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  • It Burns

  • The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli, An Audible Original
  • By: Marc Fennell
  • Narrated by: Marc Fennell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

It’s a war filled with larger than life characters. There will be sledging, accusations of cheating, theft and performance enhancing drugs. And allegations that Australia was cheated out of a Guinness World Record. In the process of charting the scandal-plagued race to breed the world’s hottest chilli, the audio documentary lifts the lid on the subculture of ‘Chilli-heads’, hardcore chilli fans spread across the globe who compete in chilli eating and breeding competitions.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Random Read that has jumped to my Top 10

  • By Kindle Customer on 27-04-2019

Mark Fennel, that pudgy guy.

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

Reviewed: 23-04-2019

seemingly balanced story that had me going down a rabbit hole that I didn't know existed

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  • Bullets and Blood

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

The story of the Warner Brothers studio is the story of the American dream - an immigrant family who escaped a violent beginning, and arrived penniless in America, only to conquer its newest and most lucrative art form. The Warner formula was simple - to thrill audiences with stories torn straight from the headlines, and as such, Warner Studios became the home of the crime film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total family enjoyment

  • By Ms Tracey C Hemley on 15-06-2019

Engaging stories well told

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2019

There's an obvious bias to the stories, but they are well written. Not being able to play all episodes sequentially was annoying almost to the point of unusable

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than I expected

  • By Rob on 13-09-2017

Engaging stories, well written, well paced,

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2019

This is what Ready Player One should have been. The pop culture references are a nice nod, or serve to advance the plot. They aren't the entirety of the plot.

Story is engaging, with a nice level of conflict, and sets up the Asimov esqu "more human than human" dilemma with the backdrop of fundamentalist religion and space travel.

Voice performance was very good. I feel spoiled with Audible's library of brilliant performances that this great reading is reduced to "very good".

  • Rapture

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Alvin woke in a room that was not his, to discover that he had died and his brain had been bargained off cheaply to pay off someone else’s debt. It did not sit well with him. It didn’t surprise him that even in death, people were still using him for their own purposes. He had never exactly been a good guy, but everyone had their breaking point, and he had found his. The bastards in charge had uploaded his mind into a virtual death game. The whole world could now pay to see him play it and probably die. Regardless, he was not about to wait for death to come for him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • should've saved my money.

  • By Miss Kris on 06-10-2018

Author insert fiction

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2019

It is far better written than most fan fic, but the subject matter isn't.

A good deal of the narrative is spent describing the female protagonist, and once his girlfriend is introduced it falls into erotica.

Hey, I want a BTGG as well, but the domineering wank fest is not for me.

  • Valley of Death

  • Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Alvin had a rough week. Thrown into a digital death game, Apocalypse Gates, with only his wits and a less than helpful AI handler, Alvin's prospects for survival looked bleak. Managing not only to survive but to thrive, he helped build a settlement of survivors in Green River, Utah. Along the way he met the very sexy and broken Gothy. He's taken on the undead, mutated bugs and animals and the worst possible enemy - other people - and triumphed. Nothing looked like it would be a major problem, except for the flight of dragons.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The MC is reactionary which is dislikable.

  • By Xravia on 29-08-2018

author's fantasy dressed up as sci 9

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2019

The narrator just rubbed me the wrong way, but I got used to it after a while.

The occasional sex scene is fine, but more than half of the narrative is taken up with graphic sex scenes, descriptions of Gothie, or other characters ogling Gothie.

The character of the foppish rogue that doesn't care about anyone, but with a heart of gold is author insert, Mary Sue at its worst.

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        Wil Wheaton
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
    31 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • High concept, low on story

  • By Bennett on 02-10-2018

High concept, low on story

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

Reviewed: 02-10-2018

The whole thing could be about half as long if the author didn't just spout cultural references without any plot

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,789

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long - 45 hours and the first of 10 books!

  • By Jeremy on 24-04-2015

Waffle much?

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

Reviewed: 10-05-2018

Two very gifted and talented narrators that could engage me reading a shopping list bring this recalcitrant story to life.

There is building suspense, there is trying to form seemingly unconnected stories into a narrative, there is world building, and then there is busy work.

Too much busy work. Too much expecting the audience to go along with the narrative, hoping they'll see the bigger picture.

But still... I want the next novel in the series. I'm engaged with the characters, and want to see how the plot plays out.

TL/DR Long isn't necessarily better

  • 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 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

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
  • Brilliant cast brings the story to life

  • By Bennett on 25-01-2018

Brilliant cast brings the story to life

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

Reviewed: 25-01-2018

All of the actors have their own segments.

None of them copy the other's performances.

Makes it like a story told by different people's point of view.

Makes it more real.

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  • Thud!

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 156

Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • there was one line that was repeated

  • By Patrick on 09-06-2018

No better combination of writer and performer

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

Reviewed: 22-04-2017

What can you say? Terry Pratchett's characters and narrative need a very special performer to tackle the task.

Stephen Briggs is incredible in this role.

  • Error Australis

  • By: Ben Pobjie
  • Narrated by: Jim Pike
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Australia is a proud country full of proud people, but exactly what are we proud of? Comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie delves deep into Australia's past and has a good old rummage amongst the nation's personal effects. With wit, perspicacity and a healthily elastic attitude to historical accuracy, the great saga of Australia is unravelled like an old woolly jumper. For anyone who snoozed through history class at school, this is the book to get you all caught up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but hard to tell facts from jokes

  • By Paul on 15-12-2016

About as funny as a fart in a bottle

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

Reviewed: 04-01-2017

The script follows the same "fact, fact as set up, topical joke" format through most of the first three chapters.

I can't say what the rest of the novel was like, as that was all I could stand.

Having variation on the same tired joke over and over got really grating, and wasn't even funny the first time.

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