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  • Paganini's Ghost

  • By: Paul Adam
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Paganini – showman, womaniser, dazzling virtuoso – is one of the most fascinating characters in the history of classical music. His violin is now kept in Genoa, where it is played once every two years by the winner of an international competition. This year, an unsavoury art dealer is found dead in his hotel room the day after the concert. Clutched in his fist is a scrap of sheet music torn off a page that belongs to the competition winner. But how did the dead man get hold of it? And why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good plot - well read - and music link fascinating

  • By Linda on 18-03-13

Delightful...

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

Reviewed: 04-04-14

Beautiful and engaging story, gently and intriguing, so much so that I found myself ‘googling’ Panganini’s jewelled violin. The historical content was fascinating and despite not being a classical music lover, I would have loved to have heard the music alongside the narrative. Sean Barrett, as ever, is superb. He lives and breathes the characters.

  • 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

Excellent listen yet disappointing end.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-13

I have to agree with a previous review that, whilst you cannot fault the superb writing, sublime narration and the gripping pace of the story, it just ended smothered in ambiguity. I would hate to think that we should have come to the most obvious conclusion. I would still highly recommend it .

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Ides of April

  • Falco: The New Generation (Flavia Albia, Book 1)
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

Falco: the new generation - Introducing Flavia Albia.Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome.A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly rocky start to "Falco - the daughter"

  • By Mike on 05-11-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 19-08-13

I love the Falco books and Christian Rodska IMHO has the characters down to a T. I was so looking forward to the new venture with Albia but it fell at the first post for me. Although she has been adopted and assimilated to the Roman way of life Albia was always a rough diamond who could change to suit the situation, not unlike her father. She is a savvy, gutsy, quick thinking girl. I'm now 40 minutes in to the story and struggling. The narrator has perfect diction and is very clear but lacks any character or comic timing. It's like listening to a school teacher reading to a class of bored teenagers desperately trying to engage them in what could possibly be a quite good story. The asides are lost in the reading and she sounds so prissy and girly, not at all like the character revealed in the Falco series. Shame really.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Hayward Morse
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Comic voices spoil a good yarn...

  • By Freiburg on 18-12-13

Decent story let down by narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-06-13

Jack Reacher novels are not hard to digest and much like watching a Die Hard/ Jason Statham/ Arnie movie... full of cliches. But they pass the time entertainingly enough.
I have listened to four now; Killing Floor, Die Trying, Trip Wire and now The Visitor.
Hayward Morse narrates all the women, who are supposedly smart, intelligent and capable (FBI agents, high flying solicitors, detectives,) with whiny, nasal voices that makes anything they stupid, pathetic and two dimensional. The intonation he uses in their given lines is appalling and really spoils the book. Such a shame as this one has quite a passable story line.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful