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  • My Life as a POW of the Japanese 1942-1945

  • British Soldier's Account of His Horrific Three and a Half Years as a Japanese POW on Java During World War II
  • By: Arthur Charles, Malissa Stockbridge - editor
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Arthur Charles gives a personal account of his time as a POW on Java, including the use of secret radios and how he survived a firing squad. He depicts amazing resilience, resourcefulness, and even moments of humour amid the horror of captivity, where he suffered terrible mistreatment and deliberate efforts to humiliate. He managed to learn skills from other POWs such as contract bridge, chess, shorthand, and even English law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harrowing Story

  • By Eddie on 31-12-18

Harrowing Story

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

The previous reviewer is ignorant. Sat no doubt in a comfortable house with three meals a day he has no idea of what these prisoners of the Japs went through. The fact that the author survived to come home after such an ordeal is testament to his fortitude and luck. An excellent description of what these brave people had to endure, the cruelty and deprivation. Strongly recommend this book.

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  • The Outsiders

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

They used to meet for a smoke behind the MI5 building. They were disbanded after the death of the youngest member of their team at the hands of a Russian gangster. Now, suddenly, the Graveyard Team is being called back together. Word is that the gangster is staying at a villa in Spain - the Costa del Sol being a multi-billion dollar hub in the worldwide drug trade....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An okay listen

  • By Silver Surfer on 08-04-13

Boring and Dull

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

What disappointed you about The Outsiders?

A long winded ridiculous story line that did not impress me at all. It went on and on about a young couple taking a holiday in Spain with them suddenly thinking they could become MI6 assassins. Ridiculous. Wasted my money buying this book.

  • Red Sparrow

  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a mole at the Russian Intelligence service. Dominika Egorov, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought I had strayed into a cookery book

  • By Eddie on 13-03-18

Thought I had strayed into a cookery book

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

If you could sum up Red Sparrow in three words, what would they be?

Forsyth meets LeCarre

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable spy thriller in modern Russia. Look forward to the other two books in the series. Bit baffled as to why the author insists on giving our food menues at the end of each chapter.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 2
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

In the delightful Cotswold village of Carsely, the air is heady with romance. Agatha Raisin is convinced that the new vet has taken a shine to her. But before she can get anywhere, handsome Dr Paul Bladen is accidentally killed while attending to Lord Pendlebury's horse. So was it really an accident? All the evidence points that way, but the circumstances are decidedly suspicious.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration

  • By Bella82 on 25-06-15

Light hearted and very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

Any additional comments?

Don't get distracted by Penelope Keith. This is a one off by Diana Bishop and she reads it very well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Bridge Too Far

  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan’s masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshaled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-day. In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem. Focusing on a vast cast of characters, Ryan brings to life one of the most ill-fated operations of the war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book ruined by awful narration

  • By Richard Smith on 17-11-16

Appalling Narration

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

Reviewed: 16-07-17

Any additional comments?

Why do Audible not vet their narrators before they put their books up for sale. The monotonous and boring narration completly spoilt the book for me. I wasted my money in purchasing this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hannibal

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

'It is an axiom of behavioural science that vampires are territorial, while cannibals range widely. 'Hannibal killed nine people before he was caught. And five on his escape. Two of his victims survived - one of them is in an asylum; but the other craves revenge. Mason Verger, a paraplegic confined to a respirator since his encounter with Dr Lecter, can move only the fingers of his crippled right hand across the soft blanket that covers his lifeless body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By Gemma on 25-05-12

Oh Dear

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Please! Don't let authors narrate their own books. An excellent book in the Hannibal series is spoilt by the author attempting to be the deformed Mason Verger. I just could not understand a word he said. So disappointing. It was also narrated at double speed. Where was Frank Muuler when you need him.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Slaughter Man

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

On New Year’s Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon is a gun for stunning cattle, leading Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man. But the Slaughter Man is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Ad the bad on 23-09-15

Pacey Thriller

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

Reviewed: 14-11-16

Any additional comments?

An excellent 'Who Done It" which kept me listening intentively to the end. However, the author does not understand the modern police force. After the senior officer authorised entry to a building with just four unarmed officers one suffered very serious spinal injuries, one was very severely concussed, one was stabbed in the stomach and one had acid thrown at her. Three of them were back at work days later carrying on as if nothing had happened. In the police today they would have been off sick for months. Even so I recommend this book as a 5 star listen.

  • Sharpe's Triumph: The Battle of Assaye, September 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 2)

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery and, with Sir Arthur Wellesley, faces the Mahratta Horde. The paths of treachery all lead to the small village of Assaye. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wellesley, with a diminished British army, plunges his men into the white heat of battle. A battle that will make his reputation, and perhaps Sharpe's too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Re-Visited

  • By Simon on 05-10-15

Rupert Farley is superb at his reading

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

What did you like most about Sharpe's Triumph: The Battle of Assaye, September 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 2)?

Rupert Farley is the very best of narrators and it is so pleasing he has continued with the Richard Sharpe series. I have ordered well ahead and look forward to much more of Mr Sharpe.

  • Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3)

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 429

Ensign Richard Sharpe, newly made an officer, wishes he had stayed a sergeant after he is put in terrible danger by Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill at the impregnable Gawilghur's ravine. To regain his confidence and his authority, Sharpe will fight as he has never fought before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High Octane from the Very Start

  • By Simon on 14-10-15

Rupert Farley's narration is superb

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

Where does Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Rupert Farley brings the book to life and it is so pleasing he has continued with the Richard Sharpe series. I shall continue to the end.

  • Ghost Flight

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

Haunted by his wife and son's brutal abduction and murder, ex-soldier Will Jaeger runs to the ends of the Earth to recover and to hide. But even there he is found and compelled to undertake one last mission and to confront a savage past he can barely even remember. Jaeger agrees to lead an expedition into the Mountains of the Gods in the remote Amazon jungle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy but great

  • By Alexander on 02-07-15

Naff

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

Reviewed: 21-10-15

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

Disappointing end. I did not realise this book was just Part 1. Why did Jaeger give up looking for his kidnapped wife and child after just one year then go off for two years to a sunny beach in West Africa. The jump into the Amazon rain forest from the C130 was odd. Jaeger jumps in tandem with a female ex Spetznatz assassin but allows film cameramen with no experience to jump on their own. The scene towards the end where he is shown a photograph of Adolph Hitler and top Nazis sailing from Equatorial Guinea to Argentina on 7th May 1945 was farcical. I half expected to be told Eva Hitler was down in the galley preparing lunch!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful