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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,767

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

One of the best SF books I have read.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I have been a Science Fiction fan for over 60 years. The genre is full of great writers and great stories: from Asimov to Clarke, from Clarke to Vance and many others. Once in a while a book comes along that is among the very best; this one is one of those. I highly recommend it to all SF lovers and to those that like good story telling.

  • Planet of Adventure

  • City of the Chasch, Servants of the Wankh, The Dirdir, The Pnume: The Tschai, Planet of Adventure
  • By: Jack Vance
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Stranded on the distant planet Tschai, young Adam Reith is the sole survivor of a space mission who discovers the world is inhabited - not only by warring alien cultures but by human slaves as well, taken early in Earth's history. Reith must find a way off the planet to warn Earth of Tschai's deadly existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration!

  • By James Weaver on 03-16-16

Jack Vance, the best of the best. <br /><br /><br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Just one of the many masterpieces from one of the greatest authors of SciFy. More of Vance's books should be audiobooked.

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  • Count to Ten

  • Chicago, Book 5
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Abandoned years ago to the foster-care system, two young brothers end up in an unimaginable hell, and when one dies, the other vows revenge on those responsible. Chicago Fire Department veteran Reed Solliday immediately knows he needs help when an autopsy reveals that a young girl found in the wreckage of an explosion was raped and murdered before fire ripped through the house. Determined to bury herself in work after her partner is shot, Detective Mia Mitchell understands Solliday's case will be her most challenging to date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, excellent, good... <br /><br />

  • By Alessandro on 04-13-18

Good, excellent, good... <br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

A well written and crafted novel narrated by the best... how can you go wrong!

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,702

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Knives And Killer Humor

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-15-17

A very well performed and written thriller. <br />

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

Edoardo Ballerini is always excellent. The story is well paced and thrilling, the reader of the diary also does a superb job.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,066
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,053

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read this before buying, too much hype

  • By Bradley on 06-23-17

Another top performance from Edoardo Ballerini !

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

A fast paced and we'll written novel enhanced by Edoardo,'s talented reading a total pleasure.

  • The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

  • or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life
  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the 19th century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do. The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For aficionados only.

  • By Ary Shalizi on 01-11-12

An excellent book of monumental importance.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Beautifully written and narrated. Darwin was so incredibly thorough and explained his work and ideas so clearly that it baffles me that there are still people that do not understand them. The narrator does an excellent job - it felt that Darwin himself was speaking to me. I highly recommend this book... it should be in every hotel and motel room draw.

  • Caravaggio

  • A Life Sacred and Profane
  • By: Andrew Graham-Dixon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

In the tradition of John Richardson's Picasso, a commanding new biography of the Italian master's tumultuous life and mysterious death. For four hundred years Caravaggio's (1571-1610) staggering artistic achievements have thrilled viewers, yet his volatile personal trajectory - the murder of Ranuccio Tomasini, the doubt surrounding Caravaggio's sexuality, the chain of events that began with his imprisonment on Malta and ended with his premature death - has long confounded historians.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this with his art work in front of you

  • By Splendifermoose on 10-19-15

A rivetting visit to the past.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

What made the experience of listening to Caravaggio the most enjoyable?

The book is extremely well written and researched. It is written with real understanding of both the artist and his phenomenal art. The whole work becomes alive by Edoardo Ballerini's sensitive and smooth narration.

What other book might you compare Caravaggio to and why?

This book stands alone.

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

He brings it to life and the whole experience becomes more thrilling and hard to put down.

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

Yes but it was difficult to do as it is 18 hours long.

Any additional comments?

I found that to search for the art work being described on Google added an extra dimension as the author points out many aspects in each work that would not be apparent to a nonexpert,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Watcher in the Wall

  • By: Owen Laukkanen
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens' daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate's suicide, but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing - an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers, presided over by an anonymous presence who seems to be spurring them on. Soon it becomes apparent that the classmate wasn't the first victim.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Genuinely scary stuff. You are warned.

  • By Richard Delman on 12-19-16

I hate it when authors make a story drag.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The narrator was excellent but the story dragged on and on.

What could Owen Laukkanen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Plotted it better.

Which scene was your favorite?

I cannot think of many

Do you think The Watcher in the Wall needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

I have liked this author's books in the past. And i will give him another go. But for me it was painfully constructed.

Edoardo Ballerini was the only thing that kept me listening as he is so good. I wish he would do Game Of Thrones :(

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The River of Souls

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 5
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,264

The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett

  • By Frances on 06-14-14

Five is not enough!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

What made the experience of listening to The River of Souls the most enjoyable?

The story, the prose and the narration - all very good indeed

What was one of the most memorable moments of The River of Souls?

Too many to mention...I panicked near the end, though!

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

I cannot imagine anyone else in the world narrating Matthew Corbett novels. He is one of the most talented narrators around. I wish that he narrated Game of Thrones, then I could actually listen to them....the present narrator...well, he is at the other end of the spectrum. Mr. Ballerini is an excellent reader, I have listened to many of his narrations.

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

Yes! ENJOYMENT!

Any additional comments?

I NEED no6, 7, 8 etc! NOW!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bird Sense

  • What It's Like to Be a Bird
  • By: Tim Birkhead
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Are You A Serious Birdwatcher?

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-14-17

If you did not love birds before you will!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

What did you love best about Bird Sense?

Very well and entertainingly written and read. Informative but not dull in any way. Amazing and startling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The writer, Professor Birkhead is very knowledgeable and writes in an easy to understand and flowing style that is a pleasure to just sit and listen, and listen...

Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

Not applicable. But Robin Sachs is a sensitive and pleasant reader.

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

Some of the early (two hundred years or more ago) experiments that were performed on some of the birds species made me cringe in shame for our callousness.

Any additional comments?

One of the best books I have listened to in a long time. I hope audible will bring to us more of Tim Birkhead's work, hopefully with the same reader.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful