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  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible adaptation of a wonderful book

  • By Kate on 10-07-18

Fantastic listen

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

If you want the full unabridged version there is one out there but this is a brilliant adaptation which is a pleasure to listen to.

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514

Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013. Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013. Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful words; beautifully read

  • By Spa2004 on 14-02-16

Wow

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

Greene can do no wrong in my eyes just come off a row of average or downright bad books and needed this classic to reaffirm my enjoyment of listening.
Would love to see Colin Firth narrate all of Greene’s books as he suits the material so well.

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable - an absolute must listen

  • By Londongirl on 12-06-17

Needs editing

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

There is a good story hidden in the endless waffle of each character as they tell you how they feel at all times

  • Different Seasons

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

In this classic collection of four novellas, the grand master takes you on irresistible journeys into the far reaches of horror, heartache and hope. 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption' is the story of two men convicted of murder - one guilty, one innocent - who form the perfect partnership as they dream up a scheme to escape from prison. In 'Apt Pupil' a golden schoolboy entices an old man with a past to join in a dreadful union.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best King Books, top 5 at least

  • By kmcca5 on 06-09-16

Kings best writing

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

It’s no surprise that two fantastic films have been produced from stories in this book as the quality of writing is superb.
In this book he showcases his talent for writing straight fiction as good as any contemporary author.
Do yourself a favour and read today

  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Smiley than Pilgrim

  • By Robert on 17-08-17

Brilliant Listen

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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: 22-10-18

A pure joy to read a modern day Smiley pulling all the strings on his motley gang

  • All the Pretty Horses

  • The Border Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers. Finding himself cut off from the only life he has ever wanted, he sets out for Mexico with his friend, Lacey Rawlins. Befriending a third boy on the way, they find a country beyond their imagining: barren and beautiful, rugged yet cruelly civilised.... A place where dreams are paid for in blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good story with great content.<br />

  • By jon on 25-09-16

Cracking listen

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

Read this book a while ago and loved it so would be interesting to see if it was as good as I remembered.
Well it was narrated brilliantly and didn’t disappoint me.
Cormac McCarthy is a genius and would recommend all his novels but especially this trilogy.

  • The Servants of Twilight

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • End a little dissapointing

  • By Jamie on 11-07-15

He said she said

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

The narrator doesn’t need to say he said or she said if she’s giving each character a different voice it’s very annoying
Other than that a decent enough story that would be better read than listened to.

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  • No Country for Old Men

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First time author for me

  • By Mark on 28-05-08

Classic

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

The greatest writer of the second half of the 20th century.
Do yourself a good turn and read this book then read all his back catalogue.
The border trilogy is the scale from which all other books should be judged.
It amazes me that sub standard novels win awards when the real classics are overlooked because they are too violent or nihilistic but I think that reflects on the judges rather than the material.
Nobody reads the news anymore

  • His Bloody Project

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Cameron Mowat
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

  • By Alex on 18-11-16

cracking read

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

A book that is made to be read out loud and this really suits its parts.
A story of class and power that will stay with you.

  • Fireblood

  • Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

In a world beset by plagues, Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work to end the devastation. Yet when he first ventures into the Scourgelands to uncover the secret of the plagues’ origin, he barely makes it out alive after being ambushed by a mysterious, unseen enemy. Tyrus knows the plagues will rise again - more powerful than ever before - and he is determined to complete his mission. To aid in his new quest, he summons his nephew Annon and his niece Hettie - both of whom possess an innate magic called the fireblood - and a pack of unlikely allies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hated it

  • By Stephanie on 05-06-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

Perfect narration of a top class story.
Looking forward to starting the next novel in the series and hope that the new narrator is up to the task.