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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,127

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

A Story of Epic Proportions

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

This really is an epic story reminiscent of classic sci-fi sagas such as Dune. The unfolding fortunes of the two species are explored in parallel down through the ages, and the way the author deals with the alien cognition, societal evolution, and otherworldly technology of the spider group is particularly inspiring. Mel Hudson’s narration is also excellent - in short, I thoroughly recommend this book. An absolute triumph!

  • Cold Blood

  • Nick Stone, Book 18
  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

Out on the ice, polar bears aren't the only natural born killers. Nick Stone is suffering. The two people he cared for most are gone. Thousands of miles away, five ex-servicemen, badly wounded in Afghanistan, are preparing for a trek to the North Pole in an attempt to begin to rebuild their shattered bodies and minds. When Stone is summoned as close protection for the trek by an old SAS officer, he accepts unthinkingly, desperate for the chance to escape his own misery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great progress

  • By Mikey on 10-12-16

A Temperature Drop for Nick Stone

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

Reviewed: 21-03-17

I have been an avid consumer of Nick Stone novels, so was keen to snap this new instalment up. I don't know if the temperature got to our protagonist this time, but I found this book very slow. A huge amount of time was spent milling around before the plot really got underway, and the ending was very confusing; relating to some sort of geopolitical subterfuge involving nameless groups from America and the former Soviet Union. I do hope this was a blip, and the next Nick Stone novel gets back to form. On a positive note, Paul Thornley's narration was very good - although as an ex squaddie, I found his pronunciation of REME as 'remy' rather than 'reemy' to be a little irritating!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Pool of Fire

  • Tripods Series, Book 3
  • By: John Christopher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

In the final book of John Christopher's classic series, Will Parker returns to the headquarters of the Resistance after several months in the City of Gold and Lead. He travels to Eastern Europe and the Middle East to set up resistance cells with young boys who question the power of the Tripods. When they are able to capture one of the Tripod 'Masters', they unlock a secret that they use in attempt to finally wrest control of the earth from the Tripods, and maybe - just maybe - save humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just for Young Adults

  • By Conphused on 09-12-16

Not Just for Young Adults

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Having enjoyed the BBC Tripods series as a teenager, I couldn't resist trying the audiobooks. As this is a 'young adults ' series, my expectations were not high, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Although not without plot holes, the story moves forward at a pace, and young Will's excitement, enthusiasm, and rashness all make for a very engaging narrative. This is complemented by the excellent narration of William Gaminara. I thought initially to only listen to the first book, but ended up getting the whole trilogy. Highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Birthdays for the Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for 12 years, always in the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Jill on 18-01-12

Brutal but Compelling...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-12

Having listened to a number of Logan McRae books, I decided to take a risk with this standalone novel. The protagonist (Ash Henderson) is markedly different from McRae - a far more visceral and gritty character. At one point he is described as a "Man of Violence", and this is particularly apt. Nevertheless, MacBride provides the reader with a brutal, yet gripping narrative in which we follow Henderson and his quirky psychologist sidekick as they search ever more frantically for the twisted "Birthday Boy". If you're a fan of MacBride and can endure the stark and unflinching descriptions of violence, you'll find this book a compelling and enjoyable read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Complaints

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops. It's where Malcolm Fox works. He's just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself, but he's a man with problems: his new job is Jamie Breck, a dirty cop but no one can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Complaints by Ian Rankin

  • By Larry on 01-11-10

There is Life After Rebus

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-10

Okay, so the die hard Rebus fans may feel a little disappointed, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having read a few other 'non-Rebus' books by Rankin (Witch Hunt, Blood Hunt), I was willing to give this a go and was not disappointed. Rankin presents the reader with an amiable but flawed protagonist in Inspector Malcolm Fox, and sheds some light into the murky world of the Police complaints Department, before moving on to the story proper - a tale of corruption and murder in which no one can seemingly be trusted. Essentially a 'Police Procedural', but none the worse for it. I hope to read more of Malcolm Fox's future adventures. Highly recommended.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hannibal Rising

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Thomas Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece !!!!!!!!!

  • By Vic W on 14-12-06

Left me wanting more

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-06

Hannibal Rising catalogue's the development of the nascent sociopath we meet in the author's later books. Harris deftly explores the nature vs. nurture debate in the evolution of such a personality type, hinting at a 'certain coldness' in Hannibal's father and a comment that the Lecters' were 'not quite as other men', but also describing in chilling detail, the traumatic events that were the catalyst that set the young Hannibal upon his murderous path. From the first meeting with Hannibal's family in Lithuania, through the traumatic events of his childhood, and his development into an urbane aesthete and intellectual giant one finds themselves routing for Hannibal all the way. As a consequence, the finale proves highly satisfying. My only negative comments are that the book felt slightly truncated, and has left me yearning for the taste of.......more Hannibal Literature! Great narration by the author himself

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Blood Hunt

  • Jack Harvey, Book 3
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Gordon Reeve is a survival expert in the Scottish Highlands, with an SAS past well behind him. Then his brother is murdered in San Diego, and all the signs point to Reeve heading towards the same fate. The difference is that Reeve is a trained killer, now forced back into an all too familiar way of life. The horror has just begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excitement from Start to Finish

  • By Conphused on 13-10-06

Excitement from Start to Finish

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-06

This is the third book I have listened to in the 'Jack Harvey' series, and although I recommend the other two, 'Blood Hunt' is the most exciting. We Join Gordon Reeve, an Ex-SAS trooper with an anger problem and a complex past, as he investigates the mysterious death of his journalist brother. The action spans Europe, USA, and even South America, and reaches a thrilling climax when Reeve meets a nemesis from the past. The audiobook is further enhanced by Christian Rodska's excellent narration in which he brings the books characters to life in all their gritty splendour. Gripping stuff - thoroughly recommended!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Harlequin

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Harlequin is what the French called the English archers who came across the Channel to lay waste the towns and countryside. Thomas of Hookton is one of these archers. When raiders sack his village, he escapes and becomes an archer in the army of King Edward III. The King and his son, the Black Prince, are going to France with a great force of knights and men-at-arms, led by great lords.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Immersive Experience

  • By Conphused on 30-12-05

An Immersive Experience

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-05

Although familiar with Sharp, this was the first Cornwell book I had listened to, and I was not disappointed. Set against the backdrop of the 100 years war, Cornwell immerses the reader in the medieval world - where life was often short and brutal. The adventures of Thomas are catalogued in intricate detail, characterisation and storyline are excellent, and I cannot praise enough the first-rate narration by Sean Barrett.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Firewall

  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Helsinki, December 1999. Nick Stone, ex-SAS, now working for British Intelligence on deniable operations, is tough, resourceful, ruthless, highly-trained, and desperately in need of cash. Offered the lucrative freelance job of kidnapping a Mafia warlord and delivering him to St Petersburg, it seems to Stone that his problems are over. In fact, they are only just beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-stop Action

  • By Conphused on 30-12-05

Non-stop Action

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-05

This was the first work of fiction I had read by McNab, and I was not disappointed. As Stone moves from a foiled kidnapping in Helsinki, to his various dealings with Eastern European warlords, the action is unrelenting, set against the wintry backdrops of Finland and Estonia. Move over Schwartzenegger; Nick Stone is the real Last Action Hero! Thoroughly recommended.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful