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  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,859

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Forget the movie ... the book is 1,000 times better. It's terrific! Really must get more of Puzo's work.

  • Churchill's Secret Warriors

  • The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first 'deniable' secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, who'd have thunk it!

  • By Mark on 19-05-15

Terrific story

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

This read more like a great WW2 novel rather than history book. The pace never lets up for a single second. A really marvellous and exciting story.

  • Great Britain's Great War

  • A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly
  • By: Jeremy Paxman
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan, Jeremy Paxman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jeremy Paxman's Great Britain's Great War. Read by the actor Roy McMillan, this magnificent history of the First World War tells the story of the war in one gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people. We may think we know about it, but what was life really like for the British people during the First World War?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly accessible social history of the Great War

  • By Bromide Badger on 26-01-15

Different point of view

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

Reviewed: 19-02-16

We all know the plot ... how it started, how it ended and most of the bits in between. Paxman does, however, look at things differently and has an engagingly light touch while presenting the most unpleasant moments in our national history. I enjoyed him immensely, and learned a few things into the bargain. A good read.

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  • Bad Luck and Trouble

  • Jack Reacher 11
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff` Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

You DO NOT MESS with the Special Investigators!The events of 9/11 changed Jack Reacher’s drifter life in a practical way. In addition to his folding toothbrush, he now needs to carry photo ID to get around. Yet he is still as close to untraceable as a human being in America can get. So when a member of his old Army unit manages to get a message to him, he knows it has to be deadly serious. The Special Investigators always watched each other’s backs. Now Reacher must put the old unit back together

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's something about that man.

  • By Mr Rupert Seymour on 07-04-13

Bad Luck and Trouble

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-12

Retired U.S army special investigator Jack Reacher gets a coded call from an old team member. Special investigators always watch each others' back and one of the team has been murdered and Reacher just can't ignore that. The team gets back together to track down a vicious killer. Great charcters and excellent plot that keeps you guessing to the last page

  • The Innocent: Will Robie, Book 1

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

Will Robie is an assassin with a mission. But whose side is he on?

Back in DC after successful missions in Edinburgh and Tangier, assassin Will Robie sees his latest assignment, to eliminate a US government employee, go badly wrong. What had she done? Or what did she know? Robie is now a wanted man. But it seems that he’s not the only one on the run. Young teenager Julie Getty is devastated by the inexplicable murder of her parents. Robie and Julie meet when he saves her from an attempt on her life as they are trying to leave town....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An easy listen....

  • By Graeme on 10-05-12

The Innocent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-12

Baldacci is always a good read and this offering is definitely up to the mark. The sting is in the tale as U.S government assassin Will Robie sees his life go haywire as he ends up on Washington's hit list. Teenager Julie Getly is devastated by the unexplained murder of her parents. Robie picks up the trail which leads to very unexpected places. Great stuff and a great read.

  • Meltwater

  • By: Michael Ridpath
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

FreeFlow is a group of activists dedicated to freedom of information. They have evidence of a military atrocity in the Middle East and are preparing to unleash it. On the glacial rim of an erupting volcano, they christen their endeavour Operation Meltwater. Minutes later, one of them is murdered. Magnus Jonson has a long list of suspects but he’s getting little help - for a group dedicated to transparency, they’re a secretive bunch. But they are not the only ones with secrets. Asta, a newly qualified priest, has contacted FreeFlow with damning information about the former Bishop of Iceland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, though complicated

  • By mollyeyre on 25-10-17

Meltwater

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-12

Freeflow, a group of journalists, have video proof of an Israeli army atrocity in the Middle East and is all set to let the world know all about it. But, there are powers just as determined to keep that atrocity secret and are more than willing to murder to keep Israels reputation intact. The action moves to Ireland where suspicion falls on a former bishop. The story is pacey with good characters and plenty of twists.

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  • Red Notice

  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Deep beneath the English Channel, a small army of vicious terrorists has seized control of the Eurostar to Paris, taken 400 hostages at gunpoint - and declared war on a government that has more than its own fair share of secrets to keep. One man stands in their way. An off-duty SAS soldier is hiding somewhere inside the train. Alone and injured, he’s the only chance the passengers and crew have of getting out alive. Meet Andy McNab's explosive new creation, Sergeant Tom Buckingham, as he unleashes a whirlwind of intrigue and retribution in his attempt to stop the terrorists and save everyone on board.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really didn't enjoy this

  • By john on 08-11-12

Red Notice: Andy McNab

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-12

An action packed adventure from former SAS sergeant Andy McNab's new hero Sergeant Tom Buckingham. Gorgeous French girl Delphine provides the love interest, but this is no chick-lit story. It's a roller-coaster of a tale as a small army of terrorists hi-jack a Euro star train to Paris and its 400 passengers. Only Sergeant Tom stands between the hostages and a bloody massacre until help eventually turns up.

  • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 18
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Penelope Keith - who starred as Agatha Raisin in the popular BBC Radio 4 series - reads M.C. Beaton’s entertaining murder mystery. During the grey days of early December, Agatha is obsessed by only two things – Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. Although she says she feels nothing for James now, she’s sure that planning the perfect Dickensian Christmas for all her friends will somehow reanimate her love. Even the murder of Mrs Tamworthy , does little to distract Agatha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lightweight and enjoyable listen.

  • By Elizabeh on 17-01-12

Amazing Agatha

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-12

In this story Agatha takes on both sudden death and the perfect Christmas with her usual mixture of enthusiasm, barbed comments and humour

Her ex James Lacey is absent but she is assisted by an assorted crew of old and young helpers including a new young detective who outshines Agatha on several occasions.

  • The Xmas Factor

  • By: Annie Sanders
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

Even the best laid plans have a habit of unravelling - and no plan at all is a recipe for disaster. When two Christmasses collide, it looks like it's going to be anything but goodwill toward men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Snatching Victory form the Jaws of Defeat!

  • By Anne on 08-01-09

Christmas at last

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-12

Two women have to deal with Christmas and all the complications that can bring while juggling work and family

Beth, a second wife, has to prove to the village and her husband and difficult step daughter that she is up to the role filled by his perfect late wife

Carol, a magazine editor, fights for the survival of her publication while trying to care for her son and give him the perfect Christmas.

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