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Sean Daly

Bayswater, Australia
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  • Alien III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online. This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel that should have happened.

  • By David G Francis on 05-07-2019

From one fan to another..this was amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-06-2019

Wasn’t expecting this but it still felt like Aliens. At times it’s hard to know which setting a scene is happening in and which voice belongs to who. Clearly the fingerprints of these ideas are present in the Alien Res scripts but this one is way way way better in execution. The voice acting and sounds are all on par with the best.
Now I’m off to read the comics!!

  • Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars)

  • By: Cavan Scott
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Pete Bradbury, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars), by Cavan Scott, read by Orlagh Cassidy as Asajj Ventress, Euan Morton as Dooku, Pete Bradbury as Gretz Droom, Jonathan Davis as Qui-Gon Jinn, Neil Hellegers as Ramil, Sean Kenin as Sifo-Dyas, January LaVoy as Jor Aerith, Saskia Maarleveld as Jenza, Carol Monda as Lene Kostana, Robert Petkoff as Ky Narec, Rebecca Soler as Yula Braylon, and Marc Thompson as Yoda. Delve into the history of the sinister Count Dooku in this audio original set in a galaxy far, far away....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Star Wars returns to audio, with mixed success

  • By James on 01-07-2019

Unreal

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

Reviewed: 30-05-2019

The voice cast, sounds, music, story...all amazing. It will draw u right in and feels completely Star Wars!

  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best love stories, ever.

  • By Susan on 22-01-2019

A slow burn that nails the ending

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

Reviewed: 02-05-2019

TL:DR - twists. You think you know, but you don’t. When it starts, you may expect fantasy but it’s not coming. You think Victorian drama, but it’s not that either. The story doesn’t start at the beginning, the people aren’t who you assume and the perspective of the characters will swap in the 3rd act. This was brilliant.

Spoiler*

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A great LGBT story amongst a tale of aristocracy, crime and betrayal. Oh yeh and there’s people with the ability to bind memories...which not surprisingly is the device which the story uses to tie it all together.

Carl does an EXCELLENT job of voicing the players, switching accents and nuances to perfection. Dude deserves credit for the performance.

  • The Hod King

  • The Books of Babel, Book 3
  • By: Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93

The third novel in the highly acclaimed Books of Babel series, set in a labyrinthine world of menace and wonder. On the orders of the mysterious Sphinx, Thomas Senlin and his crew are dragged ever further into the Tower's conspiracies. Meanwhile, the hods climb the Black Trail in darkness and whisper of their king.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By phoebe on 28-01-2019

Best one so far

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

Reviewed: 29-03-2019

If u stuck with it this far..the rewards and pay off come fast and frequent. The first book was a curious chore, the second a bit deeper...this is where it all comes into frame and what a revelation it is! Can not wait for the finale!!!!

  • Senlin Ascends

  • The Books of Babel, Book 1
  • By: Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Mild-mannered headmaster, Thomas Senlin prefers his adventures to be safely contained within the pages of a book. So when he loses his new bride shortly after embarking on the honeymoon of their dreams, he is ill-prepared for the trouble that follows. To find her, Senlin must enter the Tower of Babel - a world of geniuses and tyrants, of menace and wonder, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. And if he hopes to ever see his wife again, he will have to do more than just survive...this quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and Amazing!

  • By Jackson on 27-02-2018

Slow to start..but...

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

Reviewed: 31-01-2019

Ok..I nearly gave up on this a number of times before the third act. Note..once he gets to the ‘ports’ you’re in for a good time but it’s painfully dull until then. A little bit like Bilbo Baggins or a Arthur (Hitchhikers guide) type of awkward and plenty boring..until the pace steps up. By the end I was queuing up the next book right away. Steampunk and old Victorian themes throughout give it a certain unpredictability because nothing is explained in a way that you want..but little by little the pieces begin to fit. The narrator does his best with the voices and accents though variety is not a strong point. Average overall but very promising for the next book.

