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  • The Race to Save the Romanovs

  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Damien Lynch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

On 17 July 1918, the whole of the Russian imperial family was murdered. There were no miraculous escapes. The former Tsar Nicholas, his wife, Alexandra, and their children - Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey - were all tragically gunned down in a blaze of bullets. On the 100 year anniversary of these brutal murders, historian Helen Rappaport set out to uncover why the Romanovs’ European royal relatives and the Allied governments failed to save them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, bad as Audio

  • By Caitlin on 17-01-19

A Missed Opportunity

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

.... and not just to save the Romanovs! A thrilling story marred by a poor narrator - disjointed pauses, unnecessary foreign accents when naming locations and mispronounced names.

  • The Sympathizer

  • By: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Narrated by: Francois Chau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Unknown Underlined by the Unspoken

  • By Simon on 06-11-16

Moving and Profound

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

What is the nature of revolution? How can revolutionaries retain their humanity in the face of violent struggle? These are the themes explored through the eyes of a communist Vietnamese agent who has been assigned to spy on American allies.

  • Lancaster and York

  • The Wars of the Roses
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Lancater and York is a riveting account of the Wars of the Roses, from beloved historian Alison Weir. The war between the houses of Lancaster and York was characterised by treachery, deceit, and bloody battles. Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, and his wife Margaret of Anjou, who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled in a violent man's world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Events - Oddly Dull in Presentation

  • By Alison on 04-11-14

Spoilt by narration

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

Reviewed: 14-01-17

Scholarly and generally well researched but also full of 'may bes', 'almost certainlies' and speculations especially in regard to the motives of the main players.
Why, oh why does the narrator use different accents when quoting from sources? What a distraction! How can we know if the French ambassador spoke in an 'allo, allo' voice or that Henry VI sounded like a member of the landed gentry in the 1950s?

  • Thin Air

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 450

The Himalayas, 1935. Kangchenjunga. Third-highest peak on earth. Greatest killer of them all. Five Englishmen set off from Darjeeling, determined to conquer the sacred summit. But courage can only take them so far - and the mountain is not their only foe. As the wind dies, the dread grows. Mountain sickness. The horrors of extreme altitude. A past that will not stay buried. And sometimes, the truth does not set you free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tragedy that can never be righted

  • By Kaggy on 26-02-17

Dark Matter in the Himalayas

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

Reviewed: 27-11-16

Wonderfully atmospheric but what a pity that the author intrudes so abruptly at the end.

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  • The House on Cold Hill

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

They said the dead can't hurt you.... They were wrong. The House on Cold Hill is a chilling and suspenseful ghost story from the multimillion-copy best-selling author of Dead Simple, Peter James. Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their 12-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion - Ollie is filled with excitement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Johanna on 13-11-15

Cliché

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Every event from every ghost story you have ever read or seen on screen but entertaining enough!

  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

The Hypnotist's Love Story is about the mild craziness that lurks behind the facades we present to the world, especially when it comes to love. Ellen O'Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She's a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she's more intrigued than frightened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Catherine on 23-11-14

Don't bother

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

Reviewed: 23-08-16

Only slightly less of a time waster than playing Candy Crush! Listen to Radio 4 drama instead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stopped Heart

  • By: Julie Myerson
  • Narrated by: Katie Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

What happens when every parent's worst nightmare comes true - and when the past is unwilling to be the past? Some memories are too powerful to live only in the past. During a ferocious storm, a red-haired stranger appears in the garden of a small farming cottage. Eliza and her parents take him in. But very soon, it's clear he has no intention of leaving. A century later, Mary and Graham have experienced every parent's worst nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and amazing.

  • By Alison on 16-04-16

What a disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

Overlong and repetitive. A clichéd story which lacks any tension or suspense. The dialogue is dreadfully stilted although the narrator tries her best with it. The characters are irritating and unbelievable; the dual narrative predictable. If you want to try a Julie Myerson go for The Story if You. That one will haunt you instead of leaving you bored and impatient with yourself for listening to the end.

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  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. It's all because, some 20 years earlier, the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story, iffy narration

  • By Tom on 09-09-09

Ruined by a bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

This is a wonderfully atmospheric story exploring the premise that the USA was defeated in World War II and is now occupied by the Japanese and Germans. I am still pondering the meaning of the ending. Unfortunately, the narrator is awful. Read the book instead!

  • Disclaimer

  • By: Renée Knight
  • Narrated by: Michael Pennington, Laura Paton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 748

What if you realized the book you were reading was all about you? Disclaimer stealthily steals your attention and by the end holds you prisoner - a searing story that resonates long after the final words. When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read. But as she turns the pages, she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyed!!

  • By MR on 24-04-15

At last a literary thriller!

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

Reviewed: 19-07-15

Would you listen to Disclaimer again? Why?

I listened again almost immediately and was surprised at how much I had missed the first time. All the information is there but only if you know what to look for.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Disclaimer?

The descriptions of the life and actions of the male protagonist.
The narration is so good you really feel he is speaking to you.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

To tell would be to give away the denouement

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

Don't believe all you read.

Any additional comments?

Although I've enjoyed other psychological thrillers I have sometimes found the actual writing light weight and often lazy; not so with Disclaimer. The characters are real people and their actions in times of stress are realistic and not contrived to fit in with the story.
The conclusion will surprise but not disappoint.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Lies Dreaming

  • By: Lavie Tidhar
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

The next novel from Lavie Tidhar, the award-winning author of The Violent Century. Deep in the heart of history's most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world - a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London's grimiest streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing fantasy alternative history

  • By MRS on 05-01-15

amazing fantasy alternative history

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

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

If you like alternative histories undercut with the writing style of Raymond Chandler you will love this book. It sounds a bizarre mix,especially so as the private eye in this story happens to be Adolf Hitler, but it works.

What other book might you compare A Man Lies Dreaming to, and why?

This book is a follow up to Osama which was based on an alto ego of Osama bin Laden. In A Man Lies Dreaming Hitler becomes a private detective, in Osama, Osama bin Laden becomes a vigilante but in both cases they retain what we think we know about their real life personalities.

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

Much of the book is written in the first person and by the end you really feel you have been listening to the voice of Adolf Hitler.

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

At times I laughed out loud; the ending for the main protagonist left me deeply moved.

Any additional comments?

This book contains scenes of sexual and physical violence. The views and opinions of Hitler, as you would expect, are sometimes very shocking.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful