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  • Oliver Twist

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

When young orphan, Oliver Twist, is sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker, he leaves behind years of miserable servitude and mistreatment at an English workhouse. Hoping to move on to better things, he decides to escape his new, equally dreary surroundings and head to London. It is there that the novel unravels as Oliver meets a host of larger-than-life characters, including The Artful Dodger, a high-ranking member of a juvenile pickpocketing gang, and their elderly leader, Fagin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Expertly narrated

  • By Mikey on 22-04-19

Expertly narrated

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

Reviewed: 22-04-19

Many of us are familiar with Oliver Twist, it's arguably one of Dickens' most popular and modernised stories. So what makes this purchase different from the others? Easy: the fantastic narration.

I'm growing ever fonder of The Dickens Collection on Audible. From hearing that Matt Lucas was the lead narrator in Great Expectations to Jonathan Pryce taking the lead in Oliver Twist these audiobooks have succeeded (in my eyes) in bringing the works of a master storyteller to life in spectacular fashion. Pryce has lived up to the hype created by his counterparts in this rendition of Oliver Twist and I am thrilled to have in my library, I will probably listen to this more than once.

Don't waste a second or a credit, buy this, I promise you won't be disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nick Stone, Book 1

  • Remote Control
  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Nick Stone left the Special Air Service in 1988, soon after the shooting of three IRA terrorists in Gibraltar. Now working for British Intelligence on deniable operations, he discovers the seemingly senseless murders of a fellow SAS soldier and his family in Washington, D.C. Only a seven-year-old daughter, Kelly, has survived: And the two of them are immediately on the run from unidentified pursuers. Stone doesn't even know which of them is the target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this review

  • By Mikey on 17-02-19

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

I enjoy listening to Nick Stone so much that after making my way through the entire series (14 books or so) I am now making my way through all of the abridged versions.

Even after all these years I am still a die hard Mcnab/Stone fanatic. Going back through the earlier stories I can really appreciate the raw toughness and grit, things that are particularly predominant in the earlier books.

Remote Control is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. It will shock you and keep you on the edge of your seat, whether its abridged or not. Spend a credit on this I promise you won’t be disappointed.

  • Moving Targets

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Not all terrorists are driven by religion or politics. Dan "Spider" Shepherd and his SAS team are on the trail of a terrorist whose motives are much more personal. Sabit Kusen wants revenge and doesn’t care how many innocents he kills along the way. Shepherd and his team hunt their quarry around the world - from Athens to Paris to Zurich to Singapore and on to Sydney - but the elusive Kusen is always one step ahead of them. Can Shepherd catch Sabit Kusen before he carries out his most audacious attack? And does he have what it takes to pull the trigger to end the fanatic’s reign of terror?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Conicidentally

  • By Wayne Flint on 12-12-18

Moving targets

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

This was my first listen of Shepherd’s time in the SAS, after thoroughly enjoying his days as a ‘have a go hero’ in Leather’s novels I was not disappointed to find great excitement in his days with the regimental elite. This was compelling and exciting, I’ve come to expect nothing less from Dan and Stephen leather. Excellent audiobook.

  • The Sandpit

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Who was Dan "Spider" Shepherd before he signed up as an undercover cop and began working for MI5? The Sandpit rewinds with an action-packed rollercoaster to his days in the SAS.... Dan Shepherd and his SAS team are sent into the badlands of Afghanistan to train the rebels who are battling Taliban fanatics. But what starts as a training mission in The Sandpit rapidly turns into a life or death struggle with Shepherd and his team very much in the firing line.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • dan Shepherd

  • By paul on 03-04-17

5 stars every time

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

Considering Leather is not an actual sas soldier, for me his stories are as raw and emtertaining as Mcnab’s. The accuracy is excellent and the storytelling is the same, I defy anybody not to revel in leathers tales.

Afghanistan is the backdrop for this story, Shepherd is as gritty and tough as he is in his later Leather novels. He’s also solidified a spot amongst my top and most enjoyable characters to listen to, he’s up there’s with Mcnab’s Stone for sure.

Shepherd’s days in the sas have not been a disappointment, they are as entertaining as his days after he left the regiment.

