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  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,768
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly My Favourite Listen So Far...

  • By Andrew on 18-10-13

Better than Game Of Thrones?

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

Reviewed: 19-08-14

This is one of the best fantasy titles I've come across. It reminds me a lot of Game of Thrones (an epic sweep, grittiness, a large cast of characters) but I have to say I've warmed to The Blade Itself more.

The narration is first class with Steven Pacey bringing a real energy to the storytelling. Each of the main characters is given a unique voice, no mean feat considering the number of them.

  • Terra

  • By: Mitch Benn
  • Narrated by: Mitch Benn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

An SF fable for the young-at-heart from stand-up comedian and satirical song-writer Mitch Benn. No-one trusts humanity. No-one can quite understand why we're intent on destroying the only place we have to live in the Universe. No-one thinks we're worth a second thought. And certainly no-one is about to let us get off Rrth. That would be a complete disaster. But one alien thinks Rrth is worth looking at. Not humanity, obviously, we're appalling, but until we manage to kill every other living thing on the planet there are some truly wonderful places on Rrth and some wonderful creatures living in them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, touching and beautifully read

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-07-13

A great book for children, but not for adults

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

Reviewed: 09-11-13

Mitch Benn proves himself to be an able writer and narrator but this is really a children's book, I'm not even convinced this makes it into the young adult category. Its well written children's fiction but a little trying for an adult audience and this isn't made clear from the write up or the other reviews here. However, if you like works such as Harry Potter or I Am Number Four, then ignore this review - you'll probably also enjoy Terra.

  • Boomerang

  • The Meltdown Tour
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Having made the U.S. financial crisis comprehensible for us all in The Big Short, Michael Lewis realised that he hadn't begun to get grips with the full story. How exactly had it come to hit the rest of the world in the face too? Just how broke are we really? Boomerang is a tragi-comic romp across Europe, in which Lewis gives full vent to his storytelling genius.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stories, lazy analysis

  • By A. Groves on 08-04-17

I listened twice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-12

This is an extremely entertaining overview of the sovereign debt crisis. My only criticism is that it appears to draw a lot of its comedy, and worryingly some of its conclusions, from national stereotyping. Despite this, Boomerang is a great and very accessible summary. Dylan Baker's narration suits it very well.

  • Made in Britain

  • How the Nation Earns Its living
  • By: Evan Davis
  • Narrated by: Evan Davis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Looking at how Britain pays its way in the world today. Like Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain or Michael Palin’s Himalaya, the book will have a coherence and life beyond the television series, looking at some issues in greater depth, and telling additional stories to illustrate some of the ideas. This book is about the things that Britain produces in order to pay its way in the world, from physical goods that we can see and feel, to intangible services that are much harder to quantify.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The UK's Income Explained!

  • By Savvyman on 19-10-11

Pitched just right

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-12

I came away from this audiobook feeling both informed and entertained. A subject like this could easily be dull, but this work is both written and narrated with real pace and an infectious enthusiasm. Perhaps the best endorsement I can give it, is that it really did change my opinion on the subject. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lucifer's Hammer

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best-of genre

  • By Tara on 24-12-12

Dated and slow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-12

The advantage of a lot of sci-fi and fantasy is that, as it is set outside of it's own time, it usually dates well. This book however feels very much like a product of the early seventies and this is really apparent in the attitudes of the characters and the roles that women play. The pace is slow and the characters are not particularly interesting. After five hours of listening I decided that I didn't care if any of these people got squished by a comet and hit delete.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Remembered Earth

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superior space opera

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-06-14

A great book well narrated

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-12

I really enjoyed this. Its on par with Reynold's better works such as Pushing Ice or House of Suns. The narration is great and I haven't a clue why there are so many negative reviews about it. If you're in doubt listen to the sample.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful