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  • The Damaged

  • By: Simon Law
  • Narrated by: Rob Goll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

After 25 years of torment, Matthew is released from a mental institute under the watchful eye and care of Tammy Atkins, a care worker with a secret history of alcohol abuse and self-harm. As Matthew struggles to adapt to his new found liberty, he finds himself continuously plagued by the demons of his past. Haunted by strange and ghastly images and urges, Matthew sets himself upon a path of vengeance; determined to seek out his parents' killer and put his demons to rest once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Damaged

  • By Jayne P on 26-06-16

Dark & Disturbing

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

Reviewed: 21-06-16

Would you try another book written by Simon Law or narrated by Rob Goll?

I received a free copy of The Damaged in return for an honest review.

I would definitely try another of Simon's books. However, and being brutally honest, I struggled with Rob's narration and found it distracting at times - quite robotic over-annunciation, which dampened my enthusiasm; everyone's story-ear is different though, so might just be me. I imagine that in written form, The Damaged would have been a page-turner.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Damaged?

Without giving too much away...how depressingly realistic the characters truly are...this is testament to Simon's character development

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Goll?

Robert G. Slade impresses

Could you see The Damaged being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

It would be a brave studio boss that commissioned The Damaged as one-off series, but I could see it being taken on in this format, as opposed to a movie. It would demand the courage of a channel like AMC (as in The Walking dead) to do it justice and really pull out the gruesome nature of the story. In terms of actors: Matthew - Tom Hardy. Tammy - Thandie Newton

Any additional comments?

As a first 'book' for Simon, The Damaged is an unsettling psychological/horror story, and is probably one of the darkest I have listened to in a while. Graphic, gruesome (in places) and twisted - yeah, made me feel uncomfortable as all good horror stories should!

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  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed. Her innocence has been sacrificed by a man with singular purpose: a man who will stop at nothing in order to prepare Earth for the coming conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.....but what to do now?

  • By Mr D Hamilton on 18-02-16

Gripping Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Fear the Future to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version. Audio version quality was as expected from the narrator, and having listened to the previous segments

What other book might you compare Fear the Future to, and why?

The trilogy as a whole, had the same immersive richness as Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline - different genre, i know - but really bought into the characters in the same way, and the story was inviting and satisfying

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Solid & reliable as per all books he has narrated

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, not emotionally

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended for any fans of just great storytelling!