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  • Dogs of War

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood, Laurence Bouvard, William Hope
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

 My name is Rex. I am a good dog.... Rex is also seven feet tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy-calibre weaponry, and a deadly weapon in a dirty war. He's part of a Multiform Assault Pack operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, southeastern Mexico. He has the intelligence to carry out his orders and feedback implants to reward him when he does. All he wants to be is a Good Dog, and to do that he must do exactly what Master says.    

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dagnabbit! He's Done it Again!

  • By Simon on 28-12-18

Another superb story

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

Adrian Tchaikovsky's writing just gets better and better.

Dogs of War is thought-provoking, powerful, entertaining and very well crafted. It doesn't shy away from the moral questions that the augmentation of life forms would bring, but does so without lecturing or becoming bogged down in philosophy.

The three narrators are very good, especially the "voice" of Rex .

Highly recommended.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Kolymsky Heights

  • By: Lionel Davidson
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Kolymsky Heights: a frozen Siberian hell lost in endless night and the perfect location for an underground Russian research station. It's a place so secret, it doesn't officially exist.... Once there, the scientists are forbidden to leave. But one scientist is desperate to get a message to the outside world. So desperate he sends a plea across the wilderness to the west in order to summon the one man alive who can achieve the impossible....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the introduction, it contains spoilers

  • By alice on 17-11-17

Simply superb...

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

A story I first read I first read on publication decades ago and one that I keep going back to.

Excellent writing, well developed characters, great plot, the most gripping escape sequence I've come across.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret World

  • By: Christopher Andrew
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 36 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

The history of espionage is far older than any of today's intelligence agencies, yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten. The codebreakers at Bletchley Park, the most successful World War II intelligence agency, were completely unaware that their predecessors in earlier moments of national crisis had broken the codes of Napoleon during the Napoleonic wars and those of Spain before the Spanish Armada.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Editing is poor, but very detailed book

  • By Louise Fallon on 31-10-18

Utterly engrossing

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Superbly researched, superbly narrated. I can honestly say this is the best I have listened to this year and us in my top three audiobooks.

Highly recommended.

  • 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 1,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,124

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

Pretty damned good

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Excellent narration, a very good plot with multiple twists. All that holds it back in my view is the slightly rushed and hackneyed ending. Will have a listen to next in series.

  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

  • By: Alan Garner
  • Narrated by: Philip Madoc
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

The Edge is a land of two worlds: above and below. It took me my childhood to learn about above; when I was 19, I went to learn the wonders of below: a world of darkness and silence, so dark that you can see the lights of brain cells discharging; so silent that blood in the veins can be heard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic book superbly narrated.

  • By Michael on 09-05-08

An oldie, but a goodie

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I read this a a kid back in the early 1970s, then bought it for my own kids as a paperback. Now purchased as an audiobook for my grand kids.

This story is still excellent - Alan Garner has such skill and power as a writer.

Narration by Philip Madoc is largely spot-on, except for some ill-judged "calling" for help, which in context could not be further from what would be needed, but that is a small grumble.

An excellent yarn for kids aged 6-13.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

Lives up to the hype

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I bought this on impulse and am glad I did.

The overall premise is intriguing, the characters well-crafted.

The narration - to me - is superb.

A thoroughly enjoyable read with thrills, spills, love, loss, sadness and redemption.

  • Collusion

  • How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

A gripping exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Moscow, July 1987. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump visits Soviet Russia for the first time at the invitation of the government. London, December 2016. Luke Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect's connections with Russia. Award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Trump's decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of the dossier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil's Bargain

  • By Adam on 14-02-18

Simply outstanding

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Good depth, fantastic research, very well written. Despite some of the topics being slightly complex, it is handled brilliantly. I genuinely wish I could give 6 stars.

The narration too is superb.

  • Widows

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Ann Mitchell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband's bank deposit box containing a gun, money and detailed plans for the hijack, she has three options. She could hand over the ledgers to the Detective. She could hand them over to the thugs who want to take over Harry's turf. Or, she and the other widows could finish the job their husbands started....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Peter on 02-07-18

Good story but...

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

..no harm to Ms Mitchell, her voice, while in character, is too weak for narration. Even with headphones on and at full volume, I struggled to make this out on several occasions.

The story itself is good, if slightly dated now.

  • If Only They Didn't Speak English

  • Notes From Trump's America
  • By: Jon Sopel
  • Narrated by: Jon Sopel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

As the BBC's North America Editor, Jon Sopel has had a pretty busy time of it lately. In the 18 months it's taken for a reality star to go from laughingstock to leader of the free world, Jon has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as 'a beauty' by none other than Donald Trump.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, entertaining and superb

  • By Chris Thomas on 21-09-17

Missed the hyoe

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I looked forward to this book and wanted very much to like it. Jon Sopel is a skilled and experienced journalist and, it turns out, quite the dab hand at narration.

I found the content to be a little bit lightweight - I expected (and I am responsible for that) a meaty, involved and detailed exposé of and in Trump's presidency and the US.

I did not come away satiated - the book hits the points, such as Trump's use of social.media and his contempt for the established media, but no new insights or information.

Ah well...

  • The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 - 1945

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Examining the espionage and intelligence stories in World War II on a global basis, bringing together the British, American, German, Russian and Japanese histories. In The Secret War, Max Hastings examines the espionage and intelligence machines of all sides in World War II, and the impact of spies, code breakers and partisan operations on events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking in excitement

  • By David on 05-12-15

Excellent work

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

An excellent and informative book, well presented, with sufficient pace that it never becomes dull.

The scale of research undertaken to put this together must have been colossal.

My only quibbles are around the pronunciation of occasional words and place names.

Highly recommended.