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  • Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce Lockhart, Bernard Cornwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

On the 18th June, 1815, the armies of France, Britain, and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre Bras and the Prussians at Ligny. The Allies were in retreat. The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history, to be examined over and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to prevailing on the battlefield.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little loose and undramatic

  • By John W on 16-07-15

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

The book whilst being packed with factual information and eyewitness accounts maintains a level of suspense even though you know the ending. I was totally gripped by the story and the way it was told.

  • Sharpe's Havoc

  • Sharpe, Book 7
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Paul McGann
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

It is 1809 and Lieutenant Sharpe, who belongs to a small British army that has a precarious foothold in Portugal, is sent to look for Kate Savage, the daughter of an English wine shipper. But before he can discover the missing girl, the French onslaught on Portugal begins and the city of Oporto falls.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over editing

  • By Ian on 27-05-18

Over editing

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Compressing the book down to 25% of the original length was going to far and spoilt the story.

  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Zahra Ahmadi, Raghad Chaar, Omid Djalili, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

This multicast dramatisation of Arabian Nights: Volume 1 is an Audible Original reenvisioning of three iconic tales - with a twist. Adapted by the great Marty Ross, whose previous audio dramas include Romeo and Jude, Dark Shadows, Doctor Who and Blood and Stone, listeners can expect to hear Sheherezade, Ali Baba & 40 Thieves and Julnar the Sea Born as they've never done before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiery, comedic and bursting with life.

  • By Elizabeth Ann Duffy on 19-05-18

6-7 Stars

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

Can’t rate this high enough, a brilliant telling of the best stories ever told. Can not wait until volume 2!!

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  • The Scorch Trials

  • The Maze Runner, Book 2
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

The pulse-pounding sequel to The Maze Runner. Thomas was sure that escape from the maze meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one knew what sort of life they were going back to. The earth is a wasteland. Government and order have disintegrated and now Cranks, people driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim - and meal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, well read

  • By Steve L on 06-05-15

Far far better than the film

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I am listening to the trilogy after enjoying the films. However, I never really understood the 2nd film. The book is far far better and makes total sense.

  • Hatchet Job

  • By: Mark Kermode
  • Narrated by: Mark Kermode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

For decades, the backbone of film criticism has been the hatchet job - the entertaining trashing of a film by professional reviewers, seen by many as cynical snobs. But with the arrival of the internet, have the critics finally fallen under the axe? With movie posters now just as likely to be adorned by Twitter quotes as fusty reviewer recommendations, has the rise of enthusiastic amateurism sounded the death knell of a profession? Are the democratic opportunities of the internet any more reliable than the old gripes and prejudices of the establishment?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly acceptable book from the Good Doctor

  • By Ian on 17-02-15

An exceptionally long essay

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I have enjoyed Mark's other books and this one does provide insight into the world of film critics and their relationship with the film industry. However, to be totally unfair, the book should be called 'an essay on why my job is important'. It is, without doubt, a well written and perfectly argued piece... but a little boring. I felt it was an achievement when I reached the end of the book..not a good sign. So I don't recommend it for entertainment or even interest, unless you are doing a degree in the film industry.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I am sure that those who are really into the film industry will find this book very interesting. If you are Joe public, who enjoys the Mayo and Kermode podcast, then this book is a bit heavy going.

Have you listened to any of Mark Kermode’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Loved Mark's other books, I even enjoy his performance because he reads so clearly and has a master of English word. For someone who spends everyday struggling with the written word I find his work a delight.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

God No! Sorry...

  • The Devil in the Marshalsea

  • By: Antonia Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kloska
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels, and coffeehouses to the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've chosen recently

  • By D on 28-10-14

Best book in years

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

Reviewed: 27-03-17

I go through around 50 Audible books a year and I love them. But this book was outstanding and the performance should get 11 stars.

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  • Blue Horizon

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 29 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

At the close of Wilbur Smith's best-selling Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother, Dorian, battled on the high seas and finally reached the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh.

In this spellbinding new novel, the next generation of Courtneys are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, travelling along the infamous "Robber's Road". It is a journey both exciting and hazardous, that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dependable read

  • By K. Sewell on 25-10-13

Fantastic and unabridged

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

Great book, lots of action and story lines. Come on Audible, why don't you offer the other books in the series in the unabridged format?

  • Jackdaws

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Two weeks before D-Day, the French Resistance attack a chateau containing a telephone exchange vital to German communications. But the building is heavily guarded, and the attack fails disastrously. Flick Clairet, a young British secret agent, proposes a daring new plan: she will parachute into France with an all-woman team known as the "Jackdaws", and they will penetrate the chateau in disguise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but sweet

  • By Ian on 19-10-16

Short but sweet

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

Great story, fast moving, very enjoyable. Just a little short for the price of a full credit .

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  • World War Z

  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned gory fun

  • By monkey-puzzle on 21-11-12

Different

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Did not expect the format to be like the old TV series 'World at War' but it worked. Obviously written by an American with a typical stereotype view on themselves and the world. I like the bit where all the soldiers line up in two ranks from Canada to the Mexican border. Needed to do his maths on that one :-) But it was this sort of rubbish that made it enjoyable.

  • The Damage Done

  • Inspector McLean 6
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Damage Done by James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore. The sixth book in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh. Inspector McLean is back in the next gripping instalment in James Oswald's best-selling crime series. McLean must investigate the seedy goings-on of an exclusive and secretive society catering to the rich and powerful of the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end!

  • By Louise on 06-06-16

Let down

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Slightly inconclusive endings are a charming feature of James Oswald books, however this one is so inconclusive that it renders the whole enjoyable experience a waste of time.