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  • Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

  • By: Grant Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sci-Fi, but...

  • By Christopher Wilton on 05-01-11

Wow extra boring.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-18

What disappointed you about Red Dwarf: Better Than Life?

Just dull, not funny, no sense of the actual show.

What was most disappointing about Grant Naylor’s story?

Story is all over the place, lost track several, times and nothing gripped me.

Which character – as performed by Chris Barrie – was your favourite?

Himself. Chris made the best of a bad job.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Dwarf: Better Than Life?

All of it.

  • Dagger 22

  • U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan
  • By: Michael Golembesky
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The unforgiving Afghan winter settled upon the 22 men of Marine Special Operations Team 8222, call sign Dagger 22, in the remote and hostile river valley of Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. The Taliban fighters in the region would have liked nothing more than to once again go dormant and rest until the new spring fighting season began. No chance of that - this winter would be different.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Alright but annoying yank accent

  • By John Gray on 26-01-18

Alright but annoying yank accent

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

Reviewed: 26-01-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yeah he never said what happened to the fricken dog.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

How pointless there mission was.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Been slightly less southern american.

Was Dagger 22 worth the listening time?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Fine if your really into these books, but much better examples are around. ‘‘Twas okay’.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Occupied Seattle

  • Occupied Seattle, Book 2
  • By: Chris Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Craig Good
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The Chinese have captured Seattle!

In 1949, the government of the Republic of China fled to the island of Taiwan. For nearly 70 years, mainland China wanted to take the island back and unite the nation under one flag, the Communist flag. Their desire was thwarted by US support for Taiwan, until the Chinese conceived and executed the perfect plan to keep the US out of the war for Taiwan, an invasion of Seattle!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bit dull

  • By John Gray on 12-12-17

Bit dull

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Where does Occupied Seattle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bottom 1/3rd. Alright, not bad enough to return, not good enough to wish for more.

What other book might you compare Occupied Seattle to, and why?

Vaughn Heppner invasion series

What didn’t you like about Craig L. Good’s performance?

Bit monotone, no attempt at an accent for the various characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

If you have read the first one, second one will wrap the series up.

  • How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

It's 1998. The Internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he's going to become a vigilante. There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume - and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry - on a shoestring budget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We're Only Making Fans For Nigel

  • By Simon on 15-09-16

Not like anything else I've listened to.

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary the most enjoyable?

The story goes off in an unexpected direction. Luke is actually a good narrator as well.

What other book might you compare How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary to, and why?

Nothing compares. It's one of a kind, although the author self references the movie kick ass as similar, but released after the book

Which character – as performed by Luke Smitherd – was your favourite?

Nigel.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. Can't say or it will give the book away.

Any additional comments?

Made me feel very uncomfortable. But in a good way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Fleet

  • By: P. W. Singer, August Cole
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

What will World War III look like? Ghost Fleet is a gripping imagining of a war set in the not too distant future. Navy captains battle through a modern-day Pearl Harbor, fighter pilots duel with stealthy drones, teenage hackers fight in digital playgrounds, Silicon Valley billionaires mobilise for cyber war and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on who can best blend the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Technobabble and forgettable characters

  • By Mr. T. Norman on 01-07-18

Didn't like this one

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

Reviewed: 29-07-16

What disappointed you about Ghost Fleet?

Over hyped elsewhere.
Starts as an interesting Geo political overview then drops into he said she said activity. A few missiles get fired then it's all over. Really disappointed.

What will your next listen be?

Something similar but hopefully actually good.

Have you listened to any of Rich Orlow’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Narrator was good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghost Fleet?

Everything after the first hour.

Any additional comments?

Thought it was one type of story then listened to another.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Small Colonial War

  • Ark Royal, Book 6
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

A new war has broken out...Indian ships have invaded three British-held systems, and Indian troops have occupied British colonies, forcing Britain to choose between war and shame. The Royal Navy, battered by the fires of the First Interstellar War and desperately trying to recover from the terrifying casualties, must launch a counterattack and recover the colonies. For HMS Warspite - and a task force of British warships - the stakes have never been so high.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another ripping yarn

  • By P. Sleet on 15-12-15

Completion of 2nd trilogy of a trilogy of trilogy's

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Great book. Satisfying ending, looking forward to the next one already. Keep up the good work Chris.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Operation Nimrod

  • The Iranian Embassy Siege
  • By: Russell Phillips
  • Narrated by: Phillip J Mather
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

On 29 April 1980, British police assured Iran that their embassy was secure. The very next day, terrorists stormed the embassy and took 26 hostages. With the Iranian government willing to let the hostages become martyrs, and the British government only willing to talk if the terrorists surrendered, 26 lives hung in the balance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good. If you can handle the narrator and the price.

  • By ComradeOblivious on 07-10-15

Very good quick listen

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

Reviewed: 27-09-15

Full disclosure I received this book as free review copy from the author.

I really enjoyed this book, it was short at 4 hrs but stuck to the details of the siege without wandering off into the larger politics of the time. I learnt a lot about the event, such as the Iranians were the victims of the attack and not as I thought the instigators and post action the police investigating the SAS in the same way as if they were bank robbers.

If you have an interest in the event I recommend this book wholeheartedly.

My only criticism is the narrator who has a very British deep voice and relatively slow narration speed. When I first put it on I thought it had been put into x0.75 narration speed, but it hadn't. He is slightly off putting but you get used to it after the first hour.

I will be seeking out the authors other titles. 5*

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Live Free or Die

  • Troy Rising, Book One
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable but fun

  • By Philipp on 31-08-11

Best audible SF book ever

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

Reviewed: 09-04-14

Would you listen to Live Free or Die again? Why?

Absolutely brilliant SF book, really big what if storyline, had me riveted and unwilling to get out the car and go into work n

What was one of the most memorable moments of Live Free or Die?

Sticking it to the Horvath

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Clear and well paced.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Troy station coming online and defending the world

Any additional comments?

Listen to it, awesome.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Edge of Battle

  • By: Dale Brown
  • Narrated by: Michael McShane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Violence and tensions along the US-Mexican border have never been higher, sparked by battles between rival drug lords and an increased flow of illegal migrants. To combat the threat, the United States has executed Operation Rampart: a controversial test base in southern California run by Major Jason Richter and TALON, his high-tech special operations unit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of pants

  • By John Gray on 04-11-07

Edge of pants

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-07

I really love dale browns early books but this is possibly the worst piece of crap i've heard. The story makes no sense it is continuing an older story from another book that i never read. Its an anti Mexican rant that means nothing to a brit. Leave this book and spend your credits elsewhere.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful