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Jane Shepherd

Northants, England
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  • The Hidden Bones

  • By: Nicola Ford
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Following the recent death of her husband, Clare Hills is unsure of her place in the world. When her former university friend Dr David Barbrook asks her to help him sift through the effects of deceased archaeologist Gerald Hart, she sees this as a useful distraction. During her search, Clare stumbles across the unpublished journals detailing Gerald's most glittering dig. Supposedly destroyed in an arson attack, she cannot believe her luck. Finding the Hungerbourne Barrows archive is every archaeologist's dream....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting for the archaeology but ...

  • By Jane Shepherd on 14-01-19

Interesting for the archaeology but ...

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

Reviewed: 14-01-19

I love finding new books touching on archaeology but why are female writers intent on giving us pathetic female leading characters? Nicola Ford isn’t alone in this as frankly I can’t stomach Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway either. At least The Hidden Bones was read by a decent male voice as I’m afraid, though a women’s libber to the core, I prefer to listen to male narrators than the higher register of most female narrators’ voices. I’m not sure if I’ll buy another novel by this author if she continues with the same character but I suspect I’ll grit my teeth and try a second book for the archaeological setting and hope that if it does centre on the somewhat histrionic, pathetic and rather stupid Clare Hills the author might give her more backbone and self confidence as she develops as an archaeologist.

  • Breathless

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Edward on 18-03-10

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I’ve never listened to/read a Dean Koontz novel before - having thought they’d be too scary as I have never read a horror book or watched a horror film. However, having watched and thoroughly enjoyed “Odd Thomas” (rented from iTunes then immediately bought for my collection), I looked Dean Koontz up and liked the premise of “Breathless” so used a credit and took a chance. I really enjoyed this audio book and won’t spoil it for other potential listeners so shall only say if you’re an animal lover and enjoy a touch of the strange/science fiction, try this book out.
Recently I’ve been thoroughly annoyed by a couple of authors having a go at true animal lovers/vegans and vegetarians and, whilst in no way extolling the virtues of those of us who don’t want any other creatures to experience fear and pain for the momentary pleasure of our taste buds, this novel concerns kindness being extended (by meat-eating humans) to a strange new non-human species. Lovely!

  • Catseye

  • By: Andre Norton
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The classic far-future novel about the telepathic bond of friendship between human and animal from the grande dame of science fiction and fantasy. Exiled after his home planet was turned into a military outpost following an interstellar war, Troy Horan is relocated to the planet of Korwar. Under the watchful eye of the police state, he lives in the slums in a restricted area for sub-citizens. He works as a day laborer in an interplanetary pet shop and has no idea why the Terran animals have been imported to Korwar or why he has the ability to silently communicate with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good to have this book on Audible

  • By Jane Shepherd on 12-05-18

So good to have this book on Audible

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I loved this novel when I first read it in the 1970s and had searched Audible for it before. When I saw it was listed in the new book section I was so pleased. If you’re an animal lover and feel kinship with other species then this book is a joy. Being set in the future on a different planet from Earth means it doesn’t (at least to me) appear dated.

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  • Social Engineer

  • By: Ian Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Brody Taylor loves hacking humans. After all, people are the weakest link in all computer systems. If he's hired to break into your network, he will find and exploit the weak point. You. The problem with always manipulating people is that even those closest to you don't trust you. And Brody's just fallen in love with Melanie, a zany, beautiful French animal rights activist. But she's in love with the character he's trapped himself in, not the real Brody, social engineer and computer hacker. Can Brody social engineer his way to the truth and save his relationship with Melanie?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing for true animal lovers

  • By Jane Shepherd on 08-03-18

Disappointing for true animal lovers

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I was concerned that this novella might disappoint me or even anger me but in the end I was thoroughly irritated by Brodie’s pathetic “copping out” at the end. His girlfriend was far more to my liking of course as she was vegan and an animal rights activist but she annoyed me by not listening and thereby letting down the AR movement in the end. I suspect the animal cruelty footage won’t feature again but in fairness to the author I shall look at his other Brodie novels. The fact that his character doesn’t really care about the torture of laboratory animals and the author’s dismissal of vegans/vegetarians as boring people who can only discuss animal rights or their jobs truly riled me as I and my friends have discussed subjects ranging far and wide at dinner parties! It’s a shame that those of us who care about nonhuman species are usually portrayed as idiots or sneered at by writers’ central characters. Finding Boo Walker on Audible was a rare treat.

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  • The Last Airship

  • Sam Reilly, Volume 1
  • By: Christopher Cartwright
  • Narrated by: Michael Stene
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

In 1939 a secret airship departed Nazi Germany in the dark of night filled with some of the most influential people of its time. Its cargo: a complement of rich Jewish families carrying their most valuable possessions. One such item amongst them was as dangerous as it was priceless. The airship never reached its destination. In 2015 Sam Reilly, a marine biologist and wealthy son of shipping mogul James Reilly discovers a missing clue about the lost airship and what follows is a violent treasure hunt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do you want to have an adventure?

  • By Norma Miles on 10-09-17

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I couldn’t continue to listen to the horribly rushed narration. A shame because the story interested me but the narration was probably the worst I’ve ever listened to - in spite of his voice being pleasant enough there were no breaks between storyline or characters. Unfortunately I can’t return this audiobook because I bought it over 3 months ago. Serves me right for ordering too many books.

  • A Siege of Bitterns

  • By: Steve Burrows
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn't mind ruffling a few feathers. His success has elevated him into a poster boy for the police. The problem is Jejeune doesn't really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds. Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, Jejeune's two worlds collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this one

  • By Colette on 07-01-17

Fascinating novel

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Although not a birder I found this novel fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed the birding information as well as the absorbing crime story. Before I’d finished it I bought the second audiobook on this series, confident I’d enjoy it as much as I was this first one. The information about birds and the environment was enthralling and added a great deal to the story and I loved the interesting characters too. An excellent first novel in what I’m sure is going to prove one of my favourite series. The reading by David Thorpe was perfect.

  • Hunger Moon

  • The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, Book 5
  • By: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He's returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, "Lady Death," mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke's team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming - desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Book with an agenda

  • By Phil on 11-11-17

Excellent novel

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

Reviewed: 31-10-17

Good for Alexandra Sokoloff, writing about a subject so often ignored or smoothed over and putting the blame where it truly rests. I love her characters and her writing and applaud her for attacking the rape culture and attitude of those in power who should be tackling this appalling problem. It made me again think how lucky I was to meet my exceptional husband when I was 14 and he 15 so I was always protected from the worst of male behaviour. I look forward to her next book.

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  • No Middle Name

  • The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 632

Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex-military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included, as are those previously published only in ebook form: Second Son, James Penney's New Identity, Guy Walks into a Bar, and Deep Down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent but I miss Jeff Harding

  • By Jane Shepherd on 13-06-17

Excellent but I miss Jeff Harding

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

Reviewed: 13-06-17

Don't get me wrong I do enjoy Kerry Shale's narrations but Jeff Harding is my all time favourite narrator (I've searched Audible using his name to discover authors new to me because Jeff's narration is always so very good).
I love Lee Child's writing, his character of Jack Reacher is probably my favourite and I listen to 4 or 5 audiobooks a week so have encountered many great protagonists from many great authors. John Connolly's Charlie Parker, Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin, Mark Douglas-Home's Sea Detective Cal McGill and many more are eagerly awaited in new books but Jack Reacher is such an interesting character particularly as shown in this collection of short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his life as a kid and his travels around Asia, the US and even a short trip to England. As always I eagerly await the next instalment.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Giants

  • Themis Files, Book 1
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,087

Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger.... That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've ever listened to

  • By JBL on 13-05-16

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 17-02-17

I loved this unusual and riveting story. I normally avoid audiobooks with multiple readers but thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the voice actors reading this novel. The whole idea of there being multiple parts of a "robot" found scattered around the globe was fascinating and the characters involved were interesting. My only concern is the human attitude to unknown extraterrestrials as I prefer my aliens to be friendly and the humans to be less bellicose than is usual in books and films. Can't wait for Book 2.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hanging Club

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet: hunting a gang of killers whom many believe to be heroes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By tired & cynical on 12-10-16

Very irritating

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

I'm afraid this novel irritated me because I was totally in favour of just retribution and because Max really should have his dog neutered! The story was good and the information provided on old London was fascinating but I'm sick of Max's attitudes, particularly regarding his dog as I'm an animal rescuer so neutering is vital (I'm not going to jump on my soapbox but as a rescuer Max's pathetic refusal to have the dog castrated has just about wiped out all sympathy and interest I have in this character). I find this character weak and generally unlikeable, and can't equate his sympathy and kindness for some characters (the poor blinded son of his boss for example) with his desire to catch the killers of some thoroughly despicable creatures the justice system had failed to punish. I have listened to the three novels featuring this character so far published but doubt I'll look for future Max Wolfe books. Pity because the main threads of his novels have been interesting but I can't like the central character much and despise his attitude to neutering. I also take issue with Tony Parsons deciding to make the vet a man who hasn't castrated his own dog!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful