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  • The Kremlin's Candidate

  • Red Sparrow Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA - stealing Kremlin secrets for her handler, Nate Nash - for over seven years. In the dazzling finale of the Red Sparrow trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears whispers of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole in a high intelligence position.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a better reader

  • By I. A. Wright on 10-03-18

Book three and back to a male narrator

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

OK... he narrated the first book too and is still excellent. I had just become accustomed to the female tones from book two...
Anyway. Fantastic from start to finish.

  • Palace of Treason

  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but long

  • By Anonymous User on 16-08-18

Hang on, book two and a female narrator!

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

Bit of a shock to the system after the first book is narrated very well by a man. Don't get me wrong she is brilliant too, but took a little while to get used to the different pronunciations of familiar names - jarred a litte for a while.
Didn't spoil another excellent book, and to be honest I would happily listen to either narrator again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Red Sparrow

  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

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?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spy Story or Cookery Book

  • By J. M. Craig on 04-04-16

Gripping from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

Well crafted and narrated, one of the best spy novels I have "read". No wonder they made it into a film... Which I have since watched and was very disappointed. If you like the book, don't bother with the film!

  • Cockroaches

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 920

Harry is on a special mission. Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It’s clear that the Ambassador’s family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk.He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal. When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cochroaches by Jo Nesbo

  • By Steven on 08-12-13

cleaver story, but I kept getting lost.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

Nesbo is an excellent storyteller. Barrett narrates well, but female voices are sometimes not that feminin, and some men sound too similar. Add this to a range of Scandinavian and Thai names, and I just got lost too often. It's probably me not being too good with names, but I kept up with book 1 a lot better and enjoyed it more.

  • Buried

  • Department Q, Book 5
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Buried, the fifth installment of the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen, read by Steven Pacey. More than three years ago, a civil servant vanished after returning from a work trip to Africa. Though he is missing and presumed dead, the man's family still want answers. It is one of the many unsolved crimes left for Department Q, Denmark's cold-case unit headed up by Detective Carl Morck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Just A Crime Book

  • By David F. on 15-03-15

Another great book.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

I know there are 2 more in this series, but with a different narrate, I don't want to ruin the mental image I have of the excellent characters. Really impressive author and narrator combo. Thanks.

  • Disgrace

  • Department Q, Book 2
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170

Kimmie’s home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her. And they won’t rest until she has stopped moving - for good. Detective Carl of Department Q, the cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother and sister 20 years earlier. A group of boarding school students were the suspects at the time - until one of their numbers confessed and was convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely hooked!

  • By Hilary on 21-10-12

Yes I'm on book 4, but here's a catchup

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

Below is my review of book 1,but now with 4 under my belt, I realise I forgot to say how funny they are too. Just superb juxtaposition of narrative and context, so well written and translated. Plus the narration is superb too, it is so easy to realise who is speaking.
Just great books.
Book 1 review... I've tried to find a decent book for a long time, one with a good story and with excellent narration. And I can't remember what made me pick this, I usually go for sci fi or fantasy adventure, but it had me hooked in no time.
Good characters, with enough clues to suggest they will feature in future stories and plenty of room for both characters and relationships to develop. Well paced plot with enough narrative to let you keep up with that the main protagonists are doing and thinking, but not enough to make everything obvious.
All in all a right good book, and as I write this, I am downloading book 2.
Enjoy.

  • Guilt

  • Department Q, Book 4
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely love Jussi Adler Olsen

  • By caroline on 14-05-14

I know, I didn't review book 3!

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

Just to say what I said in my reviews of books 1 and 2 holds true. Really good stories and narration. I also like the humanity put into the characters too. They are still developing, but still a lot of potential. It's also so refreshing that they are not superhuman, they get hurt and it takes a realistic time to recover... anyway... I'm about to download book 5...

previous reviews books 1 and 2...
Below is my review of book 1,but now with 4 under my belt, I realise I forgot to say how funny they are too. Just superb juxtaposition of narrative and context, so well written and translated. Plus the narration is superb too, it is so easy to realise who is speaking.
Just great books.
Book 1 review... I've tried to find a decent book for a long time, one with a good story and with excellent narration. And I can't remember what made me pick this, I usually go for sci fi or fantasy adventure, but it had me hooked in no time.
Good characters, with enough clues to suggest they will feature in future stories and plenty of room for both characters and relationships to develop. Well paced plot with enough narrative to let you keep up with that the main protagonists are doing and thinking, but not enough to make everything obvious.
All in all a right good book, and as I write this, I am downloading book 2.
Enjoy.

  • Mercy

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danish Noire superbly read by Steven Pacey

  • By Nick on 08-02-13

No idea how I found this book, but what a gem!

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

I've tried to find a decent book for a long time, one with a good story and with excellent narration. And I can't remember what made me pick this, I usually go for sci fi or fantasy adventure, but it had me hooked in no time.
Good characters, with enough clues to suggest they will feature in future stories and plenty of room for both characters and relationships to develop. Well paced plot with enough narrative to let you keep up with that the main protagonists are doing and thinking, but not enough to make everything obvious.
All in all a right good book, and as I write this, I am downloading book 2.
Enjoy.

  • The Departure

  • Owner Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need 12 billion to die before Earth can be stabilized. So corruption is rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanized overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to reach its goals, the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage to a new level.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A story of two halves

  • By J Hitch on 22-01-18

Excellent trilogy of quality writing and narration

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

I have just finished the whole trilogy in about 10 days. It's been a while since I had a story as well written and as well narrated as this was. And having said that, I'm not going to pick holes in either as some reviewers do. I just enjoyed the concept, the continuity, the characters and the excellent narration. Best sifi writing I have experienced in a long time. Thanks.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Point

  • Owner Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Earth's Zero Asset citizens no longer face extermination. Thanks to Alan Saul, the Committee's despotic network is in ruins, and its robotic enforcers lie dormant. But the ruthless Serene Galahad sees an opportunity to grab power. On Mars, Var Delex fights for Antares Base's survival while the Argus Space Station hurtles towards the red planet. And Var knows whoever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. She must not only save the base but deal with the first signs of rebellion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent trilogy of quality writing and narration

  • By M Fowler on 17-01-18

Excellent trilogy of quality writing and narration

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

I have just finished the whole trilogy in about 10 days. It's been a while since I had a story as well written and as well narrated as this was. And having said that, I'm not going to pick holes in either as some reviewers do. I just enjoyed the concept, the continuity, the characters and the excellent narration. Best sifi writing I have experienced in a long time. Thanks.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful