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  • Private Games

  • By: James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

July 2012: The Games have arrived in London. Preparations have gone flawlessly and the stage is set for one of the greatest ever showcases of sporting excellence. But one man has a devastating plan. Having waited years for this chance, he is now ready for vengeance. When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found decapitated in his garden, Peter Knight, head of Private London, is called to the scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book. Great to listen to.

  • By Andrew on 11-12-17

A "must-read"

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

Reviewed: 30-06-13

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

Read this just before going to London 2012 so it helped put it into context and was a great read as it was so plausible. Just as the games were years in the planning, with all that London has seen, it seemed plausible that terrorists could have been planning for years too.
You don't need to have attended to read this though- the plot twists and turned and the pressure of time is palpable as it reaches its conclusion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anyone who had a cool electronic gadget gets my vote!

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

The ending was a real cliff-hanger- not able to get out of the car if I was listening in it and keen to get home from work just to turn it back on again. Really quite addictive.

  • The White Tiger

  • By: Aravind Adiga
  • Narrated by: Bindya Solanki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. Too poor to finish school, he has to work in a teashop until the day a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. Balram becomes aware of immense wealth all around him, and realizes the only way he can become part of it is by murdering his master. The White Tiger presents a raw and unromanticized India, both thrilling and shocking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine Booker winner

  • By FJWynne on 28-12-08

Just couldn't get into this book

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

Reviewed: 30-06-13

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe because rave recommendations meant it would never live up to expectations, or maybe just not the book for me but I was unable to get into this story despite several attempts to really sit down and persevere. I failed to find anything engaging about the story or the main character and have to admit this is one of the few books I have downloaded on Audible that I have just not been able to see through to the end.
Almost all the recommendations came from "older " people so not sure if I will grow into it and it may be a book for the older generations perhaps????

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

To be honest, the book sparked nothing in me at all- it wasn't that I was disappointed: I just could not get into the story regardless of trying several times but I have to say I have friends and family who still go on about how much they enjoyed it so to each his/her own but sorry, not for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Moon's a Balloon

  • By: David Niven
  • Narrated by: David Niven
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Rich in hilarious anecdote, this audiobook tells the story of Niven's school and Sandhurst days, his posting to Malta with the Highland Light Infantry, and how he escaped the army for a new life in the States. There he joined New York high society, before crossing the continent, lured by Hollywood. He returned to Britain to serve during the Second World War, but then made Hollywood his home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I had hoped it would be!

  • By Alison St Pierre on 18-09-12

So suave

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

Reviewed: 30-06-13

Where does The Moon's a Balloon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

an excellent autobiography- memories of a bygone golden age in movies, recounted in a smooth, suave manner but never smarmy if you know what I mean? Some fascinating anecdotes, some laugh out loud funny moments and just a pity it seems over too soon.

What other book might you compare The Moon's a Balloon to, and why?

This is the same smooth and relaxed style of Michael Caine's autobiography.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Sir Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Sir Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook beats Hardback!!!

  • By Justin on 15-10-10

All that way via Norfolk

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

Reviewed: 30-06-13

What made the experience of listening to The Elephant to Hollywood the most enjoyable?

Surprised to learn that he spent some of his childhood not too far down the road from here in Norfolk so a personal touch for me. A relaxed, amusing listen of anecdotes- perfect for anyone who has ever enjoyed one of his films.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House Sitter

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

A woman is found strangled on a beach in Sussex. It takes the police 12 days to discover she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty. Why was she killed? And why is the NCF thwarting Detective Peter Diamond's efforts to unmask her murderer?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Sue on 14-03-06

The House Sitter

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-06

Initially I found this a little slow to grab my attention but please persevere- this book has a good balance of witty lines from the characters and yet retaining above that a good storyline. Ultimately, I found myself relishing long drives to listen to more and leaving the office early for appointments so I could listen to as much as possible: the mark of a good download.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful