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  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,328
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There Ain't No Stopping Us Now!

  • By Simon on 08-02-18

The standard stays at 5 stars

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

RC Bray brings this to life and makes it required and impulsive listening.
Damn I'm hooked!

  • Taking Command

  • The Autobiography
  • By: General Sir David Richards
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

The outspoken autobiography of one of Britain's best-known, and respected, generals. With a foreword by Sir Max Hastings.General Sir David Richards is one of the best known British generals of modern times. In 2013 he retired after over forty years of service in the British Army and a career that had seen him rise from junior officer with 20 Commando to Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating insight

  • By A Cook on 13-09-17

A fascinating insight

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

As my boss at JRRF this was a fascinating insight into the man I followed and was lead by. Like David, the JRRF was my most rewarding and enjoyable (J2) post across my more modest 23 year career and this was because of his insight and leadership in a new and challenging role for joint operations. This excellent book cemented my respect and admiration for a great General.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Damn. I'm hooked.

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

Luke, you've got me. First Physics of the Dead an now The Stone Man. Ideas and content I've not come across before in any SF book mixed with the ultra hi def realism, now mean I'm having to soak you up.

No spoliers; Your mention of Rendezvous with Rama in the afterword struck a chord as that book is very special and the fact I can't remember anything about the sequel should tell you which follow up camp I fall in to. Though.... I would be very intrigued as to how you dealt with it.

Matt's narration was superb and added that dimension that makes audio books so good.

So I'm now popping a few credits into the audible machine to jump on the ride again.

Keep it up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Human Factor

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Captain Jason Burke is a man apart, and not just because he's the only of his kind for thousands of light-years in any direction. The changes to his body and to his genetic code have made him faster, stronger, more able to survive in his dangerous occupation...but they've also ensured that he'll never truly fit in with others of his species. He always assumed he would live and die with his crew and never lay eyes on another human again. He was wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jason does it again

  • By Roger Newton-Darby on 25-04-17

The simple story telling brilliance continues.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

I've enjoyed the whole series immensely and it just gets better and better. Can't wait for the next installment and indeed for the next 10. You reading this Joshua?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed. Her innocence has been sacrificed by a man with singular purpose: a man who will stop at nothing in order to prepare Earth for the coming conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.....but what to do now?

  • By Mr D Hamilton on 18-02-16

Too many loose ends and not enough 'ending'.....

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

Reviewed: 25-03-16

A little disapointed considering the first two book were actually very good indeed. The third book was the length of the first two combioned and really felt it. I found myself skipping whole chapters because the story continued to focus heavily on areas that didn't really add any value apart from padding the story out. I'm glad I did as the end was, as others have said, very anti-climactic.
I wont spoil it but there were whole chapters and many hours building up tech and characters only to find them simply unnecessary in the end. In fact one minor side story line ended up being the surprise big ending. There were simply too many loose ends from too many cul-de-sacs and the story... just ended. There was an attempt to wrap it all up but it and I felt empty and that I'd wasted a alot of time paying attention to detailed story lines and significant characters that ended up eitehr going nowhere, simply not being completed or just ignored.
However the whole series was worth the listen and I did enjoy the whole; just not the thrid book and ending.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Call to Arms

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

From Joshua Dalzelle comes the follow-up to the number-one best seller Warship. Captain Jackson Wolfe survived the initial incursion of a vicious alien species into human space...barely. He had assumed the juggernaut that had devastated three Terran systems was the herald for a full invasion, but for the last few years it has been eerily quiet along the Frontier. Jackson now struggles to convince the Confederate leadership the threat is still imminent and needs to be taken seriously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Listen

  • By Poppey on 22-01-16

Perfect hardcore science fiction. A must listen.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

Book 2 keeps the story and narrative very much alive. I couldn't stop listening and the twists and turns kept me riveted. I'm already starting the third book..... Highly highly recommended.

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent classic space opera.

  • By Russell Ridley on 26-07-15

Top drawer Classic sci-fi with a great narrative

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

Thoroughly enjoyable story with a perfect narration to match. Looking forward to the next instalment.