You no longer follow Ken

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Ken

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Ken

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2014

8
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 13 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 220 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, David Brin, and others
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (112)

    A walk around the block, a quick drive, before shutting down your PC ? these short story collections are perfect for when you only have a few minutes to listen."

    Greg says: "Biased toward the last 20 years of sci-fi"
    "Great stories but the greatest??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A very enjoyable book of short science fiction stories. Well worth a read, but I am not sure how they got into the list of the greatest of the 20th century. That said, I would be very happy to recommend this book if you are a lover of Sci-Fi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (537)

    Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a fun ride!"
    "Toned Down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Compared to the previous Peter Grant stories, this one doesn't have a lot of action. Still enjoyable though. Looking forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (2362)
    Story
    (2368)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    G Wallace says: "Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later"
    "So Many Bad Decissions = So Annoying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The concept is fantastic, the narrator is good but the main character, for a highly trained combatant trusted with the future of mankind, makes one bad choice after another. By the end of the book I was tearing my hair out he had made so many dumb decision's. Not sure if I am game to start the second book through fear of going bald.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Batavia

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over....

    Hugh says: "Great Australian History"
    "History brought to life with excitement and grief"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story once underway is amazing, edge of your seat, can't stop listening stuff. What makes it so riveting is that it is a true story that could be a horror movie in the Hostel series but set in the 1600's.

    Peter FitzSimons has filled the gaps in the historical accounts of the Batavia shipwreck in a way that is seamless to the reader / listener and that shows respect to the people who suffered in this tragedy. As he says in the forward he completed a 1000 piece jigsaw with only 500 pieces available to him and made the picture look real.

    I am a lover of fiction usually. My dad encouraged me to read this and fortunatly it was in the Audible book store. I am very glad I listened to dad (and the book) on this occasion. It is a part of Australian history that I was ignorant to, even though I have seen the replica of the ship. Presented the way it has been in this story, the history and the horror has been brought to life in a way that is interesting and dare I say, given the nature of the tale, enjoyable. Though if you read this, joy is not an emotion that you will feel, rather horror to read what desperate men can stoop to in the absence of law.

    The build up and character backgrounds make it start a little slow, but you do need this, so hang in there and discover the history of the Dutch East India company, the spice trade and the Batavia.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Safe Man

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (417)

    Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.

    Robert says: "great ghost story"
    "A Different Connelly."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is so different to the Michael Connelly I am used to. It is a short story and I don't want to spoil it so all I will say is that if you love Michael's books, you will love this. It is just different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3682)
    Performance
    (3267)
    Story
    (3265)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    Kevin says: "Great listen"
    "A Great Scalzi Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had mixed feelings about getting into this book based on the reviews. But I am enjoying the John Scalzi books so much I had to listen to it. So glad I did. While the plot and a few aspects of the story are a little wierd, as with all John's books I have read, there is a great plot, action, a hero and aliens. The twists in the plot and the characters really get you in. You may need to read some of his other books first to get his style. But you will find this book most enjoyable as an absurd political thriller.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16954)
    Performance
    (15690)
    Story
    (15692)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Loved it Loved it Loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Maybe because I remember playing on the Atari and TRS-80 and the arcade games that featured so heavily in this story. Lets face it Ernest Cline has done his homework on 70's pop cultue and given us a fantastic run down memory lane. Thank goodness for Spotify so I could listen to Rush and so many other artists that where woven into the tale.

    A fun read if young or young at heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune Messiah

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2719)
    Performance
    (1675)
    Story
    (1695)

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    Andrew says: "A nice continuation"
    "Wish I had stopped at One."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed Dune. Even though I had read some negative comments about Dune Messiah, I ignored them because I wanted to see where it went. It was slow, political and really dragged on in my opinion. I can see how it was used to bridge from the end of Dune to Children of Dune and how it was necessary. Just very dry. The trouble is it would be hard to skip it and go straight into Children of Dune.

    So if you are going to continue the tale then you really need to read this episode.

    Enjoy and try to stay awake :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6983)
    Performance
    (6489)
    Story
    (6490)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "This would be a great Movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved this story. Funny, quirky and written in real world language. I am glad that I listened to Fuzzy Nation first as advised by another reviewer. It was a good one to get used to style of John Scalzi.

    Wil Wheaton's narration suited the style of the book, the characters and the themes so well. It sounded like he was really enjoying the roles as much as I was enjoying listening to him. I am now searching on other books Wil has narrated.

    I am hanging out for my next John Scalzi book. I have enjoyed Red Shirts and Fuzzy nation immensely.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13089)
    Performance
    (11294)
    Story
    (11275)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Essential Reading for Business and PC People"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't believe I left this book for so long. Being born in 1962 and being a PC hobbyist from my early years, so much of what Steve J and Steve W where influenced by and created was also a huge influence on my life. I remember following the evolution of the Altair, Tandy's TRS 80, the Commodore computers and then the first Apple's which where amazing and had me enthralled even though I couldn't afford one.

    Steve's Jobs biography not only tells the story of a man with a very focused mission and the highest standards. It also tells the story of the evolution of the personal computer from an apple perspective.

    The narrator was fantastic. It felt like he was part of the central core of people around Jobs and relayed the passion and frustration so well.

    I am going to get this book in print so I can read it again and see the photos. Which are the things I miss with the audio book.

    Highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.