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  • The Third Man

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The Third Man is one of the truly great post-war films. It's a thrilling story of black-marketeering set against a backdrop of Vienna in the immediate post-war era, when the city was divided into four zones amongst the major powers: Russia, Britain, France, and America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent novel and narration

  • By Frankiesam on 01-12-15

Post war Vienna, conspiracy and murder.

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18


Whoah, what a ride in just three hours.

This post war fast paced classic based in Vienna, tells a great story of murder, intrigue and conspiracy, fabulously narrated by Martin Jarvis.

Never saw the film thinking it was not my cup of tea, but will have to see it now.

  • Want You Gone

  • Jack Parlabane, Book 9
  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Angus King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Sam Morpeth is left to fend for her younger sister when their mother goes to prison. But when a stranger begins to blackmail her online, she's drawn her into a trap she may not escape alive. Reporter Jack Parlabane is indebted to a volatile source, and now that debt is being called in, it could cost him everything. Thrown together by a common enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they have more in common than they realise - and might be each other's only hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Brookmyre in a while

  • By Richard on 24-05-17

Jack is back

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18


Great story, Jack is back on form. I listened to another Brookmyre a while back and had to return it as it was so poor,so this was a welcome return.

I was rather anxious due to the content of the book about my online security. However it’s taught me to think before I click.

Angus King was a fabulous narrator and is Jack in my head but I was not impressed with Avita Jay. Her London black accent was comical and her Scottish was poor. Samantha’s voice was so downtrodden, you almost could not believe she was a strong individual under neath it all.

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  • The Underground Railroad

  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spellbinding, heartbreaking tale of slavery.

  • By bookylady on 13-06-17

Slavery laid bare, warts and all.

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

I really do not enjoy american narratorss, however Bahni Turpin is simply wonderful as she brings all the characters to life. She was amazing in Calling me home, which I would also recommend as it is in a similar vein, however a little less graphic.

There were some horrific moments in this book which made me gasp in shock, and made me ashamed to be white.
The completee injustice of slavery is laid bare warts and all in this tale of the chance of freedom and how much you would risk for it.

Highly recommended.

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  • Carry On, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: 'Jeeves Takes Charge 'Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest', 'The Artistic Career of Corky', 'The Aunt and the Sluggard', 'Clustering Round Young Bingo', 'Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg' and 'The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danger to other motorway users

  • By C.J. Martin on 30-10-17

Silver spoons of a bygone era

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18


Great reviews and well justified. Johnathon Cecil’s accents are exquisite.

It was a dash good romp through some rummy stories, full of gaiety and mirth.

Bertie is a loveable imbecile who without Jeeves his spiffing gentleman’s man, would never be able to put one foot in front of the other. Not sure how mankind continued during this era if it were not for the likes of Jeeves.

Although I have Mr Cecils voice in my ear, I still see Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry throughout these very funny short stories.

  • The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

  • By: Simon Mawer
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

Marian Sutro is an outsider: the daughter of a diplomat, half French, half British, naive yet too clever for her own good. But when she is recruited from her desk job by SOE to go undercover in wartime France, it seems her hybrid status - and fluent French - will be of service to a greater, more dangerous cause. Trained in sabotage, dead-drops, how to perform under interrogation, and how to kill, Marian parachutes into southwest France with an urgent mission....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great thriller, but also beautifully written

  • By Jill on 10-05-12

The unsung women of WW2

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18


I do like WW2 novels, and this is an excellent tale of the women who played such an important part in the war.

It’s always the male spies who are are praised and written about, but there were so many women who did this important job, and have been forgotten or it’s just not such a good story with a female heroine. Which is a sad reflection in ourselves.

Well written and great narration, try it I think you will like it!

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging - not what I expected

  • By Robyn on 14-12-17

Just does not deliver

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18


Will Wheaton is a great narrator despite being American.... apologies but I am not a fan of American accents.

Even he could not make this an enjoyable experience. Sorry but it’s being returned.

Mine is not the only poor review, I should of headed the worls of others reviewers.

  • The Empathy Problem

  • By: Gavin Extence
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Driven by money, power and success, Gabriel has worked ruthlessly to get to the very top of the banking game. He's not going to let the inconvenience of a terminal brain tumour get in his way. But the tumour has other ideas. As it grows, it appears to be doing strange things to Gabriel's personality. Whether he likes it or not, he seems to be becoming less selfish, less mercenary, less unlikeable. Once he could dismiss the rest of humanity as irrelevant. Now he's not so sure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful beyond words

  • By Kaggy on 28-02-17

Much more than chic lit

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18


I am surprised like another reviewer that this is classed as chic lit.

This book had a lot of soul and will be with me for a few days.

Jack Hawkins delivery was exemplary his voice and delivery were perfect.

Mr Extence writing of the glut and greed of capitalism from the people who work in that environment was spot on. He wove a great story on an emotional level of the evil, and subsequent comeuppance to do things right.

Well done think, I will have a look to see what else he has written.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Jackie on 29-10-17

Nessun Dorma will never be the same.

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

Reviewed: 25-03-18


This book is an amazing true story of an ordinary man.

Thank goodness some one managed to get his story. I am sure that there were many other ordinary people who did amazing things during the war, but unfortunately their tales have now gone to the graveeith them....Lest we forget.

I had to listen to Pavarotti sing Nessun dorma when this finished and I will always think of Pino and Anna when I hear this, and shed a tear for what if.

I live in the French Alos close to the Italian border, so I can see Pinos beautiful mountains everyday, and I do hope you are at peace now with your beloved Anna.

  • The Tidal Zone

  • By: Sarah Moss
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

A poignant, funny and engrossing exploration of family life centred around a cataclysmic event and its aftermath, from the author of Night Waking and Signs for Lost Children. Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man, and he is happy. But one day he receives a call from his daughter's school to inform him that for no apparent reason, 15-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In a league of its own for excellence!

  • By Rachel Redford on 28-08-16

Reflections from family trauma

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18


I feel this was one of those intellectual books that suppose to bring a fulfillment to my life, a new understanding and depth to others emotional traumas.

For me it was sadly lacking or may be I did not get it entirely, I failed English Literature at school, however that does not stop me from loving books and reading and listening to hundreds..... but this one just did not quite reach the mark of being engaging.

Narration by Toby Longworth was excellent, he lived and breathed the characters to life, I have him to thank for me getting me through to the end.

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 857

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner!

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-02-18

Poor title for a good book

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

Reviewed: 19-03-18

I really did not like the title of this book, it just reminded me of the usual hyped up psychological thriller with all the promises and little to deliver once you are sucked in.

However, I am pleased thati did not judge the book by its cover and went on to read the synopsis, which looked as though it had some potential.

Now I am pleased I bought, listened and written this review as it was really good. There were lots of twists and turns and all surrounding believable characters which isessential for a story to prove it’s worth.

Thank you Ms Driscoll, I will see what else you have to offer.

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