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  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and believable

  • By Tony Barker on 07-03-14

Too nice...

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

Holocaust and immediate aftermath was covered well but as time went on, it was all too nice.

  • Altered Carbon

  • Altered Carbon, Book 1
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always interesting!

  • By Jez Cajiao on 19-10-13

Good concept but narrative can be tricky to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Narrators recording had too much bass to listen to properly in the car. First time I’ve encountered this problem.

  • Our Mathematical Universe

  • My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
  • By: Max Tegmark
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Test Your Little Grey Cells

  • By Simon Gibson on 30-03-14

Way over this Observers head...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I’m sorry but this observer found the theory of this book just too difficult to grasp though I’m certain that there is a version of me in one or more levels of the Universe out there who embraced and fully comprehended it.
The narration was excellent and the explanations of the various theories was well dummed down and presented and I would definitely not want this review to put others off from listening to this book.

  • Inherit the Stars

  • By: James P. Hogan
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dated

  • By Mike on 08-03-18

Dated

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Sorry but I found the dialogue dated, the storyline predictable and the narrative wooden. Not quite as bad as listening to paint dry but I would recommend listening at x1.25 to lessen the boredom.

  • Dawn

  • Xenogenesis, Book 1
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but grating on the ears at times

  • By Mike on 19-02-18

Good but grating on the ears at times

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

The plot is good but all the human characters are angry and annoying which likely they would be in their situation but not one of them appears to accept it, even the main character who’s attitude is wholly aggressive and negative. I will likely progress with the 2nd book but I just hope that it steers the characters toward a more positive demeanour.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • WEIRD. DARK.

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

From the author of Audible #1 bestsellers In The Darkness, That’s Where I’ll Know You, The Physics of the Dead, and The Stone Man - shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year award 2015 - comes this special omnibus edition collecting three of Luke Smitherd's books: Hold On Until Your Fingers Break, The Man On Table Ten, and My Name Is Mister Grief, plus exclusive bonus story "The Crash", unavailable anywhere else!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More brilliance from Luke Smitherd!

  • By Chris Goulter on 14-02-16

Very weird and not at all my cup of tea...

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

I just failed to get to grips with the storylines at all and gave up

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Solaris

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 633

At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation, unabridged for the first time, and the first ever direct translation from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown away!

  • By Peter on 16-07-11

Sent to sleep

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure, I just found it tedious and gave up with 3 hours to go...

Has Solaris put you off other books in this genre?

No

Which scene did you most enjoy?

First couple of chapters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take my money and give me book 3

  • By John on 08-03-17

Light hearted SciFi

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

Good second instalment which maintains the humour whilst providing a quite credible storyline. Go Skippy, monkeys and bananas.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

Great blend of serious SciFi and humour.

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

Reviewed: 24-02-17

What did you like best about this story?

Believable SciFi with laughs.

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great narration and intonation.

Any additional comments?

Not to be confused wth the likes of Hitchikers Guide or Dark Star, this is a more serious novel but humour definitely abounds. Already have the second book on pre-order.
Highly recommended.

  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival - The First Season

  • By: Kc Wayland
  • Narrated by: Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

For Army Reserve soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knows it ends in an instant. One minute he’s in college, and the next rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We’re Alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best zombie Podcast all in one place!

  • By SbS DEFTxSTAR on 04-01-16

Survival of the wooden and dim

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

OK, so this was my first foray into a dramatisation audio book and I can appreciate that the producer wanted to make the characters be instantly recognised by their voices but they are each so diverse, it becomes a bit like listening to a children's story time.
In addition, the characters themselves are annoyingly stupid at recognising the bleeding (no pun intended) obvious with the developing situations, especially the "professionals" in charge.
The basic premise is OK but there is no way I can stomach any more.