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  • The Land You Never Leave

  • West of West, Book 2
  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Newly and uneasily allied, two tribes from different worlds set off across the Ocean of Grass. Their mission is to fulfil a prophecy and take Ottar the Moaner west of west, to save mankind. In their way are the denizens of the Badlands, the most terrifying and powerful collection of murderers and monsters the world has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wootah Hooter!

  • By Simon on 15-09-18

Even better than book one

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

What a great book. You never know what is coming next, who will live, who will die, who will fall in love, who will get eaten, what horrific monster will do the eating, when you will laugh, when you will cry.
Just brilliant.

  • 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 2,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,256

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • started well

  • By people's bank on 06-03-17

Time moved too slowly

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Some good parts in it, the back story of the main trio was very interesting.
But then the story threads water for far too long, only get going again in the last 30 minutes.
Narrator was brilliant though.

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,124

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun yarn with some unexpected twists.

  • By Bad Monkey on 26-04-17

A different side to alien contact

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

Where does Not Alone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in top 20

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dan McCarthy. Very likeable, I enjoyed his viewpoint.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh several times. The story is tense, but has plenty of humour throughout. I laughed for several minutes when Clark told Dan "You earned every single penny"
Certainly made me think about humanity would react to first contact, especially social and traditional media.

Any additional comments?

Very interesting angle on first contact, with chapters on how the different world leaders would "spin" it to their advantage.
The majority of the story is based on Dan, his brother Clark, and PR guru Emma. The interaction between these characters is very enjoyable, with moments of warmth, tension and humour. Very enjoyable!

  • Waking Gods

  • Themis Files, Book 2
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Adna Sablyich, Laurel Lefkow, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

An unknown vessel, not of this world, materialises in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion? Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes' dreams - apocalyptic visions of death and destruction - is the habit they have of coming true. Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how...but why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read/listen!

  • By Misspelt on 08-04-17

Holding on for next book

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Hmm, I was a bit disappointed.
Not much action, too much introspective narration.

Typical book 2 problems, where the story progresses a bit, but you still need another book to complete the story.
Narration was excellent.

  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

When images of a lost civilization are 'dreamed' by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void - a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immersed in the void.

  • By Martin on 06-11-14

Floats along

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Never really gets going. Maybe I've had enough of the Void from previous Commonwealth books, so this book was a bit "heard it all before"
Weakest of the series so far, I hope the next book is better.
Narrator John Lee still puts in an excellent performance.

  • 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 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831

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

Nearly loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

I really liked the idea of the story, and it started off great. But the middle dragged a bit for me. I thinks it's because I thought there would be more detail on the various attempts to stop the Stone Man. But it's more about the characters and how the arrival changes their lives.
Narration was excellent, Matt did a great job.
I will listen to more of Luke's books, if Matt narrates again.

  • Calamity

  • A Reckoners Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382

They told David it was impossible - that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand. Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good conclusion

  • By Robyn on 19-04-16

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Steelheart was the best, I really enjoyed it. Firefight was a step below, and unfortunately Calamity is the weakest of the series.
The main story is wrapped up, but it just didn't satisfy me.

  • The Emperor's Blades

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116

In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable setting of scene

  • By Callum on 02-12-15

Three different blades, one great story

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

Reviewed: 23-05-15

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

Definitely. The Emperor has three children, each of whom live distant from each other, in three distinct areas. The lore and background for each area is very interesting, and you discover more as the story progresses.
There is plenty of battling, laughter, treachery and twists, all of which kept me listening. Really, you never know what is going to happen next, so its hard to put those earphones down.

What other book might you compare The Emperor's Blades to, and why?

None spring to mind.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The battle with the Skullsworn.

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

Kadens thought as he trained as a monk moved me to laughter several times. Simon Vance does a good job with some deadpan narrations which me laugh.
A particular death was sad as well, but I don't wish to give away any spoilers.

Any additional comments?

Just finished book 1, buying book 2 right now. You can't give a much better recommendation than that!

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  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524

Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell; her brother and sister have been stolen and she's going to have to return to her bad old ways if she's ever going to see them again. She sets off in grim pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company. But it turns out he's hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old friends and enemies

  • By Matt on 23-12-12

By the dead, I wish there were more

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

I loved this whole series. Great narration throughout. Good to see some existing characters again, and there were some great new faces as well. The Wild West setting was an interesting idea, but I felt it didn't fit in with the other books. There were some things I saw coming, I was never able to predict what would happen next in the prior books. So I'm deducting a star for that. Overall though, a fitting end to my favourite series of books.
Sad now, how can anything else compare?

  • Hard Duty

  • Merkiaari Wars, 1
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and exciting!

  • By Tristan on 08-12-14

Exciting story, with interesting characters.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-14

Where does Hard Duty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top. Its never boring, the story moves along at a great pace. The battles are exciting, the baddies are suitably evil and the story universe is excellent. All the characters make reasonable decisions. I've read several stories recently where somebody does something completely out of character, where its a plot device just to put themselves in danger. For a pleasant change, I never found myself saying "nobody is that stupid" while listening.
Very much like a good Star Trek story arc. With plenty of battles and no holodeck.

Who was your favorite character and why?

James. I thought he was going to be annoying at first, but he turned out to be rather cool.

What about Mikael Naramore’s performance did you like?

He made the story very exciting at the right moments, I found myself holding my breath while waiting to find out what happened next. Also, the computer and faulty translator voices were done well, it added to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes indeed!

Any additional comments?

Great listen, looking forward to the next one.