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J. Mchugh

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  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Short Story Material

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

While listenable, I can’t help feel that the intelligence and complexity imbued might’ve stretched to a fine short story, but was too predictable otherwise.

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  • Hogfather

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 949

"Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz," says Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. "Truly original. Pratchett creates a brilliant excess of delectable detail!" Hogfather is a Discworld Christmas tale - not to be missed! Browse more novels of Discworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Pratchett

  • By Beccameriel on 12-01-14

Listened at x0.75 speed

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I found this much more enjoyable when listened at x0.75 speed. Being the curiously imaginative fiction that it is, I found it otherwise a great story, and good performance.

  • Thud!

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,685

Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hrrruuurrh

  • By Vinx on 30-07-08

My Problem: The Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

The characterisation was really good, as were regional accents, but I struggled with the pace of the narration.

The narrator simply never paused for thought, effect, nor breath, so I found I'd drift off often and miss whole chunks.

Fun story otherwise.

  • The Strings of Murder

  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 664

Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Class

  • By Mr Chops on 29-10-15

Terrible Scottish Accents!

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

Reviewed: 24-06-17

A decent story with interesting characters, but being Scottish myself, I found the narrator's Scottish accents to be excruciating.

Nonetheless, a good read!

  • I See You

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, no website - just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I See Something Very, Very Impressive Here!

  • By Simon on 28-07-16

Really good at being a mediocre thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Without much originality or depth to the characters, I found what started as an interesting plot began to drag about half way through as the main character (and chief victim) narrated the more normal parts of her life: listening to your mum telling you about her week, presented as a thriller?

  • The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,298

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very atmospheric

  • By Solaire on 27-12-12

Not a "good read", but let's see what's next

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

Reviewed: 14-04-17

It's quite hard to follow a book where the main narrative of a gunslinger tracking the dark man in a western setting actually reveals little about itself, instead presenting a patchwork of breakaway threads into metaphysical realms of thought and alternate realities. If this is akin to King's version of Tolkien's Leaf by Niggle, I understand it's a meta manifestation of the author's creative process, but this one's confusing as hell! Or possibly it is his own warm up exercise before starting an epic magnum opus in earnest, and thus not meant so much for the audience, but rather the author himself?

That all said, I had read enough reviews of the Dark Tower series before starting it to anticipate this one being a struggle. I am still going to move on to book two next.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

Very Entertaining, R.C. Bray is Excellent

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

So this is a well-paced, entertaining sci-fi/military/action combo right up until about half way in...then it goes from "This is good" to "Ha! That's awesome!"

RC Bray's delivery is top notch.

  • Homage to Catalonia

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell’s account of his experiences fighting in the Spanish Civil War, and a portrait of disillusionment with his early politics. Orwell’s experiences include being shot in the neck by a sniper, and being forced into hiding as factions of the Left battled on the streets of Barcelona. Orwell entered Spain intending to gather an experience worth writing as well as to fight Fascism, and wrote Homage to Catalonia within months of his return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Alastair Ball on 14-01-15

A Glimpse into a Period of Political Turmoil

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I've never been very politically savvy, so wholeheartedly appreciated the clear division between the first part of Homage To Catalonia as an experiential retelling of Blair's time in late 1930's Spain vs the latter appendices, which provided a commentary on the political situation of the time.

That is not to say I didn't appreciate the appendices, I just may need to revisit them.

I'm yet to digest it fully, but there is conviction here, which I found inspiring, and sadness in the same old strife and suffering from inequality that forever afflicts humanity, despite each generation of dreamers and fighters living and dying for the belief of human decency.

There is also kindness and critique towards the Spanish & Spain here. As someone who grew up in Andalucia 60 years after publication, I found this quite humorous to still be generally accurate.

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  • A Million Years in a Day

  • A Curious History of Everyday Life
  • By: Greg Jenner
  • Narrated by: Greg Jenner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

'A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice. Greg Jenner as is witty as he is knowledgeable.' (Tom Holland) 'Delightful, surprising and hilarious, this is a fascinating history of the everyday objects and inventions we take for granted.' (Lauren Laverne) Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many fascinating facts!

  • By Mrs Sarah Morley on 02-12-15

Interesting History, Annoying Delivery

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

Reviewed: 15-01-17

The content of this book should speak wonderfully for itself... but it doesn't get a chance, because Greg Jenner wants you to think he's funny; at least, that is how this audiobook comes across.

Jenner constantly uses colloquialisms and vulgarity to try and achieve humour (thus reach?). Unfortunately, this results in a very forced and condescending delivery, which was irritating, and immensely distracting from the often interesting factual content.

A hard, hard book to get through.

  • Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Yarn

  • By Sara on 22-06-09

Another Classic

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

Reviewed: 24-12-16

The narration felt natural on this one once the story got rolling. I appreciated the slightly northern accent in context of Crusoe hailing from Yorkshire.

This is a relatively easy classic to digest...except for the nonchalant slave trade ventures and condescension towards all non-whites. Still, those reveal as much about the author's time than they do about Defoe.

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