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Martyn. R. Winters

Cardiff UK
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  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-02-19

Just the best thing ever written

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Imagine a summer that lasts forever and a boy... This is the second time I've "read" this. The first was on paper and I enjoyed it immensely then. Martin Jarvis manages to add to that, by bringing the characters alive. This is my perfect listen.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: President Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

A sitting US President is missing. President Bill Clinton partners with number one best-selling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a President can know.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For a Star Turn it's Hit and Miss

  • By Simon on 05-06-18

A really good political thriller

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

James Patterson really knows how to put a good story together and with Bill Clinton giving him insights into the mechanisms of government, he has constructed a credible yarn, although I'm sure some UX lovers will point out some obvious problems with the critical story pivot. Nevertheless, suspending disbelief helps make this a really enjoyable novel. God bless America 😀

  • The Forever

  • The Forever, Book 1
  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Jupiter, thrown off orbit, will destroy Earth in less than a century. Jon Ryan volunteers for the most ambitious, desperate mission ever conceived: His consciousness must be transferred into an experimental android host, where he'll live an immortal - and lonely - life. Jon's only companion on his 50-year voyage is his ship's irritable AI. The US president wants Jon dead and is willing to sacrifice his own people to eliminate Jon. An alien species has vowed a holy war to eliminate all humans, either on Earth or wherever they might run. Only Jon can protect humans from their enemies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Aiellos performance saved the day!

  • By Harvey on 11-10-18

An entertaining romp

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

Androids, mind transfer, destruction of the Earth by Jupiter, which has been dragged out of orbit by a rogue planet, megalomaniacal politicians, using discovered alien tech, hate consumed xenophobic fish people, cross species fertilisation, aliens with four eyes, semi-sentient furballs, hollowed asteroids serving as world ships, faster than light travel and a hero. Nothing new, but put together in a fun way, with terrific narration.

  • Rainbows End

  • By: Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable ride!

  • By Aaron on 04-12-18

Full of ideas

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

Vinge is full of ideas in Rainbows End, but sometimes they overwhelm the story.

Set in the near future this is the story of Robert Gu as he recovers from Alzheimer's Disease. Information is the currency and data manipulation the most important life skill. Gu, a former literary genius, who in his pomp was compared favourably with Shakespeare, finds his recovery has come at the price of losing his talent. Then a mysterious stranger offers him the chance of regaining it, but he will have to betray his family.

  • Jupiter War

  • Owner Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Alan Saul is now part human and part machine, and our solar system isn't big enough to hold him. He craves the stars but can't leave yet. His sister, Var, is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul's human side won't let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous rescue - but mutiny is brewing onboard, as Saul's robots make his crew feel increasingly redundant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic classic sf series

  • By M. Young on 02-12-17

Great story telling

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Asher really does tell a great story. He's good on tech detail too, with innovative descriptions of future science.

This, the third book in the owner series, details Alan Saul's further transformation into machine life as he carries his human crew into battle with Earth's forces and ultimately the fascist, narcissistic dictator Serene Gallahad. He continues to mix up socialism and fascism, but hey, that's his preference and is the only thing that spoils an otherwise superb military SciFi novel.

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  • The Departure

  • Owner Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need 12 billion to die before Earth can be stabilized. So corruption is rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanized overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to reach its goals, the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage to a new level.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A story of two halves

  • By J Hitch on 22-01-18

Asher tells a good story

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Neal Asher's tales are sometimes those of freedom seeking libertarians fighting against socialist societies that have gone bad. Think Venezuela on a global scale. He sees totalitarianism as the inevitable consequence of any attempt to create a fair, just and equitable society. His resolution is nearly always a hero fighting against all the odds, occasionally dispensing cod political philosophy and using extreme violence to sort out the bad guys. That's his thing and I really don't mind, despite the obvious propaganda, because he tells a good story. I just wish he'd drop the moral philosophising, because he's not too good at that. Action heroes are usually not very PC, but constantly harping on about socialists bad/freedom good is wearing and not terribly believable. It's also a false dichotomy. Maybe being rich enough to buy your freedom is an ideal to aspire to, but in reality it's only attainable by a select few. I'll probably buy a few more of his books, because I enjoy the action hero stuff, but he can shove his political diatribes where the sun don't shine.

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  • Savage Homecoming

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Ever since he joined Omega Force, Captain Jason Burke has lived with the underlying fear that one day Earth would be discovered. His desire to keep Earth's existence and location a secret has driven him to extremes, and kept him far away from his homeworld for a long time. But now Jason's greatest fear is realized, and a fleet of alien ships has attacked his planet. Omega Force rushes to Earth's defense, but the ships are like none they've ever encountered, and employ weapons they have no defense for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Nigel on 16-08-18

The usual good stuff from Dalzelle

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

Further adventures of the Phoenix and its crew of mercenaries with a heart. All good stuff, with lots of excitement in a fairly linear story. This is great for listening without thinking too much.

  • The Soldier

  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

A hidden corner of space is swarming with lethal alien technology, a danger to all sentient life. It's guarded by Orlandine, who must keep it contained at any cost - as it has the power to destroy entire civilizations. She schemes from her state-of-the-art weapons station, with only an alien intelligence to share her vigil. But she doesn't share everything with Dragon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Answers some questions from previous books

  • By Jamie on 29-05-18

Complex, gripping and exciting

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

Asher tells a good story and "The soldier" doesn't disappoint in this respect. It's filled with great characters to which you can attach your emotions as they whirl and dance through a story of immense complexity. Yet despite it's arcane nature, not a moment of this audiobook leaves me feeling unsatisfied.

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  • To the Shores

  • The Empire's Corps, Book 6
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Four years after their abandonment by the now-fallen Empire, the Commonwealth of Avalon is expanding into interstellar space and making contact with other successor states. With suspicion high on both sides, the Commonwealth and the enigmatic Wolfbane agree to hold a diplomatic meeting on Lakshmibai, a neutral world. But Lakshmibai's government hates off-worlders and, with the fall of the Empire, sees its chance to be rid of the hatred intruders once and for all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not that good

  • By Martyn. R. Winters on 10-07-18

Not that good

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I got the feeling from this novel that Nuttall is running out of ideas. It's pretty poor stuff and plods through a dreadful linear plot that failed to interest me on any level. I finished it, but it was a struggle.

  • A Closed and Common Orbit

  • Wayfarers, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story wonderfully read!

  • By Dario Persechino on 24-12-16

Something different

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I don't normally like twin timeline, circular stories, but this one is done so well I couldn't help but like it. It's the story of the clone Pepper/Jane and a couple of AIs who form a deep friendship in a universe populated with many friendly species. One of them is lost and the others set out to find her.

Breathtaking in its brilliance and simplicity, with a satisfyingly warm ending.

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