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Oliver M.

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  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549

Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone

  • By ellie illing on 30-08-16

Similarities soon dissappear

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Definitely similarties to other series such as Hunger games and Enders game but that isn't a criticism and although i did think that a lot in the early chapters it really does get forgotten quickly.

The character development, interweaving plot and hints of things to come in a detailed enjoyable (and actually believable, perhaps surprisingly) world, is fantastic.

I might be late to the party, but I am glad I arrived. Onto the next one

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stumbled across this 'plying' beauty

  • By M.Brad on 11-04-17

Blindingly brilliant

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Was honestly not sure before buying as never heard anything of Croshaw before but what a storyteller!!

Anyone who at least vaguely enjoys sci fi romps will find this engaging intriguing and laugh out loud hilarious. Just get it.

Croshaw himself reading sets the tone to a whole higher level. Would I have enjoyed it with another reader, yes. But certainly not quite as much!

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,751
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,551

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Good clean geek fun

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Wasn't too sure what to expect having heard mixed things about the recent movie release but as a now 35 year old gamer who grew up through much of the gaming era covered here, I had to give it a listen.

Not disappointed at all. Excellent good fun and well devoloped plot, some obvious 'twists' and how the hell nobody worked out the rather easy first key clue sooner is crazy but in short, excellent stuff.

Will Weaton reads brilliantly - though perhaps turn those notifications off on the phone next time :)

Anyone who grew up gaming in the 80's and 90's will love it. Anyone looking for sci fi fantasy fun will also be right at home.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,327

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

Perfect, despite some likenesses...

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

Absolutely stellar writing and a perfect performance from the narrator.
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Despite some quiet obvious similarities with things like GOT, LOTR and dare i say it much of HPotter ..... this is perfect. If you have ever enjoyed any of these - you will adore this. The writing is a real joy and does not drag at all, even in it's most descriptive sections.

What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The characters all have a distinct tone and character that works perfectly - none seem out of place.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really - it's fantastic as i have said, but is somewhat of a tome!

Any additional comments?

Just get it - it's fantasy adventure at its best and part 2 won't let you down.... roll on part 3...

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

Excellently Narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

A fantastic listen, particularly enhanced by the narration from Will Patton. There are not as many twists and turns as I was perhaps expecting, but nonetheless it was utterly engaging from start to finish, looking forward to the next chapter with Mr. Hodges....

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  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 42 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,024
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,014

Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The problem with a trilogy....

  • By Robyn on 09-01-14

Still amazing and cannot wait for the next! But.

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

Reviewed: 25-11-16

Did feel it slightly dragged in places, time spent in certain areas went on a bit where other seemingly potentially more exciting areas were glossed over. I understand why this happened in one particular occasion, to mirror the time of Quoth, but not a couple of others, HOWEVER, this is a nit picking tiny little comment just for the heck of it really. The book is amazing. You truly are transported and the writing verges on poetry at times. I cannot stress how excited I am about the final part...!!