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  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On Audible at last!

  • By Peter on 01-03-11

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

The first great book of maybe the best Science Fiction trilogy of all time. It reads as well today as it would have 70 years ago, when it was written. Highly recommended!

  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

  • By: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
  • Narrated by: Paul Eddington, full cast, Nigel Hawthorn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,608

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hasn't dated a day.

  • By Steven Turner on 01-12-15

The best radio show.

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

Reviewed: 28-09-15

An excellent comedy programme that I would recommend to everyone. ((amazon should stop counting words)).

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,719
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,740
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,712

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

An excellent contemporary SF book

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

Reviewed: 25-08-15

This book was enjoyable from the first minute to its last. Highly recommended to everyone.

  • 3001

  • A Novel
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

In 3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke brings the greatest and most successful science fiction series of all time to its magnificent, stunningly unforeseen conclusion. As we hurtle toward the new millennium in real time, Clarke brilliantly - daringly - leaps 1,000 years into the future to reveal a truth we are only now capable of comprehending. An epic masterpiece at once dazzlingly imaginative and grounded in scientific actuality, 3001 is a story that only Arthur C. Clarke could tell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK, Not Great

  • By Boo Boo on 06-05-17

An excellent epilogue to the Odyssey series

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

Reviewed: 20-08-15

From one of the great masters of hard Science Fiction, this is the last book of his Odyssey series. Starting with Odyssey 2001, a project created together with Stanley Kubrick as a basis of the same titled film, Clarke created a multiverse of mankind's possible future in a Cosmos that we are not alone.

A notable scientist himself, Clarke does not fail to maintain the feeling of plausibility when inserting imagined technical advances to his storyline; at the same time he manages to show the interactions of humans who still retain many of the character traits we have today while clearly affected by the changes in human mentality he imagines to have occurred in the future.

Thoroughly enjoyable even as a standalone book but even more so as a conclusion to the entire series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Second Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only 14 years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed, before it destroys them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb conclusion to trilogy

  • By Peter on 05-04-11

An excellent conclusion of an excellent trilogy

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

The last book of the trilogy, it managed to provide a conclusion that answered just enough to satisfy the reader but didn't remove the wonder of the Foundation universe Asimov created. A must read.

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  • Foundation and Empire

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity's light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first book

  • By Peter on 01-03-11

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Asimov in his finest. The story was compelling, the voice actor phenomenal, and the overall experience wonderful. Would undoubtedly recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

  • By: George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., Linda Antonsson
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin.If the past is prologue, then George R.R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not best suited to audiobook format

  • By Matt Styles on 17-10-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 16-06-15

A very well written book, exploring the fictional history of Westeros, and other distant lands, before the time when the events in the book Game Of Thrones take place. A great back story narrated superbly and very enjoyable during moments of relaxation. Wholeheartedly recommended!

  • Redeeming 'The Prince'

  • The Meaning of Machiavelli's Masterpiece
  • By: Maurizio Viroli
  • Narrated by: Chris Kayser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In Redeeming "The Prince", one of the world's leading Machiavelli scholars puts forth a startling new interpretation of arguably the most influential but widely misunderstood book in the Western political tradition. Overturning popular misconceptions and challenging scholarly consensus, Maurizio Viroli also provides a fresh introduction to the work. Seen from this original perspective, five centuries after its composition, The Prince offers new insights into the nature and possibilities of political liberation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dissatisfied

  • By Ioannis on 04-02-14

Dissatisfied

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The audiobook had too many references, in Italian and English, directly in the body of the text. Aside from being tiring to hear constantly, these were also narrated without clear distinction; so understanding when a quotation finished and the author's own remarks began was at times frustrating.

What was most disappointing about Maurizio Viroli’s story?

The Figure of the "Founder and Redeemer", as described by the author, is the main character of this book. The author seems to believe that Machiavelli adresses this hypothetical Figure in his book. It is my understanding that the author implies that the methods of governance analysed in 'The Prince' may actually be employed by such a Figure and that Machiavelli would readily endorse such a justification of "The ends justify the means".

Did Chris Kayser do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

No. Chris Kayser read as if the author was the sole character speaking throughout the book. Aside from using a distinguishable accent when reading text not in English, knowing when the author commented or when Machiavelli was quoted or when another source was used was done by the listener having to ponder on the context of what was being said.

Could you see Redeeming 'The Prince' being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

A documentary based on this book and narrated by Morgan Freeman would be enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

The backstory on the life of Machiavelli gives a true perspective of why he wrote 'The Prince'. In itself, the book may very well appear as a handbook to the successful oppressor, since it describes unscupulous methods employed historically together with the favourable outcomes they incurred in most cases. But when viewed from the perspective of Machiavelli himself, a man tortured by the very family he is supposed to councel due to him not being corrupt and accommodating, we see that the purpose of his book was to enlight the people to the methods of their tyrrants and spark a philosophical discussion on the actual absence of morality in the political scene.