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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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  • Skippy Dies

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair . . .And so begins this epic, tragic, comic, brilliant novel set in and around Dublin’s Seabrook College for Boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired, funny, heartrending & addicitive!

  • By Linda A. Davies on 24-06-11

Just not for me

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Picked this up on the basis of a recommendation, but never really got into it. Nicely narrated and well written, but completely failed to keep me interested in long car journeys. Felt like it wasn't really going anywhere. Stuck with it for a few hours, but then gave up and returned it.

  • Kings of the Wyld

  • The Band, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best - the meanest, dirtiest, most feared and admired crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. But their glory days are long past; the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then a former bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help: his daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy horde 100,000 strong and hungry for blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty and humorous.

  • By Mads on 05-03-17

Gets increasingly silly

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Started off fairly ok, but got sillier as it went on. No real sense of peril. characters very thinly drawn, became quite dull, so gave up after a few hours and returned it. Naration ok, problem was the text.

  • Metro 2033

  • By: Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct and the half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind, but the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling and Engaging

  • By Katherine on 11-04-13

All talk and no action

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Narration was excellent, but story was too dull. Struggled through about a third, but then gave up and returned it.

  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another perfect book from Lawrence

  • By S. C. White on 17-05-17

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

Where does Red Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A great listen, and the best Mark Lawrence book I've tried by far (tried a couple of others, and didn't really like them at all). The most compelling audio book I've listened to since Patrick Rothfuss.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and the world building are very convincing. It weakened a bit towards the end, but I'm still looking forward to the next in the series.

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

Normally I just listen in the car when driving, but this one I carried round the house as well.

  • Long Time Lost

  • By: Chris Ewan
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Nick Miller and his team provide a unique and highly illegal service, relocating at-risk individuals across Europe with new identities and new lives. Nick excels at what he does for a reason: he's spent years living in the shadows under an assumed name. But when Nick steps in to prevent the attempted murder of witness-in-hiding Kate Sutherland on the Isle of Man, he triggers a chain of events with devastating consequences for everyone he protects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long Time To Review

  • By Marvin Angel on 08-04-18

Unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 21-04-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Listened to the end, but it was touch-and-go.

What about Mike Rogers’s performance did you like?

Read clearly, and distinguished between characters, although range of voices was limited

Any additional comments?

An odd book. Starts by presenting the 'hero' as a consumate professional - a bit like Liam Neeson in 'Taken' - but then the rest of the book shows him as a kind of bumbling amateur, making increasingly unlikely decisions.Found plot and characters unconvincing.

  • Revenger

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.... Captain Rackamore and his crew do.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear

  • By Mr S. on 12-10-16

Y.A./teen sci-fi - unfulfilled potential

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

Reviewed: 16-10-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A bit borderline whether I finished it or not. Aimed at a younger audience than perhaps I expected from the description. Some interesting ideas, but very under-developed.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More detail, more description, more back-story. Narration needs improving.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Oddly stilted delivery at times - awkward gaps between sentences. Can't tell whether it is poor narration or poor editing. Also the volume is problematic. Quiet narrative interspaced between loud dialogue means that you are constantly fiddling with the volume control to try and keep it audible and comfortable. Generally could be much improved.

Was Revenger worth the listening time?

Not really.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Song

  • Book 1 of Raven's Shadow
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Superb debut novel

  • By Karen on 16-07-14

Great story, shame about the narration

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

Any additional comments?

The story is thoroughly entertaining. You are never sure of where it is heading, and it keeps you constantly intrigued. It is, however, let down by very average narration - more of a read-through than a performance. With few exceptions, the characters are all read with exactly the same voice, so it is often hard to follow dialogue. Steven Brand's articulation is a little soft at the edges (as if he's had a couple of drinks before reading) which means that place names and character names are often indistinct and hard to decipher. For the first half hour I couldn't even tell whether the main character was called "Vaylin", "Faylin" or "Baylin". The story was still good enough for me to get the next one in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Heron

  • By: Adam Brookes
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labour camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of northwest China. Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction. But the secrets prove more valuable than Peanut or Mangan could ever have known... and not only to the British.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Failed to sustain my interest

  • By A. Lewis on 31-08-16

Not a bad little espionage tale

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

Reviewed: 23-07-14

Would you listen to Night Heron again? Why?

No. Would only normally read a thriller once.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Heron?

Best part was the China setting.

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable thriller, although the characters were rather undeveloped. Good enough for me to get another book by this author when one comes out. Generally well read, although Jason Isaacs appears not to know how to pronounce 'peony', which is irritating, and more distinction between some of the characters' voices would help.

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  • The Poisoned Island

  • By: Lloyd Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

London, 1812: When the crew of the Solander, a ship carrying rare specimens of plant from the paradise island of Otaheite, are found dead, their faces twisted into hideous expressions, Detective Charles Horton is put in charge of the investigation. It becomes clear that this is a mystery that began near the foot of great Tahiti Nui, in the shadow of a dead volcano, beneath the eyes of unforgiving ancient gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Depth to the characters

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-04-13

crime novel or supernatural drama?

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

Reviewed: 23-07-14

Would you try another book written by Lloyd Shepherd or narrated by Steven Crossley?

Maybe.

Any additional comments?

This novel is not too sure whether it wants to be a crime novel or a supernatural drama. The main detective is set up as a innovator of new forensic techniques, but stumbles around practising little technique and discovering very little. Some of the supernatural elements feel a bit out of place, and the ending was disappointing. Felt like a novel that was not too sure what it wanted to be, and was rather slow going at times, but I did listen to the end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Our Man in Havana

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the music

  • By DD Kaplan on 27-07-10

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

Would you listen to Our Man in Havana again? Why?

Yes. Some of the language is brilliant and the characters are wonderfully realised.

What about Jeremy Northam’s performance did you like?

Well matched to the text.

Any additional comments?

The musical interludes used to indicate the settings in each chapter (Havana or London) were rather long, and jarred slightly, but this is a very minor issue.