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  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a powerful book by a truly insightful author.

  • By Daniel Rimmer on 27-10-2018

the future's not ours to see - que sera sera

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

Well Yuval does his best to say otherwise. His amazing mind just races away with painting a future world based on a course created by our past deeds.

I found this book a bit harder to follow, not the timeline logic of the first. enjoyable none the less

  • Commune: Book Three

  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Anonymous User on 19-02-2019

Gayou and Bray - a dynamic duo

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

Reviewed: 29-01-2019

This was my favourite book of the series so far. There were a couple of patches that seemed like unnecessary fillers, but it was more than made up for with the complexity and detail that author and narrator bring to the characters. A riveting listen, so I am looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,458
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,438

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

Human kind(?) and Yuvals incredible mind

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

Reviewed: 15-01-2019

I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into, quite a lot of facts and figures at the start was quite a challenge to listen to, but as the book progressed I became increasingly impressed with the way this story was constructed. Taking the history of mankind, condensing and simplifying it, and all the while applying insight that helped me appreciate how much I didn't know.

It also had me thinking about how little thought goes into the consequences of modern day living - especially the exploitation of animals as just points on a production line.

It was a real awakening about the society that we've become.

  • Hell Divers IV: Wolves

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 4
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

The Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the dangerous open seas. But storms, sea monsters, and the cannibalistic Cazadores aren't the only threat to X and his small crew. Their mission will uncover hard truths about the history of the war that left humankind stranded in the air for centuries. The fate of those still living on the airships might very well rest on this perilous journey to find a new home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow

  • By cathy on 15-01-2019

excitement at every turn

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

Reviewed: 30-11-2018

Again, the story moves at a cracking pace with twists occurring at every opportunity. My issue is that a quite a few times I am saying "why would you do that ?" or "really?". Despite that, it is an exciting listen.

  • Back, After the Break

  • By: Osher Günsberg
  • Narrated by: Osher Günsberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 266

Osher Gunsberg, one of Australia's most loved celebrities, opens up in a powerful, dark, funny, and heart-wrenching memoir about life, love, and living with mental illness. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and thought provoking

  • By Kirilie on 26-08-2018

Never judge a book by it's cover

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

Reviewed: 07-11-2018

Having watched Andrew turn into Osher over the years it was a view of a fun confident man who was ready for anything. I had no idea of the struggle going on underneath. It was very brave of him to be as open as he was, and It will help others realise they are not alone.

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A solid B

  • By Christopher Edwards on 08-10-2018

enjoyable, but....

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2018

I have loved this series, the characters, storyline, amazing detail and descriptions, the awesome talents of RC Bray. You get that with this episode too, just except the first part of the book seems to drag on at times with pieces of the story that don't seem to add anything; perhaps it helps bring it together later, but I'm not sure on that.
still looking forward to the next one.

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  • Hell Divers III: Deliverance

  • The Hell Divers series, Book 3
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 183

Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero. In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Apocoliptic Action

  • By Scott Cunningham on 01-11-2018

still a good read

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

Reviewed: 25-09-2018

While it was an enthralling tale and superbly covered by RC Bray, my nitpicking brain had a few more wtf moments with this. Its only minor things, especially given the pace and amount of thinking needed for story sweet in the future.

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grid and Courage, Humanity and Humour

  • By Tilly Hopper on 20-07-2017

an excellent followup

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

this continued the fast pace set by the first part and along with a solid performance as usual by RC Bray it just kept me engaged from start to finish. On to part III.

  • 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 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boys Own Adventure.

  • By Gerri on 25-09-2016

X marked the spot

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

Reviewed: 29-08-2018

It was a fast paced story that keep me engaged the whole way. Some pieces needed better explanation, and some just didn't make sense to me; minor flaws in an otherwise excellent story. RC was at his best bringing the story to life.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book. Awesome narration.

  • By Gregory Chijoff on 01-06-2018

A twisting tale by a true story teller

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

Reviewed: 07-07-2018

Along with a spellbinding story, the characters were believable and brought to life with Will's performance