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  • The Worldship Humility

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Colin Morgan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

It’s been 120 years since the 50 or so worldships containing the few million survivors of the human species set off after the planet Earth was destroyed by a meteor. On the Worldship Humility, Sam, a 30-year-old Airlock Operative, is bored. Living in space should be exciting and full of adventure, except it isn’t, and he fills his time hacking 3-D movie posters and holographic adverts outside the stores in the retail zone. Petty thief Yasmine Emile Dufont is also from the WS Humility, but she is not bored....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pop Muzik!

  • By Simon on 01-02-19

It’s Ben , safa and harry in space..... and it’s awesome

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Let’s not beat around the bush, the lead characters aren’t just similar to the extracted series characters ... they are them... like exactly them.

Don’t be put off though , because this book really works! Great story, great humour throughout and great interaction between the (very familiar) characters!

Colin Morgan really brings the story to life, great narration!

More of the same please!

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,565

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry does it again

  • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Never been interested in Greek mythology before, however this book, especially with the narration had me hooked. Great work Mr Fry !

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,101

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Lags a bit in the middle

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

First up , the narration is flawless and performed wonderfully.

The story itself is well thought out, however it’s a bit of a battle a few hours in ... felt myself losing interest a couple of times.

All in all though a decent book

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 26-05-18

It’s.... alright...

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

R.c Bray saves this book, he gives, as always, a great performance.

The story itself is a bit out there, so many holes it’s like Swiss cheese, and it’s all just a bit hopeless..... everyone’s going to die of radiation poisoning.... like it or not there’s no way around that.

Anyway... this book won’t hook you .. but it won’t completely repel you either ... it’s just a bit meh!

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Sci-fi with a Modern Style

  • By Simon on 07-06-18

Meh!

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

First of all, ray porter does, as always, an excellent job in his narration, I wouldn’t have lasted the course on this novel without him.

The novel itself however isn’t great, it’s mundane, certainly it’s no page turner. The characters are very two dimensional, especially the “soviet” warship commanders, who seem to be cliches of Cold War movie baddies.
There’s just no point or character in this novel that grabs you and makes you care what happens.

This novel isn’t quite a waste of money, but it’s damn close.

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing sequel, read by phenomenally talented CP!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-05-18

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

I love this series! Don’t be fooled by the time traveling Uber cool plot, this book,and the others in the series, is purely character driven, and what great characters they are!
Carl Prekopp is outstanding in his narration and brings the story to life.
Can’t recommend this book enough!!
More please !!!!!!!!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, original and fantastic narration

  • By Laura Brand on 09-05-18

Decent with the same old problems

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

This is the second in the “Locked in” series and is pretty much as good as the first.... but with the same problem.
The story is pretty standard once you get over the futuristic concept , two FBI agents searching for a killer... one a billionaire “play by the rules” nice guy, the other a complete walking caricature of every mean cop from the 60s, 70s and 80s... and this is where it gets annoying, the two agents act like teenagers, their interactions with suspects and witnesses are like something out of buggy the vampire .... we all know the FBI is über professional and the people who work for it are too.... to the point of being analy retentive... so why oh why do these two act like spotty little kids ??? It’s gets annoying ... the book is solid, it’s really a decent read/listen but it needs to grow up if the series continues.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 8 hours of Awesome in a 12 hour audiobook

  • By Bob on 23-03-17

Outstanding story

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

Can’t rave enough about this title, from the story, the character development to the narration it’s simply outstanding

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging - not what I expected

  • By Robyn on 14-12-17

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

A decent enough book with a well thought out and interesting story.
Will Wheaton puts in another solid performance.
It’s kind of childish in places though.... the actions, the things that the “FBI” agents do and say are just not grounded in any sort of realism, like they are only 14 or 15 years old and not professional government investigators.
All in all though it’s a decent enough book and moves along at a decent pace.

  • The Air Raid Killer

  • By: Frank Goldammer, Steve Anderson
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

 In the final days of the Third Reich, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again... 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I lasted 10 minutes

  • By paul allison on 06-05-18

I lasted 10 minutes

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

As soon as the American narrator put on a New York/New Jersey accent to give voice to the German characters I got out.... I got out fast!
I gave the story a neutral 3 stars because I didn’t.... couldn’t last the course with such terrible narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful