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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,995

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

light-hearted fun<br />

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

on the boundary of hard sci-fi with grand scope and space opera with a small number of personable characters. this doesn't have a sense of drama and threat despite its themes, but then when the main protagonist is an ai perhaps a bit of detachment is quite proper. that said this rumbles along nicely and when it stops you're quite ready for more.

  • Real Crime

  • By: Bernard P Achampong, Thomas Glasser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Britain's most chilling crimes are brought sensationally to life in this compelling new series, using court room transcripts, police interviews, 999 calls, secret audio recordings and eye witness testimonies. With new insights into those responsible - from the shocking murders and manhunt of Raoul Moat to Jamie Bulger's killers - this show is not for the easily disturbed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sadness is guaranteed :(

  • By Nigel on 17-03-18

Don't feel like I learned anything

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

Reviewed: 23-12-18

I only listened to a couple of these as they seemed like superficial accounts of arbitrary crimes

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and the text is served well by narration.

  • By David W. on 12-09-18

Impartial, but not complete.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Unlike previous more scandal driven accounts this appears to be a relative objective descriptive account. Trump doesn't come off like a toddler - but as a president out of his depth who doesn't understand government or large organizations and who has no interest in fixing any of that. There were parts of the presidency that were underplayed as it focuses very much on what's going on in the White House itself. So for the effect that Trump's rhetorical style is having was very much out of scope. As such although it comes across as the least problematic of the recent batch of White House accounts, it does not seem to be a complete representation of this presidency as a whole.

  • Green Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

The initial Martian pioneers had fierce disagreements about how the planet should be used by humans. This led to a war that threatened the lives of billions of people on both Mars and Earth. Now, the second generation of settlers continues the struggle to survive the hostile yet strangely beautiful environment of the red planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true visionary.

  • By John Paul Hook on 16-11-18

Solid sci fi performed well

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I've listened to 2 of the 3 Mars trilogy books by Kim Stanley Robinson. I'd assumed that he must have a science background but, no - he's a writer writer (although he seems to have good science connections). I'm enjoying this series, it has interesting and often credible science ideas. His social interactions also seem reasonably plausible. My only reservations are
1. These books are VERY long and felt like they could have benefitted from a firmer editorial hand. I like a long listen, but (for example) some of the accounts of events like conferences are as unwieldy and turgid as conferences can actually be in real life - who needs that? So after 50 hours of 2 books I really need a break and am not actually looking forward to the third book right now - although I'll get past that and am pleased it's out there for when I'm ready.
2. There is a lot of science jargon. Now I can dig science jargon - but if you're listening to an audiobook on the motorway, as I do, and your the sort of person who likes to picture the story, you might struggle to imagine some of the environments unless the scientific terms are supported with a bit of ordinary english, to help you work out whether , for example the geological description means that the terrain is crunchy and unstable or frozen and smooth.
3. Some (if not many) of the main characters are flawed and selfish but take up a lot of space in the story - I have now lost all interest in whether a vain drama queen feels bad about the death of one of the men she strung along at the hands of another. That was 50 of my hours ago and 100 of their years, but that seems to be an ongoing plot issue.

That sounds critical - but the main news is that the basic story, terraforming Mars with a society that has a wierd and problematic quirk is a good one. The science is thought provoking and well researched. They are very good books, just ovelry wordy.

  • The Labyrinth Index

  • Laundry Files, Book 9
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry - the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats - has culminated in the unthinkable: an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street. But in true 'the enemy of my enemy' fashion, Mhairi Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy - there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Jack Hawkins!!!!

  • By Thursday Week on 31-10-18

Based on partial listen

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

It's no use. Just occasionally there are narrators that so wind me up that I have to return the book rather than listen all the way through. This is one. It's the joint worst narration I've heard - and I've heard a lot. The worst crime of all, as mentioned by other reviewers, is that the reader hasn't even bothered to find out how to pronounce the main protagonists name. None of the characters sound anything like they have before, accents are over the top and way out. I'm going to see if I can get text to speech on kindle instead as I'd rather have a robot voice than this. Just awful, which is sad for me as I was counting the days to the release.

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  • The Delirium Brief

  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Bob Howard's career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from the supernatural, has involved brilliant hacking, ancient magic and combat with creatures of pure evil. Now the Laundry's existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well-paced, good characters, insanity.

  • By Dylan on 28-07-17

The next installment...

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

By this stage in the Laundry series, you"d have problems jumping in to this out of sequence. If you like the series so far you'll be very happy with this. The narrator is the same guy who voiced most of the others. He's Ok at accents, poor with women (a shame for a set of books with solid and interesting female characters) and terrible at MATCHING TONE TO TEXT!!! (I whispered).

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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

Gobsmacking scope

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

This was a new and intriguing story which is well worth a listen... it might even change the way you think. The reason I personally didn't give it 5 stars was that, given the story, there is a lot of description and passive voice. Add to this the very measured tone of the narrator I found myself drifting off many times. It took 5 goes to listen to the last couple of chapters. So, all in all, worth a listen but it won't keep you on the edge of your seat despite end if humanity type peril.

  • Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours

  • By: David Mack
  • Narrated by: Susan Eisenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • essential prequel to the new series

  • By Daniel on 08-10-17

predictable response to an impossible problem

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

How to connect discovery to the original series? You can't adequately. The fast and loose approach to tech and other features like how mind melds work mean that the twain should never meet. But David Mack has been tasked to do it and he sorta did. The story is rather uninteresting... and the following could be considered a spoiler if there were much to spoil....can Spock and Burnham solve puzzles to save the day... can you guess? can you? What's that? You can guess? Yeah me too.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Anthony on 13-01-11

Like a B road on Mull...

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

This is interesting and has twists and turns but its also rather slow with a lot of scenery to get fro A to B.

  • What's It All About?

  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

In his revealing autobiography, Michael Caine tells with unsparing honesty of his hard-fought journey from an impoverished South London childhood to Hollywood wealth and stardom. With all the easy charm and relaxed humour of a natural raconteur, he takes us behind the scenes of both his professional and private life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oddly monotone

  • By Knucklebones on 05-05-13

good but short

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

off to listen to next book as this was nice but very brief. completely skipped some chunks