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Altrincham, Cheshire, United Kingdom
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  • Provenance

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to their home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family and her world before they are lost to her for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ann Leckie has done it again. Another great story

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-10-17

A bit of a letdown after Ancillary series

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

Reviewed: 24-11-17

Same universe, many of the same elements as the Breq stories but an annoying whiny lead character and a faintly silly storyline. None of the interesting collective AI aspects.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

You think you know how the world works? Think again. From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world. Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The DODO may not be extinct just yet!

  • By Simon on 18-06-17

one of the most entertaining books in a while

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Engrossing, amusing, a light and fun read but well researched. great characters. Novel format. the premise is somewhat daft (the quantum theory of witchcraft) but you can't put this down. the narration is outstanding, especially whoever voices Grainne the Elizabethan witch.

  • The Tropic of Serpents

  • By: Marie Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Three years after her journey through Vystrana, the illustrious (and occasionally scandalous) Lady Trent defies convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of the legendary swamp-wyrm. Accompanied by an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat and other hazards in order to satisfy her fascination with all things draconian. Her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another charmer

  • By Dennis on 30-08-16

another charmer

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

Reviewed: 30-08-16

Victorian gentility, studied humour, a dig at colonialism, perfect narration and dragons! What more could anyone want?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book One
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun

  • By Robyn on 08-06-16

It's steampunk Jim but not as we know it

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

Really enjoyable read. Great characters, fast paced story and talking cats. what more could you want?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. It's all because, some 20 years earlier, the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story, iffy narration

  • By Tom on 09-09-09

Most powerful serious sf book I have read in years

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This is an established classic I had been intending to read for years but never got round to it. It finally came to the top of my to read list and I now feel like an idiot for having left it so long. One of the real heavyweight works of science fiction that makes you think and keeps you thinking about it after you've read it, and more than a little bit disturbed by some of the ideas.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator killing this great book

  • By Karen on 04-02-16

Very glad I went back to this

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-10

This book is well known in SF circles as a classic. A must read for any SF fan. Well I did try to read it as a teenager and failed to get into it. I have now read it as an audiobook because I listen to Leo Laporte's TWiT podcasts and he had Jerry Pournelle on one of his shows. They mentioned the book and I felt I should revisit it.

Very glad I did. It is a masterpiece. The success of the book hinges on the nature of the aliens (Moties), their biology, history, the way they consist of a collection of specialised sub-species, their planetary circumstances, the consequences of all those taken together and the dilemma it creates for the humans.

The specialised castes are particularly frightening. Sub sentient engineers who can't talk but could get hold of your car, fiddle around with it for 5 minutes and hand back to you something that would win the next Monaco GP. Then there are the mediators who can observe humans, quickly learn their language and mimic and understand them so well they appear to read minds.

Humans are presented as clumsy jacks of all trades. Put them up against any of the specialised Moties in in their specialist area and the humans are in trouble. Fancy trying to negotiate the future relationship between humans and Moties against a Motie mediator who knows you better than you know yourself?

The book does show its age. There is a rationale for the human political system, the pre-eminence of the aristocracy, religion, military service values (the human spaceship navy runs exactly like the US Navy) but you'd still expect things to be further removed from today given the setting 1,000 years into our future.

And the narrator is utterly clueless about Scottish accents to the point of cringe-making embarrassment. That is no exaggeration. And his portrayal of the only female character is painfully stereotyped.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • The Incas: Inside an American Empire
  • By: Professor Terence N. D'Altroy
  • Narrated by: Terence N. D'Altroy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The story of the Incas is a powerful one, and their legacy remains a potent influence in the Andes of South America. In this insightful lecture series, Columbia University professor Terence D'Altroy focuses on Inca life at the height of the empire, the society's origins, its military, religion, ruling structure, and finally, the Inca legacy today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible and brought the Incas to life

  • By Dennis on 13-04-09

Accessible and brought the Incas to life

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-09

I chose this because I am going to Peru next year and plan to visit Macchu Pichu and other Inca sites, so wanted to go prepared with some background knowledge. This was the only audible book I could find on the subject so I took a risk, half expecting a dry indigestible history book.

This book isn't like that at all. It provided a very complete grounding into the rise, reign and downfall of the Incas as a well-structured series of discrete lectures, each focusing on a specific aspect. Some parts are a but dryer than others - but that is inevitable. Any book that is going to cover all aspects of Inca rule will have to go into some areas that are less exciting than others. But overall this is a book anyone interested in genning up on the Incas will enjoy. It's all there and presented very engagingly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful