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  • Outlaw Platoon

  • Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
  • By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Listen

  • By Paul C on 01-09-17

Brilliant and utterly gripping

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

Fantastic story, really well narrated and edge of the chair stuff. No bravado just a very honest account of modern infantry combat. Hugely recommend this!

  • Good Girls Don't Die

  • By: Isabelle Grey
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 896

Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, DI Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex. Any hopes of a quiet start to her new life are dashed by the discovery of the body of a female student, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. Grace has her first case. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news. Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Victoria Burton on 17-01-15

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

I wasn't sure this for me but rapidly got into this. Good well connected plot and excellent narration. I enjoyed this book!

  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 817

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely mesmerizing

  • By W. M. Koolstra-dekker on 06-03-18

Slow start up to half way and then gets good

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This is a clever plot and i can see it making a great film. Unfortunately, the book spends the first half on characters and mood stuff and so this feels like it drags. In the first half i got the impression that the narrator was really trying to breath life into sections that in a movie would have been background in a scene while the book dedicated several pages...The authors idea is to instill a feeling of self doubt for the sanity of the main character and their grip on reality...between the words and the narration this was a fail in my humble opinion - possibly down to the narrator but also the way it was written.

Then the plot emerged and i felt the main female character who was being built up as a flaky unsure women with little direction up to this point, suddenly shed this persona and was recast as a strong, focused and determined individual. There was no sense of the grief over the death of her mother, or worry over the demise of her career, and instead an excitement as she tracked clues and leads down.

I wont ruin the plot but the final twists and turns are clever and very entertaining, and will make a great film if acted well, but in the book they just missed their mark in imparting the attitudes, reactions and feelings of those involved.

The final wrap up at the end was needed to tie up all the threads. But again i didn't recognize the main female character from how she was initially portrayed. Gone was the directionless drifting personality that was first introduced and in her place was focused balanced women was a lot more sure of what she wanted.

I wont be recommending this book to my friends but do feel it has merits hence my rating

  • Killer Intent

  • By: Tony Kent
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

An assassin’s bullet. A deadly conspiracy. But who is calling the shots? When an attempted assassination sparks a chain reaction of explosive events across London, Britain’s elite security forces seem powerless to stop the chaos threatening to overwhelm the government. As the dark and deadly conspiracy unfolds, three strangers find their fates entwined: Joe Dempsey, a deadly military intelligence officer; Sarah Truman, a CNN reporter determined to get her headline; and Michael Devlin, a Belfast-born criminal barrister with a secret past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Incredulous

  • By B Sear on 22-02-19

Awful....I came really close to abandoning this!

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

I rarely write reviews on here but feel compelled to do so in this case.

Zoe Ball waxed lyrical about just how gripping this book was so i ordered it on audible. What a mistake! The first thing that got me was Tony Kent's narration...I really didn't like his narration! It sounded like someone trying to act...but doing so badly... he read in a unnatural breathy way rasping some words in an attempt to impart a sentiment for just how hard the character was. I didnt like the narration, but to be fair to Peter Noble, this may have more to do with the plot than his performance.

Mix this narration with an implausible story and plot that was so cliche as to be cringe worthy and you start to get the idea (the hardest most professional hit man in the world against the other hardest but most professional good guy in the world...who of course are both friends and hugely respect each other ...blah blah blah ) and you get the gist.

I persevered with this book, just in case the story, plot or narration did the improbable and lifted itself...but this was not to be the case (no wonder Tony Kent had difficulty narrating this...he probably thought the same!).

In a nutshell, the plot starts with an assignation of a former PM at a gathering including the US president. The assumption is that the target was the US President who comes out unscathed and instead a former British Prime minister appears to have been accidentally killed....but no...it transpires the former PM was the target the whole time and the whole complicated ruse was to make this look like a resurgence of Irish Terrorism and for the current Government to be seen as weak. The guy behind all this (a politician) had spent years collecting debt markers from people all across the country so he could call them in just when he needed them, and of course they obliged without question. His plan was to increase his own political currency by organizing actual terrorism so it looked like both sides were breaking the peace accord the standing government was inept. This allowed him to paint the government as weak and focused on appeasement and he hoped would allow him to eventually topple them and get elected himself. His support were former military people who also disagreed with the peace process and wanted the good old days back.... Conceptually an ok plot albeit a bit complicated... But then if fell off a reality cliff.

I found myself at first laughing at the implausibility and cliches, and then after a while simply finding them annoying. It felt like the author was devising the plot as he wrote and each time he went down one little subplot he had to invent a convenient explanation or action scene which allowed the story to progress. These weren't credible at all.

My recommendation...go give it a listen! If you do you will really appreciate just how good all the other books are on audible!

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing sequel, read by phenomenally talented CP!!

  • By Lauren on 21-05-18

No where near the previous two books in the series

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Loved the first book, the second was more of the same and clearly milking the concept but was an ok listen if ...this one just got trite! I managed to listen to the whole of Extinct but several times I was very close to simply deleting the copy as I got fed up with waffle, filler material and nonsense. Why the author or publisher felt compelled to include detailed sex narratives (that were stereo typical and didn't add to the story line) is beyond me - probably in the hope that this could spice up any future film or TV deal.


I would not recommend this book! Sorry!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Kill List

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

The Kill List: a top-secret catalogue of names held at the highest level of the US government. On it, those men and women who would threaten the world's security. And at the top of it, The Preacher, a radical Islamic cleric whose sermons inspire his followers to kill high-profile Western targets in the name of God. As the bodies begin to pile up in America, Great Britain and across Europe, the message goes out: discover this man's identity, locate him and take him out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable-to

  • By Julian Summer on 12-10-13

entertaining listen and typical forsythe.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-18

good yarn, well written and researched. narration was excellent! wonder how much is fact as opposed to fiction.

  • A Call to Vengeance

  • Book III of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore's own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok but not one of the best

  • By Paul on 25-04-18

ok but not one of the best

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

Reviewed: 25-04-18

This lacked that 'grip the arms of the chair' hold on the reader that compels you to keep going. At times i found myself thinking 'ok i have got it, there is no need to keep labouring the point with a he said she said narrative.

Am i going to download subsequent books....no.

  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Story and Very Enjoyable

  • By David on 30-09-17

Great yarn

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

This is end of the world 'lord of the flies' meets rambo. a good yarn about a post virus britain where small groups of survivors organise themselves into different groups and fight and each other for resources and territory. Entertaining, brilliantly narrated and a thoroughly enjoyable listen!

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super-Skippy-Just-Fantastic-Expeditionary-Force!

  • By Simon on 27-09-17

great read and all the usual humour and twists.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

great story with good narration lots of humour and the usual that you expect from this series of books

  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419

Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including The Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More please Jon

  • By Matthew on 03-11-12

I Really tried hard to get through this...failed!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-17

I hate giving up on any book or story and will soldier through. But i am sorry to say i found this too morose, the dark humor (if it was there) was lost on me and the narration awful...really annoying.... so i abandoned it.

This might be me - so make your own mind up.