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  • Shatter

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps. Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By blueskythinker on 13-12-08

A masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Superbly paced, tense, gritty and even shocking in places (not easy to shock me, an ex-soldier, actually). The narration is absolutely stand out, with immersive accents and incredible use of rhythm speed volume and pitch. Sean Barrett is a superstar. Author’s not bad either! Highly recommended.

  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

  • By: Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very accurate and exciting position of the facts

  • By Karrie on 31-10-13

Outstanding quality

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

Reviewed: 24-05-17

It sounds a bit 'Hollywood' but in fact this narrator's delivery is superb. The telling of this battle is thoughtfully broken down and is as sad as it is entertaining and enlightening. Honestly, this exceeded expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed every audible page. But by Jove it's kinda sad!

  • Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811

  • The Sharpe Series, Book 11
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Captain Sharpe has to protect a philandering diplomat and, deserted by his ally, faces the enemy. In the winter of 1811, the war seems lost. Spain has fallen to the French, except for Cadiz, now the Spanish capital and itself under siege. Inside the city walls an intricate diplomatic dance is taking place and Richard Sharpe faces more than one enemy. The small British force is trapped by a French army, and their only hope lies with the outnumbered redcoats outside refusing to admit defeat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like an Old Friend . . .

  • By Simon on 12-11-18

Muddled

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

Not a good one. It's a muddled story with weak antagonists. Having listened so many of these I am now getting an allergic accent to the narrator's Portuguese and Spanish accents. Don't get me wrong, the narration is splendid, but some accents are somewhat laboured. I long for India, I guess!

  • Hops and Glory

  • By: Pete Brown
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

The original India Pale Ale was pure gold in a glass; a beer specially invented, in the 19th century, to travel halfway around the world and arrive in perfect condition for a cold drink on an Indian verandah. But although you can still buy beers with 'IPA' on the label they are a pale imitation of the original. For the first time in 140 years, a keg of Burton IPA has been brewed with the original recipe for a voyage to India by canal and tall ship, and the man carrying it is Pete Brown, Britain's best beer writer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but very Smug

  • By Carlton on 06-12-17

Well researched but muddled

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Took me a few chapters to get used to the [apparently] hapless author, but enjoyed the well researched material. Blending the travel story with the history was not well executed. Generally it all comes across as disjointed and muddled.

  • The Last 10 Seconds

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

THE UNDERCOVER COP. Having worked undercover the last ten years, Sean Egan is used to life on the edge. He’s recently infiltrated one of London’s most dangerous criminal gangs, and they’ve just informed him that they want him for a very special job: the daring abduction from police custody of a serial killer known as The Night Creeper. THE KILLER. Brutally violent yet highly intelligent, The Night Creeper has earned his reputation by torturing five young women to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book defo worth a listen!

  • By James on 08-11-13

Rather tedious

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

The story is so terribly contrived it's very hard to sit through this. I presume the book only ended because the author had exhausted all possible cliches. The narration is also tiresome and, most frustratingly, the audio volume level goes up and down due the narration style. Sorry, I really did not enjoy this.

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  • Alibaba

  • The House That Jack Ma Built
  • By: Duncan Clark
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 366

In just a decade and a half, Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded Alibaba and built it into one of the world's largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China's booming private sector.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great insight to one of the world's smartest men

  • By Amir Anzur on 29-07-16

Rather dull

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

Reviewed: 23-09-16

An interesting story told in a very boring way, like a dry, unchallenging newspaper article. What a shame. Had to listen at x2 speed to get through in double quick, toe-curling time.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Mental Game of Poker

  • Proven Strategies for Improving Tilt Control, Confidence, Motivation, Coping with Variance, and More
  • By: Jared Tendler, Barry Carter
  • Narrated by: Jared Tendler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The mental game may be more important in poker than in any other form of competition. It's one of the only games in the world where you can play perfectly and lose-again and again. Hundreds of poker players have turned to mental game coach Jared Tendler's revolutionary approach to help them play their best, no matter how badly they're running. In this book you'll find simple, step-by-step instructions and proven techniques to permanently fix problems such as tilt, handling variance, emotional control, confidence, fear, and motivation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book for poker players.

  • By Tavi on 24-12-12

Mind numbing

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

Reviewed: 26-01-16

Terrible narration - or are they trying to put you in a trance of frustration? Managed to limp through the first hour but heard nothing of value. I would say you must have real mental game issues to get any value from this painful listen. Returned before completion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fear Index

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

His name is carefully guarded from the general public but within the secretive inner circles of the ultra-rich Dr Alex Hoffmann is a legend – a visionary scientist whose computer software turns everything it touches into gold. Together with his partner, an investment banker, Hoffmann has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that tracks human emotions, enabling it to predict movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unpleasantly close to the present

  • By Nils on 08-10-11

A masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 18-12-15

A thriller that proceeds at a breakneck pace. Very thought provoking situation, believable characters, and delightfully narrated.

  • Made to Stick

  • Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best communication books ever written

  • By Mr. R. D. Cox on 02-02-10

It stuck

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

Reviewed: 14-06-15

One of the best Audible books I've had, with great, interesting content, entertaining ideas, and very well narrated by a wise grandpa type. Recommended.

  • Smashing Physics

  • Inside the Discovery of the Higgs Boson
  • By: Jon Butterworth
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

The first insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle - and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature. The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Identify crisis

  • By iLard on 17-12-14

Identify crisis

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

Reviewed: 17-12-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is well narrated, although distinctly "by 'eck" at times meaning Jonathan Keeble makes Jon Butterworth sound distinctly more Yorkshire than he is in reality! But he draws you in and it's well paced.

This book feels like it has something of an identify crisis because it does not comfortably mix the technical side of physics with social / people side of CERN. It's too technical for too long in periods for me to remain engaged and the social / people side is too weak to be compelling. That's not to say it is without merit but it has fallen short vs my expectations. I think this could be a must-read for a physics under-graduate or the like, but for the ordinary many on the street like me, I would not recommend it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful