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  • First Response

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019

From best-selling writer Stephen Leather comes an utterly addictive all-action thriller in which a huge terrorist threat to the capital can only be stopped by one man. From the best-selling author of the Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale series comes First Response, the utterly addictive new thriller by Stephen Leather. London is under siege. Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and so expertly narrated. Oh the pace

  • By Gavingks on 14-03-16

Difficult to start but worth the read

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

Reviewed: 09-05-19

Slow start initially, plus the narrator took a bit of getting used to. He read in a fairly jerky style. That was soon forgotten as the story progressed. There were many facets interwoven constantly to make a complex and surprising tale. The narrator, despite his faults, voiced the story well and his varied British accents fit the story and it's people. I really enjoyed the fact that he didn't stop to say Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc. The story ran into each other as a continuous tale. It helped keep the flow and I had a hard time stopping until it was finished as I always wanted to know what happened next.

  • Tyrannosaurus Drip

  • By: Julia Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Imelda Staunton
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Whoever heard of a vegetarian T. Rex? Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest, confusion is sure to ensue!

When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip. Poor little Drip: all he wants is a quiet life munching on water weed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and sweet

  • By Jynx on 27-11-18

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

My DS has this book and I bought him the audible version. Great narration with a cute song at the end. Classic Julia Donaldson

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen.

  • By Elizabeth on 07-04-08

A chilling and haunting tale

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I read the book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it then. I enjoyed this just as much. The narrator was excellent and really brought the story to life, as well as the real fear and emotions being relayed. Superb production.

  • Force of Law

  • By: Jez Morrow
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

When a Lamborghini Diablo car pulls into the quick oil change shop on Cleveland's west side, Tom Russell immediately assumes this is his old lover, Wells, has come back to torment him. But it's worse. The driver is Wells' arrogant, obscenely rich cousin Law Castille. He invites Tom on a little subtle revenge tip, accompanying Law as his guest to Wells' wedding.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing (Review contains minor spoilers)

  • By Jynx on 08-11-18

Disappointing (Review contains minor spoilers)

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This book had a great premise and a narrator I enjoyed. Unfortunately, much like films where all the best parts are in the trailer, this book failed to deliver.

This book had elements I enjoyed, but overall, what little plot there was felt rushed, unrealistic and as if the author had never met a male before, let alone a gay one. The first sex scene was arguably rape and unpleasant to listen to. There was very little believable chemistry between the main characters and the background characters little more than props. It was hard to care about any of them.

The one character I did somewhat like was Law. There was just enough hints about his character to give clues that all was not as it seems. Tom, however, was immature, clueless and apparently shallow. His opinion of a virtual stranger changing from "Devil incarnate" to "I love him" practically overnight.

The narration was good. Not the best I've heard from Joel Leslie, but considering what he had to work with, I think he did an admirable job trying to make this interesting. I read reviews on the book that spoke positively of the ending and I stuck it out to see how it all turned out. It has all the hallmarks of a fairy tale: H.E.A, unbelievable and predictable. Still, I have read worse books, and I don't regret listening to this one... but I am unlikely to ever listen to it twice.

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,040

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twists, turns and shocks!

  • By Simon on 18-12-15

One of the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

This book has long been a contender my all-time favourite Harry Potter book. It's full of danger, intrigue, and mystery. It shows many different aspects and viewpoints (both hero and villain) throughout. Stephen Fry does a remarkably good job of reading a variety of characters with consistency and variation. Overall an excellent listen.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,384
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,415
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,384

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Good Potter!

  • By Simon on 29-11-15

Well written. Well read

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Much more exciting than the previous novel, but also more sinister. Fry does an excellent job reading this and manages to bring suspense and anticipation and a whole host of emotions felt by various characters really come through. Fry also manages to provide a myriad of voices to bring his telling to life - everything from the Beaubaton and Durmstrang students to Death Eaters and house elves, all have their own unique voice in this telling. Definitely the best so far

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,687
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,664

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Series Matures

  • By Simon on 26-11-15

Another Superb Performance

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

Great story brilliantly read by Stephen Fry. A more mature book than the previous two and slightly darker in nature, but that is the point. The books mature as the characters do

  • You Have to F--king Eat

  • By: Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

From the author of the international best seller Go the F--k to Sleep comes a book about the other great parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal. Profane, loving and deeply cathartic, You Have to F--king Eat breaks the code of child-rearing silence, giving new, old, grand- and expectant parents a much-needed chance to laugh about a universal problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is all true :)

  • By Martin on 14-11-14

Brilliantly read by Fry

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

Not as good as it's counterpart "You have to F-ing Eat" but very well read by Stephen Fry and still a good sequel. Very relatable to all parents who have been in similar situations with there own children.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,352
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,345

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Fryed Potter

  • By Simon on 20-11-15

Magical

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Stephen Fry provides the perfect voice to bring this adventure to life. I thoroughly enjoyed rediscovering the magic and joy of Harry Potter and am looking forward to book 2.

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