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  • Only Human

  • Themis Files, Book 3
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Sylvain Neuvel, William Hope, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, read by a returning cast. We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside. We were wrong. As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And, with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing ending to an excellent series

  • By Mr on 01-06-18

Amazing trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

I can't express how satisfied I am with the book! It is just amazing. And I have a feeling the author has left a chance open to continue with another story in the same universe. I would love that!

I had a pause before I could listen to the last book in the trilogy, so I don't have any problems with any narrators. They were all so amazing! They are real actors! They play the book, not read it!

And the new character Catherine - I love her! 😂

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 794

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I cannot listen to this book

  • By J Hurwitz on 02-04-17

Fun story

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Didn't expect it to be as good as it was!

It started with a lot of irritating "she said", "he said" and so on without end... But! Luckily the fun of the story got the upper hand and I didn't care about those things anymore because it was so interesting to listen to and I was eating every word and wanted to know where it all was leading to. And it is made in a fun, entertaining language, easy to listen to. Narrator did an amazing job as well!

Nicely finished up, too - didn't leave us hanging or disappointed - nicely done!

Thumbs up!

  • Judas Unchained

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writersAfter hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some issues with this recording

  • By carl on 24-12-17

Better than the 1st book!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

Listening to this second book it feels like the first book "Pandora's star" was just a big, big introduction. In this book the action starts at last and the story picks ups the pace incredibly. Now it is the action novel I expected from the beginning. All the loose ends come together, every single detail from the first book turns out to be critical in the second.... It is amazing that way! It is like training with boring exercises how to best get up the mountain and then finally get to the real thing enjoying it the most exactly because you did all that training and it goes so smoothly without a hitch...!

So - the main thing! --> If you read the first book and you are afraid that the second will be the same - don't be! The second book at last gives you the satisfaction you were waiting for in the first one! You NEED to listen to it if you've listened to the first..! So that what you've gone through wouldn't have been for nothing! Details are still there but I enjoyed the second book much, much more!

As it is so detailed, the satisfactory thing is the ending - it's fulfilling, not like some other books where you feel left hanging or the ending is left to your own imagination. A very good ending.

The narrator still manages to speak without a pause between two different character stories like intentionally trying to mess you up, but this time I was better at distinguishing his tricks...! :P In any other aspect he's a good narrator.

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237

Britain's bestselling SF writer returns to outer space.In AD 2329, humanity has colonised over four hundred planets, all of them interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth now occupies a sphere of space approximately four hundred light years across. When an astronomer on the outermost world of Gralmond, observes a star 2000 light years distant - and then a neighbouring one - vanish, it is time for the Commonwealth to discover what happened to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very solid and enjoyable space opera

  • By Stephen on 21-09-13

Very descriptive, thorough, not fast paced

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Judging from the amazing reviews I expected something more. Yes, it is a quality book, there is no doubt about that. But - don't expect a fast paced, heart riveting book! It is as long as promised - 37 hours - because it is very descriptive, very thorough, nothing is left for our own imagination, not like with some authors who evade describing a new world because of a lack of talent. This book is impressive that way. Despite the length of the book it feels like it is only the prelude of the series (it seems like at least 20 of the 37 hours are pure, pure character introduction - wow!). The characters in the beginning of the book seem to have nothing in common, each of them having their own story told in a very, very detailed manner. At least in the end we find out they all play an important role so all those hours kind of pay off.

Was it worth it? I am not sure. Maybe. Probably more yes than no. It didn't make me fall asleep on the road. That is good. But I wasn't in a rush to return to listening either. I still finished it because the overall story is interesting, the concepts, the Commonwealth, the aliens. I feel I might even go for the second book because this one ended on a cliff hanger (pun intended for the ones who read the book) or you could say it didn't even end after the 37 hours! Actually it seems like the author had written an even longer book but someone forced him to cut it up "a bit". :P

Narrator was great. Maybe he only could have made a bit longer pauses before he already starts story of the next character. Sometimes it flowed so much together I got confused when I hadn't noticed the switch.

  • Dissidence

  • The Corporation Wars, Book 1
  • By: Ken MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

One of SFX magazine's Most Anticipated Books for 2016. An epic vision of man and machine in the far reaches of space. Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a 1000 years ago, he's been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he's not sure he's fighting for the right side. Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Mara on 12-09-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

To put it simple - the book was boring. Really boring. Story was like "bones without flesh", didn't raise any feeling or sympathy for any of the characters... Couldn't care less what happens further in the book or with the characters. Very dissatisfying.

