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  • By: Ryan Gattis
  • Narrated by: Christian Barrillas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Set in LA against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crash, this is the story of Rudy Reyes (aka Glasses), a gangster turned double agent who wants out of the high-stakes, high-risk criminal life, and Ricky Mendoza Jr (aka Ghost), a DEA safecracker with terminal cancer who's got nothing to lose. When Ghost goes rogue and steals thousands of dollars from a safe that belongs to Rooster, an LA crime lord who happens to be Glasses' boss, he endangers a deal Glasses had with a DEA official.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read

  • By Jenny on 17-02-19

Excellent read

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

Read this on the recommendation of David Mitchell (The Bone Clocks) and loved it. It's very different to Mitchell's work but extremely good.

Recommened.

  • Out of the Dark

  • Orphan X, Book 4
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 314

As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from the orphanage he called home and inducted into a top secret Cold War programme. Trained as a lethal weapon, he and his fellow recruits were sent round the world to do the government's dirty work. But the programme was rotten to the core. And now the man responsible needs things to be nice and clean. All evidence must be destroyed. That includes Evan. To survive, Evan's going to have to take the fight to his nemesis. There's just one problem with that. Jonathan Bennett is President of the United States, and Evan isn't his only victim. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!!

  • By Kemi on 10-02-19

Are we ready?

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

An action hero for the 21st century.

I came to this series because of it's bestseller status, although I'm not naturally a thriller reader. I stayed with the series because of Evan Smoak - a truly fascinating character. The guns and machines and intricate plotting are all excellent, but for me, it's Evan's internal battle to make sense of his past and how he strives to live in the present that keeps me reading.

Smoak is not homophobic, racist or sexist - which goes to show, you don't have to rely on the old Islamophobic or Russian mafia tropes featuring a macho jerk to write a compelling action thriller/spy story.

Highly recommended.

  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical

  • By Orsolya Gyorfi on 19-01-19

Blown away!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-19

An absolutely gorgeous novel - beautifully imagined and such exquisite writing. I was transported to another time, a different world. It made me feel young again, the love story so finely attuned to the nuances of passion and desire. And the narrator - I am a huge fan of Carl Prekopp - it’s partly how I came upon this book - he is his usual brilliant and diverse self.

Highly recommended.

  • Rosewater

  • The Wormwood Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Tade Thompson
  • Narrated by: Bayo Gbadamosi
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn't care to again - but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realisation about a horrifying future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!

  • By Tony Swinton on 29-09-18

Absolute BRILLIANCE

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-19

This is a weird and wonderful novel, I was absolutely enchanted from beginning to end. The ideas are incredible, magical and very original. Set in Nigeria, for a change, this is sci fi of the highest order: great premise (alien dome around which a city has grown), incredible characters - all of them, and a plot that twists and turns and leaves you impatient for Book 2. I can't wait!

Highly and thoroughly recommended.

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  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kindhearted to collect his debts. They face poverty until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spinning gold more like

  • By Jenny on 24-07-18

Spinning gold more like

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

This is fantastic. Better than Uprooted even, which I loved. What a clever retelling of old fairy tales. The language is moving, the plot fast-paced and the characters fully human (even the demons).

It took a chapter to warm to the narrator, but after that I was on board.

Highly recommended literary fantasy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Extinct

  • Extracted, Book 3
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

The end of the world has been avoided - for now. With Miri and her team of extracted heroes still on the run, Mother, the disgraced former head of the British Secret Service, has other ideas.... While Mother retreats to her bunker to plot her next move, Miri, Ben, Safa and Harry travel far into the future to ensure that they have prevented the apocalypse. But what they find just doesn't make sense. London in 2111 is on the brink of annihilation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing sequel, read by phenomenally talented CP!!

  • By Lauren on 21-05-18

Easily one of the best things I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 31-05-18

When a great writer meets an amazing reader - magic happens.

This is a heavenly partnership.

Absolutely brilliant - from the first word of the first book to the last word of the third - please write some more RR Haywood.

100% recommended.

  • Only Human

  • Themis Files, Book 3
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Sylvain Neuvel, William Hope, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 443

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, read by a returning cast. We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside. We were wrong. As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And, with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing ending to an excellent series

  • By Mr on 01-06-18

End of an Era

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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: 13-05-18

I LOVED this trilogy and am sad it's over. It's a wonderful, compelling, satisfying and highly intelligent piece of sci-fi. I recommend you start at Book 1 and don't stop. I wish there was another.

Mr Burns and 'our friend' - amazing characters.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Our Kind of Cruelty

  • By: Araminta Hall
  • Narrated by: Nick Hendrix, Eleanor Matsuura
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, read by Nick Hendrix and Eleanor Matsuura. Passion, obsession... and murder. A deeply unsettling psychological thriller in which a secret game between lovers has deadly consequences. Most of us spend our whole lives searching for the person who’ll make us feel complete. But Mike and Verity know they’re different. They’ve found their soulmate, and nothing can tear them apart. Not even the man Verity is marrying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminds me of Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine

  • By Gerard on 06-05-18

Compelling...but

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

Ok, so I listened to this over 2 days. It was really hard to switch it off. But...all the while I was waiting for the turn, the twist, the surprise and it never came. This is a good book, it held my attention. But ultimately, I felt let down, as it promised a fantastic denouement and it didn't really deliver that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Window

  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 711

It's been 10 long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Listen so Far!

  • By Heather on 06-02-18

It's ok

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

I was looking forward to this book, I responded to the hype, which I should know by now is not really the way to buy books. Word-of-mouth every time.

I was intensely irritated by the 'woman', she wasn't very convincing. It was as though the writer contrived to write a 'psychological thriller' and then made a list of all the essential ingredients (unreliable narrator/victim, grief from a tragic incident, a secret etc) and made them into a story aimed at attracting a wide audience. I didn't 'feel' this story, I wasn't invested in the outcome. I nearly didn't finish it.

It's readable though, but I didn't think about it once I'd finished it. I usually look for more.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Infinite Future

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Wirkus
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Jonathan Davis, Hillary Huber, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Infinite Future is a mind-bending novel that melds two addictive tales in one. In the first, we meet three broken people, joined by an obsession with a forgotten Brazilian science-fiction author named Salgado-MacKenzie. The motley trio sets off to discover his identity, and find his fabled masterpiece. In the second half, Wirkus gives us the lost masterpiece itself - the actual text of The Infinite Future, Salgado-MacKenzie's wonderfully weird magnum opus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book!

  • By Jenny on 24-01-18

Wonderful book!

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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: 24-01-18

Loved every minute of this book. Literary, sci-fi, quest journey, philosophical - all the things I like. It is many books in one, many layered. There are jewels to be discovered and it’s a story that will stay with you long after the cast list is read out. I will definitely be listening to this again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful