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  • Second to None

  • By: Alexander Kent
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

On the eve of Waterloo, a sense of finality and cautious hope pervade a nation wearied by decades of war. But peace will present its own challenges to Adam Bolitho, captain of His Majesty's Ship Unrivalled, as many of his contemporaries face the prospect of discharge. The life of a frigate captain is always lonely, even more so for Adam, mourning the death of his uncle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible please check download quality

  • By H. McConnell on 09-03-18

Awful Recording

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Awful Recording, awful awful playback. Awful awful problem trying to return book to get my credit back

  • Lancaster and York

  • The Wars of the Roses
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Lancater and York is a riveting account of the Wars of the Roses, from beloved historian Alison Weir. The war between the houses of Lancaster and York was characterised by treachery, deceit, and bloody battles. Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, and his wife Margaret of Anjou, who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled in a violent man's world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Events - Oddly Dull in Presentation

  • By Alison on 04-11-14

Really Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Good book, good story. I thought narration was very good, Maggie Mash was a good selection for narrator and a really good performance, but, the accents were in my opinion unnecessary, consequently I ignored them. Some readers may be more affected and give Maggie a lower score! Nevertheless a really good informative and enjoyable read. Cbgh X

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 321

Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Michele on 07-01-16

Could not get into story?

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

Reviewed: 23-12-16

From introduction through to end I disliked story and it's presentation. Narration irritated me. Situation was not improved by being a noisy recording. A flop.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Every Day Is Mother's Day

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Evelyn and Muriel Axon, mother and daughter, lead a haunted existence. Objects of horror to their neighbours, they evade or terrorise any social worker who crosses their path. Inside their house, they pursue a covert persecution of each other, shrinking from the unseen occupants of their spare room. But change is in the air… Every Day is Mother's Day is a merciless comedy of colliding lives: of sex, death, madness, adultery and the social services.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and thought provoking

  • By Keith D. Brown on 03-07-15

Stories

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

Enjoyed the stories, all intertwining, each individual, a spiders web of human frailties. Cannot identify a special highspot, what a rare lot of characters there are. At the time of writing I know of a follow up book, if I had not known would have water one. Good read. Thank You
Colin.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

A good laugh.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

Loved it, could not put it down, a read in one go if there ever was one. I Enjoyed It!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

I just lost the thread

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

Struggled to finish, I kept going back to reread thinking I had missed something. I had not, I felt continuity poor. Some descriptions were more screenplay than novel. I wanted to like book, gave it a good go !!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Being

  • By: Antonia Honeywell
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 716

At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent’s Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk? The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you’ll love the full-length novel sequel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good

  • By S. Corner on 03-01-16

Its a Listen Again Book

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

Reviewed: 28-05-15

For some reason , about halfway through the story, I was distracted. This is unusual for me especially in that I was enjoying the story. I do not know why, was it boring? I'll read it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: David Buck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

With buried treasure, treacherous buccaneers, a young hero, and Long John Silver, the one-legged villain, Treasure Island remains one of the most popular of pirate adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Argh, Jim M'lad

  • By Alex on 30-05-14

Different Reader

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

Reviewed: 21-05-15

Is he as good as one before ? Thoroughly enjoyed previous book, bought as part of a set. I m just using words up here cannot wait to start new narrator.

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 2
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

This second naval adventure follows the life of Thomas Paine Kydd who sails into Portsmouth a hero after a ferocious battle against the French. Soon the sea beckons and Kydd sets off aboard his beloved Artemis for another adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Avast!

  • By David Perry on 30-08-11

Why did it finish where it did?

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

Reviewed: 20-05-15

Like all good stories you want it to go on for ever. A story with everything, love, sex, relationships, terror, hero's, it goes on and on. Christian Rodska in cracking form bringing the story to even more life managing to bring every character to life I felt I was there aboard ship. The conclusion to the tale left one regretting that one had failed to get the next episode so to read on. A very enjoyable read, the whole series so far consistanty very good. Gripping reading. Thanks Colin X.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Caribbee

  • Thomas Kydd, Book 14
  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Thomas Kydd, a hero of Trafalgar, holds the glory of being Post-Captain of the 32-gun frigate, L'Aurore. A Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite for the war hero, but when more and more merchantmen begin vanishing from the sea, fear starts to spread. Kydd must embark on a dangerous game of espionage in order to destroy this new and terrible danger to the Empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's not Kydding!

  • By Simon on 27-05-16

Colin B All at Sea

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

My first book by this author and an introduction to Christian Rodska. Enjoyed so much I,ve placed the rest of the series in my wish list. If you like history and you like the sea this book is the one for you, a well researched and totally enthralling trip into history at sea. Just plain good listening. Thanks U enjoyed the book Colin X

1 of 1 people found this review helpful