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  • Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

  • By: Grant Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sci-Fi, but...

  • By Christopher Wilton on 05-01-11

Very funny.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-11

What a brilliant book. Despite stealing some of the jokes and plotlines from the TV series, it really feels quite original. The darker take on Better Than Life is the highlight of the book, especially when it concerns Rimmer.

Since this is the novel Red Dwarf universe, some of your expectations will be broken, as Rob and Doug really mix things up. It is much darker in tone than the series on a whole, alterted characterisation and twists may take you by suprise.


The main reason to download this is just to hear Chris Barrie. The man is a genius. You'll sometimes forget it's him, and become convinced Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn have joined in the reading.

All in all, very funny, and well worth a download. Great follow up to Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, would love to see Backwards and The Last Human added to the site soon!

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Knife of Dreams

  • Wheel of Time, Book 11
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 32 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great return to form... such a shame though..

  • By janet on 15-11-11

Great return to form... such a shame though..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-11

It's a shame that this was Jordan's swan song, as this was a brilliant return to what readers were used to, and completely supassed my expectations.

Book 10 was very hard to finish reading as a novel, and even in audible form, despite the narrators excellent efforts, it was a fairly dull book.

Knife of Dreams not only corrected Book 10's problems, but it is possibly Jordan's best, if not very close to The Shadow Rising. This book has more action in it's prolouge than occured in the previous book!
It sets a relentless pace and moves the storyline along at an appreciated rate.
Mat is extremely funny as always, and this book brings a welcome, if bittersweet ending to the Faile-Shaido story arc.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading brought their usual good work to the narration, I couldn't imagine Wheel of Time without them!

It was a shame Jordan died afterwards. Sanderson did a great job following up Jordan's work, but Jordan himself will be missed greatly.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Christopher Saul
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Dracula is the seminal gothic horror novel of its time as Bram Stoker introduced the world to the legendary vampire Count Dracula. Published in 1897 and told through a series of diary entries and letters, the story journeys into the dark world of Count Dracula through the eyes of several different narrators. The novel explores many themes, the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and conservative sexuality, immigration, colonialism, post colonialism and folklore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dracula

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-03-09

Very enjoyable to listen to.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-11

Dracula is a classic in every sense of the word - suspenseful, chilling, and even now, after all these vampire movies, cartoons and the creature's nature in pop culture - thoroughly original.

Christopher Saul is a very good reader, creating new voices for characters and being very easy to listen to, it is a shame he doesn't have more books to his credit.

Done as a series of journals and letters, the style of the book, only helps the audio narration.
There are little things in this reading that are strange to hear, such as page turnings and other noises. Whilst these would be distracting elsewhere, it actually helps the atmosphere and doesn't distract in the slightest.
One could argue against it's sexism, but it was a product of it's time, and ironically enough helps draw you into the time period.

This is a brilliant reading, and good value for money. I very much recommend it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol (Simon & Schuster Edition)

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 120

Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge come to marvelous life in Patrick Stewart's critically-acclaimed solo interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The star of X-Men and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart has performed his one-man stage production of this holiday classic to sell-out audiences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An abosolute must have!

  • By Matthew on 22-10-07

I wish Patrick would do more of these.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-10

The storyline is naturally, and always, a classic. We all know it, and have seen it countless times, in countless forms.

But Patrick really makes the book come alive, he is an excellent narrator, and makes for a very enjoyable experience.