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D. Davidson

London, UK
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  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife-edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship, Rocinante, have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than The Last

  • By S. Morris on 18-05-18

Great progression, the ending is an killer!

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

What a brave and unexpected way to continue the story arc (no spoilers).
I am eager awaiting more...there will be more. Right?

  • Arkwright

  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

In the vein of classic authors such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke, Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the 20th century. At the end of his life he becomes reclusive and cantankerous, refusing to appear before or interact with his legion of fans. Little does anyone know, Nathan is putting into motion his true timeless legacy. Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, his Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an earthlike planet several light-years distant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book took me away.

  • By D. Davidson on 02-01-18

This book took me away.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

This book took me away.
A fantastic tale, that kept me listening for hours in a row.
Helped by a spot-on performance.

You will not regret getting a copy of Awkright.

  • The End Has Come

  • The Apocalypse Triptych
  • By: Hugh Howey, Jamie Ford, Jonathan Maberry, and others
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Gabrielle de Cuir, Justine Eyre, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the end of the world. In science fiction the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing!

  • By BillyBlackBear on 07-07-15

A fitting end to the series.

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

Reviewed: 24-10-17

This audio book was a great treat, many of my favourite authors and narrators in one place.

The quality of the stories, has continued to be high throughout all three books. This third installment has not disappointed.

So many of the stories where quite thought-provoking, this book required a leisurely second listen.


  • FREE: Crackanory Too Cracked for TV - exclusive to Audible

  • By: Crackanory
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,390

Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Combining some of the UK's best and brightest comedy writers and performers, this exclusive to audio edition of UKTV's Dave Channel Crackanory is a master class in storytelling and features an all-star cast including Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, Robert Bathurst and Simon Bird.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Decent Freebie!

  • By Simon on 03-02-17

Dead funny!

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

Reviewed: 15-10-17

So glad, I got this on a whim.
Great narrations of dark and funny stories.

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        Scott Brick
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    1,026 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823

For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On Audible at last!

  • By Peter on 01-03-11

Classic book, excellent reading.

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

Glad I tfound this reading of Foundation. I never got around to reading it, thankfully it did not disappoint! Scott Brick's performance was perfect.

  • Leviathan Wakes

  • The Expanse, Book 1
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306

Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Work

  • By RG on 24-01-15

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 13-12-16

I came to this via season one of 'The Expanse' on Netflix. So glad I did, this gripped me all the way through. The writing is tight and emersing.

J. Mays narration hit the right tone every time.
Caliban's war is downloaded and ready to play.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,172

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Gripping stuff, with a brilliant narrator!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

You will not regret getting this.
A great storyline and I love how these characters interact. The narration is engaging and faultless.

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative if Slightly Preposterous

  • By Karl K Djinn on 02-12-15

Bloody Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 16-08-16

I was hooked straight away, the narration was spot-on and it is a cracking story!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Look to Windward

  • Culture Series, Book 7
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

It was one of the less glorious incidents of a long-ago war. It led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those ancient mistakes has reached the Culture Orbital, Masaq. The light from the second may not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book, expertly delivered by Peter Kenny.

  • By Marc on 22-05-14

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 17-01-15

Again a brilliant performance from Peter Kenny. I found this book the hardest culture book to engage with (down to the writing not the audio performance, but engrossing once it clicked.