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  • Boys Will Be Boys

  • By: Clementine Ford
  • Narrated by: Clementine Ford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
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    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

How does a feminist raise a son in a world that conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also their own? All boys start innocent, but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. This explosive new work will look at toxic masculinity and the closed ranks of brotherhood that shape an entitled, disrespectful and potentially dangerous idea of manhood. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful stuff - beautiful epilogue at the end

  • By Kai1 on 05-02-2019

Dramatically reduced my ignorance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-2018

This is a tough book, it covers a lot of really shitty behaviour in very honest terms. This is very definitely not for the feint hearted.

but it is worth it! It will challenge your assumptions and likely your own thoughtless approach to what it means to be a good man.

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy's Edge, Part III

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 242
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    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 223

Daring heroics, sacrifice, and courage come together as the Legion attempts to contain the fire sparked at the Battle of Tarrago. But the galaxy is spiraling into all-out war. Captain Chhun's Dark Ops squad is reunited with Wraith. When their mission to deny Goth Sulluss the shipyards he so eagerly desires goes awry, Chhun and Wraith must find a way to stop the Black Fleet's advance - even if it costs them their lives. Meanwhile, an old friend from Nether Ops executes a covert operation that will turn the focus of the Last War of the Republic in a terrible new direction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite a whole book

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-09-2018

Simply stunning!

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Reviewed: 31-08-2018

A wonderful continuation of a fantastic sci fi story.

the characters are well rounded, the universe expansive and alive and the narrator brings it all to life with absolute clarity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Naked God

  • Night's Dawn, Book 3
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 48 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The third book in the The Night's Dawn trilogy, The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton is an epic conclusion to dramatic and compelling series. The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the possessed to infiltrate more worlds. Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal does not match her own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great concept especially 3rd book in th ed series.

  • By Stephen on 04-01-2019

Absolutely wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

What a series!!! Well worth the time of any sci fi fan, Hamilton has brought to life a wonderfully fleshed out universe, and Lee does a fantastic job bringing it to life.

  • Childhood's End

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. When the Overlords finally showed themselves it was a shock but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind...and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave Earth behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one hell of a good listen

  • By Patrick on 24-02-2017

one hell of a good listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-2017

To all who care about science fiction and world's beyond our dreams, I promise that this book is worth every second of your time.

the story will blow you away and stay with you long after the Audible man hopes that you've enjoyed this programme. And Greg Wagland (who also did a HG Wells title or two, look it up) is just perfect at describing the contemplative nature of the aliens, and at capturing the emotion in each scene.

Absolutely loved this book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • H. G. Wells Sci-Fi Omnibus: Four Great Novels

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

H. G. Wells is rightly regarded as one of the founding fathers of the science fiction genre. This compilation of nearly 20 hours' duration comprises four of his finest sci-fi works, and they really need little introduction. They are, in order: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. They are complete and unabridged and narrated by Greg Wagland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good<br />

  • By Anonymous User on 18-06-2018

Great stories and strong performance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-2016

Absolutely worth your time.

These books are classics for a reason. This set is a great way to pick them up on the cheap too so that's nice.

Greg Wagland does a very good job or narrating, and the production is sharp; only in a few of the stories his voice lacks diversity to make it clear who's talking when the writing is ambiguous.

  • Fear the Survivors

  • The Fear Saga, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us. While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story.

  • By Nathan on 16-06-2016

You're already hooked

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Reviewed: 27-09-2016

If you're considering this one, you already know if you'll pick it up from the first. If like me you can't bare not knowing what comes next, you won't make it to this part of the description and will have already hit "buy" above.

Fantastic addition to the series and i can't wait to hear the next one.

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hanging out for book 2.

  • By Amanda on 04-10-2015

Amazing Sci-Fi series!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-2016

I absolutely loved this book and the two that follow it. This is a fantastic example of imagination based on current understandings, every part of this world is fleshed out and feels very real and visceral.

From the explorations of technology that allows for progressively more miraculous advances, to the small side stories that bring the whole world together every piece of this work is finely crafted.

And truly, R.C. Bray has the most wonderfully smooth and gravely voice, and his expansive talent for accent and inflection helps distinguish each character and make them feel that much more real.

I picked this one up after listening to "The Martian" by Andy Weir, and the two are very different in some ways, but equally fantastic in others. If you enjoyed "The Martian" you will enjoy this.

Happy Listening!

  • War and Peace, Volume 2

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ... And then the sun came up (on finishing)

  • By Patrick on 12-06-2016

... And then the sun came up (on finishing)

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-2016

The narrator does a stunning job of balancing all of the various characters and their outlook on life. he has a warm, kind voice that makes it easier to listen to passively.

Just a head up though, there are fairly lengthy academic historian arguments which are quite a chore to wade through, the last hour in particular.

Otherwise the characters are wonderfully fleshed out and vital, like real people their passions and beliefs change with time and experience.

It's a battle, but if you're looking at volume 2, you already know if you're going to plunge into the world once more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful