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  • Beta Life

  • Stories from an A-Life Future
  • By: Martyn Amos - editor, Ra Page - editor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Computers are changing. Soon the silicon chip will seem like a clunky antique amid the bounty of more exotic processes on offer. Robots are changing, too; material evolution and swarm intelligence are creating a new generation of devices that will diverge and disperse into a balanced ecosystem of humans and robjects (robotic objects). Somewhere in between, we humans will have to change also... in the way we interact with technology, the roles we adopt in an increasingly intelligent environment, and how we interface with each other. The driving motors behind many of these changes will be artificial life (A-Life) and unconventional computing. How exactly they will impact our world is still an open question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent collection

  • By Mr. Edwards on 02-02-19

Excellent collection

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

A series of interesting, entertaining science fiction short stories - each one followed by thought provoking afterwords from experts in the technology that featured in the story.

Each episode is a manageable 30 mins each, well-read and intriguing. Highly recommended.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

  • By: James Acaster
  • Narrated by: James Acaster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,209

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central. But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor midflight or hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly funny.

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-17

series of witty anecdotes

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

It's exactly what you'd expect: a comedian telling silly anecdotes. Acaster's performance is great, the stories vary in zaniness and irony, overall, well worth a listen.

Do note though that the anecdotes all appeared on Josh Widdecombe's radio show, and several were also used on Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You and in Acaster's stand-up. So if you're a fan who follows his work, expect some repetition.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Only Human

  • Themis Files, Book 3
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Sylvain Neuvel, William Hope, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 455

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, read by a returning cast. We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside. We were wrong. As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And, with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing ending to an excellent series

  • By Mr on 01-06-18

Disappointing angle for the finale

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

Neuvel focusses on fatherhood for the third part of his trilogy, but delivers nothing that's not so blindingly obvious that it's already cliche. He dips his toe into a few other unteresting political themes, but offers nothing more than shallow soliloqy about unity and fear. Personally, I'd have preferred a little more time spent on the politics and intergalactic drama.

The voice acting in this instalment was also noticeably worse: especially the new guys arriving with the 2nd robot. Thankfully they don't feature for long enough to sour the whole novel, but yeesh. That yee-ha cowboy guy made me want to rip my ears off.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,904
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,447

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

Inventive, funny and hugely addictive

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

A hilariously concept, smartly realised. a unique tale of space colonisation that dodges the usual tropes to play with something much more fun.

when the story spread out into sub plots, I worried it would get a bit thin on the ground. But Taylor manages to hold it all together with the warmth and humour he imbues into his multi-faceted main character(s).

Short chaoters make it easy to dip in and out of, and with lots of ideas fizzing about you won't get bored.

  • Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier

  • By: Mark Frost
  • Narrated by: Annie Wersching
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The return of Twin Peaks is one of the most anticipated events in the history of television. The subject of endless speculation, shrouded in mystery, fans will come flocking to see Mark Frost and David Lynch's inimitable vision once again grace the screen. Featuring all the characters we know and love from the first series, as well as a list of high-powered actors in new roles, the show will be endlessly debated, discussed, and dissected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect fan service

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-11-17

Optional extra

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

An optional side-road in the Twin Peaks canon, this gives a little more detail about key events with a slight elaboration on the spiritual elements. Often dry, boring even, but occasionally intriguing, it was heavy going and felt a lot longer than its meagre run time.

  • Waking Gods

  • Themis Files, Book 2
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Adna Sablyich, Laurel Lefkow, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

An unknown vessel, not of this world, materialises in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion? Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes' dreams - apocalyptic visions of death and destruction - is the habit they have of coming true. Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how...but why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Dune Drifter on 11-04-17

Excellent sci-fi thriller with some smart ideas

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

Reviewed: 18-05-17

A fast-paced, fun story with decent twists and engaging characters. Excited for book 3, when it arrives!