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Ian Cunningham

Wokingham, UK
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  • 2
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  • Fossil Hunter

  • The Quintaglio Ascension, Book 2
  • By: Robert. J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Fossil Hunter is hard SF in the tradition of Larry Niven about a world inhabited by the Quintaglios, a dinosaurian species that has evolved a human level of intelligence and culture. Toroca, a Quintaglio geologist, is under attack for his controversial new theory of evolution. But the origins of his people turn out to be more complex than even he imagined, for he soon discovers the wreckage of an ancient starship - a relic of the aliens who transplanted Earth's dinosaurs to this solar system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another view of the world and it’s difficulties.

  • By Ian Cunningham on 10-03-19

Another view of the world and it’s difficulties.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

Continuation of an interesting concept. A while since I read the first book and I can’t wait to read the next. Robert Sawyer has a way of challenging preconceptions.

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable - an absolute must listen

  • By Londongirl on 12-06-17

Intriguing!

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

Good plot well executed and narrated. Held my attention wanting to come back for more.
Good interpersonal dynamics of characters.
An interesting concept and fairly realistic view of national governments and the race to dominate.

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • started well

  • By people's bank on 06-03-17

Hold your attention wanting more.

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

Good plot but drawn out. Entertaining time filler that does not need much thinking. Does keep your attention and you anting more. Will certainly listen to part 2.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,455

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-12

Incite full.

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

Reviewed: 18-01-18

Detailed and emotional, a window on society today. Opens the prejudices and ills of our communities. Who really owns the problems and how we ignore them.

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,935

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Captivating and Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 21-11-17

Great prequel to the Northen Lights. well written and narrated. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Déjà vu all over again

  • By S. Kingston on 07-07-14

Unexpected Turns!

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

Reviewed: 23-01-17

Good storyline but long winded. Enjoyed following the story to its conclusion. An easy listen.

  • The Medusa Chronicles

  • By: Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Following an accident that almost cost him his life, Howard Falcon was not so much saved as he was converted, through the use of prosthetics, into something faster, stronger and smarter...but also slightly less human and more machine than he was. And with this change came an opportunity - that of piloting a mission into Jupiter's atmosphere and ultimately of making first contact with the life forms he discovers there.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull and Plodding

  • By Andrew on 17-09-16

Reflective AI story.

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

Held my interest to the end, good twists and turns. Well worth listening to with believable characters. A bit rushed around some areas and characters.

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  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 738

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more

  • By max on 04-07-16

Thought Provoking about society.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

Idealistic story of survival. Hits all the difficulties and glosses over some of the realities. Overall enjoyable. Listened to the end.

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual, a great read.

  • By Justine on 12-12-16

Another Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 30-11-16

Spell binding from start to finish, leaves you wanting more. A must to reavd or listen to.

  • Riding the Apocalypse

  • By: Frank Ignagni III
  • Narrated by: Erik Alexander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Imagine your entire life being turned upside down in a matter of hours. Everything in your life that held utility is now worthless, and your only currency is your will to survive. In an ironic twist of fate, Remy's quick thinking in a moment of desperation has presumably sealed his fate. In the blink of an eye, the world has gone horribly wrong. An army of enemies has arisen from a place worse than the depths hell itself. Remy is trapped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Holds your attention.

  • By Ian Cunningham on 13-04-16

Holds your attention.

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

Reviewed: 13-04-16

Good book, well read and holds your attention from the first word. I recommend it even though it is not my genre.