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  • One Man's Flag

  • By: David Downing
  • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Spring 1915. Secret service spy Jack McColl is in India, defending the empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, journalist Caitlin Hanley is rebuilding her life after the execution of her brother - an IRA sympathiser whose terrorist plot was foiled by Caitlin's ex-lover, the very same Jack McColl. The First World War is giving fresh impulse to those causes - feminism, socialism and Irish independence - which she has long supported. But the threat of a rising in Dublin alarms McColl's bosses as much as it dazzles Caitlin. If another Irish plot brings them back together, will it be as enemies or lovers?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The author ran out of steam

  • By Eileen on 14-05-19

The author ran out of steam

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

Reviewed: 14-05-19

I didn’t like the narration of this at all. Stilted and artificial. As for the story as many holes as a sieve. The historical accuracy seemed ok, but the ending was so abrupt I listened twice because I thought I had missed something crucial. I hadn’t. Overall, the main plot and characters were not really believable.

  • No Time to Cry

  • James Oswald, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Rose Akroyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 423

Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong. Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He's been executed - a single shot to the head. In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con's shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oswald's Altered Mirror Images!

  • By Simon on 26-07-18

Excellent - can’t wait for the next one

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

A complex story Told by the main protagonist. It’s very easy to engage with Con, the main character and there is enough interest to keep listening - I binge listened!

Thoroughly recommend

  • Tom Clancy's Oath of Office

  • By: Marc Cameron
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

On a crowded tourist beach in Portugal, US operatives use a high-tech drone to watch a French arms dealer flirt with a beautiful woman. It's only when she leaves that they realise she has shot him dead. In Iran, protests are growing against the oppressive regime, whipped up by a charismatic student. Most external observers are excited, but on the ground a spy of questionable loyalty senses something is badly amiss. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good listening

  • By Paul Jones on 26-01-19

I just wanted it t end

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Predictable, not original and most of all boring. I kept having to replay sections as it was so boring I couldn’t remember what happened.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,468

The girl with the dragon tattoo is not given to forgiveness. Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side. Confinement to the secure unit of a women's prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Story That Makes Salander a Sideshow

  • By Simon on 10-09-17

No suspense

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

A predictable and disappointing plot, I was pretty disappointed. No real tension, no plot twists

  • The Force

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Detective sergeant Denny Malone leads an elite unit to fight gangs, drugs and guns in New York. For 18 years he's been on the front lines, doing whatever it takes to survive in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean. What only a few know is that Denny Malone himself is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash. Now he's caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk a thin line of betrayal, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Audible Tour De Force

  • By Peter Odukwe on 06-08-17

This is 14 hours I’ll never get back

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

Weak story, predictable plot-
Awful dialogue - can’t say anymore except don’t bother or at least sample the narration first -
Thought it would get better - it didn’t

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Songs of Love and War

  • By: Santa Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Genevieve Swallow
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

West Cork, Ireland, 1900. The year marks the start of a new century and the birth of three very different women: Kitty Deverill, the flame-haired Anglo-Irish daughter of the castle; Bridie Doyle, the daughter of the Irish cook; and Celia Deverill, Kitty's flamboyant English cousin. Together they grow up in the dreamy grounds of the family's grand estate, Castle Deverill. Yet their peaceful way of life will soon be threatened by Ireland's struggle for independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Furious!

  • By Linda on 19-05-16

Narration pretty distracting

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

The narration in an audiobook is crucial - this is simply terrible - the accents are dreadful / the intonation of the characters often bears no resemblance to the text, possibly the worse I've ever encountered. As for the Irish accents , bad bad bad

Other than that a predictable and somewhat laboured story

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234

Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good , but don't expect an actual plot

  • By Adrian & Andre's mum on 20-08-15

A book of its time

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

This book deals with the morality of a bygone age, but resonates with themes recognisable today, such as the complex nature of human nature, that blurs prejudice, love and society's norms
Well worth a listen - except the pace of the narration was so fast in some sections it was difficult to listen to, and the singing - could have done without that.

The childhood and adult relationship between Atticus and Scout is central to the plot, no spoilers from me, but stick with it - worth a listen

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Diana John on 02-06-13

Entertaining and poignant

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

Reviewed: 18-08-13

What made the experience of listening to Americanah the most enjoyable?

The narrator was excellent, bringing alive the different cultures and circumstances of the main characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

Efamala, by far the most interesting, her take on cultural differences and norms were so well observed

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably the hairdressing scene, where she is making a major change because she can as she is successful, whereas the hairdresser is stuck in an underworld with no choices and no hope. Life chances, choice and individual determination are all thrown into the pot in this scene. Very memorable

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me sad in so many ways. Migrants hardship, very day battles coping with different and alien circumstances, while facing hostility and prejudice are all dealt with, however not really with any sense of being a victim

Any additional comments?

The real triumph of this book is that the two main characters find success in their homeland, hardship, misery and success overseas brings fresh insights and resolution. It's really well read, I Could actually feel the crowds and the heat of Nigeria as well as picture the warehouse scene in London with clarity.
I would definitely read more from this author

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Tooth for a Tooth

  • DI Gilchrist, Book 3
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

When a woman's skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave, DCI Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her murderer. But a psychic's warnings and markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found among the rotted remains set Gilchrist off on a trail that will take him back 35 years - back to his past and on course to find his brother's killer in a fatal hit and run accident. When dental records from an extracted tooth force Gilchrist to confront the unthinkable - that his brother was her killer

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one so far

  • By Simon on 12-10-15

Overly long

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

Reviewed: 18-08-13

What would have made Tooth for a Tooth better?

Needed to be shorter, plot too drawn out, too many irrelevant subplots

Would you ever listen to anything by T. F. Muir again?

I'd give it a go, as the writer is good, just this plot was a bit long

What does David Monteath bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent narrator, he kept me going, not sure I'd have finished the written book

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Fatigue

Any additional comments?

Bit disappointed, a shorter, more focused plot would have made this book a hit

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Silesian Station

  • By: David Downing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Summer, 1939. British journalist John Russell has just been granted American citizenship in exchange for agreeing to work for American intelligence when his girlfriend, Effi, is arrested by the Gestapo. Russell hoped his new nationality would let him safely stay in Berlin with Effi and his son, but now he's being blackmailed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silesian Station

  • By chris on 29-01-10

Really - what is it about?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I didn't enjoy this book. It's long winded, no real point to it and all of the action comes in the last chapter. I found myself drifting off more than once. It doesn't stand out from others of the sane genre