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  • The Elder Ice: A Harry Stubbs Adventure

  • By: David Hambling
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In this novella set in 1924 London, ex-boxer Harry Stubbs is on the trail of a mysterious legacy. A polar explorer has died, leaving huge debts and hints of a priceless find. His informants seem to be talking in riddles, and Harry soon finds he isn't the only one on the trail - and what he's looking for is as lethal as it is valuable. The key to the enigma lies in an ancient Arabian book and it leads to something stranger and more horrifying than Harry could ever imagine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story read by an annoying reader

  • By elly gausden on 06-06-18

Down but not out..

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Excellent little supernatural tale with HP Lovecraft leaning and an unusual protagonist in the lumpen shape of Harry Stubbs, ex boxer, debt collector and now work for, what he thinks is respectable law firm, lucky for us this is not the case.
Hope to hear more of Harry's adventures soon.

  • The Demon-Haunted World

  • Science as a Candle in the Dark
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Seth MacFarlane
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A light not dimmed

  • By andrew on 01-07-17

A light not dimmed

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

Excellent audio book of a great book from the much missed Carl Sagan. You must own this book.

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  • The Running Man

  • By: Stephen King, Richard Bachman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Every night they tuned in to the nation's favourite prime-time TV game show. They all watched, from the sprawling slums to the security-obsessed enclaves of the rich. They all watched the ultimate live death game as the contestants tried to beat not the clock but annihilation at the hands of the Hunters. Survive 30 days, and win the billion dollar jackpot - that was the promise. But the odds were brutal and the game rigged.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • skip the first part

  • By Joe on 19-08-16

A lesson On survival

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Never read the Backman books when they were first published, wish I had great story a million miles away from the hammy Arnold film of the 80s, thought its unlikely that anything this antiestablishment, rage fill book could have been filmed. Great vocal performance just skip the prologue by King as he blabs the ending!

  • The Night Land: A Story Retold

  • By: James Stoddard, William Hope Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Jason Mills
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The story opens in the 19th century but quickly moves to the far future, where the sun has gone out, leaving the world in a darkness broken only by strange lights and mysterious fires. Over the ages, monsters and evil forces have descended to the Earth, compelling the surviving humans to take refuge in a great pyramid of imperishable metal built in a miles-deep chasm. The monsters surround the pyramid in a perpetual siege lasting for eons, waiting for the moment when its defenses will fail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Into the night land

  • By andrew on 17-10-16

Into the night land

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

Reviewed: 17-10-16

I'm a big fan of the works of William hope Hodgson, I remember plowjng through Hodgson's verbose and difficult original text, so it's with some relief that James Stoddard's excellent retelling exits at all. He's managed to make an unfortunately extremely unreadable book palatable for the masses, which is a good thing as hidden in the originals meandering script in a truly fantastic story. I did initially have reservations regarding Jason's narration however, I eventually warmed to his "accent " Well done all.

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  • The English and Their History

  • By: Robert Tombs
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a masterpiece.

  • By D. D. Paxton on 26-10-16

Island Nation

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

Reviewed: 18-09-16

Robert Tombs excellent, comprehensive and insightful book about this great but often confused nation is brought to life by Stephen Thorne's drool delivery. First class.

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  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The Road follows a man and a boy, father and son, journeying together for many months across a desolate, post-apocalyptic landscape, some years after a great, unexplained cataclysm, possibly an impact event. Civilization has been destroyed and most species have become extinct. What has happened outside of North America is left unexplained. Humanity consists largely of bands of cannibals, their captives, and refugees who scavenge for canned food.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgetable

  • By Anonymous User on 18-02-10

The world gone, but no forgotten

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

Reviewed: 11-05-14

Would you listen to The Road again? Why?

Quite simply one of the best books and best reading I've heard. I'd already read and loved the book and fancied hearing the reading by Rupert Degas, who has done some of the best audible readings: I was not disappointed!
The book already harrowing and moving was given new life by Mr Degas's faultless reading, bring you inside the head of the "man".

What did you like best about this story?

Just the journey of father and son in a hostile world where everything we know has gone and the world is slowly dying.

Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favourite?

The man or lead character, but it's a close thing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, still listen to it now my only gripe is that it's abridged. It's a testament to how good the book and reading are that I would even entertain the idea of an abridged version.

Any additional comments?

Just get it! Simple

  • Logan's Run

  • By: William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get ready for carrousel

  • By andrew on 11-05-14

Get ready for carrousel

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

Reviewed: 11-05-14

What did you like most about Logan's Run?

I've been a fan of the film from an early age, so was interested to see how the original source material compared to the film. The story contains interesting social comment, and you can certainly tell it was penned in the late sixties.
I enjoyed the utopian feel and hedonistic life style portrayed in the book and the "idea" of a voluntary euthanasia system force upon people who reach 21, not the liberal 30 as indicated in the film.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Logan, he's an unusual anti-hero with a skill for violence.

What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great reading; you know who's speaking all the time and he fills the characters with depth and emotion.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Been there, done that!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend even if you've seen the film.

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