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  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women; his grasping, ambitious son; and the ever-spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Ali, the widowed village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, the Major is drawn out of his regimented world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old age is not for softies

  • By Morag on 24-05-11

dull

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

Reviewed: 29-05-16

there arent many audio books i fail to get through but this was one. while the main characters were likeable enough, i just wasn't too interested in the Major, his love life or the fate of his precious shotguns.

  • In the Black Room

  • The Black Room, Book 1
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this exact dilemma when he wakes to find himself trapped inside The Black Room: a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that Charlie sees the world of Minnie - his unwitting and unwilling host - while he undergoes an out-of-body experience like no other.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One quarter of a book for full price

  • By Laura on 28-05-16

short for fiver

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

enjoyed it but was surprised by the duration. would sooner have paid full price for the entire book

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life - mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And now for something completely different.

  • By Simon on 31-08-15

didnt fulfill its promise

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

for the first few dozen chapters I was caught by the mysterious bookstore, puzzling goings on, likeable characters. but then it fizzled out. cant exactlt say why - lack of excitement, too much google love....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Immune

  • The Rho Agenda: Book Two
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure with a Capital A

  • By Dunnyseven on 11-06-18

Couldnt stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 24-02-15

walked miles, some if them in circles, caught up in the plot! was breathless and unpredictable and captivating.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, brilliant. A must for fantasy lovers

  • By Patricia on 07-07-14

Worked - in parts

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a decent fantasy romp with lots of the right ingredients. I liked the main characters, the plot was good & unpredictable.

However .... I get really turned off when the main characters do things I wouldn't expect after coming to know them. Or when events just fit (too) neatly together..

For example (SPOILER) .. two thieves, part of a underground hidden mysterious guild, suddenly become kings protectors (really? what about avoiding the limelight?) ... donate the financial reward to a monk (arent they thieves?) ... help a young woman for a couple of silver... It just didnt add up for me - I didnt buy into it. So whilst I kinda enjoyed the story, liked the main guys, it never really held me by the short & curlies.

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

The narration was great.

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

No.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 907

Patrick Rothfuss narrates The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a companion novella to his bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle novels that shares an enchanting new perspective on the Four Corners realm. Renowned as a bastion of knowledge, the University draws the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex web of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A magnificent and delightfully joyful book.

  • By Angus Milner-Brown on 06-11-14

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the book to a Pat Rothfuss fan...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Erm....

What about Patrick Rothfuss’s performance did you like?

Pats voice is perfect for the narration

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

Yes! the world of Auri had me gripped. I was absolutely enchanted, absorbed, enraptured - I had to know what she would find in the pool, whether she would find a home for fulcrum, what gifts she would prepare and so on.

Pat's work is a rare thing. The words just fit - he could be telling me how he solved a jigsaw, or how he washes his socks and I'd want to listen. I dont mean that in an infatuated "everything he does is just dreamy" way, all doey eyed, but once I start to read/listen invariably he grabs me - enfolds me.

As Pat says repeatedly (apologetically) in the pro/post log, this isnt a story for everyone. And I imagine some people putting it down and going "wah?". It mot certainly was a story for me.

  • Eeny Meeny

  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Nigel Pilkington, Lucy Gaskell, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 977

The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: Kill or be killed. Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind? Eeny Meeny is an electrifying debut, with the nerve-shredding intensity of Saw and Along Came a Spider.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!! "What would you do?"

  • By lynsey on 15-05-14

mundane

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

Reviewed: 21-06-14

What would have made Eeny Meeny better?

There was no real background or depth to any of the characters. I didnt grow to like them or invest in them or really care about what happened to them.

What could M. J. Arlidge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

it felt like it was written for tv - or by for a secondary school essay. There was very little scene setting or character background; a real lack of any depth. This meant that because I felt I didnt relate to or care about the characters, the plot never gripped me. I dont often give up on a book before the end (once or twice out of two dozen audible downloads) but when I looked and there was still an hour left, I just couldnt make it.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

The narrator was fine.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,351
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,109
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,104

Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding - again!…and very much worth the wait.

  • By Robyn on 24-03-14

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 13-05-14

If you could sum up Words of Radiance in three words, what would they be?

Had me gripped.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot, the narration, the pace - fantastic. Theres a lot to it (many hours) and I covered a lot of ground dog-walking with my headphones on without noticing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Free Fall

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Elvis Cole is a detective who can't say no, especially when it comes to a girl in a terrible fix. But when Jennifer Sheridan asks him for help, Elvis takes on rather more than he bargained for. Jennifer's fiance, Mark Thurman, is a decorated LA cop with an elite plain-clothes unit, but Jennifer's sure he's in trouble. The kind of serious trouble that Cole is only too familiar with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detective thriller at its best

  • By Mr. J. M. Brooks on 07-05-07

Predictable, and poor quality playback

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

Reviewed: 26-02-14

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

Nothing too out of the ordinary here. the plot is predictable. at no point did I think "must stay in the car / on the train / whatever / to finish this chapter.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

No surprises.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is fine, the quality of the recording is frequently poor. You can easily tell where the book was spliced together as the recording clearly switchs from crystal clear to muffled and back

Was Free Fall worth the listening time?

an easy, predictable, perhaps a little dull, listen.