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  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 584

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, Operations Chief of the O. A. S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Forsyth novel meets a great narrator

  • By Jernau Gurgeh on 13-01-12

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Absolutely brilliant from start to finish
Read it twice, seen the film and now this, quickest I've ever listened to a 13 hour book.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,142
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,118

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Series Matures

  • By Simon on 26-11-15

amazing

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

Yet another excellent audio book, I only planned to listen to one now and then but can't help myself buying the next one.

  • The Chinaman

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Stephen Leather

  • By Glynn on 02-01-10

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Really good story and narrated quite well, takes the narrator a little while to get in to his stride but turns out very well.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,511

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Brilliant, murder, mystery and suspense.

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

Really good book that is very well narrated. With the last two hours to go, as tired as I was I couldn't sleep until it was finished.

  • Dissolution

  • Shardlake, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246

It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time Travellers Beware.....

  • By Hannah on 01-12-14

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 31-05-16

Faultless narration and a very good story to go with it a sixteenth century detective novel and a history lesson to go with it.

  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unfairly neglected gem of a master novella!

  • By Raphael on 04-01-16

Depressingly good

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

Reviewed: 19-04-16

Really good narration from a very good British actor. The story paints a very real picture of thirties London. You do feel like telling the main character to buck his ideas up though.

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  • Kim

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid

  • By Sydney on 22-12-13

Kipling

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

Reviewed: 29-03-16

The narrator was amazing, best range of accents I've ever heard. I'm not going to criticise the story as it was an award winning book but the story was not my cup of tea.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kids Learn Spanish: It's Night-Night Time (Bedtime Story)

  • Llego La Noche
  • By: Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand, Twin Sisters
  • Narrated by: Twin Sisters
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Desde la mamá oso y su cachorro hasta la madre y su niño, siga los pasos de la madres acostando a sus hijos. A los niños les encantará este dulce cuento con cálidas ilustraciones. (From the bear and cub to the woman and child, follow along as the mothers put their babies to bed. Children will love this sweet story with warm illustrations.) Each dual language learning set features an accompanying PDF set so children can follow along as each word is read and pronounced in both Spanish and English. BONUS: Four tracks with lullaby music to lull your little one to sleep!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sleepy

  • By dzadams on 17-03-16

Sleepy

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

Reviewed: 17-03-16

Nice little lullaby to help you sleep while learning Spanish. It is quite fast though and your Spanish would have to be quite good.

  • Alone in Berlin

  • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. But one man refuses to be scared.Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he's shocked into an extraordinary act of resistance, and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city. If caught, he will be executed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mesmerising, life-changing book. Buy it.

  • By James on 19-01-12

Addicted

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

Reviewed: 17-03-16

This was my very first audio book which I got on trial and liked it so much I signed up for a book a month then signed up for the 20 credits a year. The authors range of accents is flawless and the book its self is gripping painting a real picture of war time Berlin.

  • Warriors of the Storm

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 9
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number-one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major autumn 2015 TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books in the series. A fragile peace is about to be broken.... King Alfred's son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Æthelflaed, rule Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • average story.

  • By David O Connor on 04-04-16

Not great but definitely not bad

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

Like I say in the title, not great but definitely worth a listen if you're up to date in the series. The narrators accents were a bit inconsistent and he made Uthred sound a bit nerdy at first but that improved as the book went on.