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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,279

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Great story with great protagonist and peripheral characters .. Really well read apart from the obligatory mangling of a 'West Indian' accent - a man whose voice was described as ' London with a touch of West Indian' was for some reason best known to the director/narrator given a bizare and dreadfully done Jamaican patois .. Firstly it strayed from the text and secondly - IF YOU CAN'T DO THE ACCENT DON'T DO THE ACCENT - ESPECIALLY IF THAT ACCENT WHEN DONE BY A WHITE MAN FROM THE UK IS HISTORICALLY OFFENSIVE!!!

  • Hollywood Dead

  • Sandman Slim, Book 10
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to LA, he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood - an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn’t quite himself...because he’s only partially alive. There’s a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again - and this time there will be no coming back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent listen

  • By Daniel on 17-09-18

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Another great book in this wonderful series from Mr. Kadrey - coupled with note perfect narration by Macleod Andrews .. It could be all glib surface but the author gives it great heart - I wish more people wrote like he did.

  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,648

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

Great narration/Annoying book!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

One of the few books where I thought the narration was far better than the novel .. Couldn't stand the protagonist and what the novel seemed to be trying to say about life was just banal .. Shame as I loved The Humans.

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The NRA publishing

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-06-18

Pretty good.

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

Story was ok if a little heavy on the overwrought machismo (what is it with Americans? - they can't just be highly trained soldiers they have to be 'elite warriors' - it always sounds a bit fragile ego to me - like bin men who insist on being called 'sanitary disposal engineers') .. I thought the narrator was very good though and really brought the story to life.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • performance better than the story

  • By Nautilus on 02-02-18

Great Narrator/Good story.

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

Pretty good story and despite the ending being annoyingly obvious ultimately it didn't seem to matter .. Great narration though!

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Matrix meets mediaeval fabtasy

  • By Matthew on 07-10-15

Good story/brilliantly read!

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Very good story with an original concept - that was really brought to life by a great narrator!

  • The Final Hour

  • Victor the Assassin, Book 7
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

From best-selling author Tom Wood comes a unique and gasp-inducing Victor thriller that turns all your expectations on their head.... Former CIA agent Antonio Alvarez has been tracking a dangerous murderer for years, a nameless hitman responsible for numerous homicides. Once, the Agency deflected him away from his search, but now a promotion has given him a second chance to right the past. Only problem is the murderer has vanished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read as usual

  • By Ali O'G on 14-09-17

Putting the accent on accents!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I like this series - I think I've read/listened to most of them.
I really, really don't like this narrator though - and whilst his reading is pretty poor all round, it's his use (or misuse) of accents that particularly spoil the ride.
Look if you're going to do accents in a talking book they have to be absolutely iron-clad. It's different to stage, screen or tv acting - you've got nothing visual to distract so nowhere to hide. And as a listener, with bad accents, you're constantly pitched out of the narrative world and brought crashing back down to your own.
So if you can do accents brilliant - but if you can't it's much easier for me to believe you're an American voiced with an English accent rather than in an unconvincing American one.
After all Sean Connery made a career out of playing English secret agents/Spanish swordsman and Irish cops - all with exactly the same accent!

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,345

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Very good book/Excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

Really enjoyed the book - funny, dark and very well written .. Must single out the narrator who was very good at accents and did an excellent job of creating the characters!

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

Enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Pretty good story and an excellent reading from Ray Porter (Audible please use him more)!

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Small towns which have seen better times are not unusual. But the mysterious events in Baronville, Pennsylvania, are raising the highly tuned antennae of Agent Amos Decker and his FBI partner, Alex Jamison. What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation turns into a murder investigation when two bodies are found in a nearby deserted house. With the body count rising, Decker and Jamison dig deep to uncover a sinister truth in Baronville, which could be the canary in the coalmine for the rest of the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic storyline

  • By "janetbm" on 05-06-18

Giving up on Baldacci

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

Reviewed: 19-06-18

I've listened to quite a few of Baldacci's different protagonists and to be honest I'm fed up of the formula .. The main body of the stories are all efficient enough (although I'm never completely convinced by the logical progressions) - but it's the overly dramatic and unconvincing endings that constantly let them down, always involving an avalanche of exposition resembling the ending of an episode of Scooby Doo .. So with his determination to 'tell' as opposed to 'show' I think I'll be giving Mr Baldacci a miss from now on.

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