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Pretty poor

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

This is the Iraq war of 2004, re-imagined as a starship trooper type engagement. Unfortunately for the author, there are many superb accounts of the Iraq and Afgani wars that show his efforts in a harsh light. There is an uncomfortable mix of imagined technology (blasters, powered armour etc) alongside anachronistic references to things like 'machine gun nests' (which no real armed forces person would use even now).

The narration is of the the hyped up growly type and, although it fits well with the rather thin gruel that is the story, it grates all on its own I'm afraid

OK for teenagers, not adults.

Pretty poor

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Predictable story written perhaps for a teen audience.

Not really worth the candle I’m afraid

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Not the easiest story to get into (written 200 years ago) but it's the narration that makes it accessible and engaging

Highly recommended

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Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

What would have made Islands of No Return better?

A different narrator

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Poor

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was truly appalling. He mis-pronounced many words and had an obvious lack of understanding of the subject.

It was as bad a an amateur effort from Libravox. In fact, scrub that - it was worse.

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

None

Any additional comments?

Avoid this audiobook - read the novel if you wish (the story is no where near up to Philip's usual standard though)

1 person found this helpful

Too rushed

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

Reviewed: 22-10-16

I'd say there are about three good books in this story; instead of letting the tale develop we are taken on a superficial fast paced romp.

The author has done much better than this with the Kydd series, don't let this stand-alone effort put you off.

Epic

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Great narration, great story. It holds the attention marvellously. One of the best tales I have ever heard.

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Good narration but quite a tedious and convoluted story. Too unbelievable for sci-fi. Too realistic for fantasy.

Epic story well narrated

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-13

Can be read alone, or following Fall of Giant. A great tale, the narration is 1st class

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A poor tale narrated terribly

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-13

The narration is ponderous and affected (Imagine the gravelly voiced guy who does the action film trailers). The story is laughably shallow and thin.



Don't bother, I wish I hadn't