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J. L. Lawrence

Leeds, West Yorkshire
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  • The Sam Gunn Omnibus

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, funny, heartwarming, space opera

  • By John on 13-07-13

A personal favourite brought to life

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

An exciting adventure through a future history of space driven by a con man entrepreneur, the book has been a favourite of mine for many years, but the audio book with its multi cast recording really emfs the story. You get a different performer narrating each of the different stories of Sam Gunn, really gives it some depth, and since each character has an axe to grind, a personal bias and agenda, you don't get lost with the different stories. As to the whole story itself, it's both personal and massive, laying out an age of venturing into space, which compliments the tour of the solar system many of Ben Bova's books take us on. Can't recommend this enough.

  • Heroes

  • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,874
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,553
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,541

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils or outwitted scheming vengeful gods quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

  • By Simon on 02-11-18

A lovely exploration of Greek heroes

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

Reviewed: 21-03-19

Mythos was an awesome tour de force through the ancient Greek origin story, Heroes brings the world to life with a colourful cast of heroes, some of whom is not heard of or only knew from snippets of memories of stifling classrooms. Stephen Fry wonderfully brings them to the fore, both in his writing, and in this audio transcription, he distills the many conflicting accounts into a sound narrative, but he let's you know what other interpretations are available and how they might change the story.

  • Stalin

  • The Court of the Red Tsar
  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: John Nettles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

There have been many biographies of Stalin, but the court that surrounded him is untravelled ground. Simon Sebag Montefiore, acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great's lover, prime minister, and general, Potemkin, has unearthed the vast underpinning that sustained Stalin. Not only ministers such as Molotov or secret service chiefs such as Beria, but men and women whose loyalty he trusted only until the next purge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb and horrifying biography

  • By Kirstine on 12-08-15

Great look into one of 20th century's key figures

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Focusing from when he came to power, (and a fair bit before, but Simon Sebag Montefiore has another excellent book focusing on his youth and rise), Stalin The Court of the Red Tsar is a fascinating look at the madness and depravity, and charm and genius of one of the century's leading figures. I don't know how much is under or over played, it's hard to Soviet Russia against any barometer of normalcy, but as horrible as events are Montefiore's words and John Nettle's delivery of them were entertaining, impactful and educational. I feel I understand a lot more of Russia's history now.

  • God Emperor of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book.

  • By Zplintz on 19-01-17

A difficult story preformed well

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

It's one of the toughest Dune books to read, probably one of the most dialogue heavy books out there - which made it far better to listen to. Very much appreciate what this audio book brings to the series

  • Children of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different experience

  • By Richard on 19-06-12

Faster paced and yet subtlely more intricate

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

Well preformed rendition of Children of Dune, been listening to a while series and it's kind of warming to hear the same voices, it ties together well. If you love Dune, but lack the time to properly commit to reading it, (because we all have jobs, fabulous, pet sandworms taking up our free time these days), this is a great way to enjoy one of the most grandiose and richest living worlds in science fiction

  • Paul of Dune

  • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

The Muad'Dib's jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies - those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, well read.

  • By Zplintz on 20-12-16

Well told expansion of muadib between the stories

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

Tremendously pleasurable to listen to, a fascinating story in the life of muadib expanding on the stories of intriguing characters

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  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,651

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb production of a sci fi classic!

  • By Peter on 21-07-07

Great story retold will

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Loved this story all my life, and this brought it to life in a while new way for me

  • Mythago Wood

  • By: Robert Holdstock
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Mythago Wood is regarded as one of the finest fantasy novels of the 20th century. Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and of those few, none remain unchanged. Ryhope Wood may look like a three-mile-square fenced-in wood in rural Herefordshire on the outside, but inside, it is a primeval, intricate labyrinth of trees, impossibly huge, unforgettable... and stronger than time itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok

  • By Robyn on 23-02-17

Journey to a mystical land

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

A dark tale of hubris and jealousy at to the back drop of a mystical land in the heart of a small wood

  • Outlining Your Novel

  • Map Your Way to Success
  • By: K. M. Weiland
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Let outlines help you write a better book! Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer's arsenal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Useful

  • By GoldfishGirl on 15-06-15

Helping shape the kind of writer you want to be

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

An informative look at outlining, the different forms and levels, how to's and personal accounts.

I've found it very useful for considering how I want to approach my next project, the proof will be in the pudding in regards to the method, but how the method is communicated is rate it as very good writing and and very good narrating.

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  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,608

On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame - could have been so much better

  • By Chris on 24-12-15

Very enjoyable, great commute format

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

The story is told in short scenes making it perfect for commutes as it's easy to rejoin after you've stopped.
The story was good with action, drama and politics, the twist was a little obvious, but it was satisfying none the less.
The voice acting was great Andrew and Freema really stand out, and it was great to hear Hermione and Clare, but the whole cast put on a show.