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  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,295
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,999

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Best so far

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

This is my favourite of the series so far. I grew up near where the story is set and the narrator absolutely nails the accents.

  • Endgame

  • Arisen series, Book 14
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 568

This is it. Alpha team goes once more into the breach. On what will be their final missions ever in the Zulu Alpha - and the fight of their lives — Homer & Ali, and Predator & Juice, launch out into the terminal post-Apocalypse, as London is overrun by the very last rush of death covering the entire planet. Neither mission can fail, but can all four teammates survive? Or will some go down safeguarding the lives of those they love more than life itself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Last Hope of Humanity!

  • By Simon on 04-05-18

Overblown

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

This is mediocre writing at best elevated to entertaining by the narration. RC Bray should have a word with his agent, he's so much better than this.

  • Zombie Rules: Zombie Rules, Book 1

  • By: David Achord
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Rick, an aging Vietnam veteran, alcoholic, and prepper, convinces Zach Gunderson that the apocalypse is on the horizon. The two of them take refuge at a remote farm. As the zombie plague rages, they face a terrifying fight for survival. They soon learn, however, that the walking dead are not the only monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By eddie on 28-03-15

Creepy, not in a good way

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

I can't believe the good reviews this has got, the author's creepy obsession with young teenage girls is made even worse by the fact that he's a middle aged man (google him), I assumed this was written by a frustrated teenager. Unless you're a misogynist or a teenage boy I would avoid at all costs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Until the End of the World

  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just wonderful

  • By captainsjo on 09-03-15

Rom Zom Com

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

She's definitely cornered the Rom Zom market and it's refreshing to read some ZA fiction from the perspective of a woman. This means less gun/spec ops worship and far right libertarian politics which is great, I've given up on a couple of series because I just couldn't read that kind of drivel anymore, the author's characters are well rounded and realistic and you actually become invested in them surviving.

  • The Complete Exodus Trilogy

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Andreas Christensen
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

When an object threatens human civilization, it becomes clear that we need to venture to the stars. With just a few years' warning, this will be a race against time, and only a small number of colonists can be saved. In an America turned authoritarian, a small group of people draws up their plans to change not this world but the next. The confrontation seems inevitable, but who will prevail and at what cost?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An SF book with real human stories

  • By Ken on 25-05-17

A bit silly but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

I always find these 'Humans didn't evolve on this planet' kind of books irritating given their stupidity from a science perspective and it's not exactly an original idea. But as post apocalyptic fiction it's not bad and worth the money if you get the trilogy. The author should probably read a basic biology text book though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story & brilliantly narrated

  • By Tom on 14-08-09

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

I'm really happy I've found this series, it's extremely entertaining and James Marsters is an excellent narrator.

  • Wool

  • Wool Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159

An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Niamh on 23-01-13

Absolutely enthralling

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

Reviewed: 19-09-13

This saved my sanity on a very long train journey to the north east and back. One of the most atmospheric audio books I've listened to, perfectly paced and characters I really cared about. I will certainly be buying the next installment!

  • Cloud Atlas

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Garrick Hagon, Jeff Harding, Steve Hodson, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 820

Cloud Atlas features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, brought to life better than any movie

  • By T on 25-02-13

Cloud Atlas

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

I think the different narrators did well with a difficult book. The book itself is a bit over ambitious and doesn't quite deliver but it was entertaining enough.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Kraken Wakes

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They come over here stealing our deep places...

  • By Dr Caterpillar on 03-10-16

The Kraken Wakes

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

One of my favourite books from teenagerhood. This reading is great and very atmospheric, the narrator gets it spot on.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful