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  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Great story, good pace

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Stone Man to be better than the print version?

The narration was really very good and hooked me into listening at every opportunity. I can't say the audio is better than the print version as I've not read the latter, but the story telling was excellent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stone Man?

When the stone man sets off for the first time, the interest from those watching turning to horror is handled really well and very modern as well - people taking selfies unto the point of it starting to crash into things and the consequent repercussions. The other memorable section for me is nearer the end, which I won't go into so I don't spoil it for those yet to read it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As above. The section involving Henry is captivating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As above, I enjoyed it and was moved by it at the same time

Any additional comments?

Really looking forward to my next Smitherd book (I hope it's as good!)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy Commander in Chief: Jack Ryan, Book 11

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Abandoned by other international leaders, Jack Ryan alone counters the threat posed by Russian president Valeri Volodin. This isn't the first time that the dictator has threatened world peace, but this time he's playing a very nuanced game, moving chess pieces around the board while isolating Ryan from the rest of the international community. Fortunately, Jack Ryan, Jr. and the rest of his Campus team find themselves in the middle of action with a vital clue to the Russian's intentions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, in the spirit of Tom Clancy

  • By A. Standen on 23-01-16

Great book, in the spirit of Tom Clancy

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

Reviewed: 23-01-16

What did you like most about Tom Clancy Commander in Chief: Jack Ryan, Book 11?

I read reviews before I bought this, some of which were critical of the story being slow. I've been an avid Tom Clancy fan since way back and I have to say I find Mark Greaney's style just as engaging. I didn't think it was slow. Sure, there's detail, but I like that. The story switches to different sub plots quite often, but not so much it gets irritating at all. There's plenty of action in my opinion and the build towards the climax is very well done, really good tension.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the Campus operators are favourites. I like the way that they're portrayed as human and not superhuman. They make mistakes, but overall are a great team.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I've listened to Scott Brick narrate other stories and when reading Clive Cussler I don't take to the accent that he uses. I have to say that in this story though, he is really good. I like his delivery and pace and think he's a great choice

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

No

Any additional comments?

All in all a great book. Quite lengthy, but I was still sorry when it was over!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Exit Wound

  • Nick Stone, Book 12
  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Ticking like a time-bomb, brimming with terror and threat, Andy McNab's latest Nick Stone adventure is a high-voltage story of corruption, cover-up and blistering suspense - the master thriller writer at his electrifying best.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • bad Idea swapping the narrator

  • By ste on 16-11-16

An audible page turner!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-10

I really enjoyed this book and devoured it very short order. I like Andy McNab's style and characters, so may be a bit biased. The plot is pacey and has several twists and the characters are generally likeable. The plot gets a little far fetched in a couple of places (in my view), with the main character travelling quickly between countries, but it made it full of action, which was good.

I also liked the narrator - quite a refined voice at the time and initially I didn't think his voice would work with how I envisaged the character, but he grew on me quickly and I now want to hear more.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful