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  • Dogs of War

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood, Laurence Bouvard, William Hope
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

 My name is Rex. I am a good dog.... Rex is also seven feet tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy-calibre weaponry, and a deadly weapon in a dirty war. He's part of a Multiform Assault Pack operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, southeastern Mexico. He has the intelligence to carry out his orders and feedback implants to reward him when he does. All he wants to be is a Good Dog, and to do that he must do exactly what Master says.    

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dagnabbit! He's Done it Again!

  • By Simon on 28-12-18

Superb story and narration

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

This is just a brilliant book. I was gripped from start to finish. I can't recommend it enough.

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,904

First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a key Stephen King title

  • By karen on 13-08-12

Truly an epic but worth the read.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Ok yes it's really, really long but well worth reading. Definitely recommended if you like post apocalypse novels.

  • Alone in Berlin

  • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. But one man refuses to be scared.Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he's shocked into an extraordinary act of resistance, and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city. If caught, he will be executed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mesmerising, life-changing book. Buy it.

  • By James on 19-01-12

An astounding book, a tour de force

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

The story of an aging couple in Berlin in the war is utterly engrossing. The translation and performance is superb, and the story never lags.

  • The Concrete Island

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

A chilling novel about our modern world, from the author of Empire of the Sun and Crash. An architect is driving home from his London offices when a blow-out sends his speeding Jaguar hurtling out of control. Smashing through a temporary barrier he finds himself, dazed and disorientated, on a traffic island below three converging motorways. But when he tries to climb the embankment or flag-down a passing car for help it proves impossible - and he finds himself marooned on the concrete island.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Ballard but a bit short

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-18

Classic Ballard but a bit short

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

I enjoyed this book but it's very short. Well worth reading though if you're a Ballard fan.

  • Empire of the Sun

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

From the master of dystopia, comes his heartrending story of a British boy’s four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard’s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic performance.

  • By Catwat on 02-09-15

A brilliant view of war from a boy's perspective

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

This is a truly great book, extremely well narrated too. I absolutely whizzed through it, finishing it in four days.

The prose is wonderful, bringing you into a world that you wouldn't really want to enter, but Ballard's writing pulls you in and grips you from start to finish.

  • My Ex-Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen McCauley
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

David Hedges’ life is coming apart at the seams. His job helping San Francisco rich kids get into the colleges of their (parents’) choice is exasperating; his younger boyfriend has left him; and the beloved carriage house he rents is being sold. His solace is a Thai takeout joint that delivers 24/7. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mildly amusing in places, but not for me.

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-08-18

Mildly amusing in places, but not for me.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I got to the end, and found it amusing in places but couldn't really recommend it I'm afraid.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book with a great voice

  • By James on 16-04-11

Utterly brilliant, one of the best books ever

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

I won't give why spoilers, but the plot, the prose and the narration are all superb. If you're thinking of reading this, do it. It will live with you forever.

  • The Revenant

  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

The book that inspired the award-winning movie. Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Winner of 5 BAFTAS including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film. Winner of the 2016 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Actor - Drama, and Best Director. The novel that inspired the epic new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Hugh Glass isn’t afraid to die. He’s done it once already.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Movie could outshine the book

  • By Mr on 02-03-16

Very very good.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

reminds me of the Martian, though set in the wild West. Great detail, very grim in places, keeps you guessing until the end.

  • Lustrum

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy. The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best reader

  • By Hugo on 09-05-16

Brilliant, just brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

This is a most memorable book. Both the story and the the narration are outstanding. Bill Wallis gives a superb performance, making a great book really come to life. Absolutely marvellous.

  • Humans

  • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

In this Hugo-nominated novel, Neanderthal physicist Ponder Boddit brings Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan back to his world to explore the near-utopian civilization of the Neanderthals. Boddit serves as a Candide figure, the naive visitor whose ignorance about our society makes him a perfect tool to analyze human tendencies toward violence, over-population, and environmental degradation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the 1st book this is more of same

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-05-18

If you like the 1st book this is more of same

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

it's okay, similar to the first, so if you enjoyed that then definitely read this.