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  • The Blood of Rome

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 17
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

It is AD 55. As trouble brews on the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro must prepare for war.... The wily Parthian Empire has invaded Armenia, a frontier territory claimed by Rome, ousting King Rhadamistus. The king is ambitious and ruthless, but he is vital to Rome's strategic interests. General Corbulo must restore him to power while also readying the troops for war with the powerful Parthian Empire. Corbulo orders new arrivals Cato and Macro, and their elite cohort of Praetorian Guards, to carry out the task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scarrow's Masterchef Moment!

  • By Simon on 22-11-18

Heroes, traitors, blood and compassion...a wonder

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

A masterly account of how wars are fought...not just with the sword but more with sleight of hand, dishonesty and mendacity.

Simon Scarrow is both a historian and spinner of fine, complicated stories. Jonathan Keeble is a fine voice actor who brings both colour and a special energy to Simon's words.

  • Past Tense

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Past Tense by Lee Child. From number one best seller Lee Child, the thrilling new blockbuster featuring hero Jack Reacher. Reacher, the eternal drifter, happens by chance on the small New Hampshire town he remembers his father was supposed to have come from. But when he starts looking for his dad's old home, he finds there's no record of anyone named Reacher ever having lived there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Goes Back to Basics!

  • By Simon on 06-11-18

Lee Child should bow his head in shame.

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

I have either read or heard nearly all Child's Reacher tales. This dreary story had so much repetition of daft conversations from the two 'victims' - both seemingly subject to arrested development. Two badly drawn adults deserving the world's condemnation for their utter shallowness...added to the tedium of this story. Jeff Harding did his best, as he always does, to add colour and gravitas, but at times, even the master was hard put to keep my concentration on board.
My advise would be to save your money, credits and time.

  • Echo Burning

  • Jack Reacher 5
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581

Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer. Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful. But her husband's in jail. When he comes out, he's going to kill her. Her family's hostile, she can't trust the cops, and the lawyers won't help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder.J ack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Electric atmosphere helps build the tension

  • By Brian on 08-05-14

Reacher at his thinking best

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

At last we encounter the thinking Reacher, certainly he can still break arms and eliminate those who need to be eliminated, however, this story shows us a different and more cerebra hero. Lee Child has developed his character to negotiate strategies that are very complex and, at times, unbelievable though in the context of the story, necessary. The characterisation through the voice of Jeff Harding, is as usual, brilliant. Without our favourite reader Reacher would be a pale ersatz of the real man.

  • Dynasty

  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Dynasty tells the story of Rome's first dynasty of emperors, from its establishment by Augustus Caesar in the last decades of the first century BC to its final, florid extinction less than a century later. The line of autocrats known to historians as the 'Julio-Claudians' remains to this day a byword for depravity. The brilliance of its allure and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes still haunt the public imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Jai K. on 08-12-15

All you need to know about cruel Rome.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Compare this with the mess RTrumpf is visiting on America, then there is little difference. A good, uncomfortable read....go for it and weep. Beautifully researched work that brings the awful machinations of that cruel empire and its lunatic families in high relief. Excellent reader.



  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,828
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,343

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Crime and writing as an art form.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

One of the best of the series...in a series of great stories. I heard it in my kitchen, listening to 30 minutes here, 15 minutes there, never leaving without a rise in the tension between the main characters. Galbraith (Rowling) is a consummate story weaver as Robert Glenister is as our perfect reader. In an age of press button 'entertainment' listening to 18 hours of a beautifully constructed story is food for both the mind and soul.

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,977

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

A Complicated Treat

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Robert Glenister is the perfect reader for this strange story. Galbraith weaves a story from the oddest of threads, pulling and knotting them into an elaborate cloth of Byzantine complexity. At times patience is a gift that will allow you to share the logic that Strike employs to find the villain from the mere nasty folk.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,564

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

The Class Riven Complexity of Crime.

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

Once started with this story I found it compelling. Because life gets in the way of a long sitting I found 30 minutes would satisfy my dosage...maybe three times a day. To miss an aural fix was unthinkable. The timbre and gravitas brought to our amputee private eye was a gift for the initiated follower, along with Robert Glenister's reading and the complex plot made the 22 and a half hours well worth being plugged into my iPod. Now for the next Cormoran Strike treat!

  • Down Cemetery Road

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Sarah Tucker - a young married woman, bored and unhappy with her life - becomes obsessed with trying to find a little girl who disappears after a neighbouring house is destroyed by a massive explosion. She soon discovers that people she thought long dead are still alive and those living are fast joining the dead. What begins in suburban south Oxford ends on a remote and unwelcoming Scottish island as the hunt for the missing child takes Sarah out of her marriage and onto a journey with a troubled ex-soldier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By JANE PRIOR on 07-06-15

OH SO PAINFULLY SLOW

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

I have heard and read most of Mick Herron's works. I have admired how he crafts characters and weaves a complex plot. However, either this offering was the story or the slow delivery by Anna Bentinck...one can debate which, but my patience with this story began to run out as did my enjoyment for a pretty average tale. Because of his other tales, I wanted to be engaged with the characters, the main woman seemed so utterly wet I wanted a villain to dispatch her halfway through the story.
I will return again and again to Mr Herron's works though I will choose a better, more expressive reader. Mr Barratt where are you?

  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Visitor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army highflyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story with twists. Great narration.

  • By RavenBow on 24-12-17

A slow start for Reacher followed by a slow finale

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

I think I've read and heard all of the Reacher stories so I am an enthusiast - so long as Jeff Harding is the reader. The Visitor takes too long to take off and when airborne flies in ever decreasing circles. After all this time Reacher has turned into an arrogant curmudgeon who delivers his supposed wisdom in non-sequiturs. This story requires patience of a high order though if you like Lee Child's writing you'll stick with it. This is Book 4 in the Reacher series and there are better though Child offers a difficult scenario ...correction, an impossible scenario, for Reacher and his women colleagues to wrestle with. Reacher being a woman magnet he has to lead them down the path of reason as they are a tad on the dim side.

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  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,148

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun yarn with some unexpected twists.

  • By Bad Monkey on 26-04-17

The complexity of badly kept secrets.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Essentially it's a fine story told over far too many hours. It takes off like a heavyweight goose unable to fly for a mile or two, flapping and slapping until it embraces the air. It involved characters only of peripheral importance all clamouring for attention whilst blathering arguments to establish their importance. You have to persist with this story as there are excellent phases that are pertinent to the premise that we are 'Not Alone. Stick with it!