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  • The Violent Century

  • By: Lavie Tidhar
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

For 70 years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.But there must always be an account... and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • He shrugged... And he shrugged... He shrugged...

  • By Daniel Suss on 14-11-18

He shrugged... And he shrugged... He shrugged...

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

How many times do people actually shrug? In this book it's about every two minutes. Why didn't the author just write a comic? The structure doesn't really work as a novel. Still, I listened to the end and got some enjoyment out of it.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

classic hokey American sci fi

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

a good story, and being fond of hokey American SF, I can forgive the cultural miopia.

  • The Dark Forest

  • The Three-Body Problem, Book 2
  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the third book in this trilogy?

  • By MR A CARLIN on 08-01-18

Cold, emotionless SF is an international problem

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

enjoyable despite being a bit inhuman. hopefully the last one in the series will warm up.

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  • The End of the World Running Club

  • By: Adrian J. Walker
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971

Do the impossible or lose your family forever.... Edgar Hill, unsympathetic husband and halfhearted father, finds himself in a hopeless situation. Despite all his best efforts, he hasn't managed to keep his family together. In fact they are further from him than ever - 550 miles, to be precise. And in a world near annihilated by a terrible disaster, leaving the UK harsh and brutal, uncrossable by car or bike, his journey to find his loved ones will be fraught with challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great British PA fiction

  • By William L Belfield on 28-03-17

Middle class angst/prejudice, cheap plot devices

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

I am 90% through and don't know if I can be bothered to finish. So many lazy assumptions, so many weak clichés and short cuts. Description seems to delight in a kind of rohl Dahl kiddie comic gruesomeness. I love the way the writer seems to have realised halfway through that the existence of mountain bikes actually makes the entire premise redundant - and makes a quick offhand comment about how they tried bikes but it was too muddy.

  • Anathem

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
  • Length: 32 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really impressed

  • By Anonymous Coward on 18-04-16

Immersive, detailed, compelling

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

Another satisfyingly dense and detailed world from Stephenson. One of the few writers capable of a good ending.

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  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very technical hard Sci fi

  • By colin steele on 07-03-16

Interesting and odd

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

Definitely got better. I enjoyed it more as it went on. Still has an oddness to it, although I think it probably is meant to be delivered with more humour than the narrator gave it.

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,451

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

Delivers what you should expect

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

Reviewed: 28-08-15

It reads like a game plotline stretched out to novel length. Being fully aware of the games and sf ideas you are copying doesn't necessarily give you a free ride to copy. Entertaining enough though.

  • The Song of Achilles

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing. As they grow into young men their bond blossoms into something far deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping and beautiful

  • By mrs on 07-04-13

Reworking of a myth but lacking an epic feel

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

Reviewed: 09-09-14

Any additional comments?

This book received a lot of hype. And I am guessing from people who hadn't read any fantasy before. Reworking of myths is a common enough thing in fantasy, and is as good a place to base a book as any. However this just lacked an epic feel. It was meant to be a personal version of the myth, but was missing the power and excitement of a myth.

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  • The Secret Life of Dust

  • From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Consequences of Little Things
  • By: Hannah Holmes
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Some see dust as dull stuff, useless at best, and sneeze-inducing at worst. But in the hands of writer Hannah Holmes, dust becomes a dazzling and mysterious force. As Holmes says, dust is a messenger, and air is its medium. And by the end of this fascinating journey through The Secret Life of Dust, we cannot help but agree.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing list of lung diseases

  • By Daniel Suss on 13-03-13

Disappointing list of lung diseases

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-13

Some interesting stuff, and well written generally. However it keeps just reverting to being a list of lung diseases. Just when it tries to look at other dust related issues, it's soon back to the lung diseases.



Also the need to provide every specialist with a descriptive handle is a bit annoying. I don't really care about the hair colour of the doctor, or the accent of the volcanologist.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle but engaging

  • By Ms on 17-06-12

A long trudge through emotional writing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-13

It's not the book's fault. It's mine. I don't like very emotional writing. Lots of descriptions of sadness welling up. Words unspoken. The endless torment of sad people.



That said, it wasn't a bad book. It starts well, and in the first few chapters you wonder if it might be a classic. Alas it isn't. Many of the other characters are just convenient props for ideas. And some of the actual things that happen are unbelievable, not in a fantastic way, just in an unlikely, impractical way.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful