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  • Last Shot

  • Star Wars
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson, Daniel José Older, January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

It's one of the galaxy's most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren't your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize - first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, o.k performance

  • By Anonymous User on 02-06-2018

Not as memorable as some others but worth a listen

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

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Erin on 20-09-2016

Neat little story

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

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  • Trouble on Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

While the crew of the UN Expeditionary Force's pirate starship Flying Dutchman are enjoying a luxury vacation cruise (not!), UNEF troops are still stranded on an alien-controlled planet. Major Emily Perkins and her team are busy picking up the pieces, and it's not easy, because there is trouble on Paradise....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like book not price

  • By Kris on 09-09-2017

A good little side story to bridge book 3 and 4

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

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not as good as the first book

  • By Jamil Nawaz on 07-03-2018

I actually enjoyed this better than the first book

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

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  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic!

  • By Jacob on 23-01-2017

I get too addicted to these :)

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

  • Scoundrels: Star Wars Legends

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great voiceacting

  • By Timothy J. Camilleri on 31-12-2018

A fun side story...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing

  • By Richard on 30-09-2017

What IS wrong with Arcade Fire??

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope: sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent ending to the Thrawn trilogy

  • By Anonymous User on 30-10-2018

Soo soooo sooooooo good!!!

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

  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

  • (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Production

  • By Paul on 04-07-2014

So immersive and such a convincing performance!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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!

  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aziz as you'd expect

  • By Thomas on 30-04-2016

Aziz as you'd expect

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2016

This book was forwarded to me by a friend as a gift. I'd seen some of Aziz on Netflix as well as listening to some on Spotify. I, being a relatively successful middle class single male really get a lot out of this dude. My friend I think feels I need to move into the dating scene a bit more seriously. Not that I can't get dates, just that I don't really try, or am quite happily occupied with what already goes on around me. After listening to this though I believe I probably avoid dating which is sad. I'm awesome and have a lot to offer. Aziz's book Modern Romance is very well researched and takes a look at modern and historical dating from a variety of cultures. The biggest thing I got out of it is not to expect to have met the perfect chick on the first or second date, but that like with anything, perfection takes time and that is the same with people. Meet them 5 or 6 or 10 times before moving on. Or not moving on. I know this sounds simple, and it's something I've known. But it was good to hear it from someone as cool as Aziz.

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