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  • The Watchman

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: James Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

A long time ago, Joe Pike asked for help. In return, he would, one day, be called upon to return the favour, no questions asked. That day has come. Joe Pike is asked to protect the life of Larkin Conner Barkley, a spoiled rich girl who happens to be a federal witness in a major case. But someone is leaking information about their whereabouts, and the killers are getting all too close. So Pike hatches a plan: disappear into the anonymous underbelly of Los Angeles, turn the tables and hunt down the hunters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Enjoyable Reacher Substitute

  • By Gavin Jones on 30-12-18

An Enjoyable Reacher Substitute

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

If you've had your temporary fill of Reacher and/or Mr Harding's narration then you could do worse than trying this book. Joe Pike is less cerebral than Reacher but probably more violent. There is a lot of action packed into these short books

  • Without Fail

  • Jack Reacher 6
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

Jack Reacher walks alone. No job, no ID, no last known address. But he never turns down a plea for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to the details ... perfection in words

  • By Mr Rupert Seymour on 28-06-13

A Good One

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

This is certainly one of the better Reacher novels. Mr Harding even reins in his OTT narration which certainly, for me anyway, is another very good reason for recommending this book.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,057

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Definitely Try This If...

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

If you have never read a zombie book, seen a zombie film or TV series you will stand a good chance of really enjoying this book. If, however, this is not your situation it's likely that you'll have a strong feeling of deja vu throughout.

  • The Oracle Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Soule
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded website with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping story.

  • By JamieN on 10-10-18

If I Could See The Future

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

If I could see the future I probably wouldn't have finished this book because although it starts very well it's downhill from about two hours in.

Let me make my own prediction. You WILL be disappointed by the ending.

  • Chicago

  • A Novel
  • By: David Mamet
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10

A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago - a city where some people knew too much and where everyone should have known better - by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross. Mike Hodge - veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry - probably shouldn't have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh should have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ask yourself...

  • By Gavin Jones on 07-04-18

Ask yourself...

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Did you think that "Deadwood" got loads better after Al Swearengen began talking like Hamlet?

Would go into your local chip shop and ask for "two servings of your finest seafood and vegetable hunger solution"?

If not then it won't take very long for this book to get on your nerves

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A God in Ruins

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and memorable

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-15

More Than A Bit Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

Life After Life was dazzlingly good. The least interesting characters from that book are decanted into this one and mixed with some others that are simply horrible.

To be honest I wish I hadn't listened to it as it added nothing to the first book. It only subtracted.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Floor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 1
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Killing Floor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero. Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks 14 miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lucy T. on 15-11-17

My First Encounter With Reacher

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

This is what it is. Lee Child isn't trying to be Cormac McCarthy. The story is fast-paced and the characters don't get on your nerves. There are 4 or 5 excellent and exciting set-pieces and the bad guys are really bad.

Some people claim that the first chapter is one of the best first chapters of any novel of the late 20th century. I don't know about that but it is certainly pretty good

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to redeem himself. In time, he becomes a respected merchant and eventually the mayor of the town. But Fate is not to be so easily appeased, and Henchard finds his past actions resonate through and destroy his plans for the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • By Felix on 04-09-12

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

Obviously the story is good but it's the narration that is the real stand-out feature of this excellent audio book.

  • Solar Bones

  • By: Mike McCormack
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Marcus Conway has come a long way to stand in the kitchen of his home and remember the rhythms and routines of his life. Considering with his engineer's mind how things are constructed - bridges, banking systems, marriages - and how they may come apart. Mike McCormack captures with tenderness and feeling, in continuous, flowing prose, a whole life suspended in a single hour.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad

  • By Gavin Jones on 27-09-17

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

Maybe this book loses something in the listening as it seemed to me that it was more an exercise in technique rather than story-telling. It’s not bad and is well delivered by Tim Gerard Reynolds but, in the end, he is just relaying events, feelings, frustrations and observations that the majority of listeners will have already experienced for real. It reminded me of “Eileen” in as far as I kept waiting or something to happen.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman, trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's carer and her day job as a secretary at the prison. When the charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives as the new counsellor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic reader made this good, wouldve struggled otherwise

  • By ziiigggg on 19-03-17

Not Exactly What I Expected

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I heard and extract from this book read on the radio. It sounded pretty good. I didn't expect the whole book to be exactly like the extract I heard. It's relentless. Superbly read, however.