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  • Unleashing Demons

  • The Inside Story of Brexit
  • By: Craig Oliver
  • Narrated by: Craig Oliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

As David Cameron's director of politics and communications, Craig Oliver was in the room at every key moment during the EU referendum - the biggest political event in the UK since World War II. Craig Oliver worked with all the players, including David Cameron, George Osbourne, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Theresa May and Peter Mandelson.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A self-serving therapeutic memoir that disappoints

  • By Kieran on 21-12-16

entertaining

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

but bias is overwhelming. Writers main points are DC a great man, discredit Michael Gove as a weak quisling and BBC isn't fair.

There are 2 sides to every story so will search out the opposing story.

Read well.

  • Reconstruction

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

When a man with a gun breaks into her school, nursery teacher Louise Kennedy knows there's not likely to be a happy ending...But Jaime isn't there on a homicidal whim, and he's as scared as the hostages he's taken.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • poor

  • By Patsy on 07-05-18

slow

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

struggled with this-didnt enjoy story or narration. I like Herron mostly - Slough House and Zoe Boehm but the couple outside if those - not worked well. the premise sounded okay. But a big let down. prefer Sean Barrett as narrator for Herron's books.

  • This Is What Happened

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 31

From CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron comes a shocking, twisted novel of psychological suspense. Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice. Or just the kind of person MI5 needs....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The worst book that Mick Herron has written.

  • By richiesan on 18-07-18

not for me.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Struggled with this-didnt enjoy story or narration. I like Herron mostly - Slough House and Zoe Boehm but the couple outside of those - not worked well. The premise sounded okay. But a big let down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and superbly read!

  • By Aíslín on 24-07-17

struggled with this-didnt enjoy story or narration

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

struggled with this-didnt enjoy story or narration. I have enjoyed the Robothams I have read until this point. the premise sounded okay. But a big let down.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

more Mills & Boon then detective fiction.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

poor storyline, cardboard characters, fantasy nothing realistic about police procedure, crass sexualisation, misogynistic representation of women, no reason why! There is not one redeeming feature for this book. I cannot believe that this was actually published by anyone.

the reader didn't have much to work with.

I bought this book after it had sat on my recommended list based on my previous choices for some time - this has nothing in common with the books I like.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • he

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved and was loved in turn; who betrayed and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake...and whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe. he is Stan Laurel. But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy over use of First name Surname

  • By A. Morris on 08-08-18

narrator was good but let down by story.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

I rarely leave comments but have to for this. It didn't really demonstrate the connection and love between these men which is what I thought out was meant to be about, or anything meaningful about the work they did together - mostly about the endless pathetic marriages and affairs and how poorly people treat each other and suck the life and joy from each other with little consideration for others. I ended up not liking the main character..... few redeeming features he didn't like being alone and every time Babe had woman trouble Stan follows suit and he has no clue why he does anything. the narrative attempts to connect the timings of their sexual and marital escapades as the tie between them which is disappointingly shallow - I suspect the author simply cannot conceive of the importance and depth of friendship pure and simple. There was even a moment where I thought we were going to be treated to a full homosexual theory. I can't work out what the author was trying to achieve and suspect he wished he'd written it from Babe's perspective - at least he stuck by an alcoholic wife and made a hopelessly romantic and demure 3rd marriage although treated a long time lover poorly in the meantime. There is a really annoying stylistic device at the beginning of most of the early chapters with repetition of names or places or acts in every sentence which adds nothing you the tale. if you like Laurel & Hardy don't bother. if you are looking for a story about meaningful friendship give this a miss. If you like a soap opera of celebrity peccadillos from 1930s this may be for you.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Corpus

  • Tom Wilde, Book 1
  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

This big-canvas international spy thriller marks the beginning of a brilliant new direction for Rory Clements. 1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland. In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war. In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks she is found dead, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A promising start to a series

  • By Mr on 19-08-17

another American prof in Cambridge

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

Reviewed: 22-08-17

if I'd realised this was another American lead in UK story- this time a Cambridge don - I wouldn't have bought this. The premise just doesn't work just to promote a US audience. irritated.

narrator did well.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of Night

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265

Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By ER on 07-11-12

I wrote a review of this.

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

Reviewed: 26-08-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narrator.

Has Shadow of Night put you off other books in this genre?

yes.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Awful airy fairy, slow, American accent that turned to bitch when the tempo increased. The English accents were slow to the extent of making the characters appear mentally deficient. The heroine is supposed to be a strong, self motivated, self confident woman (professor - academia is not for the faint hearted), and this characterisation produces a spineless wisp of a girl in need of a good strong Vampire direction and domination.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very annoyed.

Any additional comments?

Didn't need the sex scenes.

  • Inferno

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,104

Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • start was hard going. story good but over descript

  • By BD on 17-07-17

wrote a review - disappeared

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

Reviewed: 26-08-14

Would you try another book written by Dan Brown or narrated by Paul Michael?

I wrote a review of this. Its disappeared. Probably because I hated it so much.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Geraldine McEwan, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of Simon Brett's comic crime novel An Amateur Corpse. Charles is out of work again, and to make matters worse his mother has come to stay and he's no way of escaping her. So when he's offered some voiceover work by old friend, Hugo, he's delighted to get out of the house. But Hugo's marriage is in trouble: his much younger wife, Ellie, spends all her time at her Amateur Dramatic Group, and Hugo is drinking too much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL, WITH A FEW RESERVATIONS!

  • By Cheshire Shopper on 11-01-13

Great fun.

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

Reviewed: 26-08-14

What did you like most about Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse (Dramatised)?

The BBC dramatisation though brings the story forward to today, and with wonderful down to earth dialogue - you're in the heart of the crime, the play, the tangled personal relationships and their history before you know it.

What about Bill Nighy’s performance did you like?

Perfectly poised - captures the dissolute, curious, intelligent Charles Paris bringing him to life with gusto.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.