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Chris O'Neill

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  • The System of the World

  • Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Kevin Pariseau, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

In this concluding volume of Neal Stephenson’s epic work, “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe must escape the noose of Jack Ketch; the rivalry between Newton and Leibniz comes to a head; and Daniel Waterhouse pursues his dream to build the Logic Mill

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and erudite!

  • By Chris O'Neill on 30-10-2018

Complex and erudite!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-2018

Loved it. How can he know so much, manage some complex themes and concepts across so large an exercise. And... Make it entertaining, amusing and above all blindingly clever?!? I am in awe...

  • Brightness Reef

  • The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5

Persecuted refugees from six separate alien races have migrated to the idyllic planet Jijo. And despite their incredible diversity, the inhabitants live together in blissful harmony. However, settlement on Jijo is illegal - and it's only a matter of time before the residents of this forbidden paradise are discovered by the galactic powers-that-be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book, with a talented voice actor

  • By Chris O'Neill on 05-06-2018

A great book, with a talented voice actor

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-06-2018

Marvellous and touching, one of my favourite space operas. George Wilson is a talented voice actor who brings the many characters and races to life... A modern parable for how we can all live together despite a harrowing past...

  • Elysium Fire

  • Inspector Dreyfus
  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Featuring Inspector Dreyfus - one of Alastair Reynolds' most popular characters - this is a fast-paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge. One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday...and unless the cause can be found - and stopped - within the next four months, everyone will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dryfes, dumbest detective ever

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2018

Enjoyable but limited

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-2018

I always enjoy Reynolds' books, and the Prefect Glitter Band 'Prequels ' have been an interesting perspective on the Golden Age of Yellowstone. However... I find the narrator's voice and accent strange and distracting!!!

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Perfection

  • By The Lazy Book Reviewer on 17-05-2015

Better than the Hunger Games

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Reviewed: 26-02-2018

Similar but superior to The Hunger Games. A great nuanced (and accented) performance by Tim Reynolds - I've bought the paperback for my son...

  • The Passage

  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic story

  • By Renee on 29-07-2016

Great story, not sure about narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-2017

Really enjoyed the story, but the narration has a poetic/lilting/tragic? Quality which sometimes detracts from the action and content.

  • Consider Phlebas

  • Culture Series, Book 1
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction - cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and exciting

  • By Elliot on 08-06-2018

The first Culture Novel

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-2016

The first Culture Novel, which set the scene - and theme for subsequent books. A great read/listen!!

  • Excession

  • Culture Series, Book 5
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rollicking Culture Novel

  • By Chris O'Neill on 25-02-2016

A rollicking Culture Novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-2016

Loved it - Banks' humour comes out loud and clear in Kenny's excellent narration and voice craft. Highly recommended!

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  • The Player of Games

  • Culture Series, Book 2
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh: Jernau Morat Gurgeh, The Player of Games, master of every board, computer, and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game... a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book!

  • By Chris O'Neill on 22-01-2016

Love this book!

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Reviewed: 22-01-2016

In my opinion, the best of the Culture novels... Followed closely by Use of Weapons.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful