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Sean Daly

Bayswater, Australia
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  • 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 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

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
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

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.

  • 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
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

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
  • The Perfect Organism

  • By muthur9000 on 25-10-2018

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.

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  • 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 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

'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 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

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.

  • Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By Sean Daly on 28-05-2018

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 28-05-2018

If u know the first book then this is like a more complicated and twisty story that builds on the previous one. Returning characters make it a good time and the exploration of sport and ethics is a good setting. Well worth the time. I thought the narrator was a bit flat sometimes..a bit to ‘Siri’ for me but on the whole managed the different voices well enough. I genuinely did not expect the turns and shake ups that happened and the bit-by-bit unravelling of the crime behind the crime behind the crime was awesome!

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  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 31-12-2018

Not as good as the others

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

Reviewed: 09-05-2018

Story is actually pretty weak when compared to Out of the Shadows and River Of Pain. Still ..production and sounds are great, music and all the cast are good. It’s as much as part of the series but just..the weakest link. Not an essential listen like the others but..glad I heard it.

  • The Skill of Our Hands

  • Incrementalists, Book 2
  • By: Skyler White, Steven Brust
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The Incrementalists are a secret society of 200 people - an unbroken lineage reaching back 40 thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, a little bit at a time. But now Phil, the Incrementalist whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else's, has been shot dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Further down the rabbit hole

  • By Sean Daly on 19-04-2018

Further down the rabbit hole

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

Reviewed: 19-04-2018

Don’t confuse the frequent use of metaphor or idea’s for over complication. This is a great psy-fi story that will bend your mind but carries a huge amount of weight in its arguments about ethics, morality and the crazy grey area we live in between the black and white. I think this was possibly even better than the first book.

  • Predator: If It Bleeds

  • By: Bryan Thomas Schmidt - editor, Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

An anthology celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Predator franchise, If It Bleeds includes 17 brand new, never-before-seen or heard stories featuring the Predators throughout space and time. Based entirely on the original films, novels, and comics, Predator: If It Bleeds reveals the Predators stalking prey in 12th-century Japan, ninth-century Viking Norway, World War I, Vietnam, the Civil War, Hurricane Katrina, and the modern day, as well as across the far reaches of future space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If ur a fan..

  • By Sean Daly on 16-03-2018

If ur a fan..

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

Reviewed: 16-03-2018

Fans of the predator franchise, fear not. This is absolute gold. Some stories are short and fun, others are more in depth but the quality and attention to detail and commitment to cannon/story telling makes each one a joy. A gross, unnerving joy. Some touched on..or expanded established stories and others are entirely new. Some take in the view points of the Yautja and some are only told from the the humans perspective but all are well done. I think putting the predators in various times in history is the best way to explore what is otherwise a fairly routine tale..they come, they hunt, they slay or get beaten. It’s most entertaining when the people outwit or match the hunters rather than the outright mass death. Anyway..a great listen for short car rides and commutes.

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