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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    
    
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        Alan Dean Foster
    
    


    
    
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        Marc Thompson
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    203 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!

  • By Brendon on 25-02-2016

Star Wars at its best, brilliant effects

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

Reviewed: 29-01-2016

Star Wars has returned, and not with cheap gimmicks or stupid characters, but with a classic story line, favourite characters and new ones, and the magic that we all know and love.
Having seen the movie, I wanted to read the book to see what it was like, how much different it was, was there any little extra's that are sometimes in the book.
I remember reading Return of the Jedi as a kid and loving the fact that there was all these little extras hidden away. And with Alan Dean Foster writing the book, how can you go wrong.
And so I grabbed the audiobook, and I was not disappointed.
Marc Thompson's Narration is wonderful, with a great range of voices (His Kylo Ren is awesome!) and he has such incredible enthusiasm for his reading. Foster has been very true to the script of the film, and I guess that to some extent this is a partial review of the film?
I loved this story, it was a return to the original classic Star Wars that we loved from the original saga, and it was back in all its glory.
I was so happy from the opening scene when the Star Destroyer glides over the planet - and I knew that Abrams was going to do justice by the story. Foster has just followed the script.
However, as you hope with all the adaptions, there are little extra's, whether these are deleted scenes or bits in the script that Foster has added in, or just poetic licence, regardless, they add so much extra to the story, and make it worth the read.
Another great thing about this audiobook is the effort that has gone into its production. Not only has Marc Thompson done a great job on the narration, there is the exceptional soundtrack that goes with it. Right the way through the story, there is a musical soundtrack, but there is also special effects (such as lightsabers, blasters, explosions, ship sounds etc)
I had not expected this at all, and it gave the audiobook a whole new depth. I was concerned that maybe it was going to detract from the book a few times, but it certainly didn't, making the book that much more exceptional.
There is really nothing bad that can be said about this book, brilliant narration, superb special effects, fantastic story, what more could you want?
If you love Star Wars, if you have or haven't seen the movie, this is worth the read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under Different Stars

  • The Kricket, Book 1
  • By: Amy A. Bartol
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago's foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she'll stop running and finally find her place in the world. That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Narration Good Story

  • By Jas P on 03-10-2015

Beautiful Narration Good Story

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2015

Kate Rudd has a beautiful voice, and does a wonderful job with the Narration of this book. She does a wonderful job of easily distinguishing each of the characters (both male and female) making this an easy story to listen to, and adding an extra level to the story as its told.
The first in the Kricket series is a somewhat interesting story. It starts off a little slow, before picking up pace.
Bartol describes her worlds beautifully, giving you real perspective and depth even when on Earth. It's when you get to Ethar though that you truly get to understand how well she writes.
She has done a good job of covering her characters as well, plausible explanations for their size, what has happened on their world and various other things that I won't cover so as to not give too much away.
Whilst it may appeal to some older Sci-Fi/Fantasy readers, this will mainly appeal to YA readers due to the relationships between the main characters, Kricket, Trey, Kyon and even Jax and Wayra. The unfolding love story between Kricket and Trey is more suited to a YA audience for the way it is written.
The only other annoying aspect of this story, is that people (well main characters) seem unable to die. Every time you believe that one of the mains is about to die, someone or something miraculously saves them.
If you are a fan of Twilight, or Hunger Games, (and generally I HATE making comparisons), then you will most likely love this.
I did at times get a little lost in the overly gushy young love between Trey and Kricket, but the background Sci-Fi story of civil war between Alameeda and Rafe clans (and others) as well as Krickets continuing growth as something powerful and unique in this new world, more than keeps you interested.
This story is well worth listening to, and with the exquisite narration of Kate Rudd, it is even more so.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a Twilight Zone episode this book would have made!

  • By Olivia Watts on 11-05-2017

Wonderful Narration to a Fascinating Story!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2015

Much to Luke Smitherds surprise (yes Luke, I did listen to your acknowledgements at the end, and they are some of the funniest thing I have listened (read) in a long time - worth getting this just for the 5mins of you talking at the end!!) Matt Addis did a brilliant job with the Narration. His characters are excellent, and he easily shifts between multiple characters, giving us a clean, distinct voice for each one, even female voices. The emotion he displays in some parts of the book were exceptional and brought an extra level of depth to what was already a great story. I can't fault the Narration at all.
This is a very interesting read. Some parts of the story are very predictable, and then you kind of realise that it was done that way as Smitherd was more focused on his character at that point in the book, than on the actual plot, and he wants your focus there too, not lost on trying to unravel what is going on. In other parts, you are definitely trying to unravel what the hell is going on in this incredible tale of how one day a man's life is suddenly turned up side down by the arrival of a stone statue shaped liked a man, and even more so when it starts to walk towards some unseen goal, and nothing or no one can stop it.
Smitherd's characters are real and believable, you can relate to them and how they respond to the situations as they unfold around them. You kind of wonder what you would do?
And that is what's so great about this story, so many questions, some answered, some left to you to answer, and along the way, an exceptionally gripping story that will keep you enthralled right up until the end.
And then at the end, after this amazing gut wrenching ride - Luke will make you giggle like a little school kid when you read his afterward :-)
If you love science fiction with a twist, or mystery, even action/thriller, then you should read this, its really worth it.
This was my first foray into Smitherds work, but I will be looking up his other works as a result of reading this - great work, made all the better by Matt Addis' wonderful Narration.

  • Sea of Stars

  • The Kricket Series, Book 2
  • By: Amy A. Bartol
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger - and more dangerous - than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity...and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents' clans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Narration to a decent story- worth it

  • By Jas P on 03-10-2015

Beautiful Narration to a decent story- worth it

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2015

Kate Rudd has a lovely voice and does a wonderful job of creating of characters, both Male and Female and by the time you reach the second part of this series, it is easy to recognise who is talking simply by her character voice without her identifying whom has spoken.
As I stated in my review of the first book, she has a beautiful tone as well that makes this easy to listen to.
As for the story, this is a good sequel to the first, the characters continue to develop well as does the story line, and although it is a little slow again in parts, its only because the Author is taking her time in developing a good story, and its worth sticking with it.
We still follow along with Kricket (I still can't get over that name?) as she is thrust into an alternate world were she goes from being an foster kid with very little hope, to being a Priestess with special powers who everyone wants, and who extremely large, gorgeous men are falling all over her trying to vie for her attention. Of course some of them are trying to kill her in the process as there is a civil war going on, and as its a YA novel, there is a bit of a 3 way love triangle in there as well.
Having said all of that - it is a lot better than what that sounds - there are very plausible reasons for everyone being larger in this world (not so much why they are all so attractive though?) One thing I really like about this Author is that she does actually explain things, as the series is going on (Im listening to part 3 now), and all the bits that you want answered, are slowly being answered as the series goes no.
Kricket is amusing as the lead - her commentary throughout the series is very clever as the strong willed street kid who has to grow into herself and find the strength to survive in this new environment. The support cast of Trey, Jax and Wayra are very good, Kyon as the the antagonist is so good you just want to kill him yourself, and there are several other great characters.
Personally (and I do stress this is for me!), I think Kate Rudds reading of this makes a huge difference in how much I liked this series, her voice and the way she does her characters is exquisite.

  • Rise of the Corinari

  • Frontiers Saga Series, Book 5
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

A time to recover. A chance to make a new ally. A brief respite to repair and rearm. An opportunity for a people to regain their honor. For every civilization there comes a moment when a stand must be made against tyranny. The time has come for the Alliance to draw a line in the sand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellence Continues in Part 5

  • By Jas P on 29-06-2015

Excellence Continues in Part 5

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

Reviewed: 29-06-2015

My other reviews cover a lot of this Saga.
Jeffrey Kafer is just brilliant and makes this series as an Audiobook - if you see him as a Narrator in anything else, don't miss it.

Part 5 sees the Nathan and the Aurora Crew having a breather and a chance to repair and rearm. Nathan has bold plans for the Sector, but can he pull them off so that he can finally have an edge in this conflict and go home? Will all the parties be interested? Will his crew follow him?

This is a pivotal chapter in the series and again, Ryk Brown does such a great job of writing such a complex political piece, making it so easy to read/listen to, and enjoyable.
I love his work, and only hope that this series continues for a long time.

Hopefully whilst he continues to write, Jeffrey Kafer continues to Narrate!

  • Freedom's Dawn

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 4
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

A ship under siege. A world on the brink of civil war. A distraught people seeking a new beginning. A battle weary crew that can barely hold it together. Even a legend can use a little help from time to time. The crew of the Aurora, the Karuzari, and the Corinairans must find a way to work together, or else they may all perish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SciFi at its Best, Fantastic Story/Narration

  • By Jas P on 29-06-2015

SciFi at its Best, Fantastic Story/Narration

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

Reviewed: 29-06-2015

Great Chapter Again, Brilliant Narration.

Again, Jeffrey Kafer is just outstanding with his Narration, bringing the characters to life from the pages so you think that they are with you. He does such a fantastic job of each individual character, not only giving them a voice, but also giving them distinct emotions for the particular situation. Masterful job each and every book.

The book is another amazing chapter in this fantastic saga.
This part is probably slower than some of the others, with less space combat than the others. It does see a lot more political intrigue than the other parts of the story after the events of Part 3, but the crew still have some incredible challenges to face - the crew of the Yamaro aren't defeated yet - and the crew of our Heroic Aurora are in for the bloodiest fight of their lives.

This is a chapter is brilliant, and for fans of the series, should not be missed.

  • Head of the Dragon

  • Frontiers Saga Series, Book 6
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Time is running out. An ally has all but fallen. Resources are running low. The time for attack has come... The Alliance must strike deep into the heart of the empire. This time, the Aurora will be going home, or going to her grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Story, Masterful Narration, Brilliant!

  • By Jas P on 29-06-2015

Captivating Story, Masterful Narration, Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 29-06-2015

Another fantastic chapter in the Frontiers Saga.
This just keeps getting better!
Again, superb Narration, totally flawless and gives a whole new level to the story.

As I have said in other reviews, this is a brilliant story not to be missed!

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DON'T READ AFTER THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ MY OTHER REVIEWS OR IF YOU HAVEN'T READ PARTS 1 THROUGH 5 ----- SPOILERS!!!!
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Part 6 sees the Crew of the Aurora finally going after the Head of the Dragon - or more importantly, they have decided to launch a full out attack on the Ta' Akar and Caius the Great, to try and end the war and their oppression once and for all.
This is what it has been building to, Nathan and his crew finally deciding to attack in a last ditched effort to save the Corinarians.

This book is utterly brilliant and you will not be able to stop listening (or put it down!)
As I have said, again, the Narration is excellent.

If you have made it to Part 6 - don't miss this part.

  • Aurora: CV-01

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 1
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

A world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SciFi at its Best, Fantastic Story/Narration

  • By Jas P on 29-06-2015

SciFi at its Best, Fantastic Story/Narration

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

Reviewed: 29-06-2015

The Frontier Saga is a fantastic Space Opera, with everything you want in a Sci-Fi series, great characters with some humour as well as the gut wrenching moments, the incredible battle scenes as well as all the in between of what is happening on the ship. As well as that you get the political intrigue of multiple star systems, some cool tech and lots of other really great story lines.
The battle scenes are masterfully written, great detail, but not overly drawn out, the same with the combat scenes in the air and on the ground.
The dialogue is well thought out, clever, witty and dramatic when needed, the Author has thought through what needs to be said, not just dropped words on the page that sound impressive.
And although the plot may be something that we have seen before, ship thrown across the galaxy, trying to get home, its what the Author does with the characters, the nature of the characters, and the story in between that is important, and Ryk Brown has down a brilliant job of tying this all together to give us a superb story that is a lot of fun, something that you just want to escape into and enjoy.
This is pure fun Sci-Fi and escapism at its best - what a good Space Opera should be!!!
To top it off, Jeffrey Kafer has done a fantastic job of the Narration, bringing Brown's characters to life with great ease, giving you distinction between each of the characters, including the females. He tells the story skillfully, allowing us to sit back and enjoy.

Part 1 follows Nathan, freshly graduated from the Academy and about to set out with the rest of the inexperienced Crew of the Aurora as they test a new drive unit which malfunctions, sending them a 1000 light years across the galaxy. There they find themselves thrust into a fight for their lives, on a ship that is damaged, and not knowing who to trust.
Will the woman with the strange green eyes another enemy, or the friend they need to get home?

This should not be missed by anyone who loves a good Sci-Fi Space Opera

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Narration, Intriguing Story, Poor End

  • By Jas P on 29-06-2015

Brilliant Narration, Intriguing Story, Poor End

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

Reviewed: 29-06-2015

The premise for this book is sound, and started exceptionally well, with great writing, fantastic characters and an intriguing story that left you captivated.
Right until the end. The ending, (and it must be noted that this is only my opinion) let the book down. I am not going to discuss it, no Spoilers here.
Overall all, the story holds up very well. Riddle does a masterful job with his characters, his two main characters, Nick and Harper are superbly written and the Narration of these two characters in the Audiobook is one of the standouts overall.
Barber and Aiello do a masterful job with all the story telling and character portrayal, but for the two main characters, they go the extra mile, giving an extra depth to the story.
For me, I think that the Audiobook is probably better than the written version due to the Narrators brilliant telling of the story - if you are going to read this story, do yourself and a favour and go the Audiobook version instead.
Overall this story is worth the effort, the ending, although disappointing for me, does not take enough away to warrant not listening to the entire story.
As suggested in the synopsis, this is the story of Harper and Nick, how they survive a terrible plane crash, and the incredible story that unfolds as a result. They are not only in a different world, but there is a conspiracy surrounding them that has to be read/listened to, to be believed, and it is a really great story.
Again, the Narration is one of the true standouts for this Audiobook though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful