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  • Last Man Standing

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Friendships forged in the heat of combat can be stronger than anything. So when SAS trooper Matt Standing is told that the former Navy SEAL who saved his life is in trouble, he doesn't hesitate to go to his aid - even if that means flying halfway around the world to Los Angeles. Navy SEAL-turned-bodyguard Bobby-Ray Barnes has been accused of killing the man he was supposed to be protecting. Three other bodyguards were also killed, and now Bobby-Ray is on the run. The dead client was a Russian oligarch with connections to the Kremlin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like My Old Leather Jacket!

  • By Simon on 01-02-19

I hope this is the first book of a new series

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Mat Standing first appeared in the Spider Shepherd series. He made an impression on me then, and almost came across as a Terminator type of character. I downloaded this book when it came out, but kept putting off pressing the play button. When I eventually started listening, I was pleasantly surprised. The story is strong and there are no dull spots. The characters are also strong. One of the best audio books I have listened to in a while.

Appearances from Dan Shepherd and Richard Yokely really tie the plot together.

I just hope Stephan Leather decides to do some more Mat Standing books.

  • The Magic of Thinking Big

  • By: David Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

Millions of people around the world have improved their lives through the timeless advice David Schwartz offers in The Magic of Thinking Big. In this best-selling audiobook, Schwartz proves you don't need innate talent to become successful, but you do need to understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, sound, practical life lessons. AMAZING STUFF

  • By Chama on 02-03-16

The language is hilarious

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

The book was written a long time ago but the principles still apply. Many of the paragraphs made me laugh (which is good) as did the language. The language is very 1950’s.

It is worth a listen and if you like this type of book, it will re confirm how you know you should be thinking.

  • Skin and Bones

  • By: Tom Bale
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

On a cold January morning, a nightmare awaits in a small Sussex village. A deranged young man goes on the rampage, shooting everyone in his path before taking his own life. It is a senseless, tragic event, but sadly not an unfamiliar one. At least, that's what everyone thinks. Only Julia Trent - believed to be the sole survivor - knows there was a second man involved.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fits & starts

  • By Paul Speirs on 12-08-16

I am glad this wasn’t the first Tom Bale book I came across

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

As the heading says, I really am glad this wasn’t my first Tom Bale book. If it had of been, I can honestly say, I would have missed out on his other great books like Terrors Reach and Blood Falls. Those books were outstanding.

This story is not great. It does get better towards the end but the narration left me cold. I kept drifting off and losing the plot line. Having said this, it is only my personal preference. I like narrators like Paul Thornley and Armand Schultz.

If this is your first Tom Bale experience, give the other titles a listen. You will be pleasantly surprised.

  • Tall Order

  • The Spider Shepherd Thrillers, Book 15
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

The 15th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more enthralling action from the Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. He is one of the world's most ruthless terrorists, codenamed Saladin. He plans and executes devastating attacks, and then, ghostlike, he disappears. Ten years ago he blew a plane out of the sky above New York - and now he's struck again, killing dozens in a London strike. But one of the latest victims is related to the acting head of MI5, who knows exactly who she wants on the case: Spider Shepherd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spider! As Explosive As Ever!

  • By Gary on 25-07-18

Glad to have Spider back

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

Another epic tale from Stephen Leather and a masterful performance from Paul Thornley. Highly recommended.

  • Dancing with Myself

  • By: Billy Idol
  • Narrated by: Billy Idol
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

An early architect of punk rock's sound, style, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into pop's mainstream as one of MTV's first megastars, Billy Idol remains, to this day, a true rock 'n' roll icon. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol delivers an electric, searingly honest account of his journey to fame - from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to the decadent life atop the dance-rock kingdom he ruled.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bored bored bored

  • By s c shanks on 10-05-18

Full of Punk Attitude

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

This book is insightful, hilarious, dark and heartfelt. William is a wordsmith and his delivery has a snarl. I love the DIY attitude of Punk and I really think this is how Mr Broad has survived. The book is awesome. It took a while to listen to though. Every time he mentions an album or a project, I paused the book, went to YouTube or Spotify and listened to the music. It helps get a better perspective on what he is talking about. One of my favourite parts was during the acknowledgements at the end. Maybe that’s just my small mind hey. Well done William, your chemistry teacher was a twat.

  • Rise of the Enemy

  • The Enemy Series Book 2
  • By: Rob Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Everyone has a breaking point. Carl Logan might have just found his. The JIA sends intelligence agent Carl Logan on a routine mission to Russia. It should have been simple. But when Logan's cover is blown, he's transported into a world of hell he thought he would never see again. Something is different this time, though, and before long doubts begin to surface in Logan's mind as to why the assignment went so wrong. Logan has never been short of enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book as always!

  • By Chris P on 13-12-16

This really is good

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

The story keeps you engaged. It’s full of action and surprise. No endless pages of needless dialogue. Paul Thornley is the master of story telling.

If this book was a girl, I would be wanting to date her again and again.

  • Bright Shiny Things

  • Hakim and Arnold, Book 5
  • By: Barbara Nadel
  • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Out of the blue, private investigator and ex-soldier Lee Arnold receives a visit from an old army mate, Abbas al'Barri. Now living in Ilford with his family, Abbas is convinced that he's had a message from his estranged son, Fayyaad, who was radicalised and was last thought to be fighting for ISIL in Iraq. Does Fayyaad's message indicate a change of heart? Abbas is desperate for Lee's help in establishing some contact with him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, poor narrator

  • By Alex on 04-08-17

Why would you change the narrator for this series?

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

So, the Hakim & Arnold books are great. The stories are strong and all the sub plots work and they are not predictable. My major problem with this particular production is the narration.

Paul Thornley does the other books in the series and you get to know and und Rostand each character well.

This is the reason why I couldn’t get into this book. It was like going to see a great play and then half an hour before the end, changing the whole cast.

It just doesn’t work.

  • The Killing Club

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

The perfect listen for fans of Stuart Macbride and Luther. DS Mark ‘Heck' Heckenburg is used to bloodbaths. But nothing can prepare him for this. Heck's most dangerous case to date is open again. Two years ago, countless victims were found dead - massacred at the hands of Britain's most terrifying gang. When brutal murders start happening across the country, it's clear the gang is at work again. Their victims are killed in cold blood, in broad daylight, and by any means necessary. And Heck knows it won't be long before they come for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing with great detail

  • By Graeme from Preston on 18-08-14

An Epic Book

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

This is an epic tale. It’s exceptionally well written and Paul Thornley makes the characters believable and real. I have to say that after listening to 3 “Heck” stories so far, I think it’s one of the best series of books I have purchased.

  • Stalkers

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Time's up. You're Next. "All he had to do was name the woman he wanted. It was that easy. They would do all the hard work. "Detective Sergeant Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is investigating the disappearance of 38 different women. Each one was happy and successful until they vanished without a trace. Desperate to find her missing sister, Lauren Wraxford seeks out Heck's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Cliffhanger to the end...

  • By wixey on 24-08-13

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

This is my first Paul Finch book. I was drawn to this because of two reasons. Firstly, audible have all the books in the series and secondly Paul Thornley is the narrator. The story is solid and there is action and suspense all the way through. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,905

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Fiction giving a glimpse of reality?

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

Reviewed: 13-10-17

Dan Brown is a clever boy. He wraps fiction around reality and reality around fiction. The information within the story makes you think. He guides you away from certain ideas you have been programmed to believe, then brings you back again. You end up with a blend of both. It has given me an open mind and an interest to explore various issues further.

Well done Dan Brown.

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