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  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey

    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.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Just brilliant"

    Some years after reading the paper versions I have found these Audio productions. The story is excellent anyway, but what takes this audio experience to even greater heights is the reader.

    Steven Pacey has mined all the nuance and meaning of the characters and somehow put them into their voices. So much more enjoyable than the written word when delivered in this amazing and thoughtful way.

    If you don't like fantasy or have never tried it - this is the story set to change your opinion. However, be warned, it doesn't get any better than this...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "A great idea that produced a better TV show."

    The original premise of this book is very interesting, and as long as you haven't seen the TV series it will probably work for you. However the TV series was way better managed and paced, with more plot lines and immediacy (3 years flash forward rather than 21).

    So if you have already seen the TV series, be prepared for disappointment, otherwise watch the TV series after this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Only needs one word to review this"


    Great story - and good characters. Unstoppable action and impossible to put down. You have been warned....

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Easy and absorbing listening."

    I have been a fan of audiobooks for longer than I can remember - but my wife - well she hates them, until Alas Babylon that was...

    A charming and absorbing peek into the lives and beliefs of the late 50's although it feels fresh and modern in so many ways - except the dialogue at times. Anyway my wife and I started listening to this on a road trip and she wouldn't get out of the car. I don't think she is totally converted to audiobooks, but her reaction to this speaks a lot louder than any positive critique I could write.

    Much enjoyed - I only wish there had been more ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck

    The gilded family had been the envy and the pride of England for centuries. Never had the Lazenders seemed more powerful or more wealthy. And never had the unseen means of their destruction seemed so close! Yet the heir to the estate was absent. Toby Lazender worked for the British in Revolutionary France, where he hunted down the men who had murdered the innocent girl he loved. It was his sister, Campion, who oversaw the family's affairs at the "little kingdom" of Lazen Castle.

    A User says: "Hopefully one of many"
    "Hopefully one of many"

    Bernard Cornwell and Susannah Kells have made a fine partnership with this novel. Cornwell (whom I have read - I think - in total) is a master of historical detail and the less savoury bits of history. Kells is unknown to me as an author (an omission that I will rectify) and her input is very apparent in the more sensuous details of the story. Add to this the excellent narration by Anna Bentnick, whos command of the many voices and accents required by this story is nothing short of superb.

    The story is long and detailed, but not a minute is really wasted as the depth of characterisation and scene development is just perfect for me. Some may think it over long at 16 hours, but once you get started in the complex and devious plotting and start to enjoy the way that it is narrated and read - you, like I, would wish it longer stil.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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