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K. Rumph

Edinburgh, UK
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  • Zero Day

  • By: Ezekiel Boone
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come. The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realisation that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer's theory that we need to kill only the queens?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never Quite Lived up to its Promise

  • By Simon on 15-03-18

Great ending to a fine trilogy

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

Reviewed: 20-05-19

Zero Day keeps up the tension as we follow the characters established in Skitter and the Hatching. Well read and well paced.

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  • Replay

  • The History of Video Games
  • By: Tristan Donovan, Richard Garriott
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

A riveting account of the birth and remarkable evolution of the most important development in entertainment since television, Replay is the ultimate history of video games. From its origins in the research labs of the 1940s to the groundbreaking success of the Wii, Replay sheds new light on gaming's past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it's pronounced Zed Ex.. not Zee Ex. garrrrrrggghh

  • By Karl on 16-10-18

Comprehensive, thoughtful and interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Tristan’s book is magisterial: a truly comprehensive study of video games globally from the early 50s to 2010 (with an update/second edition coming?). At least I assume it’s comprehensive as I can’t think of a game, genre, country, issue or theme he misses. Given he covers technology (inc a little on console wars etc), culture, the personalities and company ‘family trees’, genres and social and political aspects, he does a great job of weaving all these into a broadly chronological history. I haven’t seen anything close to this as an industry history. Well read too. Highly recommended for a thorough listen.

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  • Elysium Fire

  • Inspector Dreyfus, Book 2
  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Featuring Inspector Dreyfus - one of Alastair Reynolds' most popular characters - this is a fast-paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge. One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday...and unless the cause can be found - and stopped - within the next four months, everyone will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best

  • By AndyMackenzie on 29-01-18

Excellent world building sci-fi combined with a twisty detective story

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

I’ve read other A Reynolds stories but this was my first listen on Audible. I enjoyed the story as above (great Sci-fi world building continuing from earlier stories in this universe, The Prefect, Chasm City etc which might help but aren’t essential) and the combination with a detective story. The narrator was entirely clear and the different characters voices and accents probably do help to differentiate speakers, but the pace was a little too deliberate for me. Four not five stars for Mr Lee

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  • The Double Helix

  • A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
  • By: James D. Watson
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner, Roger Clark
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great discovery, but is this an accurate account?

  • By Seayeaitch on 16-05-19

Brisk and interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Interesting as much for its depiction of the scientific life and culture of the times, as for the multi faceted nature of scientific discovery. You don’t really need to understand the science as long as the words molecule or helix aren’t baffling.

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  • The 100-Year Life

  • Living and Working in an Age of Longevity
  • By: Lynda Gratton, Andrew Scott
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

What will your 100-year life look like? Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time? Many of us have been raised on the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives: education, followed by work and then retirement. But this well-established pathway is already beginning to collapse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First book I would call essential

  • By K. Rumph on 01-10-17

First book I would call essential

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

The multiple issues raised by the likely 100 year lifespan facing current 20-somethings are complex and go beyond finances. A wide ranging and informative book of equal interest to those in the 50s.

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  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational

  • By Raine on 29-12-16

Fascinating and timely, with a great performance

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Feels very topical: great 'science fiction' in the sense of an alternative present/future. Listening to this immediately after The Handmaid's Tale was a great contrast of patriarchy/matriarchy (and the story within a story format). Much less 'literary' and more thriller with the reader increasingly aware that we're approaching a crisis in a narrative. Involving characters: although the multiple accents were initially a little distracting they make following the multiple narrators from the book easier in the end. Credit to Adjoa Andoh (who appeared to read it all despite the many credits?)

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,868

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Fascinating even for TV series viewers

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

I decided to listen after beginning to watch the 2017 TV series: whilst there are many differences in detail (no spoilers) and the TV series has many happier endings, the overall tone and pace is similar if more literary and contemplative. The epilogue to the book fills in some interesting background. It's a timeless warning: as relevant now as when written: remarkable how little it has dated.

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  • The Emperor of All Maladies

  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

A comprehensive history of cancer – one of the greatest enemies of medical progress – and an insight into its effects and potential cures, by a leading expert on the illness. In The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, doctor, researcher and award-winning science writer, examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with - and perished from - for more than five thousand years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had no idea how little I knew about Cancer

  • By Judy Corstjens on 15-09-11

Magisterial and at times terribly moving

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

Sid Mukherjee has produced an astonishing and absorbing 'biography' of cancer. Part history, part popular science, part socio-political, its sweep is all encompassing. It's sensitive use of the personal stories of patients, historical and modern day, and the key figures of cancer science and care add greatly to the story. A long listen but a hugely fulfilling and informative one. Relevant for anyone (like me) new to the science and modern (investment) aspect of oncotherapy, albeit much more than that. Congratulations and also to narrator Stephen Hoye. Onto 'The Gene' and hoping for an update of the Emperor.

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  • Herding Hemingway's Cats

  • Understanding How Our Genes Work
  • By: Kat Arney
  • Narrated by: Kat Arney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

The language of genes has become common parlance. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. The media tells us that our genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. So we've all heard of genes, but how do they actually work?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent in depth look at genetics

  • By Lewis on 10-04-16
  • Herding Hemingway's Cats
  • Understanding How Our Genes Work
  • By: Kat Arney
  • Narrated by: Kat Arney

Engaging survey of a diverse field

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

Reviewed: 13-11-16

Kat Arney as both writer and narrator does a great job of both explaining a complex and (excuse the pun) evolving field and it's personalities, and bringing the latter to life through her engaging personality and delivery. Highly recommended PhD meets performer

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  • The Tourist

  • By: Robert Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 17

It's expected to be an excursion like any other. There is nothing in the records to indicate that anything out of the ordinary will happen. A bus will take them to the mall. They will have an hour or so to look around. Perhaps buy something, try their food. A minor traffic incident on the way back to the resort will provide additional interest - but the tour rep has no reason to expect any trouble. Until he notices that one of his party is missing. Most disturbingly, she is a woman who, according to the records, did not go missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing addition to time travel genre

  • By K. Rumph on 02-11-16

Intriguing addition to time travel genre

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Lots of interesting ideas around time travel, introduced not by bald explanations but implied by the characters and story. Kept me hungry right to the last minute.
The narrator did an excellent job of voicing the multiple characters (some speaking in first person).
Overall very glad to have listened (guardian review) and eager for more from the author

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