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Mr Timothy P Butcher

NEW YORK, NY, US
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  • The Ionian Mission

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 8
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain, commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.... A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship - and luck when fighting against odds - come triumphantly into their own as the story concludes with some fierce and thrilling action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic in the series

  • By Mr Timothy P Butcher on 20-10-18

A classic in the series

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

This story carries a wonderful mix of the subtleties of Maturin craft, the psychological struggles within both men and finishes with one of the most swashbuckling raw battles. Perhaps my favourite of the series.

  • The Confusion

  • Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 34 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Epic' now has a whole new definition...

  • By Music lover on 06-12-13

The best of the series

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

The Confusion is definitely the best part of the Baroque cycle. The shift between the two parts of the story works well. There is a wonderful sense of scale and adventure as Jack and his band travel to all corners of the world.

  • Woken Furies

  • Altered Carbon, Book 3
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

This is high action, ideas driven noir SF of the highest order. Morgan has already established himself as an SF author of global significance. Takeshi Kovacs has come home. Home to Harlan's World. An ocean planet with only 5 percent of its landmass poking above the dangerous and unpredictable seas. Try and get above the weather in anything more sophisticated than a helicopter and the Martian orbital platforms will burn you out of the sky. And death doesn't just wait for you in the seas and the skies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great book completely ruined by a moron narrator and cheesy sound effects

  • By Anonymous User on 12-09-17

Voice change a pain but real good story

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

Reviewed: 22-12-16

The shift of narrator after the first two books of the trilogy is a real pain. The voice characterisations generally in this one grated for me. All that said - the best novel of the three. Worth making the adjustment. Leaves you keen to see the story revisited at some point ...

  • Illuminatus! Part II

  • The Golden Apple
  • By: Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ken Campbell, Chris Fairbank
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Packaged in a carnival bundle of timeless truths and Joycean high camp, The Golden Apple serves as a perennial instruction manual for life on Earth in which you'll be lucky enough to learn: the Guerrilla Ontology of Markoff Chaney; the secret history of Atlantis; why gorillas and dolphins don't ordinarily talk to humans; the conspiracy against sex; the origins of the Trojan War (starring Eris, the namesake of our solar system's newest planet); the startling truth about UFOs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • meaningless

  • By Luciano Del Bufalo on 07-05-17

Love love love the smart madness

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-15

If you like uncle bob, it's great stuff. Shame more of his words aren't available to hear. Record some more!