  • My Turn

  • By: Norman Wisdom
  • Narrated by: Norman Wisdom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 82

Norman Wisdom's early years could easily have come straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Left by their frightened mother and ill-treated by a brutal father, Norman and his brother were forced to fend for themselves, sleeping rough in London and stealing food to survive. This is a rags to riches tale of the man Charlie Chaplin said would take his mantle and who went on to make millions laugh around the world for over five decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful touching story

  • By Graeme on 02-08-07

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I found it so warming and inspiring listening to this comedic legend talk about his life and early childhood. Having been a NW fan for years I was excited to give this book a go, but I'd recommend it to anyone, NW fan or not.

Funny, sad and awe inspiring. A round of applause for a true legend and wonderful human being.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,663

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Narrator did my head in

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This was a decent book that I persevered with. I found the narrator to be stressful and a bit overdramatic. However, the storyline kept me relatively interested and so I gave it a chance.

This is perfect for when you find yourself in between listens, but not if you're looking to get 'stuck in' to a meaty and lengthy audio adventure. Simple story, simple ending. No frills, a solid 6/10.

  • 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 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

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

Another great installment

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

I don't know why I didn't get round to reviewing this sooner, especially after I enjoyed 'The Last Confessions' so much.

This book took me on a journey through the dark and edgy side of ancient England. It transported me to the Marshalsea with some great descriptive writing and combined with great narration this really did the job.

  • Battle Scars

  • By: Jason Fox
  • Narrated by: Jason Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,977

Jason Fox served with the SBS for over a decade, thriving on the close bonds of the Special Forces brotherhood and the ‘death or glory’ nature of their missions. Battle Scars tells the story of his career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service to a battle of a very different kind: the psychological devastation of combat that ultimately forced him to leave the military and the hard reality of what takes place in the mind of a man once a career of imagined invincibility has come to an end. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Paul on 05-11-18

Fascinating and courageously honest

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

Being a blog writer where I often try my best to give honest accounts of living with a hidden disability myself, I instantly warmed to Foxy's honest and no holds barred account of his military career and his mental health problems that came about shortly after. The 'brotherhood' is elite and Foxy, like many other hardened soldiers, have been instilled with the notion that being honest and speaking up about things you may be finding hard to deal with, namely PTSD, anxiety or depression, is not encouraged and is seen as weakness.

Foxy smashes this theory to pieces and I really admire him for doing that, it couldn't have been easy. I also didn't know he came from the same town as me, Poole, which was a nice surprise as we've both visited similar bars, I'm a bit starstruck at that idea, because I am in awe not only of the qualities that he needed to be an elite soldier, but mostly for the bravery and dedication he's shown by writing this book and fighting his most formidable opponent yet: his mind and consequent haunting memories.

Good job mate!

  • 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 6,022
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,577

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

The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

After having read the previous installments to this series I must say there was little doubt in my mind that I would enjoy Lethal White, but this had a different approach compared to the others and I found myself becoming increasingly intrigued with how Strike was going to overcome the fresh obstacles placed in front of him.

The difference between this book and the last few, is that when Cormoran first appeared on the scene as a personal detective he was a single (albeit a bit lonely as well) rough-around-the edges detective, he was unknown to the public and his raw approach was evident not only from the way he talked, his mannerisms or even the cuisine he would often choose to indulge in (Large donor kebab with extra chips) but also the almost obsessive determination in getting the job done.

Lethal White throws some pretty interesting spanners in the works, Strike is now famous, he's tasted success through his work and he's even found some sort of relationship in Robin, which proves to be difficult as she has become invaluable to him.

Excellently read by a master narrator, this book is pleasingly long in length and the story has more twists than a formula one racing track. This review was about 100 words too long, because any Galbraith novel scarcely requires any introduction, I just got a bit carried away because I enjoyed it so much! Compelling from start to finish.

80 of 85 people found this review helpful

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Well hello, DCI Ryan!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I must say I do love nothing more than getting my teeth into a good detective series and this audiobook was certainly not a disappointment.

I loved the imagery portrayed by Ross which did a sterling job portraying the close-nit and somewhat dubious circumstances of living on an island, which does not even have it's own police station (or police) !! Along with the fantastic description (I love a book with some good description) the storyline kept me interested throughout with hardly any lapses in concentration. Jonathan Keeble, as ever, did a sterling job narrating and his performance was faultless. I urge you to spend your credit on this book, I am looking forward to book 2 of the DCI Ryan mysteries.