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  • Call to Arms

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

From Joshua Dalzelle comes the follow-up to the number-one best seller Warship. Captain Jackson Wolfe survived the initial incursion of a vicious alien species into human space...barely. He had assumed the juggernaut that had devastated three Terran systems was the herald for a full invasion, but for the last few years it has been eerily quiet along the Frontier. Jackson now struggles to convince the Confederate leadership the threat is still imminent and needs to be taken seriously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Listen

  • By Poppey on 22-01-16

Good space opera.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-16

Fast moving space opera in which plucky humanity faces seemingly insurmountable odds. It can be a little cliché, but the storyline evolves quickly and keeps your interest. If you like clashing spaceship armadas and "straining main drives" as our best ships struggle to do battle with an advanced alien enemy, then this is for you. The narrator does an excellent job and gives each character a voice that is distinct and doesn' t grate, which allows you to immerse yourself in the story without distraction.
A good sequel to the first book in the series and there are still intrigues yet to be resolved. I enjoyed it and I'm about to download the next in the series for my next fix.
Enjoyable sci-fi.

  • Natural Causes

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

  • By Patricia on 22-06-13

The first I've listened to - will try another.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Good characters and a skilled combination of the supernatural and the ordinary. The main character is interesting and likeable. Dialogue is usually well handled by the author and the narration was excellent. I've downloaded the next in the series straight away, so it must have been good!
Try it, if you like detective stories.

  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,093
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,933

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

Superb and gripping story. It deserves respect.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Beautifully narrated and excellent characterisations made this reading of the Godfather one that I couldn't turn off. I listened to it over four days and was completely involved in the world described by Mario Puzo. I can thoroughly recommend this audiobook for anyone to listen to - do this as a favour to yourself.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    210 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!!

  • By Chris on 03-03-14

Beware the Bureau of Technology Control.

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

Reviewed: 21-04-14

This is a good dystopia story with good characters and a plot that is well-paced and enjoyably narrated. I listened to it over three days and it kept me interested throughout. The descriptions of the new technologies are engaging without being too detailed, which is important as they are integral to the book itself.
The AI character in the BTC reminds me of VIKI, the central computer in the movie 'I Robot'.
The 'baddies' are bad and the 'goodies' are good, just as they should be without being too predictable.

  • Under the Eagle

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719

The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Series - now complete

  • By Simon on 24-08-15

Roman squaddies on tour.

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

Reviewed: 13-04-14

Where does Under the Eagle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to a lot of audiobooks set in the Roman era including Lindsey Davies (Marcus Dideus Falco) and the SPQR series. If you enjoyed those, you'll probably like these. The author does a good job of inserting his characters and their story into known historical settings.

What did you like best about this story?

The main characters are likeable and I quickly became interested in their situation. The 'banter' between the soldiers is amusing, particularly Macro and his bad language. The drill sergeant character Bestio is funny as well.

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

David Thorpe is a good narrator. He has a range of accents to bring the characters to life, and on the whole he does this very well - often with comic effect. His narration doesn't irritate or intrude, he is easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

This was a very good audiobook if you enjoy the Roman setting and don't mind the odd expletive. The story was well paced and the characters were likeable. I enjoyed it so much, I ordered the next two in the series and immediately listened to them.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Conquest: Star Force, Book 4

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Conquest is the next chapter in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force must stop the machine invaders once again - but how?

In the fourth book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has freed Earth from the chains of the Macros - but at what cost? The Macros no longer trust him. He is a mad dog that must be put down - and all Star Force must be stamped out with him. The war expands in this story, and mankind is once again faced with annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 4 and atill going strong.

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-03-19

satisfying Sci-fi

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-12

The storyline is good, and the book is well read by the narrator. A couple of the characters have unusual and inconsistent accents which can be mildly off-putting, but on the whole Mark Boyett does well. The conflict between nano and macro technology is interesting and held both my attention and that of my three teenage boys. My wife wasn't keen at first, but eventually began to enjoy the books. Occasionally, passages are repeated for no apparent reason (especially when the commander's strategic decisions or technologies are explained) which can be a little irritating. As well as this, the narrator's unusual pronunciation of 'vehicle' jarred as did the author's repeated observation of a female character's 'shapely form'. We all found the regular end of chapter chapter sex scenes a bit cringe worthy. Despite these observations, we've enjoyed them enough to listen to all four books in the series so far, so they can't be that bad. You'll need to like sci-fi to persevere though!

  • Poseidon's Gold

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 5 (Dramatised)
  • By: Lyndsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley, Trevor Peacock
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's brother Festus. Censorinus claims that Festus was involved in a syndicate, shipping valuable statues from Greece - and that even when his ship sunk; Festus had guaranteed that everyone in the group would get their money back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rome brought to life

  • By Laura on 05-05-11

Didius Falco

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-12

We've listened as a family to the first 5 books in the Falco series, all of them available from BBC audio dramatisations. The characterisation, particularly by Antonio Lesser and Anna Madeley is excellent and the books are an enjoyable listen. I would make sure that you listen to them in order as there would be 'spoilers' for the earlier books if you don't. They were so good, we listened to the first, then downloaded the next four and listened to them all in a week whilst on holiday. I'd thoroughly recommend them and so would my teenage children.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Martin Wenner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The Industrialist: Henrik Vanger, head of the dynastic Vanger Corporation, is tormented by the loss of a child decades earlier and convinced that a member of his family has committed murder. The Journalist: Mikael Blomkvist delves deep into the Vangers' history to uncover the truth. But someone else wants the past to remain a secret and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable!

  • By Parissa on 21-08-08

Gripping stuff - a well narrated audiobook.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-11

My wife and I listened to this over the course of a week or two in the evenngs. We both really enjoyed it and I was so gripped by the story, I stayed up nearly all of one night to hear the ending. My wife then had to catch up during the day whilst I then suffered from lack of sleep!
I picked up this abridged version in error, as I prefer unabridged versions of books - I don't like to feel that I'm missing something the author felt was important enough to include. Having said that, I didn't realise until I went back online to download the next in the series, which shows they've done a good job. On reflection, it was quite pacey, which wasn't a bad thing.
The narrator was excellent and immersed us both in the world of the book. He was unintrusive and handled the characterisations very well indeed.
The story has some quite disturbing violent and sexual scenes, they are integral to the story and not gratuitous, but if you're easily offended it might not be suitable. Such scenes didn't offend us, but it did make us think 'wierd!'.
Well worth the Audible credit. I've downloaded both of the next books in the series, this time unabridged, and I think the same narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Many-Colored Land

  • Volume 1 of the Saga of Pliocene Exile
  • By: Julian May
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

This is a spellbinding tale woven of equal parts epic and myth - with a liberal dash of hard science fiction. When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past, specifically six million B.C., was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds fine to me

  • By David on 12-12-10

The Many Coloured Land

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-11

I read this series over 25 years ago, when I was 15 or 16. It has been one of my favourite series of books since then and I've recommended it to many friends, who've enjoyed it as well. It was one of the first books I searched for when I first joined Audible, so it was lovely to see it listed recently.
Don't be put off by some of the more negative reviews, everyone is entitled to their opinions and I respect them, but I found no problem with the narrator and her characterisation. In fact, whenever I start listening to a new audiobook, I always find a switch in narrator quite a jarring experience, no matter what their quality - especially if I've just finished enjoying a good listen.
This book is well read and entertaining and I'm looking forward to listening to the next three in the series when they're released. The story gets more exciting as you move into the next two books (it is a four book series)so I think if you like this one, you'll certainly want the next ones.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing and memorable book

  • By Kirstine on 17-05-14

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-10

This was absolutely superb. Myself and my wife had both read the story about ten years ago, but still throroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The reader was superb and his characterisation was a real addition to the book. If you've not heard or read the book yourself, I'd throughly recommend this. Friends have said it is their favourite story and I'm planning on making a gift of the audiobook to them, which shows the quality.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful