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  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,083

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Enough with the annoying chapter-end quotes!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

A great story and performance made really annoying by the incessant, irrelevant, end-of the-chapter one-line quotes from Henrik Ibsen. If this were a book you could merrily ignore them and turn the page, with an audio book you are forced to listen to them. And there are so many chapters, some having barely a paragraph... and then another stupid Ibsen line.

  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer. Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. You’ll need a note book.

  • By Sarah on 10-11-18

Great story. You’ll need a note book.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

They’ll be much scrolling backwards and forwards in this great little story. I rewound the ‘sliding doors’ moment [not a spoiler, it’s on the cover of the book] to see what I’d missed... turns out I hadn’t and it is just a little confusing (it was googling the cover of the book that helped me understand it). This then isn’t helped by Sasha, Alex, Alexander and determining which one is which. So if you have a notebook to jot down the names (& what the nicknames are and how they appear to be interchangeable) it will be a great story! Or maybe it’s just me and everyone else will be able to follow just fine? ;-)

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 986

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

Far too long. Read if you are stuck in a hospital bed for a few weeks.

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

In general it’s a great story but wow, just wow it’s overly long. And repetitive. If all of the repeated conversation and the ‘he echoed’ and the ‘she said again’ and the recaps and the retelling of the same part of the story in a different voice were taken out, this may be just a long book rather than a book you get so much relief from actually finishing having made yourself stick it out. 46 hours for a story line that could be explained in approximately 5 sentences. The descriptions are beautifully rich, in my mind (and I am no expert) the awful length appears to be down to poor editing. Which is amusing when you think about the people in the story. Anyway. Having just finished it I’m feeling particularly proud of myself. I think Kafka on the Shore is a better book.

  • Sharp Ends

  • Stories from the World of the First Law
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey, Joe Abercrombie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870

The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day singlehanded when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta. Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is. Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh it is F**king good stuff!

  • By Martin on 05-06-16

A very funny collection of back stories

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

If you have read every book before this, you’ll find the extra stories and back stories hilarious. The narration of the book on Nikemo Koska (audio books don’t help with spelling of character names) by Joe Abercrombie had me in tears.

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  • The Seventh Scroll

  • Ancient Egyptian, Book 2
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: James Fox
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Duraid Ai Simmu and his beautiful wife, Royan, were the first to discover the tomb of Queen Lostris and, with it, the scrolls that record the burial of Pharaoh Mamose with all his vast treasure. But as their present-day search for the treasure moves from the Nile to the uplands of Ethiopia, a savage battle begins. For others will stop at nothing to claim the prize as their own.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • what happened to the story?

  • By sandra on 25-08-14

Don’t do it

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

Stop after the fabulous River God. This is a disappointing story and terribly read. I had to force myself to finish listening... and it’s only just over 2 hours long! I think I’ve loved every other Wilbur Smith book, I guess everyone has to have one below par project.

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Epic. Michael Sheen is an amazing story teller of a fabulous story

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

Beautifully written and wonderfully read. The flow of the words is enchanting and although not needed, brought to life with the excellent Michael Sheen (who knew he read books too?!) I’ve just seen this is for young adults? I’m over 40, it could be quite dark and gritty for a teenager.

  • I Shot the Buddha

  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Laos, 1979: Retired coroner Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, have never been able to turn away a misfit. As a result they share their small Vientiane house with an assortment of homeless people, mendicants, and oddballs. One of these oddballs is Noo, a Buddhist monk who rides out on his bicycle one day and never comes back, leaving only a cryptic note in the refrigerator - a plea to help a fellow monk escape across the Mekong River to Thailand. Naturally, Siri can't turn down the adventure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration had to stop listening.

  • By chris on 13-11-16

Good story, not keen on new reader

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

Reviewed: 13-10-17

Dr Siri also appears to have changed his name (or pronunciation of it) and most of the characters seem to have the sudo-Irish accent. Anyway. If you can get past the reader, it’s a cracking story, as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • War and Peace (Dramatised)

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation features a star cast including Leo McKern, Simon Russell Beale, Emily Mortimer, and Nicola Pagett, and over two hours of specially composed music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful!

  • By Parissa on 09-06-06

Recorded in a cave?

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

Reviewed: 17-06-16

In general a very good performance, however it is badly let down by the recording studio. Large parts (usually in people's houses) sound like it has been recorded in a cave; at which point you have to adjust the volume. Also the repeating of the last paragraph at the start of each new section gets a little tiresome. Good story though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Suspect

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Crispin Redman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211

Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life: a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only one loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient - and the biggest lie of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I only wish I'd read these in order!

  • By Gamester on 07-12-13

Excellent story telling. Well read

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

Reviewed: 16-01-16

If you could sum up The Suspect in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, gripping, story and very well read.

What other book might you compare The Suspect to, and why?

The Woodcutter, lots of separate stories intertwining and coming together at the end

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The canal boat. Don't go in. DONT GO IN!!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Misery has a long memory

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2007.
America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for the road - or anywhere else

  • By SKA on 20-09-09

Over written with very little story

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

Reviewed: 16-01-16

What disappointed you about The Road?

I wish I'd read the reviews before starting this book. Writing for writings sake, possibly a good listen if you want to hear 15 million adjectives? You realise you aren't enjoying it when you just want everyone in it to die, just so you can start a better book! If nothing else, it has tested my will power to stick at something really unenjoyable, I finished it!!!

What could Cormac McCarthy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Tried to be less wordy (adding two adjectives to every sentence does not make you a good writer) and focus on an actual story?

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

He did a good job. He must be as bored of saying "Papa" as I am of listening it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Deep, dark, gnawing, black boredom

Any additional comments?

It would be great if Audible did a list of pro and anti authors. So I could make sure I never have to endure this chap again. Each to their own, but I am not a fan