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  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By John Keegan on 25-09-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

The narration is so boring was so disappointed as I was so pleased to see the title available

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Saint Death

  • John Milton, Book 2
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

John Milton has been off the grid for six months. He surfaces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and immediately finds himself drawn into a vicious battle with the narco-gangs that control the borderlands. He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas. Working with the only untouchable cops in the city and a bounty hunter whose motives are unclear, Milton must keep her safe until the crossing can be made.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loving this

  • By Linda on 17-12-15

Loving this

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

Reviewed: 17-12-15

Everyone keeps saying that John Milton is the English Jack Reacher and in many respects he is. However I see shades of Le Carre in him as well.
This is the 3rd one in a row I have read which is unusual for me.
I was not convinced about the narrator to begin with but I stuck with it and now he feels like an old friend.Can not recommend this Author highly enough
I also love the fact that Mark has his own FB page and answers all comments as well as the live chats

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Tea Planter's Wife

  • By: Dinah Jefferies
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies, read by Avita Jay. Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Change for Me

  • By Linda on 08-10-15

A Change for Me

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

I saw Dinah Jefferies on television the other day and decided to see what this book was like. I am so glad I did
Not my normal sort of novel but I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey. Touching and at times terrifying. Will be waiting for the next one now

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Millennium Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,851

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An unnecessary continuation

  • By Creamcracker on 26-09-15

Better than I thought it would be.

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

Reviewed: 17-09-15

Having listened to all the other Stieg Larsson books I was dubious about this one. But it was
on the whole not as bad as I thought it would be mainly due to Saul Reichlin narrating.

Was somewhat irritated by the constant mention of other Book Titles and Authors.
At times it felt like listening to a commercial and really not sure that it "Added" to the storyline.

That said it was great to have Mikal and Salander back and more of Salanders background
explored so would on the whole recommend it.

  • The Olive Branch

  • By: Jo Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

It's amazing what you can buy online these days: memorabilia, fashion accessories, a crumbling Italian farmhouse... After a Prosecco-fuelled girls' night in gets out of hand, Ruthie Collins awakes to discover that she has bid for her dream Italian home online - and won. Recently out of a relationship, a new start is just what she needs. Anything is better than sleeping on her mum's settee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A transporting romance

  • By Pipsicalpopsicle on 05-04-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

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

Not time well spent. Was very disappointed with this book

What was most disappointing about Jo Thomas’s story?

Seemed long and drawn out and slightly implausabile in places

How could the performance have been better?

Seemed over emphasised in places. Narration was poor

Do you think The Olive Branch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Minute

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

'It's night, and I'm in a strange house. The lights are on and I'm standing outside a half-open door. Feeling a terrible sense of foreboding, I walk slowly inside. And then I see her. A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed. She's dead. There's blood everywhere. And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me ...'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of kernick's best.

  • By Steven on 18-01-15

Kernick Enthralls

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

Reviewed: 18-02-15

Where does The Final Minute rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story grabs you and draws you in among one of my favourites

What other book might you compare The Final Minute to, and why?

Do not like to compare books each is special in its own way.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The opening sequence was the one that drew me in

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

Yes and No

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

  • By: Kirsty Wark
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Born just before the First World War, Elizabeth Pringle has been a familiar yet solitary figure on the Scottish island of Arran. A dutiful daughter, an inspirational teacher, a gardener. But did anyone really know her? When Elizabeth dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances, and in doing so, perhaps leave her own past behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why should a house be left to your mother?

  • By J on 20-06-14

Absorbing

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you could sum up The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, Believable. Absorbing

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle?

Towards the very beginning when the solicitors letter is read

What about Siobhan Redmond’s performance did you like?

A distinction between the younger and older characters vocally without false voices

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

Yes it was but I have actually listened to it twice already the alternation of characters is great

Any additional comments?

If you have wondered about this title or perhaps put it in your wish list give it a go

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,996

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Such a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 25-06-14

Would you try another book written by Robert Galbraith or narrated by Robert Glenister?

Yes but would wait for reviews I downloaded the first two chapters free and then pre ordered the book will probably not do that again

Would you recommend The Silkworm to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

Love his tone of voice and pace of reading never makes you feel he is rushing and that he cares about the characters

Do you think The Silkworm needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really but would love another Strike book

Any additional comments?

Was really sad about this I love the main character and his assistant think the plot really let this down

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Villa Triste

  • By: Lucretia Grindle
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 21 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

It is the autumn of 1943. Italy signs the armistice that will take it out of the war, and slides into chaos. In Florence, two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death. Determined to take on not only the Nazis but also the newly resurgent Fascists, bands of Partisans rise up. In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, one of Florence’s most senior policemen, would not normally oversee a murder investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful, wonderful read...

  • By pennyh on 09-04-12

Just when you thought you knew all about WW2

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Villa Triste to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version but have thoroughly enjoyed the journey of this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Villa Triste?

Discovering a completely different angle to WW2 from an Italian perspective I have never really understood the way things were for the Italian people. Think this should be on the reading list for history

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

I may well have but can not recall title at this point. Her voice and inflection tells the story well. I really enjoyed the pace of this. I noted someone reviewed it as slow and an awful Italian accent did not agree it is only really places and people names when it is apparent as an accent and not out of place for me. (No I am not Italian)

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

The whole book moves in degrees some high some low. The first ambulance journey and the unfolding of the passage of time with the red book are very moving. The ending twist also surprised me.

Any additional comments?

Please give this book a read very refreshing to find a different angle. I have no hesitation in recommending this book. And with the Audible return promise you really have nothing to lose but huge insight to gain

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life of Lee

  • By: Lee Evans
  • Narrated by: Lee Evans
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. Read unabridged by the man himself, the audiobook edition of The Life of Lee is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography, charting his ups and downs on the way to the top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lee Evan book so so funny

  • By Matthew on 07-04-13

Not normally a Biography/Autobiography Person

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

Reviewed: 14-01-14

What did you like most about The Life of Lee?

The total honesty of the man. A truly compelling and touching story from a very talented man.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life of Lee?

The description of life in Lawrence Weston good and bad and Nanny Narling made me laugh out loud especially the tea cloth moment.

What does Lee Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Hearing Lee tell his own story and not shying away from the less savoury bits was touching and very thought provoking. Hats off to you sir

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This is Lee Warts and All

Any additional comments?

I have not actually finished this yet but very nearly As someone who does not usually read this kind of book I was enchanted by this one.
It had a great truth and honesty throughout told by the man himself it shows that with determination and talent (He is very talented) you can change your perceived path in life you just have to believe you can.