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  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,594

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

Original and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

A great listen. Very original concept and well produced and performed. I would highly recommend

  • Revenger

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.... Captain Rackamore and his crew do.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear

  • By Mr S. on 12-10-16

Original and exciting story

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

For some years now I have been a fan of Reynolds big storylines, they have varied from time to time but Revenger is back on very top form. I loved the story from the beginning with it being some type of steam punk, future-past mashup. Great characters and highly original. I cannot wait for him to populate this Universe with forthcoming novels.

  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blown away!

  • By MrMatt on 01-02-16

Top Quality Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 25-05-16

Never have I been a fan of apocalypse sci-fi. So often I found them predictable and the majority are weak stories. As a result I had avoided the Fear Saga for some time only to find that when I did eventually start, it is one hell of an amazing sci-fi novel.
The characterizations are excellent and detailed, the story has a strong thread but with beautiful nuances woven into it and the dramatisation is as good as any I have heard.
In summary highly recommended just because this is a top flight sci-fi story by a great author.

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,719

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By stucody on 22-03-15

Top Quality Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 25-05-16

Never have I been a fan of apocalypse sci-fi. So often I found them predictable and the majority are weak stories. As a result I had avoided the Fear Saga for some time only to find that when I did eventually start, it is one hell of an amazing sci-fi novel.
The characterizations are excellent and detailed, the story has a strong thread but with beautiful nuances woven into it and the dramatisation is as good as any I have heard.
In summary highly recommended just because this is a top flight sci-fi story by a great author.

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,823
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed. Her innocence has been sacrificed by a man with singular purpose: a man who will stop at nothing in order to prepare Earth for the coming conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.....but what to do now?

  • By Mr D Hamilton on 18-02-16

The best Doomsday Sci-Fi Novel so far

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

Reviewed: 25-05-16

Never have I been a fan of apocalypse sci-fi. So often I found them predictable and the majority are weak stories. As a result I had avoided the Fear Saga for some time only to find that when I did eventually start, it is one hell of an amazing sci-fi novel.
The characterizations are excellent and detailed, the story has a strong thread but with beautiful nuances woven into it and the dramatisation is as good as any I have heard.
In summary highly recommended just because this is a top flight sci-fi story by a great author.

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This virus really infected me!

  • By Samuel on 08-11-11

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

There are a few novels that are so good it is hard to say enough positive things about; this is one such novel.
Listen or read this, I doubt you will be disappointed.

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  • Poseidon's Wake

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 27 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

This novel is a standalone story which takes two extraordinary characters and follows them as they independently begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of our universe. Their missions are dangerous, and they are all venturing into the unknown...and if they can uncover the secret to faster-than-light travel then new worlds will be at our fingertips. But innovation and progress are not always embraced by everyone. There is a saboteur at work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gets tedious

  • By BJXRN on 21-06-15

Entertaining and enlightened

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

Whilst, in my view, not his best work it is still very worthy science fiction. I am also pleased that we have main characters that are not centred around white middle class men. The characters are well rounded and interesting lending this series a unique quality.
I enjoyed this last instalment the most out of the series.

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 732

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Chris on 24-07-15

Disjointed and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-06-15

I have been a huge fan of Mr Stephenson's work for several years, as such I was excited about this release. As it turned out I have to say that this was a considerable disappointment.

As with all of his works it was immaculately researched, but the depth and detail into which some minor points are explained actually detract from the story as they go so far off point for so long.

Also there are just huge periods of the storyline that seem cast aside with little care and drawing questionable conclusions about the motivations of the main characters.

Anyway, it is easy to be always negative, this is still a reasonable book by any other hand. As it stands, IMHO, Seveneves is a poor example of Neal Stephenson.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,714
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,720

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, but...

  • By Thomas on 01-09-11

Great story

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

Reviewed: 26-05-15

Love the story but with so many varied characters would have been better as a dramatised audiobook

  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

Tsukuru Tazaki's life was irreparably changed when his relationships with his high school best friends became severed during Tsukuru's college days, with no explanation. Now at 35, Tsukuru's girlfriend Sara suggests he goes to talk to these high school friends in person to mend the relationships. Tsukuru visited his friends in Nagoya and Finland one by one, and uncovers the real reason as to why their relations were broken off.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Colorless Tsukuru is just that.....

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-09-14

The best Murakami novel bar none

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

Reviewed: 17-10-14

This is quite a claim to make. For me he is one of the top three authors in the world today so I have not written this lightly.
With his wonderful slightly off-centre way of seeing the world, this novel actually has its foundation in a more real-world theme of friendship and loss.
I normally listen to my audiobooks whilst driving and then read normal books at home, however when I returned home, three hours into the story, I took my iPod inside and continued listening through to the end just before midnight. Feeling totally emotionally engaged with the characters it is a wonderful story, wonderful reading and left me feeling drained.
How I wish I still had to listen to it for the first time again.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful