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  • Sleeping Giants

  • Themis Files, Book 1
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger.... That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, Cryptic and Creepy

  • By Kristin on 04-08-2016

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 18-01-2018

A fantastic story told in a riveting style that just works. A real page turner for any techno thriller fans.

  • Alibaba

  • The House That Jack Ma Built
  • By: Duncan Clark
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

In just a decade and a half, Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded Alibaba and built it into one of the world's largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China's booming private sector.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring but narrated by wrong person

  • By alexkusuma on 30-05-2017

Very insightful

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

Reviewed: 19-11-2017

.... but a couple hours too long, which is expected for an unabridged version. Not only is this a biography of Jack Ma, but it also chronicles the ups and downs of Ali Baba. Where it meanders, is with short histories of Yahoo and all major Chinese websites, which adds up to a few hours of listening. If you’re a westerner, then the pronunciation of the Chinese names and places wouldn’t be a major issue, because you yourself will probably pronounce the words as the narrator did. Overall, the book is still definitely worth a listen.

  • WIRED

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania? David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as his later books

  • By nanoboy on 23-08-2017

Not as good as his later books

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

Reviewed: 23-08-2017

A bit cliche, a bit slow and confusing in parts, but not too bad overall. His writing style really improved in his subsequent books.

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    Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    2 ratings
    Overall 5.0
  • Leap

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

With sweating hands, Alison Shaw stared nervously into the giant seawater tank. One year ago, she and her team of marine biologists had stunned the world with an incredible breakthrough. Now they were about to do it again. And this time, they were ready. But an ocean away, something strange was unfolding. Along a lonely coast in South America, an experimental Russian submarine - long thought to have been dismantled - has suddenly resurfaced. And the US Navy has taken notice, sending John Clay and Steve Caesare to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent 'read'

  • By nanoboy on 31-07-2016

Excellent 'read'

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

Reviewed: 31-07-2016

Another page turner, you'll enjoy this one even more than the first book. There is the right mix of tech, Sci Fi, action, and thrills to make this one difficult to stop listening to. Now when will book three be available on Audible??

  • Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves

  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142

An old Soviet weapons installation in the Arctic has fallen into disrepair. Known as Dragon Island, the facility is home to a next-generation weapon with the potential to unleash a destructive force upon the world that was developed during the Cold War and subsequently forgotten. When a terrorist organisation known as the Army of Thieves takes control of the fortified island and activates the weapon, a small band of Marines and civilians is sent in to stop them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another scarecrow classic

  • By Michael on 19-07-2014

Another cracking read

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

Reviewed: 31-07-2016

Classic Matthew Reilly techno thriller, this one. If you enjoyed his other Jack West and Scarecrow novels, then you will love this, noting that there are some stomach churning scenes. The narrator is excellent and the audio is fine, making this an all-round great buy.

  • Prince Lestat

  • The Vampire Chronicles 11
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The vampire world is in crisis – their kind have been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before. Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient ones are in thrall to the Voice: which commands that they burn fledgling vampires in cities from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to Kyoto and San Francisco. Immolations, huge massacres, have commenced all over the world. Who – or what – is the Voice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old Friends

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-07-2017

Great narrator for a mediocre story

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

Reviewed: 14-07-2016

Perhaps my personality has changed in the decade since I last read a Vampire Chronicle, but this book wasn't for me. At 18hrs, I felt it was far too long winded, and quite slow in parts, saved only by the excellent narrator.

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

  • A Dark Tower Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. For listeners new to The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nostalgic read for Dark Tower fans

  • By nanoboy on 30-04-2016

A nostalgic read for Dark Tower fans

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2016

This book is a story within a story within a story. It doesn't add anything to The Dark Tower epic since the main story is a fairytale told to Roland as a child. It's a good story, say true, but it feels like Stephen King had one more story he just had to tell. Read it if you have already read all the novels in The Dark Tower series.

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  • The Great Zoo of China

  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane 'CJ' Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping from start to finish.

  • By Emily Webb on 09-08-2015

If you like Jurassic Park...

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2016

Then you'll love this novel. Substitute Costa Rica for China, and dinosaurs for dragons, and you have an excellent techno thriller to engross you for a few hours well.

  • BrainWeb

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Nick Hall, an unwilling recipient of brain implants, can surf the Web with his thoughts and read minds. And while this makes him one of the most formidable men on Earth, he is determined to stay off the grid. But when terrorists seize control of the Academy Awards and vow to butcher the world's most beloved stars one by one in front of an international television audience, Hall is forced to reveal his astonishing capabilities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A few books rolled into one

  • By nanoboy on 17-03-2016

A few books rolled into one

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

Reviewed: 17-03-2016

I loved the first few chapters: they read like a gripping action thriller. Once that was resolved, Part 2 felt like a bolted-on book, as did Part 3. The three parts were exciting in their own way, but they didn't flow well. Overall, it wasn't a bad book, and it was indeed classic techno-thriller fare from Douglas, so worth a read if you are a fan of the author or genre.

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    Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    8 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

A technology that will change what it means to be human...A discovery that questions the very laws of physics......and a catastrophe that cannot be stopped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing listen

  • By jason on 07-08-2016

'Talking' dolphins - read it!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2016

Where does Breakthrough rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A good story, spoiled by the narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The dolphins. Very likeable indeed.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I initially thought the narrator was a robot voice. The reading was machine-like in parts, and most annoyingly was the unbecoming, whiny voice used for the strong and intelligent lead female character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

** SPOILER ALERT **

When I thought one of the dolphins died.

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable read - I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.