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  • Ark Royal

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,039
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,031

Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good solid effort at a Space Opera

  • By Jim In Texas! on 08-05-14

Its a Soap Opera

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

What did you like best about Ark Royal? What did you like least?

The military warfare aspect gets short shrift in favor of the personalities and relationships of the characters.

What was most disappointing about Christopher G. Nuttall’s story?

The space battles were unrealistic.

Which character – as performed by Ralph Lister – was your favorite?

None stand out.

Did Ark Royal inspire you to do anything?

Not buy any further volumes.

  • Winterfair Gifts

  • A Vorkosigan Adventure
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

In the festive season of Winterfair on the planet Barrayar, Lord Miles Vorkosigan is making elaborate preparations for his wedding. The long-awaited event stirs up romance and intrigue among his eccentric family and friends, particularly for bioengineered space mercenary Sergeant Taura and shy, diffident Armsman Roic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Enjoyed

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-30-09

Action Packed Short Story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-12

What did you love best about Winterfair Gifts?

This story wrapped up the Miles wedding story arc. But in this universe nothing runs easily.

What did you like best about this story?

I am a huge fan Lois McMaster Bujold's work most notably the Miles VorKosigan saga but I had missed this story for a number of years. I was delighted to find there was actually a story devoted to the wedding.

Which scene was your favorite?

Armsman Roic finds Seargent Tura taking one of the wedding gifts.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The wedding when it finally happened was very welcome.

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