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  • Past Tense

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Past Tense by Lee Child. From number one best seller Lee Child, the thrilling new blockbuster featuring hero Jack Reacher. Reacher, the eternal drifter, happens by chance on the small New Hampshire town he remembers his father was supposed to have come from. But when he starts looking for his dad's old home, he finds there's no record of anyone named Reacher ever having lived there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Goes Back to Basics!

  • By Simon on 06-11-18

Sub Par Reacher

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

New Reacher novel. I love Reacher. He's my hero. But...as they say, here's the thing. Lots of description. I mean, a lot. Plenty of dialogue. A lot. Plenty of action? No, not much. 24 chapters in, only two scuffles. Literary style - annoying. Reads like a sedated James Ellroy pastiche. Staccato. Telegrammatic prose style. Lots of short sentences. Dullsville. Literature for illiterates. I like Reacher in action, not inaction. End of chapter 24. 'Nothing much happened'. You don't say. The rest of the book? Chapter 37 is good and kick starts the much needed action sequences which are over quicker than an anonymous bad guy's life expectancy. Overall this is very disappointing, not so much phoned in as telegrammed. Must try harder.

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  • Dark Sacred Night

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. Detective Renée Ballard is working the graveyard shift again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find that an older man has snuck in and is rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but eventually Bosch persuades her to help, and she relents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of his best

  • By mollyeyre on 31-10-18

A New Dynamic Duo

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This is a very good LAPD detective novel interleaved with a Harry Bosch story that becomes both a cop buddy novel and the development of a new partnership that will see Detective Renee Ballard ascend as Harry Bosch declines due to age and eventual infirmity (if not violent death). Much as I would love to see Harry go on forever, after all he is one of the greats and Titus Welliver totally owns the character, I can see how that would strain credulity in a series known for its authenticity. Ballard is also a good female foil for Bosch in the absence of his wife and daughter so I appreciate the logic and look forward to more from these new caped crusaders of the Late Show.

  • The Drop

  • A Slough House Novella
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone café, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cameo

  • By AReader on 05-11-18

An Entertaining Amuse - Bouche

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

This is not actually a Slough House novel (it can't be without the incomparable Jackson Lamb in it) but Spook Street Evil Queen Lady Di and the hapless old asset babysitter John Bachelor are at the centre of a nasty little scrabble around 'Snow White' with undeserving winners and losers all round. If this is how MI5 is really run then heaven help us all. I prefer to see it as gorgeously entertaining fiction that whets the appetite for the next full blown Slough House banquet.

  • Exile

  • Marc Dane, Book 2
  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Move over Jason Bourne, Marc Dane is here.... A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons. A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing. A vengeful Somali warlord, with a cause for which he'd let the world burn. A jaded government agency, without the information to stop him. Only one man sees what's coming. And even he might not be able to prevent it....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing sequal.

  • By Robert Rawlins on 23-11-17

High Tech, High Octane Thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I think, by now, we all know what to expect in a Marc Dane thriller and this novel delivers those Bourne like thrills in abundance. Yes, our hero is made of Teflon and yes he needs to get his love life in order as well as his private life but give him a break, he's busy saving the world again. Superbly narrated, this is best listened to in big chunks but don't analyse the plot too deeply. It is what it is - a modern glossy thriller that has clearly got 'film me' written all over it. Just buckle up and enjoy the ride!

  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

With over 100 movies to his credit over five decades, Hollywood legend and British national treasure Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills for success in life that acting has taught him in his remarkable career. One of our best-loved actors Michael Caine has starred in everything from classic British films Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job to the Hollywood blockbusting The Dark Knight trilogy and much-loved movie favourites Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Quiet American. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A charming book that made me smile

  • By Tracey on 21-10-18

'Find what you love and do it as well as you can'

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

Fabulous anecdotes and great advice from a national treasure who knows he's made a brilliant life from humble beginnings. It's beautifully read by the great man himself and what comes through more than fame and success is the importance of family, doing what you love, being decent and having a bloody good time. Love him and love the book.

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  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 189

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bringing life to death

  • By Anonymous User on 29-09-18

Authoritative, Authentic and Utterly Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

This review is an absolute honour to write as I have rarely read or listened to a book so richly deserving 5 stars across the board. The story, such as it can be called a story, is incredibly interesting. I am quite squeamish and this book certainly does not hold back but the material is so interesting and so well recounted that I hung on every word. Dr Shepherd can really write and his narration was pitch perfect - better than many voice actors I have listened to. His searing honesty, self - doubt, compassion and humanity really helped to humanise the medical aspects of the book. This is not just a great memoir, it is an outstanding work of literature and I thoroughly recommend it to all listeners and readers.

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  • Straight Outta Crawley

  • Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being
  • By: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Narrated by: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's Holiday Camp talent competition, smashing the only other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo. The gig went so well that Romesh retired his comic genius for 22 years, hiding behind the guise of a maths teacher, before finally revealing himself again (no, not like that) at the tender age of 31. In 2010, Ranganathan staged his epic comeback gig to an almost silent room, and has since gone on to earn his place as the most in-demand overweight vegan Sri Lankan comedian in Britain. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Romesh's work then listen to this

  • By Gervaise Miller on 05-10-18

In Your Face Funny

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

Romesh describes himself as a Marmite comedian and I understand why he might say so but I happen to love Marmite. That's not to say I love Romesh, that would be weird but he is very funny! I enjoyed all of this memoir, not just the celebrity highlights but his family upbringing and Teaching days too. He casts himself as a plucky trier but also as a bit of a loser as well and is saved by his searing wit and 'up yours if you can't handle it' punch lines. Clearly there could be much more to enjoy if his phone keeps ringing and the work doesn't dry up. And, having learnt from his book I've given him fours stars to gee him up, encourage him to work hard and not be a lazy boy!

  • Mad Blood Stirring

  • By: Simon Mayo
  • Narrated by: Rhashan Stone
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo, read by Rhashan Stone. 1815: The war is over, but for the inmates at Dartmoor Prison, peace - like home - is still a long way away. On the eve of the year 1815, the American sailors of the Eagle finally arrive at Dartmoor prison, bedraggled, exhausted but burning with hope. They’ve had only one thing to sustain them - a snatched whisper overheard along the way. The war is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story not much character

  • By James Don-page on 18-10-18

Excellent Historical Thriller

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

Historical thrillers are not usually my thing but I was curious to see how effective Simon Mayo is as a writer. He is certainly an excellent broadcaster but that's no guarantee of success in another medium. I am happy to say this novel is a tremendous success and throws new light on a dark period that little is known about, or spoken about. I guess bigger historical events overshadowed it. That said, this is a cracking listen and I'd really recommend it.

  • Paris Echo

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Elham Ehsas, Deborah McBride
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks. Here is Paris as you have never seen it before - a city in which every building seems to hold the echo of an unacknowledged past, the shadows of Vichy and Algeria. American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both are susceptible to the daylight ghosts of Paris....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listen very carefully as I shall say zis only wuns

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-09-18

Paris Past and Present

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I really wanted to enjoy this book as Faulks is such a great writer and I was initially feeling a bit underwhelmed but realised there was no point looking for what was not there ie it is not a thriller so don't look for thrills, there is no jeopardy so don't look for rescue etc. What it is though is a very finely crafted look at the modern day immigrant experience from a certain perspective and a moving account of Paris during the occupation as recalled by an American researcher. How these two lives intertwine is interesting but the most fascinating part for me was the account of a particular Nazi concentration camp on French soil. That really moved me. There was also character dialogue about happy endings being something of a modern cliche but I'm not going to give anything away so you'll have to read or listen to find out where Faulks leaves our characters.

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  • Love Is Blind

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love Is Blind by William Boyd. Love Is Blind is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boyd on Top Form

  • By Mark on 27-09-18

Boyd on Top Form

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

Any William Boyd novel is a big event for me and I am delighted to say that 'Love is Blind' has been well worth the wait and fully lives up to expectations. The blend of character and plot is excellent with a sweeping narrative that convincingly depicts time and place. The research really pays off. For me, as a listener, the quality of the narrator can make or break a book and whereas, 'Sweet Caress' was (to my ear) unlistenable Roy McMillan has done an impeccable job with 'Love is Blind'. He has all the warmth, depth, empathy and authority required to bring this impressive novel to life. I did not want it to end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful