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You go around killing people?!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-19

I? KILL? said Death, obviously offended.

This has everything Pratchett was beloved for in spades! His worlds are just so fantastically built, blending the real and honest, witty observations of life with the magical. Do yourself a favour and have a listen, you'll get drawn in, perfect for listening to during a cold winter night, close by a rip roaring fire. If you dont have a fire, use a black corded storage heater, and if its not winter but summer, stay inside and shelter from the sun, and also question as to why you just agreed to turning on a storage heater in the hight of summer as the result of a rambling audible review! Most importantly though just enjoy some classic Terry Pratchett performed by a fantastic actor.

The only issue is that it is a dated recording and as such the audio quality isnt as high spec as some now, though its higher spec than a great deal! Enjoy!

For the end of the world this is ALOT of fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-19

As my headline suggests I really enjoyed this audiobook.

From the very beginning I was drawn in, in much the same way as the cover draws your eye and has you asking instant questions, this stroy enveloped me. It has a great foreword by the author, that manages to have fun and sets a good tone as to the humour and content of the story.

The jumps in time and location were also expertly handled, and never left you wondering where you were within the story as a whole. It fit together seemlessly. Think Good Omens, with more earth bound characters, though lacking none of the flavour the celestial beings brought. I'm not especially a fan of historical fiction, and this contains a disclaimer at the beginning that whilst there are some characters whom we know of, such as Nostradamus and is at times centered around known events this is very much fiction.

Aubrey Parsons narration was exquisite, his French tripped off the tongue with a beautiful flourish, his characters taking on full embodiment in the chosen voices. I'd definitely listen to more of A. Parsons narrations, especially within this comedic and engaging material.

Give it a listen!

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Reviewed: 08-10-19

From Eryn Carpenter, whilst this novel seems to be very much in the vain of the hunger games/divergent ya it has enough about it to set it apart, I found it a really intriguing tale. If you're a fan of dystopian futures and moral dillemas, give this one a read!

Another great narration from Zachary Johnson, really brought the story forth with his performance.

I was given this book free in return for an honest review.

Interesting and fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-19

I really liked the feel of this as it started, the narrator was fantastic, really brought fourth the character. Great pacing and tone.

The story as a whole was really interesting, but the central character just seemed a bit of a masoginistic fool. He starts railing on the #metoo movement at one point, another time derisively talking about SJW's and made several other comments I would usually let slide, but they mounted up, and had me concluding "okay, so the central character is an ass hat".
This was a shame as I liked story and the way in which it was being told by the author. But these moments, from a character who otherwise seemed likeable got in my way and just plain annoyed me.

A charming piece of theatre

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-19

This was an enjoyable listen of a first person account of the desire to see space!

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Bring on the TV series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-19

JCH Rigby creates such an intriguing universe in this series, and the visits Chambers pays to other planets are so well told. I really enjoyed the first in the series, with the multi character perspectives. That wasn't as much at the forefront of this one, instead centring focus upon David Chambers' experience, though the other characters do still play vital roles. With the way in which this one finished I am eagerly anticipating the next book.

As with the previous book the narration was compelling and brought life to the characters and the worlds they visit.

I can really see the story playing well as a TV series as there is so much going on and the visual spectacle of it could be amazing!

I received a copy free in agreement of an honest review.

Great Writing!

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Reviewed: 27-08-19

I really enjoyed Hemingway in this story, the sections between the protagonist and Hemingway were always fun.
I'd definitely give book two a listen when it comes to audio.

The narration was smooth and well paced, with good sections of distinct characters.

I received this audiobook for free on request, in exchange for an honest review.

Very well produced

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-19

I really enjoyed this, I hadn't heard of the Mac Rogers podcast prior to listening to Steal the Stars so wasn't familiar with the story. Given that it was based around an area 51 theme I thought it could be intriguing and the sample really pulled me in.
Which isn't a surprise as the majority of the sample has the central character Dak (played by Ashlie Atkinson) delivering a scene.

Ashlie Atkinson (Dak) really is fantastic in Steal the Stars, so much character in her voice and the performance she delivers. There were sections where I lost interest, when the alien narrative took back seat to some melodrama playing out. At this point I did consider to stop listening, but I continued and soon got pulled back in again through the twist and turns of the story. It was interesting to hear the round table at the end between cast and crew as they say when the podcast went out some people did feel there was too much melodrama rather than focusing on the scifi aspects, though there were also many who really loved the melodrama. I would be in the group of the former, but can still recognise that the romance elements will appeal to others, its certainly not that they're not well done. Also if you're in it more for the scifi don't let the melodrama put you off, as the story more than makes up for it.

In a standout cast Nat Cassidy puts in a highly entertaining performance as Lloyd.

Strong setup, definately listening to the next

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-19

I did really enjoy this, what pulled me back from giving the story five stars was that the development of plot didn't really go far enough.I wanted bigger developments.

Don't get me wrong it is really well written and pulls you into the story. By in no small part due to Carl Prekopps phenomenal narration. His accents really separate the characters and give the feel of fully fleshed out characters.

Have just bought the second in the series!

Like the stage show - minus lazers

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-19

It was really great, the style of it is a little hammy, in that twee Victorian Britain sort of way. But if you're in the mood for that it's great.

Michael Sheen's character who narrates the story, is performed in a very compelling manner.

The twist and turns of the story are executed superbly. The music adds a speed and intensity to the performance.

Definately one worth a listen.