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Grumpy Scot

London, uk
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  • Identity Crisis

  • By: Ben Elton
  • Narrated by: Ben Elton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

A series of apparently random murders draws amiable, old-school Detective Mick Matlock into a world of sex, politics, reality TV and a bewildering kaleidoscope of opposing identity groups. Lost in a blizzard of hashtags, his already complex investigation is further impeded by the fact that he simply doesn’t ‘get’ a single thing about anything anymore. Meanwhile, each day another public figure confesses to having ‘misspoken’ and prostrates themselves before the judgment of Twitter. Begging for forgiveness, assuring the public 'that is not who I am'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elton's Rifle!

  • By Simon on 04-04-19

Trump's election meets BREXIT.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-19

well written and well read. accurate and laugh out loud observations. read it as soon as you can so as to lap up all the cultural references

  • Capture or Kill

  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Matt Logan is an MI5 agent for the British government. Working on the front line of counterterrorism in the UK, he's trained to protect its citizens against all threats. When two brothers known operationally as 'Iron Sword' and 'Stone Fist' are suspected of plotting a major terrorist event, Logan and his team work undercover to track them down. If they fail, an attack will be unleashed that will rock the country to its very core.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced Fun Spy Story!

  • By Simon on 03-08-18

Boy's Own Adventure.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

very easy listening. Simple plot. Best bit .. Action description. All characters .. 2 dimensional. It's a short easy listen .. I'm probably looking for more length, character development and believable analysis and outcome.

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  • The Fifth Risk

  • Undoing Democracy
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy - an agency that deals with some of the most powerful risks facing humanity - waited to welcome the incoming administration's transition team. Nobody appeared. Across the US government, the same thing happened: nothing. People don't notice when stuff goes right. That is the stuff government does. It manages everything that underpins our lives from funding free school meals, to policing rogue nuclear activity, to predicting extreme weather events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not vintage Lewis

  • By Jamie Holdoway on 14-10-18

Fascinating interpretation of the status quo. REALLY?

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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: 16-11-18

An analysis based on the incongruous. Lewis builds his case based upon the familiar, the indisputable. Just when you think you know what the department of agriculture does he pulls the rug from under you. Then he does it to you again and again. Eminently readable.. Look forward to being educated , amused and ultimately flabbergasted.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and the text is served well by narration.

  • By David W. on 12-09-18

fake news-it ain't.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

excellently written then read. it delivers a crushing narrative of a ship that!s full steam ahead that simultaneously has no fixed course. interestingly I felt sorry for an individual who is so obviously out of his depth but I had no sympathy for a fool that was unable to rely upon Wise counsel that surrounded him.

  • The Devil's Alternative

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

When the entire Soviet Union wheat crop is destroyed by a devastating string of failures, the population faces starvation. The USA is quick to offer assistance. They devise a plan to trade vital food resources with the Russians in exchange for sensitive political information. But the Politburo has other ideas: the invasion of Western Europe to commandeer the food for them... As the paths of communication breakdown the president of the United States and leaders from around the world face an appalling choice: Should they allow the loss of thousands to save the lives of many more?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller with renewed topicality

  • By Kirstine on 01-12-14

Great Holiday Listen.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book may not change your life but it will set you on your way to becoming a gunnery officer on a modern warship.
the plot was believable but the cast were painted in overly bright colours .. especially the supersonic texan pilot.
it's no day of the jackal .. but then not many novels are.

  • London Rules

  • Slough House, Book 5
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

London rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one. Cover your arse. Regent's Park's First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote and now has his sights set on Number 10; from the showboat's wife, a tabloid columnist who's crucifying Whelan in print; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping. Brilliantly entertaining.

  • By Belinda on 09-02-18

slow horses. always a comfortable ride. <br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

I've loved all 5 books. perhaps time to put the slow horses out to pasture.

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  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,178

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road. In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By S. Bramble on 23-12-17

This is a long true story, scrupulously researched

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

Fascinating tale, well balanced. As a true story it cannot be edited to produce a work of drama , so a little patience and perseverance is required.

  • The First Rule of Survival

  • By: Paul Mendelson
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Seven years ago in Cape Town three young white South African schoolboys were abducted in broad daylight on three consecutive days. They were never heard of again. Now, a new case for the unpredictable Colonel Vaughn de Vries casts a light on the original enquiry; for him, a personal failure which has haunted him for those seven years and has cost him his marriage and peace of mind .A former British government agent, friend to De Vries, provides intelligence on this new case, but is any of it admissible?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One No Trump it ain't, more like four spades.

  • By Grumpy Scot on 13-03-18

One No Trump it ain't, more like four spades.

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

I really did start by reading Bridge for beginners. But then Don February and Vaughan de Vries got hold of me. Excellent narration, intelligent plot and nuanced observation of culturally shifting forces at work in a New south Africa. Read it..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dying Breed

  • By: Peter Hanington
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

A debut novel in the vein of Greene and le Carré, A Dying Breed is a brilliant and gripping story of the politics of news reporting, intrigue and blood set between the dark halls of Whitehall, the shadowy corridors of the BBC and the perilous streets of Kabul, in the shadowy le Carré-esque world of foreign correspondents reporting from war zones around the world. Carver, an old BBC hack, is warned off a story when a bomb goes off, killing a local official in Kabul, but his instincts tell him something isn't quite right....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • highly recommended

  • By Diana Brighouse on 04-05-17

Bravura debut

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Excellent first novel. By the end I liked the protagonists and despised the antagonists.

Good pace, believable yarn.

Looking forward to William carter's next outing.

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  • A Legacy of Spies

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life into a favourite series

  • By nicole on 10-09-17

perfectly crafted

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

Reviewed: 13-12-17

There is sublime warmth that comes out to greet you as John Le Carre chauffeurs you on this last excursion.
It may be possible to read this novel without being familiar with the cast of characters but hat would be like adding cola to a single malt.
Tom Hollander s an excellent narrator.
11 (Spinal Tap).