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  • Divided Souls

  • Kingmaker, Book 3
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

Lent, 1469. The recent wars between the House of York and the House of Lancaster seem over. The Yorkist King Edward sits on his throne in Westminster while the Lancastrian claimants are in exile or under lock and key in the Tower. But within the family of York, there is discord. The Earl of Warwick conspires against his king, and while to one another's faces they are all smiles, their household men speak in lies and whispers. No man comes to court unarmed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC STORY LINE HOPE TO READ MORE IN THE NEAR

  • By thanks on 04-11-16

Wonderful books, every single one of them

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I have been completely immersed in these books. From the beginning with Kit or Katherine as she became and Thomas and their walk through history. Yes, some of the descriptions were a bit bloody, but that was how it was. The telling of our history at that time is really good, and I have found myself looking into the areas talked about and visiting some of the areas. I really enjoyed the talk at both the beginning and end of the books relaying the parts that were actual fact and those that made up the story. The Narrator was just brilliant, one of the best I have heard. They make such a difference to the telling of the story. These are most certainly books I will re-listen too simply because the story is so good and because there will be parts of the history that I will have missed first time round

  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer. Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-18

Excellent story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

Archer can write a good straightforward story that is easy to follow. This is no exception. The narrator is really good. Good variety of convincing accents. A really good audio listen. You won't be disappointed, just the telling of the story will keep you engaged

  • A Column of Fire

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed. The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald. Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another masterpiece

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-09-17

Terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

I so looked forward to this final book in the Kingsbridge trilogy. Firstly, the story veers away from Kingsbridge too much and secondly and more important was the awful hesitate way the story was told. It was too sharp and juddered and the voice didn't change at all, just the same sharp overpowering tone. Such a shame to end what has been a really valuable insight into the history of churches, villages and cathedrals.

I might well buy the book and hear the voices in my head and hear the people as I see them from Ken Follett wonderful writing

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,798

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I have all of these books The new investigations are full of interest. I enjoy the continuing story between Strike and Robin.
The narrative on this book is excellent. Really good mix of voices and accents.

  • Ultimatum

  • Luke Carlton, Book 2
  • By: Frank Gardner
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Deep within a cave system at the Iranian military complex of Parchin, southeast of Tehran and hidden from the prying eyes of Western satellites, scientists are working round the clock on a banned device. Acting on the orders of a renegade cell within the ultraconservative Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, their intention is to propel Iran into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations - and seal its domination of the Middle East. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More, more!!

  • By Watcher on 12-04-19

Absolutley Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I have both of the Luke Carlton books and they are really, really good. A wonderful action packed story with the sideline of Luke and his girlfriend. The reader uses just the right tone and speed with a very good variety of voices. This is a book that will keep you listening until you have finished it.

If you enjoy action packed well written stories you will not be disappointed with this book

  • Stranger Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817

One dark secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband, David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller With a Human Side

  • By Simon on 10-11-15

Wrong Reader

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have read all of this Authors books and loved them. I was really looking forward to listening to this. But oh dear the reader is so wrong for this book. In my view this is the voice for a more chic lit book not a fast paced crime story. Had I not read the book it would have really put me off. The voice simply does not match the story

What other book might you compare Stranger Child to, and why?

Rachel Abbot and Angela Marsons write on the same theme. Strong police procedure crime stories with an on going story behind the main characters. They are fast paced and really well written.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Lisa Coleman?

Who would I have had well maybe Louise Brealey; Clare Corbett or Juliet Stevenson. A reader with a more dramatic tone.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Oh yes

Any additional comments?

If you have any more of Rachel's book read choose a reader with a voice more suited to the theme of the book. It makes such a difference to the listening enjoyment of the story.

  • Entry Island

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846

When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city. Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff!

  • By Mikey on 26-02-14

A Wonderful Book

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

Reviewed: 27-06-17

What did you like most about Entry Island?

The way crime, romance and history all came together beautifully

What did you like best about this story?

The historical content

Which character – as performed by Peter Forbes – was your favourite?

Interestingly, I thought all his characters were really good, easy to separate because Peter Forbes has a wonderful way with accents

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment the final connection between past & present came together through the ring

Any additional comments?

I have come to really enjoy Peter May's books. The history and description of the Scottish Islands is wonderful together with really well told stories. Peter Forbes, whose Scottish tones I have come to love just adds to much to the telling of the stories

  • Blackout

  • John Milton, Book 10
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

John Milton's life is about to change. The former government assassin follows a lead to Manila that he hopes will transform everything. But things don't go to plan. He never expected to wake up in an unfamiliar hotel room beside a dead body. And, unfortunately for him, Milton doesn't remember a thing about the night before.... Thrown into a gruesome Filipino prison, he puts together the clues of his betrayal. With no allies and even less hope, Milton must use his wits to escape and take revenge....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic....!

  • By Salter on 09-01-18

What a shame!

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

Reviewed: 22-04-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Well that is where my disappointment lies. I have over 200 audio books so I know when a book is well read. For me, the reader here is dire. I just cannot get into the book because in my view the reading spoils it. So the time spent in trying to by pass the voice to the story was time ill spent. \Maybe it is just me. I strongly suggest that you listen to the example right through.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Not much impressed about the story or the style of writing

How could the performance have been better?

Now your asking!. A different reader. I now this must sound really hard, but I just cannot help but feel so disappointed in the performance.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Crisis

  • By: Frank Gardner
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

Introducing Luke Carlton - ex-Special Boat Service commando and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great.

  • By G.Russell on 19-10-16

Reader is important

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

Reviewed: 31-10-16

Where does Crisis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story is good when you get into it. However, the reader although good with character voices is not at all good with the main reading. Honestly, he really needs to stop being so breathy, short and sharp and be more flowing. I found myself laughing at some of the reading.

What other book might you compare Crisis to, and why?

I suppose you could liken it to Fredrick Forsyth, not as good by a long way, but this was a debut novel and I am sure he will get into his stride.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Sackville?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not moved but certainly had me listening for more was the part leading up to the planting of the destructive device.

Any additional comments?

A good book and I would listen to more by Frank Gardner, but not with John Sackville reading it.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Pure in Heart

  • Simon Serrailler 2
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 526

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read and excellent characterisation.

  • By Christine on 29-11-07

Wonderful narration, not much of a thriller

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

Reviewed: 16-05-15

Where does The Pure in Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My usual genre are crime thrillers: This was, but not much, more of a story about the family and its relationship with each other, hence the three stars,. The subject matter was, as all matters regarding children, disturbing. Susan Hill has a very realistic approach to crime solving, and I think that good. However, the narration was wonderful, so as an audio book story three stars, narration 10!!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well, I had a suspicion that it would end as it did, so I suppose this tells you that you Susan Hill had an excellent way of moving the story along. It was not a total give a way, so I still had the expectation I could have been wrong.

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

I think Steven Pacey is just WONDERFUL, honestly, how does he do the variety of voices that he does?. In this book, although only a short piece, it was the Yorkshire policeman that I thought was brilliant. I chose that one because you asked, but I think all of this voices are just amazing. Just like listening to a play. I would buy a book with him reading just because I know it would be a good listen regardless of story content

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted too, but didn't. I like audio books in my kitchen when I am cooking ironing etc, makes the whole tasks much more enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

Susan Hill is new to me. I like her style. She does not use bad language, her characters are real, you can relate to them as people you might know. There are no macho in your face sort of characters. Her writing style is easy, engaging and well written. So all in all a good one for me to continue with.