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  • Lair

  • The Rats Series, Book 2
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Book Two in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series.They've waited long enough.The mutant white rats had grown and mated, creating offspring in its own image. They dominated the others, the dark-furred ones, who foraged for food and brought it back to the lair. Now the dark rats were restless, tormented by a craving they could not satisfy. But the white sluglike thing that ruled them knew. Its two heads weaved to and fro and a stickiness drooled from its mouth as it remembered the taste of human flesh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LAIR: by James Herbert

  • By Fran Sandling on 22-02-16

LAIR... This just goes to show James Herbert's.

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

LAIR... This just goes to show James Herbert's DOMAIN. What an excellent trilogy of books.

  • The Rats

  • The Rats Series, Book 1
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • As good as I remember....

  • By Dave on 17-03-14

The first, and maybe best, of an excellent series of books.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I read the paperback many years ago and when I saw 'The Rats' as an audiobook I decided it's time to treat myself. I'm glad I did. I love James Herbert's books.

I must try to sit down and re-read the paperbacks I own.

  • The Fog

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff

  • By M Henderson on 28-12-16

Great story. If you like chiller/thriller stories you'll love this.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

If you've seen the film but are new to the book then you'll be surprised at the difference. Just remember...the book came first.
I saw the film first many years ago. Having liked it so much I decided to but the paperback...it was even better than the movie, but it's usually the way of things I find.
Set NOT in a USA coastal village but in the English West-Country, initially, this is the story of....what? Well, I'm not going to spoil it for you but I will tell you it has nothing to do with cursed dead pirates treasure.

  • The Bone Collector

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

New York City is thrown into chaos by the assaults of the Bone Collector, a serial kidnapper and killer who gives the police a chance to save his victims from death by leaving obscure clues. The cops go to Lincoln Rhyme, an ex-NYPD forensics expert left paralysed after an accident on the job. Rhyme reluctantly postpones his ambitions towards suicide and puts together a forensic investigation team, enlisting as his eyes and ears young police officer Amelia Sachs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performance

  • By Ann on 12-12-15

The film is great...The novel/audiobook is excellent. Forget Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-18

The Bone Collector is one of my favourite movies. The novel/audiobook, however, has to beat even the movie. There are a few differences between the two, however minor they seem. Things such as Amelia Sachs (in the novel) becomes Amelia Donaghy, the nurse in the novel is Thom and in the movie he's become Thelma. As I've already stated though these are small things so don't let them put you off the novel or audiobook.

All in all it's a good read or listen, depending on your preference. Personally I got the Kindle book with Audible narration...possibly the best of both worlds.

  • Silent Victim

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen. It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge.... Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story

  • By fabian on 14-03-18

Here lies MADNESS!? Murder, mayhem, mystery and...

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

SILENT VICTIM.

With short, make that very short, chapters it's got a pace of it's own. Couple that with the fact that it's in a diary format (leaping forwards and backwards) it sounds very confusing. It's not!!!

You soon get into the swing of this book/audiobook and find yourself trying to work out who did what, when and where. You'll be guessing until the end.

All in all a book to indulge yourself in. I'd highly recommend SILENT VICTIM to fans of murder mysteries. It's like an Alfred Hitchcock film in book/audiobook form.

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  • Mort

  • Discworld, Book 4
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287

Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good but poor quality recording

  • By Sam on 19-04-15

A mishmash of accents and uninteresting listing (SADLY).

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-18

The usual brilliant storytelling from Terry Pratchett.

I bought this from the Kindle store as an add-on to book...now I'm sorry I did. I found the Nigel Planer narration flat, boring and totally uninteresting. His accents for the various characters changed at times from London to northern/West country to, what seemed to be, an attempt at some form of Asian or oriental.

After hearing the BBC production I've been let down. Sadly I was looking forward to hearing this audiobook. I won't be listening to anymore Nigel Planer narrated audiobooks.

  • Poseidon's Gold

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 5 (Dramatised)
  • By: Lyndsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley, Trevor Peacock
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's brother Festus. Censorinus claims that Festus was involved in a syndicate, shipping valuable statues from Greece - and that even when his ship sunk; Festus had guaranteed that everyone in the group would get their money back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rome brought to life

  • By Laura on 05-05-11

Poseidon's Gold (BBC dramatisation with Anton Lesser and Anna Madeley). Beg, borrow (but don't steal) this excellent story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-17

Beg, borrow (but don't steal) this excellent story.

Poseidon's Gold has been a very enjoyable listen. Sadly it's the last in the BBC full cast dramatisation starring Anton Lesser and Anna Madeley. I don't think that there'll be another production that will equal this series.

  • The Iron Hand of Mars

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 4 (Dramatised)
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

The Iron Hand of Mars sees Falco being dispatched to one of the most hostile parts of the Empire to deliver a new standard, an iron hand, to one of the legions. Germania is cold, wet, dismal, and full of dark forests inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians, but Falco has an even bigger problem to worry about: he has forgotten Helena Justina's birthday, and she is being pursued by the Emperor's son Titus Caesar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen

  • By Brian on 11-04-11

Yet another Lindsey Davis classics. How does she do it?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-17

There couldn't be a better full cast dramatisation of The Iron Hand of Mars.
Anton Lesser (Falco) gives yet another stunning performance, along with Anna Madeley (Helena Justina), and the rest of the cast.

I'm not looking forward to reviewing the next, and sadly the last, full cast dramatisation with our favourite regular cast.

  • Venus In Copper

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 3
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

In the heyday of the Roman Empire, a small accounting error has left Marcus Didius Falco sharing a cell with a large rat. But the Empire's most hard-done-by investigator is finally bailed out, and promptly accepts a commission to help a family of freed slaves fend off a professional bribe.... A third instalment of the Marcus Didius Falco mysteries set in first century Rome, starring Anton Lesser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sparkling dramatisation

  • By Rosie on 27-04-07

Venus In Copper is yet another great book by the great Lindsey Davis.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Venus In Copper is, dare I say it, another wonderful full cast adaptation by the BBC starring Anton Lesser as our hero/narrator. Anna Madley makes an excellent Helena Justina, the erstwhile companion to Falco.

If you listen to any of Lyndsey Davis' novels you must try these. I highly recommend them.

  • Shadows in Bronze

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 2 (Dramatised)
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Marcus Didius Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts in Neapolis, Capreae, and Pompeii.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What is there not to like?

  • By Pippa on 11-01-13

Yet another great book by Lindsey Davis.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-17

What more can I say about this audio book. Great story, great cast and an altogether wonderful experience. 2 hours 41 minutes spent in the company of Anton Lesser as the hero of our story... Marcus Didius Falco. Anna Madeley plays our heroin Helena Justina, a senetors daughter and above Falco's position in life.

If you've read, or listened, to any of these stories then you know what to expect. If you're a newcomer then...WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
Seriously though, if you're thinking about purchasing this then start with the first Falco book/audiobook 'The Silver Pigs'.

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