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  • Rip Tide

  • A Liz Carlyle Novel
  • By: Stella Rimington
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

When pirates attack a cargo ship off the Somalian coast and one of them is found to be a British-born Pakistani, MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle is brought in to establish how and why a young British Muslim could go missing from his family in Birmingham and end up on board a pirate skiff in the Indian Ocean, armed with a Kalashnikov. After an undercover operative connected to the case turns up dead in a shipping office in Athens it looks like piracy may be the least of the Service’s problems...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By jane p on 01-04-16

dull story and narration

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

never grabbed me. having been written by one of the uk s most senior spies I thought it would be full of technical trade craft and procedure. it wasn't. the narrator sounded like she was reading a romantic novel and injected no excitement or understand ing at all. some very weird pronunciation too.

  • They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

  • By: Bruce Robinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Robinson, Phil Fox
  • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

A book like no other - the tale of a gripping quest to discover the identity of history's most notorious murderer and a literary high-wire act from the legendary writer and director of Withnail and I. For over a hundred years, the mystery of Jack the Ripper has been a source of unparalleled fascination and horror, spawning an army of obsessive theorists and endless volumes purporting finally to reveal the identity of the brutal murderer who terrorised Victorian England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti Victorian Diatribe

  • By Mark on 04-11-15

oh my this was terrible!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

this is one long rant about the authors theory for which he presents little evidence - couldn't finish it, don't recommend this at all. He gets so angry about the people who 'got it wrong' that it's comical at times

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Infected

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Started well but became... tiresome.

  • By P. Mckenny on 04-07-14

thoroughly entertaining and intense

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

A lovely book - this is meant in the nicest and best way, it felt like a book written by an incredibly enthusiastic learner author - which made it all the better.

Once you accept the concept of the story, it bowls along, really exciting and I really wanted to know what happened to the protagonist.

I will be buying the sequel for sure

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Our Heads

  • You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness
  • By: Alva Noe
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Alva Noë is one of a new breed - part philosopher, part cognitive scientist, part neuroscientist - who are radically altering the study of consciousness by asking difficult questions and pointing out obvious flaws in the current science. In Out of Our Heads, he restates and reexamines the problem of consciousness, and then proposes a startling solution: Do away with the 200-year-old paradigm that places consciousness within the confines of the brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and accessible

  • By Dr on 08-11-15

done so much better by other writers

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

Reviewed: 25-09-15

I am having trouble finishing this book, so I know my review can be shot down in flames! In fact I'm pretty sure I'm going to return it unfinished.
Firstly its style is so convoluted and heavy going that it is boring, hard to follow and unrewarding. This isn't helped by a narrator who reads as if every sentence has an exclamation mark after it, as though the writer is forever amazed by what he has written. He uses little homely happenings or poorly described neuroscience experiments and then builds on them far in excess of what they can actually support - he just sort of riffs off, with no care whether the starting point actually justifies his conclusions.

Closely related is that the substance is nonsense - not wrong, just obvious and years out of date. No-one nowadays is suggesting that consciousness is exactly caused by and is the same as brain states.

I did wonder whether I had completely missed the point - I'm not a professional neuroscientist or philosopher - I'm a psychiatrist with a keen interest in consciousness/mind body problem etc. However, having read authors such as Daniel Dennett (Consciousness explained) and Mind, Meaning and Mental Disorder (Bolton and Hill) provide such rigorous, closely reasoned and ultimately much more readable/listenable works on similar topics, I don't think I have missed the point. Another couple of reviews seem to closely mirror my conclusions.

  • Make Me

  • Jack Reacher 20
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664

Jack Reacher has no place to go and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely tombstone in a sea of nearly ripe wheat...but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing private investigator, a cryptic note about 200 deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack back on Home Turf

  • By Simon on 14-09-15

thrilling ride as always

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

this narrator suits Jack none Reacher stories perfectly. the mystery that always exists at the middle of Reacher adventures was very well hidden then slowly and horrifyingly revealed. listened in only two days gripping as always. the horrific aspects were not too graphic for those somewhat squeemish listeners

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Lying

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good essay. Very short

  • By Mr. R. Mallia on 12-01-17

thought provoking and inspiring

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

this is a short book and is basically a manifesto about how lying almost always leads to suffering and distrust. Harris addresses the difference between lying and telling everything well. very interesting is the addendum of readers questions and challenges
it is a very personal account with many practical expels from his life. I would have liked a bit more about other philosophical views on lying. however I recommend it highly.for those willing to consider another way of relating to others.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Why We Make Things and Why It Matters

  • The Education of a Craftsman
  • By: Peter Korn
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

In this moving account, Peter Korn explores the nature and rewards of creative practice. We follow his search for meaning as an Ivy-educated child of the middle class who finds employment as a novice carpenter on Nantucket, transitions to self-employment as a designer and maker of fine furniture, takes a turn at teaching and administration at Colorado's Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and then founds a school in Maine: the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an internationally respected nonprofit institution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both inspiring and down to earth.

  • By Louise Anderson on 03-03-18

fascinating life story and philosophy

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

I'm really interested in craft and it's sociological functions and this tapped directly into my interest. Mr Korn tells a life story with the lifelong development of his craft at the centre. in between he expands on his understanding of how his craft has informed his development as a person. I found it very interesting and inspiring and couldn't wait to return to it
I listened while I worked ony canoe. which seemed appropriate!

  • Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog

  • By: Greg Davies
  • Narrated by: Greg Davies
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

You’ll already know Greg Davies as Mr Gilbert, the psychotic Head of Sixth Form in 'The In-betweeners' (Channel 4) and 'The In-betweeners Movie', and as the most out-of-shape member of 'We Are Klang' (BBC Three).‘Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog’ is Greg’s hotly anticipated debut stand-up show. A critically lauded sell-out smash hit at the Edinburgh festival where it picked up a prestigious nomination for the Foster’s Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier) followed by a 100+ date, twice extended national tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud funny!!

  • By Salz on 14-05-15

Doesn't really work on audio for me

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

Reviewed: 06-06-15

I like Greg Davies a lot - however I hadn't really understood that this was the audio of one of his shows. Some gags were completely visual, so incomprehensible on audio.

The content extremely funny indeed. I didn't mind the swearing, I'm not sure on the description that the language could be offensive to some.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new masterpiece - his biggest, most riveting novel since The Stand - a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Stephen King

  • By Robert on 01-01-10

Thoroughly enjoyed this - hugely entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

Firstly, I could barely believe that there was only one narrator - the range of voices was so good and so consistent, and it added to the experience hugely. Check out the childrens voices especially. I can barely believe how the tension was sustained with so many characters and such a long story, but it was!
I didn't worry about any morla message, allegory or meaning - just listened, enjoyed, couldn't wait to get back in my car to hear more.

  • Watching You

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for her birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class thriller

  • By Kirstine on 13-09-13

Creepy thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-01-14

Chilling and creepy, the tension is extremely well built-up, wanted to listen in one go.