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  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passionate story, passionless reading

  • By Siobhan on 31-07-07

Should be compulsory reading for everyone

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

What an amazing tale, all the more so that it was written by a man. Heart breaking in so many different ways.

  • Need You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 13
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By Boysie on 09-12-17

Daniel Weyman is THE BEST!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Daniel Weyman has again brought a Roy Grace book to life as no other can.

  • Love You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 12
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy; it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder. That takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another engrossing Roy Grace story

  • By Bibiqueue on 31-05-16

As ever, brilliantly read by Daniel Weyman

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

As ever, brilliantly read by Daniel Weyman, imaging up somewhat for a rather predictable plot.

  • The Thirst

  • Harry Hole, Book 11
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

A woman is found murdered after an Internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as normal

  • By Sue Edwards on 07-05-17

One of Nesbo's more gory offerings

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I like the narration, though I did feel he made Harry sound a little bit too much of a miserable old git this time around.

The story is very gory and not for the feint hearted. I can imagine that some will be too disgusted to take it to the end.

Some parts are predictable - more so than some of Nesbo's other novels, but there are plenty of twists and surprises too.

  • Dead Tomorrow

  • Roy Grace, Book 5
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

In an evil world, everything is for sale.... The body of a missing teenager is dredged from the seabed off the Sussex coast, missing vital organs. Soon after, a further two more bodies are found.... Caitlin Beckett, a 15 year old in Brighton will die if she does not receive an urgent transplant. When the health system threatens to let her down her mother takes drastic action and goes to an online broker in black-market organs. The broker can provide what she wants, but it will come at a price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet....

  • By Sharon on 29-12-09

Too predictable! :(

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

The ending was obvious almost right from the start. I hoped all along to be surprised by a twist at the end, but it didn't happen.
This was a disappointing listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cockroaches

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 952

Harry is on a special mission. Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It’s clear that the Ambassador’s family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk.He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal. When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cochroaches by Jo Nesbo

  • By Steven on 08-12-13

Love Sean Barrett's narration

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

Reviewed: 16-07-16

Love Sean Barrett's narration - but this is not one of Nesbo's best stories, in my opinion.

  • Blood on Snow

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146

Olav lives the lonely life of a fixer. When you ‘fix’ people for a living - terminally - it’s hard to get close to anyone. Now he’s finally met the woman of his dreams. But there are two problems. She’s his boss’ wife. And Olav’s just been hired to kill her. From the best-selling author of BAFTA-nominated Headhunters comes Jo Nesbo’s Blood on Snow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Please bring back Sean Barrett

  • By puffmattie on 17-04-15

Totally ruined by apalling narration!

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

Reviewed: 20-06-16

Jo Nesbo is my favourite author, but this author is utterly awful and totally ruins the experience of listening to this audio book.
Someone needs to stop this woman narrating audio books - and fast!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Simple

  • Roy Grace, Book 1
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared, and his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED it!

  • By Keetz on 31-03-16

Fast paced roller coaster.

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

Fast paced roller coaster. The ending was not enough of a surprise for me to give it 5 stars, but I am going to get some more of his books now I've finished this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pimsleur Hebrew Level 2 Lessons 16-20

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Hebrew with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Hebrew Level 2 Lessons 16-20 builds on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's an aural method of learning that suits me.

  • By Hackney Girl on 01-09-15

It's an aural method of learning that suits me.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

I appreciate some will like to read & write whilst learning a language, but if you are less of a visual learner, you'll love it. also it's great for improving pronunciation.

  • Redemption

  • Department Q, Book 3
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s sensational new thriller, read by the actor Steven Pacey. Two boys, brothers, wake tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Their kidnapper has gone, but soon he will return. Their bonds are inescapable. But there is a bottle and tar to seal it. Paper and a splinter for writing; blood for ink. A message begging for help. In Copenhagen’s cold cases division Carl Morck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, written in blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Department Q yet!

  • By PatM on 10-10-13

Apart from the insulting Welsh stereotypes. ..

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

Reviewed: 28-03-15

Another highly recommend, gripping novel in the Q series.
The narrator does an amazing job of bringing the story to life through the use of different accents for the characters. However, I think it is offensive to make anyone with a Welsh accent sound like a dimwit.