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John Telfer

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  • Forever and a Day

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Goode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. 'We have no choice. We're just going to bring forward this other chap you've been preparing. But you didn't tell me his name.' 'It's Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.' One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It's time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Iconic Legend is Born

  • By Simon on 02-06-18

Very Flemingesque

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Really good book. As good as Fleming with some great fan pleasing in-jokes. Listened to it in a day

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Munich

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent, shame a key passage was missing!

  • By Toast Cartoons on 02-10-17

excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-18

Wasn't sure to starr because we know what happened at Munich historically but really gripping

  • Nights of the Witch

  • War God, Book 1
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 22 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

A young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the top where her heart will be cut out.... Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is aboard the Spanish fleet as it sails towards Mexico.... This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By ben on 04-07-16

really enjoyed this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-17

I downloaded this book in error thinking it was sci-fi but it was an unexpected gem that had me so hooked i have bought the next one...couldn't wait for my next credit

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Music of James Bond

  • By: Jon Burlingame
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The story of the music that accompanies the cinematic adventures of Ian Fleming's intrepid Agent 007 is one of surprising real-life drama. In The Music of James Bond, author Jon Burlingame throws open studio and courtroom doors alike to reveal the full and extraordinary history of the sounds of James Bond, spicing the story with a wealth of fascinating and previously undisclosed tales.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible performance

  • By John Telfer on 12-04-17

Terrible performance

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-17

The book is good for any Bond fan....the performance of the reader is terrible. He does some very off putting silly voices when reading out quotes incl some Allo Allo type accents. Totally takes awsy from the enjoyment of the subject matter

  • Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse

  • By: A. L. Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

An original novel by A.L. Kennedy featuring the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker in the BBC TV series. Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers' Golf Spa Hotel, never to be seen again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very Douglas Adamsy

  • By John Telfer on 24-01-17

very Douglas Adamsy

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-17

really enjoyed this story - would have fitted in well in the season that had City of Death etc

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Jane Carr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

A brilliant collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.Hilary Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday façades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant writing; wonderful collection of stories

  • By Anthony on 03-04-15

a dull and uninspiring collection of rubbish

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

i really struggled to get through these stories. Not one of them was worth the time i wasted

  • Anatomy of Malice

  • The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals
  • By: Joel E. Dimsdale
  • Narrated by: J. Paul Guimont
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

When the ashes had settled after World War II and the Allies convened an international war crimes trial in Nuremberg, a psychiatrist, Douglas Kelley, and a psychologist, Gustave Gilbert, tried to fathom the psychology of the Nazi leaders using extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests, and Rorschach inkblot tests. Never before or since has there been such a detailed study of governmental leaders who orchestrated mass killings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • insightful

  • By Carl Chivers on 22-08-17

Boring

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-16

i am a student of war crimes and this gave nothing new...just really a rehash of old material.
The author refers to meeting the Nuremberg executioner (the event that prompted the book) bur never mentions what was discussed at the meeting - that wud have made for an interesting read