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Not for me...

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-2019

I loved Neil Gaiman's American Gods and also Anansi Boys and this book was recommended to me by the same friend that recommended the others. As another review has already stated, if you like Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy you'll like the style of writing in this book. But for me it did my head in, the thoughts of the characters and the story felt like they were all over the place and trying to be too clever, I couldn't get past the second chapter and will be returning it. Wish I could return Hitch Hikers Guide too but I left it too late. It's a shame because I remember reading Terry Pratchett such as The Carpet People and also some Disc World stuff as a child and really enjoying.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not as memorable as some others but worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 28-10-2018

I tend to pick my star wars audiobooks based on if or not Marc Thompson is narrating them. The voice characterisation in his performances is outstanding. Not to say that other narrator's aren't good but he really brings the stories to life in the feel of original trilogy of episode 4, 5, 6. Swapping narration between Marc, January and Daniel was a little distracting at first, but if you're sceptical going into this book based on other people's review, it might help to know that January is narrating flashbacks or back stories of Lando and Daniel is doing the same for Han. Daniel especially came across as though you're listening to him over a couple drinks at a bar as he recounts something he witnessed years ago. Anyway, they aren't telling those flashbacks as if they are happening either, more like memories told from an observers perspective. I found it heaps easier to keep going by looking at it from this point of view. Marc is the "current day" storyline as it's happening.

Neat little story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-2018

Doesn't quite have the same memorable moments as American God's but a good story none the less..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A good little side story to bridge book 3 and 4

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

Reviewed: 15-03-2018

Some reviews I read before listening to Trouble on Paridise seemed a bit mixed. But this story is a good side episode which follows some of the other not-so-main characters who are stick on Paridise while Joe, Skippy et al galavant across the universe. I really enjoyed it but agree at just on 5 hours length I wouldn't spend a whole months credit or $14.99 AUD on it. At the moment if you buy the Kindle version first you can then get the Audible version super cheap. It came to about $6 AUD for both.. I think that deal will work for book 4 too at the moment.

I actually enjoyed this better than the first book

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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: 25-02-2018

Love it! Skippy sure is an A-Hole though ;) just the right balance of adventure, suspense and humor.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I get too addicted to these :)

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

Reviewed: 12-02-2018

As always, R C Bray did an emersive narration of this book. He first sucked me in with the Mountain Man Omnibus and then again with the Fear Saga... Now these seem to be the next of his narrations I'll get stuck on and will listen to religiously until the ene. I know his voice may be a little too gruff and almost monotone for some but I can't imagine anyone else performing them, it fits the style and theme just right IMO.

The story itself was quite good. Some scenes reminded me of what I might expect a crossover of Starship Troopers, Halo and The Martian might become if that ever happened. There wasn't a heap of scientific specifics to get hung up on, and what was there could be easily explained away by any hairless monkey such as myself with zero brains. Or at the other end of the scale, if you have any incling of being more than just mindless bacterial it's not like you'll get upset that the science doesn't make sense either...

I've finished the first book and at this stage my only neutral comment is that although the comic relief in the later parts of the story is much needed, it dangered on taking way from the believability of the urgency of the storyline of second half. It did help to put into context however just how insignificant the human race is in the scheme of things.

Can't wait to start the next book :)

A fun side story...

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

Reviewed: 24-11-2017

Im glad, I stuck this out... the first couple chapters took a while for me to get into the story and characters seeing as all but Han and Chewie and Winter were unknown to me. But once it got rolling, there were plenty of twists, double crosses and then an awesome final reveal... My first Star Wars cannon were the Thrawn trillogy and then the two Hand of Thrawn books. I've tried a few others but none have the pacing and story telling style that match Episodes 4, 5 and 6 that Timothy Zahn manages to pull off.

What IS wrong with Arcade Fire??

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

Reviewed: 19-10-2017

This series just keeps getting better and better. I absolutely love the cross references to past aspects of the story line and inclusion of pop culture and I can't help by listen to these stories with Google maps open too and follow as best I can the characters to the various parts of London and UK towns and villages. I'd love to sit down with PC Grant one day and have a beer with him, he seems like the kind of guy who'd fit my circle of mates.

Soo soooo sooooooo good!!!

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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: 10-07-2017

Ive never been one to get into extended universe stories, apart from the occasional console or PC game. but listening to this trillogy makes me realise I've missed out on so much. My ears will soon face the onslaught of so many more stories from all my favourite franchises.

So immersive and such a convincing performance!

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

Reviewed: 24-06-2017

The story is pretty true to the Starwars universe, j really could see this being played out in the series of movies. But never have I listened to an audio book with such high production value and such a convincing range of voice acting. Ioved it and have to listen to the rest!