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  • Artificial Condition

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the murderbot saga

  • By paul sparks on 15-05-18

Good but way too short

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

I didn't think toy could get a shorter story than the first info the series but this one seemed even shorter. It reads liked a chapter from a large book but it's going to be a very expressive book if you buy them all.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing after 14

  • By M on 08-06-15

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

An intriguing tale with quirky characters and fun dialogue. The narration was perfect for the characters.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Wow! Lenny Henry is a fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

A wonderful story set in the same world as American Gods but I enjoyed this one much more. The voices were superb and really captured the spirit of the mischievous spider and the little old ladies.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • Winternight, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of good and bored

  • By S on 19-03-17

A good fairy tale but a little tame

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

Reviewed: 26-12-17

A good retelling of a Russian fairy tale that would be a great book for younger readers or those that simple love fairy tales but it was a little too tame on action for me

  • Malice

  • The Faithful and Fallen, Book 1
  • By: John Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 23 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 300

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected pleasure!

  • By Damion Foncette on 21-07-15

A bit slow to start but a great story eventually.

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

Reviewed: 17-12-17

A bit slow to start but a great story eventually. Has a cliff-hangar ending so you do need to read the next book.

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  • The Quantum Thief

  • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

The Quantum Thief is a dazzling hard SF novel set in the solar system of the far future - a heist novel peopled by bizarre post-humans but powered by very human motives of betrayal, revenge and jealousy. It is a stunning debut. Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist and trickster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration-style enhances this story's 'otherness'

  • By Carole on 01-12-13

A good but obscure story

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

A good, innovative story but benefits from a second reading since so many invented terms are not explained. Their meaning becomes clear as the story continues but re-reading the book when you know what the writer is taking about is a must.

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable - an absolute must listen

  • By Londongirl on 12-06-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

This is a story about people more than a story about time travel. It's about the mystery of why, when your enemy has just won, their own forces suddenly turn against them, leaving them no choice but to flee with you. And what then, do you do with that enemy?

  • The Cold Commands

  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Ringil Eskiath, scarred wielder of the kiriath-forged broadsword Ravensfriend, is a man on the run - from his past and the family who have disowned him, from the slave trade magnates of Trelayne who want him dead, and apparently from the dark gods themselves, who are taking an interest but making no more sense than they ever have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ground breaking fantasy

  • By Janine on 11-07-14

Brutal!

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

Reviewed: 22-08-17

Raw and brutal fantasy with a brilliant touch of sci-fi to give the story a hint of unpredictability that added a vein of suspense throughout the book. And brilliantly narrated to give a dry purpose to the violence.

  • The Rook

  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Katy Carmichael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good tale, but disappointing in places

  • By George on 17-01-14

Great fun listening

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

A secret British organisation for people with super powers and a girl trying to figure out who wiped her memory while keeping the office running smoothly. A fun story with more than a touch of British humour.

  • The Steel Remains

  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Ringil, the hero of the bloody slaughter at Gallows Gap, is a legend to all who don't know him and a twisted degenerate to those that do. A veteren of the wars against the lizards, he makes a living from telling credulous travellers of his exploits. Until one day he is pulled away from his life and into the depths of the Empire's slave trade. There, he will discover a secret infinitely more frightening than the trade in lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Up there with Hoffman, Lynch and Rothfuss,

  • By B on 12-01-13

Brilliant, gritty fantasy!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

One of the best books I've listened to this year. A raw, gritty fantasy with a touch of sci-fi invasion.