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  • 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 1,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252

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

Good diversion from norm

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Far more point of view narratives in this once. Lots of interesting characters. Finally beyond the Rocinante.

  • 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 1,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

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

Great story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I do adore this series. Great story and plot and I love the grand government's.

What let's it down is the writing. Very clunky, predictable character, lead characters who are pretty much superheroes they avoid death so much.

Don't get me wrong I will finish the series but I am continually sighing at the stupid names they come with.

  • The Heroes

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New recording with the original narrator

  • By Gavin on 21-01-12

Brilliant as Ever

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Another fantastic story from Joe A. Different from the others as not a quest and take place over just few days.

It is brilliant because of the wonderful flawed characters, you want every side in the war to succeed.

  • History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

  • By: The Great Courses, Lawrence M. Principe
  • Narrated by: Lawrence M. Principe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

For well over 2,000 years, much of our fundamental "desire to know" has focused on science. Our commitment to science and technology has been so profound that these stand as probably the most powerful influences on human culture. To truly understand our Western heritage, our contemporary society, and ourselves as individuals, we need to know what science is and how it developed. In this 36-lecture series, one of science's most acclaimed teachers takes you through science's complex evolution of thought and discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good history of Astronomy and Tech Sci

  • By B F. on 22-12-18

Good history of Astronomy and Tech Sci

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

As a Physicist, I loved this history of Astronomy and Science. I did think it was a little Western bias. Nothing about East Asian Chemistry or South American technical building. Although it touched on Biology, very little in the way of the history of medicine.

  • The History of Science: 1700-1900

  • By: Frederick Gregory, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Frederick Gregory
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The scientific theories that were first discovered and made public in the years 1700-1900 are some of the most pivotal in history. Landmark theories of planetary motion, the workings of nature, and the speed of light were all ideas that took the world by storm. Now you can share in that story of discovery in a series of 36 lectures designed to give you a rock-solid understanding of the great discoveries of Newton, Darwin, Franklin, Pasteur, and so many others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good history of Western Astro and Tech Sci

  • By B F. on 22-12-18

Good history of Western Astro and Tech Sci

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

As a Physicist, I loved this history of Astronomy and Science. I did think it was a little Western bias. Nothing about East Asian Chemistry or South American technical building. Although it touched on Biology, very little in the way of the history of medicine.

  • H. G. Wells Sci-Fi Omnibus: Four Great Novels

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

H. G. Wells is rightly regarded as one of the founding fathers of the science fiction genre. This compilation of nearly 20 hours' duration comprises four of his finest sci-fi works, and they really need little introduction. They are, in order: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. They are complete and unabridged and narrated by Greg Wagland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Omnibus Book Starting Points

  • By SVN on 20-02-17

Very good way to experience Wells.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

My favourite was Island of Dr M. Wasn't mad on First Men on the Moon. World of Worlds is best if you're familiar with London and the surrounding area due to lots of geographical references.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,913
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,542

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Great Commentary on Masculinity

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

A must for any one who has ever felt awkward in their own skin and amazed about their own behaviour. Very witty, sad and inciteful.

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • Rama Series, Book 1
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well read with distinctive character voices.

  • By In car listener on 16-01-17

Inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I adored this. Genuinely the best final line of a book ever. Worth the listen just for that.

  • Solaris

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 685

At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation, unabridged for the first time, and the first ever direct translation from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown away!

  • By Peter on 16-07-11

Original Sci Fi

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-17

Probably the best ever account of how our encounter with an alien world go in a Sci fi.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Star Wars

  • By Kindle Customer on 20-12-15

Better than film

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-17

Fleshed out the plot holes the movie left. Still, what is the point of the First Order?