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  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

Very listenable but with disjointed story and tone.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Took a punt on this as a deal of the day, having no experience of the authors other works. I read another review saying the book was disjointed and wow were they right!

It had a lot of promise - the scares were scary, the jokes mostly funny and the relationship building between characters quite touching at points. All was running fairly well until around 1/3 of the way through, where the plot was thrown out the window and all logical actions set aside to the point where I had to skip back to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood chunks of what had happened earlier. The last 2/3s of the book picked up (after I took a long break) but the ending was another jumble without any pay off.

This book was very “OK”. It’s hard to tell whether all the 5 star reviews are coming from the authors diehard fans or whether I’ve missed something.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4R2

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland . . .NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spooky treat

  • By charlie on 07-01-17

A mixed bag of scrabble tiles...

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

I came to this following the fantastic Locke & Key, and despite this being sold as a horror this is definitely in the same ball park - overall reading like (an admittedly disturbed) teen fantasy.

The story had some great characters and ideas but was frequently a hard listen, often getting bogged down in minute details which really hurt the pacing. When it hit its stride it was hard to put down and the story hooked me enough to see it through to the end (something that not all 20 hour long books can manage!), which ultimately hurt when the story came to an underwhelming end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

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

Classic Smitherd!

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

Another Luke Smitherd book devoured in less than 48 hours.. what more can I say! Really enjoying this author and the themes he explores, always keeps you guessing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama cover art
  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,579

On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame - could have been so much better

  • By Chris on 24-12-15

Can't get enough of these audible dramas!

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

Not the kind of story I would usually go for, but the production and excellent acting elevate this above your average thriller. I only wish these audible dramas could be a little longer!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Waking Gods

  • Themis Files, Book 2
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Adna Sablyich, Laurel Lefkow, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

An unknown vessel, not of this world, materialises in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion? Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes' dreams - apocalyptic visions of death and destruction - is the habit they have of coming true. Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how...but why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read/listen!

  • By Misspelt on 08-04-17

Compelling sequel, though a bit heavy handed

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

I loved the first book and by all accounts this was a great sequel, I finished it across 3 days which is a complement coming from me! Some have said it suffered from "difficult second book syndrome" but for the most part I had no problem with the story, it was enjoyable and kept me guessing through to its conclusion.

The only issue for me was the occasional cheesy or over dramatic dialogue and decisions of some characters (Kara & Vincent, I'm looking at you) which took me out of the story to either cringe a little or scratch my head at their choices. In some cases it was forgivable, in others it didn't "fit" for me... but hey, it kept it unpredictable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Powerful and moving sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

In all honestly I finished this book several months back, but seeing it in my library I felt compelled to leave a review.

This is a heartfelt and really quite moving sci-fi story. It was a slow start and to begin with I felt a little "out nerded" with the amount of scientific detail (more so than in any other book I've listened to!) but enjoyed the ride and the myriad of twists and turns that I really should have seen coming.

I've thoroughly recommended it to my friends and I recommend it to all of you too!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging - not what I expected

  • By Robyn on 14-12-17

Not what I was expecting...

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

...but it was great! I went in blind and was treated to a sci-fi buddy cop movie. Look forward to the next book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,509

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed. Her innocence has been sacrificed by a man with singular purpose: a man who will stop at nothing in order to prepare Earth for the coming conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent finale!

  • By Allan on 08-03-16

Amazing - ignore the reviews, finish the series!

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

The main thing I've seen reviews mention about this book is that it's "the worst of the trilogy" and has "a disappointing ending"..and I can understand some of the criticism. The interval sections aboard the oncoming alien fleet were a little confusing at times (some names blended together) and there was a lot of time jumping between very signicant events, leaving some questions unanswered and admitly sidelined some characters... But I loved it!

The ending was satisfying and powerful, if a little abrupt - if there hadn't have been the addition of the short story at the end the final paragraph of the book may have been a little jarring, but this added heart and hope to the end of the trilogy. Plot decisions made sense and I didn't feel that any passages or characters weren't significant to the final outcome - not everyone can be part of a space battle after all.

I really don't understand the criticism about the political storylines and the action in the final battle - if you've made it this far in the series (nearly 40 hours before this book) you should know what to expect by now! This is a sci-fi at its most "realistic" and I'm heartbroken that it's over!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Michael on 25-01-17

Long, but in a lot of ways better than book 1

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

I enjoyed Fear the Sky but at times I felt it was a bit of a slog, getting overly weighed down in scientific detail between plot events. It took me 9 months to come back to the series and I'm glad I did!

This book has far better pacing, a lot more action and the political power-play added another dynamic to a well written story. The book was perhaps a little long but the detail felt far more justified this time around.

I thoroughly recommend it and will be going straight on to book 3!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Giants

  • Themis Files, Book 1
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,025

Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger.... That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've ever listened to

  • By JBL on 13-05-16

Why is no one comparing this to anime?

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

The interesting writing style of this book (told through audio logs, recorded interviews) draws a lot of comparisons to books like World War Z and the Martian, but more importantly why is no one comparing the storyline to manga or anime?! Probably to not give too much away, but if I'd have known I would've picked this up a lot sooner.

Without giving spoilers (to those in the know) think somewhere between NGE and TTGL (at a stretch) in a serious western setting and you wouldn't be miles off. Absolutely loved the multi-cast performance and the surprising twists of the story, definitely at the top of my list for series to follow!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful