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  • Renegades

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 7
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 795

The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skippying Across the Galaxy!

  • By Simon on 27-03-19

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

I think this was my favourite of the series and it got me interested in listening to the series again, which is good because that will fill my time before the next one (?) will appear - no pressure Craig. R C Bray really got into this one with his performance making me chuckle at times, it really added to the story telling. I use audio books to help me get to sleep, no chance with this one, actually kept me awake and I couldn't stop. Love it, brilliant.

  • All Hell Let Loose

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

The complete magisterial history of the greatest and most terrible event in history, from one of the finest historians of the Second World War. This shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world - soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children. Reflecting Max Hastings' 35 years of research on World War II, All Hell Let Loose describes the course of events but focuses chiefly upon human experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours long yet still felt too short.

  • By MR on 10-09-16

Third book of Max Hastings

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

The previous books I enjoyed, both fascinating and eye opening. This one I got bored with, it became judgemental rather than presenting an opinion or facts. I have suspended my listening of the book, but could pick it up later. I get the conclusion that Hitler had no choice even to invade Russia, but the other side of the conflict that the Allies never really had the stomach for the fight, I don’t accept. We didn’t want it and weren’t prepared but the view needs to stop there. The Allies were not in the same place emotionally nor motivationally, when your heart in hoping for peace it is easy to be blindsided. After all we are well aware of the ‘sucker punch’ when you just don’t expect the escalation. Japan’s decision leading to Pearl Harbour is bizarre, even in hindsight I don’t get it. I guess I need to go over that part again.

  • Disrupted

  • Ludicrous Misadventures into the Tech Start-Up Bubble
  • By: Dan Lyons
  • Narrated by: Dan Lyons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Dan Lyons was Technology Editor at Newsweek for years, a magazine writer at the top of his profession. One Friday morning he received a phone call: his job no longer existed. Fifty years old, and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was unemployed and facing financial oblivion. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? What could possibly go wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but slightly spoiled by whining

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-18

Very funny but scary

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

Great book, story well told. I chuckle at both the experience of the author, but also the author who obviously struggles with middle age and has not taken the lesson from 'Who Moved My Cheese' to heart. The part that makes me shiver is his experiences is pretty close to my own - pulse questionnaires, awesome, massive congrats, bounce back etc. Yes, I work for a tech company, which is an US / Indian mix and I bite my tongue constantly.

  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 26 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, still holds out - and Empress Lasseen's ambition knows no bounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you are reading these for the first time ...

  • By Paul J. on 20-02-19

If you are reading these for the first time ...

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

I love these books; I am a massive fan. I have owned them in paper, on kindle and now narrated. You will note the length of the books, with a massive 300 hrs (roughly) across the 10 books, reading them is not something to take lightly. But please believe me, it is worth the journey. This is a rollercoaster of a ride, with loud laughter, tears, disgust and moments when you can't believe the author wrote that storyline. Definitely an (18) rating, no mistaking this. GotM is a great opener and for a long time was my favourite of the series. You will read parts which make little sense, but store these up, as you will understand them in later books. The first 3 narrated by Ralph Lister, he is good and deserves 5 stars for his performance, the latter books are read by Michael Page, I would rate him a 10 if I could. If you decide to stop at any time, that is fine, as these books are contained and complete stories - apart from 9 and 10 potentially, but don't skip in numbers as the books builds your knowledge of the Malazan 'verse and later books won't be as enjoyable. Deep breath!! Be brave and begin - trust me you won't be the same at the end. And just to be controversial, this series leaves Games of Thrones standing, after all it is original and GOT is a re-telling of the war of the roses :-)

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  • A Return to Love

  • By: Marianne Williamson
  • Narrated by: Marianne Williamson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

In A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I returned

  • By Louise Pierre on 02-05-16

Like eating cheese that has gone off

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

I am interested in reading the Course in Miracles Book that this is really a long review off. It is well written and told, but I was left feeling short changed as Marianne was too self indulgent. And when people list words to express a point, that loses me. Having said that, I wondered why 2 people had produced books covering their experiences, I guessed because the Course in Miracles might be heavy going, so this book gave me the heads up and I am now ready to go for the main course. I might update this review after I have read the book.

  • The Korean War

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

On 25 June, 1950, the invasion of South Korea by the Communist North launched one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. The seemingly limitless power of the Chinese-backed North was thrown against the ferocious firepower of the UN-backed South in a war that can be seen today as the stark prelude to Vietnam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MASH It Isn't

  • By S. Morris on 07-03-18

Absolutely Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

I knew very little about this war, even though my father served in it, he never expanded on his experience apart from a couple of sentences. So picking this up, first Max Hastings book for me, I was really interested. Fascinating!! And horrendous in the same breath as it showed the makings of Vietnam. I am interested of hearing about Iraq and Afghanistan to see if the US Army has learnt any lessons - I know the British Army hasn't, we seem to repeat the same ones. Really good book, following the ebb and flow of the conflict, politics, individuals, US backing a corrupt regime (again Vietnam) and, boy, do I feel for the Chinese soldier, their lives meant nothing to the commanders. If the US Army stood and fought more and the British didn't run out of ammunition, the outcome wouldn't have been such a stalemate. The difference between the US Army and the US Marines is startling. But they were forged in very different ways between Europe and the Pacific - brilliant book. I am moving onto others by Max Hastings.

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. Detective Renée Ballard is working the graveyard shift again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help, and she relents.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Gaaaargh the narrator ruins it

  • By Max on 28-11-18

Two short stories intertwind - badly

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

I was interested in how the 2 characters ( & narrators) would be handled - poorly in my view, but having finished the book, I understand the narration decision. The stories are 'skimmed' with no real mystery and some big unanswered questions. I also read the Bosch involvement and it wasn't him, his detective work and actions were out of character. The book didn't work.

Narration wise, it was lazy, almost monotoned and one-paced. There were 2 life-threatening scenes, both were given in the same fashion as them having a coffee.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

A compelling thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD. Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Usual quality from Michael Connolly but terrible narration....

  • By Gary Collins on 18-08-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

I held off writing this review as I had the next book to listen to, so I thought I would consider them together, didn't improve. Great imagery and insight into covering the overnight shift, but there were unexplored relationships, poor choices by the main character and you were left feeling she was lucky to solve things and to be alive. The last 3-4 chapters were almost summaries giving the impression they were rushed or edited down to keep the length down.

On the narrator, I couldn't get into the story as the reading was inconsistent, bland and did not vary in pace at all. One to miss in my mind.

  • Kingdoms and Chaos

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 4
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whiny 'friends'

  • By Anonymous User on 16-12-18

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Book 4 has been a huge step up on the story line and I am nervous as I get towards the end as it took so long for this one to come out and I want book 5 now!! The writing, flow of the story and willingness to take it forward along mANY THEMES AND IDEAS has moved this at such a fast pace, I might have to re-listen to books 1-3 again just to tie me over. GET WRITING Mr Kel Kade!!

PS I love Tam's storyline, fascinating...

  • The Republic of Thieves

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817

He's back! The long-awaited return of the most exciting new commercial fantasy writer of the 21st century.... After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins, the Bonds Magi. It is a fallout that will pit both men against Locke's own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life and now it is time for them to meet again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please!

  • By Stephen on 13-12-13

The Narration was Outstanding and saved the book

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

The first book of the series was very good, the second challenged my commitment but this one lost me. It was still clever with the switching storylines, closing off hooks from book one and two and I love the inter-play between characters. The good bits.

What lost me was the storyline is bland and plots from book 2 carried along too far, especially when the outcomes were obvious. I did not enjoy the play within the book, but the narrator saved that with his perfect switching between characters and was entertaining, but not for the content, just his skill.

Eventually I concluded book 4 was on its way as there were more 'future' storylines being planted, if not, it is even worse as there are threads left hanging. In the last half dozen chapters, the story was somewhat summarized and I am tempted to tell you to just listen to those, but that would be mean, so I won't ;-).

Do I recommend this book, I guess I do, there is a big reveal that hopefully will be carried forward into book 4, which I am positive will have a stronger storyline.