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D. J. Wilkinson

Oxford UK
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  • Space Team

  • By: Barry J Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong. It's not until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is abducted by aliens that his day really starts to go downhill. Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of some of the sector's most notorious villains and scumbags.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun times in space

  • By Mr Socko on 11-02-17

Unexpected delight

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

A friend suggested this and I got it with a little trepidation. A bit like Douglas Adams he said. Yeah right I said. Well to cut a short story shorter - it’s cool and I am a little teensy weensy bit addicted.

  • The Gladiator

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 9
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

The Gladiator is the compelling ninth novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. A must read for fans of Bernard Cornwell. While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave. They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devastated town. An earthquake has struck the island, destroying its cities and killing thousands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not Spartacus!

  • By Simon on 12-07-17

Scarrow gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Another excellent book from the master of Roman historical fiction. Weaving his characters through what it must have been like when the tsunami and earthquake hit Crete around 365 AD.

  • The Eagle in the Sand

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Judaea in AD 46. Roman centurions Cato and Macro have been posted to Judaea for a 'hearts and minds' operation. The Empire needs to win over the locals after some of their religious figures have started revolts - and since the Romans crucified the last charismatic Judaean leader, the natives' rebellions have become bolder. Not only are these small villages causing trouble, but there are also thousands of Parthians eager to fight Rome. With the threat of suicide attacks and even all-out war, Cato and Macro have their peace-keeping work cut out....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling read

  • By Mr T C on 22-07-15

Another great book in the series

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

I never tire of Simon Scarrow’s books. Well written, interesting and exciting. I love the characters and the scrapes they get into. Recommend

  • It Can't Happen Here

  • By: Sinclair Lewis
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story for our times

  • By Patrick on 20-07-16

Astonishing

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Given when this was written (1930’s) this is an astonishing book and is really a reader for today’s ills in many countries, including the US and UK. Actually this would be an interesting book on any political course.

Recommend

  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

Great lessons in leadership and humility

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

This is an honest look back at his life, mistakes and successes. Lessons we can all learn from. I think some people will be expecting detail from his SF (special forces) days. Given the UK government moratorium on ex-SF operatives divulging *any* information about SF operations the days of ex-SAS/SBS and other SF units ‘tell all’ books are gone.
Given that, this is an excellent book, engaging, interesting and honest. You really get a sense of the man, his demons, and struggles. Well played.

  • The Eagle's Prey

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 5
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 256

It is late summer AD 44, and the battle-weary Roman legions are in their second year of campaigning against the British tribes. The troops' commander, General Plautius, is under pressure from the emperor to crush the natives once and for all. Centurions Macro and Cato are with the crack Second Legion under the precarious leadership of Centurion Maximus, and it's their task to hold a ford across the river Tamesis when the natives are forced into a trap.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pawns Are Important Too!

  • By Simon on 02-06-17

I hadn’t realised

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I hadn’t realised that it was possible for this series to get any better? It just did. I loved this continuing chronicle of Cato and Macro. Top marks ... and so on to the next one!

  • Dead Man's Footsteps

  • Roy Grace, Book 4
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

From the ashes of mass destruction.... Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant suspense and intrigue

  • By r on 06-10-08

Nice twists and turns but...

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

I enjoyed this book. I’m not usually a fan of crime Novak’s but this is an engaging and captivating story with some nice twists and turns.
However it took me a while to get used to the narrator whose voice is somewhere north of Marvin the Depressed Android.

  • The Huntsman's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Volume 3
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Oxford, late summer, 1353. On hearing that his cousin is short-handed for the harvest, Nicholas Elyot takes a group of friends back to the family farm to help. When a deer hunt in Wychwood ends in tragedy, suspicion is directed toward the huntsman, a boyhood friend of Nicholas. But the victim has made many other enemies, any one of whom could have shot the fatal arrow. Can Nicholas uncover the real killer before it is too late?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3 of a great series

  • By Shep's mummy on 06-10-18

Murder most gentle!

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

Reviewed: 31-05-18

I love these books. Beautifully written and researched, they conjure up the Middle Ages and Oxford wonderfully. Brilliant series. I really don’t want them to end.

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  • The Payback

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Dennis Milne is a man with a past, and a past that involves murder. A former cop, he’s earned his living killing the bad guys – drug-dealers, corrupt business men - people who, in his opinion, deserve to die. For the past two days, he’s been in Manila, waiting for his next target: a young woman who’s made herself some poor life-choices, and some even worse enemies. DI Tina Boyd is a woman on a mission. Tough, spiky and determined, she’s looking for the man she holds responsible for the death of her lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book

  • By Woodster on 13-06-15

Breathtaking pace

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This book left me exhausted! Fast paced crime thriller from an author who has really grown on me.

  • The Diary of Two Nobodies

  • By: Mary Killen, Giles Wood
  • Narrated by: Mary Killen, Giles Wood
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

What is life for Giles and Mary outside the willow-patterned cocoon? Giles is a countryman who relishes solitude. His wife, Mary, thrives in company and enjoys frequent escapes to London. After 30 years in a marriage of opposites, Giles and Mary have adapted to a life of domestic misunderstandings within comical misadventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marriage - eject or sit it out?

  • By Rachel Redford on 27-12-17

Mildly entertaining but...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

There was an old advert where people took a blind taste test of Pepsi or Coke. People took a sip of each and declared their preference. 8 out of ten people said they preferred Pepsi and yet most people drink coke. It turns out in a sip test Pepsi tastes better, but when faced with a full glass the sweetness of Pepsi is too much. Giles and Mary are like the Pepsi sip test. Great on Gogglebox in small sips, pedestrian in the extreme in larger doses. Their life is every bit as small and mundane as you might have expected.
A mildly entertaining book but I couldn’t finish a whole one thank you. Stilted reading by Giles and Mary based on stiles writing.

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