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  • The Good Liar

  • By: Nicholas Searle
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle, read by Martin Jarvis. This is a life told back to front. This is a man who has lied all his life. Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings. But who is the man behind the con, and what has he had to do to survive this life of lies? And why is this beautiful woman so willing to be his next victim?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance, boring story

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-16

The Good Liar

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking read. Excellently narrated. Great twist as the story progresses. Would definitely recommend.

  • The Nix

  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant novel

  • By Will J Bailey on 24-05-17

Stunning piece of writing

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

Reviewed: 16-03-17

Hugely enjoyable story packed with a fantastic and rich cast of characters. Excellent narration through out, every character's unique personally and voice captured perfectly.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

It's 1998. The Internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he's going to become a vigilante. There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume - and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry - on a shoestring budget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We're Only Making Fans For Nigel

  • By Simon on 15-09-16

Recommended

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

Reviewed: 28-09-16

Another enjoyable listen narrated by the author. Never fails to engage and entertain. Definitely recommend this and any other works by Luke Smitherd

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Black Lies

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis, Kenny Blyth, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

Admittedly, it wasn't murder. A moment's carelessness, a tragic accident - and two children are dead. Yours. Living in a small island community, you can't escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you've lost - your family, your future, your sanity. How long before revenge becomes irresistible? With no reason to go on living, why shouldn't you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Omg best story ever read . Depressing at times tears towards the end then one hell of a twist Boom

  • By Miss on 12-08-15

Page turner

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

Read this over two days, great page turner and utterly gripping. Lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing right up until the end. Brilliant mystery combined with lovely descriptions of the Falkland Islands. The narration by all three readers was spot on.

  • 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 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831

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

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

A hugely enjoyable novel. The everyday and the surreal combined in a slowly evolving narrative that makes this a totally believable story. Love Luke Smitherd's writing style, easy and conversational, which I'm sure is far more difficult to achieve than it appears. Always a joy to hear or read. The narration by Matt Addis was spot on.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

unique storyline

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

Reviewed: 28-04-16

I read a huge amount of Science Fiction but have honestly never come across anything as original before. I was engrossed from start to finish. The storyline and characters have huge depth and are totally believable. The attention to detail and back stories flesh the characters out perfectly. I'm always a little dubious when authors read their own works. It often seems that self indulgence ends up ruining what would have been a great listen. But not so in this case, Luke does a fantastic job of narration, and if anything adds an extra level of enjoyment. I'd recommend this to family and friends and will definitely be buying more of Luke's books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beacon 23: The Complete Novel

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Ryan McCarthy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. It's a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part - until something goes wrong, until a ship is in distress. In the 23rd century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light. These beacons are built to be robust. They never break down. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant again...and again.

  • By cheryl on 19-04-16

Brilliant again...and again.

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

Reviewed: 19-04-16

Listening to this again for the umpteenth time. Never grow tired of the story, the characters, the humour as well as the pathos or the message. Whenever I can't decide on my next book, I return to Beacon 23 and relax back into the familiarity and the contentment of reading this unbeatable novel. Never known a book have such an effect on me. Would definitely be my Desert Island book choice

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 742

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not - stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 01-07-11

The Knife of Never Letting Go.

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

Reviewed: 14-04-16

Great story but slightly marred by the narrator who often sounded like he was out of breath and gulping for air.

Will definitely get the second book as the characters and story are worth sticking with.

  • Burning Down George Orwell's House

  • By: Andrew Ervin
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Ray Welter, who was until recently a high-flying advertising executive in Chicago, has left the world of newspeak behind. He decamps to the isolated Scottish Isle of Jura in order to spend a few months in the cottage where George Orwell wrote most of his seminal novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Ray is miserable and quite prepared to make his troubles go away with the help of copious quantities of excellent scotch.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not great choice of narrator

  • By cheryl on 11-05-15

Not great choice of narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Sorry but had to return this before I even got to the end of the first chapter. The American narrator's attempt to do a Scottish accent was pitiful. When he tried to do the Scots attempting to mimic the American character's accent, that was the final straw.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • moving story, beautifully read

  • By tina on 20-02-18

An unexpected joy to read

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

Reviewed: 10-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

I found the narration perfect for the subject matter, and loved both characters. The slow, contemplative style was relaxing and easy to lose oneself in.I was left feeling emotionally drained when I'd finished it, and not ready to jump into my next book. It's a story that gives one a lot to think about, both whilst reading and long afterwards.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

This isn't a novel filled with moments of great action, adventure or suspense. It's a story of inner thoughts and regrets, but it's also certainly not without hope and optimism. The most memorable parts of the novel for me are the most emotional, and there are plenty of those. Both Arthur and Kel meeting their fathers. Yolanda's life mirroring that of Charlene, the pregnant, college dropout. Kel's placing of the obituary which Arthur will most assuredly read. This scene wasn't overly long or descriptive, but still leaves a sense of loss and sadness, that lingers.

Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka – was your favourite?

All characters were very well voiced but I prefered Arthur Opp/Yolanda, not because the narration was any better, but as I felt a greater compassion and connection to them.

Any additional comments?

I was sorry when the book finished, as the end of the novel was just the beginning of the story, I could have spent many more hours enjoying the company of Arthur, Yolanda and Kel. I will definitely listen to this again in the near future.