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  • Caliban's War

  • The Expanse, Book 2
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 555

For someone who didn't intend to wreck the solar system's fragile balance of power, Jim Holden did a pretty good job of it.While Earth and Mars have stopped shooting each other, the core alliance is shattered. The outer planets and the Belt are uncertain in their new - possibly temporary - autonomy. Then, on one of Jupiter's moons, a single super-soldier attacks, slaughtering soldiers of Earth and Mars indiscriminately and reigniting the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of everything

  • By Rick on 09-02-2017

Just wow!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2019

I fell in love with the tv series when I discovered it on iTunes and was so excited when I realised the books were available on audible. It didn’t matter that I had some character visuals from the show, mostly they were pretty good. I’m just so glad I could listen to it from the start again and relive it knowing there is more to come!
This book and the awesome characters have kept me company for many sleepless nights and beach walks.
The narrator is one of the very best I have ever heard and I usually prefer British narrators. His voice was soothing in the early hours and subtle with the characters, yet distinct enough to bring them to life in their unique ways.
I felt completely drawn into this epic story, such a wonderful escape into a whole new universe, so vivid the settings and the characters, their struggles, relationships and the humour all just in reach of reality. Absolutely brilliant, I want to savour what is yet to come...

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Janette on 18-04-2018

One of the best of the series so far!

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

Reviewed: 22-01-2019

Brilliantly conceived and written, superbly narrated. I save for nighttime as it is the best remedy for soothing an anxious mind and taking one away from the daily grind. Makes for some interesting dreams! Thank you for brightening up the world and taking talking books to this level of quality and enjoyment. Who needs TV?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to press stop!

  • By Anonymous User on 08-10-2018

Not for me, sadly

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

Reviewed: 12-01-2019

I’m sure this book deserves all the accolades it has received but I found the audio and characters very difficult to warm to, the narrators tone and the books descriptive obscurities inhibited my ability to picture the characters and setting. It felt like a literary task rather than an enjoyable escape and I found myself avoiding it to listen to others. Perhaps a book better read by oneself.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Ancient Wonders

  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Thousands of years ago, a magnificent golden capstone sat atop the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a source of immense power, capable of bestowing upon its holder absolute global rule for a thousand years...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Thomas on 19-03-2017

Spoilt by narration

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

Reviewed: 12-01-2019

I would have loved this story and series but just couldn’t keep going with it. The narrator had one tone and pace that made it unbearable and impossible to follow properly. Such a shame. I hope they try it again with a different approach to the narration. Perhaps it’s just one you have to read yourself or is better in a film version.