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A. P. Hughes

Surrey
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  • 26
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  • 56
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  • The Good Samaritan

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Charlotte Cole, Matthew Lloyd Davies, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die. Laura hasn’t had it easy: she's survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn't love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it. But now someone’s on to her - Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Problem Like Laura

  • By Simon on 21-04-18

move over Glenn Close, there's a new chef in town!

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

Reviewed: 31-05-19

more twists and turns than an angry snake in an oil drum. 10 out of 10

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brazzaville Beach

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

I live on Brazzaville Beach... I am here because two sets of strange and extraordinary events happened to me... One in England, first, and then one in Africa. On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there. Sifting the details for evidence of her own innocence or guilt, she tells her engrossing story with a blunt and beguiling honesty that not only intrigues and disturbs but is also completely enthralling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing despite 4 stars

  • By Maddy on 02-02-12

dull and boring

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

Reviewed: 31-05-19

I will never know if it picked up after the first few hours of utter monotone dross, because I will never listen to it. And why on earth the publishers decided to use a narrator with a pronounced lissssshppp is beyond me!
Seriously, don't bother. Unless you suffer from insomnia that is...

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

not his best, but okay

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

headline says it all really, a bit 'back to the future' and may work better as a film format but didn't really do it for me as an audiobook.
The Stone Man is a far better listen in my opinion.

  • Kill ’Em All

  • By: John Niven
  • Narrated by: Tom Riley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Kill 'Em All by John Niven, read by Tom Riley. The long-awaited sequel to Kill Your Friends. It is 2017 - the time of Trump, Brexit and fake news. And time for the return of Steven Stelfox, exactly 20 years on from his Britpop heyday. Now 47 and rich beyond the dreams of avarice, Stelfox works only occasionally as a music industry ‘consultant’. A fixer. A problem solver. He’s had a call from his old friend James Trellick, now president of Unigram, one of the largest record companies in America....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not KYF but still great

  • By MR CHRISTOPHER CHANDLEER on 09-07-19

Stelfox for Prime Minister!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

John Niven's best yet, and that's saying something. Stelfox is back and better than ever, can't wait for the next book John...

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,244

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would have loved to give this book six stars!

  • By Janet biglari on 13-08-18

A great story, ruined!

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

Great beginning, interesting plot progression, great narration...
BUT
About a third of the way through the narrative becomes peppered with Americanisms which do the one thing that is a big no-no in storytelling; they break the spell. Up until this point Mrs (or Miss) Stedman does a great job of the narration in her slightly upper class but perfectly suited and wonderfully English voice.
We do not have 'malls' in Croydon, we do not have 'stores' in Hatton Garden, and we certainly don't pull on our sneakers and run down the sidewalk! The book is set in England (mostly) where we have shopping centres, shops and wear our trainers to run on the pavement. My point is this; if the whole book was written in American English then it would be fine. But it isn't, there are just random Americanisms (which then disappear again at about two-thirds through) which just sound ridiculous.
Secondly, in the climax scene one of the characters has such an unbelievably drastic change in personality it leaves one thinking 'Err, that would never happen, it's just so completely out of sync with the rest of the book.' to such a degree that an alien space craft beaming them up would be no less implausible.
It's a shame because other than these points it had the potential to be an incredible piece of work, but with them... I think you get the gist.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Crushing It!

  • How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too
  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk, Rich Roll, Amy Schmittauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241

Four-time New York Times best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands. In this lively, practical, and inspiring audiobook, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I’ve listened to in 2018

  • By Adrienne on 05-04-18

deceptive title & blurb, just one long advert

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

So, in the blurb Gary V promises to unleash the tools to teach you how to be an internet savvy business or brand owner with a decent grasp on how to make all the social media platforms work for you and increase your exposure to new customers.
What you actually get is an 8 hour long advert for his other book (confusing as it's called 'crush it') There are repeated references to 'crush it' and it took quite some time for me to grasp he was actually talking about a completely different book, not referencing a system he was later to reveal in this book (crushing it)
Basically he introduces a host of people who are 'crushing it' by using the principles laid out in his other book (crush it) but doesn't actually explain what those principles are in this book (crushing it). \this should be marketed as additional reading for those that have already read the other book, NOT deceptively marketed as a stand-alone product.
I have wasted 8 hours of my life with this (well 6 actually as I gave up on it before the end) and hope to save you from doing the same.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Liars

  • By: Frances Vick
  • Narrated by: Alison Garner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Trust me if you dare.... One freezing winter’s night, Jenny Holloway’s mother falls to her death in a terrible accident. Grief-stricken, Jenny leans on new friend David Crane, as the police hint at murder. Handsome, clever, and always calm, David knows just how to handle the police, how to protect Jenny and make her smile again. But then, David seems to have answers for just about everything. Soon, Jenny begins to question what really happened that night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Originality

  • By Anonymous User on 16-04-18

average book ruined by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

The book would have been okay if it wasn't for the narrator speeding up and slowing down her dialogue, then moving closer and further away from the microphone with such annoying irregularity that I almost stopped listening halfway through.
The story was okay, nothing special hence my rating. There's much better out there in the Audible library!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghostly Tales

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2017
  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,881

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good old-fashioned read

  • By Kindle Customer on 21-12-17

Perfect fireside listening.

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

Simon Callow should receive that knighthood for his performance!
would have benefitted from dropping the dialogue between him and Sally Phillips but I really am nit-picking, and mention it only for Audible's feedback more than a complaint, in the hope of another such gift next Christmas!

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 938

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing - don't waste your credit

  • By Liz Rev on 21-07-18

love and hate all in one character

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

Interesting work (as always Mr Marrs) That has the reader looking at several facets of the main character's behaviour and mindset. Not the typical 'ran off with a younger model' that one may have expected this book to have offered, but more a reflection that the grass is only greener on the other side because it rains more there...

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,632

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

not suitable for anyone with a brain

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

purchased this because of the reviews and the '80's' feel the summary hinted at. How wrong could I have been!
This is probably the worst audiobook on Audible. It's basically a load of retarded kids discussing how 'awesome' this imaginary computer game is 'dude'.
If the narrator's brief was to drone on like a delinquent teen with no social skills then he's done a great job, hence me giving 3 stars for his part in this fiasco of a product.
Seriously, if your IQ is above 12 then don't bother with this book.
If you're the kind of person this book is aimed at then I'm sure you're on some web forum discussing virtual dragons, laser swords or something similar instead of reading this review or joining us out here in the real world. (you know, the one on the other side of your bedroom door)!