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Richard Byrne

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  • The Easy Day Was Yesterday

  • The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier
  • By: Paul Jordan
  • Narrated by: Neil Pigot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian jail, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produces a young man hell-bent on being the best of the best - an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS. The Easy Day Was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest, raw and laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan's eventful life, it shows the ability of the human spirit to survive even in the direst adversity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought

  • By ahooke on 16-07-18

The Worlds greatness soldiers....The exceedingly superb .Special Air Service.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I found Paul Jordan's narrative a wholly supreme, wonderfully discussed, detailed outline' pertaining to SAS's (Australian) superb capabilities and communication' throughout its entire tome...I listened to said Audio books hereof and I wholeheartedly loved it all. Thank you Paul for your much admired book. With thanksm

  • The Horror at Red Hook

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Jim Donaldson
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104

Lovecraft’s gothic horror masterpiece. During an investigation in Red Hook, Detective Thomas F. Malone, and discovers horrors that he never imagined. A horror classic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad for 50p...

  • By Amy Oudot on 04-08-14

A superbly functional tale that left me smiling.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I wholeheartedly enjoyed this comparatively shortened storyline...but was thoroughly joyful in the sheer quality of said beautiful nomenclature...well done HP Lovecraft!

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  • Nightshade

  • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

When a murdered young girl miraculously returns to life saying she's spoken to God, it's clear that sinister forces are at play. And when those who speak to her inexplicably commit suicide shortly afterwards, Nightingale is called in. He discovers a demon has possessed the girl's body…and the only way to banish it is to kill her. And that's not all he has to deal with. After a farmer kills eight people before turning the gun on himself, the press label him as a Satanist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Double Troubles

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-06-13

Eery...haunting and uncomfortable!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Breath-takenly paced with tomes of harsh reality...twisted with supernatural grasping, undercurrents which pull the reader further into the believable ...to then surface into the unthinkable...Stephen Leather is a thoroughly unique writer whom challenges a plethora of topics.

  • Masters of War

  • Danny Black, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

In Paris, an elderly man is assassinated as he takes his morning walk. In the war-torn cities of Syria, government forces wage a bloody war against their own people. The Russians are propping up the government, the French are backing one rebel fraction and the British are backing another. And in north Africa, young SAS trooper Jamie Truman is coming to the end of a gruelling tour of duty, or so he thinks. Jamie has a new mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well...what an intriguing 'listen'.....

  • By Darren Dowd on 23-05-15

Another brilliant audiobook...narrated beautifully

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I thoroughly enjoy, and look forward to all of Chris Ryan's wonderful stories...both bookwise and audio book. Chris Ryan is a consummate author to be admired and applauded! I recommend Chris Ryan's tomes to one and all.

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  • Bad Soldier

  • Danny Black Thriller 4
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

A migrant boat battles through the rough Mediterranean. Its passengers are desperate, starving and scared. They are also being ruthlessly targeted by the SAS. Islamic State militants are smuggling themselves into Europe using these boats. Only by locating such men before they make it into the UK can the Regiment stop them committing their acts of terror on British soil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Chris Ryan grit

  • By Mark Lewin on 26-09-16

Chris Ryan has, once again, written another superb story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-17

The Soldiering details.,and story minutia of Chris Ryan's tomes,wholly illustrate a superbly clever and multi-detailed story....as he, Chris Ryan, was a superb Special Air Service soldier of brilliant capabilities...an utterly fantastic story!

  • Hunter-Killer

  • Danny Black, Book 2
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

Following a suicide bombing in central London, series SAS hero Danny Black is recruited to be part of an assassination squad, directed by a joint MI5/MI6/CIA committee and tasked with hunting down and killing the terrorist cells believed to be planning further atrocities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is a BIG disappointment!!

  • By JEO on 08-10-17

Another Superb Book By Chris Ryan...a superb work of narrative art!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-17

Such is the multiple strategies of Chris Ryan's books that I thoroughly look out for, and ravishly read\audiobooks narrative in such a manner that I often find myself pining for Chris Ryan's next tome! Well done Chris, your works are thoroughly enjoyed!

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  • The Life of Lee

  • By: Lee Evans
  • Narrated by: Lee Evans
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. Read unabridged by the man himself, the audiobook edition of The Life of Lee is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography, charting his ups and downs on the way to the top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By AandL272 on 05-06-13

A tome of multiple colours. Superbly written!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-17

Lee Evans is simply profoundly talented and, for sure., he has created his very own comedic genre that very few can reach! Lee, you're the one and only best in your profession.

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jurassic Park!

  • By kmcca5 on 20-05-15

From millions of years to 2017...Dinosaurs have once again returned!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this Jurassic Park audio book! Indeed, the science thereof was profoundly captivating...as were the dinosaurs. I personally enjoyed the activities of both Tyranosaurus Rex (full grown Tyranosaur and younger Tyranosaur) as well as the dynamic Velociraptors! All in all,a superb story. Well done!

  • Bag of Bones

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

When Mike Noonan's wife dies unexpectedly, the bestselling author suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn to his summer home, the beautiful lakeside retreat called Sara Laughs. Here Mike finds the once familiar town in the tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his deceased son's daughter and is twisting the fabric of the community to this purpose. Three year old Kyra and her young mother turn to Mike for help. And Mike finds them increasingly irresistible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Dawn on 01-12-06

A tome of multiple colours. Superbly written!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-17

At first, I had minor difficulties in understanding the minutia of said tome...but, with Stephen Kings superb narrative, the literary building blocks locked into place....a superb story!

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun yarn with some unexpected twists.

  • By Bad Monkey on 26-04-17

The Perfect Tome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-17

This audiobook is profoundly superb! Immediately from page one to go the final page, I was stuck to this beautiful story...magnificent!