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Mrs. E. Brewington

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  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 667

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soooooo... that's it?

  • By Mrs. E. Brewington on 31-07-15

Soooooo... that's it?

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

Started strong, created, and then kinda just petered out. Ending was a bit droll. Some of the themes were questionable, and a few times hard line ideologies were unnecessarily pushed. While a few characters were interesting, most were pretty much predictable and one sided wooden personalities. For such a long book, a bit more character development, but he spent too much time stroking his own ego.

Worth a listen, but only if you ran out of things on your bucket-list.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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 6,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,008

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

It's a trap! Spoilers so tread carefully

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

Reviewed: 27-01-15

The book was good but nothing special other than the big mystery at the beginning when you are trying to sort out what is so special with the girl. Well here is the spoiler, if you like The Walking Dead, then you will like this book. You figure this out rather quickly so you aren't missing much. Then of course after stuff happens to their stronghold, a small group of survivors have to travel by foot through wasteland. While not your run of the mill zombie novel, still the same old rehash.

Worth it if you like Zombies, avoid if you don't.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 985

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

Worth more than it's weight in 'whoa'

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-11

I had the unique opportunity to read this as a proof prior to it's release. I was absolutely blown away by the imagination of Murakami. Upon logging in and seeing the book has become available here, I didn't even hesitate purchasing it despite my normal rule of never listening to a book I have read.

59 of 67 people found this review helpful