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  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

  • By: Hyeonseo Lee, David John
  • Narrated by: Josie Dunn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, gripping & educational

  • By reader101 on 14-08-17

Gets better and better.... Very humbling......

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

Reviewed: 15-12-17

Amazing person..... What a story.. And I do believe in angels
Apparently four words remaining all gone

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,093
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,897

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. 10/10. A must for entrepreneurs...

  • By Mr Adam John Warriner on 07-02-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 19-08-17

Loved this book.... just totally love it.... well written, engrossing, compelling.... and this is from a cynic.... a truly wonderful journey

  • The Facebook Effect

  • The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
  • By: David Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: David Kirkpatrick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Matthew on 17-03-11

Quite liked it

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

Reviewed: 29-04-16

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

Interesting, different

Would you be willing to try another book from David Kirkpatrick? Why or why not?

Suppose so

What about David Kirkpatrick’s performance did you like?

It was good

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

NO

Any additional comments?

The author was a little bit too in awe of, what's his name, his nose smelt a little of dog poo,
but it was interesting, very interesting. I just wish he could have been a little more objective....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Pablo

  • The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Mark Bowden
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book.

  • By Mrs. Margaret Henry on 04-06-16

Very interesting story

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

Reviewed: 29-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Pablo to be better than the print version?

Not read it

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Pablo?

When they took down the mountain.....

What about Mark Bowden’s performance did you like?

Good and solid

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

NO

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen, interesting how a bully and a thug with a bit of charm can take over a country....

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Notice

  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 406

November 2009. Sergei Magnitsky is led to an isolation cell in a Moscow prison and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million in taxes. Magnitsky’s brutal killing has remained uninvestigated to this day. Red Notice is a searing exposé of the Russian authorities responsible for the murder, slicing deep into the heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook I've ever heard

  • By Simon Caldwell on 11-07-16

Shows Putin and his ilk's corruption beyond belief

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Where does Red Notice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top.

What other book might you compare Red Notice to, and why?

Can't think of any.

Which character – as performed by Adam Grupper – was your favourite?

All good.... well read.

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

No, good to delve in and out. Quite a lot to take in.

Any additional comments?

A must read..... intriguing, a world of Russian corruption.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mattress Actress

  • By: Annika Cleeve
  • Narrated by: Lisa Moule
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Mattress Actress is the story of Annika Cleeve’s 18 years as a sex worker. Her troubled childhood led to working in a brothel by the age of 15. From there Annika worked her way up to the high-end parlours, agencies, and private work in various parts of Australia and internationally. In this book Annika reveals the truth of a sex worker’s life: the clients, the girls, the parlour bosses, the rip-off merchants, the drug deaths, the white slavery, the discrimination, the corrupt police and politicians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love The story. A life so different

  • By Jo Blogs on 28-11-15

Love The story. A life so different

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

Reviewed: 28-11-15

Would you listen to Mattress Actress again? Why?

No do not need to.

What other book might you compare Mattress Actress to, and why?

Don't think so it is a one off about ones life.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Enjoy is the wrong question.

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

No too long great to dip in and out

Any additional comments?

Have not finished the book, but I hope you get your act together.

  • Bullet Magnet

  • Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier
  • By: Mick Flynn
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Summer 2006, Afghanistan: an apparently deserted village, and a rapidly ticking clock... The relentless Taliban ambush which followed saw several British soldiers dead, two armoured vehicles destroyed - and Corporal of Horse Michael Flynn awarded an MC to go alongside his Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. Mick Flynn has never backed away from a challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...

  • By Chez on 11-01-15

Quite really enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

Would you listen to Bullet Magnet again? Why?

No liked it once..... were a listen

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bullet Magnet?

the bullet in the head

Which character – as performed by Richard Mitchley – was your favourite?

None

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

NO not really

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen a good solid story

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 948

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American dream - a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life. Then he runs into the Stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good plot right to the end

  • By Mr Darren Main on 09-12-15

Really could not get into it

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

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

Not too sure..... Got bored, did not care about the characters, seemed too formulaic.

What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

I really am not interested in Base ball and the number of runs. Why not do a bit of story telling and skirt over the boring stuff. (Unless you are a baseball fan).

What didn’t you like about Eric Meyers’s performance?

Did not like his voice, too whiny..

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Could not get to finish it, really sorry. But horse for courses and all that stuff. Some books you love some you do not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flashman's Lady

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 3
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages, and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century despite trying his utmost to escape them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant writing, poor narration

  • By ROGER LECK on 19-10-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 30-05-15

What would have made Flashman's Lady better?

Unfortunately the narrator would have been better reading Wind in the Willows,
Wrong voice, wrong pauses,

Has Flashman's Lady put you off other books in this genre?

No I will check who the reader is.....

What didn’t you like about Colin Mace’s performance?

Sorry but no, wrong voice

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Flashman's Lady?

too much telling,

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Flashman and the Dragon

  • Flashman, Book 10
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser, Kati Nicholl (abridged by)
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In China, in 1860, a lot of people mistakenly put their trust in Flashman: the English vicar’s daughter with her cargo of opium; Lord Elgin in search of an intelligence chief; the Emperor’s ravishing concubine, seeking a champion in her struggles for power; and Szu-Zhan, the female bandit colossus, as practised in the arts of love as in the arts of war. They were not to know that behind his Victoria Cross, Harry Flashman was a base coward and a charlatan. They took him at face value. And he took them, for all he could, while China seethed through the bloodiest civil war in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of enjoyed it....

  • By Jo Blogs on 10-04-15

Kind of enjoyed it....

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

What did you like most about Flashman and the Dragon?

It was fun and interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

Flahman's royal lover

Which character – as performed by Toby Stephens – was your favourite?

Loved them all, he is fab!

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

What a stupid question, the only thing Flashman moves is his groin.

Any additional comments?

It was a bit complicated, for a driver, driving all over the place, but this book besides being a good yarn, had a serious side to it.