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  • The Long Earth

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing.

  • By Martin on 10-03-13

Bit laboured on some description s.

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

like the concepts
opens up lots of possibilities
in some places feels like deja vu

  • Survivors

  • By: Terry Nation
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Seymour
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

A deadly virus spreads across the world as quickly as the passenger jets that encircle it. Within weeks most of the global population is dead. The human race is thrown back into the dark ages. The few left alive must rely on the most basic skills to survive one day to the next. Abby Grant ventures out into a strange new England, her husband dead, the fate of her son unknown. Jenny Richards flees London. Engineer Greg Preston arrives from abroad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost ruined by the Americanisation of the text

  • By catsatcastle on 10-07-16

memories of my youth watching this tv series.

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

Reviewed: 18-10-17

pretty much as i remember it. quite dismal and hopeless situations . lowest forms of human nature.

  • The Unreal and the Real

  • Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, Volume One: Where on Earth
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Tandy Cronyn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Unreal and the Real is a major event not to be missed. In this two-volume selection of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories--as selected by the National Book Award winning author herself--the reader will be delighted, provoked, amused, and faced with the sharp, satirical voice of one of the best short story writers of the present day. Where on Earth explores Le Guin's earthbound stories which range around the world, from small town Oregon to middle Europe in the middle of revolution to summer camp.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not get on with narator accent/dialect tone

  • By M. Richardson on 23-06-17

Did not get on with narator accent/dialect tone

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

Reviewed: 23-06-17

Would you try another book written by Ursula K. Le Guin or narrated by Tandy Cronyn?

I enjoy many of UKLG novels
Did not enjoy Tandy Cronyn

What was most disappointing about Ursula K. Le Guin’s story?

It was dull. Like a day to day journal of a dull life

How did the narrator detract from the book?

monotonous and unfamiliar American accent

Did The Unreal and the Real inspire you to do anything?

*** stop using audible (!) not really

Any additional comments?

I will look for her other works but be wary of the narrator

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  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 882

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you've seen the Amazon version, read this also

  • By Mark Brandon on 20-03-16

ground breaking at the time.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-16

a weird one this. lots of unfinished threads as if another book was due. Still getting to grips with the dramatisation by voice actor. occasional confused as to which character was speaking.

  • Ultima

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

Fresh from his latest collaboration with Terry Pratchett on the Long Earth sequence Stephen Baxter now returns to the mysteries and challanges first hinted at in his acclaimed novel PROXIMA. In PROXIMA we discovered ancient alien artifacts on the planet of Per Ardua - hatches that allowed us to step across light years of space as if we were stepping into another room. The universe opened up to us. Now in ULTIMA the consequences of this new freedom make themselves felt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why, I remember once on campaign...

  • By Alan Nixon on 22-09-16

labours some points

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

Reviewed: 26-04-16

pretty much follows trad sci fi. predictable. odd pronunciation. Some history lessons. not clear why conundrum choices at end.

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  • Proxima

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 502

The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story, odd accent

  • By Gadget on 24-01-15

struggled with narrator pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 28-03-16

yet another challenge. several obvious and interesting aspects not followed up ... perhaps plot danglers.
They never completed their conversation with Angelea...
often repetitive descriptions
Interesting enough for me to get the next.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

sorry luke. i did like the concept.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

i might have read too many scifi books. i pre-empted the conclusions of the lead character so often got frustrated with him.
I even had anticipated the final situation.

perhaps that's a sign of the writer's detail that perhaps Andy or Paul would not have seen.

Loved mat addis Sheffield character. thought we'd got Sean Bean too!

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  • High-Rise

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 885

From the author of the Sunday Times best seller Cocaine Nights comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing Fable

  • By G. K. Lowell on 14-05-15

uncomfortable reading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-15

quite a gruesome story. The scene changes were too sudden. I was often confused about which character we were following.

  • X Minus One

  • Old Time Radio, Sci-Fi Series
  • By: Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and others
  • Narrated by: Old Time Radio
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid stuff from the Golden Age

  • By Angela on 05-06-13

Nice to hear old SciFI ideas

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

Reviewed: 30-03-15

Would you listen to X Minus One again? Why?

maybe some of the stories.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The material reflects the technology of that era (late 50's) and the early days of spaceflight and dreams of colonisation.

What about Old Time Radio’s performance did you like?

As an audio book it is nice to have dramatisation, but lacks some descriptive narrative.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hearing early works of respected SciFi novelists

Any additional comments?

There are at least 4 episodes repeated toward end of list but as no titles in just "chapters" not easy to navigate.