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  • Deceiver

  • Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

"One of the best long-running SF series in existence" ( Publishers Weekly) continues with the second novel in a brand-new Foreigner sequence. The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good as ever, but appears to end abruptly

  • By Kevin on 08-10-2018

Good as ever, but appears to end abruptly

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

Reviewed: 08-10-2018

This excellent series continues as good as ever. Though in this narration it seems to just end. I read another review that a chapter or two is missing. I agree. Bren is starting to be more of a lord and more decisive. No one writes realistic social interactions like Cherryh, her heroes are never free to do as they want, though in this instalment Bren does get free of some restrictions.

  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Tenma13 on 07-08-2017

Better than a movie

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

Reviewed: 29-04-2018

Enjoyed it, filled the gap between the movies very nicely. Excellent voice acting too.

Keep them coming!

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Star Wars Meets Halo!

  • By Stuart J Barton on 27-03-2018

An unashamed knock off

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-2018

The author has knitted a story of scenes from existing SciFi without adding any originality. Gave up listening half way through.

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  • Decision in Normandy

  • By: Carlo D’Este
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Field Marshal Montgomery’s battle plan for Normandy, following the D-day landings on June 6, 1944, resulted in one of the most controversial campaigns of the Second World War. Carlo D’Este’s acclaimed book gives the fullest possible account of the conception and execution of Montgomery’s plan, with all its problems and complexities. It brings to light information from diaries, papers, and letters that were not available in Montgomery’s lifetime and draws on interviews with senior officers who were involved in the campaign.....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A biased repetitive diatribe

  • By Kevin on 06-03-2018

A biased repetitive diatribe

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2018

I found the book repetitive, biased (not only did Monty falsely claim that Normandy evolved to his plan, but all British generals and soldiers were nigh worthless) and with major extrapolations (one soldier failed... All British soldiers failed type extrapolations). Very little mention of the US forces. Bradley and Patton would be proud.

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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Mathew on 27-04-2016

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-2016

I bought this with some trepidation, being shortish and fitting-in between two good movies. I am very happy that I eventually ignored my trepidation. It felt like a movie rather than a book. Like all great horror it had likeable characters. The actors were all excellent and the sound effects contributed to the atmosphere. I like how the whole story was bought to live without a narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Elysium

  • Or, the World After
  • By: Jennifer Marie Brissett
  • Narrated by: Jamye Meri Grant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A computer program etched into the atmosphere has a story to tell - the story of two people, of a city lost to chaos, of survival and love. The program's data, however, has been corrupted. As the novel's characters struggle to survive the apocalypse, they are sustained and challenged by the demands of love in a shattered world both haunted and dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A strange but satisfying journey

  • By Kevin on 06-05-2016

A strange but satisfying journey

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2016

An enjoyable and easy to listen to journey, odd at first, but worth the tale. The narrator was very good. A bitter sweet tale that is hard to review without spoilers, but left me with a feeling some of the grand masters of science fiction have done in the past for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ancillary Justice

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 1
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration superb

  • By Amy on 12-08-2016

Automatically bought Book 2

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2015

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is science fiction (i.e. not fantasy). It covers the social side as well. Well written and well read. Scratches my CJ Cherryh's Downbellow-verse itch.

What other book might you compare Ancillary Justice to, and why?

Hmm, the likes of Downbellow Station, Merchanter's luck and Rimrunner, all my favourite SF

Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favourite?

All are done well, she uses several accents and voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Indeed, though work and sleep rudely interrupted

Any additional comments?

The best pure social SF that I have read/listened to in a long time. Is also easy to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, violent, dark..... And hilarious. Enjoy

  • By Marc on 15-11-2015

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 13-06-2014

If you could sum up The Blade Itself in three words, what would they be?

Everything is awesome!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blade Itself?

Several, where the "heroes" have fear or make mistakes, no one is infallible or more than human. This happens throughout the book and therefore hard to select one.

Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not heard his others, but I can not imagine how they could be better.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Indeed. I probably bought it a year ago but never got around to reading it, my mistake. It kept me guessing and caring for the characters such that I stayed up way-past my bedtime to listen and yawn at work the next day.

Any additional comments?

I have been searching for new authors with limited success since the 1980's and 90's. Abercrombie is like finding a gold nugget. The combination of Abercrombie's writing with Pacey's beautiful rendition make this a true gem. I hope to forget it all as soon as possible so I can listen to it all over again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful