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Robert N. Stephenson

Blackwood, South Australia Australia
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  • Dead Moon

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,703

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. An enemy that is already dead.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why did you do this? Just why?

  • By Veronica on 03-02-19

great stuff..<br /><br />ended well and hungry. follow thiss

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

wellworth it
..coulf follow with do you eant to live forever mix it up and watch out for yellow

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,730

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

great..<br />typical annoying fun dezoerate and often <br />

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

i enjoyedvthis and look forward to the next. typical opera nothing challenging and some pop refrtences just wrong. still fun thouhh

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars is not enough

  • By Don L. on 09-19-14

Yes, ireally is this good

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

If you could sum up A Man Called Ove in three words, what would they be?

Simply sublime

What did you like best about this story?

It has a gentleness and humour that was, makes you laugh and makes you cry. Quite special qualities.

What about Joan Walker’s performance did you like?

Very calm and measured and engaging. Will find other book she has performed

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Already a film out

Any additional comments?

Do yourself the favour. Must is said about a Man Called Ove, it really is that good.

  • Chaco

  • By: Peggy A. Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Within days of a series of monster solar storms slamming into earth, electrical grids fail and everything in the northern hemisphere with a computer chip ceases functioning. Electricity won't be completely restored for at least a decade, and the result is that everything modern life depends on to function is gone. Chaco is a well-educated freedom fighter on a death list in El Salvador. Having fled to the United States, he is in hiding by working for a wealthy couple as their handyman and gardener. Following the disaster, he reveals his true identity, and convinces his employers and their neighbors to follow him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Science Fiction could be Science Fact

  • By cosmitron on 02-21-18

An interesting take on the end of the world

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

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

This is certainly a better rendition on the theme of apocalypse, so referring it to another reader would be something I will do.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Chaco?

For me, the most memorable parts are the actions of Chaco himself under adverse conditions both emotionally, socially and physical. There is at going on here and it would have been easy for the author to shortcut much of this, but she doesn't, and that is important.

Which character – as performed by Chris Abell – was your favorite?

Chaco by far and I felt while many of the others were good, he was just the most normal considering everything.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

en the Star Shines Too Bright

Any additional comments?

This is the first Peggy Wheeler book I have listened to and it was very enjoyable, far more so that I was expecting. I do have a low tolerance for end of the world stories, but this one is an exception. Bravo

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Gillian Burke
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

It started when I was 16 years old. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger. No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit, you will never remember who I am.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Anon on 05-31-18

quie brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

i see a mumber of negative reviews. i would disagree quite strongly....this is most excellent.
i say no more

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Shattered Wings

  • By: Aliette de Bodard
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64

In the late 20th century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians' War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The grands magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and the great houses still vie for dominion over France's once-grand capital.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There are No Miracles in This House

  • By Dave on 10-08-15

It won an award - BUT -

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

Would you listen to The House of Shattered Wings again? Why?

I wouldn't listen to it again, but it was certainly interesting the first time. An extravagant trip through another place, in another time with things and people beyond contemporary imagination.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I hated them all; didn't mind the book but I felt everyone was a naff just waiting to be killed.

Which scene was your favorite?

No real favourite b ut the whole book did create bizzarro visions and pictures. Maybe too much as I struggled keeping it all together.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

To Sip an Angels Blood

Any additional comments?

I wrote BUT -- great book, visually stunning, poetic and descriptive and expertly written by an author with a steady hand and a steady mind. Damn easy to get lost and forget what the hell is going on. Deserving of an award? If we are just talking literary offering, yes, indeed.

  • Lightless

  • By: C. A. Higgins
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124

Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond - not with any of her crewmates but with the ship's electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Psychologically Gripping Space Opera

  • By T. L. Walker on 06-01-16

Had its moments

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

Would you try another book from C. A. Higgins and/or Fiona Hardingham?

I am waiting for a follow up to this, so yes I would try the next one.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was slow going and needlessly so.

Did Fiona Hardingham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Fiona did a very good job, she was what made the slowness more bearable

Do you think Lightless needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I hope there is one, as it is incomplete without it.

Any additional comments?

Good work, could have used improvements in pacing, but that shouldn't put off the avid reader. A good story.

  • Luna

  • New Moon
  • By: Ian McDonald
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Soneela Nankani, Thom Rivera
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 213

As the leader of the moon's newest "dragon", Adriana has wrested control of the moon's helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal Corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies - and each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dynasty on the Moon

  • By Lucy on 01-18-16

McDonald at his best

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

What did you love best about Luna?

The world building and the strangeness of reality were wonderful

Who was your favorite character and why?

The principle character is brilliant, but there is another girl other might warm to.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There is a nice tone to the voice and it didn't distract by trying tool hard to inject difference in the characters. A good reader can do this.

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

I never do anything in one sitting; not even great books. But I did enjoy the whole of the book.

Any additional comments?

McDonald has some military SF I don't like, but this is very good sf written well.

  • Earth Strike

  • Star Carrier, Book One
  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323

There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!

  • By Joshua on 05-29-13

Seriously Ian! I could wait to the end.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The ideal reader is a sci fi techno, gimmick, detail mad junky. Sounded more like a training manual than a story. Ian has done much, much better.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ian Douglas again?

Maybe, if it was a better book. I have listened to some of his work, which is really good.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

I don't think anyone could have made this book enjoyable

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Earth Strike?

How about the whole first half of the book to the cut shop

Any additional comments?

While I am negative on this, it does fit the genre perfectly. I have read widely in Military SF and this is on par with the better ones. It is just after all I have heard, including Nuttal, this just didn't inspire.

  • Edge of Dark

  • The Glittering Edge, Book One
  • By: Brenda Cooper
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system, destined to sip dregs of light and struggle for the barest living? What if that life thrived, grew, learned, and became far more than anyone ever expected, yearning to return to the sun? What if it didn't share your moral compass in any way? The Glittering Edge duology describes the clash of forces when an advanced society that has filled a solar system with flesh-and-blood life meets the near-AIs it banished long ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Conceptual Sci-Fi

  • By Chris in Seattle on 05-06-16

I need to get me some more Cooper

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

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

I have just recommended it to a writing group. While it does journey through some old ground I felt she added small details to make it all work. Some nice touches here and there made the storyline quite wonderful at times. I did wonder at times where the story was taking me and for a change this didn't bother me, as the writing was confident and expert.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Edge of Dark?

There are many moments that stick in my mind, but I am afraid just mentioning them with ruin their epic impacts on you. Just know there are many, and some very, very touching.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Soneela Nankani?

Yes, she has a smooth tone and easy to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was saddened by the end, not that that is an indication of any event, but more the fact I have to read another if available.

Any additional comments?

If you like space opera then this will be one to entertain you while not boring you with same old, same old, ideas. True, there is nothing fresh in the novel if taken as a whole compared to what is out there, but Brenda does deliver a believable story with heart.