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  • Mr Smiley

  • By: Howard Marks
  • Narrated by: Howard Marks, Larry Love
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

The last pill and testament from Britain's most famous and well-loved drug smuggler, Howard Marks. Howard Marks is the most famous drug smuggler of his age and a hero to a generation. On his release from one of America's toughest prisons, Howard made a promise to himself to go straight. No more drugs, no more smuggling, no more fake passports. He would retire to a quiet life with his family in the Balearic Islands of Spain. It didn't quite work out that way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly narrated, better to read the hard copy

  • By jackie brown on 04-12-18

Typical of previous books written by Howard Marks

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Would you recommend Mr Smiley to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes if you liked his other works otherwise id say it was not as good as previous titles like Mr Nice

What three words best describe Howard Marks and Larry Love ’s performance?

Welsh, rough and authentic.

Did Mr Smiley inspire you to do anything?

Look after myself more.

  • Druidcraft

  • By: Philip Carr-Gomm
  • Narrated by: Philip Carr-Gomm, Sophia Carr-Gomm, Stephanie Carr-Gomm, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

Druidry and Wicca are the two great streams of Western Pagan tradition. Both traditions are experiencing a renaissance all over the world, as more and more people seek a spirituality rooted in a love of nature and the land. Increasingly, listeners are combining the ideas of both traditions to craft their own spiritual practice. In this down-to-earth, inspiring guide, Philip Carr-Gomm offers a name for this Path that draws on the common beliefs and practices of Wicca and Druidry: DruidCraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent overview

  • By Samantha Gibbons on 14-03-16

Enchanting and beautiful

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

If you could sum up Druidcraft in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful, relaxing and thought provoking

Who was your favorite character and why?

the story of the "Selkie"

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The art of storytelling and the music that accompanied it

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again I loved the atmosphere that it generated in my head that took me to a far off place.

Any additional comments?

Not long enough, I wish it could go on and on but its only an introduction.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,400

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

Put brain in neutral

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

What disappointed you about Only Time Will Tell?

hey! I'm sure i've heard this before.

What will your next listen be?

not Jeffery Archer

What didn’t you like about Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ’s performance?

nothing to do with them

What character would you cut from Only Time Will Tell?

All of them

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,916

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

brilliant story unique in every way

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes . I loved every minute of this book, so well written with brilliant descriptive text. A story line that will keep you hooked until the end. The whole story covered all kinds of things, secrets, violence, crime and a fair amount of physical attraction. A seriously good read if you like some of the darker sides to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woodcutter?

I loved the beginning how the character is developed.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brilliantly read, fantastic accents, it made me look for other books that he narrates.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

woo no way, it had to be savored even though it was brilliant

  • Dreamer's Pool

  • Blackthorn & Grim, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Natalie Gold, Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help. Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing

  • By jennifer on 18-05-15

A bit basic

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was OK but it was a little bit too basic for my taste. The whole fairy tale thing was also strange in an American accent. You may get the story plot in a few chapters, if fairy tales are your thing then go ahead and enjoy.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

saw it coming

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Well yes there was no mistaking that bit

Was Dreamer's Pool worth the listening time?

no not when I look back

  • The Magic Cottage

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

The nightmare home. We thought we'd found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Quaint, charming, maybe a little run-down, but so peaceful. The woodland animals and birds couldn't have been more neighbourly. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge's painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our sensing, our feelings, our love for each other - well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side. The Bad Magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, spoiled by the Narrator

  • By Nathan Carr on 11-04-16

performance not good

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

a good story hard to put down and fill of mystery, the reader made all females sound like Julian Clarey which spoiled it slightly.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tripwire

  • Jack Reacher 3
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Garrick Hagon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250

For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit. He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Reacher.. Don't mess with this man

  • By Eddie on 01-08-14

predictable but has it's moments.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

same old story, predictable but that's what people like I suppose, I hope Reacher retires soon

  • The Jump

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

The gripping story of life on the inside and the outside of one of Britain's toughest prisons. Donna Brunos worships her husband and is devastated when he is jailed for armed robbery. Georgio swears he's been set up and persuades Donna to help him escape. Implementing 'the jump' takes Donna into a twilight world she never believed existed - a world of brutal sex and casual violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Listen

  • By Sandra on 23-12-15

It just got better

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

Reviewed: 16-09-15

As a man I still loved the plot, totally amazing characters throughout .An insight into the criminal world with no holds barred,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful