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  • The Deceiver

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Sam McCready is The Deceiver, one of the Secret Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives, a legend in his own time. The end of the cold war has, however, strengthened the hand of the Whitehall mandarins, to whom he seems about as controllable as Genghis Khan, so Sam is to have his fate decided at a special hearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb short stories

  • By Brodie on 29-06-14

A really excellent listen.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

What a pleasure to listen to this book. Superbly written and performed. For me, one of Frederick Forsyths best. Although described as “short stories”, each part was four hours long, so almost a book in itself. But at least it gave convenient stopping places for the night. Each story was set in a different era of counter intelligence and was blended with historical characters and fact in a way that made you wonder if they were in fact fictional . All were totally absorbing and scarcely realistic. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys this genre. I have only one small criticism, the narrator continually pronounced the FBI training establishment as quon teek o! A petty but jarring noise!

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • Atlee Pine, Book 1
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Her name is Atlee Pine, the latest creation from best-selling author David Baldacci. She has unstoppable tenacity, always a fighter who is unwilling to cede any ground. She has endured real nightmares, and she has the emotional and physical scars to show for it. And she got those long before she became an adult. She is an FBI Special Agent assigned to the wilds of the western US. She has to cover, often solo, vast tracts of area: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine!

  • By Simon on 18-11-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

Sadly, I was quite disappointed in this effort from an author I usually enjoy. The story had pace and the relationship between the two female characters developed nicely which boded well for a new series. But the ending felt rather contrived. Although it was indeed topical, it felt confused and as though David Baldacci had rushed the ending, making it scrappy and rather trite.
The female narrator was quite easy to listen to, but the male was not. His range of voices is limited and the secondary “hero/potential love interest” sounded like Forrest Gump on tranquillisers.
Not my favourite Baldacci by any means, however I’ll keep buying his books on the assumption that he’ll find the spark again. But I will have to avoid the narrator I’m afraid.

  • Nemesis

  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

In a great English house, a young woman offers herself to one of the most powerful and influential figures in the land - but this is no ordinary seduction. She plans to ensure his death.... On holiday in France, Professor Tom Wilde discovers his brilliant student Marcus Marfield, who disappeared two years earlier to join the International Brigades in Spain, in the Le Vernet concentration camp in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Wilde secures his release just as German tanks roll into Poland. Meanwhile, a U-boat sinks the liner Athenia in the Atlantic with many casualties....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By R L L EVANS on 07-02-19

Well researched and intricately entangled.

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

This was my first Rory Clements book and it was very enjoyable. He weaves the atmosphere of the early war years very well and has written a complex story around historic facts. The whole tone of the book is very different to novels set in current times. It has a calmer, less frantic effect. Details of crimes, evidence, forensics and the almost casual way of exchanging information between interested parties, are very different and almost jarring compared to modern police procedure. But this adds to the overall charm of the book. It’s also easy to imagine that this kind of thing could happen pre WWII, but would be frowned upon today. All in all, although the story is quite gritty in places, I came away feeling that it was a gentle listen.

  • The First Lady

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Deborah McBride
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

As he steps out of his hotel in Atlanta with the love of his life, the last thing President Tucker expects is to be greeted by the flashing cameras of the media. Or for his affair to be revealed to the world. The President must act to stop the scandal from spiralling out of control, just weeks before the vote for a second term. But not before he figures out how to keep the First Lady on his side. Grace Tucker, however, has other plans. Betrayed and deeply hurt, she heads for a safe haven outside the capital. But when her security detail loses all trace of her, all hell breaks loose. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First the President Now the First Lady!

  • By Simon on 16-12-18

A compulsive listen.

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

A very entertaining listen from James Patterson. Written by only himself for a change. As usual, it’s fast and complex with clearly defined characters.

  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible adaptation of a wonderful book

  • By Kate on 10-07-18

A super dramatisation.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Although not my favourite book of Terry Pratchett, it is still a masterpiece, well delivered by some great voices. The great David Jason as narrator is a golden touch. A good few hours of listening for fans of the master of fantasy!

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  • Death Notice

  • By: Zhou Haohui
  • Narrated by: Joel De La Fuente
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

For nearly two decades, an unsolved murder case has haunted Sergeant Zheng Haoming of the Chengdu Police Department. Eighteen years ago, two victims were murdered after being served with 'death notices'. In refined calligraphy their perceived crimes were itemised, and they were sentenced to death. The date of execution was declared, as was the name of their executioner: Eumenides. Now, a user on an internet forum has asked the public to submit names for judgment - judgment for those the law cannot touch. Those found guilty will be punished, and there is only one sentence: death. The user's handle? Eumenides.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and interesting.

  • By anne on 29-12-18

Complex and interesting.

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

After struggling a bit with the names, I.e. remembering who was who, I really enjoyed this story and will look for the second book. I did unravel part of the mystery, but by no means all of it. It’s an intriguing story and I found myself cheering on the culprit more than once. Very clever plotting and worth a credit. I didn’t really enjoy the narration. His characterisations were not not My taste, but he was consistent, so I could often tell who was speaking but the voice so I would try another of his books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Suspended Retribution

  • By: Rob Ashman
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

 Alex Jarrod is a war veteran. When a flesh-eating parasite destroys his face, he returns from Afghanistan with a head full of nightmares. His world crumbles around him until he realises there is work to be done. Another war to fight. DI Rosalind Kray has her hopes pinned on becoming the new DCI after tracking down another serial killer, but those in charge have other ideas. After a small-time crook is killed in a hit-and-run and a serial burglar is brutally murdered, Kray suspects a vigilante is at work. But her bosses disregard her theory - until they discover a third victim.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing story!

  • By anne on 18-12-18

An intriguing story!

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

A very interesting story with chapters alternating between the killer and the detective. Clever and well plotted. Fast paced and absorbing, we follow the back story of how we got to where the story begins and follow through to its conclusion. Only not a five star all round because of the narrator. His accents and very similar, Very strange voices detracted from the story all the way through. Sadly, there wasn’t a character who rang true due to this .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Flight to Paris

  • By: David Gilman
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Paris, 1943. The swastika flies from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Soldiers clad in field grey patrol the streets. Buildings have been renamed, books banned, art stolen and people disappeared. Amongst the missing is an Allied intelligence cell. Gone to ground? Betrayed? Dead? Britain's Special Operations Executive need to find out. They recruit ex-Parisian and Bletchley Park codebreaker Harry Mitchell to return to the city he fled two years ago. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed.

  • By anne on 02-12-18

Action packed.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

A powerful story, full of action and excitement. Well defined characters and Very well narrated by Matt Addis.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

A entertaining six hours.

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

My first DCI Ryan story and very enjoyable it was. It was nice to listen to a dramatised presentation for a change. Most of the voices gave an acceptable face to the characters, but sadly, for me anyway, the lead character and his voice didn’t gel. It didn’t spoil the story, but it became a minor irritant. As did the occasional “cheesy “ delivery of lines hence the four stars for performance. The story didn’t hold any surprises, either in the “Villain ”, the “red herrings” or the ending, buy I enjoyed the writing style. I’ll certainly read more from L.J.Ross.

  • Trouble in Nuala

  • Inspector de Silva Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Harriet Steel
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

When Inspector Shanti de Silva moves with his English wife, Jane, to his new post in the sleepy hill town of Nuala, he anticipates a more restful life than police work in the big city entails. However an arrogant plantation owner with a lonely wife, a crusading lawyer, and a death in suspicious circumstances present him with a riddle that he will need all his experience to solve. Set on the exotic island of Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka) in the 1930s, Trouble in Nuala is an entertaining and absorbing mystery spiced with humor and a colorful cast of characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By anne on 18-11-18

Very enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

A lovely gentle thriller with shades of Ms Christy.
It brought lovely memories of Ceylon and my time there. I loved the narrators portrayal of late Raj types, their customs and accents. Whodunnit was not much of a mystery, but it didn’t need to be. I’m a new convert to Leslie Wolfe’s work and look forward to more books.