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In a class of its own

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 15-03-2020

I know this book is military SF but it feels unfair to label it that way. It's so much more than that. From the very first sentence and very first chapter this book draws you into a fascinating journey into a universe where 75-year old humans can join humanity's war for resources and living space in a hostile universe. Apart from the age thing, sounds like normal military SF, right? Wrong! It combines its authentic-feeling military and tactical base with fascinating and highly original alien sociology and technology, underpinning a storyline woven around heart-rending bonds of friendship and love. All these elements are pretty perfectly balanced. The only small criticism would be Scalzi's tendency to overuse dialogue tags at times, but that's just the Master's way! Absorbing, tension-filled and absolutely worth the purchase. I will get the rest of the audiobooks in this series.

Engrossing and satisfying contemporary SF

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Reviewed: 14-03-2020

Excellent performance of a fascinating and tension-filled story about the discovery, recovery and revelation to the world of an ancient alien device. What makes this story special is its intensely human element, its memorable characters (whom you will love, despise and admire, sometimes all at once), the seamless blend of the political, military, fictional and scientific, and the sense of excitement and discovery as the nature of the alien device is gradually revealed. The story is told mostly through transcripts of interviews or conversations between the unnamed narrator and other characters. This means the characters do lapse into narrative which isn't all that conversational, but the performance and story are so good you probably won't mind! Really worth purchasing if you like complex and intelligent SF without needing to bang your head against hard SF. It's also great to see a really well-balanced cast in terms of gender. I will definitely get the rest of this series. Kudos to the author, actors and production team, this is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible.

Made it to chapter 5 ... just

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-2020

This production lost me really early, when we discover that some cops throw a clearly dead-from-murdered woman into the back of a car rather than establish a crime scene. However I thought I would continue to give it a go, being an Australian production and all. Unfortunately for me the story asked me to accept unconvincing legal and police scenarios, action and dialogue over and over, and I just couldn't keep going. Hopefully others will find this less of an issue.

A worthy transition from screen to page

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-2019

Fans of the movie will enjoy this audiobook, which builds on the movie with some excellent, in-depth storytelling by the author. At times it could be a little too in-depth - characters' internal dialogue could go on a bit too long and could slow down the pace particularly during action sequences - but overall it added a genuine richness to the story as told in the movie. There are neat additions in the form of document trails interspersed through the story. The performance by Jonathan Davis was excellent with great voices, expressiveness, drama and characterisation. I found the sound effects distracting at first but you get used to them.

Continues the Neverwhere tradition

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Reviewed: 26-09-2019

Really enjoyed this short story in the Neverwhere universe. It has a twisty, layered plot and fleshes out more about the Marquis and his bavkground immediately after Neverwhere (make sure you listen to that first). A whole host of enjoyable new characters and peoples are introduced.

Short, sharp and intriguing

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Reviewed: 25-09-2019

Polished performance by a high-powered cast of a dark, creative urban fantasy which delights in turning your everyday understanding of modern London on its head. Chapter 7 is the out-takes - if this isn't your thing, skip through to the last couple of minutes as the last out-take and the final piece of music are worthwhile.

Eccentric, charming and intriguing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-2019

An outstandingly creative alternative history of how the lost magic of England returns in the Napoleonic era, through (and sometimes despite) the efforts of the title characters. Initially beguiling with gorgeous, elegant language, intriguing footnotes and quirky, ironic episodes, this novel proceeds to weave an intricate and (surprisingly, for such a literary work) tension-filled tale. Don't be put off by the length - the multitudinous threads all do come together in the end, and the perfectly pitched narration by Simon Prebble is a joy to listen to. I will certainly be indulging my ears again!

You will never forget this story

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Reviewed: 14-08-2019

This is a beautifully written and narrated book which captures an almost unbelievable story of survival. I have always wanted to know more about 'the Shackleton story' and this was a gift, an incredibly moving and humbling experience. I have struggled to find the words to describe how worthwhile it was. I laughed and cried, and even though I knew the outcome it was still emotional and suspenseful. it's the best money I have ever spent on an audiobook and I will definitely listen to it again. Just one warning - for people who are very sensitive about animals being killed, there is quite a bit of that which happens in this story and though it is out of necessity you may want to fast forward some parts.

Short, direct and valuable

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Reviewed: 12-03-2019

All the self-esteem books in the world will not help you if core issues of unworthiness remain. This series of four talks from a primarily Buddhist perspective approaches this often painful issue in a supportive, nonjudgmental manner. Suggest that you bookmark the meditations as you go along. The narration by Tara Brach is perfectly suited to the material.

A simple practice to challenge your perspective

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Reviewed: 03-03-2019

Eckhart Tolle's calm narration perfectly delivers the simple and direct message of the spiritual path. The framework and practice of this path are complementary to other pathways and I found it gave me a greater understanding of, for example, the Course in Miracles' approach. I bookmarked a huge number of clips as this is an audiobook I plan to listen to many more times, and I wanted to be able to go back and listen to specific parts to reinforce the ideas or practice. Also, I have previously really struggled with meditation found this audiobook extremely helpful in that area, even though it isn't the 'purpose' of the book. Just a note for non-heterosexual listeners - there are some parts in the relationships section of this book which could be off-putting at first encounter. If I can respectfully suggest that you keep listening - there is some context and content later on which puts a different spin on what can seem at times like a very heterosexually-oriented book. Also the content is Q&A format and I think the Q's have influenced the As in this aspect.