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  • The Liar

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Once a con artist, now a hotshot lawyer, Eddie Flynn's learnt that fast talk and sleight of hand are just as important in the courtroom are they are on the street. That's why Leonard Howell asks for Eddie's help when his 19-year-old daughter goes missing - he needs someone willing to break the rules. But what if the whole thing was a setup from the very beginning? With a client on trial for his life and the body count rising, the only question is which is deadlier - a man who keeps his oath or one who breaks it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By K. R. Fellows on 08-10-17

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Another really good book from Steve Cavanagh. I really like Eddie Flyn, he is a plausible character and I love the twists and turns the book leads you through - I listened to this book on one long journey and loved it.

  • Winter Dark

  • Audible's Thriller of the Year 2019
  • By: Alex Callister
  • Narrated by: Ell Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

GCHQ agent Winter has just 14 days to bring down a website before a teenager is tortured to death in front of an internet audience of millions. Winter has to go deep undercover, disguised as the paid assassin Snow White, to infiltrate the criminals’ organisation and bring down the man at the heart of the dark web. Winter is razor-sharp, quick-witted and sexy, an expert in all forms of combat, master hacker and the number one field agent of British Intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and charming

  • By Jennifer on 11-04-19

Seriously do NOT waste your money

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Well who ever judges the Audible Thriller of the Year panel must be a complete moron. The only reason I listened to the end of the book was because I was painting and had no radio to keep me company.

In the UK there was a girl's magazine in the 50's and 60's called 'Bunty' this book is about a Bunty and Beano character on steroids. It is appalling, so inaccurate in so many ways it is laughable. This female equivalent of James Bond supposedly working for GCHQ roves around the world slaying dragons at every turn and delighting in sex with both sexes - yah. I can see this appealing to a hormonal 16 year old, who's whole life is a computer game because that is what it is in reality. You have to suspend reality to even begin this book. Don't bother it is utter RUBBISH.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,234
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,195

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Brilliant Book a must listen.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

I don't think I will ever think of a junior doctor in the same way again. The dedication and unbelievable disregard for their own lives seems unbelievable, if they are all as Adam was.

The book is everything others have said: it is funny, poignant, informative, well written and very well read by Adam. How sad that Adam is no longer practising he would have made a wonderful consultant.

It really shows what an unbelievable elephant the NHS is lumbering along without a thought for those it employs and I can really understand now why so many do not stay the course. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an insight and a good laugh both at the public and the NHS - not recommended for listening too in a public space - there are some real laugh out loud moments.

  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre. The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Such a Cunning Fox!

  • By Simon on 21-09-18

Utter Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

We were so shocked to think that Frederick Forsyth could have written this - or if it was ghost written for him, that he should have put his name to it. Either age and dementia have set in or it is just riding on the name of a once brilliant author. The fact that it has 4.3 stars suggests that the positive reviews have been fabricated.

The plot was so tedious, repetitious and insulting to the intelligence of anyone over the age of 8 years old. The facts were often wrong. The patronising history lessons interjected tedious prose. It was not read well, over acted in places and generally facile.

Do not waste your money.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sashenka

  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Winter, 1916: in St Petersburg, Russia, on the brink of revolution. Outside the Smolny Institute for Noble Young Ladies, an English governess is waiting for her young charge to be released from school. But so are the Tsar's secret police.... Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just 16. As her mother parties with Rasputin and her dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen night to play her part in a dangerous game of conspiracy and seduction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true gem

  • By Priscilla on 20-05-18

Great Historical journey

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

The story of Sashenka is compelling - well written but wordy and over descriptive at times but one cannot fault the way the story - based on true facts of the time - rattles along. I found myself listening to the book at every available moment and felt as though I had lost a group of friends when I finished it. It has broadened my understanding of Russia since the 1920's, a Russian friend who read the book at the same time as I was listening to it, was very complementary about the factuality of the book. My only slight grumble would be that I found the reader a bit twee and her voice irritated me - however all in all I would recommend this as a very good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

  • By David on 30-10-10

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

If you like Michael McIntyre's self deprecating humour you will love this book - I warn you not to listen to it in a public space unless you don't mind making a fool of yourself laughing out loud - which I did at the airport. It is hilarious in places, tender, touching, and humble. I really enjoyed this book and was so glad that Michael McIntyre read it - that was just the icing on the cake. A far better listen, I would think than a read, but funny either way.

