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  • The Accidental War

  • A Novel of the Praxis
  • By: Walter Jon Williams
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

It’s been seven years since the end of the Naxid War. Sidelined for their unorthodox tactics by a rigid, tradition-bound military establishment, Captain Gareth Martinez and Captain Lady Sula are stewing in exile, frustrated and impatient to exercise the effective and lethal skills they were born to use in fighting the enemy. Yet after the ramshackle empire left by the Shaa conquerors is shaken by a series of hammer blows that threaten the foundations of the commonwealth, the result is a war no one planned, no one expected, and no one knows how to end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So far so brilliant

  • By M. Young on 21-09-18

So far so brilliant

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

I usually wait until I have finished the book before leaving a review, but enjoying this one so much I decided to now in case I forget later on once I am on my next book which is the norm.

I started the first book in the series when it released 15 years ago and remember initially feeling a little underwhelmed. It had the simple style of 70s Sci Fi which I loved but dwelt on the inner machinations of the aristocracy rather a lot. It read like Robert Heinlein's lost space opera from the end of his career, not in itself a bad thing. But the book just kept building and building until it was the near perfect mix of excitement and world building. Looking back I would not change a word.

Having loved the other books in the series I started this with the trepidation that the author is now a lot older. However its just perfect in every way.

This series is a hidden gem, as I don't remember it initially doing very well when released. David Drummond is a total match and if he has voiced the earlier books as well, I shall certainly be re-visiting them.

If you enjoy Space Opera, don't hesitate, but start from the first in the series of course.

  • Jupiter War

  • Owner Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Alan Saul is now part human and part machine, and our solar system isn't big enough to hold him. He craves the stars but can't leave yet. His sister, Var, is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul's human side won't let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous rescue - but mutiny is brewing onboard, as Saul's robots make his crew feel increasingly redundant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic classic sf series

  • By M. Young on 02-12-17

Fantastic classic sf series

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

I have been reading sf for 50 years since my first Robert Heinlein novel at the age of 9

Rarely have I been as enthralled as by this series.

The narrator was also perfect

Strongly recommended

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998

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

Juvenile characterization but decent narrator

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

What disappointed you about Extracted?

The plot sounded promising, but the story and characters quickly become unbelievable.
For example it has a beautiful security police woman of Egyptian decent guarding an evil tory prime minister who who regularly accosts her in the lift whispering racist epithets in her ear.

It has terrorist atrocity carried out in a train station by blondes and red heads shouting "This is for the earth"

I kid you not.

What could R. R. Haywood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have read a few books on how to create believable characters before foisting this mess on the universe.

What three words best describe Carl Prekopp’s voice?

Measured and generally pleasing.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The plot held some hope as I generally like many books in this type of genre.

I was also able to return it for a refund.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,273

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely enthralling!

  • By Misspelt on 18-04-17

Hooked on bobiverse but so short

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Loving this series
It reads like old Robert heinlen to me


However I am used to reading books twice as long so feel it's expensive to use up a whole credit

Ah well
Looking forward to a long series

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,803
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,790

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip from Winchester

  • By Philip on 08-06-11

Best book I have read for years

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

What did you like most about The Way of Kings?

I cared for the characters. When the action started it left me breathless

What did you like best about this story?

The feelings it inspired in me

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favourite?

All characters performed superbly

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

Yes, but of course I will not spoil it for others.
What a dumb question.

Any additional comments?

You will not regret getting this book