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  • Walking Home

  • Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way
  • By: Simon Armitage
  • Narrated by: Simon Armitage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

In summer 2010 Simon Armitage decided to walk the Pennine Way. The challenging 256 mile route is usually approached from south to north, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, the other side of the Scottish border. He resolved to tackle it the other way round: through beautiful and bleak terrain, across lonely fells and into the howling wind, he would be walking home, towards the Yorkshire village where he was born.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A relaxing and enjoyable read

  • By Sue McW on 12-06-13

Ok but a bit self indulgent

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

I got this in a deal and was happy with it based on what I paid but was glad I didnt pay full price. I enjoyed some of it but it felt like it had a fair bit of padding. I found the rationale for the end really self indulgent and also almost a pop at many people’s desire to complete the walk. This is probably unfair and just me being a bit grumpy about the end. Simon does an ok job of narration - a little Alan Bennetish at times. Sadly it hasnt led me to go and seek out any more of his books or poems. Recommended if buying in a deal but probably not at full price.

  • The Death's Head Chess Club

  • By: John Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

SS Obersturmführer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz from the Russian front. After being badly wounded he is fit only for administrative duty, and his first and most pressing task is to improve flagging camp morale. He sets up a chess club which thrives, as the officers and enlisted men are allowed to gamble on the results of the games. However, when Meissner learns from a chance remark that chess is also played by the prisoners, he hears of a Jewish watchmaker who is “unbeatable”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good

  • By M on 21-05-17

Really Good

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

Reviewed: 21-05-17

I was recommended this book by a friend so am glad I followed their advice. A difficult subject, examining some of the darkest parts of the holocaust through a small number of characters. Chess is used as a theme throughout the novel - initially I thought this would be boring. I was totally wrong - if anything, the chess parts of the novel are exciting. Not surprisingly, considering the main subject matter the novel is harrowing and emotional in places. However, it demonstrated the strength of human spirit and also how kind and evil humans can be.

The narrator does a brilliant job. I would thoroughly recommend this book. I will also be looking for anything else the author writes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the Day

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118

Charlie meets everyone - but only once. You might meet him in a hospital, in a war zone, or at the scene of traffic accident. Then again, you might meet him at the North Pole - Charlie gets everywhere. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this is going to be the most important meeting of your life. The End of the Day is the stunning new story from Richard and Judy Book Club author Claire North: the voice behind the word-of-mouth best-seller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such a disappointment

  • By Eugene Oconnell on 14-04-17

Dull!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

I have read all of Claire Norths books and would thoroughly recommend them, particularly the first fifteen lives of Harry August. However, this book is terrible. The idea is good, a character being the harbinger of death and other characters playing horsemen of the apocalypse in a tongue in cheek way. I think the idea is similar to some if Terry Pratchets work but nothing like as good. I persisted for three to four hours but gave up in the end. I rarely return books but I will be returning this one.

Peter Kenny does his best and again, I would thoroughly recommend his work. The book just doesn't seem to have any spark. Shame. I will await Clare Norths next book and hope it's back to her normal standard.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hide and Seek

  • DI Helen Grace 6
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

Helen awaits trial in a crumbling women's prison in Southampton. She has a fight on to prove her innocence from inside her prison cell, but this soon turns out to be the least of her worries. A serial killer is picking off fellow inmates, thriving in an environment where there is truly nowhere to run. Is it a criminal giving in to their dark urges or a member of the prison staff preying on the captive population? Helen must work fast to reveal this devious killer, all the time wondering if she will be next on her list....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly disappointing

  • By Anna Timlin on 01-11-16

Another good story with poor research...

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Good thriller/crime novel. I have read the whole series and they are written well but have really poor research. It's not poetic license- the author has just guessed lots of stuff about the police, prison and fire services in this and the rest of the series.

Good narrator. Good writing. Spoilt by some daft facts that a small amount of research would have prevented

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 648

The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. The electrifying new thriller. Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida's 1,000 judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That's until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name who has an extraordinary tale to tell. Myers is representing a whistle-blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is

  • By M on 31-12-16

This is

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

Reviewed: 31-12-16

This book has been the straw that broke the camels back for me. I have bought Grisham books for years and loved them. The past few have been so awful I am convinced either he has lost his mojo or someone else is writing them. I won't be buying any more.

The narrator does their best with a really dull,piece of work.

His earlier work is brilliant, buy it - buy it but I would steer clear of his last half dozen books.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,062

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

Good listen but a bit daft!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

This was a good listen, well performed and a good story for most of it. It starts as a classic locked door story but jumps into a very scifi story. This may have been meant as a twist but I don't think so on the whole. Whilst remaining a reasonable thriller the scifi bits felt a bit over the top to me - as I said in the title, a bit daft! However, I did still enjoy it and on the whole am happy I bought it. My critique may be coloured by being a bit surprised at where the story went.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Bones

  • Kate Maguire Book 1 (Unabridged)
  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

On an isolated farm in southern Ireland, a decades-old grave houses the dismembered bones of 11 women. Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire of the Irish Gardai is used to bloodshed, but these white bones speak of unimaginable butchery. Not far away, a young American tourist is at the mercy of a sadistic killer. His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll fashioned from rags, nails, and fish-hooks. The murder of his victims is secondary only to his pleasure at their pain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but some graphic torture scenes

  • By Kathy on 06-08-13

I should have heeded the reviews!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

I will be returning this one. However, its my own fault. I should have believed the earlier reviews. The book has some of the most graphic violence I have ever read. I am not easily shocked or a prude but just found it horrible and gave up after a couple of hours. Its a shame as I found the book really engaging otherwise. I also dont agree with some reviewers about the narrator. I thought she was great and would listen to her again.

If you like really, really graphic and detailed horror - this may be for you.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Rainmaker

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a job or a prayer-except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it. By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favourite Grisham Book

  • By M on 02-12-14

Favourite Grisham Book

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

I love this book. Lots of plots within plots with the prevailing story being the inexperienced lawyer facing the massive firm. A true David and Goliath story. I prefer Grishams early books and think this is his best. Very good legal drama well read by the narrator.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Escape

  • Book 3
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573

The third title in the John Puller series to follow Zero Day and The Forgotten. Military CID investigator, John Puller, has returned from his latest case in Florida to learn that his brother, Bobby, on death row at Leavenworth Military Prison for national security crimes, has escaped. Preliminary investigations show that he may have had help in his breakout. Now he's on the run, and in disguise, and he's the military's number one target. John Puller has a dilemma. Which comes first, loyalty to his country or to his brother?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it- nail biting clever read

  • By shona on 20-12-15

Good addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

If you enjoy fast paced thrillers/action books you will enjoy this. It is from the same genre as the Jack Reacher books. Critics will say it is formulaic, which it is, to some degree. However, if you are looking for a pacey action book the formula works! I prefer this to the last book. The narrators do a great job as ever - all tjeir partnerships work well. It isnt the most cerebral book I have read but I enjoyed it.

  • Gray Mountain

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 316

Worldwide best-seller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet. America's greatest storyteller brings us a new masterpiece of legal courage and gripping suspense - and his finest heroine since The Pelican Brief. Donovan Gray is ruthless and fearless. Just the kind of lawyer you need, deep in small-town Appalachia. Samantha Kofer is a world away from her former life at New York's biggest law firm.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear!

  • By Stine on 27-10-14

Where is the rest of the book?

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

Reviewed: 18-11-14

I dont agree with other comments about the mediocraty of the story. I think it is paced well and interesting. I also dont agree with the critics of the narrator, I think her accent suited the story and she did a good job.

My problem with the book is it is half finished! The book finished and I had to check there wasnt another part. The book leads up to lots of big issues about to be dealt with and ends at that point. Really disappointing. The book is missing its second half. I love Grishams novels and eagerly bought this one having read or listened to all his others. The ending of this book is bizarre. I would not reccomend this book but would encourage readers to read most of the rest of his books.