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  • Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City, Part 1

  • By: Ryo Kawakami, Hajime Isayama - creator
  • Narrated by: Erica Lindbeck, Keith Silverstein
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

With Wall Maria breeched, communities within the Quinta district have been cut off from each other, creating famine and chaos. A young field commander named Rita is tasked with a mission to reconnect transit across the massive district while putting her troops and residence right in the vanguard as Titans descend on her town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended for any Attack on Titan fan!

  • By Joshua Gilholm on 26-04-18

Far better than expected

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

I am not always a fan of dramatised readings but this was very well done. The sound effects also normally put me off but they were subtle enough in the background to blend in with the overall experience.

It does not crossover with any of the anime or series as far as I can see so you can read/listen at any time with no spoilers. I will be going for part 2 with my next credit. My only complaint is that it is too short.

  • Zombie Fallout

  • Zombie Fallout, Book 1
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just not for me . . .

  • By Simon on 09-01-16

Jury is out...

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I’m still not sure how to rate this. It’s light (ear) reading and I liked it but it was over the top in some ways and underplayed in many others.

The attempt at humour fall flat but keep it light. When I want in the mood to absorb something deep this felled the gap.

However, for the quality of the writing I should of be able to get 3x as much audio for the cost of one book.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,113

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road. In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By S. Bramble on 23-12-17

Maybe my best listen ever!

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

Addictive, seducing and gripping.
This is maybe my best listen ever from Audible. I was already interested in the story of Silk Road and this was absolutely the best way to get the story! I normally only listen to books when commuting or walking the dog but this had me sitting in bed or the living room with my headphones in and the TV off.

My biggest criticism is that I couldn't really confirm most of it was true, google searches of the characters names showed that the information given as "fact" in the book were actually heavily disputed in most places. User identities being the biggest thing as most of the online names had 2-3 possible IRL identities and the stories of corrupt FBI agents are not revealed anywhere reliable at all.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • By: Alexander Freed
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate...and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the sound effects

  • By Michael Hudston on 26-12-16

I am not impressed overall

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Would you try another book written by Alexander Freed or narrated by Jonathan Davis?

No

What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s voice?

robotic, clear, non-emotive

Was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story worth the listening time?

Not to me

Any additional comments?

I am more than halfway through this and between the voice acting and sound effects (which I actually grew to like) I find it strangely hard to keep track of what is going on, who is talking and the scene descriptions are not great. I will be giving up and moving onto the film.

I think being a novel based on a movie that I haven't seen yet gets this off to a bad start.
The narrator will voice a character and then describe what is going on in the scenes with the same voice/tone often making it hard to tell if the character is still talking or if the narrator is onto something else.

Being based on the movie it jumps from scene to scene with little depth and plenty of characters to try and visualise or remember which is frustrating if, like me, you listen while doing other things. Except for walking the dog while listening I think I would rather read it myself or watch the movie.

The narrator is clear in his way of speaking but sometimes he emotes the characters voice, other times he uses the same tone which does not flow very well for me.

  • Winter Warriors

  • Drenai, Book 8
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 182

The prophecy was clear. Upon the death of three kings, the world will be plunged into chaos, and all the cast-out demons of history will return to bring blood and horror to the world. Two of the kings are dead. The third, about to be born, is hunted by the Demon Riders of the Krayakin, Lords of the Undead. All the terrifying forces of evil range against a pregnant queen at bay in a haunted forest. But she is not alone. Three warriors stand with her, the last remnants of the once proud Drenai army.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Man to Walk the Mountains

  • By Patrick England on 20-03-19

Better in text but Gemmell still pulls through

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

Which scene did you most enjoy?

My favourite scene would give away a spoiler

Any additional comments?

I am not a big fan of audio books from authors I usually take the time to read such as Gemmell because I hear the narrators voice when I go back to reading the books. However, when I don't get time to read anymore audio books like these can help make up for it when driving or walking the dog etc.

I read this a few years ago on my kindle so getting the audio companion price is what tipped me over into making this purchase. With the one exception of how the narrator does the females voices there is nothing to pick fault about.

The book/story is as good as anything else by Gemmell and the narrator rises to the challenge of performing what I consider to be epic fantasy by the best author in this genre ever.

  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Objectivity at it's finest

  • By D. Berry on 04-12-13

Classic Vintage Recording

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

What did you like most about The Fountainhead?

Howard Roark

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fountainhead?

The general attitude of the main character and how he carries himself in almost any situation.

Any additional comments?

I return to this every now and then for a refresher and to help bolster my feelings of independence if the are fading.

  • The Entrepreneur's Toolkit

  • By: Michael Goldsby, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldsby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

This course teaches you how to be an entrepreneur and how to think like one - skills that are essential whether you are starting a business, expanding an existing business, boosting your career as an employee, pursuing a social cause, or seeking to increase your impact as a teacher, coach, minister, or other professional. Packed with fascinating lessons from legendary entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and Henry Ford, these 24 lectures are entertaining as well as practical.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some Useful stuff here

  • By Martyn Everitt-Bronze on 14-06-15

I could not stand the speaker

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Listened to it a little bit before realising the other reviews were right, the speaker is soooo irritating. How do I return this?

  • 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 2,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown away!

  • By MrMatt on 01-02-16

Make sure and listen to Fear the Sky first

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

Reviewed: 31-07-16

Would you listen to Fear the Survivors again? Why?

Yes, I will be doing this to experience the characters develop as the story grows.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fear the Survivors?

The main female antagonist is memorable and some of the gruesome description of what she did (as well as what is left to the imagination).

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As good as the Mountain Man performance.

  • Free Dirt

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: Charles Beaumont
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

A penny-pincher carts off free soil from a graveyard in which to grow his own fruits and vegetables - but eventually the free dirt gets him in over his head.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this series "Back in the day..."

  • By 'Elle19' on 09-09-16

Low rate drama

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Would you try another book written by Charles Beaumont or narrated by Eric Bogosian?

Nope, I found this quite dull

What was most disappointing about Charles Beaumont’s story?

The twilight zone was always great for the occasional twist or surprise ending of some sort with a philosophical edge. This was not interesting with the ending and it made no sense to the character or to the rest of the story.

I cant say more without spoilers

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By stucody on 22-03-15

Gladly the first thing I bought on Audible

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

What did you like most about Fear the Sky?

The ongoing story and character development stays solid over the whole saga.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The male lead - Neil. He starts out an average, useless balding unknown but grows, develops and hardens throughout the story.

Any additional comments?

One of the best I have read with my ears.