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  • Andorra: The Leah Chronicles

  • After It Happened, Book 7
  • By: Devon C Ford
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Life at the fortified town of Sanctuary is calm. The people, with their fearless leader at the helm, have created a haven where they can live out their lives in peace and safety. But it hasn’t always been this way. There were battles and losses along the way, and victory usually came at a price. With the younger generation coming into their own, it’s time for Leah to pass on all she has learned over the years. Time to tell the stories of how the world became the way it is...starting with the highwaymen of Andorra.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I am sorry Devon but Kate is the wrong narrator!

  • By Regnantdawg on 19-12-18

Batton or should I say the M4 has been passed on.

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

This seventh book in the series nicely connects to the end of book 6.
The group from England have survived their journey through France and are now established in Sanctuary. Told by Leah to her grandchildren as a bedtime story, she relates how Sanctuary made contact with Andorra after receiving an SOS from them.
Through a twisting story of set piece action and thoughtful reflection (which is a DCF trademark); we see how Leah has grown from a bratty 12 year old who is more interested in charging her iPhone, to a women who can lead a group of hardened fighters to defend the world they now live in.
Karen Reading does a fantastic performance of the the book, whereas the previous 6 had been read by RC Bray, this book needs a female voice at it's core. Plus at the end of the book, there is an excerpt from Book 8, Piracy!

  • First Light

  • By: Geoffrey Wellum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Brooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 218

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of First Light by Geoffrey Wellum, read by Andrew Brooke. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, 18-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF. Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum, many never return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

Clear Skies, Mr Wellum, Clear Skies

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

Inspiring, Thought Provoking. One man's experience of war. No Jingoism, just truth and emotion. Beautiful.

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  • Soul Music

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story but ...

  • By Ben on 28-08-09

We're on a mission......

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

Pratchett never said his books were a commentary on humanity. It was just a co-incidence that people link the stories of Discworld to 'similar' situations on Earth.
Often Terry Pratchett hid the similarities so the reader has the fun of finding them. This is not the case with Soul Music, the similarities are front and centre, from the first to last page (literally). Most of the Discworld books are part of micro-series (Guards, Witches, Moist, Wizards, Death). This one is officially a DEATH book, with a side order of wizards, but it is really the 'Music with Rocks in' that plays thoughout the book.

The Phoenix Conspiracy
    The Phoenix Conspiracy, Book 1
    
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        Matthew Ebel
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    2 ratings
    Overall 5.0
  • The Phoenix Conspiracy

  • The Phoenix Conspiracy, Book 1
  • By: Richard Sanders
  • Narrated by: Matthew Ebel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Calvin, an intelligence operative, is sent to eliminate a dangerous traitor. But, as he chases his prey across the stars, he realizes they are both pawns in a shadowy chess game. One that threatens humankind everywhere. If he is to uncover the conspiracy he must confront - and embrace - the darkest elements of the galaxy. And throw himself, his career, and everyone he loves into the line of fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Space Opera / Mystery, well read.

  • By Nick on 10-03-13

Excellent Space Opera / Mystery, well read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-13

The Phoenix Conspiracy is a space opera / action adventure. It is the first of a five book series that pits the main character ( Calvin Cross, a captain of an Intelligence Wing starship with a laid back attitude to command structures ) against an unknown foe who is causing civil conflict within the empire. The story starts with Calvin becoming interested in why a captain of another starship fires on and destroys some seemingly innocent transport ships. This sends him on a whirlwind adventure across the empire where he discovers some answers as to why the attack occurred but also more questions as to who is behind the attacks and why the attacks took place. As with a lot of reviews, there must be a 'Who might like this book' bit. Well this one is no different. I would say that this would hit the mark for any Star Trek / Lost Fleet / Honnor Harrington readers. Remember this is the first of a five book series, so don't expect it to be nicely wrapped up at the end. It does, however, nicely lay the foundation for the later books ( which I hope to hear on audible, soon ) I read this book by chance as Richard Sanders self-published this book on Kindle for free (It still is). I was curious if the audio book version would add to the experience. The answer:- it does and how. Even if you 'read' a book you are listening to the voice in your head. Matthew Ebel adds textures and colours to the story that I didn't pick up in my own reading. Overall, well worth a listen and I can't wait for the next one on Audible.

  • Mindstar Rising

  • The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Catherine on 13-12-11

Sixth Star for Toby Longworth.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-12

I have had a print edition of this book since the late nineties. It is one of those books we all have that are the equivalent of comfort eating for the mind. I must admit I was sceptical about an audio edition as I had some definite ( or so I thought ) ideas as to how the characters sounded. These thoughts were blown away by Toby's performance. It is like listening to an ensemble reading but from one man. This should be a recording that they give to all budding readers and say .... Like That One Please.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,448

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Proper Slice of London, Chief

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-11

This book is one of a rare breed of audiobook, one where I had to find any excuse to keep listening. Ben Aaronovitch has London to a 'T' with the social hierachy within communities and between north and south well visualised. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a superb narrator with the right inflection and manor to his voice.
Can't wait for Moon Over Soho!