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  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,246

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

Terrifying. Klaus-trophobic. Thought-provoking.

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

Reviewed: 18-04-19

Another fantastic book by Luke. Less fantastical than other themes, but that just makes the terrifying horror of the book that much worse i.e. better.

And as always, Luke isn't just delving into horror for horrors sake. There is an idea in the book that needs to be discussed and is best discussed through horror.

If you are up for something that is actually scary, get the book right away. If you are easily disturbed, maybe give it a miss.

Why Klaustrophobic? You will just have to get the book and find out!

  • Ancillary Mercy

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Ancillary Justice. For just a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Atheok Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist - someone who might be an ancillary from a ship that's been hiding beyond the empire's reach for three thousand years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please don't stop there

  • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 03-11-15

a continuation of book two

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

Reviewed: 21-03-18

this book is a straight on continuation of book two. it is like the trilogy had two parts, book 1 and the rest, add that the rest was too long and thus split into two. if you like the second, you'll like the third

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,042

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By joanna Prendergast on 30-06-17

Fantastic narration, slow and good story

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

the story is good. Sone twists but nothing ground breaking. Story wise, good. The narration however is amazing. It isn't really dramatised, but has a few view point characters who reads entire chapters. But those voice actors are AMAZING. The emotional pitch of perfect. The words cut right through you. I am normally a plot person and don't care so much for emotional stuff, but this was awesome. It really made me feel like I understood the characters and how they felt. Excellent performance.

  • Ancillary Sword

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 2
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

Breq - the soldier who used to be a spaceship - is serving the emperor she swore to destroy. She's been given her own warship, her own crew, and ordered to the only place in the galaxy she would have agreed to go: to Athoek Station, to protect the family of the lieutenant she murdered in cold blood. Athoek was annexed by the Empire some 600 years ago, and by now everyone is fully 'civilised'. Or should be - but everything is not as tranquil as it appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane Austin in Space Returns

  • By Jasper on 16-07-15

Good, but not as good as the first.

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

i loved the first book, and this one does not have the same suspense and mystery of the first. still a very enjoyable read though.

  • Ancillary Justice

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 1
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 795

The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interestingly feminist SciFi

  • By Jonathan on 16-11-14

Slow but always enjoyable, well crafted

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

A cleverly put together sci fi that both builds a world and tells a complicated story in bits and pieces, that eventually all comes together. very good

  • God Is Disappointed in You

  • By: Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
  • Narrated by: James Urbaniak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings about this audio book

  • By J. Farmer on 10-03-16

Hilarious and educational.

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

one of my favourite books this year. the humour is perfectly calibrated and delivered with impeccable narration. Also, it is all accurate! It's funny cause it's 'true'! Well...

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,400

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Only for the die hard need nostalgics

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

Reviewed: 14-04-17

unless you are fanatic of the 80's nerd culture, you will not get into this story. It's mostly just a long mentioning list of old arcade games etc. the story line itself is pretty simple and the characters quite shallow.

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

Superbly crafted tale with twists, turns and imagi

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

Reviewed: 23-03-17

absolutely amazing! Loved it from start to finish. Not for the young or faint hearted. For everyone else, this is writing at the top level of fiction. It's so DIFFERENT!

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  • Flat Earth News

  • By: Nick Davies
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street's unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never buy a newspaper again

  • By Simon on 11-10-09

Starts well, then falls flat

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

Reviewed: 23-12-15

I am extremely interested in media critique, and at first, this book delivered great insight into the industry. But around the halfway mark, the author goes way to deep into specific stories, delving into who knew what and when and so on in something that starts to smell a lot like conspiracy theories.

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,336

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

One hell of a story from unexpected characters

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

Reviewed: 22-12-15

Like a Swedish version of Forest Gump, only way better and with more charm and wit than anything I've read in a long long time. The characters, oh, the characters! The people you'll meet in this story will charm the pants off you! I laughed out loud, for real, time and time again. I longer to return to the book to see what bizarre adventure this old man was going to have 'on the next page'. Must read!