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  • A Doll's House (Audible Theatre Collection: Ibsen)

  • By: Henrik Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Harry Myers, Laura Carmichael, Sarah Whitehouse, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Nora Helmers is her husband Torvald's adorable 'little doll'. Pretty and doll-like in her doll's house with her healthy children and seemingly respectable life, she and her family have it all... or so it seems. Behind closed doors, like a lot of Ibsen's antiheroines, Nora is unhappy and unfulfilled. She is thoughtful, intelligent and trapped, playing the role of a dutiful wife in a situation that doesn't arouse any of her passions, in a society that believes that she shouldn't have any.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Ibsen ...

  • By M on 02-06-18

Thought provoking. Different. Briilant.

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

Captivating and thought provoking. In some ways such a different time and it only 120 years ago. Othwrwaya she seems so modern .

  • Nightfall Berlin

  • By: Jack Grimwood
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

In 1986, news that East-West nuclear-arms negotiations are taking place lead many to believe the Cold War may finally be thawing. For British intelligence officer Major Tom Fox, however, it is business as usual. Ordered to arrange the smooth repatriation of a defector, Fox is smuggled into East Berlin. But it soon becomes clear that there is more to this than an old man wishing to return home to die - a fact cruelly confirmed when Fox's mission is fatally compromised. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • blinking marvellous spy caper

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-09-18

V good book, exceptional narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

I limit the number of 5 stars I give but this deserves it. The story line is good, the characters and writing style engaging and of the 100s I’ve listened to,the narrator one of the very best

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  • Once a Pilgrim

  • By: James Deegan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Manning
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

John Carr has recently left the SAS, after a long and distinguished career, and is now working for a Russian oligarch in the murky world of private security. But an incident from his past - in which three terrorists were brutally killed - suddenly comes back to haunt him. Tracked by a hit man out for revenge, John Carr is forced to step over the line to defend himself and his family. It's a cruel and violent world - and one he thought he'd left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts!

  • By Simon on 19-09-18

The usual SAS type stuff but with no morals

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

I found the story predictable nd the SAS was standard enough but... I couldn't stomach his appetite and enjoyment of violence (stamping on people's face) and killing 20 people in revenge for one life of a friend.

  • The Janus Stone

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 872

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I still can't get on with this reader....

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-11-15

A bit boring

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

Ruth's peesoanl thoughts about her life are simple and vacuous. More like a teenager not a.clever professional. Best read by teenagers.

  • Wolf of the Plains

  • Conqueror, Book 1
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 238

The first book in the best-selling Conqueror series featuring Genghis Khan and his descendants. Temujin, the second son of the khan of the Wolves tribe, was only 11 when his father died in an ambush. His family were thrown out of the tribe and left alone, without food or shelter, to starve to death on the harsh Mongolian plains. It was a rough introduction to his life, to a sudden adult world, but Temujin survived, learning to combat natural and human threats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leaves You Howling For More!

  • By Simon on 24-09-16

Good but not gripping

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

I wanted to learn more. It was enivitable that he'd win every battle but how?

  • Silent Voices

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat…Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oneof the best audiobooks I've heard

  • By Gill on 17-05-11

Good characters, tried to do somethng different -

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

The characters were good, and the author tried to do something different. There were enough suspects that it did not become obvious until near the end (I guessed). Reasonable. But I am going to mark stricter from now on - it was an average book so scores 3. Many reviewers seem to give 3 for the worst books (if you read the review) and then there is no chance for a truly exceptional book to stand out as a 5.

  • The Murderer's Son

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer. Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes. Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

  • By Simon on 17-10-18

Same as many others....

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I'm becoming stricter on how I mark these books because occasionally you get a truly stunning book and that should stand out as a 5 star. (see Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott).

This book was acceptable...possible story slightly worse than a 2...but it tried to do something a little different. But ultimately it was felt the same as all the others. There is NOTHING WRONG WITH THE BOOK!!! Just average so I have scored it as such. Yes...I don't regret buying or listening to it - but it does not stand out.

  • A Treachery of Spies

  • By: Manda Scott
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Philip Stevens, Sally Scott
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased, but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Inès Picaut back to 1940s France, where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By kriss on 14-09-18

The best out of 60 audible books I've heard

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Complex, detailed, fascinating thrilling, surprising insight into WW2 France coupled with a parallel modern detective story. I will re-listen again straight away and this book will stay with me forever. Truly amazing.

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  • 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 5,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,359

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

storyline as good as Agatha Christie. but ....

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

the actual detective story is as good as Agatha Christie. The clues brilliantly laid without the author taking you down blind alleys and the detectives don't use hidden clues that you never knew about to solve the crime. however the writing style can be patronising almost as those written for teenagers. she bangs on and on about the Loveless marriage of Robin with clankey symbolism to prove her point.

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Orphan X, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040

Ambushed and drugged, Evan Smoak wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what's happened, he receives a desperate call for help. With time running out, he will need to out-manoeuvre a powerful opponent to have any chance of escape. He's got to save himself to protect those whose lives depend on him...or die trying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book as good as the first one

  • By despie on 03-03-17

right.. I'm downloading the next one straight away

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

there were times when he over explained the characters feelings so I wanted to fast forward. that aside the story was brilliant and I want to download the sequel now and continue to listen through the night.