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  • Want You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 10
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Peter James' tenth Roy Grace novel, Want You Dead.... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Mrs on 19-06-14

Largely enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes but with caveats.

If you’ve listened to books by Peter James before, how does this one compare?

A rather implausible story but enjoyable. I don't listen to the Roy Grace books expecting a forensically detailed account of a police case.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nothing

Do you think Want You Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This book is part of a series, another one would be nice.

Any additional comments?

I found the mechanisms and styles used to create suspense rather irritating. I don't recall being irritated by the previous books in this manner..

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Unquiet

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has been missing for years following revelations about harm done to the children in his care. Believing him dead, his daughter Rebecca has tried to come to terms with her father's legacy, but her fragile peace is about to be shattered. Someone is asking questions about Daniel Clay, someone who does not believe that he is dead: the revenger Merrick, a father and a killer obsessed with discovering the truth about his own daughter's disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another classic

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-12-17

Classic Parker

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Unquiet the most enjoyable?

This was a classic Parker novel featuring Angel and Louis and a bit of The Collector. A great story, the writing of wrongs and the usual deceptions and half truths.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Parker takes it closely followed by Angel the Louis. Why? Because he's Parker, abrasive, irritating and antagonist. Marvelous.

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

First class, totally inseparable with Connolly/Parker now.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

No one tells the truth all the time.

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  • The Day Of The Triffids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

The Triffids are a monstrous species of stinging plant; they walk, they talk, they dominate the world. The narrator of this novel wakes up in hospital to find that, by missing the end of the world as he knew it, he has survived to witness a new one. But the new world that awaits him is fantastic, horrific - and entirely plausible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Peter on 07-01-09

The classic cosy catastroophe

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

This is a fantastic book, flawed of course if you favour a more realistic apocalyptic scenario, but nevertheless one of the best.



As well as the struggle for survival we have the love interest, the warnings about totalitarianism and a few speeches here and there supporting the educators and the thinkers. And quite right too. Sometimes we need to be reminded that usefulness cannot always be measured and counted.



I could, however, have done with it being a bit more grim. A bit more feral. Bill seems to have been able to get about and scavenge without having to do anything too questionable.



And no, it wasn't a comet, you've been warned.........

  • State of Fear

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fear Mongering

  • By Samuel on 11-02-07

Love it or loathe it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

You will either love this book or loathe it. Whilst on a superficial level it's about global warming (and it is here where the divisions are caused), the reality, if you look a little deeper, is that it is about how we think. In particular how we think as groups or societies.

As well as the underlining story there are, what amount to, a series of lectures on various topics but always with the point that the results of studies can be misrepresented by both sides of the argument. Throughout the book Crichton seeks to disprove many of the accepted facts surround the theory of global warming. You will have to do your own research to check these - which I suspect is the point. The fact that he challenges this ideas will anger many and please many. Listen to the very end, including his own final remarks and notes. You may be a little surprised.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

When jockey Martin Stukely dies following a fall in a steeplechase at Cheltenham races, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen videotape. Gerard Logan is a glass-blower on the verge of widespread acclaim for his work. He has long been accustomed to the frightful dangers inherent in molten glass and maintaining a glass-making furnace, but now he is suddenly faced with a series of unexpected threats, first to his livelihood, then to his courage, and finally, to his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of everything

  • By Nicholas on 14-04-13

A bit of everything

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

An enjoyable book and relatively rare for Dick Francis in that the main character was and had not been a jockey. There's a bit of romance, some action, detective work and an assortment of experts, thugs, criminals and wealthy racing types. The glass blowing stuff is interesting and informative. If you can follow up the book by a visit to John Ditchfield at Glasform in Singleton Lancashire where much of the inspiration and instruction came from.



Well narrated by Tony Britton who has done many if not all of Dick's books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Green Mile

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 727

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers such as "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story & superbly narrated

  • By Tom on 16-05-09

Long and sad

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

A long book, the characters and situations set out in great detail (in typical King fashion), and excellent for it. However that style may not suit all, if you want something the whizzes along this is not the book for you. Neither is it a horror story.



One of my top 10 books.



Fantastically narrated by Frank Muller who died on 4th June 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in 2001. Frank was by far the greatest narrator that I have listened to. Have a look at his website.



http://frankmullerhome.com/

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  • A Spot of Bother

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Shortlisted for the Costa Coffee Book Awards, 2006
George Hall doesn't understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. At 57, he is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried to Ray. Her family is not pleased. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray or just loves the wonderful way he has with her son, Jacob.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Spot of Bother

  • By Susanne on 10-07-07

Funny, sad, enlightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

A really excellent book. As a comment on mental health issues it will be either familiar or educational. Funny too.



Steve Hodson was an absolutely perfect choice to read it.

  • V for Vendetta

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Undecided

  • By Danuta on 21-06-10

We can dream

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

Whilst we don't find ourselves in quite the same world as V and Evey it doesn't take too much of a leap of imagination to get us there. A fascist state ruling by fear, by controlling the media and by the use of scapegoats. The justice system and Parliament have long since stopped serving the people but the people have to go along with it to save the country from catastrophe. Mmmm.



A great listen and uplifting in an odd way.



Well read by Simon Vance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Whisperers

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

The border between Maine and Canada is porous. Anything can be smuggled across it: drugs, cash, weapons, people. Now a group of disenchanted former soldiers has begun its own smuggling operation, and what is being moved is infinitely stranger and more terrifying than anyone can imagine. Anyone, that is, except private detective Charlie Parker, who has his own intimate knowledge of the darkness in men's hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • truly amazing read

  • By kay on 26-08-13

Hiatus

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This is my least favourite of the Charlie Parker series but that is not to say that it is a bad book. It seemed to me almost to be a book that had to be written because one was due rather than the next installment of Parker's life was ready. On the other hand it does has a fair bit to say about the treatment of US veterans returning from Iraq/Afghanistan and as such worth publishing just for that. Some old friends appear as does the seedier side of American life.



Worth a listen but I found it a little depressing, perhaps Charlie's personal circumstances got me down.



Superbly narrated by Jeff Harding as usual.

  • The Constant Gardener

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

The beautiful Tessa Quayle is murdered near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. And her putative African lover and travelling companion has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa’s husband, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. On his way he meets terror, violence, and conspiracy, but his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional, addictive and typical Le Carre

  • By joanna green on 30-11-14

A long way from Smiley, but just as excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I knew a little of the shadowy side of the giant Pharma corporations, and I new a little of the problems facing Africa in the form of TB and other serious diseases. Putting the two together and we in the west have yet more to be deeply ashamed of.

This is a beautiful and sad book with characters to love, pity and loathe. And all wrapped up in the typical Le Carre way. Perfect.



Michael Jayston narrates perfectly.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful