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  • The Siege

  • Arisen, Book 13
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

In the north, the collapsed section of the Wall is defended only by the decimated remains of 2 PARA. Even reinforced by Jameson and the exhausted Royal Marines of One Troop, it's a doomed delaying action at best - and the last choke point in the entire ZA faces an incoming tide of dead stretching to the ends of the Earth. Meanwhile, hunkered down at CentCom, the unified ranks of our heroes, led by Ali and Fick, work furiously to fortify and reinforce what will be humanity's final fallback position - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Veritable Battering of the Eardrums

  • By Simon on 11-03-18

Back to its best

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

After a bit of a dip this is back to full on action.
Now wait for next instalment begins...........

  • Dark Winter

  • The 1st DS McAvoy Novel
  • By: David Mark
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

The Sunday Times best-selling first instalment in the Hull-based DS Aector McAvoy series. Meet DS Aector McAvoy, and begin David Mark's addictive crime series. DS Aector McAvoy is a man with a troubled past. His unwavering belief in justice has made him an outsider in the police force he serves, a good man among the lazy and corrupt. Then on a cold day in December he is the first cop on the scene when a young girl is killed in Hull's historic church - and the only one to see the murderer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent rainy afternoon listening.

  • By Darkin on 21-08-13

Excellent story. Flawed policeman done well!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

'brilliant policeman with issues' has been done before so not sure whether to buy. Gave it a chance as set in Hull! I'm glad I did as DS McAvoy and the other characters are well written, he has his problems as do those around him, but all very believable

  • The Lost Daughter

  • A Jean Brash Mystery, Book 2
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton, Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

For fans of Elementary, Ripper Street and Sherlock Holmes - meet Jean Brash, a feisty, self-made woman turned sleuth in murky Victorian Edinburgh where crime and high society meet. After Mistress of the Just Land, the second adventure in David Ashton's Jean Brash series.... A theatre company arrives in Leith to perform King Lear. A robbery is planned, a gruesome murder committed, both of which set Inspector James McLevy on the prowl....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jean Brash

  • By Dee Murray on 29-09-17

Excellent follow up to Book 1

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Loved characters and descriptions of Edinburgh. Good entertaining story although I had to go back a couple of times to remind myself who was who. More an issue with the audio format than the story.
Hopefully a book 3.............

  • Mistress of the Just Land

  • A Jean Brash Mystery 1
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond, David Ashton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

New Year's Day - and through the misty streets of Victorian Edinburgh, an elegant female figure walks the cobblestones with a certain vengeful purpose. Jean Brash, the mistress of the Just Land, brings her cool intelligence to solving a murder, a murder that took place in her own bawdy house (the best in Edinburgh and her pride and joy). A prominent judge, strangled and left dangling, could bring her whole life to ruin, and she didn't haul herself off the streets, up through low, dirty houses of pleasure and violent vicious men, to let that come to pass.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you love McLevy you will love this

  • By S Wood on 01-10-16

Enjoyable story. Great characters

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Loved the background to Jean Brash only hinted at in the Mclevey books.
Overall I thought the mystery/detective element not as strong as Mclevey, but more character background?

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 499

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By RoseyToesRose on 29-07-17

OK story but too many coincidences began to anoy

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you try another book written by A. G. Riddle or narrated by Edoardo Ballerini?

Probably not although it was the story that I struggled with not the narration.

Would you be willing to try another book from A. G. Riddle? Why or why not?

No. Interesting opening but I persevered rather than enjoyed. Some items seemed well researched but too many coincidences for me.

Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was Pandemic worth the listening time?

Overall, no.
Didn't dislike it enough to the point I'd send back for credit but won't be bothering with any more.

  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device

  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576

Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short vignette for the fans

  • By Beccameriel on 16-05-17

Interesting short story, free so no complaints!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

If you’ve listened to the previous books you’ll understand what’s going on. Not sure it’d make sense otherwise? Narration excellent as usual.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Loitering in the stone age and missing opportunity

  • By ISee on 30-08-17

Enjoyable geeky stuff

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

Narration excellent as the previous two books. Didn’t think story was quite as good but all loose ends tied up nicely. Sorry to see end to what had been a great series.

  • Sixth Cycle

  • By: Darren Wearmouth, Carl Sinclair
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Captain Jake Phillips wakes in his crash-landed craft and finds Earth transformed into a frightening new world. He faces two immediate threats that will test his survival skills to the limit. Mutated beings prowl the landscape, hunting humans and searching for the remaining resources. Without a plan in place, the battle will be lost and humanity as Jake knows it will be destroyed. Sixth Cycle is a gritty post-apocalyptic story of survival and adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love RC Bray

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-03-16

Good storyline and interesting variation on apocalypse tale

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Like other reviewers found entertaining and story moved along at good pace. Majority of characters believable but dialogue between them a little awkward at times. Few holes in the plot line but don't let it put you off what is a great book. Listened to a few books by RCBray now and getting used to and liking his style.

  • Counterstrike

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

Captain Jackson Wolfe never thought he'd see the end of the Phage War in his lifetime. The enemy was too powerful, too numerous, and utterly determined to exterminate humanity. But the appearance of a new ally in the fight has changed all of that. For the first time since the original incursion, Wolfe thinks that maybe there's a chance to stop their implacable enemy before they have the chance to wipe out any more human planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Conclusion to a Fine Series

  • By Simon on 06-07-16

Final instalment in an excellent series

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

Reviewed: 22-03-17

Third book didn't disappoint. Enough twists to keep interest and a great narration kept it flowing.

  • Burning Angels

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

A prehistoric corpse entombed within an Arctic glacier, crying tears of blood. A jungle island overrun by rabid primates - escapees from a research laboratory's hot zone. A massive seaplane hidden beneath a mountain, packed with a Nazi cargo of mind-blowing evil. A penniless orphan kidnapped from an African slum, holding the key to the world's survival. Four terrifying journeys. One impossible path. Only one man to attempt it. Will Jaeger. The Hunter. Read by Rupert Degas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is great

  • By Mark on 10-12-17

Entertaining and a great follow up to Ghost Flight

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

Would you listen to Burning Angels again? Why?

Maybe. Few issues with the plot may be better 2nd time around!

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

Poacher section seemed a little out of place?

Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favourite?

No favorite but each character was well voiced.

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

Not really