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  • Gumption

  • Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times best seller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights 21 figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day - Nick's personal pantheon of "great Americans".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A matter of taste

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-11-16

What am I missing?

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

Is this supposed to be ironic? As the books drones on the people with gumption become less and less likeable as does Mr Offerman, Americans don’t do irony is proven in these pages. If you really want to see someone making a fast buck go to his woodworking outlet and wonder why people don’t see him coming.

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

Not there

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

After trying other suggestions to download book with no luck, I returned original that I managed to find on my PC audible app and re ordered book, now available on my iPhone, lesson for me is no more pre orders on Audible.

I suspect the book is very good, in fact back to Rivers of London at its best

11 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil’s Star: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 5

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star – a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing, gripping thriller.

  • By Richard on 21-07-12

Same again

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Much like other Harry Hole storylines with usual reference to Jim Beam and soft rock music. Rebus is better

  • The Road to Wigan Pier

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Road to Wigan Pier

  • By M on 15-10-12

Everyone should read this book

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

As relevant today as it was in the 30's many of George's predictions came to pass so very definitely worth a read. Nothing predicts our future better than our past.

Thank you , I think my head is now better screwed on

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,246

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

I was endlessly disappointed by it

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Is there any particular reason he played the game, the minute he signed up he was equally culpable. Just because you are told something is true doesn't mean it is. After all thousands of people around the world tonight will die but that does not make me upset as I have no idea of it. Why would a stranger causing another stranger grab my attention all he has made himself is just as much of a monster as the man in white. What a toaster!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shot All to Hell

  • Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape
  • By: Mark Lee Gardner
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

It was the most famous bank robbery of all time, involving the legendary James-Younger gang's final shocking holdup - the infamous Northfield Raid - and the thrilling two-week chase that followed. Mark Lee Gardner, author of the critically acclaimed To Hell on a Fast Horse, takes us inside Northfield's First National Bank and outside to the streets as Jesse James and his band of outlaws square off against the heroic citizens who risked their lives to defeat America's most daring criminals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebelious bad and dangerous to know

  • By Dominic on 06-05-16

Rebelious bad and dangerous to know

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Would you listen to Shot All to Hell again? Why?

Have listened twice, led me to finding out more about the Youngers and Jameses

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shot All to Hell?

The Raid and the long days on the run

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have easily settled down with a bottle or two to long session

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,611

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Myth and the Met

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

Reviewed: 26-02-14

What did you like most about Rivers of London?

The joy of reading a fantastical plot that at no point drags me down into the unpleasant reality of the vile acts, that's the way to do it!

What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An lovely accent

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very funny

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Who cares who dunnit

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

Reviewed: 23-02-14

What was most disappointing about Karen Maitland’s story?

The characters snaked through a grey wet uninspiring landscape, much like the plot. I only wish the plague was faster on it's feet.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows from Boot Hill

  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: R. F. Daley, Phil Proctor, John Mariano, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Every man walks with a shadow...but what happens when he acquires a second one? Just ask Brazos, a cold-blooded killer for hire with blood on his hands and a posse on his tail. Desperate for cash, Brazos accepts $200 to gun down a local man named Brant. He’ll earn every penny...but in the end there’ll be the devil to pay. Because to put a bullet in Brant means putting one in his partner as well - an eerie stranger schooled in the black art of witchcraft. This is one killing that brings with it a deadly curse - and a second shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cowboy Ghost Story

  • By Dominic on 03-02-14

Cowboy Ghost Story

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

What did you like most about Shadows from Boot Hill?

L Ron writes fantastic pulp fiction, perfect setting for all the cowboy values and lots of rooting tooting action

  • The Pale Criminal

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

During a sweltering heat wave in the summer of 1938, the German people anxiously await the outcome of the Munich conference, wondering whether the Fuhrer will plunge Europe into another war. Meanwhile, private investigator Bernie Gunther is hired by a rich widow to find out who has been blackmailing her, as well as by the Berlin criminal police to track down a serial killer. Temporarily promoted to the rank of Kommissar, Gunther sets out to solve the dual mysteries amid the tensions of pre-war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second in the series and just as good

  • By chris on 19-01-09

German Chandler innit!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

What made the experience of listening to The Pale Criminal the most enjoyable?

If you've read any of the Flashman books and Hammett or Chandler then in a nutshell that's what to expect. A ripping yarn set upon a backdrop of Germany between the 30's to 50's

3 of 3 people found this review helpful