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  • Prince Harry

  • Brother, Soldier, Son
  • By: Penny Junor
  • Narrated by: Penny Junor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

This is the Prince Harry you've never heard about before. Published in celebration of his 30th birthday, this is the story behind the tabloid stories. The Prince who has the power to make or break. The maverick Prince, who is brilliant, impetuous, and unpredictable. The Prince who with his unique talents, charm, and bloody-minded determination is changing lives across the world. But the Prince who could, in a moment of madness, bring it all crashing down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A clear and concise biography of the Prince.

  • By Joseph on 28-06-15

A clear and concise biography of the Prince.

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

Reviewed: 28-06-15

Penny Junor doesn't have an unkind word to say about the Prince and forgives all of his trespasses.

I agree with most of this as he was a young man when his misdemeanours occurred and the Press were just looking for any slight problem on which to report.

Overall I think the story explains how he has turned from an unruly yuppie to a responsible and caring individual hell-bent on helping needy people be they orphans in Africa or injured soldiers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Back Road

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Penny McDonald
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 904

A girl lies close to death in a deserted lane. A driver drags her body to the side of the road. A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching. For Ellie Saunders last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has ... Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The biggest disappointment on Audible

  • By Ryan Clontz on 23-09-14

Peyton Place reborn

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

Reviewed: 28-06-15

The description of this book led me to believe it would be a thriller but after 4 hours it still seems like an episode of Peyton Place and the committed crime is still in the background.

The characters seem to want only to discuss who is sleeping with whom, who has the nicest house, and which woman has the swankiest clothes.

Not good and not recommended.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,144

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Case of the Missing "I"

  • By Simon on 31-07-18

Dark and Depressing

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

Reviewed: 22-06-15

I may have missed something here but I found this book to be a lurch from one depressing story to another resulting in it being turned off before completion.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

  • By: Erich Maria Remarque
  • Narrated by: Tom Lawrence
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 279

The story is told by a young 'unknown soldier' in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. Through his eyes we see all the realities of war; under fire, on patrol, waiting in the trenches, at home on leave, and in hospitals and dressing stations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful antiwar novel.

  • By Sigrin on 11-10-14

Sympathetically told story of the horrors of WW1

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

A young man goes to war full of idealism and love for his country.

He tells the story of his horrible experiences without any gung-ho or glamorisation as he slowly loses his regimental mates to the war.

This is a classic and I have "read" it now for the first time although it should be required reading for all.

As a follow-up, look up the author's name in an online encyclopaedia and see just what the Nazis thought of him!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cleansing

  • DCI Tom Caton Manchester Murder Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Michael Troughton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197

Introducing Detective Chief Inspector Tom Caton. Christmas approaches. A killer dressed as a clown haunts the streets of Manchester. For him the City’s miraculous regeneration had unacceptable consequences. This is the reckoning. DCI Tom Caton enlists the help of forensic profiler Kate Webb, placing her in mortal danger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't listen. Errors in narration!

  • By theasmum on 19-09-15

Unbelievable!

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

I do mean that the story and plot is not believable. We have a hard-boiled copper (must be to get to DCI) who talks to his staff like they are children, correcting their speech etc.

He really sounds naïve and talks like somebody who has just left a minor public school and been given an important job.

Manchester is in the north of England and it is still dark at 6:30am in November, but our hero SEES his DI in the car park then shouts to him about a parking space "before the jack-hammers start". a) Lighting must be good, b) Who wields jack-hammers at 6:30am?

Sorry but this story and the scenes in it are very poor and not thought through. I think that the writer is trying to do a Michael Connelly and keep us interested in the Cop's route through the City. This in not LA.

I can see why this book was offered in the sale.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,077

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Not bad for a first attempt

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

After The Casual Vacancy (which I thought was dreadful) I was a bit reluctant to give JKR another read but I admit that this one kept me interested.

The story is good and Robert Glenister is an excellent reader.

My only criticism is the over use of extreme bad language which even I as a normal bloke found over the top. This will not prevent me from reading the next one as Cormoran Strike looks to have a good future.

A request - please keep to the same reader for continuity.

  • Cross and Burn

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean the killing stops. Someone is killing women. Women who bear a disturbing resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Val McDermid at her best

  • By Saffy on 24-11-13

A cracking read.

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

Whilst our two heroes are daggers-drawn and not speaking, crime and horrendous murder continues unabated in their city.

Teamwork and a little sly seeking of advice by the crime team comes to the fore and justice may well triumph in the end.

As for the relationship - Ms McDermid keeps us on our toes..............

  • Personal

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234

Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child’s number-one best-selling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Child over-reachers himself?

  • By Simon on 31-08-15

Mr. Child needs to rethink a little.

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

If a book about Reacher can be far-fetched, this is it! I'm sorry to say that the story is weak and contrived with only the occasional action scenes anything like the Big Fella I have come to know and enjoy.

Some of the dialogue is oft' repeated as if the baseball mantra is a given and must be followed.

Sorry Lee but not the best of the Reacher books.

Jeff Harding does his usual impeccable job of reading the story. The other version (aimed at the English market?) read by Dick Hill is not as good.

Overall the book makes for light reading (listening) and if you drift off a bit you can return without having missed much.

  • No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday

  • By: Tracy Bloom
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Childhood sweethearts Matthew and Katy agree they must never see each other again after they end up in bed together following a school re-union. So all is forgotten... until eight months later when a shock meeting at an antenatal class forces them to confront the fact that Matthew could be the father of Katy's baby…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and such a good storyline

  • By Bdurrans on 29-05-18

Chic Lit but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

This is well read but completely predictable.

Quite funny in places although there is an awful lot of stereotyping of the northern male characters.

As I said in my title it is totally chic lit and can be read/listened to without stretching the brain too much.

As a northern male and ex wedding photographer, some of the scenes reminded me very much of some of the celebrations I attended in my job.

Enjoyable!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not a Drill

  • A Jack Reacher Short Story
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

The brand new Jack Reacher short story, published as a digital exclusive. The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police. No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about? Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I have been ripped off for such a short story

  • By david on 02-06-16

A good little story

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

By Lee Child's standards this is a very short story but intriguing nonetheless.

Reacher is his usual mysterious self, breaking the rules where necessary, and using a Sherlock Holmes-like sense of justice when needed.

I can't say too much without becoming a "Spoiler" but the story leaves one thinking about the suggestions it contains.

Kerry Shale reads the Reacher books when they are presented in an abridged format and it would be nice to hear his gravelly voice in a full length story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful