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  • Excession

  • Culture Series, Book 5
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968

Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story, better narration

  • By Marc on 22-03-13

Definitely Worth Reading

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

Reviewed: 15-06-13

This was a very good sci-fi book, I have enjoyed most of it though I did get bored at times. There are many interesting concepts presented. The mechanized and Alien characters are more interesting than the human ones but not in a bad way.

Did not like the main character.
Some characters are followed in too much depth before being almost immediately killed off the story which I found annoying.

Narration is very well done.

Overall it was worth my money and time.



RECOMMENDATIONS

You might want to check out Chasm City

or:

-Revelation Space
-Redemption Ark
-Absolution Gap

In that order. All by Alastair Reynolds.

I found those more entertaining.


Enjoy

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Zombie Survival Guide

  • Complete Protection from the Living Dead
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Drawing from reams of historical data, laboratory experiments, field research, and eyewitness accounts, this comprehensive guide is the only book you'll need to face the greatest challenge mankind has ever encountered. Granted, you probably already know that skills such as wilderness survival, leadership, and basic first aid are important when fighting off hordes of the undead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and extensive

  • By I OFarrell on 19-04-16

Average

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

Reviewed: 15-06-13

I found that I could not finish the book, I found it very bland and senseless, but I had expected so, it is a Guide after all: no story, no new or interesting concepts, just a guide.

Narration is also average.

Enjoy

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Roadside Picnic

  • By: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Olena Bormashenko (translator)
  • Narrated by: Robert Forster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a "full empty", something goes wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can honestly say that I was taken by every word!

  • By geoff clout on 08-01-15

Unfortunaley I Cannot Recommend It

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

Reviewed: 15-06-13

I expected much more from this book, but unfortunately it hardly has a story at all, most of the conversations are absolutely useless to the plot and downright boring.

The only interesting part of the book are the Zone and the Artifacts and those are exactly the things that are not highlighted by the book. Furthermore, it was really upsetting that when a possible conjecture or explanation about an artifact would arise, it would just get immediately dismissed by the main character in such manner: "I ain't not a big brainer! I don't give a damn about those science thingys! Let them brain scientists figure that out! I'm just going to get drunk and brawl with a stranger at the pub cuz I'm cuuool!"
And that, is the book in a nutshell... and I might add: -.-

In the hole book the Zone is visited only Three (3) times and nothing much happens.

Robert Forster, not my kind of narrator but perfect for the part, do not expect any accent, or tones other then the strong ones that you heard in the sample

CONCLUSION
Disappointing story
Disappointing characters
Disappointing narration
Disappointing ending

RECOMMENDATION

Get Metro 2033 instead, believe me.

Enjoy

8 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic brilliance.

  • By mollymoon1 on 08-03-11

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 15-06-13

PREMISE
>It's nothing like the movie. Alright, having taken care of that, here is what I have to say<

This book was incredible, the story and the way that the main character's thoughts and feelings are presented are just amazing.

I was very worried about the vampire cliche, but you know what.. the writer added a twist and much more depth into it, making it fit like a latex glove (there is a disturbing image for you, complements of the house).
Jokes aside the only negative point of this book is its length, you just want more and are really sad to know that the end might be near.

The narration is superb, the best one yet in my narrow experience. Nice work Mr.Robertson!

I will not say one more word on this master piece as I don't want to inadvertently spoil something, just trust my words, get it now and you'll thank me later.

Enjoy

  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth

  • By: Carrie Ryan
  • Narrated by: Vane Millon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Recommended

  • By Mattia on 15-06-13

Not Recommended

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

Reviewed: 15-06-13

OVERALL
5 hours into the book I just cannot believe that I'm half way through and almost nothing has happened. I am not a person to leave a book after starting it even if I don't like it but I cannot bear a single word anymore.

WRITING
Unending lines of stomach turning self pity with metaphors that is surprising I haven't heard something on the line of "the cold burns like fire" though it did come very close to such thing many times.
It goes like this:
▬Main character does step 1 (yay something happens though just for a few seconds).
▬>Tens of minutes< of self pity, useless introspection and ponders of lost loves all lengthened by an annoying repetition of the same concepts using different cliche metaphors.
▬Main character does step 2, again only for a few moments something actually happens and then again with the self pity thing.

STORY
I won't say too much as I don't want to spoil the book for people intending to read it, but expect nothing original and lot's of cliches to the extent of "My point in life is: I will see the Ocean" ...yes, that is actually, basically, the unspoiled main plot of the book in a nutshell.
Do you think that is enough to make you wrinkle your nose in suspicion? Well, you haven't heard anything yet, expect soap opera-like love triangles and squares and cliche revelations such as "TSSSS... CSSSHH... I am your father!" (Well... much more soap opera cliche like, but I'm not going to spoil anything just in case).

NARRATION
I now know that Vane Millon has an unnerving, monotone, emotionless voice. I do apologies for my harshness Miss Vane but every sentence ended with the same exact pitch, it just felt like a punishment. I still feel that it fits well in the context of a teenage girl, but a rich high-school one, surely not a post apocalyptic, wilderness self sustaining environment survivor kind. Maybe is because I have just finished hearing to Robertson Dean in "I am legend" (boy what a book, and what a narrator. Just awesome), I don't know for sure, but sure is I felt something when he was narrating and of all those emotions, frustration wasn't one of them, while with this book it was the predominant one. If it's not clear what I'm saying you can imagine every phrase's tune going like this: ▼►▼.

CONCLUSION + RECOMMENDATION
I would not spend a credit on this book if you ask me, if you are looking for a good post apocalyptic story I recommend:

-Metro 2033
-I am Legend

respectively.

They do not contain zombies per se, but other horrific creatures. They are both amazing, you will not be disappointed.

Enjoy

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling and Engaging

  • By Katherine on 11-04-13

Absolutely Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 31-05-13

What a great book this is,

It'll give you chills and you'll dream about the heart pounding terrifying moments. Not a moment of rest from the amazing story always pacing ahead with the steady feeling of growth of the main character and with absolut absence of repetition. Not two scenes are alike and every scene is unique in its originality, you'll never get bored and will always want to get to the next chapter because you know that something amazing will happen, but at the same time you'll regret getting to the end of the chapter you're at because it is so very entertaining. Some scenes will freeze the blood in your veins.
The narrator is just perfect as well.

Get this a-book, you'll thank me later.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful