19-11-14

Would you try another book written by Andy McNab or narrated by Paul Thornley?

I love Andy McNab books, but the narrator KILLED this one.

If you’ve listened to books by Andy McNab before, how does this one compare?

I found it hard to concentrate on the story due to the narrator. Very monotone with a strange upward inflection at the end of EVERY sentance.

How could the performance have been better?

Narrated by someone else.

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