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  • The Unnamed Way

  • The World Walker, Book 4
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

The fourth book in the best-selling The World Walker series. Does absolute power corrupt absolutely? Maybe Seb Varden is in a good position to find out. Depending on your point of view, he has either spent a few days, six months, or 17 years playing a potentially deadly game. At stake: the freedom of the alien who saved his life, the future of all intelligent species in the universe, and his sanity. Not only does Seb not fully understand the rules, but it's just possible the game itself is rigged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Marc Ketteringham on 14-01-19

Excellent ending, but is it?

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This has been a great series, inventive paced at just the right speed and with a definite story line that comes to a sensible and enjoyable conclusion. This was great for me I am getting very tired of story lines that go on way past their natural ending. Having said that the author has left the door open for new fresh views of characters in the story line. I have happily recommended this series to friends.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Oh dear the accent. Northumbria is a long way from Yorkshire and the accents are very different!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was hard to discipline myself to listen in short bursts but then again it was well worth listening two or even three times.

  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Binka on 11-04-18

Meandering story

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

If you could sum up An Argumentation of Historians in three words, what would they be?

Familiar, inventive, enjoyable

Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Taylor? Why or why not?

Absolutely. I love this series although this book did get a bit bogged down in the now quite complex competing story lines.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The section of the book where Max spent several months in the Medievil St Mary's was most enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

This is a great series funny, inventive and creating believable scenarios for the characters. It is now getting a bit bogged down in competing story line however and I wonder if it's time to close the Ronan thread.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of the Deterrent

  • Halfhero, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Sam Phillips, Jaimi Barbakoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

The new novel by the author of the best-selling The World Walker series. 'My name is Daniel Harbin, and I'm a child of The Deterrent.' What if a superhuman turned out not to be so super...or even human? Britain's superhero, The Deterrent, was unveiled to the world in 1979 and disappeared two years later. The truth about his origins has never been revealed. The rumours about his children - those that survived - and their mysterious abilities have never been confirmed. Until now....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly predictable

  • By Miss Penelope Wright on 08-06-18

A good read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-18

A good read, engaging story line which reaches a satisfying conclusion, not too open ended but leaving room for development.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Remembered Earth

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superior space opera

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-06-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

What a great team the author and narrator make.
I enjoyed this book from the first. The story was immediately engaging,and for me it had a refreshing take on the genre. Gone was the Eurocentric focus, likewise the earth saving Anglo-American hero.

Each character had a fresh and unique perspective which was well expressed in the storyline. The family focus was well expressed and placed within a business context which was utterly believable so no ultra baddies just people with different priorities and a healthy distrust of each other.

The wider world structure of the story was also engaging and expressed both the benefits and deficits of 'societal advances'.

The narration was simply excellent, each character had a unique expression which I found refreshing. I am sure it added to my experience and enjoyment of the book.

  • Genome

  • The Extinction Files, Book 2
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

The thrilling conclusion to The Extinction Files is finally here! In 2003, the first human genome was sequenced. But the secrets it held were never revealed. The truth was discovered 30 years ago, almost by accident. Dr. Paul Kraus had spent his entire career searching for what he called humanity's lost tribes - human ancestors who had gone extinct. When Kraus compared the DNA samples of the lost tribes with our own, he found a pattern of changes: a code. At the time, the technology didn't exist to unravel what it meant. Kraus hid his work and disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Reality/ Sci-fi Fusion

  • By N. Manser on 19-12-18

Messy story line

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I cannot resist a sequel, the temptation to see what happened next is just too great.

I felt the ending of Pandemic was a bit fuzzy so looked forward to seeing where the plot went. The plot was good and the slow reveal that I enjoyed in the first book did not initially disappoint. Sadly the main plot was interlinked with a 'who will he choose' love story that I just found irritating.

I disliked the narration and felt the characterisation was poor especially the women who became more and more stereotypical and whiny as the story progressed. I would have preferred the main story line to have been uncomplicated by the superfluous love angle. The two main female characters had strong enough story lines to not need a weak romantic side story.

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 797

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much Much More...

  • By Salter on 28-04-18

Engaging from the outset

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I enjoyed this book especially it's slow revealing structure. The story was original and moved along at a good pace.
On the down side I just didn't enjoy the narration which I felt had poor characterisation. The story seemed to run out of steam at the very end and became a half hearted love triangle. However it was sufficiently good for me to read the second book in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but

  • By Jeffrey Slater on 06-10-17

Another great outing!

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

What did you like most about The Furthest Station?

Both the development of characters and the linking to prior episodes enhanced this book for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Furthest Station?

Finding the hidden room and the conversations with ghosts at the station.

What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The performance that Kobna gives is extremely nuanced his range of characterisation is honestly spectacular so that it is just like hearing a range of actors!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I love the descriptions relating to life as a police officer, the contents of the go bag, the use of modern quality management language, and the interplay between characters, this often causes me to laugh out load

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,328

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

What did you like best about this story?

It was interesting to see the authors new character

What about Kate Scarfe’s performance did you like?

She managed to carry the sometimes irritating characters while the story developed.

  • The Ice Limit

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing read from Preston and Child

  • By Mrs Linda Irvine on 07-02-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

What did you like most about The Ice Limit?

Original story line, engaging and not afraid to take a few twists and turns.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

I loved this performance I felt Soot made the characters come alive.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Past

  • A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 268

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed the story

  • By Allan on 23-12-17

Brilliant as ever

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended to several people. The premis of the series is unique the characters fully developed and each book complete in its own right. The author is not afraid to introduce or remove supporting characters which is refreshing and keeps the story strong.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Christmas Past?

The scene in which the Max character visits her sons chimney sweep friends.

Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Zara Ramm is one of my favourite performers up there with Kobna Halbrook Smith. She embodies the characters keeping each fresh and interesting.