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  • Masters of War

  • Danny Black, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

In Paris, an elderly man is assassinated as he takes his morning walk. In the war-torn cities of Syria, government forces wage a bloody war against their own people. The Russians are propping up the government, the French are backing one rebel fraction and the British are backing another. And in north Africa, young SAS trooper Jamie Truman is coming to the end of a gruelling tour of duty, or so he thinks. Jamie has a new mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well...what an intriguing 'listen'.....

  • By Darren Dowd on 23-05-15

in - credible and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

- no credibility to story and situations combined with poor knowledge of customs of the middle east combine with a touch racism . also rather gratuitous focus on torture and murder of women and children that might concern some . narrator tried his best and mostly ok but his arab accents are closer to moscow than damascus

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life into a favourite series

  • By nicole on 10-09-17

sorry i just gave up - so slow

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

Reviewed: 23-09-17

i like the genre and can enjoy movie full of understated low tone conversion in dark and shabby smoke filled rooms but it doesn't work for me in audio - i kept falling asleep or just switched off so it became like audible wallpaper / sorry to the narrator who tried his best

  • The Holocaust

  • A New History
  • By: Laurence Rees
  • Narrated by: Mr Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 259

Laurence Rees, in his magnum opus, combines largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades. Rees argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking - and the Holocaust was the most appalling crime in history - what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside other Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holocaust - A masterly telling

  • By Rathelstan on 28-02-17

painfullly compulsive

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

JK is probably the best narrator in audible and i am drawn to books he covers as i find him an easy listen - he does a first class job here as did the author who's strength in assembling material is astounding . . at points i had to stop listening as the content is so dark and shows the depths of depravity to which the human mind can sink . but i also felt an obligation to get through the book as my modem sacrifice does not even scratch the surface of the suffering of millions for the sake of the deviant ideology .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wings on My Sleeve

  • The World's Greatest Test Pilot Tells His Story
  • By: Eric 'Winkle' Brown
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139

The autobiography of one of the greatest pilots in history. In 1939 Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realising he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve - and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying more different aircraft types than anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By Jay Grady on 02-07-16

there must be a good story hidden here but not this book

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

i think the author was a far better pilot than story teller and someone should have ghost written the autobiography or a biography for him . A man with such a good story to tell should have a better record of his achievements . There is little context no back story just a long list of planes he flew which starts to become dull despite the amazing subject - someone please re write this mans life story and do him justice .

  • The Run of His Life

  • The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • By: Jeffrey Toobin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, The Run of His Life is a prodigious feat of reporting that could have been written only by the foremost legal journalist of our time. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of "the trial of the century".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real life story behind the TV Court Case.

  • By Steve on 12-04-16

A revelation of the US justice system at work !

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

Reviewed: 23-07-16

old story - and now I know what went on behind it find it even more scary the murdering scumball got off

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,625

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to Harry Hole.

  • By Richard on 04-12-12

why all the unnecessary profanity ?

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

Reviewed: 23-07-16

I swear, my mum says a lot and still slaps me for it still but found the gratuitous profanity and thuggery too much here as if it was written by some one trying to imagine what its like to be working class of limited vocabulary and low education . not convincing sorry . 'kin rubbish actually

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone

  • By Steven on 29-01-14

I think the author ran out of time ?

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

Reviewed: 23-07-16

altogether disappointing after all the hype. the story line was slow to build while some fairly un heroic characters were painted . It got interesting when the trial started and the Barrister Christine Deverue was a great character but then it would seem the author ran out of time and rushed the finish so summarised a lot of very relevant plot material as post trial stop press.

  • Stranger Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557

One dark secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband, David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous!!

  • By Bernadette on 15-11-15

implausible and overrated

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

Reviewed: 21-06-16

very weak story line and seems to have been retrospectively corrected in a few places with obviously inserted events when it became obvious to the author it did not hold together . I gave up at 75% when I lost interest due to the contrived nature of the plot .

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History that is as entertaining as it is educating

  • By Natalia on 03-12-15

i loved this book - fascinating

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

Reviewed: 30-03-16

A well researched book written from an objective oriental perspective that helps to explain world history in the context of global trade and the evolution of networks weaved within and throughout the worlds different societies. surprisingly interesting, well narrated and I like it a lot . Didn't skip one chapter - which his rare for me

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,009

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

i failed to finish

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

Reviewed: 26-10-15

i tried but it what from what I thought would be an interesting evolutionary story to another area of geo science I didn't enjoy and I stopped listening .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful