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  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 950

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much Much More...

  • By Salter on 28-04-18

Forget the Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 20-04-19

I was entertained but it began to get tedious. I doubt I will read the other two novels.

  • The Mysterious Island

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Like many Jules Verne classics, The Mysterious Island takes you on an unforgettable journey of adventure and reflection. During the American Civil War, a group of Union soldiers escape their confederate captors when they steal a balloon. What they didn't anticipate is the violent storm that awaits them and leads them into uncharted territory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By ne5566 on 21-11-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

A really refreshing read. Nothing complex and rather the literary equivalent of watching a black and white movie. The story was interesting and had plenty of small hooks to maintain your interest. Though a little dated in various ways, the characters were interesting. I found it 'amusing' that a beautiful bird was being described one moment and then next it was being shot. In fact they shot at almost every living creature even if they didn't seem to need food or had already shot enough to feed a large party. No wonder their peers wiped out the dodo. Though I read the book quite a few months ago, I remember the experience well.

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  • Under the Dome

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,178

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new masterpiece - his biggest, most riveting novel since The Stand - a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Stephen King

  • By Robert on 01-01-10

Typical Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

A great story, if not epic! Just what you'd expect from King: sturdy, memorable characters, lots of interwoven sub-plots, a great hook and a paced narrative.

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,339
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,326

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

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

As a student of classical studies, I've been struggling to learn the myths, more notably the more obscure ones, for years. Though I like Robert Graves as an author, I found his Myths rather ponderous. I've also, for some unknown reason avoided Stephen Fry as an author. Mythos is simply brilliant. Fry livens up the narratives, makes them memorable and does so in a manner as if he is giving you a narration over a pint of beer. I've a since bought copies to several friends and recommended it to others.

  • The Eleusinian Mysteries

  • The History of Ancient Greece's Most Famous Religious Rites
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Ancient Greece and its mythology has fascinated people for thousands of years, and few elements have intrigued people quite like the Eleusinian Mysteries, which the Greeks believed transformed the initiates and gave them knowledge that eased both the living of life on earth and allayed fears of death, allowing an acceptance of their ultimate fate. The influence of the Eleusinian Mysteries was also far-reaching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By ne5566 on 28-10-17

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

Having studied Ancient Greek history in depth, the Eleusinian Mysteries are frequently encountered but they are rarely discussed at length. This compact text firmly puts the Mysteries in a socio-religious context, one that had international dimensions and not only outlived the Golden Age of Athens, but survived into the Christian era. Writing this review, some six months after I originally listened to the book, I realise I need to plan a revisit.

  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Full Cast Recording
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been great. Was only okay.

  • By HR on 03-11-13

Yet Another Angle!

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

I am intrigued with the various different versions of Ender's Game (including Ender's Shadow). I avoided Card for years because of his Conservative views and when I eventually read Ender's Game it was an epiphany. Ender's Game Alive provides an opportunity to re-listen to a masterwork of Sci-Fi without re-listening or re-reading the original text.

There were a few places where particular voices grated but this is only a small criticism. On the whole, listening to EGA is like listening to a different recording of your favourite symphony: while it is the same it is somehow different. If you haven't read or listened to the original Ender's Game (and I don't mean the movie which actually compresses something like 5 years and two people's accounts, into a matter of weeks), then EGA is a good introduction but to experience the original is a must. Personally, I find Ender's Game an incredible creation and I'm still trying to fathom why! When a kiddy in a Sci-fi novel inspires you to be a better human... Isn't that one of the characteristics of 'great art?'

  • The Slide (Dramatised)

  • By: Victor Pemberton
  • Narrated by: Maurice Denham, Roger Delgado, David Spenser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

During an abnormal heatwave in March, the air becomes thick and dull. Nothing moves, and you can almost hear the silence. Something was bound to happen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sci - Fi of the past

  • By Buddhawise on 26-04-08

Easy Listening

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

Well, the story isn't particularly great but it is captivating in a sci-fi B movie kind of manner. The characters are a little cardboard but the setting and delivery appealed to me because they are reminiscent of the sci-fi I liked as a boy. For this reason I found The Slide somewhat nostalgic and comforting and have since listened to it twice. Definitely easy listening!

  • Gulliver's Travels

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: Jasper Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Lemuel Gulliver, a slightly staid ship’s doctor, relates the tales of his astonishing travels. He encounters the tiny, warring Lilliputians; the giant, sceptical Brobdingnagians; the ludicrously intellectual Laputans; and the idealistic - if rather stolid - Houyhnhnms and their bestial servants, the Yahoos. An immediate best seller when it was first published in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels has remained a favourite ever since. It was an attack on the politics and society of Swift’s day, but it is also a polemical, inventive, surreal, vitriolic, and wonderfully imaginative masterpiece.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as I thought it would be

  • By nigel tuck on 03-07-16

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

Jasper Britton narrates this wonderfully and I was particularly amused by his creative impersonation of the Houyhnhms. Superficially, the narrative is entertaining (and even of interest to children) but the fantastical masks a complex text that engages numerous political and philosophical themes of concern to the 16th century and to the Enlightenment in particular. Gulliver's Travels can be both frivolous entertainment and the subject of much deeper inquiry and as such is an intellectual investment.

  • Kipps

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Sam Kelly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Orphaned at an early age, raised by his aunt and uncle, and apprenticed for seven years to a draper, Artie Kipps is stunned to discover upon reading a newspaper advertisement that he is the grandson of a wealthy gentleman - and the inheritor of his fortune. Thrown dramatically into the upper classes, he struggles desperately to learn the etiquette and rules of polite society. But as he soon discovers, becoming a 'true gentleman' is neither as easy nor as desirable as it at first appears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By Louise on 14-01-19

Good Social History

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

First, I thought the book very well narrated. The story isn't especially engrossing but it is an excellent source of social history. The book reminded me of Orwell's 'Coming Up for Air' in that it just ambles along and when you've finished you can't really put together what is was about. What is left however, as with Orwell, is both a sensory impression of that particular historical period and an acquaintance with some interesting characters. While I probably won't listen to it again I am drawn to listen to Wells' 'The History of Mr Polly'. Because of the gentle pace of the narrative, 'Kipps' is perfect bedside listening!

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  • Mao's Last Dancer

  • Young Readers' Edition
  • By: Li Cunxin
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

One day, not so very many years ago, a small peasant boy was chosen to study ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy. His mother urged him to take this chance of a lifetime. But Li was only eleven years old and he was scared and lonely, pushed away from all that he had ever known and loved. He hated the strict training routines and the strange place he had been brought to. All he wanted to do was go home - to his mother, father, and six brothers, to his own small village. But soon Li realised that his mother was right. He had the chance to do something special with his life - and he never turned back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving story

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-19

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 26-10-17

An informative, entertaining, evocative and inspiring story. I listened to this over several days and was captivated. Peasant China and Mao's 'Cultural Revolution' were especially informative areas and were dealt with in detail but I felt the ending a little rushed and sparse. Perhaps this was because 75% of the story is captivating due to the colourful and at times bizarre 'foreign' and 'exotic' setting. Once the story shifts to the West and focuses more on bureaucracy and politics, the pace was lost. Given the autobiographical nature of the book this is unavoidable but despite my criticism, Mao's Last Dancer is well worth experiencing - in any format.