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  • The Last Continent

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really poor sound quality

  • By Bethany Black on 27-04-15

I always forget how hilarious this book is

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

Reviewed: 18-04-19

For me the Rincewind books are always the last TP book of choice which is why I often over look “The Last Continent “ but this really is Rincewind at his very best. The book is simply one long laugh out loud riot of jokes and fun, includes a cast of all the best Wizards from U.U and a brilliant plot. I will definitely remember not to ignore this gem from now on.

  • A Woman of No Importance

  • The Untold Story of WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall
  • By: Sonia Purnell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

The remarkable double life of an American-turned-British spy, Virginia Hall, a 'bolshie' woman from Maryland who, determined to overcome a physical disability that threatened to define her life, successfully infiltrated Vichy France for England's SOE before America's entry into WWII and then, three years later, for the SOS, providing crucial intelligence and logistics for the mounting French Resistance and, later, Allied troops.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful account of an amazing woman

  • By Ellen on 02-04-19

Wonderful account of an amazing woman

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Virginia Hall was an amazing woman, an effective and trailblazing SOE operative. Deapite being ruthlessly hunted by the German authorities continued to evade them all whilst organising effective networks and sabotage raids. Her work in Lyon turned her to the go to problem solver of many allied operatives, often compromising her own safety she helped them in whatever way possible. Often facing discrimination from top brass and resistance operatives on the ground due to being a woman but she was indefatigable.
At one point Virginia was forced to escape France via the Pyrenees when the Nazis seized the free zone. This would have been a feat of endurance for anyone let alone someone who had lost one of their legs.
As with most true hero’s Virginia was never given the respect or opportunities she deserved and had indeed earned after the war.
The book is very well written, much better than other books I have listened to. Highly recommend

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Skylarks' War

  • By: Hilary McKay
  • Narrated by: Katherine Press
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Clarry and her older brother, Peter, live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly special

  • By Caro on 10-01-19

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 29-03-19

This book really appealed to me as soon as I read the description on its publishers Facebook
page and yet it took me a while to download it, not knowing what to expect or if I would enjoy it. If you too are having similar thoughts do not hesitate, just download it. The Skylark’s War is simply beautiful, the characters are well rounded, all totally different personalities and yet they all belong with one another. This book was more than I could have ever imagined it was going to be, the narrator was pitch perfect, I hope she is used more often as I have listened to a fair few dire ones of late.

  • Night Watch

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,015

Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg! Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past, without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serious fun.

  • By Will on 15-11-11

The perfect story

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

Night Watch is the perfect watch story, stripped back to where it all began with a smaller cast of characters, it is Terry Pratchett at his absolute best. It will make you laugh, cry and as always holds the mirror up to human nature. It is a book I come back to time and time again and when it is finished I always feel bereft.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh. On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this and now I feel bereft

  • By suze on 07-12-18

An amazing book

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Highly recommend A Gentleman in Moscow, it really is one of the best books I have listened to in a very long while. Beautifully written, with a sadness and melancholy which is balanced out by unexpected joy, happiness and discovery. I felt very sad when the ending came, a book I will definitely be listening to again.

  • The Hidden

  • By: Mary Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Di Langford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

 Dora Simon is comfortable in her retirement, indulging her interests in gardening and music. Joe O’Cleary is content on the Jersey farm he helped rebuild with its owner, Geoffrey Laurent. But their worlds are shattered by the arrival of Barbara Hummel, who is anxious to track down the identity of a mysterious woman whose photograph she found among her mother’s possessions. Forced to resurrect long-buried secrets and confront a past they never thought they would revisit, Dora and Joe’s lives unravel - and entwine - in shocking and surprising ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Ellen on 17-02-19

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

It was the blurb that attracted me to “The Hidden” however I don’t feel it really reflected the reality of the plot. Geoffrey is a much bigger character than credited, he is what ties all the threads of the plot together. The “betrayal” isn’t an actual betrayal, I found myself waiting for the “big” event to occur but it didn’t come, not that the plot needed it. The characters are isolated within their own relationships, a native who is shunned, an Irish priest and a refugee with a secret to hide, in some ways this makes the story predictable and cliched. Everything written about within the book did occur all over Europe but there was so little of how people coped, the problems and hardships they experienced and the interplay of the wider community. That is not to say that each of the three main characters didn’t have a very hard war because they did, it isn’t an easy listen, but I can not help thinking the story could have been so much more than it was.
The narration and performance was perfect. I returned the authors last book as I found it to be awful, The hidden is much better, it is an addictive listen, I found I just had to find out how it ended. I would recommend although having listened to the book once I don’t think I would be inclined to hear it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Revolting People

  • Series 2
  • By: Andy Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Jay Tarses, James Fleet, Andy Hamilton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses' script for Revolting People, about the American War of Independence, winningly mixes the "boom boom" school of jokes, literary silliness (jeopardy means "like a jeopard"), and anachronisms that make deft political points.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, please release the third series

  • By Ellen on 28-01-19

Brilliant, please release the third series

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

I really wish the BBC and audible would release the third series of this series. Andy Hamilton is on top form. Highly recommend

  • The Last Nazi: A Joe Johnson Thriller

  • By: Andrew Turpin
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

War crimes investigator and ex-CIA officer Joe Johnson is more than intrigued when he learns of a link between the financing for the presidential candidate's 2012 campaign, the Nazi train, and a ruthless blackmail plot. But the investigation becomes bigger and more deeply personal than Johnson expects when it turns out the SS Holocaust killer escaped his net years earlier. Soon, there are high-level intelligence agencies and criminal networks combining across three continents against Johnson and his two female colleagues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying American narrator accent<br />

  • By Mrs A M Moss on 24-04-18

Hard to judge as the woeful narration masked the story

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

Reviewed: 27-01-19

I was intrigued by the blurb and was interested by the plot however the narration completely ruined the book and made the plot impossible to follow. Everything was wrong about the delivery of this book. The tone, pronunciation of words and the female voices were the worst I have ever heard. Utterly appalling

  • Raven Black

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man – loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By Margaret on 01-09-18

Brought in the sale and pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

As a rule I prefer the Vera Stanhope series of books and would not have used a credit on Raven Black however it was a gripping story, lots of twists and turns and a brilliant plot and unlike some of the later Vera books the narration was perfect. Would recommend

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Santa

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series, Mystery Shorts 25
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really great listen all round!

  • By Julie on 16-01-18

A delightful village story

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

I brought this audio book on Audible’s seal of the day, I wouldn’t have spent an entire credit on it due to the length. It was an enjoyable story which was easy to listen to and entertaining.