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  • Kidnapped by the Pirate

  • By: Keira Andrews
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it's concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he's sailing to the fledging colony, where he'll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family's financial gain. Then pirates strike and he's kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World. Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don't deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel's father.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another Repeat...

  • By Peter on 23-09-2018

Another Repeat...

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

Reviewed: 23-09-2018

This genre seems to be dominated by a need to emphasis and exaggerate the sex..
The reader didn't capture the people involved in a believable way.

  • The Man Who Sold the Moon

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Today the moon - tomorrow the stars. The Man Who Sold the Moon: A landmark volume in Heinlein’s magnificent Future History series. D. D. Harriman is a billionaire with a dream: the dream of Space for All Mankind. The method? Anything that works. Maybe, in fact, Harriman goes too far. But he will give us the stars....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Foretelling..

  • By Peter on 09-07-2018

Classic Foretelling..

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

Reviewed: 09-07-2018

I really enjoyed this typically sound work by Heinlein.. The four parts fit together nicely and carry the story line over four periods of time quite brilliantly..

  • Altered Carbon

  • Altered Carbon, Book 1
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By Fernando Barreto Costa on 12-10-2016

Interesting Concepts

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2018

Somewhat violent and unusual storyline..
The basic storyline lends itself to the violence and the seeming disinterest towards human life..
Worth a listen..

  • The Fountains of Paradise

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In the 22nd century visionary scientist Vannevar Morgan conceives the most grandiose engineering project of all time, and one which will revolutionise the future of humankind in space: a Space Elevator, 36,000 kilometres high, anchored to an equatorial island in the Indian Ocean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Going Up !!

  • By Peter on 13-01-2018

Going Up !!

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2018

This is another gem of well thought out science fiction, well presented in the careful prepared words of an insightful author..
I loved it. It provokes thought...

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Sophie on 20-05-2015

A Living Downer...

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2017

As a descriptive narrative of the human tragedy and the utter futility of war, this book succeeds - but at what a cost to the reader.!!

  • Murder in Mississippi

  • By: John Safran
  • Narrated by: John Safran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The internationally acclaimed true-crime story you have to hear to believe. Taking us places only John Safran can, Murder in Mississippi paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tops

  • By Tami Sussman on 05-08-2017

Soundbites

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

Reviewed: 09-08-2017

A book written and recited by a person who has little aptitude in either ..
No doubt a good documentary producer the authors' style is akin to a soundbite quoter on early bird news..

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  • Doctor Thorne

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Doctor Thorne is the third audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Long regarded as one of Trollope's greatest works, it is a complex story of love, greed and illegitimacy. Set in fictional Barsetshire, it concerns the romantic challenges facing Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, and Frank Gresham, the only son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury. Mary falls in love with Frank but he is constrained by the need to marry well to restore the family fortunes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trollope At Gossiping Best..

  • By Peter on 07-08-2017

Trollope At Gossiping Best..

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2017

Generally a good yarn with the author colourfully describing life in "grandeous" society where status is historic..

  • The Prime Minister

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 27 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England - a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it - is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf - even Palliser’s own wife, Lady Glencora.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Reading Trollope..

  • By Peter on 01-08-2017

Easy Reading Trollope..

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

Reviewed: 01-08-2017

A fine read, well read by Timothy West..
Trollopes perennial questioning of self - whist surrounded by life of that time..

  • Volume I: The King of the Elves

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

The King of the Elves is the opening installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, expanded from the previous Collected Stories set to incorporate new story notes, and two added tales, one previously unpublished, and one uncollected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Early stories show the development of PKD

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-07-2017

Some Up Some Down..

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

Reviewed: 12-05-2017

A fine grouping of very listenable short stories with thought provoking ideas..
Some require to be heard a second time...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported to the wold of Scout and Jem.

  • By Frances on 18-05-2015

Classic but Unique.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2017

A very good read of a yarn that reflects the basic fears of humans, the fears of "difference", "being socially shunned" and "injustice" - unless it happens to others..