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Mark Hancock

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  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, detective constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying read

  • By Tim on 11-21-18

Yet again! Outstanding - great writing AND narration

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

I held off listening for as long as possible, saving it up for just the right time. And it was worth the wait.

In addition to Mr Aaronovitch unspooling yet another excellent tale, he seems to up the ante a bit with each book, in the best way possible.

And Mr Holdbrook-Smith has become my favorite male narrator- he’s brilliant.

Can’t speak highly enough of either gent, so I’ll just say buy the book. Scratch that. Buy all the books. Personally, I’ve listened to the entire series at least three times, & will do so again. It’s that good. Cheers.

  • Soulbinder

  • Spellslinger, Book 4
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

For Kellen, the only way to survive is to hide. His curse is growing stronger, bringing dark and violent visions, and the bounty hunters dogging his heels get closer every day. Desperate, he searches for a mysterious order of monks rumored to have a cure. But salvation comes with a high price. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Growing up!

  • By @tone0189 on 12-22-18

Continued excellence in story & narration

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I kove this series. Period. Start from the beginning, Spellslinger, and read on. You don’t need to be a fan of magic, which I usually am not much of a fan...but if you enjoy a good tale of adventure, read this series, as well as Mr de Castell’s fantastic Greatcoats series. I promise you you will not be disappointed!

  • Gnomon

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 29 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In the world of Gnomon, citizens are constantly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of "transparency". Every action is seen, every word is recorded, and the System has access to its citizens' thoughts and memories - all in the name of providing the safest society in history. When suspected dissident Diana Hunter dies in government custody, it marks the first time a citizen has been killed during an interrogation. The System doesn't make mistakes, but something isn't right about the circumstances surrounding Hunter's death. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, challenging, not a “beach read”

  • By Mark Hancock on 12-09-18

Excellent, challenging, not a “beach read”

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This book was everything I’ve grown to expect from Mr Harkaway, and far more. Gnomon is his most challenging novel yet, & well worth it if you’re willing to give it your full attention and stick with it. I say it that way because there are times when I just want lighter fare; something I can absorb while editing or doing chores around the house.

With Gnomon, I still did those tasks, and dog walking, etc - but I also often found myself scrolling back to fully take on board story information. Even so, I know a second read/ listen is going to divulge items I’ve probably missed in this go ‘round.

It’s a great multi-genre novel & one I’d highly recommend.

Major praise is also due to Mr Onwukwe for his performance which had to be difficult at times (must listen to fully understand). He has a rich, complex & often soothing vocal range which served the story & listener well. If I were to complain for a small reason, it would be his occasional lack of distinction between characters or story arcs. There are so many different arcs and time/scene “flashbacks” (for lack of a better term), and without those vocal cues, there were a few times when I didn’t realize we were in a different scene or moment.

That said, it is a quite long, very dense & substantial book & it’s a small complaint- the performance was still a five star affair.

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  • Thin Air

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

From the author of the award-winning Altered Carbon, which is now an exciting new series from Netflix. On a Mars where ruthless corporate interests violently collide with a homegrown independence movement as Earth-based overlords battle for profits and power, Hakan Veil is an ex-professional enforcer equipped with military-grade body tech that's made him a human killing machine. But he's had enough, and all he wants is a ticket back home - which is just what he's offered by the Earth Oversight organization, in exchange for being the bodyguard for an EO investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turns out there is life on Mars

  • By Gilbert on 10-26-18

God, what a writer.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Richard K Morgan hits all the right buttons. Noirish P.I. feel to this novel, even if the story is actually about a “washed up” ( read: not at all) military cradle to grave kresh born hard man with a bit of a late burgeoning conscience. Hard SF. Even a bit of romance, with a serious bit of eroticism. Made for at least one uncomfortable dog walk:). Bottom line- killer tale. Colin Mace does an excellent job as narrator. All around 5 star experience.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,846

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

I just don’t get the fuss

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

The story, though not original, isnt so bad...but the contrivances like David’s bad metaphors, got very, VERY old, very quickly. Way too much wasted time on a concept that did nothing to move the story forward and actually took me out of the story

  • Mercury Revolts

  • The Mercury Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Joel Bezaire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

After a lowly software tester named Suzy Cilbrith uncovers evidence of a vast government conspiracy, she turns to a fringe reporter named Eddie Pratt for help. Far from dismissing her wild claims, Eddie reveals that things are even worse than they appear: the US government has been infiltrated by angels, who are attempting to bring about Heaven on Earth - no matter the cost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining story but terrible narration

  • By Jessica on 05-17-16

Anyone else confused?

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

First of all, I hate it when a perfectly good narrator isnused for three cinsecutive books, and is yhen replaced by a narrator who seems to be working overtime to try and compemsate.

Worse though is tbe fact that there are obviiusly huge chunks of data missing from the overarchimg storyline. “ Mercury Rests” seems to be missing from the Audible offerings and there mustve been a ton of info we series readers missed out on. Where is Christine? What made Michael/ Michelle turn from good to bad? And all kinds of other plot points seem to be drastically different- but loyal Audible liateners are missing out. I just dont get this? Why make MOST of a series while leaving it incomplete?

  • Mercury Rises

  • Mercury, Book 2
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

Fresh off their successful quest to thwart not one, but two diabolical plots to destroy the world, jaded reporter Christine Temetri and rough cherub Mercury find that mysterious powers outranking even the Heavenly bureaucracy seem intent on keeping the Apocalypse on track. Mercury Rises continues author Robert Kroese’s tale of the heroic cherub Mercury, who is generally well-intentioned, rarely well-behaved, and always well-armed with a droll remark. While the world is plagued by natural disasters and nations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A humorous distraction, I enjoyed it very much!

  • By Tatia on 06-19-16

Good book with a caveat...Iowa, despite its depiction, was the first state in the Union to allow gay marriage

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Just saying. I’ve enjoyed the Mercury series so far. It’s a fun, madcap romp through theology, demons & angels and the Apocalypse- what’s not to love? Despite all of that, and the great narration by Kevin Stilwell, I take issue with the continuing take on Iowa being a bastion of conservatism when relating to Troy. We were after all, the first state to legalize gay marriage. Even if we have fallen prey to the conservative bent the whole country has devolved into. Actually, now that I think about it, we appear to have become as sheep-like as the rest of the country. So. Never mind. How ‘bout them Bears?

  • Robopocalypse

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,859

In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!

  • By Raxxillion on 07-15-11

Life is too short to listen to awful dialogue

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Daniel H Wilson (along with those of us who purchased his book) could’ve greatly benefited from working with an editor. Life is too short to listen to otherwise nice concepts & a talented narrator go to waste by the inclusion of such ridiculous & awful dialogue. So much of it was completely unbelievable or cringe worthy. Sorry, but I can’t finIsh this book.

  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

  • By: Kelly Robson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately, the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with great narration, but...a bit short AND unfinished

  • By Mark Hancock on 11-05-18

Enjoyable with great narration, but...a bit short AND unfinished

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I’m not especially a fan of cliffhangers; but I HATE a cliffhanger that is also essentially an unfinished ending. The story was unique enough, I enjoyed the characters, world & concepts, and the narration of Nancy Wu is superb. I will buy the next book & if the writing & narration continues to be of this caliber, I will probably buy into the series. That said, I feel cheated by this particular ending. Not sure if it’s a publisher’s move or if the author decided to do things this way, but it bugged me enough to say something. However, don’t let that decide your purchase. It’s a fresh look at time travel & an interesting melding of SF concepts. Overall, I still give 5 stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charmcaster

  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48

A failed mage learns that just because he's not the chosen one it doesn't mean he can't be a hero in the third book of an exciting adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell. Kellen's life as an outlaw spellslinger is about to get a lot worse. In Gitabria, a miraculous discovery draws spies from all over the continent willing to kill to get their hands on it. Swept up in the race for power, Kellen is forced to join the pursuit. But the invention holds a dark secret-one that could spark a war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Young Man forced to grow up.

  • By @tone0189 on 11-15-18

de Castell + Jameson = another wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

So glad I took a chance on Traitor’s Blade a few months ago, because it opened up the world of Sebastien de Castell to me & it’s a world worth living in. Both the Spellslinger series and the Greatcoats series are top tier worlds of heroic protagonists facing the world against all odds.

And Joe Jameson is a world class narrator; despite the gender (or species), he delivers the goods in glorious fashion. These aren’t credits you’ll ever second guess. I don’t care who you are- these books are fantastic.