  • Aliens: Bug Hunt

  • By: Jonathan Maberry, Heather Graham, Scott Sigler, and others
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster, Eric G. Dove, R. C. Bray, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

When the Colonial Marines set out after their deadliest prey, the Xenomorphs, it's what Corporal Hicks calls a bug hunt - kill or be killed. Here are fifteen all-new stories of such "close encounters", written by many of today's most extraordinary authors. Set during the events of all four Alien films, sending the Marines to alien worlds, to derelict space settlements, and into the nests of the universe's most dangerous monsters, these adventures are guaranteed to send the blood racing - one way or another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than bugs

  • By Sean Daly on 18-11-2018

More than bugs

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

Reviewed: 18-11-2018

I loved the way this told more than just the stock standard xeno mission. Though those stories are great and definitely added to the expanded story, it was the wider world the writers played with which gave it the score I put. It was also great to have various narrators through out. Kept it from getting boring. Lots of fun, well worth the time. Enjoyed it more than the ‘sea of sorrows’ story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Relic

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Once Homo sapiens reigned supreme, spreading from star system to star system in an empire that encountered no alien life and thus knew no enemy.... save itself. As had happened many times before, the most primal human instincts rose up, only this time armed with the advanced scientific knowledge to create a genetically engineered smart virus that quickly wiped out humanity to the last man. That man is Ruslan, the sole known surviving human being in the universe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointing

  • By Paul on 27-12-2018

Ummmm...wow.

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

Reviewed: 22-10-2018

I seriously loved this book. I was finding reasons to spare just a few minutes here or there to get more. The story progresses in a simple enough manner..sole survivor climatising to his new role of ‘specimen’ and archive/translator of human relics. It’s not until the third and final act of the story that the real twists and surprises come about and the ending was a huge payoff. Very satisfying. Marc manages the accents and voices masterfully and is quite convincing as a Masari!
Excellent tale and a novel approach to the sci-fi/post apocalyptica genre.

  • Alien: The Cold Forge

  • The Alien Series
  • By: Alex White
  • Narrated by: Michael Braun
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

With the failure of Hadley's Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback - the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there's a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place: the facility known as "The Cold Forge". Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there's a spy aboard - someone who doesn't necessarily act in the company's best interests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant.

  • By Sean Daly on 03-10-2018

Brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2018

I’ve been waiting for a fresh and inspired new story in the Aliens universe and this was it. Not connected or tagging along with any other stories..sitting nicely somewhere in the Amanda Ripley/Isolation era..tho she’s not a character. It’s a story that depicts humans as being the worse species and juxtaposes morality and ethics with very vulnerable people. This story..just..nails it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

'I have sensed a disturbance in the Force.' Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun while it lasted

  • By Anonymous User on 15-09-2018

Not so great..

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

Reviewed: 11-09-2018

Story: too confusing and disjointed, the pacing is enough to keep the listener engaged but all the monologue gets tiring. The exposition and dialogue is long winded and takes away from the story.
The voice acting is hit and miss..Thrawn is A+ 100% perfect. Anakin is good too but Vader...ehh...needed the voice/modulation to sound like him. Palme was awful. Would it have been so difficult to use a woman?
The music is the usual but over used I think..sound effects are decent and add a nice touch. I didn’t enjoy the story and felt an opportunity was lost by not exploring the force sensitives, the politics between Chiss/Grisk worlds and even the impact of the mine collapse on Mokifchu (?).
Far from a favourite, bit of a chore to get through. You aren’t missing anything by skipping this one. Even for hardcore fans.

  • Autonomous

  • By: Annalee Newitz
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap medicines for those who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail is an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his indentured robotic partner, Paladin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating !!

  • By Valentino on 24-03-2018

Different.

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

This story goes to places you likely won’t expect. It actually made me feel kind of awkward and uncomfortable to consider some of the concepts such as slavery, ownership, big pharma, piracy, sexuality and identity. Pretty big stuff to cover in a futuristic sci-fi like this. It’s at its best when the chase is on for a piece of the puzzle or the hunt for a key bit of info, but really lagged when diving into relationships and or politics. I loved the world that has been built around the idea of ‘grown’ technology and the robots are really distinctly different. It’s thought provoking and stands on its own amongst a flooded market of sci-fi but I can’t say yet whether I actually liked it. He narrator was maybe the weakest part, sounding more like the robots she was reading for than the humans most of the time. I would have preferred more inflection, character and energy..it just felt really flat. Still..someone else might appreciate it?
It’s overall a good story and everything but I wouldn’t say it’s been a favourite.