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  • The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend

  • Drenai, Book 6
  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 383

Druss. The Legend. Saviour of Skeln Pass. Protector of Dros Delnoch. The most famous - and dreaded - of Drenai's heroes. But before all men knew Druss, he was a young husband, hewing tress instead of men - most of the time - and held in check by his beloved wife, Rowena. When she is stolen by slavers, Druss becomes a killing machine intent on only one thing: Rowena's return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ever listen

  • By Martha Alice Wolfgang on 15-08-17

always a captivating story

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

nice to hear it on my commute after reading it many times. Gemmell always brought something more visceral and meaningful to the genre compared to the overly arty or philosophical tracts of others

  • White Knight/Black Swan

  • By: David Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Max Dowler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

David Gemmell was the UK's number one fantasy and historical novelist until his death in 2006. A regular Sunday Times best seller and international sensation, his legacy lives on through his novels, his influence on the genre, and the David Gemmell Legend awards. White Knight/Black Swan was David Gemmell's crime thriller debut, first published under a pseudonym in 1993 and long out of print and highly sought after by fans. Reedited and republished under his own name, it's a must-listen for fans of his heroic and powerful style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly brilliant

  • By Richard Taylor on 30-05-18

a new but familiar experience

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

Gemmell is my fave fantasy author so this was fascinating as I can see the consistent themes coming through in a (more) contemporary setting

  • The Last Kingdom

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

The first book in a brand-new series, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the reign of King Alfred. Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Orphaned at 10, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault. The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred's growing up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fate is unstoppable

  • By A D MCCLENAGHAN on 13-12-14

loved the book really enjoyed hearing it

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

Reviewed: 13-08-17

haven't seen the tv show yet but had some much more pleasant commutes with this

  • Jennifer Government

  • By: Max Barry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The irreverent author of the cult classic Syrup hits his target in this satire on the wages of big capital. In Max Barry's hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations, and employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly traded security firms, and the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a quirky read

  • By Tom on 23-12-08

Innovative, different and thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

What did you like most about Jennifer Government?

This tale is a logic-stretching view of a future where corporations vie with countries to run the world - a plausible premise writ large which may make you see the future direction of big business differently

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jennifer Government?

The action at the mall - various times. Sneaker marketing!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Jennifer catching up with John...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - I listen to these audiobooks on my 90 minute commute. Makes the drive more bearable

Any additional comments?

I'm a big fan of Max Barry - I recommend you try Company too. It will make you think twice about things going on in the office!

  • The City - Volume 1

  • By: Stella Gemmell
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Built up over the millennia, layer upon layer, the City is ancient and vast. Over the centuries, it has sprawled beyond its walls, the cause of constant war with neighbouring peoples and kingdoms, laying waste to what was once green and fertile.And at the heart of the City resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such a disappointment

  • By BlackLamb on 03-12-15

Gotta have a Gemmell in my library!

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

What made the experience of listening to The City - Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

Different and intriguing. I've no idea where it's going

Who was your favorite character and why?

The guy who went back for the girl's ?scarf? taken from her. Mad fool!

What about Simon Shepherd’s performance did you like?

Gave a very subtle edge to each different character so you got the feeling he was presenting them to you

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No! Way too long - my bum would have gone to sleep!

Any additional comments?

Different to the great and sadly missed David Gemmell (where is he in Audible? Shame on you!) but has the same undercurrent of special characters who subtly engage your interest and investment

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  • Killing Floor

  • Jack Reacher 1
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in 30 years. The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Helen on 10-12-13

Enjoyed the Reacher movie, loving the books

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

What made the experience of listening to Killing Floor the most enjoyable?

I'm new to crime fiction but enjoyed the diminutive Reacher movie so thought I'd give the books ago. Still haven't even got to the one made into a movie yet but getting there. Good pace, interesting twists and somewhat unanticipated crime...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Floor?

The twists - but I'll not say anything more!

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Even and relaxed delivery let the written word flow over you without intruding

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

Er, no...