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  • A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe

  • By: Alex White
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Blacklock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

A washed-up treasure hunter, a hotshot racer, and a deadly secret society. They're all on a race against time to hunt down the greatest warship ever built. Some think the ship is lost forever, some think it's been destroyed, and some think it's only a legend, but one thing's for certain: whoever finds it will hold the fate of the universe in their hands. And treasure that valuable can never stay hidden for long....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable and a clever mix<br />

  • By Anonymous User on 23-12-18

Billed as Sci-Fi but only a magic wish

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

'They' didn't say it was a magic genre book. I don't like to read 'magic' books (unless by Larry Niven, of course). This was touted as Sci-Fi. It isn't!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,051

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Apocalypse Road story

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Well done "on the road at the end of the world as we know it" book. Alas, I just don't care for them. But, if you do, this is a good one.

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - Narrator on Valium

  • By David on 06-04-14

Just marvelous

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

Writing, narration, production - all excellent. The book is inventive, interesting, captivating, imaginative and not a little profound 'round the edges. Wished it'd never end...

  • 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 2,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,827

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

Held my attention

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Story held my attention throughout. Would have appreciated more on science and research we're lead to understand is going on. Would like to know what-whence-whyfor re this Stone Man and if others, not to mention characters' fate. So, yeah, sequel...

  • Places in the Darkness

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Million-copy-selling Chris Brookmyre takes his fiction further than ever before in this wildly inventive and sharply-plotted novel set in the unforgiving emptiness of space. "This is as close to a city without crime as mankind has ever seen." Ciudad de Cielo is the 'city in the sky', a space station where hundreds of scientists and engineers work in earth's orbit, building the colony ship that will one day take humanity to the stars. When a mutilated body is found on the CdC, the eyes of the world are watching.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth trying if you like recent Brookmyre

  • By Skegg on 19-11-17

Icky Sticky and...

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

Bloody and crude. No likeable characters. Good setting. Terrific performance. Stuck it as long as I could, but...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A River in the Sky

  • An Amelia Peabody Murder Mystery
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

It's 1910, and archaeologist Amelia Peabody heads for Palenstine hoping to prevent an English adventurer called Morely from causing damage during his search for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem. The War Office fears increasing German influence in Palenstine and insists Morley is working for German intelligence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry

  • By Kris on 05-04-11

Narrator no Barbara Rosenblat

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

Reviewed: 26-01-18

Adorably enjoyable Series,ove the writer, but I don't appreciate this narrator. So long for Barbara Rosenblat again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Black

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad, Beautiful and Dreamlike

  • By Ova Incekaraoglu on 05-08-18

Genius of Mantel and Betinck

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

Reviewed: 26-01-18

The genius of the Writer and the Narrator both makes this an all-star book .

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Good Man

  • By: Linda Nagata
  • Narrated by: Liisa Ivary
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Scarred by war, in pursuit of truth. Army veteran True Brighton left the service when the development of robotic helicopters made her training as a pilot obsolete. Now she works at Requisite Operations, a private military company established by friend and former Special Ops soldier Lincoln Han. Robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence are all tools used to augment the skills of veteran warfighters-for-hire. But the tragedy of war is still measured in human casualties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, devastating

  • By C and/or A on 26-11-17

Brilliant, devastating

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

Duck and weave and especially hide. Devastating, brilliant, bodes ill for "The Civilians" - as ever thus.

  • Existence

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame that the whole book is not on the download.

  • By Rod on 10-11-12

Brilliants Book and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 24-10-17

Brilliantly written book in content and style, and Entertaining! and first class production - 'nuff said

  • The Diamond Deep

  • Book Two of Ruby's Song
  • By: Brenda Cooper
  • Narrated by: Kate Reinders
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

What if a woman as strong and as complex as Eva Pern began her life as a robot repair assistant, one threatened by a powerful peacekeeping force that wants to take all that she has from her? The discovery ship, Creative Fire, is on its way home from a multi-generational journey. But home is nothing like the crew expected. They have been gone for generations, and the system they return to is now home to technologies and riches beyond their wildest dreams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, very good narration

  • By C and/or A on 13-05-17

Good story, very good narration

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

Reviewed: 13-05-17

Narration was "spot on" (no more carders). A real professional job. Pretty good yarn. Not the charm of Becky Chambers, alas. But then, that's a rare find. All in all, glad I listened.