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  • Childhood's End

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. When the Overlords finally showed themselves it was a shock but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind...and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave Earth behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Story

  • By Darren on 05-08-16

Great story ruined by awful narration.

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

This is a great book. I've read it before, listened to the radio play, and now the audiobook. It will always remain one of my favourites.

However (and isn't there always a 'however'?), the narration is terrible. The reader has no story telling ability whatsoever. There were moments when two or more people are speaking and you can't tell when one is finished and another ends. There's no real drama in his voice and his pronunciation is difficult to behold. He seems to be trying to come over all RP (Queen's English) but that's not what is called for here.

By all means, listen to this because the book is outstanding. Just don't judge it based on the reader.

  • The Naked God

  • Night's Dawn, Book 3
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 48 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

The third book in the The Night's Dawn trilogy, The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton is an epic conclusion to dramatic and compelling series. The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the possessed to infiltrate more worlds. Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal does not match her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard To Keep Going

  • By S. Morris on 18-12-16

Phenomenally huge sci-fi.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

The hardest part of a huge book, especially one as good as this, is finishing. I didn't want it to end. It took me three weeks to complete - plus the time to get through the first two parts - that I had become accustomed to the characters. I enjoyed spending time (and space) with them and felt I knew them personally.

Hamilton does a brilliant job of tying the multitude of strands together and the ending was certainly worth the time. The whole series comes in at about 130 hours but don't let that stop you. It is time well spent.

John Lee's narration is as good as always, he is one of my favourite readers. I know I haven't mentioned the story but that's because you should have read parts 1 & 2 first so you'll know what's happening. If you don't then start from the beginning. It is certainly worth it.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Ms. Ej Austin on 19-06-17

Shocking true story

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

I didn't know anything about this case until I started this book but I'm so glad I finished it.It is truly shocking how racism and hatred could be taken so far and to so awful consequences.

Read or listen, just make sure you learn about this awful time in history.

I won't go detail. You need to discover it for yourself.

  • Desperation

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 21 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

Welcome to Desperation. Once a thriving copper-mining town in the middle of the Nevada desert, Desperation is now eerily abandoned. It's the last place that travellers like the Carver family, bound for vacation, and writer Johnny Marinville, astride his Harley, would expect to be stopped and charged. But Desperation still has a local cop - a unique regulator who patrols the wilderness highway. The secrets buried in Desperation are as terrifying as the forces summoned to encounter them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING

  • By Glen on 21-07-17

Not one of King's best

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

I've long been a fan of Stephen King and was looking forward to this. Unfortunately, Desperation is not one of his best. The second half drags and parts are not very clear.

The narration by Stephen King himself, however, is excellent as ever.

  • A Head Full of Ghosts

  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly mad and deeply disturbing

  • By Kaggy on 30-03-18

Great story<br />

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This is an excellent and very moving story. It's not scary so if you are looking for that you may be disappointed. It moves briskly and the ending really got to me.

The only downside for me was the narration. The reader has a great voice however she struggles with male characters. I would have preferred that she not try to put on voices and instead just read the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,988

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

King does it again.

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

I didn't really know what to expect with this one. I'm a huge fan of Stephen King but wasn't sure how he could pull off a straight forward, non horror, thriller. Have no fear, Mr King knocks it out of the ball park.

Simply put, this is a tremendous book. One of his best.

Great characters, great bad guy, great plot.

  • Revenger

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.... Captain Rackamore and his crew do.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear

  • By Mr S. on 12-10-16

Pirates in Space

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

Reviewed: 25-09-16

I've long been a fan of Alastair Reynolds and am always looking forward to his new books. Happily, Revenger is great. The story is fairly simple, the tale of two sisters - one who is captured by space pirates and the other who sets out to find her.

It's a fun ride with well thought out characters and hints at a much bigger universe which I hope Reynolds will explore again in the future.

If there is one fault, it's the narrator. While she had a good voice, it doesn't quite fit the story and she struggles with some of the male voices

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Dance of Death

  • Pendergast, Book 6
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Praised as a "ruthless descendant of Holmes," Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged! New reader! Why oh why?

  • By Stephen Amos on 07-09-16

Abridged! New reader! Why oh why?

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

Big question: why an abridged version only and why a change of reader?

I am a big fan of the adventures of Agent Penderghast and have enjoyed the previous audio versions, all unabridged and read by the same narrator. Until now. why?

I'm not sure if the story was just ordinary or if it was let down by the fact it is an abridged version with loads of detail missing. I'm not sure if this was the reason it took longer to listen to than it did the others even though they are 10 hours longer. Was it because it seemed rushed? Was it because the reader was, well, boring?

Also, having the great John Lee introduce the book, only illustrated what we were missing.

I had to listen to this to continue the series but it was a chore, an anomaly in the series which usually is excellent entertainment. Hopefully the rest with revert back to the way it started.






5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Crashing Heaven

  • By: Al Robertson
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel. With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality - ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fast, furious fun.

  • By Tony on 01-10-15

doesn't exactly crash Heaven

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

Reviewed: 26-08-16

Crashing Heaven is a techo sci fi, filled with decent ideas of AIs, gods and and semi alien race. It is a thriller and a predictable detective story. It holds together fairly well but marred by the excessive use of bad language.

Now, I'm not a prude and will accept it if it fits the character but here it is just too much of it. It became tiresome and started distracting from the story.

  • Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is just so good

  • By Nick on 12-07-15

Another great novel by Michael Connelly.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

Not much to say, I've read/listen to the preceding Harry Bosch novels and found them easy, entertaining and, at times, exciting.

Wonderfully performed by Dick Hill, this is solid and engrossing. If you like Bosch or detective fiction in general, this is for you.