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  • John Wayne

  • The Life and Legend
  • By: Scott Eyman
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

John Wayne projected dignity, integrity, and strength in all his films, even when his characters were flawed, and whatever character he played was always prepared to confront injustice in his own way. More than thirty years after his death, he remains the standard by which male stars are judged and an actor whose morally unambiguous films continue to attract sizeable audiences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMERICAN ICON

  • By Brendamo on 14-01-15

John Wayne Life and Legend - loved this book

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

John Wayne Life and Legend - loved this book
Being a John Wayne fan I loved this book.
Book was full of surprised about his early life, his education and about his politics.
Great narration

  • Palace of Treason

  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The sexual objectification in the narrator's voice

  • By Tim Regan on 01-11-18

Different narrator - why oh why change from book 1

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Different narrator - why oh why change from book 1
Narration was terrible her voices of American agents from book 1 sounded terrible
Same old same old story

  • When You Disappeared

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing - don't waste your credit

  • By Liz Rev on 21-07-18

When you disappear - rubbish

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

When you disappear - rubbish
There’s a lot going on in this book, many words but not a great story it’s too stupid
Good narration

  • Bleeding Heart Square

  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Nineteen thirty-four, London. Into the decaying cul-de-sac of Bleeding Heart Square steps aristocratic Lydia Langstone fleeing an abusive marriage. However, unknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts Bleeding Heart Square. What happened to Miss Penhow, the middle-aged spinster who owns the house and who vanished four years earlier? Why is a seedy plain-clothes policeman obsessively watching the square? What is making struggling journalist Rory Wentwood so desperate to contact Miss Penhow?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying experience

  • By Kaggy on 23-02-18

Bleeding Heat Square - Good old fashioned yarn

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Bleeding Heat Square - Good old fashioned yarn
Nice little book, quite a lot of twists & turns to keep you questing.
Surprised ending
Good narration

  • Nomad

  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

Marc Dane is an MI6 field agent at home behind a computer screen, one step away from the action. But when a brutal attack on his team leaves Marc as the only survivor - and with the shocking knowledge that there are traitors inside MI6 - he's forced into the front line. However, the evidence seems to point towards Marc as the perpetrator of the attack. Accused of betraying his country, he must race against time to clear his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-05-17

Nomad - good but a bit far fetched in parts

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

Nomad - good but a bit far fetched in parts
I’m not saying these things couldn’t happen but I found the book
to macho in parts
Good narration

  • People Who Eat Darkness

  • By: Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

In the summer of 2000, Jane Steare received the phone call every mother dreads. Her daughter Lucie Blackman - tall, blonde and 21 years old - had stepped into the vastness of a Tokyo summer and disappeared forever. That winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a desolate seaside cave. Her disappearance was mystifying. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredibly sad story. but gripping

  • By Anonymous User on 07-11-17

People Who Eat Darkness - Disturbing

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

People Who Eat Darkness - Disturbing book & sadly tragic
It just show what 1 mans actions can affect so many people
Good narration

  • Into the Blue

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Paul Shelley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Harry Barnett, a middle-aged failure, leads a shabby existence. He is reduced to caretaking a friend's villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep. Then a guest at the villa - a young woman he had instantly warmed to - disappears on a mountain peak. Under suspicion of her murder, Harry becomes obsessed by the mystery that has changed his life and begins to trace back the movements and encounters that led to the moment where she vanished into the blue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Poppey on 16-05-13

Into The Blue - good book

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

Into The Blue - good book lots of twists & turns
but pretty average on the scale of other books I’ve read
Good narration

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Bee on 31-03-18

The Trauma Cleaner - dInteresting but not great

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

The Trauma Cleaner - dInteresting but not great
Interesting book but not my cup of tea
Narrator was ok

  • You Were Gone

  • David Raker, Book 9
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Rachel Bavidge, Tom Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By Debs on 02-06-18

You Were Gone - terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

You Were Gone - terrible
From the beginning this book frustrated me,
I think the author was running out of ideas to write about.
I kept on hoping the book would get better a i laboriously plough
through it but it didn’t.
I do normally like Weaver’s book but not this time .
Good narration

  • Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Paul Adams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it though, the pair are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman - Charles Darnay - falsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom, the dissolute lawyer's clerk Sydney Carton. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to listen to with background music

  • By MAGGS on 01-11-18

Impossible to listen to with background music

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Tale of two cities - Impossible to listen to with background music
Being particularly deaf I find it very hard to hear what narrator is saying as the background ,unicorn unable to concentrate on the words