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  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

  • By: Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
  • Narrated by: Jeff Forshaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easier than I thought

  • By Mr. S. Hyams on 30-05-11

Essential Listening for the Physics Layman

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-11

This is a superb book, exceptionally well read and very easy to absorb. It answered pretty much all the questions that have ever irked me about relativity and the Standard Model. It all seems so straightforward now and the fact that mankind's discovery of these processes was derived from seemingly simple thought experiments almost beggars belief.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If, like me, you are a physics layman then you simply have to give this book your attention.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Temporal Void

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the Living Dream’s deadline for launching its Pilgrimage into the Void draws closer. Not only is the Ocisen Empire fleet fast approaching on a mission of genocide, but also an internecine war has broken out between the post-human factions over the destiny of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book from a fantastic author

  • By R King on 15-10-12

Superb superb superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-10

Even better than The Dreaming Void. There is a real sense of building to a fantastic conclusion in book 3.

  • Twilight Eyes

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

They're out there...waiting...watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed - or cursed - by Twilight Eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great thriller,

  • By Derek on 30-04-09

Dean Koontz needs an editor

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-10

This book is hard going. Koontz doesn't use a sentence to describe something when he can use a paragraph instead. Two out of every three sentences could be trimmed from this book and it would lose nothing in the edit. I kept finding myself wanting to yell "Okay, okay, I get the picture, get on with the story!" The premise underlying the story itself is weak and undeveloped. It's like something you'd expect from a hastily drafted Stephen King novel. This is my second and last Koontz book.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption Ark

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and brilliantly read

  • By Michael on 26-06-09

A superb sequel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-09

I enjoyed every second of this 27 hour audio book. It is the 3rd part of Reynolds' Revelation Space series and Redemption Ark is a superb installment. John Lee's narration is wonderful and every bit as evocative as his previous delivery for the first book, Revelation Space. Reynolds has excelled himself once again in weaving hard-core science and cosmology into an expansive story line to produce awe-inspiring science fiction. I almost literally cannot wait for future episodes of this series. Please Audible, keep them coming!

  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 629

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

Can sci-fi get better than this?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-09

This is easily the best sci-fi novel I have come across in my 42 years. It's a real treat for jaded, old sci-fi lovers like me who fell let down all too often by modern space operas that raise more questions than they answer. This epic tale has wheels within wheels, unexpected plot lines, no waffle, no fat, and just the right blend of hard science with fiction. I found John Lee's narration style took some getting used to, but in the end I came to enjoy his delivery. It's a crying shame that this book is the only work by Alistair Reynolds available on Audible. I would buy the others in a heartbeat.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
    24 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Silent Witness

  • By: Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by: T.J. Edwards
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

When seventeen-year-old Tony Lord was accused of the murder of Alison Taylor, his friends turned against him. Now he is a San Francisco lawyer dedicated to the defense of his clients, but his new client is one of those fair-weather friends...and he is suspected of murdering of a female student. Tony must confront not only the fear that his friend is a murderer, but the buried truths that underlie Alison's death so long ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read

  • By Enervator on 24-06-07

100% Page Turner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-08

A superb thriller in the genre of John Grisham, beautifully written and utterly compelling: no loose ends, no short cuts, no plodding plot lines. This book was a total treat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eifelheim

  • By: Michael Flynn
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen

  • By Sean on 14-02-08

Well worth a listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-08

A superbly written book. The author is clearly an expert on medieval history and culture. He weaves a wonderfully intricate story drawing subtle comparisons between religion and science, humanity and alien mindsets. The plot itself is a little disjointed; it flip-flops between the 14th century and the present day. However, the vast majority of the novel takes place in the past, which leaves the part of the plot set in the present virtually redundant. In addition, we learn that the book's hero, the priest Father Dietrich, has an unsavoury history which receives no real elaboration over the entire course of the story. In fact, it feels a lot like this book is merely the first in a series. I certainly hope so.

The narrator got on my nerves at first; he suffers, near the start of the audiobook, from that affectation that afflicts many public speakers, namely ignoring full stops. But he soon breaks that habit and goes on to give a flawless delivery, dropping in and out of German and Latin, and a strange alien monotone. But make no mistake: this is not a sci-fi novel, it is a period piece exploring the place of rational thought in a word governed by religious superstition, and the touching plight of a stranded community trying to come to terms with its fate. If the present-day part of this story had been as coherent as the past, I would have given it the full 5 stars. Definitely give this a listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful