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C. B. Pemberton

Crawley, West Sussex, England.
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  • Wild Cards VI

  • Ace in the Hole
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Will Estes, Clancy Brown, Stephen McHattie, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

George R. R. Martin and science fiction's top authors delve into the adventurous superhero universe Wild Cards in the sixth book of this fan-favorite series. Since a strange alien virus created the superhuman beings known as Aces and Jokers four decades ago, they have struggled for respect and recognition. Now they are key players in a presidential convention torn by hatred and dissent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 3 at least!

  • By Sammie on 04-05-17

Disappointing end to second triad

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

After the scattered beginning with book 4; things were looking up with book 5 but failed to land here. Particularly disappointed with the ending, dullest characters come out on top :(

  • The Science of Supervillainy

  • The Supervillainy Saga, Book 4
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

Gary Karkofsky a.k.a Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy (TM) returns in the fourth volume of the popular Supervillainy Saga. Having discovered the world's greatest superhero slain by his doppelganger from another reality, Merciful: The Supervillain with Mercy (TM), and the arrogant President Omega, Gary dedicates himself to overthrowing both. Unfortunately, this is harder than it looks since Merciful has all of Gary's genre savviness while President Omega has the entire brainwashed United States military.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What started off fun, became a chore to finish

  • By C. White on 07-20-17

Disappointed 😒

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Promising series but getting steadily worse as the premise wears thin. Paying lip service to character development but really just relying on raising power levels, pop culture and incessant Mary Suing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Rising Thunder

  • Honor Harrington, Book 13
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819

Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with Audible on this one.

  • By K. Dorsey on 10-31-18

Sadly predictable

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

I found this book a real struggle to listen through; lots of dull filler from the Manticorans and not enough Mesa to maintain interest. Perfect Paragons on one side, Immoral Idiots on the other. At this point the Mantys are the arrogant bullies and everyone else is sucking up to them as they murder millions unnecessarily.

  • Crown of Slaves

  • By: David Weber, Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge also ignores.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eric Flint makes this MUCH better

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-22-13

Terrible story

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

I got this book hoping for more Honorverse without having the awesomeness of Honor shoved down my throat. Something like Service of the Sword would have been good.
What I got was far worse. In CoS the bad guys are comically outclassed by an elite cadre of protagonists - each the best in their field from various competing states - who for no good reason decide to band together to undermine their governments based on forced personal relationships that have only existed for a few days if nit hours. The early setup feels like these experts will be going up against each other with real characters on the line but nope; they are all instantly on the same page regardless of their backgrounds and the second half of the book has zero tension. CoS also spoils the prior work on Overstegan and Viktor from the anthologies. A huge disappointment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Extra

  • By: Michael Shea
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Extra is set in a future California where members of a desperate populace sign contracts to participate in reality death films, knowing that less than 20% of them will survive. It’s a view of the future—and Hollywood—as delightfully cynical as Kurt Vonnegut with sympathetic characters, Hollywood executive sleazeballs and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome adaptation

  • By C. B. Pemberton on 06-17-17

Awesome adaptation

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

This expansion of a short story from Polyphemus - also by Shea - adds a lot without losing the feel of the original. Would be great to see more of his short stories receive this treatment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Golden Fool

  • The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532

Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin. Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret - one that could topple the throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing like hanging out with Fitz

  • By Chad on 08-30-14

Not great

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

A true middle-of-a-trilogy book with little to offer itself. Could have been trimmed substantially without losing anything; leaving the pace slow.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unfettered

  • Tales By Masters of Fantasy
  • By: Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 998
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A TRULY BAD COLLECTION OF DOGS

  • By Randall on 12-21-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

1 or 2 decent short stories buried in the dross. Disappointing to see well known authors send in their barrel scrapings for this worthy-sounding cause.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Split the Party

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series #2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,921

Fleeing from a vengeful king has sent the former NPCs across Solium's borders, into the kingdom of Alcatham. As wanted fugitives, they head to the small farming village of Briarwillow, hoping to blend in, lay low, and avoid trouble at all costs. Unfortunately, Briarwillow has problems all its own, and its troubles quickly become theirs. If they hope to survive long enough to escape, they'll have to tackle an all-but-forgotten mystery buried at the town's border as well as seek the wisdom of a mysterious group of mages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up!

  • By M. D. Baines on 05-13-16

Not as good as NPCs

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

Still pretty good but both characters and story come off worse than the first book in the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cobra Bargain

  • Cobra Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The colony world Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle. Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. It would attack the aliens not from space, but on the ground - with forces the Trofts did not even suspect. Thus were created the cobras, a guerrilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice End to the Trilogy

  • By Dennis on 06-07-13

Not as good as the previous two books.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Good performance and reasonable story but both main characters unlikable and pace too slow for a Cobra book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • More of the Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Karen Joy Fowler, and others
  • Narrated by: Roddy McDowall, Terry Farrell, Wil Wheaton, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Who better to narrate today's best science-fiction stories than today's favorite science-fiction stars? This exciting collection features many.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just one complaint

  • By John R. Galloway Jr. on 02-29-08

Dull and poor quality

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

Sadly not worth buying as an audio book. Poor audio quality and not enough good stories.