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  • Thin Air

  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors, with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work. And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years...and it promises to be an audiobook to remember. An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, the best so far

  • By Ben on 05-11-18

Way too much graphic sex

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

Painful and almost embarrassing to listen to this book. I would not recommend this unless you like the shades of grey series

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  • Rosewater

  • The Wormwood Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Tade Thompson
  • Narrated by: Bayo Gbadamosi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn't care to again - but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realisation about a horrifying future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!

  • By Tony Swinton on 29-09-18

Refreshingly intriguing and interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, the story was both interesting and enthralling, I am looking forward to the next instalment in this trilogy

  • Trail of Lightning

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse have destroyed most of the planet…yet out of these waters, Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation, has been miraculously reborn. Listen along as Tanis Parenteau's impeccable narration, capturing the rhythms of Navajo speech, fully envelopes you into the Sixth World. Trail of Lightning follows our heroine as she walks the land alongside gods, heroes of legend, and monsters alike. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking fantasy

  • By paul sparks on 04-01-19

Thought provoking fantasy

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, I’ve come to be wary of books that all the so called critics rave about as most of these reviews are always postings and lack honesty, it’s a good book and I look forward to the next instalment for the characters developed

  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - Fell out with the narrator.

  • By Peter on 06-07-10

Overly convoluted and way too lengthy

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

I see the similarities between this book and so many other sci fi novels but this took way too long to reach any form of conclusion and although I am tempted by the synopsises of further Revelation Space books this make me wonder if I should bother investing my time

  • Salvation

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

AD 2204. An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion - so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. It will be up to the team to bring back answers, and the consequences of this voyage will change everything. Back on Earth, we can now make deserts bloom and extend lifespans indefinitely, so humanity seems invulnerable. We therefore welcomed the Olyix to Earth when they contacted us. But were the Olyix a blessing or a curse?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, just a little slow getting going.

  • By Mr. B. Hirst on 01-10-18

Sadly unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I had read the reviews of this book and most negative ones related to the narrator, I actually found the narrator the best thing about this book, if it hadn’t have been for his articulation I would have given up half way through, I like character building and this had that but the conclusion was weak and puerile, I felt like I had wasted a big chunk of time for nothing, I won’t be listening to anyone if this authors work

  • Exit Strategy

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah - its former owner (protector? friend?) - submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who's going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it's caught?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good to the very end

  • By paul sparks on 04-12-18

Good to the very end

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I am torn by these stories because although highly entertaining and enjoyable I feel the publishers should have released the Murderbot Diaries as one book and not dragged it out making it very expensive for what is basically a single novel, I had to use 4 Audible credits to purchase what is an average length audiobook, that being said the story itself was great and I hope the author writes more stories set in this universe

  • Line War

  • Agent Cormac, Book 5
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The Polity is under attack from a 'melded' AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus' wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate, though he is secretly struggling to control a new ability no human being should possess...and beginning to question the motives of his AI masters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great conclusion

  • By Mr. W. Inskip on 07-06-18

A good finale for cormac

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Over 100 hours listening and at the conclusion (for now) to agent cormac has been satisfying, I look forward to the rise of the Jain saga

  • Brass Man

  • Agent Cormac, Book 3
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

On the primitive world Cull, a knight errant called Anderson hunts a dragon, not knowing that elsewhere is a resurrected brass killing machine, Mr Crane, assisting in a similar hunt. Learning that this old enemy still lives, agent Cormac pursues while scientist Mika begins discovering the horrifying truth about an ancient alien technology. Each day is a survival struggle for the people of Cull. Ferocious insectile monsters roam their planet as they try to escape to their forefathers' starship, still orbiting far above them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant series by Neal Asher

  • By Glen Martin on 09-11-18

I’m really enjoying the agent cormac series

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I started listening to the agent cormac series last in my library of Neal Asher and it was a good idea as it is giving more depth to the story by knowing the peripheral histories, great books highly recommended

  • The Line of Polity

  • Agent Cormac, Book 2
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 22 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed by a nanomycelium, and the very nature of this sabotage suggests that the alien bioconstruct Dragon - a creature as untrustworthy as it is gigantic - is somehow involved. Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great!

  • By Stephen on 17-01-19

Another great listen/read

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

I’m loving the agent cormac series although I have read all of Neal Ashers other Polity and other stories I decided to leave the cormac series for last and it gives greater depth to what I read previously

  • Cowl

  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The Heliothane Dominion is triumphant in the solar system after a bitter war with their Umbrathane progenitors. But some of the enemy have escaped into the past, intent on wreaking havoc across time. The worst of these is Cowl, an artificially forced advance in human evolution but one who is no longer human. Polly, desperate to obtain funds to support her habits, is unprepared for her involvement with Nandru Jurgens, a Taskforce soldier, and the killers pursuing him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it when I read it!

  • By Anonymous Coward on 21-10-18

Interesting and engaging but not great

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I am a big fan of Neal Asher and have got all his library including short stories, some of his books are outstanding and some are very readable but lack the impetus, this is a good book and worth adding to any persons library but it is not his best

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