  • Shallow Graves in Siberia

  • By: Michael Krupa
  • Narrated by: Branko Tomovic
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

This is Michael Krupa’s story of how in 1939 he escaped the German invasion of Poland only to be captured by the Red Army, accused of espionage and interrogated in the notorious Lubianka prison. He was then sent to the infamous Pechora Gulag, where most inmates died of overwork and starvation within a year. Amazingly, Kupra then escaped and made the gruelling journey from Siberia to Afghanistan. This is a remarkable true story of survival and also gives a chilling insight into the brutality of Stalinist Russia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Astounding true story - pity about the narration

  • By James Tobiasen on 01-06-13

Awe Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

Amazing book! I was left humbled by the story of this man's struggle and achievement. Thank goodness I had read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's book 'The Gulag Archipelago' because I had been slightly conditioned to the horrors of Russian prisoner camps under the communist era. What Michael Krupa survived is nothing short of a miracle. The book is beautifully read and so exciting, not a book you want to put down. The story takes you from a childhood in Poland through the war and truly awful tribulation in Siberia to an escape that was both daring and courageous. My only wish is that the book went on from the end to tell us more of how he came to meet his English wife and his life to date. Steal your self for a gruelling ride but I cannot recommend this book more highly really well written, emotional and descriptive.

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 08-11-16

Worth listening to the whole series

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

I have now listened to the whole of the Clifton Chronicles and on the whole I really enjoyed them. The books are a really interesting social history taking you from the interwar years to the late 1990's. The insight into parliament and the worlds of banking and big business are all handled well. There are of course moments when credibility is stretched but generally the story moves seamlessly from character to character. The character to character chapters irritated me at first but once I had accepted this form of expression I could understand each character better and it had a good resonance. I did however find the narrators a little irritating at times especially with the over exercised toff voice they put on. The book that has two readers is the best. All in all a good break for me from the usual dramas that I listen to. I would recommend these books to anyone who has time on their hands. I have painted many paintings whilst listening to these books over the last month.

  • Dead Man's Hand

  • DI Hal Luchewski, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lock
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

The first in a new series by debut author Mark Lock, for fans of Mo Hayder, Belinda Bauer and Mark Billingham. Detective Inspector Hal Luchewski's life is complicated. The stress of his job is getting to him - usually in the form of hard liquor. He's still living in his dead father's shadow, his relationship with his daughter is strained and his love life is complex, to say the least.... Although nearly 40, Hal's still reconciling himself to the fact he's gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first book

  • By Jackie on 13-03-16

Can't wait to get on to the next book

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

Reviewed: 30-06-16

Great story, very good and griping - twists and turns and characters that were believable and well researched. Brilliantly read again by Paul Thornley. The plot jumps and darts around and you do have to concentrate but the overall feeling is a well thought out plot.

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  • Fair Game

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 8
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

Spider Shepherd is up against the most violent enemies he's ever encountered. Somali pirates have kidnapped the crew of a yacht in a brutal attack, and are demanding a huge ransom in return for the hostages. The pirates have chilling terrorist ambitions in the UK, and are making terrible plans to change the London skyline forever. Thousands of lives are on the line. Spider is sent to sea on an undercover mission to stop the pirates. But time is running out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Consistent Stephen Leather

  • By Nick Moore on 25-10-12

Another superb book

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

Reviewed: 13-05-16

It does help to read the Spider books in order - I have not so am now going backwards. However this has not detracted from my enjoyment. A great story involving piracy and the IRA in separate story lines. Spider does seem to get around and he is pushed on by the glorious Charlie Button his MI5 handler. Paul Thornley was exceptional reading this book, he managed to read African, Arab, American, Irish and English characters all with great skill and perception. Another great Stephen Leather book.