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  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second best Croshaw book

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-03-2018

Hilariously Believable Story. A+ Narration.

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

Reviewed: 29-03-2018

The narration in 'Differently Morphous' is a masterclass of bringing characters to life. Yahtzee's brilliant delivery easily doubles the value of this already great story. And usually any extra audio effects can be jarring and ruin the narration, but this novel pulls it off just right and I'm glad they went to the effort of including them.

If the premise of a modern day where magic is exposed to the world seems boring. Then consider that it's a peculiar version of magic that only Yahtzee could dream up and a story driven by hilariously real characters, that again only Yahtzee could write. Juxtaposing the absurdity of magic and sci-fi with a realistic modern day - complete with social media, political correctness, and trivial bureaucracy - sucks you in pretty quickly with a stupid grin on your face.

If you're unfamiliar with the author's style, think Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and a kind of humour that can make the most bizarre metaphor feel like the most apt description imaginable.

  • James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

His razor-sharp intellect, uncanny powers of deduction, and knowledge of the criminal underground are legendary throughout London. He solves cases with the able assistance of his close friend and confidant. And, one day, he will become the arch enemy of Sherlock Holmes. Meet Professor James Moriarty - consulting criminal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wicked Side of the Sherlock Holmes World

  • By Joshua on 27-06-2017

The Wicked Side of the Sherlock Holmes World

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2017

A fantastic introduction to Professor Moriarty that may well have been written by Arthur Conan Doyle himself. The story is told from the perspective of an underworld figure to detail some of his early experiences with Professor Moriarty. It is greatly reminiscent of Watson following along with Holmes on his adventures, but from a playfully wicked angle.

Graeme Malcolm narrates superbly. One of my highlight's being his portrayal of a crime boss in the second chapter.

TL;DR: If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes and are even a little curious about the evil side of that world then you'll enjoy this. If only there were more than the three short tales featured here.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Peak

  • Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
  • By: Robert Pool, Anders Ericsson
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outliers barely skimmed the surface.

  • By Joshua on 22-01-2017

Outliers barely skimmed the surface.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-2017

Peak provided a much deeper look into mastery and expertise than I had imagined. I'd listened to Ericsson talk in podcasts and heard much of what others had learned from his work but this book cleared up a lot of the information superbly. A couple of chapters felt like brainwaves, especially the key one on building mental representations.
A great book for anyone interested in how we can learn effectively, and particularly those seeking any kind of excellence.

The narrator was fantastic, except that whenever he would quote anyone they'd sound American, but a sort of unintelligent sounding American. Which missed the mark completely in a number of instances. But perhaps it was only jarring compared with the rest of his eloquently British narration throughout the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Need More

  • By Amy on 06-03-2017

Short, sweet, and captivating

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2016

John Scalzi built a fascinating world that kept my attention and intrigue every step of the way. I could not wait to know more about the different sides to the job of a Dispatcher. The narrator's work as the protagonist was the highlight for me, capturing Tony's sly, yet likeable demeanor perfectly.

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Peter Husmann
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like a cookie.

  • By Joshua on 22-02-2016

Like a cookie.

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

Reviewed: 22-02-2016

Some of it was pretty hard to get through and I took a couple months-long intermission to read other stuff. But inevitably there would always be a delicious chocolate chunk waiting for me in one of the adventures or situations when I came back. They experience amazing places and thrilling events, just sometimes they'd be separated by a bland dough of overly detailed classifications and descriptions of marine life.

Aside from the sometimes dull pacing, my only other gripe is with how the author sometimes seemed to free the protagonists from a situation with somewhat of a Deus ex machina. It doesn't happen often but it did leave a poor taste in my mouth when it did.

TL;DR: if you're fascinated by the possibilities of what the depths of the oceans could contain, and don't mind extraneous detail here and there, you won't be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One if the most gripping audio books ever

  • By Thanh on 29-01-2019

Enders game

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

Reviewed: 28-01-2016

I felt the book went an hour longer than it needed to be. Hearing the author explain why made all the sense in the world.