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  • The Last Town

  • Wayward Pines, Book 3
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope we get another one!

  • By Katie on 20-06-15

Disappointing 3rd book in the Pines series

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

Reviewed: 17-07-14

What would have made The Last Town better?

The first two books in the 'Pines' series were well written and fun to read, good old page turners. I've been looking forward to 'The Last Town', but found it to be very poor in comparison. There's lots of description about guns e.g. ammunition types, which kind of guns are suited to certain situations. The story and characters come over as nothing you care fore. It is like the author has lost interest. Also, it is very short.

What could Blake Crouch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Blake Crouch seems to have lost interest in the characters he created and the story. I imagine it didn't take him long to write this book. The format has changed too, now providing a little detail about a lot of characters. Looks like it has been written for TV, but unfortunately it doesn't make for a good read.

Any additional comments?

Dear Blake, if your going to write another book about Wayward Pines, forget about the TV series, write like you used to and have fun with the people and story.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,424

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-12

A good listen, albeit with a slow build

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-12

It takes a long time to connect with this book, but stay with it. Took me almost half the book to start to be bothered about the characters. Jo Rowling is a clever person though and knows exactly what she is doing. As the stories of the many characters unfold, they start to interconnect and you want to know more.



Very cleverly you engage with the world she has created and it becomes a page turner.



There has been a lot of criticism of this book. Reviewers seem to have their own ideas and agendas as to why J.K. Rowling wrote this novel, with its long and detailed narrative. My guess is that over time, when the book and the writer aren't so fashionable, it will be appreciated differently and regarded as a great work.



By the way, the reader, Tom Hollander, does a truly superb job.



If you choose it, and stay with it, I think you'll be glad you did.

  • Earthsearch

  • The Complete Radio Series I and II (Dramatised)
  • By: James Follett
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The acclaimed BBC Radio 4 space drama arrives in its entirety for the very first time, with a bonus introduction by creator and writer James Follett. The starship Challenger has been on a 115-year-long mission, exploring other galaxies for suitable Earth-like planets to colonise. The present crew of four were born on the ship and have never left it. But when the Challenger attempts to return to the crew's home planet, it discovers that the Earth has vanished!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stands up to the test of time

  • By Wendy on 22-08-06

Great fun, improves as it goes on

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-12

Initially it sounds very dated, a bit wooden in fact, but stick with it as the adventure unfolds and the characters develop. Great fun and lots of cliff-hangers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tuffers' Cricket Tales

  • By: Phil Tufnell
  • Narrated by: Phil Tufnell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

A wonderful collection of hilarious cricket stories and anecdotes from the one and only 'Tuffers'. Phil Tufnell, aka 'Tuffers', is the much-loved English cricketer who has now become one of the country's favourite broadcasters. Not cast from the same mould as other players of his generation, Tufnell has become a cult figure for his unorthodox approach to the game ... and to life in general. Tuffers' Cricket Tales is a deliciously eccentric collection of the great man's favourite cricket stories that will amuse and inform.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by Tuffers narrating his own book

  • By Peter on 18-10-12

Spoilt by Tuffers narrating his own book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-12

The man himself, Phil Tufnell narrates this book. Originally that was part of the appeal as to why I chose it, thinking he would be wit and charm, but it hasn't worked out that way. In fact, I found it hard to listen to.



Also, he intentionally bleeps outs words he thinks the listener will be offended by - which ends up sounding a bit daft. Never come across an audio book which bleeps out words. Maybe its done for comic effect, but its just annoying.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Scared

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

When a Cambridge student dramatically attempts to take her own life, DI Mark Joesbury realizes that the university has developed an unhealthy record of young people committing suicide in extraordinary ways. Against huge personal misgivings, Joesbury sends young policewoman DC Lacey Flint to Cambridge, with a brief to work undercover, posing as a depression-prone, vulnerable student. Psychiatrist Evi Oliver is the only person in Cambridge who knows who Lacey really is - or so they both hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lacey Flint No.2

  • By AmyAlice on 14-03-14

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-12

Not the best thriller I've read or listened to this year. You don't have to have read S.J. Bolton's first book featuring the heroin, Lacey Flint, but it would help. Felt like it had been written by a committee following a list of criteria for a modern thriller e.g. "write it in the first person", "let's have short chapters", "we should have a few gory details", "let's have a strong female lead, but vulnerable too" .

The final few chapters are implausible and a bit silly.