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S. J. ATTWOOD

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  • The Fall of Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Thomas on 11-08-11

Epic... The conclusion of Hyperion does just that.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

You must be familiar with the first book to even consider this.
Complex tales spanning Time and Space piece together the riddle of Hyperion, The Shrike and The Ousters, political intrigue, folk tales, magical mysteries, Love and power all melded together to decide the fate of humanity itself.
Superb and very well performed..

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Skippy Shandy?

  • By Simon on 28-09-18

Skippys Back!

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

Skippys and Joe at their best with more dating do's and the new Maverick team make their first appearance.
Couldn't put it down.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,493
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super-Skippy-Just-Fantastic-Expeditionary-Force!

  • By Simon on 27-09-17

Skippy and Joe ride again!

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

More awesomeness as the Merry Band of Pirates continue to cause mayhem aided and abetted by the curmudgeonly beer can stretching physics and everything else!
Ripping Yarn!

  • 2061: Odyssey Three

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monoliths, must once again confront Dave Bowman - or whatever Bowman has become - a newly independent HAL, and the power of an alien race that has decided Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy whether it wishes to or not.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Stephen on 11-12-14

The Monolithic saga continues!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

The story moves on but doesn't give much away. The intelligence behind the monolith remains enigmatic but it's purpose is finally revealed. .

  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife-edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship, Rocinante, have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than The Last

  • By S. Morris on 18-05-18

A twist in the fate of the Holden Gang

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Just when you thought you'd heard it all. .
Something from left field you don't see coming. .
Another yarn from The Expanse Space/No space this time. .. No. . You'll just levee to find out
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oh and 'Gimbals' is pronounced with a leading 'G' as in 'Guilt' not as in 'Giraffe'

  • Babylon's Ashes

  • Book Six of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood. The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the 1,000 new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance

  • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 23-12-16

started well but got bogged down in conversation.

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

can't properly write a review on this one without giving away too many spoilers other than if you liked the previous books then you'll probably like this one. . Not for those uninitiated in the Evpanse universe though. .

  • Nemesis Games

  • Book 5 of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle. Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning next episode

  • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 10-06-15

The Expanse expands the characters. ..

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The characters have their own stories told whilst the main story ploughs on relentlessly.
More Avasarala, more Bobbie, more everything!

  • Cibola Burn

  • Book 4 of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They replaced the "bad" narrator with the good one

  • By Finlay on 22-06-18

Another epic chapter of the awesome Expanse saga!

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

The Expanse expands out from the Solar System with chills and spills. I wanted more of Avasrala and Bobbie but hey. .
The story continues to develop and bloom,, building on the previous books it's pushing onwards telling the story quite literally of The Expanse. ...
Off now to start the next one!

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  • Abaddon's Gate

  • Expanse, Book 3
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

For generations the solar system--Mars, the moon, the asteroid belt--was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another enjoyable romp

  • By T on 08-06-15

The expansion continues to the far reaches ..

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

Reviewed: 17-05-18

James Holden continues to cause mayhem and once more flights for his life and the lives of us all!

  • Caliban's War

  • The Expanse, Book 2
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746

For someone who didn't intend to wreck the solar system's fragile balance of power, Jim Holden did a pretty good job of it.While Earth and Mars have stopped shooting each other, the core alliance is shattered. The outer planets and the Belt are uncertain in their new - possibly temporary - autonomy. Then, on one of Jupiter's moons, a single super-soldier attacks, slaughtering soldiers of Earth and Mars indiscriminately and reigniting the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent sequel to Leviathan Wakes

  • By Stephen Amos on 18-08-15

Wow! Even better than the first book!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

the story continues with even more pan solar adventure, politics and intrigue. .
love Avasralan & the whole crew of the Rosie and their new additions. .
Gimme book three NOW! !!!

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