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  • The Cobra

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

The cocaine industry is worth billions of dollars a year to the drug cartels who spread their evil across Western society, causing incalculable misery, poverty and death. Slowly, gradually, inexorably it is spreading and it is a blight which must be stopped. One man, Paul Devereaux, intellectual, dedicated, utterly ruthless and ex-CIA special ops, is given what seems like an impossible task. At his disposal is anything he wants – men, resources, money. And he will not stop until he has completed his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forsyth back on form

  • By Kirstine on 23-08-10

Very poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

I had to give up on this book. The story was very weak, full of flash Americans and stupid comic British stereotypes. Does anyone believe America is run by the boys from the slums “made good”and Britain is run by Bertie Wooster and the like.
I have read a couple of Frederick Forsyth books and have found them enjoyable. Having lived in South America for many years there are glimpses of fact in the story but is lost amid the comic characters.

  • Full Dark House

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both the first and last case of an unlikely pair of crime fighters - and how along the way they changed the face of detection. A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of 80-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues, May finds his friend’s notes of their first case....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where it all begins?

  • By Russ on 09-07-12

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

I wish I had the skill to express how I am enjoying this series. All I can say is in all respects outstanding. On the the next book.

  • SAS Ghost Patrol

  • The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed as Nazi Stormtroopers
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

SAS Ghost Patrol is the explosive true story of the day in 1942 when the SAS donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious and daring mission of the war. Beyond top secret, deniable in the extreme (and of course enjoying Churchill's enthusiastic blessing), this is one of the most remarkable stories of wartime lawlessness, eccentricity and raw courage in the face of impossible odds - a thoroughly British undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Story of Desert War Operations

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 07-11-17

A story of very brave men

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

It always good to remind us how brave our men were in the war, and remember there brave deeds.
This book does not do that. It reads like a newspaper article and is boring.How many time do we have to told, they are in a Chevy and what type of weapons the are carrying.
I would suggest a factual academic account would be a more productive read.
The narrator was poor and monotonous.

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  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the Coen Brothers...

  • By Sara on 15-12-11

Surprise

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

I enjoyed the book from start to finish, it was hard to put down. The narration was excellent. I believe a lot of authors of today’s pulp fiction would benefit reading this book. Excellent

  • I'm Travelling Alone

  • Holger Munch & Mia Kruger, Book 1
  • By: Samuel Bjork
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 569

When a six-year-old girl is found dead, hanging from a tree, the only clue the Oslo Police have to work with is an airline tag around her neck. It reads, 'I'm travelling alone'. Holger Munch, veteran police investigator, is immediately charged with reassembling his homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must convince his erstwhile partner, Mia Krüger - a brilliant but troubled investigator - to return from the solitary island where she has retreated with plans to take her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it. Narration realistic. Gripping to the end

  • By M.A. on 15-02-16

The choice of narrator was a massive mistake

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

In all respects terrible, the narration is the worse I have ever heard, a flat boring droll. I cannot take anymore, don't care how it ends.
I don't care about Monks family, nor the problems any of them have.
If this story reflects the Nations finest police force I would think twice about a visit.
Trash

  • The Lost Continent

  • Travels In Small Town America
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825

Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The road trip you're dying to take

  • By Miss on 13-04-13

boring and predictable, school boy humour.

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

Reviewed: 26-08-17

The author has a problem with everything and does he whinge.
The last straw was when described the medical services in the USA and the greatest, if he believes that he is deluded. His description of the NHS is childish and shows how little he knows about this first class service. Any comparison with between the NHS and American, so called medical care beggars belief. I know a good thing when I see it, and having sampled both services, American medical care could not hold a candle to the NHS.
May I suggest he thinks before he make ridiculous statements, and may I suggest he returns to the nation he hates so much.

  • The Constant Gardener

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

The beautiful Tessa Quayle is murdered near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. And her putative African lover and travelling companion has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa’s husband, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. On his way he meets terror, violence, and conspiracy, but his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional, addictive and typical Le Carre

  • By joanna green on 30-11-14

Michael jayston

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

Reviewed: 18-06-17

Michael Jayston never disappoints, outstanding narration. A good narrator can turn a dull boring diatribe into a work of are, and a brilliant book work of art. Thank you



  • The Thirst

  • Harry Hole, Book 11
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

A woman is found murdered after an Internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as normal

  • By Sue Edwards on 07-05-17

Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

I became numb and bored every time I heard, coffee. It was so annoying, anyone who has drunk Norwegian coffee knows it stinks.
Harry is becoming a bit of a joke, and I was disappointed he lives to drink more coffee.
Disappointed.

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wilderness adventure from the comfort of home

  • By John on 28-04-07

Americans

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

The story was well told,the narrator first class, I normally shy aware from American narrators.
The Americans make a big fuss of their wilderness, what wilderness! There are bale out routes everywhere,the trail is surrounded by civilisation and public roads, shops , motels and townships. You just call up a taxi or hitch a ride. Allowing you escape from miserable trail to a equally dismal town or campsite.
I have experience by far better hiking across the Scottish mountains and the Lake District. Ok we do not have bears and the like but we do have an abundance of none violet wildlife.
I think the AT should be renamed as the chemical trail as everything appears to be dying from acid rain et al.
I fine it hard to envisaged anyone being inspired by this entertaining book to engage in this grossly over blown "adventure " in American
Wilderness.