If you wait for what was written in the annotation and it is what made you curious about the book in the first place, hold your horses (your hopes), because you have to wait for the whole book to get to that point. I know - I listened on because I was waiting for the interesting part to come. I have listened to 3/4 of the book and I can tell - the part hasn't come yet.

The narrator had the idea he has to make everyone sound a different level of British - I disliked his accents a lot. It didn't improve my book experience.

Will return it for sure without listening till the end. I was forcing myself to get even that far.

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  • The Hub

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Bruce Windwood
  • Narrated by: Susy Kane, Alex Kirk, Howard Gossington, and others
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 273

Deep underground, in a top-secret location, the war against Terror, Anarchy and Foreigners in General is being waged. Inside The Hub, where intelligence gathering blends seamlessly with state-of-the-art, counter-terrorist hardware, dedicated professionals work day and night to keep us safe...and somehow always manage to totally screw things up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable, but fairly enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-07-15

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This was quite good fun - I actually laughed out loud at moments! (not like the previous sitcom I listened to from these series)

  • How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

It's 1998. The Internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he's going to become a vigilante. There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume - and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry - on a shoestring budget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We're Only Making Fans For Nigel

  • By Simon on 15-09-16

Dark, phylosophical short story

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

First thing - don't take the book if you expect some humour, easy stuff and adventure bright story. I read the reviews saying the book is dark but didn't believe that the level of it will be so high. I don't usually venture in those passages, I'm trying more to find something that would entertain me, not push me down emotionally. So - be prepared! The book is dark, emotional, the main hero is a stupid lunatic whom you might not like the entire book...

The book is not written badly, it's an artistic work you could say. I didn't like it and wished I hadn't listened to it but it was my fault entirely as I expected something else which the book or the reviews actually never promised.

The book felt short though - it felt like a short story, not a novel.

The author reading the book himself is - I think - a very good match - he knows how he had meant to sound what he wrote the best and his voice is fitting and clear to understand. He shouldn't worry about that - he read it great!

  • Kantovan Vault

  • Spiral Wars, Book 3
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

The UFS Phoenix is on a mission to find a lost data-core that may contain the secret to defeating the alo-deepynine alliance. But the means to find the data-core is hidden deep in tavalai space, in a highest-security vault where the tavalai's manipulative State Department keep all their most treacherous secrets. To recover it, Phoenix must pull off the most daring heist the Spiral has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We come in peace.... Shoot to kill, Shoot to kill

  • By UnwashedMonkey on 26-02-18

Loving the series!

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

Reviewed: 26-08-17

Can't wait for the next book in series!

This book was maybe a bit slow and descriptive in the middle but it was well worth it! The details gave a much deeper understanding and possibility to immerse deep into the story!

  • Drysine Legacy

  • Spiral Wars, Book 2
  • By: Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

The legendary battle-carrier UFS Phoenix is on the run in Outer Neutral Space. Lieutenant Commander Erik Debogande and Major Trace Thakur are determined to use neutral territory to broker a peace between humanity's warring factions, away from Fleet's strong arm. But as machinations in Fleet Command send a legendary warrior from Trace's past on a sworn path to kill her, there arises in the territory of an insectoid foe an ancient enemy from the nightmares of Spiral history, bent on Phoenix's destruction….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stocking good read. A real page turner!

  • By Mike on 01-06-16

Better and better!

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

Reviewed: 20-08-17

The series just keep getting better! The more I listened to the book the more I loved it! Until it was impossible to put down! I listen to audiobooks only while driving but this one made me take it home!

The first book in the series gave the impression that there will be much more surprises to unfold in the next book and this second book actually proved that to be true! We learned so much! - at the same time I can feel it is keeping enough secrets even for the third book to be extremely entertaining! Will listen to it without a pause.

The narrator was just perfect!

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  • Slaving Away

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Miranda Kane, Unusual Productions
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dennis, Miranda Kane, Jon Holmes
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 455

Meet Miranda. She is a cheerful and happy-go-lucky single girl who just happens to be a dominatrix with a dungeon in her flat, where she services clients with flogging, extreme correction and (if she’s lucky) gets the occasional slave to pay her for the honour of doing her vacuuming. And when she’s not delivering 30 lashes to the sensitive parts of religious zealots or doing step-aerobics in stilettos on the buttocks of retired army officers, she is just trying to get on with the neighbours....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Really New

  • By Fred on 07-07-15

Not recommended, not funny

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Not funny, more disgusting really. I want my 30 minutes back. Why didn't I listen to reviews warning about this! Don't make the same mistake.

Or maybe I'm not British and this is beyond me?