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  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: Current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated reentry to the atmosphere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Opportunity Missed?

  • By Simon on 18-10-15

Hard to believe this is nearly 50

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

I’ve seen the film. I’m sure I actually read the book a long time ago but a holiday was an opportunity to download the audiobook.

The story is still a classic - the unabridged version however does drag a bit, Reading endless computer commands and so on. Perhaps an abridged version would be better. The narrator is slow paced as well and I ended up listening at 1.25 speed. This doesn’t detract from the story but it does mean you often lose concentration.

  • The Battle

  • By: Paul O'Connell
  • Narrated by: John Cormack
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. His name is synonymous with passion, heart and determination. But he is also the thinking man's rugby player, a legendary student of the game. As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009 and captain of the first Ireland team to retain the Six Nations championship, O'Connell became the most beloved and respected of the golden generation of Irish rugby players - and was widely regarded as one of the very best players in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rugby autobiographies

  • By Anonymous User on 14-04-18

An endearing insight

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

Firstly, I have always had huge admiration for Paul O’Connell as a rugby player. One of my favourite players of recent times who always stood out as an example of how a rugby player should play, ie at 100% all the time.

You learn a lot about Paul in this book and it’s interesting how he arrived at rugby which many may not be aware of. His personal battles with injury and competitive nature are constant throughout the book.

It does feel like he’s held back in certain parts of the story with regards to disagreements and clashes of opinion but I’m sure this was done for good reason.

Well worth a read (listen) - whilst the narrator takes a bit of getting used to with his Irish accent, it eventually adds a feeling of authentic to the work.

A definite must read for anyone with an interest in rugby and for all those interested in sport at the top level.

Thank you Paul and good luck for the next chapter.