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  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Read

  • By A on 19-02-13

Newest Robert Crais thriller - Suspect"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-13

I really enjoyed every minute of this crime thriller in which Maggie - a German Shepherd and former (injured) war-dog became a police dog with the LAPD and has a starring role in helping her handler Scott James in solving a serious crime. Story is narrated in part by Maggie as well as by Scott James - so unusually you hear the dog's side of this riveting story. I listened to it over a couple of days in every spare moment that I had. Robert Crais goes from strength to strength with his story-telling. This is one of his best yet

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dominion

  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dominion: Fantastic and Atmospheric Novel!

  • By David on 21-11-12

Dominion - a gripping espionage thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Dominion is a gripping espionage thriller set in the 1950s in post-war England, which had capitulated to the Nazis in 1940 and was now a satellite country of the Third Reich - under authoritarian rule. Brilliant narration as the author weaves the story of a complex character - Frank Muncaster, a scientist carrying an incredible secret - being hunted by the Gestapo while being helped to escape incarceration by members of the English Resistance. The other key character is David Fitzgerald, a civil servant acting as a spy for the Resistance but unknown to his wife Sarah, Riveting tale of intrigue - times where the reader holds his breath as they just keep out of the clutches of the Nazis.

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  • Under Enemy Colours

  • By: Sean Thomas Russell
  • Narrated by: Nick Boulton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

As the streets of Paris are overrun with revolutionary fervour, England prepares for the inevitable war with France. Lieutenant Charles Hayden is a man of undeniable ability. The son of an Englishman, his allegiance to the English Crown is beyond dispute. But, with a French mother, and without any influence in the Admiralty, he is seemingly overlooked for his first commission as Master and Commander. Instead, he is posted to an ageing frigate, the Themis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ben on 14-06-09

Rivetting story - hard to put down

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-12

I really enjoyed this and my dog ended up having exceptionally long walks so that I could listen to this wonderful book - the exploits of Lt Charles Hayden RN with his tyrannical useless captain. I rate this as up with the best of this genre. I can't wait to download and read the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Death on the Ice

  • By: Robert Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

January 18, 1912: Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition reaches the South Pole. Just a few weeks later, trapped in one of the worst blizzards Antarctica has ever known, Scott and his four companions perish in subzero temperatures. How did the icy conditions overwhelm Scott, Captain Oates and their party on the fateful return journey? The story of Scott and Oates, their incredible journey and their tragic final days, combines ambition, national pride and the kind of bravery and dignity most men can only dream of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Dee on 12-04-10

Scott's final and fatal expedition in 1912

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-12

This is a brilliantly written and extremely well narrated story - revolving around the build up to and the actual expedition to the South Pole in 1912 by Scott and his team. Whilst a novel, it is built on facts and all the central characters are thoroughly well covered, especially the life and exploits of Captain Oates and quite a bit on Shackleton early in the story in the earlier expedition. I enjoyed every minute of this book even though I knew what the final outcome would be. It has considerably enhanced my knowledge of the 'golden era' of Antarctic exploration and makes me want to learn more about the leading characters - Taff Evans, Birdy Bowers, the Doctor, Cherry, and many others. Marvellous book

  • Zoo Station

  • By: David Downing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent 15 years in Berlin, where his German-born son lives. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as war approaches, he faces the prospect of having to leave his son and his longtime girlfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well plotted and absorbing story

  • By Tom on 30-11-10

Berlin before the outbreak of World War 2

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-12

This is a very interesting and very well written book that has completely captured my interest. The central character is a veteran English journalist John Russell, living and working in Berlin as part of the press corps in 1939 - he was previously married to a German and has a son Paul, who is to all intents a young German. The storyline vividly brings to life the poisonous atmosphere in Berlin the year tat war breaks out - with the persecution of the Jews and other sections of society, and the helplessness of these people in the face of oppression under Nazism. The story really brings to life the grim streets and the reality of what it must have been like in these times.

I find myself going on long walks with the dog to hear what is happening next with this enthralling story, as he is drawn into a complex web working for the Russians, the Germans and the British

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare

  • By: Hammond Innes
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

They dismissed the Mary Deare as ‘a piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap’. For 40 years this 6,000-ton freighter had tramped the seas, suffered shipwreck twice, and been torpedoed three times in two world wars. Then one March night, battered and bruised and empty, she emerged from severe Biscay gales into the English Channel - and into the newspaper headlines. Here was a ship of mystery and tragedy... in one of the greatest sea stories of all time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great Seafaring Yarn

  • By R on 21-01-15

Hammond Innes The Wreck of the Mary Deare

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-12

This is a wonderful tale, woven by Hammond Innes and brilliantly narrated by Bill Wallis. He conveys the hardship and completely brings to life the tough and miserable conditions through which the main characters endure - a truly great story teller. For anyone who has ever sailed around the Channel Islands area then this is a must. I really wish that there were more of these classic books (set in the late 40s early 50s) by authors such as Hammond Innes and Neville Shute on audio book. Please record some more Hammond Innes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Sentry

  • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel
  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Dru Rayne and her uncle fled to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina, but now, five years later, they face a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru’s uncle beaten by a protection gang, he offers his help, but neither of them want it – and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching them.As the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole learn that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem – and that everything he thought he knew about them has been a lie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great plot but a little too much pathos

  • By chris on 18-03-11

Joe Pike at his best - always a great read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-11

I have read or listened to all the Elvis Cole - Joe Pike books by Robert Crais and this is one that centres on Joe Pike is absolutely as good as any of the others - what a guy - tough, honest and straightforward. I really enjoyed this tale - feeling a bit sorry for Pike in places as he never seems to be lucky or wise in his "emotional" attachments and has never gotten over his reputation with the LAPD from his time with them as a rookie cop. The only thing that I cannot understand is how he can see in the dark without ever taking off his sunglasses! Elvis Cole of course plays second fiddle in this book to Joe. Well worth downloading and an entertaining read.

  • Hungry Ghost

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Geoff Howells, a government-trained killing machine, is brought out of retirement and sent to Hong Kong. His brief: to assassinate Chinese Mafia leader Simon Ng. Howells devises a dangerous and complicated plan to reach his intended victim - only to find himself the next target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hungry Ghost

  • By Robin B on 09-08-10

Hungry Ghost

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-10

I particularly enjoyed this story - goes at a fast pace, is engaging and all very plausible. For the most part set in areas of Hong Kong and the New Territories that I used to know well. One of Stephen Leather's better books - well read and thoroughly enjoyed.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The White Russian

  • By: Tom Bradby
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

St Petersburg, 1917: A city on the brink of revolution. For Sandro Ruzsky, chief investigator of the city police, this decaying world provides an opportunity for a new beginning. Banished to Siberia for four years for daring to cross the Secret Police, Ruzsky now finds himself investigating the murders of a young couple out on the ice of the frozen river Neva. Pitted against a ruthless murderer, Ruzsky finds himself face-to-face with his past as he fights to save everything he cares for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capivating Storyline

  • By J. bloggs on 16-03-06

The White Russian

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-10

A really enjoyable historic crime thriller set in an incredibly interesting time in Russia's history - 1917 - teetering on the Revolution and the downfall of the Tsar and his family. Sandro Ruzsky is a very believeable character and the story paints such a realistic picture that you can almost feel the bitter cold permeating through the worn soles of his boots. I will definitely look out for more by Tom Bradby.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas.

Set in Japan in 1799, a young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, is about to embark on a strange adventure of duplicity, love, and murder - and all the while the axis of global power is turning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

  • By Robin B on 27-07-10

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-10

What a marvellous tale - beautifully written and beautifully read. I was 'transported' in my mind to historical Japan and absolutely hooked throughout, waiting to see whether or not Jacob De Zoet would eventually succeed against all the odds being united with the Japanese lady he fell for early in the story. I have been listening to Audible books for well over a year and this is the best book yet - as a literary work and as compulsive listening - by far. I was so pleased to spend about 5 hours driving by myself so I could listen to the third and final part uninterrupted! Oh for more by this amazing author.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful