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John L.

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  • The Sentry

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

After the nightmare of Hurricane Katrina, Dru Rayne and her uncle relocated to Los Angeles. Five years later, their struggling restaurant faces a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru's uncle beaten by a neighbourhood gang, he offers his own brand of protection, but neither Dru nor her uncle want his help. And neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their store...But Pike is falling for Dru and won't back away whether she wants his help or not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Usual well written story by Mr Crais

  • By mollyeyre on 01-12-14

Joe Pike - my hero

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-18

The Cole and Pike combo must be in there amongst the best in crime thriller partnerships. Robert Crais tells the story in that engaging way that mingles a little light humor into some real edge of seat storytelling.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,329

When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Karen on 17-05-07

What a different perspective!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-18

Such a novel way of looking at the second world war - through the kind eyes of Death!

  • Dictator

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure, and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and, for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Mary Carnegie on 27-11-15

Better and better - third and best in the series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-18

I have enjoyed all three books in the series, but looking back Robert Harris saved the best to last

  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur’s knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It’s a disaster! Luckily, there’s a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who’s willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Ceri on 12-01-15

A Bit Silly

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-18

I love the Terry Pratchett books, but quit halfway through this one as it all got a bit silly.

  • A Deadly Shade of Gold

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 5
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

When McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from the past, he can't help it. He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who's still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country - and one from which he hopes to return alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not McGee's best

  • By John L. on 20-06-18

Good, but not McGee's best

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-18

I felt the plot a little too complex to make for really enjoyable listening. I love the character best when there is a little more humor, which some of the Travis McGee books have. This one fell short.

  • The Innocent Man

  • Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Vincent Marzello
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

In 1982 Debra Sue Carter, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada, Oklahoma, was raped and murdered. For five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson, a major league drop-out, and his friend, Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's defence was built on hearsay and unreliable testimonies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE INNOCENT MAN

  • By Peter on 27-09-07

If it wasn't true story, it would be unbelievable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-18

I wasn't prepared for this, assumed it was a novel - a winding tale, but incredible and mind-blowing. Forced me to rethink my way of looking at the Police and the justice system. Thank God there are some people out there who are prepared to stand up for what is right.

  • Little Girl Lost

  • DS Lucy Black, Book 1
  • By: Brian McGilloway
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 437

Midwinter. A child is found wandering in an ancient woodland, her hands covered in blood. But it is not her own. Unwilling - or unable - to speak, the only person she seems to trust is the young officer who rescued her, Detective Sergeant Lucy Black. Soon afterwards, DS Black finds herself moved from a high-profile case involving the kidnapping of another girl, a prominent businessman’s teenage daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good story very well narrated.

  • By J on 15-12-14

A Great storyline enjoyed it enormously

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Extremely well-crafted story - I will definitely follow this trail. DS Lucy Black now on my list of books to look out for.

  • The Reckoning

  • By: Sue Walker
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hackett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

In June 1973 the bodies of three missing teenagers were found on the tiny Scottish island of Fidra. And when his father is arrested for the murders, 11-year-old Miller McAllister's life fell apart. 32 years later, Douglas Mcallister has died in prison and Miller returns home after decades of self-imposed exile. Because, though the rest of his family prostested Douglas' innocence, Miller always maintained his guilt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An atmospheric story

  • By Allan on 23-09-06

Such a gloomy read

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-18

I suppose the story was sound enough, but such a gloomy tale - a bit like a whiny child - on and on and on. Kept waiting for something exciting to happen. Someone to play a hero role - it didn't happen. Starting to get turned off English drama stories - need something with a bit of a lift to it!

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  • Murmuring the Judges

  • Bob Skinner, Book 8
  • By: Quintin Jardine
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In Edinburgh's old Parliament House, an armed robbery trial is about to take a macabre turn. While the lawyers tussle over the evidence, the judge suddenly collapses in mortal agony - the victim of an apparent heart attack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well paced excitement

  • By John L. on 19-05-18

Well paced excitement

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-18

Built up into one of those stories that stays with you for some time after you have read/listened to it

  • The Partner

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Winner of the British Book Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007.
They found him in a small town in Brazil, with a new name, Danilo Silva, and his appearance changed by plastic surgery. The search had taken four years and cost three and a half million dollars. The man they were about to kidnap had once had another life as Patrick S. Lanigan, which had ended in a car crash in Feburary 1992.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intricate, well-plotted story

  • By Kirstine on 23-12-11

I'd forgotten how good Grisham could be.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I have had this book in my library for quite some time, finally got around to listening to it. What a great story! One of those you can't wait for the opportunity to take the dog out for a walk so you can continue listening. A treat worth waiting for!