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P. E. Haynes

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  • The Candle Man

  • By: Alex Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

1912: Locked in an eerily quiet dining room on the Titanic, a mysterious man tells a young girl his life story as the ship begins to sink. It all starts in Whitechapel, London in 1888.... In the small hours of the night in a darkened Whitechapel alley, young Mary Kelly stumbles upon a seriously injured man almost unconscious in the gutter. Two days later, an American gentleman wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is or how he got there.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable

  • By Wickerman49 on 22-07-14

Enjoyable enough and great narration

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Brilliantly narrated - the range of voices and accents really helps bring the story to life.

The story is decent enough, although it has less to do with the Titanic and everything to do with Jack the Ripper.

It does follow one of the more well-known Ripper theories, although is built in such a way to make a good page turning piece of fiction as opposed to something close to reality. Not a bad thing really.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 862

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book But Annoying Over Use of The Word "said

  • By Michael on 18-07-12

Lots of fun and great narration

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Definitely one to recommend.

A very witty story indeed, does exactly what it says in the summary. Particularly enjoyed the many ways the crew members use to avoid being sent on away missions e.g. always being in the toilet!

Whilst I did also notice the constant use of "I said she said", as another reviewer commented, I think this is deliberate - the whole background context is of sloppy scripting by the show writers that leads to ridiculous casualty numbers amongst the crew. I suspect it came across better in the print version, but it really doesn't detract from the story.

Also worth mentioning what is meant by "a novel with three codas", as I'd not come across this before. The story actually ends on chapter 25, and the final 3 chapters are in essence short stories that follow on from the main story. These are written in a very, very, very different style to the main story - they're certainly not humour - and I was quite thrown by the sudden change. They're definitely not bad, and do give food for thought; but perhaps the print version did a better job of indicating they were standalone pieces? They're an interesting addition, if a little wonky.

Anyway, do give this a try - lots of smiles guaranteed!

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Excellent delivery....of a fairly average story...

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

I agree with the other reviewers, the delivery is excellent - the narrator even gets Northern Norwegian accents spot on!

But sadly, the story was a little too formulaic for me, and didn't seem quite as good as I hoped. Each to their own!

  • Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot - and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favourite author, favourite narrator.

  • By mr g j hughes on 07-03-15

Mediocre - and an odd vocalisation of Luke...

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Would you try another book written by Kevin Hearne or narrated by Marc Thompson?

The story was ok - not bad, not good, just about OK. It felt too much like a series of side quests and the sum of the parts didn't really add up to anything.

I hear great reviews about Marc Thompskn, and his overall delivery was good. But his Luke impersonation was not to my liking - he made him out to be too much of a grumpy teenager, whining constantly! It was a good attempt to be an "early" Luke but ultimately it didn't work for me.

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

It was all very.... Average.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

Did Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars inspire you to do anything?

Hmm... Maybe to be a little more sceptical of other audible reviews!

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,573

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

Fun pop culture novel!

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

Reviewed: 20-02-16

Where does Armada rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty well. It's a good pop culture story, with loads of little quotes and references that brought a smile too my face. Slowed down a little in places and probably could have been 2hrs shorter, but definitely worth a credit.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ernest Cline? Why or why not?

Yes - will try Ready Player One next!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

That would be telling ;)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That would be telling ;)

  • The Winter King

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country that has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Story

  • By Andrew Collings on 24-12-13

Excellent, as expected!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-14

Any additional comments?

EXcellent audiobook, exactly as expected. I was hesitant to take the abridged version, but I don't really get the time to listen to an unabridged trilogy.

I thought the abridged version was absolutely fine - the story still flowed, and with one or two minor exceptions I didn't get the sense it was abridged at all.

Excellent narration and story, but you probably knew that already :)

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  • The First Casualty

  • By: Ben Elton
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Flanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet is shot dead, killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with his murder. Douglas Kingsley is a conscientious objector, previously a detective with the London police, now imprisoned for his beliefs. He is released, and sent to France in order to secure a conviction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb, ben elton at his best

  • By Robert donnelly on 23-01-06

A good listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-12

I normally rate a good book as 3 stars, so 4 is, for me, above average!



Excellent narration really helps this story come to life. Detailed, though-provoking, and well paced throughout. Recommended.

With the Old Breed
    At Peleliu and Okinawa
    
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        E. B. Sledge
    
    


    
    
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        George Wilson
    
    


    
    Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    45 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • With the Old Breed

  • At Peleliu and Okinawa
  • By: E. B. Sledge
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful account of the horror of war

  • By Stephen on 05-09-10

Simply...

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

Reviewed: 28-11-12

...outstanding. Brilliant account of the pacific theatre, gripping action combined with genuinely insightful commentary on the life of the poor marines involved in the fighting. Highly recommended.

  • Millennium

  • The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Of all the civilisations existing in the year 1000, that of Western Europe seemed the unlikeliest candidate for future greatness. Compared to the glittering empires of Byzantium or Islam, the splintered kingdoms on the edge of the Atlantic appeared impoverished, fearful and backward. But the anarchy of these years proved to be, not the portents of the end of the world, as many Christians had dreaded, but rather the birthpangs of a radically new order.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading by Andrew Sachs,

  • By D. Stone on 14-04-19

a bit too dull...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-12

I normally give a decent book 3 stars, so this was a little below average for me.



I love this period of history, and therefore eagerly looked forward to listening to this. Sadly, I just found my mind wandering constantly. The narration didn't really grab me - I normally love Mr Sachs - and somehow, it seemed clear that this abridged version really didn't do the book justice.



Love Tom Holland, love the period, but simply found this audiobook dull. Sorry!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gentleman Captain

  • By: J. D. Davies
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

1662. Cromwell is dead but Charles II presides over an uncertain court. Now, with rumour of treason brewing in the Scottish Isles, the king needs men he can trust… Men like young Matthew Quinton, a loyal but inexperienced sea captain. Matthew’s first command was lost at sea but this time he is determined to complete his mission. Vital to his success is Kit Farrell, a young mariner who has promised to help Matthew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical fiction, brilliant narrator

  • By P. E. Haynes on 20-09-12

Excellent historical fiction, brilliant narrator

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

Reviewed: 20-09-12

(I rarely give 5 star reviews...)
Outstanding historical fiction, set in an unusual but fascinating period. The book covers both naval and land actions, and more interestingly, the political and religious intrigues that Britain faced in the aftermath of a horrific civil war.
Special praise for the narrator - one of the best I've heard. Full of energy and passion for the story, he has a great range of character voices and accents that rally helped bring the story to life.
Thoroughly recommended!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful