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  • Debt of Honor

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 36 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse. He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the US military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage. Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pay off a Debt of Honor to his parents and to the country he feels is responsible for their deaths - America.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful monotone narration

  • By Hano Verian on 30-01-15

Worst ever audio book

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

A computer could read this book better than John McDoanld, or maybe it was a computer! Just the most terrible narration of a tedious story. Overly detailed and repetitive, I have liked the earlier Tom Clancy books, but he really lost the plot and me!

  • The Meating Room

  • DI Gilchrist, Book 5
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 571

When the body of Thomas Magner's business partner is found dead in his car on the outskirts of Anstruther, all evidence points to suicide. And Magner himself, a wealthy property developer, is currently under investigation for a series of alleged rapes from thirty years ago.In total fifteen women are prepared to go to court to testify against Magner but one by one they inexplicably withdraw their complaints until only five remain. With the CPS now reconsidering its case, one of Magner's accusers is killed in a hit-and-run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the Squeamish

  • By Simon on 04-03-16

Disappointing, not as gripping as previous

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Shame this didn't live up to previous books by Muir. Tedious and lacking real motive or drive, with Dr Cooper behaving like an brainless idiot, shame to the female race!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Summer Tree

  • The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 1
  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

The Summer Tree is the first novel of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Five university students embark on a journey of self-discovery when they enter a realm of wizards and warriors, gods and mythical creatures - and good and evil...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic fantasy at its best.

  • By Sharon on 03-04-13

Unbearably boring and complicated

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

My husband and I tried really hard to get into this book. We failed and gave up after two hours of incomprehensible tedium.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Frozen Out

  • Gunnhildur Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Quentin Bates
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvik's police sergeant Gunnhildur into deep waters. Although under pressure to deal with the matter quickly, she is suspicious that the man's death was no accident and once she has identified the body, sets about investigating his final hours. The case takes Gunnhildur away from her village and into a cosmopolitan world of shady deals, government corruption and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous female detective, who is normal!

  • By Di Griso on 01-12-13

Fabulous female detective, who is normal!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

I really enjoyed this Icelandic detective story, not your typical Nordic noir, but more upbeat and with hope at the end. Gunhilda is a great role model for any modern girl. Griping story and realistic characters.
Read well and easy to remember Icelandic names which is sometimes difficult in these Scandinavian books.
I have read books 2 & 3 and can't wait for the next one to come out, I m hooked.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lewis Man

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015

An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former detective inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to The Blackhouse, which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis trilogy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric sequel to The Blackhouse

  • By Kirstine on 24-02-12

Fabulous book, amazing insight into dementia

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

Reviewed: 31-05-13

A quite wonderful story, with the most amazing descriptions of a man with dementia and how he views the world, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

  • The Other Side of Dawn

  • Tomorrow Series #7
  • By: John Marsden
  • Narrated by: Suzi Dougherty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

After six incredible books, John Marsden has written the final volume and a last adventure for Ellie, Lee, Homer, Fi, and Kevin. It may be the end of the series, but does it mean the end to Australia as we know it or the end of the war? Or both?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The last book of the series - Brilliant!

  • By Rosie and Duncan on 13-02-13

Great teenage thought provoker

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Listened to this final episode with my 13 yr old son. It is the excellent conclusion to the 6 previous books and prompted some deep discussions about war, relationships and death. Well written with excellent characters and story.

  • Tomorrow, When the War Began

  • Tomorrow Series #1
  • By: John Marsden
  • Narrated by: Suzi Dougherty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enthralling read

  • By Paul on 21-04-07

great family listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

We listened to this as we drove to France with our 13 yr old son, Great reading voice from Suzi Dougherty and not too complicated for the younger listener, and provided excellent talking points over meals on our holiday.