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  • Ancillary Justice

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 1
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 748

The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interestingly feminist SciFi

  • By Jonathan on 16-11-14

Yes, pretty good, definitely £8 worth.

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

Quite engaging, lively narration, central character interesting and easy to empathise with, but many questions left unanswered. was slightly confused by gender naming protocol. also some improbabilities in respect of likely advanced technology and effect that would have on societies and individuals. I guess that's always a problem with scifi, and why sf works tend to age quickly, with possible exceptions of iain m banks and Arthur c Clarke stories. recommended.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

This is the way the world ends...for the last time. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well read, decent characters, plodding plot

  • By matt hall on 07-04-17

Petty good, original and with big ideas,

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

with drama and pathos, tho characters not quite believable. Still, enjoyed, and enough to continue with the series.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,196

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Potter for Grown Ups

  • By Cosima on 18-11-10

started well, but bit tedious after a while.

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

started well, but bit tedious after a while. so friends and publisher should have warned so.

  • Surface Detail

  • Culture Series, Book 9
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction - a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. And it will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The finest Culture novel yet!

  • By J Hurwitz on 04-11-10

such imagination, so detailed, and coherent

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

Reviewed: 22-04-18

is this our future? being looked after by slightly right on, radio four listening machines?

  • Great North Road

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 36 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

Great North Road is a standalone science fiction adventure from Peter F. Hamilton, the author of The Night's Dawn trilogy. When attending a Newcastle murder scene, Detective Sidney Hurst finds a dead North family clone. Yet none has been reported missing. And in 2122, 20 years ago, a North clone billionaire was horrifically murdered in the same manner on the tropical planet of St Libra. So if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but this is only half the story

  • By tim on 17-01-13

great story, great performance

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

there are a few holes in the story and a few logical inconsistencies, but a decent listen. money well spent.

  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

New York Times best-selling author China Mieville delivers his most accomplished novel yet, an existential thriller set in a city unlike any other, real or imagined. When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twice the city for your money

  • By Nigel on 19-05-12

interesting and odd idea, quite well presented...

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

from the point of view of a middle class liberal academic, the basic premise is difficult to swallow. that said, CTM did a pretty good job at building a story around it. narration good, if a little over blown at times.

  • Perdido Street Station: New Crobuzon, Book 1

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 31 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slough of pugnaciously ineluctable ululation

  • By Martin on 21-05-13

Well, sort of.

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

Mr Mieville is certainly a very talented writer with an extraordinary imagination but I found the story a bit frustrating in places; a bit over explained at times. Jonathan Oliver doesn't half know how to bring the individual characters to life, great voice. most pugnacious!

  • The Inverted World

  • By: Christopher Priest
  • Narrated by: Steven Cree
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

A uniquely powerful novel of a society in decay. On a planet whose very nature is a mystery a massive decrepit city is pulled along a massive railway track, laying the line down before it as it progresses into the wilderness. The society within toils under an oppressive regime, its structures always on the point of collapse, the lives of its individuals lived in misery. No one knows where they are going, why they are going or what they will find when they get there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book - always have

  • By Sean on 08-02-13

interesting, though a little laboured

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

an intriguing hypothesis, very original, though story seemed to drag a little. Nice clear diction by tbe narrator.

  • Childhood's End

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. When the Overlords finally showed themselves it was a shock but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind...and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave Earth behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Story

  • By Darren on 05-08-16

blimey, and that was written when?

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

asides from a few separate guesses wrt future tech (the nixi tube problem) the story was/is timeless, and certainly original.

  • Red Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic, intelligent, hard sci fi

  • By AHeath on 01-08-18

Sorry mr Robinson, not getting it...

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I can see that the author has great skill, but I'm struggling to empathise with any of the characters, likable our not, and it's equally difficult to engage with the story. shame, I really wanted to fall in love this this trilogy. I may be spoiled by to many good Iain m banks and Peter f Hamilton books. and with all due respect to the narrator, I reckon he would be great for a Bill Bryson travelogue, but that slight dryness of delivery, for me, takes away from the drama of the story.