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  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

Excellent - Didn't Want It To End

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

What made the experience of listening to A Gift of Time the most enjoyable?

To be honest, if I'd gone by the book's description I probably wouldn't have bought it, however, I was persuaded by the ratings and comments - and I'm very glad. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and storyline, both of which draws you into their world. I also liked the way the author explained how to 'deal' with the paradoxes you hear associated with time travel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I would have to say Micajah Fenton/Cager, as the main character, although the wisdom of Aunt Cealy also appealed. Her age-related sage like qualities were very believable.

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

Brilliantly narrated. Easily coped with the range of characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several, but I'm not saying where in case of giving away any of the storyline.

Any additional comments?

A real gem. Sci-fi with a down-to-Earth story.

  • Planet of the Apes

  • By: Pierre Boulle
  • Narrated by: Greg Wise
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Greg Wise reads Pierre Boulle's chilling, iconic novel about a nightmare world where apes rule over men. In a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light, Ulysse, a journalist, sets off from Earth for the nearest solar system. He finds there a planet which resembles his own, except that on Soror humans behave like animals and are hunted by a civilised race of primates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the statue of liberty

  • By Dr Caterpillar on 17-04-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Planet of the Apes to be better than the print version?

I've not read the print version so could not compare, but I did enjoy the audio book.

What did you like best about this story?

I was intrigued to hear the original story, having been brought up on the films and TV series. I don't want to say much in case of spoiling it, but I thought the ending was good.

What about Greg Wise’s performance did you like?

Clear narration.

Any additional comments?

The book probably shows its age in the constant use of the term 'monkeys' as the collective name for gorillas, chimpanzees and orang-utans, rather than 'apes'. Apes being different to monkeys. One annoyance was the modern trend to refer to the star 'Betelgeuse' as 'Beetle Juice', something I find particularly grating. I don't want to be negative though, I enjoyed the book and found the story refreshingly different from the films/TV series.

  • Nightfall

  • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

“You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him. Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a gripping tale.

  • By Hilary T. on 15-06-10

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This is not a genre I thought I'd enjoy, but being a fan of Stephen Leather's other books I thought I'd give it a go - and I'm glad I did. As with the author’s other stories, the characters are completely believable with whom you will associate very quickly. I found myself getting wrapped up in the drama as the story unfolded, which I won’t say anything about not to give away the slightest hint. Rather, have a read and find out for yourself. Although this is a departure from the authors usual subject matter, if you’ve enjoyed any of his other books, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this.

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  • Snowdrops

  • By: A. D. Miller
  • Narrated by: Kevin Howarth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

A riveting psychological drama that unfolds over the course of one Moscow winter, as a thirty-something Englishman’s moral compass is spun by the seductive opportunities revealed to him by a new Russia: a land of hedonism and desperation, corruption and kindness, magical dachas and debauched nightclubs: a place where secrets - and corpses - come to light only when the deep snows start to thaw...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Monika on 14-04-11

Slow

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-12

This has to be the slowest book I have ever come across. You feel there has to be a point to it but it takes so long to get there. I reached the end more with a sense of achievement than enjoyment unfortunately.