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Ian C Dando

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  • Red War

  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

When Russian president Maxim Krupin discovers that he has inoperable brain cancer, he’s determined to cling to power. His first task is to kill or imprison any of his countrymen who can threaten him. Soon, though, his illness becomes serious enough to require a more dramatic diversion - war with the West. Upon learning of Krupin’s condition, CIA director Irene Kennedy understands that the US is facing an opponent who has nothing to lose. The only way to avoid a confrontation that could leave millions dead is to send Mitch Rapp to Russia under impossibly dangerous orders. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant from start to finish !!!

  • By Phillip on 02-10-18

Rap back to his very best!

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Reviewed: 08-01-19

At last he is back - well written and brilliantly read by GG. His is the only voice I can relate to as MR. Highly recommend. Good to have Mitch Rapp back in full flow.

  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Chick-lit, the Witch and the World's End.

  • By Simon on 30-09-18

Excellent.

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Reviewed: 03-01-19

Tremendous story, well written and superb narration. This book lays out the story and I can’t wait to listen to the next instalment. Highly recommend.

  • Moscow, Midnight

  • By: John Simpson
  • Narrated by: John Simpson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Government minister Patrick Macready has been found dead in his flat. The coroner rules it an accident, a sex game gone wrong. Jon Swift is from the old stock of journos - cynical, cantankerous and overweight - and something about his friend's death doesn't seem right. Then, days after Macready's flat is apparently burgled, Swift discovers that his friend had been researching a string of Russian government figures who had met similarly 'accidental' fates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By Ian C Dando on 24-12-18

Terrific!

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Reviewed: 24-12-18

A hugely enjoyable listen and John Simpson’s narration it made for a superb experience. Highly recommend this audiobook.

  • The East Indiaman

  • Percival Merewether Series, Book 1
  • By: Ellis K. Meacham
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

The Naval Service of the Honorable East India Company, popularly known as the Bombay Marine, operated in romantic areas in perilous times. From the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, from Calcutta to Canton, the Company ships were famous for their speed and daring. The "Bombay Buccaneers" who sailed them were the stuff of legend. For Percival Merewether, 1806 would be a year to remember.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A ripping good yarn!

  • By Ian C Dando on 13-11-18

A ripping good yarn!

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Reviewed: 13-11-18

Excellent narration, engaging writing - thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommend., especially if you enjoy nautical adventures with intriguing characters.

  • Tombland

  • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shardlake again entangled in Tudor history

  • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 28-10-18

As good as always!

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Reviewed: 11-11-18

Terrific writing, with superb narration. SC - the voice of Shardlake. I really feel like Shardlake and friends are acquaintances after listening to al his books. A wonderful insight into a turbulent time in England. I highly recommend this audiobook, but if you can, start at book 1. By doing so you will meet and get to know the characters.

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  • Erebus: The Story of a Ship

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 357

In his major new work, Michael Palin - former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter - brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic tale, written and narrated by Michael Palin.

  • By Heisenberg on 24-09-18

Fascinating.

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Reviewed: 26-10-18

What a tremendous story, you go through many emotions listening to this,. Superb narration has made this one of my favourite audiobooks.

  • End of Watch

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894

End of Watch is a compelling and chilling suspense novel which sees retired detective Bill Hodges back on the trail of his nemesis, Brady Hartsfield, the criminal the press called The Mercedes Killer. Foiled in his attempt to commit a second mass murder, Hartsfield is confined to a hospital brain-injury unit in a seemingly unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: Brady is able to influence both his physician and the hospital librarian to commit crimes in the outside world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By shirley dempsey on 19-11-16

What can I say?

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Reviewed: 17-09-18

This is possibly the best trilogy I have listened to. Fantastic writing that pulls you in, characters who we get to know gradually and narration which fits each character to a tee. Superb!

  • These Dead Lands: Immolation

  • By: Stephen Knight, Scott Wolf
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York, Captain Phil Hastings heads for the safety of Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training facility deep in the woodlands of Pennsylvania. Joining with other remnants of the military, government, and civilian communities, Hastings and his men must try to keep the tsunami of corpses from taking over the world and plan the resurrection of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start.

  • By Niall byrne on 16-10-17

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 20-08-18

Tremendous narration (as you would expect from Bray), good storyline enabling the listener to get to know the characters of the key protagonists. I can’t wait for book 2.

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,626
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic start to what I hope is a great series

  • By GiffRock on 02-01-17

Great listen!

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Reviewed: 16-08-18

This is a lot better than I imagined. It has cropped up continually in suggestions for me to read. I took the plunge and I am so pleased I did. Excellent story, narration is spot on (as it always is with Bray in the chair) and now feel I’m beginning to know the characters and all this combined wants me to continue following the “pirate’s” journey. Highly recommend.

  • Imperium

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story, utterly superb narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-01-17

Excellent.

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Reviewed: 10-05-18

Tremendous, an insightful look at how Rome functioned - it’s incredible to think that it survived as long as it did.