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Sparrow

Ryde,, United Kingdom
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  • Quantum Lens

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Omar Haddad is a brutal jihadist in Syria who appears to be invulnerable and capable of supernatural feats. But is Haddad divine, as he claims? Is he a gifted magician? Or is he making use of a stunning scientific breakthrough? And what, exactly, is keeping him from unleashing the global apocalypse he’s so eager to bring about? Brennan Craft, a quirky quantum physics genius, has the answers, and the US military is desperate to capture him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Richards can do better

  • By Tuomas on 03-04-17

Too much fictional waffle

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

I found that this story didn't go anywhere fast. The author spent an incredible amount of time building fictional theories and explaining them in excruciating detail. He also found it necessary to use foul language on a number of occasions. I personally hate this descent into very base behaviour and it leaves me with a dim view of the authors morals. It would seem that media of all sorts are competing to become the rudest, foul mouthed orators out of their peers. When you see three and four year olds using this language you know it has gone too far. To the author.... Please edit this bad language out of your books. Don't continue to add to the moral decline.

  • 15 Minutes: A YA Time Travel Thriller

  • Rewind Series, Book 1
  • By: Jill Cooper
  • Narrated by: Wendy Pitts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Fifteen minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives a person when they travel to the past, but for Lara Crane it's enough for her to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over 10 years ago. But the story she's been told all her life is a lie. When Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever. A new house, new friends, and a new boyfriend turns Lara's life upside down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • some interesting twists.

  • By Peter G on 20-11-16

Good story but not for guys

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

Reviewed: 21-07-16

This is a good time travel story with unique twists and turns.
I would not recommend it for guys though, there was too much girly romance in it. I found those parts uncomfortable to listen too.
The rest of the story was great though and I think females SciFi fans will love it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yesterday's Gone: Season One

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Chris Patton, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

Can humanity Survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.ms Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, searching for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger through every terror-filled breath.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff!

  • By DanGleebles on 06-06-14

Average story (listened to via Audible App.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

This post apocalyptic story has lots of mistakes in it such as an eight year old boy who thinks and speaks like a four year old. Unfortunately the author has little respect for his readers in the reckless use of obscene language and blasphemy with some of the characters. We had powerful stories in the past that didn't need this poor quality of language. Reference was made to it without having it thrust at us in all it's tawdry foulness. This story could be much improved without it and the public use of it in this country (UK) is still an offence. I Won't be purchasing the next series.

  • The Depths

  • By: Nick Thacker
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

When Jen Adams' son is kidnapped and her boss is brutally murdered, she and her husband are thrown into a hunt to find out why. The mystery takes her and a team of soldiers and scientists deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean - to a research station lying under five miles of water one of the deepest oceanic trenches on the planet. The station has been abandoned for over thirty years, and no one knows what to expect when they get there

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't keep my attention on this story.

  • By Sparrow on 10-04-16

I couldn't keep my attention on this story.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I don't know what the reason is but I couldn't keep my attention on this story.
I listened to the complete story but only heard 80% of it. I was walking at the time I was listening so I don't think I have fallen asleep.
The end was quite exciting though.

  • Perception

  • Perception Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Lee Strauss, Elle Strauss
  • Narrated by: Luci Christian, Aaron Landon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Seventeen-year-old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP - a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime waterfront property alongside other equally beautiful people with extended life spans. Her brother, Liam, is missing. Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they've created between those who have and those who don't. He doesn't like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically. Zoe's carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She's in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one for the girls.

  • By Sparrow on 25-03-16

This is one for the girls.

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

Reviewed: 25-03-16

It is a good story with plenty of intrigue and excitement, but there was too many love situations that left me feeling uncomfortable. The story ends suddenly.

  • Gypsy Boy

  • By: Mikey Walsh
  • Narrated by: Mikey Walsh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Mikey's family were Gypsies. They live in a closed community and little is known about their way of life. As he didn't go to school, the caravan became his world. But although Mikey inherited a vibrant culture, his family had a dark hidden history. Eventually Mikey was forced to make a decision – to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to belong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really inspirational book

  • By Marilyn on 20-07-10

A riveting but harrowing tale

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

A riveting but harrowing tale. I had tears in my eyes as I listened to Mikey's story of his life. The bullying and beatings that were dished out left me horrified and in shock.
It is amazing that each day he managed to survive and carry on and that nobody in their community had guts enough to put and end to this evil punishment.
All cudos goes to Mikey for surving this the way that he has and for writing and reading to us his story.

  • Splinter

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Ben Crowe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

An insanely fast-paced psychological thriller with a killer hook, from the international bestseller and master of terror, Sebastian Fitzek. The Clinic is a world leader in memory research, they say they can permanently erase your traumatic memories, leaving you free to start a new life. Marc Lucas killed his pregnant wife in a car crash. He carries the memory of her death with him everywhere - a splinter of glass stuck in his neck. His life is a nightmare from which he can't wake. Should he visit the clinic? Or has he been there already? The problem is, he can't remember....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story that keeps you guessing

  • By Sparrow on 22-03-15

Good story that keeps you guessing

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

Reviewed: 22-03-15

I was pleasantly surprised at the pace of this story. It really is a puzzle that will keep you guessing right up to the end.

I bet that like me you won't guess correctly bit enjoy the journey through this exciting tale.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'; so the recording begins and ends with some of Dickens's best-known words, and between those lines is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, the audiobook tells the story of a French doctor who is imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille in Paris. Upon his release, he moves to London with his daughter, Lucie, whom he had never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of books, the best of readers

  • By Mr David Newton on 17-11-07

Excellently read. Brought the characters to life.

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

Reviewed: 24-02-15

The story isn't one of my favourites but due to the readers talent it made the listen worth while. I purchased this as a Kindle book and chose the option to purchase the listen feature. I'm so glad I did.

  • Babylon Babies

  • By: Maurice G. Dantec
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

Toorop, a hard-boiled leatherneck veteran, has been hired to escort a young woman from Russia to Canada. But Marie is no ordinary girl. A schizophrenic and a possible carrier of a new artificial virus, Marie is bearing a mutant embryo created by an American cult, which dreams of producing a genetically modified messiah that will end all human life as we know it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull with swearing and blasphemy.

  • By Sparrow on 27-09-13

Dull with swearing and blasphemy.

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

Reviewed: 27-09-13

Would you try another book written by Maurice G. Dantec or narrated by Joe Barrett?

No and yes to narrator.

What will your next listen be?

The Prestige. I am listening to it now. It's a good yarn.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I didn't enjoy this book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Babylon Babies?

The swearing and blasphemy. It was totally unnecessary to the story. The story for most part was a dull fictional war story without action and more about the positions of the antagonists.

Any additional comments?

The Sci-Fi was more towards the latter part of the story but I stopped listening when the blasphemy kicked in. It is numbered as one of the dullest Sci-Fi books I have listened to.
This writer appears to have no respect for his readers and must think we are all from foul mouthed underclasses.
I would like Audible to put in a link to block writers we don't like so that we don't accidently purchase one of their books again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 11,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,799
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,812

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
  • A truly brilliant fantasy novel

  • By Qasim on 16-09-11

Have you got a strong constitution?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-12

You will need a strong constitution to get through this excellent series of books. If you have watched the TV series, it is tame compared to the books. At first I hated the readers voice. He made even the gentlest child sound like a hatefull crone. Then I came to realise as the story went on that this was a cruel world being conjured, filled with pain, malice, greed and torture and that this was normal life there. I had to have a break from this story a number of times, sometimes for a week just to gather the courage to continue to listen. You, like me will probably be taken to the depths of dispair repeatedly, having all hope for the hero's dashed time and time again. There is also love and bawdy titilation from some unlikely characters that put finishing touches to this masterpiece.
Beware all ye who enter these stories!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful