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  • The North Water

  • By: Ian McGuire
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

Behold the man: Stinking, drunk, brutal and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaling ship bound for the hunting waters of the Arctic Circle. Also aboard is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to embark as ship's medic on this ill-fated voyage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A glorious and disturbing assault on the senses

  • By Kaggy on 21-02-17

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

Hadn't heard of this before but it was offered on an Audible deal; the idea appealed and the reviews were excellent so I took the plunge into the ice-berg encrusted North Water. I'm glad I did; the tale was compelling and satisfying, the characters well-drawn and interesting, the sense of time and place wonderfully evoked. Narration was absolutely spot-on.
First class entertainment!

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

What's the audio equivalent of a page-turner?

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Another gripping tale from Luke Smitherd, superbly read my Matt Addis. Very engaging, makes you think, doesn't outstay its welcome, just gets on with it. My fave will probably ever be The Stone Man but this is right up there, the sort of thing Richard Bachman would have been proud to write. Even has a sensible ending of sorts...
A button-presser?
Go Luke!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rotherweird

  • Rotherweird, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Caldecott
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

Rotherweird is a twisted, arcane murder-mystery with shades of Deborah Harkness, Hope Mirrlees and Ben Aaronovitch, Mervyn Peake and Edward Gorey at their disturbing best. The town of Rotherweird stands alone - there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant-garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story bit hard to follow

  • By kate on 05-11-17

Weird? Rather...

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

Reviewed: 15-07-17

Enjoyed this one - sort of Gormenghast meets Neverwhere. Very well narrated.

Loads of weird and dark happenings occur to interesting and well-written characters in and around a strangely-disconnected English town.

I did think the ending dragged on a bit and could have been pared back a little, so at the risk of outstaying my own welcome I'll leave it there...

41 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 621

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dont be put off by the science!!

  • By Thomas on 07-03-18

Lived up to the hype/hope.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

This review is to cover all 3 books of the trilogy.

The overall story is vastly epic in scale and utilises many cutting-edge physics theories. It is definitely "hard-science" fiction. There are many memorable set-pieces that appear over the course of the story and it's a very satisfying listen.

It makes a change to hear a story from a non-Western point of view, and the Chinese protagonists are well-written and interesting. There's a bit of Chinese history at the the beginning, but only the Cultural Revolution period.

As far as the narrators, I listened to the 2nd and 3rd books with a different narrator, PJ Ochlan; both narrrators were very good. I did struggle at bit with the Chinese names and thought perhaps their pronunciation could have been a bit more Westernised, but I coped. I do also have the printed editions so could look -up the characters and visualise their names in my head (the printed books carry a handy "List of Characters").

I should mention here that Audible don't seem to carry volume 3, at least at the moment, so I had to resort to some shenanigans to get hold of a copy. What's that about Audible?

Overall highly recommended!

  • We Have No Idea

  • A Guide to the Unknown Universe
  • By: Jorge Cham, Daniel Whiteson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Whiteson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Many books explain what we know about the universe. This one, from the hugely popular PhD Comics (50 million readers since 2008), tackles all the weird stuff we haven't figured out yet. In our small corner of the universe, we know how some matter behaves most of the time and what even less of it looks like, and we have some good guesses about where it all came from. But we really have no clue what's going on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A 'must listen' title

  • By SqueakyMcClean on 06-10-17

Fun science!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

I actually listened to this a few weeks ago now, so don't remember loads of details . A fun listen and I'm sure I learned (or was reminded of) loads of cool stuff.
The authors tried hard to give the audiobook a distinct feel, lots of sound effects etc., presumably to compensate for the lack of the cartoons to be found in the printed edition. To be honest I found these occasionally a bit jarring but I appreciated the effort.
Overall I think one can never learn too much Physics, so a recommended listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun yarn with some unexpected twists.

  • By Bad Monkey on 26-04-17

Soft science...

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

After recently finishing the (superb) Three Body Problem "hard-science" trilogy this novel was a simpler "soft science-fiction" listen. It concentrates more on the political machinations and manoeuvres that might accompany a "Contact" event.
An enjoyable listen, I'll definitely be following Craig A. Falconer in future.
Unlike many other reviewers I thought the narration was fine. A Londoner of 60 years, I enjoyed the British "hammy" accents; but then I'm a big Dick Van Dyke fan....

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

A Web of delight.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

An interesting concept, very well carried off. A story that's engaging populated by interesting characters. I know more about spiders than ever before, but in a good way!
Superbly narrated by Mel Hudson.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Human Universe

  • By: Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164

Human life is a staggeringly strange thing. On the surface of a ball of rock falling around a nuclear fireball in the blackness of a vacuum, the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from. What is a human being? Objectively, nothing of consequence. Particles of dust in an infinite arena, present for an instant in eternity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring stuff

  • By Mrspatriciacherry on 09-05-17

I've got this on repeat-play....

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

Reviewed: 16-03-17

Really excellent; definitely conveys a sense of awe and wonder at Man's role (if any) in the unlimited Universe.
The kind of audiobook (like Harari's "Sapiens" and "Homo Deus") that I find myself re-listening to soon after hearing it for the first time. So much suddenly makes obvious sense and explains a lot - however my brain soon lets most of this wisdom ebb away, so I need to hear it all again.
Very nicely narrated too!

  • Catch 22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Trevor White
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274

At the heart of Joseph Heller's best-selling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well read

  • By A G R on 03-02-13

It's matured with age (or at least I have)...

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

Reviewed: 30-12-16

Having read and enjoyed the book some 30 or 40 years ago it was with a bit of trepidation that I decided to "Catch" up with it all these years later; I didn't want to be disappointed. Happily I can report that if anything it's matured with age (or at least I have). I guess life's experiences have helped me recognise a lot of the character-types so vividly brought to life within.
It seems so effortlessly brilliant; uproariously funny, dangerously subversive, witty, sad, deep, crazy, deadly serious, sentimental yet mad too.Plus the narration here is spot-on perfect.
There's no Catch - it's truly great!

  • 1971 - Never a Dull Moment

  • Rock's Golden Year
  • By: David Hepworth
  • Narrated by: David Hepworth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

The '60s ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. The next day would see the dawning of a new era. Nineteen seventy-one saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next 40 years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Era...

  • By Colin on 14-09-16

Fab, just fab...

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Born in 1956 I was just a bit too young for 1971. I "got" music in 1973 I reckon and spent the next few years on rewind to catch-up and get in synch with the zeitgeist. I remember soon discovering the wonderful artists and albums so lovingly featured here; truly they were special because 45 years later their legacy and legend still looms large. I won't list them out here as you will delight upon encountering them as you go...

A wonderfully evocative audiobook that I just didn't want to end. David Hepworth really gets into the heart and soul of the music and he understands that unknowable special quality that is beyond definition yet adds a certain sprinkle of magic to the greatest albums. The early '70s experience of listening to and "being into" music was very different to today's and I for one was several times transported back in time by this evocative audiobook.

Unlike a few other reviewers I felt the narration was perfect; clear and perfectly enunciated.

I even found myself on YouTube looking up a couple of artists that passed me by in the '70s - Big Star anyone? The joy of discovery, which permeated that era, is lovingly rekindled here.