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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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  • Girl on Fire

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He cannot write these quick enough

  • By Miss on 06-04-18

Poignant and hard hitting

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Tony Parsons mastery of emotion, meaning and hope in a harsh world of pain, hopelessness and hate is in full force in this exceptional novel. I couldn’t stop listening to the equally exceptional narrator who delivered Parson’s words with a depth and expression that fit perfectly.

  • Alien Hunters, Book 1

  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Jack R. R. Evans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The skelkrins. Predators from deep space. Creatures of claws, fangs, and unending malice. They swarm across the galaxy, slaying all in their path. Planets burn in their wake. And now they're heading to Earth. Raphael "Riff" Starfire commands the Alien Hunters, a group of scruffy mercenaries. Galactic pest controllers, they mostly handle small critters - aliens that clog up your engine pipes, gnaw on your hull, or burrow through your silos. Riff and his crew have never faced anything like the skelkrins before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YA and younger, but fun for all

  • By Colin on 03-11-18

YA and younger, but fun for all

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Definitely aimed a a much ‘younger’ audience but there’s a lot of fun, simple humour and plot that will appeal to the majority. Cheesy and cliche riddled in equal measure but still has a lot of charm. I may well be drawn into the next book...

  • The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery

  • The Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Volume 2
  • By: Jennifer S. Alderson
  • Narrated by: Carol Purdom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun but could use some polishing

  • By DabOfDarkness on 26-09-18

Art & Intrigue

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

An excellent story with only a few minor reservations over the narration. Lost art, nazis and desperate people - all make for a great story full of history and art in context.

  • Blackbirds

  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Miriam Black knows when you will die. Still in her early twenties, she’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days he will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name. Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. No matter what she does, she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it at first but then was gripped

  • By Peter on 15-05-12

Grisly

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Not for those with a weak stomach! Very graphic. A good story overall though, based on an interesting idea about what life might really be like if you could see the death of others through a simple touch. A little confusing in parts and some scenes didn't make sense. I may listen to the next book but not for a while.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,761

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Unbelievable!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-15

I've listened to this book more than 15 times and that testifies to how enjoyable it is! Bravo Ernest Cline

  • Psychic Reprieve

  • Deception and Reality
  • By: Mitchell Nevin
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Raised by his grandparents, Raunold Choquet has one dream in life, to play ball. When a hazing incident goes astray, he finds out that justice is not always blind. Reality sets in when he is attacked in prison. Awakening from a coma with piercing headaches and vivid dreams, he is left to sort out what is real, and what is not.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A lot less Psychic than Reprieve!

  • By Colin on 14-03-15

A lot less Psychic than Reprieve!

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

Reviewed: 14-03-15

Unfortunate title really. The story battled for an age between a weakly represented supernatural plot an overly detailed account of police and legal procedures. Pity.

  • Lastnight

  • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 5
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

A killer is murdering Goths with relish - skinning and butchering them. The cops aren’t getting anywhere so Jack Nightingale’s nemesis, Superintendent Chalmers, asks him for help. Nightingale discovers that the murdered Goths had one thing in common: a tattoo connected to the secretive, Satanic, child-sacrificing cult called the Order Of Nine Angles. As Nightingale closes in on the killers, the tables are turned and he finds himself in the firing line, along with his friends and family. The Order will stop at nothing to protect their secrets and Nightingale realises that there is nothing he can do to protect himself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So,so!

  • By stephen on 10-06-14

Clever and cunning

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

Reviewed: 22-01-15

This whole series has kept me listening and attentive throughout. This 5th and possibly last in the series proves to me that happy endings are for wimps! Stephen Leather really knows how to keep the tension moving mixing the downright mundane with the spine tingling supernatural. A great series.

  • Nightshade

  • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 4
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

When a murdered young girl miraculously returns to life saying she's spoken to God, it's clear that sinister forces are at play. And when those who speak to her inexplicably commit suicide shortly afterwards, Nightingale is called in. He discovers a demon has possessed the girl's body…and the only way to banish it is to kill her. And that's not all he has to deal with. After a farmer kills eight people before turning the gun on himself, the press label him as a Satanist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Double Troubles

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-06-13

Dark. Very, very dark!

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

Reviewed: 20-01-15

Really not for those of a sensitive disposition. The books get better and better but this is the darkest and most disturbing yet. Can't wait to get on to the next!

  • Swarm

  • Star Force, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Such a shame

  • By Londongirl on 26-05-17

Hidden Depths

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

Reviewed: 29-01-14

A great start to the series. This really sets the scene for a relatively simple story that then gets you thinking. I think it takes a real knack for words when a writer gives you simplicity and you can't help filling in the details. No overburdening with technicalities either and that makes a great adventure story. Iain M Banks did it in great detail, B V Larson does it with simplicity - both manage a good story.

  • The Hydrogen Sonata

  • Culture, Book 10
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture 10,000 years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations: They are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By M on 27-10-12

Hi-Tech Intrigue

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-12

Yet again Banks supplies a gripping tale of eons spanning intrigue. This story doesn't have quite the depth of some previous Culture novels but it gives another insight into the many layers that make up his Universe. The Culture ship Minds steal the show yet again but you can't deny that without their seemingly 'pet' biologicals they would get bored and have no choice but to Sublime which would seem to be the point of this book.

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