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  • The Winner

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

LuAnn Tyler is a single parent striving to escape a life of endless poverty. Then a mysterious Mr Jackson makes her an offer he thinks no one can refuse: a guarantee to be the winner of the $100 million lottery. But LuAnn won't do it. Less than 24 hours later, she is fighting for her life and running from a false murder charge. Jackson's offer - and its condition that she leave the country forever - seems her only hope. Ten years later LuAnn secretly returns to the United States to begin a new life....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bored narrator bored me

  • By Angela on 05-05-17

Not up to his usual standard.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

As previously reviewed, the Narrator was incredibly boring and I stopped listening after the second chapter. Such a disappointment!

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  • Gone Tomorrow

  • Jack Reacher 13
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs, mostly because they're nervous. By definition they're all first-timers. Riding the subway in New York at 2:00 in the morning, Reacher knows the 12 giveaway signs to look out for. Watching one of his fellow passengers, he becomes sharply aware: one by one, she ticks off every bulletpoint on his list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GET OFF THE TRAIN JACK!

  • By Mr. M. Curtis on 13-04-13

Great storyline, as always

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Great storyline, as always, but could have done without the A-Z of New York! Unless you know the city well, which I (and a few million other fans) don't, the very involved street/building details waste an awful lot of good reading/listening time and could probably have been reduced by at least 50%. TMI..

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    Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
    1,021 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Persuader

  • Jack Reacher 7
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs - and rewrite his own agonizing past. When Reacher witnesses a brutal kidnap attempt, he takes the law into his own hands. But a cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By antony on 07-04-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Enjoyed this book until the final couple of chapters. Found it hard to believe Reacher would spend time ensuring Quinn remembered who he was instead of "taking the shot" and saving us all the unbelievable antics of all those people struggling out through a broken window and Reacher's endless struggle in the water, which went on and on, and on.. Can anyone really hold their breath that long??

  • Cometh the Hour

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia. Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining old-fashioned story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 21-03-16

Every book in this series has held me spellbound

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

Reviewed: 17-11-16

If you could sum up Cometh the Hour in three words, what would they be?

Another glorious episode

What did you like best about this story?

The intrigue and genius of the many and varied plots - so typical of Archer. It reminded me of Not A Penny...

What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An amazing narrator, whose depth and range of character voices really brings the whole book alive. I have always enjoyed his interpretations of Archer's characters and this is one of his best.

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

Gripping, enthralling and incredibly believable.

Any additional comments?

Have already downloaded This Was A Man and can't wait to once again lose myself in the characters and intrigue of this amazing series.

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

Amos Decker is a former professional football player whose career was ended by a terrible hit. Now a police detective, Amos is still haunted by a side effect from the accident he can never forget. One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try to catch the monster who killed his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent story ruined by poor naration

  • By M Fowler on 30-05-16

Baldacci at his very best

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

Reviewed: 17-10-15

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

One of the best

What other book might you compare Memory Man to, and why?

Inferno by Dan Brown. Each step is well planned and executed, leading the reader on an adventure filled with twists, turns and surprises.

What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

They are so believable.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Impatientience. Just couldn't wait for the next chapter

Any additional comments?

Fast paced with many twists and turns leading into the most unexpected and sometimes shocking situations

  • No Rest for the Dead

  • By: David Baldacci (introduction), Laurie H. Armstrong, Sandra Brown, and others
  • Narrated by: James Colby, Richard Ferrone, Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

More than 20 New York Times best-selling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel -- a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen

  • By Philip on 22-08-15

My first purchase of a multi-author book.

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

Reviewed: 28-01-15

What did you like most about No Rest for the Dead?

The way the story flowed, seamlessly, from author to author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Rest for the Dead?

It was all good

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

The detective

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone

  • By Steven on 29-01-14

I shall definitely be following this author!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. One of the best books I have ever listened to. Gripping, courtroom drama at its best and a very believable conspiracy theory, to boot.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Christine's penultimate courtroom scene and her total lack of inhibition when dealing with police witnesses.

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

I almost did!! Thank goodness it was on my MP3 player so I could carry out most household chores without disconnecting!!

Any additional comments?

Outstanding work from this new author. Can't believe it's his first and hope there will be many, many more. His knowledge of the law and courtroom etiquette just makes the whole book so believable. Can't wait for the next one!!

  • Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled, and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates, and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling story

  • By Kirstine on 25-08-14

Definitely unputdownable!!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Life or Death the most enjoyable?

Gripping, suspense-filled story which was so well narrated and so believable.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between Audie and Moss

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Audie tells Max about his real mother and his past.

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

The unconventional Prisoner

Any additional comments?

Wonderful story of conspiracy and intrigue, beautifully narrated.

  • The Escape

  • Book 3
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

The third title in the John Puller series to follow Zero Day and The Forgotten. Military CID investigator, John Puller, has returned from his latest case in Florida to learn that his brother, Bobby, on death row at Leavenworth Military Prison for national security crimes, has escaped. Preliminary investigations show that he may have had help in his breakout. Now he's on the run, and in disguise, and he's the military's number one target. John Puller has a dilemma. Which comes first, loyalty to his country or to his brother?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it- nail biting clever read

  • By shona on 20-12-15

Another Baldacci success

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

Would you listen to The Escape again? Why?

Yes. Who do you trust when everyone's against you?

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between the brothers

Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favourite?

Definitely John Puller.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just enjoyed the whole book. The storyline was believable and so well performed.

Any additional comments?

I love David Baldacci and all his characters. Can't wait for his next thriller. One of the best authors around.

  • Guilt

  • Department Q, Book 4
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052

Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely love Jussi Adler Olsen

  • By caroline on 14-05-14

Shocking, moving and very believable

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

Reviewed: 30-11-14

What did you like most about Guilt?

The incredible detail and planning involved in the revenge plot.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilt?

The discovery of the missing people

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Love the interaction beetween Carl, Rose and Assad. Each of these scenes is a wonderful insight into the working relationships and friendships which can arise in moments of stress
and fear.

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

Several. All those moments in Neeta's traumatic past which she was powerless to overcome.

Any additional comments?

An excellent read, taking the emotions on a roller-coaster ride from start to finish, although I did guess the twist at the end a few paragraphs beforehand.