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  • Winter of the World

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210

Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winter of the World

  • By Rachel on 06-10-12

Awesome one of the best series I have heard

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

The entire trilogy intertwines fact and fiction brilliantly, follows fictional families through real life events - loved it

  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

  • By: Andrew Hodges
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 392

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turing an enigma.

  • By Dennis G. on 14-02-15

Possibly the most boring book I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Loved the film and story and thought the book might be interesting when it was full of formulae that only someone doing a maths degree would understand. Although I'm not that thick I soon realised that I'm not that clever either

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hell's Corner: Camel Club, Book 5

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

The Camel Club returns in the breathtaking follow up to Divine Justice from the Number One International Bestselling author. On the night of the State Dinner honouring the British Prime Minister, Oliver Stone witnesses an explosion as the motorcade leaves the White House. A bomb has been detonated in what looks like a terrorist plot directed at the President and the Prime Minister.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but more of the same

  • By Jen B on 23-12-12

Hard to believe this is the Camel Club or Baldacci

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

Reviewed: 27-07-14

Looked forward to this one for ages as the Camel club series has been so go. Unnecessarily convoluted plot, lack of involvement of most of the Camel club and too much dialogue ruin what could have been an exciting next step in the series. Please David get it back on track

  • Missing You

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she's ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart 18 years ago. Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Caro on 18-04-14

Another excellent read from Harlan Coben

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

Reviewed: 19-05-14

Difficult to fault apart from perhaps not being his best story overall but as usual intriguing with a few twists and hard to put down

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Insurgent

  • (Divergent, Book 2)
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever...because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing dystopian fiction

  • By Mrs. P. L. Norris on 09-12-13

Very good listen, well performed, interesting idea

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

Similar to Hunger games in some ways but a nice idea and really well read and exciting. Want to take the kids to see the movie now. Will definitely download the sequels

  • Pop Goes the Weasel

  • Alex Cross, Book 5
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

The latest from the author of When the Wind Blows and Kiss the Girls reveals Patterson at the peak of his power and is easily his most dynamic and compelling psychological thriller to date. Here is a chilling villain, a love story of great tenderness, and a plot of relentless suspense and heart-pounding pace.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible, lacks complexity and boring

  • By Matty on 06-04-14

Terrible, lacks complexity and boring

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

Anyone who is used to Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Jo Nesbo, Lee Child et al will not like this. Thin plot which you expect will get clever any moment but it doesn't. I listened because there seem to be Alex Cross fans out there but I'm not sure why. His character is possibly the most boring detective I have ever read or listened to.Give me Harry Bosch any time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Citadel

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 27 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

From the No.1 internationally bestselling author comes the third heart-stopping adventure exploring the incredible history, legends and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. Set during World War II in the far south of France, Citadel is a powerful, action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front, back at home a different battle is waged, full of clandestine bravery, treachery and secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Michelle on 04-12-12

Nice setting and story but dragged on

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

This book was interesting with nice characterisation and setting but it occasionally lacked pace and dragged on. Overall I enjoyed it more than the previous Sepulchre which I did not finish

  • JFK and the Unspeakable

  • Why He Died and Why It Matters
  • By: James W. Douglass
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horrified by the specter of nuclear annihilation, Kennedy gradually turned away from his long-held Cold Warrior beliefs and toward a policy of lasting peace. But to the military and intelligence agencies in the United States, who were committed to winning the Cold War at any cost, Kennedy's change of heart was a direct threat to their power and influence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Provoking

  • By Jemima on 31-10-17

Really interesting and if true quite scary

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

Interesting theories on Kennedy and the motivation behind his as well as other assassinations are plausible. Especially as US politics are so intertwined with big business. Kennedy threatened the income of many big firm by acting as peacemaker

  • King and Maxwell

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, return in their most surprising, personal and dangerous case to date. Michelle had chased many things in her life. As a track star and later Olympic rower, she had constantly pitted herself against others in races. As a cop in Tennessee she had run down her share of felons fleeing the scenes of their crimes. As a Secret Service Agent she had been fleet of foot next to limos carrying important leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King & Maxwell

  • By glenda on 05-02-17

Not the best King and Maxwell

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

I just can't fall for the Baldacci books read by this male:female combo. They just come across as cheesy-American. The earlier Camel club and King and Maxwell books plus Wish you well were far better. Sorry I'm a big Baldacci fan but the last few are on a downhill curve

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370

Fight them, Mr Brigance. To the bitter end. We must prevail. In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own. Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham back at his best

  • By Liz on 10-12-13

This Deep South lawyer series is brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

The Narrator helps to make this, fabulous accents and nicely read. Another great courtroom story with a few twists by Grisham. Real empathy with characters. I'd happily listen to more Jake Brigand books.