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  • Pattern Recognition

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A non - sci-if mystery very well read.

  • By Liz... Bristol on 24-08-15

Not what you would expect...

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

This is only the second Gibson book I've read I and fully was prepared to stop midway and never finish as I found his prose in Neuromancer exceptionally clunky and dense...so I was pleasantly surprised to find a softening to his style now. Story itself is a weird mismatch of popular culture phenomenons, corporate espionage, the voodoo of marketing, the mystery of branding, the power of social media pre-Facebook and the impact of 9/11....but it works and although it falls flat as a techno thriller it's still a fascinating trip through Gibson's post-modern view of the world.

  • Ancillary Justice

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 1
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 760

The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interestingly feminist SciFi

  • By Jonathan on 16-11-14

A struggle...

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

There is a lot to love about this book from its detailed world building to its unique premise and main character. However, this is not an easy book to get into as most of said world building, premise and character comes via very dence and often very lofty dialogue between characters as they talk about class, citizenship, faith, conquest, society and the past, present and future of it all. It will make your head spin and you will either be drawn or put off by this. Ann Leckie writes amazing dialogue but I've always been of the "don't-tell-me-show-me" school and Leckie most certainly is not. As a result, struggled through this and only finished out of sheer determination rather than enjoyment. Will need to look elsewhere for my next big sci-fi fix.

  • Last Shot

  • Star Wars
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson, Daniel José Older, January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

It's one of the galaxy's most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren't your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize - first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By 5hreddy on 26-05-18

Bland shot...

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

It's Star Wars so high production value as always and generally great performances bar one but the story is a bit of a dud. Revealing a more gory side of the SWU in some scenes but with plot skipping back and forth in time it's easy to get lost and eventually you just start loosing interest in this new threat to the galaxy. Apart from a quite nice twist in the end there is very little to connect Last Shot to Solo so if you go in expecting a connection you will be disappointed. The chemistry between Han and Lando is as sharp as ever but for a book pairing up the galaxy's two biggest scoundrels, there is surprisingly little 'scoundrilling' going on. All in all, more of a Bland Shot than a Last Shot.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but

  • By Jeffrey Slater on 06-10-17

Something to keep us going...

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This is a bit of an odd one as it doesn't really move the overall plot forward in any meaningful way and is definitely more of a filler until the next big chapter into the tale of The Folly... but then again it is always nice to spend time with Peter, Nightingale, Bev and all the others. Sadly Aaronovitch still has his bad habits of leaving plot strings dangling but you forgive him as the rest of the tale, however short, is still expertly woven with his usual charm and Kobna Holbrook-Schmidt still delivers an excellent performance.

  • The Autumn Republic

  • The Powder Mage, Book 3
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Adopest has fallen . . .Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing and his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away. With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tamas and Taniel ride again!

  • By Farniboy on 27-06-15

All things end...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

The Autumn Republic doesn't ease up on the pace but keeps building and building before delivering an emotional finale. At time this constant build up is almost too much and I wonder of the latter part of Republic might actually have been a planned fourth part that instead got spliced in to limit this to a trilogy. That means that some plotlines don't tie up as neatly as they should have. Inspector Adamat's quest fizzles out with so little emotional fanfare it hardly seems worth having it in there to begin with and Nila's sudden surprise twist at the end of Book 2 goes mostly unexplored and unexplained but the charged relationship between her and the loveable rogue Bo does lead to some nice comedy moments as she comes to grips with her new purpose. Towards the end there is a strange lull in the pacing which then results in a rather clumsy reveal of a new threat that seems to come out of nowhere and disappear almost as suddenly as it appeared but not before leaving its mark. The ending will divide opinions but there is no denying that the trilogy as a whole is a great tale and kudos again to Rodska who's rock solid performance lifts this up as one of the best audiobook series out there.

  • The Crimson Campaign

  • The Powder Mage, Book 2
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

The hounds at our heels will soon know we are lions.Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Robyn on 18-10-14

A bad day for powder mages...

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

... but a great day for the reader. Things go from very bad to heck of a lot worse within the first few chapters and Tamas, Taniel and all the others face some very dark times indeed, all wrapped up in superbly written story that balances all its characters and subplots brilliantly,setting up for what promises to be a very explosive finale in Book 3. Christian Rodska also delivers an amazing performance, weaving effortlessly in and out of every characters tone, accent, dialect and vocal mannerisms. Glad to hear he changed the "voice" of Tamas so it no longer has the slurry drooling Churchill-like tone of the first book. A most entertaining listen from start to finish.

  • Promise of Blood

  • The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sends corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brings bread to the starving. But it also provokes war in the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics and greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas' supposed allies: the Church, workers' unions, and mercenary forces. Stretched to his limit, Tamas relies heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be Tamas' estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty will be tested to its limit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great mix of fantasy with gunpowder

  • By GhostMuppet on 04-06-14

Great start to a trilogy...

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Promise of blood was a book I had been looking forward to for a long time. I had high hopes and it delivered! The world of the Powder Mages is deep and multilayered and the story weaves its many threads magic, mystery, politics, betrayal and religion effortlessly into a suspenseful tale. Can't wait to get started on the sequel.

  • Neuromancer

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

The Matrix: a world within a world, a graphic representation of the databanks of every computer in the human system; a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate users in the Sprawl alone. And by Case, computer cowboy, until his nervous system is grievously maimed by a client he double crossed. Japanese experts in nerve splicing and micro bionics have left him broken and close to death. But at last Case has found a cure. He’s going back into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • READ THIS INSTEAD OF THE (RUBBISH) BLURB ABOVE

  • By DjanSeriy2020 on 29-06-12

Finally got through it...

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I've lost count of how many times I've tried to read Neuromancer. Finally got through it but felt very lost most of the way, constantly having to go back a chapter or two. You have to admire Gibson for the world he created and he truly is the godfather of cyberpunk but he is not exactly a loving father which comes across in his writing. Beautiful and incredibly detailed yet frustrating and confusing as well, you really have to pay attention to get anything out of it. Likely I will be going back for a re-listen, just to try and get something more out of the story.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,143

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • oh, how I missed it.

  • By evgenia on 18-07-17

The truth is properly still out there...

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

Reviewed: 13-08-17

Always a pleasure to have Mulder and Scully back in action. The dynamic between the two is as charged and entertaining as always if slightly too deadpan in this Audible production. Old friends and foes from the show also drop by and clear to hear that they enjoy putting on their characters again. Plot is classic X-Files and adds some interesting twists to the series overarching plot but if you hope for some answers you won't get any. You will leave just as confused as you did after watching a classic episode... but then again, it wouldn't be X-Files if you didn't.

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,728
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,530

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Da Vinci Code for gamers and geeks...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

I was sceptical about this book at first as I feared the premises was all about how bad games are for you! But that's not what Ready Player One is about. Far from it! This is an ode of love to games, movies and geek culture, primarily from the 80s so for readers of a certain age, this is like being a kid again. Filled to the brim with geeky references and a clever plot that sees main protagonist Wade travel across the virtual world known as The Oasis looking for clues and deciphering riddles like a geeky Robert Langdon. This is solid story-crafting and all lovingly presented by His Royal Geekness himself, Will Wheaton who is the perfect choice for a story that celebrates all the things we love about geekdom.