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  • Thin Air

  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors, with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work. And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years...and it promises to be an audiobook to remember. An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, the best so far

  • By Ben on 05-11-18

Excellent, the best so far

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Beyond the sexy noir there is a convincing political context that gives this P.I. story some lasting weight. Really enjoyed this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Labyrinth Index

  • Laundry Files, Book 9
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry - the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats - has culminated in the unthinkable: an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street. But in true 'the enemy of my enemy' fashion, Mhairi Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy - there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story utterly utterly ruined by the performan

  • By Anonymous User on 31-10-18

Failure to pronounce the protagonist’s name correctly, shame!

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Love this series of books, it’s a real shame that this narrator came up with the most inappropriate/phoneyest collection canned English accents for characters we know and love. Why could she not at least have listened to some of the previous books, a waste of a wonderful opportunity for us to have loved/admired her work.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Proven Guilty

  • The Dresden Files, Book 8
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 993

The White Council of Wizards has drafted Harry Dresden as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in Chicago. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in the Windy City, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark mood and surprising twists

  • By Aleksandra on 13-12-13

Seriously good read, magical! #groan

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Love it, this is an amazing plot, Jim is one of the best at plotting! Something like my sixth or seventh listening. Hope Peace Talks is going well, no pressure Jim but really when?

  • German Short Stories for Beginners

  • German Audio: Improve Your Reading and Listening Skills in German
  • By: My Daily German
  • Narrated by: David Greiwe, Markus Kasanmascheff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Improve your German reading, pronunciation, and listening skills. Make learning new vocabulary so much easier, with 10 fun and engaging German stories. For those of you who can't just slip away from life, travel to Germany, and immerse yourself in the language in order to learn it, this is your solution! Reading and listening to native-spoken German stories is the next best thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worthwhile

  • By Luke on 11-10-17

Very helpful publisher, great resource!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-17

This audio book compliments other learning methods. Clear easy to follow but do make sure you get the pdf, vital!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy on the Bridge

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived. In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So clever. Tension all the way...

  • By Robyn on 05-02-18

Beautiful and full of dark hope

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

Reviewed: 13-08-17

M.R.Carey is a wonderful writer, each book is complete, the marriage makes both books into transcendent whole. Both must be read in order, both are uncompromisingly, fascinating from start to finish, without sentimentality but full to the brim with feeling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,826

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Wonderful witty such fun

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

Reviewed: 30-01-16

What a lovely book, this book made me giggle, the best so far Ben thanks!

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • Wayfarers, Book 1
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039

Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut! When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • for young adults

  • By Mark on 07-02-16

Ernest and joyful

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

Reviewed: 23-01-16

A young adult novel, full of good advice and admirable characters struggling to define themselves - a little prurient, but there isn't much ambiguity, this prevents you from loving the characters the way you'd like to. It ends a little too abruptly also, there are good ideas that aren't fully developed. I bet it was as fun to write as it was to read. Wonderful narration.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but listen like a true sceptic

  • By Peter on 22-03-16

Under the hood, a user’s guide

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

Reviewed: 31-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is quite the most useful course I have bought, I have so many bookmarks and notes in this. I felt the need to have the content: including heuristics and logical fallacies memorised so that I can steer a safe course around the hucksters of modern advertising and over the pitfall of modern life.

What other book might you compare Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills to, and why?
It's pretty unique, but if I had to I'd say it reads like a survival guide (or a handbook to common problems you might be having with your wetware). The problem/issue is stated clearly (usually some kind of problem with perception or the brain's habit of creating useful but problematic short cuts to methodical truth evaluation) then a useful label then the remedy to ameliorate the problem, cool I promise.

What about Professor Steven Novella’s performance did you like?
Engaging: I love his voice, all the supporting evidence the set up so to speak for the course, fascinating!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Lol, it would be a documentary and it might be:The brain a users guide, or Under the hood

Any additional comments?
Thanks great courses

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    17 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • Zendegi

  • By: Greg Egan
  • Narrated by: Stan Pretty
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Nasim is a young computer scientist working on Zendegi; a virtual world used by millions. When a map of every neural connection to the human brain is published, Nasim decides to exploit it to fill Zendegi with Proxies: the bit-players that bring its crowd scenes to life. Then a friend with terminal cancer begs Nasim to make a Proxy of him, but Zendegi is about to become a battlefield...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Ben on 14-11-12

Great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-12

This is a wonderful book, I've listened to it four times now. There's never a glib or self-indulgent moment, it's as profound as it's subtle. It takes the reader to through the central idea 'side-loading', preparing the ground, without exposition, deftly through the transformation from audio, to avian song. from cricketer to the desperate grieving father, who is poignant not haunted by the memories of his wife, as he comes to terms with his own mortality. Egan challenges scientific triumphalism as eloquent as Stanislaw Lem, who for me is the only writer of sf in his class.

  • House of War

  • The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power
  • By: James Carroll
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

This landmark, myth-shattering work chronicles the most powerful institution in America, the people who created it, and the pathologies it has spawned. Carroll proves a controversial thesis: The Pentagon has, since its founding, operated beyond the control of any force in government or society. It is the biggest, loosest cannon in American history, and no institution has changed this country more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An authentic voice, a treasured companion

  • By Ben on 21-09-12

An authentic voice, a treasured companion

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-12

This book begins with a son's view of a father, a General seconded from the FBI, responsible for keeping the peace in a fascinating internecine conflict between airforce and navy to control the bomb. Carroll discusses the history and implication of mechanised mass destruction. He talks to those who saw it emerge, those present at its beginning, and they are candid about its psychological impact. We are introduced to its inheritors, we are warned. Carroll's authority compels us to grasp its meaning. This sits beside Catch 22 as treasured companion. It's a warm and resonant reading by Robertson Dean. I've listened to it three times already and I anticipate listening again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful