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  • Wrath of Empire

  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 177

 The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not. Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michael may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By David Stretch on 08-01-19

No middle book padding here

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

All the usual suspects. Political intrigue. Plenty of gore. Plenty of comedy. And Powder Mages....lots of them. What's not to like?

I love these books, Flint has been a good substitute for Tamas and any of these series are enriched when Taniel is involved.

A quick but satisfying 22 hour + of listening.

Christian Rodska is great at certain accents but I am not sure they always fit the character in my minds eye.

Looking forward to the next one

  • WEIRD. DARK.

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

From the author of Audible #1 bestsellers In The Darkness, That’s Where I’ll Know You, The Physics of the Dead, and The Stone Man - shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year award 2015 - comes this special omnibus edition collecting three of Luke Smitherd's books: Hold On Until Your Fingers Break, The Man On Table Ten, and My Name Is Mister Grief, plus exclusive bonus story "The Crash", unavailable anywhere else!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More brilliance from Luke Smitherd!

  • By Chris Goulter on 14-02-16

The usual top drawer stuff from Luke Smitherd

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

Great collection of stories. Would have loved them to be longer. Great author. Most unpredictable books I've ever read.

  • Easily Distracted

  • By: Steve Coogan
  • Narrated by: Steve Coogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age, he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should "be on the telly". Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been given his first break as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. The late '80s and early '90s saw Coogan developing characters.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Self conscious autobiography.

  • By Mr Duncan J Burden on 15-12-15

The type of autobiography I want to read

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Not a fan of autobiography, I got this mainly because I like Steve Coogan.

His narration is perfect, not because it is funny, well timed or because he uses the voices of his characters. Quite the opposite in fact. It is perfect because it is what I'd imagine he is like

A great insight into the life of a comedian who is introspective enough to realise his shortcomings and proud of his fame to be honest about what it means to him

I also loved the fact that he is very strongly opposed to saying the letter "h" as if it is being used in "hate" ie "haitch" is simply wrong and "aitch" is correct. I'd have given the book 5 stars for that alone.

Funny in very subtle ways and I think this is how he likes his comedy to be. Love this book

  • A Boy Called Christmas

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely Christmas story

  • By DF on 16-12-16

Fab (according to my daughter)

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

My daughter listened to this and loved it. Said it was really funny. I didn't listen to it but she graded it

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,682
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,208

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Having exhausted the fantasy book genre, I have started turning to crime fiction to get some new authors that I like.

In Robert Galbraith and Cormorant Strike, I seem to have found that.

At points funny, at points tense and gripping, this book has a bit of everything and at 17 hours + I really felt as if I had gotten my credits worth

Well narrated with some great characters, I am happy to be able to start reading some of the earlier books

  • Someone Else's Skin

  • D.I. Marnie Rome 1: Winner of the Crime Novel of the Year
  • By: Sarah Hilary
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

Introducing DI Marnie Rome, Someone Else's Skin will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder. Devastating, brilliant, and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, this is the crime debut of the year. Some secrets keep you safe, others will destroy you.... Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. Dependable; fierce; brilliant at her job; a rising star in the ranks. Everyone knows how Marnie fought to come back from the murder of her parents, but very few know what is going on below the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this book

  • By George A Bear on 29-05-15

Worthy of note

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

As I read this a while back, I had to read the synopsis before recalling the book which is probably not the best indicator of enjoyment

However, I remember thinking at the time that this was a really enjoyable book and worthy of the recognition it received

Kept guessing until the end with the type of outcome that is always greatly satisfying when the baddie is discovered

Solid book and would happily read more Sarah hilary

  • The Thief Taker

  • By: C. S. Quinn
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past. Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide. In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story for London dwellers

  • By Emily on 29-11-15

A Solid Read/Listen

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Set in London in the times of plague, this was always going to be a good listen. The squalor and hardship of the inner city dwellers locked in by checkpoints and unable to escape juxtaposed with the wealthy nobles and their ability to pass freely through the city and escape to the less plague ridden suburbs.

Some gruesome detail and a nice twist on the plague story, this was a highly enjoyable book, narrated well with good pace and some really great characters

Well worth a credit. Would I listen to it again....not sure. Maybe I'd get more of the detail and the intrigue with the benefit of knowing the outcome

As per the title...A Solid Listen

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

The shortest 9 hours of listening in a long time

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Basically, there was one problem with this book. It was not long enough. At 9 hours, it is a great length but I would happily of listened to this for twice or 3 times the length of time.

Having been a little deflated by The Physics of the Dead, I was delighted by this book.

Like all Smitherd books, it is darkly funny, disturbing, unique and never ends the way you might expect.

I would have loved it if the protaganist ended up being the next white man but I can't complain too much. 9 hours of total enjoyment from one of the best writers around at the moment

Good narration from Matt Addis

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  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

If you like the movie Interstellar and the mind bending possibilities of time and dimensional travels, this is a cracking book. If you find it all very confusing and too hypothetical, then you might not be so enthused.

I loved this book. Great story that I found increasingly gripping as time went on. I love the ripple effects of time and dimension travel so this slightly different slant on it was fab

Well narrated on the whole and a book that I would happily listen to again as I would pick out more upon re-listening

  • You Are Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 11
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154

You are Dead is the 11th thrilling crime novel in Peter James' Roy Grace series, narrated by Daniel Weyman. They were marked for death. The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic read!

  • By Liane on 31-05-15

Solid Crime Thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

With many crime thrillers, as enjoyable as I find them and as much as I am engaged in them, I struggle to give them the outstanding critiques that I would give to other books and genres.

This book was very good. never having read any of the other Roy Grace books, I would be tempted to read more of them as I liked his character and many of the more peripheral characters. The story was good if a little predictable at points and the use of a live character in the environment in which they were kept retained the sense of urgency.

Always a fan of crime scene investigation techniques, I found it interesting.
Well narrated on the whole and generally enjoyable but I don't feel the need for any more superlatives. Worth the £2 offer - might have been disappointed if I had used a credit