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  • Great Expectations

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Howard Jacobson
  • Narrated by: Matt Lucas, Howard Jacobson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In this Audible Exclusive performance by Matt Lucas of Great Expectations, Charles Dickens demonstrates that conscience, loyalty and empathy are virtues far more valuable than intellect, wealth and social standing. First published in Dickens’ own periodical, All the Year Round, the novel was divided into nine monthly instalments, from December 1860 to August 1861. Unsurprisingly, it was an instant success and managed to sell over 100,000 copies per week. Though written at a challenging time in Dickens’ life, when the impending breakdown of his marriage loomed over him, Great Expectations proves to be one of his most optimistic, comical and romantic novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully enveloped in Dickensian description

  • By Mikey on 19-07-18

Wonderfully enveloped in Dickensian description

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

There is something indescribable about the way in which Charles Dickens is able to take you on a journey depicting the dark and often repulsive nature of living in the 1800s. With his incredible ability to act out so many different types of characters and accents, Matt Lucas does a stirling job bringing the characters in this book to life.

Without rambling on too much about a book that really needs no introduction or review, I'd urge anyone to spend their credit on this, regardless of their age or genre preferences for books. This is a masterpiece written by one of the most celebrated authors of all time and told wonderfully by one of the most comically-gifted voice actors of our time, a winning combination that will take you on a journey back into the 1800s and leave you wanting more each time you switch off your device.

  • Finders Keepers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735

1978: Meet Morris Bellamy ,the man who robs the safe of America's most famous reclusive writer, John Rothstein. But it isn't just the money he is interested in. Morrie is obsessed by the author's notebooks and is prepared to kill the author for them. 2009: Meet young Pete Saubers, whose father was knocked down by an out-of-control Mercedes in a job line-up. When he discovers a buried trunk of money and notebooks of a famous writer, he has the means to rescue his family from poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Mercedes

  • By Mel on 03-12-15

Hodges is back!

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

This was a great second instalment to the Bill Hodges trilogy. Plagued by the death of a close friend from his previous adventures, Bill seems surprisngly more upbeat and the dark and gloomy side he had from the beginning of the first book seems to have gone. I actually liked his dark and gloomy side, so I found this was not a good thing in terms of entertainment. This was a good sequel to Mr Mercedes and I would recommend purchasing. Narrator did a great job as usual, on to the next one!

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,617

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

Great start to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

Bill Hodges is a retired (and slightly down and out) detective who I took to immediately. This book was a great introduction to the trilogy, which sees Bill Hodges thrust out of retirement after a serial killer, who recently massacred a crowd of people who were queueing up in hope of finding a job at a new corporate building, by driving his Mercedes straight into them all.

The serial killer knows how to push Hogdes' buttons, and quickly manages to entice him back out of retirement. What ensues for Bill is a real rollercoaster of a ride, which even helps the 60 year old find his romantic side as well as the rejuvenation of his dogged determination and desire to see that a murderer is finally brought to justice.

This was great fun!

  • Redeemer

  • John Milton, Book 12
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians call it Cidade Maravilhosa - the Marvellous City - but crime festers in its favelas like cancer. John Milton is visiting an old friend who runs a close protection business guarding the city's elite. Milton offers to stand in when one of his bodyguards doesn’t turn up for work. The job? Take the wife and daughter of an anticorruption judge to a school recital and bring them back again. Simple? Not so much. The girl is snatched off the street, and Milton is nearly killed. As he recovers at a Group Fifteen safe house, he decides on two objectives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best yet

  • By rev on 08-07-18

Milton is back

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

This time, John Milton is off to the favelas of Rio De Janeiro, to meet up with a friend from the past. After offering to help his friend with a job which was now a man down, Milton gets anther shock when he realises the life he lives means he will never know who his true friends are.

Packed with action and a decent storyline, expertly told by one of my favourite narrators, I'd highly recommend buying this. The ending is great, too!

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  • The Alchemist's Secret

  • Ben Hope, Book 1
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Will Rycroft
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

The #1 Bestseller. Ben Hope lives on the edge. A former élite member of the SAS, Ben is tortured by a tragedy from his past and now devotes his life to finding kidnapped children. When Ben is recruited to locate an ancient manuscript which could save a dying child, he embarks on the deadliest quest of his life. The document is alleged to contain the formula for the elixir of life, discovered by the brilliant alchemist Fulcanelli decades before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Peter on 27-01-15

Short and sweet review

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Great character, love all the other books, but this one wasn't as fun. Too much time spent talking about the historical event and I didn't find it enjoyable. But give it a go, especially if you loved the Da Vinci code. This one just required too much thinking for me..!

  • Black Ops

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

Spider Shepherd's MI5 controller, Charlie Button, has gone rogue, using government resources to get revenge on the men who killed her husband. Spider is told to betray her. Worse, he's asked to cooperate with his nemesis at MI6, Jeremy Willoughby Brown, in taking Charlie down. Meanwhile Spider's 16-year-old son is caught with drugs. But the drug police offer Spider a deal: go undercover, unmask a local dealer and his son will go free. Spider has no option but to cooperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spider Shepherd back on form!

  • By Anne Leguen de Lacroix on 04-08-15

Hooked

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

I love the Dan Shepherd series and this book didn't fail to live up to the expectations I have before I start listening to these books. The story was great, it was nice to finally see a bit more of Shepherds son, Liam, who is a likeable kid who I found myself rooting for in this book. It appears he has the same knack for finding trouble as his dad!

I never listened for less than 2 hours at a time as I found myself unable to switch off, Shepherd is on top form as ever.

  • The Forgotten Holocaust

  • Ben Hope, Book 10
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Will Rycroft
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The breathtaking new adventure starring Ben Hope. A lost, aimless, and hard-drinking Ben Hope has wandered back to his old haunt in Ireland. The ex-SAS soldier is searching for peace, but trouble soon appears when Kirsten Hall, a young journalist, is brutally murdered right in front of him. Unable to prevent it, Ben is driven by guilt to hunt down the killers. All he has to go on is a handful of clues from Kirsten's research..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, action packed adventure

  • By Mrs on 19-05-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

I must say, I started listening to this title with a bit of hesitation. I usually go for simple and easy reads and after having read reviews likening this book to the Da Vinci Code, I wasn't sure if it'd be as easy a read as I'd hoped.

All in all it's fair to say I really enjoyed this book and fell in love with Ben Hope. Sure, it required a bit of concentration during the historical dialogue's set in the story, but it was totally worth it. The narration was perfect! Going back to book number one to give this series a go :)

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glowing Five Stars

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 23-10-17

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

Perhaps the lack of stars awarded to this audiobook was largely down to the fact that I did not get in to it as much as I normally do with other books.

It was a good story, a bit predictable but still fun. It was a good way to kill a few hours in between listens. Although I may have fallen asleep during one of my sessions!

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,848
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,255

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Warm and witty

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

Being quite an isolated and (I feel) misunderstood 'misfit' in society, I felt a particular affinity with this book. I can honestly say that I felt a feeling of unease each time I would have to end my listening session, although there were not too many as I finished this book relatively quickly!

I challenge any listener not to instantly fall in love with the leading character, Eleanor, and her black and white and simplistic nature, expertly portrayed by Kathleen McCarron. She did a superb job with the dialogue and the eccentricity among some of the characters, I honestly felt like I was part of the conversation. This book reminds me of how important it is to have such a great narrator.

This book was touching and moved me tremendously. It has a nice little twist at the end and it was heartwarming. I loved it.

  • Look What You Made Me Do

  • A Powerful Memoir of Coercive Control
  • By: Helen Walmsley-Johnson
  • Narrated by: Helen Walmsley-Johnson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

For more than two years, BBC Radio 4's The Archers ran a disturbing storyline centred on Helen Tichener's abuse at the hands of her husband Rob. Not the kind of abuse that leaves a bruise, but the sort of coercive control that breaks your spirit and makes it almost impossible to walk away. As she listened to the unfolding story, Helen Walmsley-Johnson was forced to confront her own agonising past. Helen's first husband controlled her life, from the people she saw to what was in her bank account.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was gripped for personal reasons

  • By Anne H. on 16-03-18

Wow. This took real bravery and I admire that

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

I have nothing but admiration for Helen after having read this inspirational and moving account of her life, more specifically the time she spent in an unhealthy and tormenting relationship with someone who used his intelligence and manipulation tin equal measure.

All women who read this book will understand the courage it must have taken the author to not only find the strength to walk away from such a nightmarish existence, but to then go on and write about it in such a moving an deeply personal way. Being a man, I can say this book touched me, but I can only imagine that women who have also suffered the cruelty of psychological and manipulative abuse the world over, would find this book inspirational.

I truly commend and respect you Helen. Your bravery saved not only you, but now has the potential to help women the world over. Perhaps this book may be enough to nudge said women just that bit further into finding strength and finally making the decision to get out, my only hope is that it will.

Narration was monotonous. I didn't want to make a big thing out of it because this audiobook was about a lot more than 'performance' for me.

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