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  • The Falcon of Sparta

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Michael Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary army of 10,000 soldiers. When this army becomes stranded as a result of the unexpected death of Cyrus and then witnesses the treacherous murder of its entire officer corps, despair overtakes them. One man, Xenophon, rallies the Greeks. As he attempts to lead them to freedom across 1,500 miles of hostile territory seething with adversaries, 10,000 men set off on the long way home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again!

  • By Simon on 10-05-18

The plot was somewhat Spartan

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Not his best by a long shot,basically a long walk home with a few battles added to relieve the tedium

  • The Last Puzzle

  • Cherringham. A Cosy Crime Series - Mystery Shorts 16
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

When amiable old village eccentric Quentin Andrews dies, the good folk of Cherringham are astonished at the crowd that turns up to his funeral. But even more astonished are the beneficiaries of his will: Quentin has left a veritable fortune to whomever is the first to solve an intricate "Cherringham crossword". That puzzle is only the first of many that Jack and Sarah will uncover as they follow the treasure hunt for clues and learn the truth about who Quentin Andrews really was... and the biggest mystery of them al... was he - in fact - murdered?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the book

  • By Moonsongbirmans on 10-01-18

How Not To Write a Whodunnits

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

Agatha Christie’s this book isn’t,dull uninteresting & with almost no plot a waste of time. I shall certainly not be listening to more by these writers

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!

  • By Daniel on 09-12-17

Historical Enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I to be better than the print version?

I haven’t read the print version.

What other book might you compare Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I to, and why?

There are many but the one that comes to mind is the physician.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

They were all good so it would be wrong to single one out.

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

No not really

Any additional comments?

Excellent entertainment I have already ordered book 2

  • The Pariah

  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Ian Porter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The quaint little seaside town of Granitehead seemed like a perfect place for John and Jane Trenton to start their life together. But disaster strikes and Jane and their unborn child is killed. John’s grief is total, so when he starts to see the ghostly apparition of his wife he almost welcomes this supernatural phenomenon. Yet all is not what it seems, and this sinister spirit is not Jane, but something altogether evil and terrifying.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad....

  • By Iain on 11-05-17

Formulaic

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

Reviewed: 30-04-16

Would you try another book written by Graham Masterton or narrated by Ian Porter?

I've read several books by Graham Masterton some of them quite good,this book isn't very good.

Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Masterton again?

Possibly

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ian Porter?

Mr Porter did an adequate job & ive no opinion on who could replace him

What character would you cut from The Pariah?

Possibly the pointless girlfriend.

Any additional comments?

This story was like a hotch potch of all the unbelievable horror & ghost stories I've read,it was incredibly silly & definitely not one I'd listen to again

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Dominic West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia for a time that has so much to teach us

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-07-15

Slow

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

Reviewed: 30-04-16

Where does The Remains of the Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not very high

Would you ever listen to anything by Kazuo Ishiguro again?

I might if i had nothing else.

Have you listened to any of Dominic West’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Nothing wrong with Dominic's performance this was the first time I'd listened to him.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How to be a boring butler.

Any additional comments?

Most of the story was like an instruction manual for would be butlers,it droned on & on about the merits of sacrificing your own life in the service of your master.There were interesting moments but not many.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • I, the Sun

  • By: Janet Morris
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Crosby Morris
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

This is the saga of the Hittite King Suppiluliumas, and rings with authenticity and the passion of a world that existed 1400 years before the birth of Christ. They called him Great King, Favorite of the Storm God, the Valiant. He conquered more than forty nations and brought fear and war to the very doorstep of 18th Dynasty Egypt, but he could not conquer the one woman he truly loved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great King's 5***** World!!!

  • By Peter Martin on 16-01-17

Historical Faction

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

Reviewed: 15-03-16

If you could sum up I, the Sun in three words, what would they be?

Well told atory

What other book might you compare I, the Sun to, and why?

There are a number of books about historical figures this one did remind me of Mary Renault's books about Alexander The Great.

Have you listened to any of Chistopher Crosby Morris’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first book I've had with this narrator his lack of of an American accent made it a surprise when some words were pronounced the American way i.e. Shone pronounced as Shown.

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

His final farewells to his sons were moving.

Any additional comments?

The names of the characters was sometimes confusing

  • Call the Ambulance

  • By: Les Pringle
  • Narrated by: Gordon Grifin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Exploding pressure cookers, a thwarted wife's deadly revenge, and transvestites in distress - manning an ambulance in the '70s kept you on your toes. Having survived the rites of passage as a probationer, Les Pringle now has to face up to the reality of life as an ambulance man in Thatcher's Britain. He does this with humour and fortitude - two qualities which are essential if he is to cope with cases ranging from the absurd to the heartrending. From attending murder scenes to delivering babies...it's quite a life for Les and one that he and his shift mates tread with warmth and humour in equal measure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I tried something different

  • By Hazel on 17-11-16

Funny,Sad & Sometimes Tragic

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

Reviewed: 21-08-15

Would you listen to Call the Ambulance again? Why?

Not only would I but I definetly will,it's one of the most enjoyable audio books I've listened to in a long while.

What other book might you compare Call the Ambulance to, and why?

Having read/ listened to the authors previous book I knew what to expect,both books have a style that isn't comparable with any others I can think of

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Any scene with Larry in it was really funny & the incidents with the station cook were good

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

There were scenes that I found moving but my overall reaction to the story was laughter,the sometimes gallows humour of the ambulance crews was often hilarious.The character of Larry was pure genius I could even picture his face.

Any additional comments?

I will be listening to this book again in the future,probably more than once I loved it.The narrator was superb,his range of voices & accents was remarkable.He made an already great book even greater.

  • A Very Private Diary

  • A Nurse in Wartime
  • By: Mary Morris
  • Narrated by: Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

'The real war started for me today.' So begins the diary of 18-year-old Mary Mulry, a young Irish nurse, newly arrived in London in 1940. Over the next seven years she witnesses many of the pivotal events of the war at first hand. In London during the Blitz she sees a young woman die after a botched abortion, narrowly escapes from the bombing of the Alexandra Hotel, and nurses critically ill children during bombing raids in Woolwich. In Normandy in 1944, arriving on the heels of the D-Day invasion, she nurses Allied soldiers and German prisoners of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Living history

  • By Love to read on 24-02-15

Living history

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

Reviewed: 24-02-15

What made the experience of listening to A Very Private Diary the most enjoyable?

A personal view of a traumatic period in our history told in an unforced chatty way that holds ones interest from begining to end

What did you like best about this story?

Mary herself,a remarkable woman yet so very ordinary,no airs and graces she just tells her own story modestly & matter of factlly.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There were many,probably her tale of the patient & his wife

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

The young airman burnt beyond recognition,the tiny sister suffering terribly,there were many quite harrowing moments

Any additional comments?

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the war or in the nursing profession

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

  • By: Erich Maria Remarque
  • Narrated by: Tom Lawrence
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 361

The story is told by a young 'unknown soldier' in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. Through his eyes we see all the realities of war; under fire, on patrol, waiting in the trenches, at home on leave, and in hospitals and dressing stations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful antiwar novel.

  • By Sigrin on 11-10-14

A view from the other side

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

What made the experience of listening to All Quiet on the Western Front the most enjoyable?

The voice of the young man reading this fitted the character perfectly

What did you like best about this story?

It would be hard to say what one liked in a book basically about the horrors of war but what did come through was the strong feeling of comradeship among the young soldiers.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The most likeable scene was the feast with duck on the menu,a temporary escape from the sheer hell of the trenches.The scenes set in a Catholic hospital although horrifying in parts were also fascinating.Towards the end of the novel the death of Pauls friend was intensely moving.

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

I prefer to take my time & savour a good novel & this was a great novel.

Any additional comments?

This should be on the curriculum of every school to teach the young the horror & futility of war.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Clare Remembers

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

On a bright summer's day, old Miss Clare, now retired from teaching, awaits the visit of her oldest friend, Emily Davis. In between, she recalls the events in their 70-year friendship and country life in England during that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warmth

  • By Love to read on 19-08-14

Warmth

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

Reviewed: 19-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

You would either like Miss Reads books or hate them so I suspect most of my friends would be amongst the latter,n

What other book might you compare Miss Clare Remembers to, and why?

Miss Marple without the murder & mayhem

What about Gwen Watford’s performance did you like?

Her voice is incredibly 1950s upper middle class but her talent is undeniable.the perfect voice for what are very English novels & rather class conscious ones at that

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

Not really ,I don't get moved easily by fictional situations

Any additional comments?

I've read everyone of the Fairacre & Thrush Green novels,I've also listened to them all on audio.Not the kind of novels usually associated with we males & a retired miner to boot but I enjoy them as quite a lot of men do though some would deny it.Pure escapism int an England lost long ago if it ever actually existed,nothing dramatic ever happens no one is really nasty,cosy would be the most accurate description of these books & none the worse for that in today's un cosy world.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful