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  • 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 1,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,846

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

Exceptional story, writing and skillful narrators

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

Reviewed: 23-01-2018

The Way of Kings, book 1 of the Stormlight Archive in Audible audiobook format is an amazing read. Got curious about this from seeing all the fanfare for Oatbringer last year.

The story takes some time to gather momentum. First 2-3 hours is sluggish but soon you'll be pulled into the storylines of Kaladin, Shallan, Dalinar. Kaladin's story takes centre stage, and is the most satisfying. Definitely give this a try for your Free Trial credit and stick with it.

Exciting to see how the rest of the series goes.

  • Stalingrad

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe and the start of his decline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Noble got the best voice!

  • By Thomas on 11-07-2018

Fascinating look into history

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

Reviewed: 20-11-2017

The audiobook is a fascinating look into the events of Stalingrad, what soldiers on both sides thought and felt. I got lost in with the geography but otherwise its a worthwhile read, even for those who arent history buffs

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  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average book: Classic Dan Brown

  • By Anonymous User on 31-10-2017

Amazing adventure, my fav Dan Brown so far

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2017

Very well written adventure filled with intrigue and real world references and art/science sources. Narrator is excellent and brings all the characters to life.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great performance, but hole filled plot

  • By Ben Allwood on 17-04-2017

Surprisingly deep, good length.

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

Reviewed: 26-09-2017

Hell Divers starts off at full throttle and rarely lets up.
Big fan of the narrator RC Bray who perfectly adopts a different tone and voice for each of the main characters, whose performance fits perfectly into the rough and tumble world of this tale.

The world is shrouded in radiation and death in this story, with humankind surviving on airships which depend on "hell divers" to parachute to the ground and scavenge for fuel and supplies.

Xavier is a deeply broken man, with much loss in his life but also much "diving" experience and value to his ship.Tin the kid was my favourite character. Listen to see if you agree.

For videogamers, imagine Metro 2033 and replace the Russian metro with airships as the last bastion of hope.

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  • Better Off Dead

  • Victor the Assassin 4
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

A hitman must be anonymous, amoral... and alone. Victor is the face in the crowd you don't see, a perfect assassin with nothing to live for. But when an old friend turns to him for help, he finds he can't refuse. For once his objective isn't to kill but to protect. Hunted through the streets of London by ruthless enemies, Victor needs to be more than just a bodyguard...but his every move leads danger closer to the very person he's vowed to defend. Published in the US as No Tomorrow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but not for the purist

  • By Amanda Quick on 08-03-2016

Victor strangles a redhead and more

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

Reviewed: 18-09-2017

This audiobook gets off to a slow start without much action however it really starts picking up a few hours in. Victor's role becomes more complicated than in previous titles in that he's thrown into a bodyguard and protection role. The characters are well fleshed out with highly descriptive fight scenes and a truly despicable bad guy.

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  • Tom Clancy Point of Contact

  • Jack Ryan Jr., Book 3
  • By: Mike Maden
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Former U.S. Senator Weston Rhodes is a defense contractor with an urgent problem. His company needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company—quickly. He turns to his old friend Gerry Hendley for help. Hendley Associates is one of the best financial analysis firms in the country and the cover for The Campus, a top-secret American intelligence agency. Rhodes asks for two specific analysts, Jack Ryan Jr., and Paul Brown, a mild-mannered forensic accountant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good but not great

  • By iain on 19-06-2017

Enjoyable story and excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 16-09-2017

Firstly, Scott Brick is an exceptional narrator who gives so much personality to every character in this audiobook, from our protagonist Jack Ryan to a sleep deprived Singaporean guard worried about his mother (not a spoiler).

The modern Tom Clancy stories are well crafted and well paced, with scenarios that feel grounded in reality. The story starts off with several disconnected parties all doing their own thing, then join together as the story unfolds.

This title is on par with the previous one in quality (True Faith and Allegiance).

  • Tom Clancy's True Faith and Allegiance

  • A Jack Ryan Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

A US Navy commander is attacked by an unidentified Russian man while having dinner with his wife. A CIA operative travelling on a Canadian passport is intercepted and interrogated at Tehran Airport. A team of FBI officers are arrested by Indonesian police for travelling under fake passports in Jakarta. These apparently unrelated incidents point to a compromise in US government security, and Jack Ryan and his team must find out where it is coming from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book

  • By Kathreen on 13-01-2017

Top rate thriller for the modern Twitter age

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

Reviewed: 24-08-2017

A very well paced and performed espionage thriller perfect for a film.
It's also a believable reminder on the nature of digital privacy at the moment where Facebook and Instagram posts can be used to build up intelligence on individuals, and ISIS's use of social media for recruitment.

The president in this story is wellspoken, smart, respectful of their intelligence services which is interesting given the current real world situation.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor performance of an exceptional book

  • By Ben Scott on 22-07-2015

A wild ride and epic performance

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

Reviewed: 10-08-2017

Such a high quality production with dedicated voice actors for each character, brought to life.

No wonder Dune is considered one of the classic sci fis. Its a grand tale of climbing back from nothingness, of political deceit and powerplays. Im no sci fi fan but this title has been thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Rainbow Six

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 35 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Whether hunting warlords in Japan, druglords in Colombia, or nuclear terrorists in the United States, John Clark is efficient and deadly ? but even he has ghosts in his past, demons that must be exorcised. And nothing is more demonic than the peril he must face as the commander of a covert multi-national anti-terrorism squad known as Rainbow. Almost as soon as the group is formed, three terrorist attacks occur that seem unrelated at first, but may be the beginning of a new brand of terrorism like nothing the world has ever encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for all military and spy fans

  • By Michael Zhu on 03-07-2017

A must read for all military and spy fans

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2017

Don't let the long duration deter you. Rainbow Six is an engrossing thriller about a globe-trotting group of elite soldiers to save the world. Do yourself a favour and don't read into too much of the blurb as the story works best when you simply let it unravel as you go.

The action scenes are fantastic, realized in minute detail from spent bullet casings arching through the air to heads exploding in a mist of pink vitae, and bodies collapsing like a bag of potatoes.

The characters are excellent, with the bad guys given plenty of backstory to show that, like reality, doing good or evil is simply a matter of perspective and beliefs.

The novel has served as a solid foundation for the numerous videogames over the years.

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  • Camino Island

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97

All trails became dead ends. Tips that had at first seemed urgent now faded away. The waiting game began. Whoever had the manuscripts would want money, and a lot of it. They would surface eventually, but where and when, and how much would they want? The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets a high security vault located deep beneath Princeton University. Valued at $25 million, the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and not your typical Grisham.

  • By Leslie on 12-08-2017

Relaxing listen

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

Reviewed: 03-07-2017

Picked this up because it was listed as a best seller.

Camino Island is a nice short listen at 6 hours, with a very simple story with fleshed out characters but it seems like it ends unsatisfactorily, story wise.

The narrator has a very soothing voice, one that puts your mind at ease after a busy day at work.