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  • The Peripheral

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

The Peripheral by William Gibson is a thrilling new novel about two intertwined futures, from the bestselling author of Neuromancer. Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's keen to avoid. Her brother Burton lives, or tries to, on money from the Veterans Association, in compensation for neurological damage suffered in a Marines elite unit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat disappointed

  • By Doug on 01-08-16

a great book and a great audiobook

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

Reviewed: 22-07-16

i enjoyed this so much that although it says a review is optional i am going to write 20 words basically i loved the book and i loved the audiobook too

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Phoenix Project

  • A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An example of Audiobooks being better

  • By Matt Williams on 01-12-15

interesting but how realistic?

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

a bit of a fable
in my experience things are more likely to get worse rather than better let alone improve so dramatically.
it is fiction. ..

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hand of Oberon

  • The Chronicles of Amber, Book 4
  • By: Roger Zelazny
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Returning to Shadow Earth to investigate a threat against his life, Corwin discovers that the Jewel of Judgment has been stolen by his traitorous brother, Brand, who plans to use the enigmatic gem to reshape the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet

  • By Ross Hughes on 08-06-18

great book great saga

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

i really don't have 20 words to say i am not a literary critic but a mere book reading geek and ask i can say the Amber saga is brilliant and i can only recommend it

  • Sign of the Unicorn

  • The Chronicles of Amber, Book 3
  • By: Roger Zelazny
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Accepting the responsibilities as ruler to the world of Amber, Corwin finds himself the target of sibling treachery, and must seek guidance in a land of visions, where a sinister prediction foretells his doom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC FANTASY

  • By Eileen on 14-05-13

masterpiece timeless

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

forget anything else this is a real masterpiece of fantasy and scifi literature. and beyond.

  • Dawn

  • Xenogenesis, Book 1
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but grating on the ears at times

  • By Mike on 19-02-18

masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 25-08-15

If you could sum up Dawn in three words, what would they be?

For years I read Octavia E. Butlers books and then I stopped and now Audible is giving me a chance to re-read (or better: listen to) books I had already read decades ago but also to listen to books I did not know.
Xenogenesis is a group of 3 books that I had not read before and it's great.
This one in particular, the first one, it definitely the best because it introduces the Oankali and their culture.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

Which character – as performed by Aldrich Barrett – was your favourite?

All of them

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Learn about others and you'll learn about yourself

Any additional comments?

thanks for producing these audiobooks!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Imago

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Barrett Aldrich
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Human and Oankali have been mating since the aliens first came to Earth to rescue the few survivors of an annihilating nuclear war. The Oankali began a massive breeding project, guided by the ooloi, a sexless subspecies capable of manipulating DNA, in the hope of eventually creating a perfect starfaring race. Jodahs is supposed to be just another hybrid of human and Oankali, but as he begins his transformation to adulthood he finds himself becoming ooloi - the first ever born to a human mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worth a read

  • By Tia on 29-03-16

One book too much but still a recommended read

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

Reviewed: 25-08-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I liked the Xenogenesis saga but, with all due respect for a great writer such as Octavia E. Butler, I found that overall the story could have been told in 2 books.
I found certain parts a bit boring and that they did not really add to the experience.
Overall Xenogenesis is a great story and it's an absolute must for anyone who likes this type of sci-fi (sociological, anthropological with the theme of racism in the background.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Imago?

To learn of the Oankali and to discover how had the author imagined this alien species.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Anything that had to do with life on the spaceship

If this book were a film would you go see it?

absolutely and not just once

Any additional comments?

Read it, listen to it despite my critique above.

  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had not thought of this book for a long time

  • By an italian in london on 30-09-14

Had not thought of this book for a long time

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

Reviewed: 30-09-14

Where does The Martian Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a very pleasant experience as an audio-book, Scott Brick has a great voice, a clarity and warmness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Martians because their existence and extinction is proof that humans are nothing but barbarians with a brain smaller than a peanut

Which scene did you most enjoy?

One of the early missions discovers how martians would not believe them to be from another planet. To me it's a parody of man: he thinks he is at the center of the universe and instead is nothing but a meaningless and transient grain of dust in something truly great.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Actually: why hasn't a movie been made of this?
My tagline would be: "Americans need not watch this movie: they would not understand it"

Any additional comments?

Great book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Spook Country

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

What happens when old spies come out to play one last game? In New York, a young Cuban called Tito is passing iPods to a mysterious old man. Across the city, an ex-military man named Brown is tracking Tito's movements. Meanwhile in LA, journalist Hollis Henry is on the trail of Bobby Chombo, who appears to know too much about military systems for his own good. With Bobby missing and the trail cold, Hollis digs deeper and is drawn into the final moves of a chilling game played out by men with old scores to settle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great audiobook

  • By an italian in london on 19-12-13

great audiobook

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

Reviewed: 19-12-13

Where does Spook Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved all WG's audiobooks on Audible.

What did you like best about this story?

I am an obsessive WG's reader, and these audiobooks have given me the opportunity to make a totally new experience. having read each of WG's books many times, the audiobook has been a welcome way to renew the experience.
All of the WG's audiobooks that I have found on Audible are top quality, great recording, great voices, great readers and all unabridged.
Can only recommend all of them.

What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

Although all performers of WG's audiobooks are great performers and all give an astonishing performance, I must confess I am partial to Robertson Dean's performance.
His voice, in my perception, sounds extremely Gibsonian, so to say

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pattern Recognition

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

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

great audiobook

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

Reviewed: 19-12-13

Where does Pattern Recognition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am an obsessive WG's reader, and these audiobooks have given me the opportunity to make a totally new experience. having read each of WG's books many times, the audiobook has been a welcome way to renew the experience.
All of the WG's audiobooks that I have found on Audible are top quality, great recording, great voices, great readers and all unabridged.
Can only recommend all of them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely yes! and actually I have already listened to it twice!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Count Zero

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

A corporate mercenary wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him, for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: to get a defecting chief of R&D-and the biochip he's perfected-out intact. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties-some of whom aren't remotely human.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating narrator

  • By Fiona on 08-07-11

a great book and an even greater audiobook

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

Reviewed: 07-04-13

It's hard to explain why I like so much William Gibson's books.In his language, in his narrative, in the pace of his stories, in his characters and in the situations he evokes, there is something that resonates with me and my personality.

Thanks to the audio version of WG's books, I can now listen to them while on the move, so as I walk the streets of London I can immerse myself in my favourite books.

You need to be careful crossing streets, negotiating a busy junction or a busy pavement.

Initially I had to get used to the style of narration, where there is one narrator for all the characters, but I appreciate the craft, the skills of Jonathan Davis and his ability to modulate his voice in a different way for each character, given each his or her (or its) own personality, it's own "mark", making them recognisable.

I found the experience excellent and the quality of the voice narration is so good that very rarely I had to go back in the story to reconnect with the narrative. The biggest problem I had in early attempts with audio books was "disconnecting" from listening the story and spawning a train of thoughts or an external event requiring higher attention and causing a disruptive distraction from the book. With this book and some discipline, I managed to stick to the story almost all the time and never get distracted.

I recommend this audiobook at many levels:

- because I love the book itself - and it's not just for SF fans, William Gibson is certainly much much more than a SF writer, he is one of those writers who leave a deep mark in the century(ies) they inhabit.

- because of the excellent quality of the audio and of the narration and the great voice of Jonathan Davis.

Book readers who approach for the first time audiobooks should be aware that they will have to invest their attention in a different way, and possibly find a new and revolutionary way to enjoy their favourite books while doing something else.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful