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A Partington

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Great sequel to Scrublands

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Reviewed: 24-08-2020

Well worth listening to. Great book. A taut thriller with sympathetic main characters, idiomatically Australian. Very enjoyable.

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Very satisfying book

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Reviewed: 20-08-2020

This is a completely engaging audiobook. It’s great to hear an Australian accent reading; but what really grabbed me is the book itself. The characters are engaging and human and their motivations are fully realised, the plot is neat and suspenseful, and at the end I felt truly satisfied - the way Chris Hammer tied up the loose ends was brilliant. I thoroughly recommend this book.

Survival of the fittest theory

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Reviewed: 10-08-2020

Stephen C Meyer establishes clearly why Darwin’s theory of evolution, and the neo-Darwinist, and punctuated equilibrium, and every other variation of the theory evolution is not fit to describe the actual mathematically definable complexity of life. The palaeontology of the Cambrian explosion together with the number of permutations required to be randomly tried to produce one new workable protein (10^37 while using every living cell that existed) makes the theory evolution essentially a dead theory. David Gerlernter, professor of Computer Science at Yale, concluded his review of this book in the Claremont Review of Books: “(Stephen C Meyer) now poses a final challenge. Whether biology will rise to this last one as well as it did to the first, when (Darwin’s) theory upset every apple cart, remains to be seen. How cleanly and quickly can the field get over Darwin, and move on?—with due allowance for every Darwinist’s having to study all the evidence for himself? There is one of most important questions facing science in the 21st century.”

Terminus - great book!

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Reviewed: 05-08-2020

Great book full of the sorts of paradoxes and Hitchcockian horror we expect of Peter Clines.

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Really great story

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Reviewed: 03-08-2020

A worthy member of the series. Starts off too slow in the first two chapters; barring one or two bits of necessary information the story could have started at chapter three. But it takes off after that and more than makes up for the slow start. Another classic. What I love about Jim Butcher’s characters is their humanity and goodness - his books warm the heart and remind me of Tolkien and CS Lewis. They don’t leave the reader empty like some modern fantasy I’ve read and listened to, in which the protagonists are all soulless, selfish, nasty people. Jim Butcher’s characters are trying hard to do the right thing and are warm-hearted people with realistic relationships and battles. There is also a tacet acknowledgment of God’s goodness in these books. Well worth listening to.

Great sequel to 14 and The Fold

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Reviewed: 07-07-2020

Peter Clines gives us a great yarn in this, the third book of the Threshold Universe series. Excellent narration and a really exciting, gripping story in the same Lovecraftian world as 14 and the Fold. Well worth listening to if Cthulhu horror is your cup of tea.

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What a great performance of a classic fantasy novel!

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Reviewed: 22-06-2020

If you go into this expecting Narnia or Middle Earth, don’t, it is not. But it is the ancestor to today’s urban fantasy, and is particularly gripping in places. I really enjoyed it for what it is; the story attains a mysterious quality in places that is truly evocative, the narration is really wonderfully done, dramatic, with all the right tones and accents, and the orchestral music of Bax (the British impressionist) makes for excellent grabs between the chapters, perfectly appropriate for this story.

Great book!

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Reviewed: 01-08-2018

Fully absorbing, gripping, a really enjoyable performance and a fantastic story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Not as good as justice but still good

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Reviewed: 06-08-2016

While this doesn't reach the heights of Ancillary Justice it is still enjoyable. The tension doesn't really ever kick in - but the characters and relationships drive the story instead, and the ending is satisfying.

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Brilliant Book, and a fantastic performance!

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Reviewed: 02-08-2016

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A brilliantly written adventure, with an intriguing premise! Breq is the last remaining part of a ship AI and is a very engaging character. This audiobook really kept me listening and is very suspenseful all the way through. The universe of the novel is well realised and seems plausible. Breq's difficulty with gender pronouns is a brilliant touch, which, while a little confusing at first really makes sense and is treated very consistently. The implied languages, societies, politics, religions and technology all hang together well. The different accents used by the Adjoah Andoh for the various characters were excellent and helped make sense of the social interactions in the story, indeed Adjoah certainly reads the book really well and made Breq a very believable character who engaged my sympathy. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook!

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