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  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, loved it!

  • By Ann D on 07-02-15

Really loved this story

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

A beautifully written, and well narrated book, made even more poignant because it’s a true story.
It does make you realize how cruel the white folk of America were to the black ‘slaves’ in those days - and to some extent, still are.
I definitely recommend this book

  • I, Witness

  • By: Niki Mackay
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley, Karen Cass, Peter Noble, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

They say I'm a murderer. Six years ago, Kate Reynolds was found holding the body of her best friend, covered in blood, and clutching the knife that killed her. I plead guilty. Kate has been in prison ever since, but now her sentence is up. She is being released. But the truth is, I didn't do it. There's only one person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attallee, the first officer on the scene all those years ago. But there's someone out there who doesn't want Kate digging up the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm floored!

  • By Jenna Jenks on 25-04-18

Good storyline

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Lots of twists to this, but I thought the narration was a bit lifeless. Most of the time it sounded like it was being read, and there wasn’t much passion or feeling in the reading.
With better narrators this could have been a really tension builder. Shame because it was a good storyline.

  • Dead Lions

  • Slough House, Book 2
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A small beginning to get to the bigger picture

  • By Rogayah on 03-11-16

Good story

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This was a good story with some interesting twists.
I found that the narrator often continued onto the next scene with barely any change in tone, and it took a moment to realize he was then on a different character in another location, unrelated to the previous sentence.
A bit more variation in tone to let you know it’s another paragraph would help.
Otherwise a decent plot with good characters. Not sure I’ll be listening to any more of his books though.

  • The Fix

  • A Rick Fuller Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert White
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

In the winter of 1996, on the orders of the British government, the SAS stole the contents of a safe belonging to the Provisional IRA. Rick Fuller headed that team. Days later Fuller's wife was brutally murdered. Convinced he was betrayed from within, Fuller begins a relentless search for her murderers. Ten years on, Fuller is a Manchester gangland enforcer, a lone and bitter figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An initial slow burn...

  • By Nel Taran on 23-02-18

Quite good

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Not a bad first book in the series. Narrator was great at Scottish and Irish accents and could almost be mistaken for being a Scot! His South African accent was terrible!
The book brought the characters together nicely for the follow up book.

  • The Fire

  • A Rick Fuller Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Robert White
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Rick Fuller, a once decorated SAS hero, now Manchester hit man, likes nothing better than disposing of his employer's rivals in return for a suitcase of cash. His spectacular fall from grace and obsession to discover the identity of the IRA terrorist who gunned down his wife all but destroyed him. Ten years have passed since that fateful day, and Ireland has seen many changes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too far fetched and the format drives you mad

  • By Paul Loseby on 21-06-18

Good story

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Quite a good storyline. The narrator was pretty good, though his South African accents were dreadful. They sounded more like a bad impression of Sean Connery for some reason. Overall though, he got across the different characters. I like Lauren’s character, and this lays the foundation for an interesting follow up book.

  • Tracks: Series 1 and 2

  • By: Matthew Broughton
  • Narrated by: Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Jonathan Forbes, Kai Owen, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

When Dr Helen Ash witnesses the brutal and disturbing crash of the plane that is carrying her father, the incident sets her on an investigation into a dark conspiracy. Florian Chauvin was flying to Wales to tell his daughter something important, but his plane fell out of the sky. In the aftermath of the crash, Helen discovers that one of the passengers doesn't seem to have a heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me gripped from start to finish,

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-08-18

Over-acted

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I found the story far-fetched and the narration was over-acted on occasion. I know it was meant to be heard in installments, but it was really annoying to hear the repetition at the beginning of each episode. The noise of the plane was that of a large airplane, yet it was a small plane with few passengers! If you’re going to use these sound effects, please use something closer to reality! I can’t say I particularly enjoyed this.

  • Assegai

  • Courtney - Assegai, Book 1
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

King and country. No matter the cost. With the backing of his uncle, General Penrod Ballantyne, young Leon Courtney joins the King's Rifles of Nairobi. When he becomes discouraged by the dishonesty of army life, his uncle recruits him for a special mission - spying on the Germans in East Africa, whom the General suspects are preparing for the Kaiser's war. Posing as a professional game hunter, Leon is tasked with gathering information on one of his clients, wealthy industrialist Otto Von Meerbach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Ken on 04-09-18

Wilbur Smith at his best

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Really enjoyed listening to this story. So well narrated by Sean Barrett who made the story come to life. I’ve read many Wilbur Smith books, but this is my first audio of his. Would definitely recommend it.

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  • Exile

  • Marc Dane, Book 2
  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

Move over Jason Bourne, Marc Dane is here.... A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons. A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing. A vengeful Somali warlord, with a cause for which he'd let the world burn. A jaded government agency, without the information to stop him. Only one man sees what's coming. And even he might not be able to prevent it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling Listen / Superb Narration

  • By Rich Banton on 06-12-17

Good storyline

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

After listening to the first book, I was keen to get the follow up to the story of Marc Dane and Lucy. It didn’t disappoint, though the ending obviously leaves the story open for the next book.
Lots of action and very graphic details of damage to bodies in various fights. Not for the squeamish!
I look forward to the next book.

  • First Response

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000

From best-selling writer Stephen Leather comes an utterly addictive all-action thriller in which a huge terrorist threat to the capital can only be stopped by one man. From the best-selling author of the Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale series comes First Response, the utterly addictive new thriller by Stephen Leather. London is under siege. Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and so expertly narrated. Oh the pace

  • By Gavingks on 14-03-16

Really good storyline

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I enjoyed this storyline. It was full of emotions and scary too, to think that this is possible.
The twist at the end was unexpected and well done. Well worth listening to. I would definitely recommend this book. I enjoy Stephen Leather books, though have thought that Paul Thornley can sometimes confuse because his tone doesn’t change when the scene changes, and it often takes a bit to realize he’s not on the same character or scene. There’s often no break from one to the other. He’s narrated most of the Stephen Leather books I’ve listened to, and I’ve had the same complaint about all of them.

  • A Taste for Death

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Set in London, the seventh Adam Dalgliesh mystery from the best-selling author of Death Comes To Pemberley is a compulsive thriller and a chilling study of the complex motives behind cold-hearted murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best narrator ever

  • By Louise on 06-01-17

Tedious beginning

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I struggled to get into this story. It seemed to take forever to set the scene. The reading was a tad boring at times, and I was tempted not to finish it. I can’t say I particularly liked any of the characters, and I was quite glad when the book came to a close!