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  • Rumpole: The Penge Bungalow Murders and other stories

  • Three BBC Radio 4 dramatisations
  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothy West, full cast, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, feisty, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this collection of cracking cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders: It is the '50s, and two war heroes have been shot dead. Defending the suspect is deemed hopeless, so the case is handed to a novice. But the novice's superiors didn't count on the tenacity and wit of the young and hungry Horace Rumpole.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BBC Performance...no a true audiobook

  • By LynR on 08-14-18

Comfortably old fashioned with great voice cast

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The first of the BBC Rumpole dramatizations with a great cast including Timothy West and Benedict Cumberbach as the old and younger Rumpole. Very old fashioned and English. It's gentle comfortable feel good listening. I will probably purchase the others, although not immediately.

  • Oryx and Crake

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,509

As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Scary Stuff

  • By Doug on 07-21-03

Oryx and crake

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

How I love this book. Strange, imperfect, yet oh so imaginative and thought provoking. Snowman the antihero protagonist, is probably someone most readers would have disliked in RL, but how you feel for him and root for him.

The book begins with Snowman, real name Jimmy, sleeping up a tree after an apocalypse, which has destroyed seemingly everyone else in the world. The only other beings Snowman knows are the Crakers strange child-like primitive people. The book flashes back to before the event, to Jimmy's friendship with the brilliant Crake, and to his life in a gated community surrounding a genetics lab where his parents work. The story moves between the current situation and Jimmy's history, moving towards the events that caused this apocalypse. It is a beautifully imagined story, warning of the dangers of experimenting with genetic engineering, but also of the adaptability and resilience of life and nature.

I have read and listen to this book a few times. At first, I was confused and it took me a couple of times to get into it, but persevering is rewarding. This is the first of the trilogy. If you like it, it is worth reading the other two, but they are not as good as this one.

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,012

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Rom com for nerds and everyone else

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I delayed reading this book for sometime. It has a heart on the cover and appears to be chick-lit rom-com, whereas I mostly read non-fiction, science, and sci-fi books. But I listen to audible books for hours a day because I don't have much of a social life, so occasionally I force myself to try something different. I don't usually like comedy, I usually don't get the jokes, or get them only 5 minutes after everyone else, which can be embarrassing when you start laughing when everyone has moved on to something else.

I loved this book. It was funny and I liked the main characters. There was even some interesting science in it! I identified with Don and sympathized with him. In fact, I was worried that I identified with him a bit too much!

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  • The Protector's War

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

Rising from the ashes of the computer and industrial ages is a brave new world. Survivors have banded together in tribal communities, committed to rebuilding society. In Oregon's Willamette Valley, former pilot Michael Havel's Bearkillers are warriors of renown. Their closest ally, the mystical Clan MacKenzie, is led by Wiccan folksinger Juniper MacKenzie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, but not great

  • By JasonK on 10-11-09

Poor; but I still listened

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Very mixed feelings about this very mixed series of books.

I think they (particularly from this book onwards) are more likely to appeal to fantasy fans or medievalists than sci-fi or post-apocalypse fans.

Pros:

-Characters you care about (even though some are over stereotyped and others are inconsistent)
-I kinda like the evolution from our world into a fantasy type world, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea
-Strong female characters
-mystery of what caused The Change

Cons
- Repetitive in many parts
- long winded, over written and not very well written
- Gratuitous, badly written violence
- Signe turned from a good guy into a bad guy for sake of plot without showing development, harder to buy than even some of the fantasy stuff
- Filler novel, not much plot development in this one
- NARRATOR! He might be fine for reading a normal book or male middle American accents, but why on earth was he chosen for this series?!! He can't do female voices and cannot read different accents, especially those from the British isles to save his life ( trust me I'm British), he mispronounces every British and French place name and his Irish Gaelic sounds massacred.

In conclusion; I wouldn't really recommend someone pick up this series. But having started it I want to find out what happens ( like a bad but mildly addictive TV show) so I will probably get the next book, although a paper copy this time.

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