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  • 131 Days

  • 131 Days, Book 1
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48

Once every year, in the city of Sunja, gladiators meet within the arena known as Sunja's Pit. Some men enter for the lure of fortune, some for the fame, and some simply for the fight. The games continue for days until a champion is finally crowned. Or until all involved perish. Four companions struggle to change their lives in and out of the arena as it becomes clear that to be a Free Trained pit fighter is to live with a mark on one's head. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartwarming Blood Bath!

  • By Simon on 22-12-18

Yet another amazing story

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

Totally different genre for Mr.Blackmore but he aces it. All i can say is if you like action and adventure with a bit of gore and tons of intrigue then this is the book for you. Great characters you really care about and humorous dialogue. He writes really well which unfortunately is becoming quite rare. I love this author

  • The Missing Boatman

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Miracles are happening. Pray to God they stop. In the dead of winter, on a highway in Quebec, a man crashes his car and survives. In New York, a homeless person is run over by a bus and lives. In Tokyo, a teenager jumps off a high rise building and fails in taking her own life. All over the world, miracles like these transpire, and people breathe a sigh of relief. But for the next week, some people will begin to suspect a terrible truth. A handful will even search for it. One man will find it. And in seven days, all hell will break loose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Atrocious narrator! Will irate you by the first chapter.

  • By sfak107 on 25-10-18

Funny and full of gore

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

I know a lot of the other reviewers are less than complimentary about the narrator and I know what they mean but give him a chance. I started listening to this straight after listening to mountain man and it's a bit of a shocker to go from RC Bray to PJ Ochlan. The thing is the longer you listen the more you get pulled in to this truely great story and Mr. Ochlan style of narration. He's very good at voices and has a great way of delivering the humour in this book; I actually laughted out loud a couple of times, which doesnt happen very often with action/horror books. Really give it a try

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breeds, Book 1

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

In a near-deserted coastal village, odd things are happening. Strangers are asking questions about the town's recluse. A local hunter discovers naked footprints in the snow. The stray dog population has ceased to exist. And with winter's most powerful weapon bearing down, things are about to become much, much worse. A werewolf book. Not a romance. Not at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Michael on 06-04-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

I've heard this narrator reading the Mark Tufo books and honestly cant imagine anyone else doing them but i don't think he's the right person for this author's work. He isnt bad exactly but he doesnt bring out the humour. I've listened to the Mountain Man series and the Boatman and both of those narrators were better at picking up the humour in the story. Love Keith C Blackmore, his work is full of humour, great characters and suspenseful action. If you like Mark Tufo you like this guy

  • Origin

  • A Technothriller
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it

  • By Kmria on 17-10-18

Humours and horrible

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Its easy to find books that make you want to barf but finding ones that even make you smile is quite tough. Finding ones that do both is very rare. This is one of those.

  • The Reunion

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back. Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!!

  • By Astrid on 09-03-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Enjoyed the twists and turns. Entertaining book, in no way deep or thought provoking but a great choice for a holiday read.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Hugh Mann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 129

This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really interesting

  • By Adam Buckler on 23-07-16

wow!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

It is always hard to work out what you think. It came as a shock a few years ago to realise that as a white person I was actually supposed to feel guilty for my ancestors behaviour. I thought it wss a joke at first but no apparently i should be ashamed of my forebears, country (England), city (Liverpool, built in part on the profits of slavery) and not to put too finer point on it, my colour. Once I finally realised this was not meant to be funny and not feeling like killing myself for the sins of my fathers I thought I'd do what I usually do when faced with a problem. I read and watched videos and thought. I recently read Hillbilly Elegy, which echos the basic ideas put forward by Mr. Sowell. I think both books identify a problem, if not the problem and that in an age when you can be arrested and shouted down for even mentioning there is a problem is a very valuble thing. One of the few books I started listening to again straight after I finished it the first time. I would recommend this to anyone who has asked themselves the question " what the hell is going on"

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has challenged me to rethink ideas

  • By Thomas on 07-04-13

great ideas but she needs an editor

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

The ideas she puts forward are truely thought provoking and considering when she wrote this the predictions she makes are quite astonishing. The collapse of an economy when in the grips of communism and how this collapse is accomplished is fascinating. However and there had to be an however concidering the two star score, when she starts writing about romance for want of a better word it's a bit like listening to a torrid teen drama. Lots of glances that "mean" things, sighs that convey a paragraphs worth of feelings, etc., ect., ad nausium. Also although her ideas are, to me at least, new and as i said fascinating she somewhat belabours you with them. There's a 3 hour "speech" delivered by one of her characters that left me feeling like i had been beaten about the head with the family bible. I would buy this book but for any prospective reader I'd suggest fast forwarding through any bits of romantic interaction and edit the speech when your ears start bleeding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 791

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent, and while they sleep they go to another place....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marin Ireland does a wonderful reading

  • By W.Fenlon on 30-09-17

SJW rubbish

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I listened all the way through this feminist polemic against, well, mankind! Men, in Messrs King's view, are rapists, wife beaters, violent war mongering bigots and literally the font of all evil. If left to women the world could be rebuilt into a peaceful, beautiful, harmonious wonderland. WOW!!!! I am a woman, I know and like plenty of my sex but to "gift" us with this ridiculously skewed version of mother-earth godhood is unrealistic and unhelpful. Men beat and abuse children..........hummmm...........i would ask the Kings how many people they've met who were screwed up by their mothers. Women's violence can look different to men's violence. Emotional cruelty is violent but you cant go to A&E to get it fixed. Men can be horrible in all the above stated ways and more............but so can women be. I have thought about this and even discounting the wonderful men in my life, I would hate to live in a world without men. Such a world would have a lot less humour. In summation this book is a thinly veiled political rant pretending to be a story. Am I the only one who is getting sick of being told what to think by celebrities. We pay you to entertain us Mr. King not to indoctrinate us with your childish asinine politics. You probably wont be surprised to hear I'll be sending this back.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Dead Walk

  • By: John Bowen
  • Narrated by: Helen Clapp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Kate Bennett, presenter of paranormal investigation cable TV show, Where the Dead Walk, isn't sure what she believes, other than she seems cursed to lose all those closest to her. After investigating a neglected cliff-top house, empty for a decade because it's "haunted", Kate is convinced a spirit within holds the answers to a childhood she can't remember and an unimaginable crime.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • yet another good book ruined by poor narration

  • By Hannah on 23-05-18

good read

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

Didn't find the narration a problem, although if you do find it running a bit fast for you you can slow it down using the speed button. I liked the characters and the story and will listen to it again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Ashburn House

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

There's something wrong with Ashburn House. The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town. Following Edith's death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne's only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, 20 dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can't afford to refuse. Adrienne doesn't believe in ghosts, but it's hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking depth

  • By Miss S D Williams on 23-11-17

Ooooooof!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Scared the bejesus out of me. I normally listen to storys whilst I drift off to sleep..........big mistake. Lay there wide eyed and occasionally jumping. I'm now really tired but that was a good story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful