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Colin

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, United Kingdom
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  • The Whole Truth: Shaw, Book 1

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

With the world relatively stable, Nicolas Creel, a super-rich and super-powerful arms dealer, is losing money fast. And if a war won't start naturally, he is more than willing to help move things along.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Colin on 22-03-09

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-09

I usually read this genre, am an avid fan of Lee Child, but as I have read/Listened to all, I thought I would give "The Whole Truth" a go.
Well read by Alex Jennings and a well crafted tale from the off.
Very modern in its inferences and very fast paced.
I think the abridged version gave enough of the back ground to embellish the story, which was believable most of the time!
Well worth a read: 5/5

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ice Station

  • Shane Schofield, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

At a remote US ice station in Antarctica, a team of scientists has made an amazing discovery. They have found something unbelievable buried below the surface, trapped inside a layer of ice 400 million years old.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Read!

  • By Colin on 24-03-08

A Good Read!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-08

This is my first Mathew Reilly book, I was a bit sceptical at first because I have read reviews saying it was a bit slow..Nothing of the sort, I enjoyed it from start to finish, its a bit gung-ho and school boy heroish, but a good listen all the same.
The characters are well described and the book is well written & read by Steven Pacey.
The plot is good (if a bit far fetched!)but as with this type of fiction its pure escapism.
The lead character is James Bond & the terminator rolled into one! But don't be put off by that! As the plot unfolds the story gets better and the lead comes into his own.
My normal reads are Andy Mcnab, Chris Ryan & Frederick Forsyth.
For me this was equal to the aforementioned, although a little less believable.
Recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Afghan

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they are primed for action, but what can they do? They know nothing about the attack - the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Read, Well researched & Executed

  • By Colin on 05-03-08

A Very Good Read, Well researched & Executed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-08

This is the first book I have by this author and it won't be the last!
This is a very well researched and superbly crafted book, it held me from start to finish.
Fact & fiction are woven well together, leaving you wondering.
Its a fast paced novel, well read by Robert Powell.
I would suggest the Unabridged , as i think some of the background may have been lost?
Having said that this is pure escapism!
Top marks

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  • Aggressor

  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Ex-deniable operator Nick Stone seems to be living his dream as he steers his camper van around the surfing and parachuting centres of Australia with a beautiful young backpacker at his side. But when he witnesses on TV the massacre of children in a terrorist siege on the other side of the world, Nick finds himself catapulted once more into working for the American secret services -- this time of his own free will.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nick Stone - hardly the retiring sort.

  • By Chris on 16-10-07

Another Excellent Read/Listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-02-08

I have read all Andy McNab (Read by Clive Mantle) and I think he is the 'Voice'.
This is again a great yarn about Mcnab's alter ego Nick Stone, Mantle, brings the character to life and this one keeps you on the edge of your seat, there are some nail biting moments as well as some tender ones.
I really enjoy the way the characters that Nick Stone teams up with in some way further in the stories are woven into the early chapters.
As I said earlier, I have now read all by Clive Mantle and I am now staring on 'Recoil'. They are a must LISTEN, Just escape into this world for a while...you'll enjoy it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Deep Black

  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Nick Stone's future has never looked so bleak. The only person he's ever loved is dead. The only people who might give him a reason not to join her have turned their backs. Until a chance encounter with a man he saved 10 years ago appears to throw him a lifeline. But on the bullet- and bomb-scarred streets of Baghdad, second chances are in short supply. A simple quest becomes a journey to the heart of a chilling conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very enjoyable read

  • By Colin on 20-01-08

A very enjoyable read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-08

I have listened to Andy McNab audio books in order from 'Firewall' all have been narrated by Clive Mantle, Firstly I think Clive Mantle has the right voice for these books and gets across the right emotions.
Secondly I think 'Deep Black' is one of the best in the 'Nick Stone' series from McNab.
It has all the thrill and edge of your seat stuff this type of 'yarn' needs, as well as the human angle and I recommend it highly. Particularly if you read the books in the correct chronological order. Top Marks

8 of 9 people found this review helpful