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A classic sci-fi brought to life in audio

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-15

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Another good example of when an audiobook is 'better', more informative and more enjoyable than how I remember the original book. A classic sci-fi brought to life in audio.

A personal catalogue of work in progress across big science

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-15

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An introduction to big science. Some of the big discoveries and work in progress across a wide range of big topics like cosmology, quantum theory, medicine, chemistry, biology. The content is a little more serious than the title of the book suggests, and less serious than a reference text - with personal opinions and anecdotes.
I like to have a nonfiction and fiction listen going on over the same period. And this fitted in well as an interesting listen.

a list provides backdrop to views on 'books'

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-15

Any additional comments?

I found there was something about the edit that made it uncomfortable (or dangerous maybe?). Confusingly long asides are introduced which can refer to different books - and the plot goes off on baffling tangents.
I'm fairly sure some of the books are never mentioned except in the list at the end - whilst others are mentioned again and again and again seemingly to demonstrate different points (or the same point in different parts of the book).
The plot ends with an hour to go - filled with an epilogue (another long aside), 7 mins listing the books, 7 mins on acknowledging help - including bookshops etc, 12 mins of bibliography references (why in this version?) and finally a 'thank you' - almost as if we are expected to listen to this point.

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This One's Hot

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-14

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Have reached this part in the series.. not sure I wanted to read the book of the film.
But it's more complete in its storyline - fills in the gaps - and, from what I recall of the film, presents the key findings/clues in a different sequence - so don't think film at all.
Another favourite (so far - among many).

Say nothing... just listen..

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Have reached this part in the series.. and going back to Reacher's MP days is a refreshing change in setting - and prepared us for the next set of later stories. (Note that this is set somewhere in the middle of his career - not at the end).
The storyline, setting and telling are very good - and the addition of some family history makes other stories in the series more rounded.
Like others in the series - the book titling seems frustratingly 'obscure/tenuous'.
A favourite (so far - among many).

Excellent follow on to Phantom

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-14

What did you like most about Police?

The Harry Hole series builds and becomes steadily 'darker'. Whilst Police can be read as a standalone novel it refers to earlier episodes in other novels - particularly Phantom. I left longish gap between reading the two - and would have enjoyed listening to them closer together.
The whole series is excellent - go with the flow and the names/locations start to become familiar. As with the other novels - the narrator is excellent and Harry's voice is now reassuringly familiar.

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Consequences

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-14

Any additional comments?

Three simple rules that govern behaviours... and explore the consequences... listen, learn, discuss. Very enjoyable - a set of classic and linked short stories.

The best way to start the Odyssey

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-14

Any additional comments?

As with an earlier reviewer - the audio version provides a clearest way to start the classic journey. It all seems to make sense now - a classic.

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M.a.d.e i.n A.m.e.r.i.c.a

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-14

What did you like most about Made in America?

I tend to have several books on the go at once - fiction alongside non-fiction. So this was useful as I could dip into the book and pause between passages.
This is a surprisingly easy listen given the subject matter of 'words' and phrases made in America. Interesting and informative - but obviously not useful as a quick reference - so treat it accordingly.
However - whilst I do not like 'abridged' version of books - there is something to recommend 'adapted' for audio - there are occasional passages where the book and audio consists of seemingly endless lists - which work well on paper but not on audio - especially when they are also spelled out.

Around Ireland listening to it the car

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-13

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened to it as we drove around Ireland on a holiday. Heard it. Saw it. Enjoyed it.

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