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Nr Hungerford, United Kingdom
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  • Frenchman's Creek

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: John Castle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Seeking peace of mind, Lady Donna de Colomb flees the stews of London and the Restoration court for remote Navaron. There she finds the boundless passion her spirit craves - daring to love the pirate hunted by all Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pure delight

  • By Anne on 25-05-11

The nearest I will get to time travel

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

Reviewed: 13-05-15

Daphne du Maurier writes beautifully, about Cornwall, about people and about the past. But what a revelation the narrator, John Castle, was. I can't imagine a finer narrator. His voice changed so subtly to portray the different characters very vividly. I listened to this book as though it were a film playing in my head. I could see them all. The pace was excellent, and it unusually had larger gaps of silence between chapters, which I really liked. The story is so beautiful, I highly recommend this download. It was a joy from start to finish. If only John Castle had narrated more du Maurier....or more anything.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Kill List

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

The Kill List: a top-secret catalogue of names held at the highest level of the US government. On it, those men and women who would threaten the world's security. And at the top of it, The Preacher, a radical Islamic cleric whose sermons inspire his followers to kill high-profile Western targets in the name of God. As the bodies begin to pile up in America, Great Britain and across Europe, the message goes out: discover this man's identity, locate him and take him out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable-to

  • By Julian Summer on 12-10-13

Dull and monotonous

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

Reviewed: 31-10-13

I had been expecting an exciting thriller, a work of fiction. This sounds like a dull account of a dull episode, and I was so surprised I had to check I had bought a Frederick Forsyth novel. The reading is dull, the story is dull and the whole thing monotonous and lacking in any sort of narrative tension, variety or excitement. I was very surprised indeed at this audiobook and so disappointed. Am hunting now for something where at least the author and narrator sound motivated.

  • A Delicate Truth

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding writing and narration

  • By Al on 14-05-13

Outstanding writing and narration

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

Reviewed: 14-05-13

This intelligent, measured and thought-provoking novel was quietly powerful. It really made me think about morality, accountability and what is acceptable behaviour of the individual, and of a government. It was gripping and the ending perfect - and as a bonus, it seems that Mr le Carre has left a door ajar. Not only was it beautifully written, but the narration by John le Carre himself was a revelation. His depiction of the characters was distinct and his accents were excellent. It is a privilege to hear him read his own words. He is 81 years old - and right up there with the very best narrators.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods

  • By: Gavin Extence
  • Narrated by: Joe Thomas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero, and an improbable journey, Alex's story treads the fine line between light and dark, laughter and tears. And it might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever heard. Alex Woods knows that he hasn't had the most conventional start in life. He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won't endear him to the local bullies. He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen - he's got the scars to prove it. What he doesn't know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he'll make an unlikely friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on you!

  • By F on 26-05-13

Oddly captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-13

This book is very odd indeed, but utterly captivating - it is funny and sad and fascinating all at the same time. Joe Thomas's narration is beautifully paced, with excellent distinction between the characters. You can imagine and see them so clearly through Joe's voice. The characters and their behaviours are vivid and well drawn - we feel such compassion for them. I had not expected it to be so entertaining, as it was dealing with serious themes as diverse as atomic physics, neuroscience, belief, morality, literature, maths, youth, age, death and logic. It is very stimulating - moving, entertaining and laugh aloud funny and just so interesting. I didn't want this book to end. Exquisitely written and read. Thank you Gavin Extence and Joe Thomas.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful