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  • Vagabond

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: John O'Mahony
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Danny Curnow, known in the army family by his call sign, Vagabond, ran agents, informers. Now he lives in quiet isolation and works as a guide to tourists visiting the Normandy's D-Day beaches. But violence in Northern Ireland is on the rise again. The covert world was close to destroying Danny. Fifteen years later the stakes are higher, the risks greater, and Danny will have to prove that he is as hard and ruthless as before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book.....doesn't work as an audio book!

  • By Northern Boy on 25-04-19

Good book.....doesn't work as an audio book!

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

Reviewed: 25-04-19

I have always liked Gerald Seymour's novels. The problem is that I realise that, for me, they do not translate well to audio. In this particular book, the narrator does not help with his monotonous slow delivery ( I won't be buying anything he narrates) but the main issue is the style of the book. Seymour weaves several strands together in a complicated manner. In the physical books the line separation identifies that the story has moved from Ireland to Russia or Kent. On this recording there is not even a slight pause......the editing is just too tight reultinb in momentary confusion.

The best thing about an audio book is that I can either relax and listen or even do something else. With this book one has to concentrate.......in which case I may as well read it........it would be cheaper and a lot quicker.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had to give up! Dissapointing and over rated

  • By David on 10-06-13

I just couldn't get past the narrator

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

I have not been able to finish a book that I have always enjoyed in written form. The naarrator is just not to my taste.

  • Midnight Falcon

  • Rigante, Book 2
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150

They called him Bane the Bastard - though none said it to his face. Born of treachery, his name a curse, he grew up among the warriors of the Rigante. They valued his skills in war, but they feared the violence in his heart. And when, as a Wolfshead and Outlaw, he left Rigante lands, they breathed sighs of relief. But Bane would return, the destiny of the Rigante in his hands, the fate of the world resting on his skills with a blade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic Fantasy at its best

  • By Northern Boy on 07-04-18

Heroic Fantasy at its best

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Great book! Great Story! Great Author! Great Narrator!

Gemmell's straightforward storytelling is well suited to the audiobook medium.

I have read all his books several times. Audio has enabled me to revisit them afresh.

Adjoah Ando is a first class storyteller. I would have given her performance 5* but I am not convinced she was the right choice purely and simply because all the main protaganists are men and her womans voice just didn't quite work for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Red Storm Rising

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 31 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

When Moslem fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralise NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuvers to cloak a crash military build-up. When Soviet tanks begin to roll, the West is caught off guard. What looks like a thrust turns into an all-out shooting war, possibly the climactic battle for control of the globe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Realistic view on what could have been

  • By Charles on 15-08-14

I Tried

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I have always liked this story. I have read it umpteen times. I persevered with this audio version but this narrator just killed it for me. I wanted to finish the story but gave up 1/3 the way through.

The chosen narrator means I won't be buying any of the Tom Clancy novels in audio book.

  • Sword in the Storm

  • Rigante, Book 1
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Born in the storm that doomed his father, Connavar grows to manhood among the mist-covered mountains of Caer Druagh, where the Rigante tribe dwell in harmony with the land and its gods. But beyond the border, across the water, an evil force is gathering strength, an unstoppable force that will change the world beyond all recognition. Haunted by malevolent spirits and hunted by evil men, Connavar sets out on a spectacular mission to save his people.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Narration is somewhat discordant.

  • By Ben on 26-11-17

Great story......wrong narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-12-17

I have loved this story and its sequels for years. but why choose a woman to narrate when the majority of the lead characters are male and based upon Celtic clans. Her narration of events is smooth, easy on the ear and emotive. The voices she gives to the characters are just jar on the senses, are odd and and at times hard to follow.

This feels like an unnecessary combination of artistic freedom and PC resulting in a a good story spoilt

A shame really as I will not now buy the sequels.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Transfer of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Change the narrator

  • By Alan Cram on 27-09-17

Great story: average performance!

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

Reviewed: 19-11-17

Reilly pronounced "Really".........really? It's merely an alternative spelling for the standard Irish name. The mispronouciation was a distraction throughout. This added to a lack of emotion and emphasis made the performance just adequate. The only time the narrator became a little more animated was during action scenes at which point he ascended to the dizzy heights of "okay".

  • The Night Manager

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990

The night manager is Jonathan, a veteran of clandestine operations. In flight from a failed marriage and his own past, he has taken refuge in the luxury hotel trade. Yet he finds no escape from his demons. Driven by a desire for atonement and by an inherited patriotism, Jonathan allows himself to be recruited as a British secret agent with a mission to expose the murderer of the woman he himself betrayed. His odyssey takes him across Britain and Canada to the Caribbean and the jungles of Panama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demands your attention, then rewards

  • By Nils on 07-04-15

An excellent reading of a brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

A book I have known and loved for years brought to life with an excellent reading by Michael Jayston.

  • Assassin's Fate

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, David Thorpe
  • Length: 45 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 646

Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter, Bee, was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not having the same male narrator is SO jarring.

  • By H L O'Doherty on 18-05-17

There was only one way this series could end!

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

Reviewed: 29-07-17

A great ending to a great series enlivened by excellent narration.


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  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern classic historic novel

  • By Mrs. S. J. Caldwell on 17-08-16

A great story spoiled by a poor recording

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

Reviewed: 25-06-17

I bought this recording having read and enjoyed the book. I enjoyed Ralph Listers performance but the constant clicking at the end of each phrase has driven me to abandon this book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Song

  • Book 1 of Raven's Shadow
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Superb debut novel

  • By Karen on 16-07-14

One of the best characters in recent fantasy.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

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

I would recommend the story and the ebook but would have reservations re the audio version. If I hadn't read the book first I would have found separating the characters difficult.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vailen Al Sorna, the main protagonist

Moral, upright, fearless, implacable: a fantasy hero for the modern immasculated male🗡

Would you listen to another book narrated by Steven Brand?

Yes and have already bought Tower Lord.......but I would prefer more definition in characters

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

A real emotional attachment to Vailen........ I felt his trials and tribulations, his fears and his successes.