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I. Lennon

Beeston, United Kingdom
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  • Tiamat's Wrath

  • The Expanse, Book 8
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 765

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another outstanding sequel

  • By Chris I on 05-04-19

This series keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

Extremely well read, the story is a superb extrapolation of the previous parts of the Expanse. There are moments that make you smile, and moments where you are sad. Go listen/read it yourself. And start the calls for book 9...

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,841

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just fantastic!

  • By Miles on 12-06-13

generally good

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

Reviewed: 15-01-17

Cast were great. The main narrator was a little bland and unemotional, but clear and understandable. In general a good liaten

  • The Quatermass Memoirs

  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi
  • By: Nigel Kneale
  • Narrated by: Andrew Keir
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Launching a new range of Classic Radio Sci-Fi releases, the renowned Quatermass Memoirs was first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1996. It is a mix of original TV soundtrack and drama-documentary, in which Nigel Kneale reflects on the 1950s fearful atmosphere in which he wrote the classic Quatermass TV serials. The programme mixes the factual story with a dramatic narrative, in which the now-retired Professor Quatermass (played by Nigel Kneale) reluctantly recounts his past exploits to a female journalist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • hmmm

  • By I. Lennon on 09-10-16

hmmm

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

If you are expecting a story, this is not it.It is more like a commentary track with a odd melding of original story, a new 'retrospective' from Quatermass, and the original writers historical commentary on the origins of the ideas.

Oh, and if I hear Holst's "Bringer of War" one more time...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Hand in Mine

  • By: Robert Aickman
  • Narrated by: Reece Shearsmith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Cold Hand in Mine stands as one of Aickman's best collections and contains eight stories that show off his powers as a 'strange story' writer to the full. The listener is introduced to a variety of characters, from a man who spends the night in a Hospice to a German aristocrat and a woman who sees an image of her own soul. There is also a nod to the conventional vampire story ("Pages from a Young Girl's Journal") but all the stories remain unconventional and inconclusive, which perhaps makes them all the more startling and intriguing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Pip on 24-10-18

Chilling

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

What made the experience of listening to Cold Hand in Mine the most enjoyable?

This is very much the dark and evil cousin of "tales of the unexpected"... I don't think I can say anything else without spoiling it!

  • Cloud Atlas

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Garrick Hagon, Jeff Harding, Steve Hodson, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 813

Cloud Atlas features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, brought to life better than any movie

  • By T on 25-02-13

Hang in there

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

Any additional comments?

I nearly gave up on this book right at the start. It is read by multiple people, and the first reader really damaged the whole experience: he paused for hard words, and there was little life in his performance.

The rest of the performers were excellent, and the story gets going after the first one. Of course, the story ends with him too...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mort

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522

Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good but poor quality recording

  • By Sam on 19-04-15

Quality of this recording is awful

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

What disappointed you about Mort?

This is a great story by Terry Pratchett, ably narrated by Nigel Planer but sounds as though it is coming from the bottom of a felt lined pit.

I listen to my books whist driving, and, with the lack of clarity in this recording, it is honestly almost too difficult to listen to.

it sounds as though this was converted from an old tape track with audio compression set to max. Not impressed, and as a result will steer clear of the other Pratchett books narrated by Mr Planer as well. Not because of how he reads, but because I might crash and die...

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

Nigel Planer's narration is good

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars

  • By: Terrance Dicks
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

For many thousands of years, the Suthekh had waited... trapped in the heart of an Egyptian pyramid. Now at last the time had come - the moment of release, when all the force of his pent-up evil and malice would be unleashed upon the world. The TARDIS lands in the year 1911, and the Doctor and Sarah emerge to fight a terrifying and deadly battle...against Egyptian mummies, half possessed humans - and the overwhelming evil power of Sutekh!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forever my favourite Doctor Who story 10/10 top

  • By phillip on 19-03-16

excellent!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

The mellifluous tones of Tom Baker bring to life a classic Target novelization. An excellent story for the car.