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  • Pacific Vortex!

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Fully armed and with all hands onboard, the nuclear submarine Starbuck sailed into the calm Pacific Ocean for sea trials - and vanished. No wreckage, no signals, no survivors: nothing...until ace maritime troubleshooter Dirk Pitt finds a single chilling clue in the shark-torn surf off Hawaii - the log of the Starbuck. 'Do not search for us, it can only end in vain....' A crazed journal of madness and death is all that remains.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting but flawed.

  • By Mike T. on 05-08-18

Not awful - if you can suspend reality

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

The story really suffers from basic errors in underwater and submarine operations, all of which could have been overcome by the author engaging with appropriate experts. These really depart so far from reality that they detract from any hope of credibility in the plot.

The narrator drawls his way through the book without too much interest. He makes his usual mistakes without correction from the producer, however it doesn't make much difference in this case.

If you want a taught submarine thriller then try Patrick Robinson or Tom Clancy; give this a miss.

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,124

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun yarn with some unexpected twists.

  • By Bad Monkey on 26-04-17

Great new take on first contact

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Great story, lots of political comment subtext. I can't say much without giving away plot.

The performance is good but the English accents are hilarious; worthy of a Dick Van Dyke award! this doesn't detract from an enjoyable yarn.

  • SS-GB

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

In February 1941 British Command surrendered to the Nazis. Churchill has been executed, the King is in the Tower and the SS are in Whitehall.... For nine months Britain has been occupied - a blitzed, depressed and dingy country. However, it's business as usual at Scotland Yard, run by the SS, when Detective Inspector Archer is assigned to a routine murder case. Life must go on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but I can't help feeling a bit disappointed

  • By catsatcastle on 03-05-15

Excellent alternative reality thriller

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

Full of intrigue mixed with murder mystery and political thriller.

Excellent performance with dozens of believable characters.

  • The Thirty-Nine Steps

  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

An espionage thriller that has been called the first great spy novel, it has sustained its popularity, being embraced by each new generation. The first in a series of five novels it features the spy Richard Hannay, an action hero with a stiff upper lip who gets caught up in a dangerous race against a plot by German spies to destroy the British war effort. When Richard Hannay offers sanctuary to an American agent seeking his help in stopping a political assassination, he takes the first step on a trail of peril and espionage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exiting thriller, with insights into a bygone era.

  • By Harold on 10-06-08

A classic yarn leading into the Great War

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This is a great tale, wonderfully performed by Robert Powell. It's short so perfect for a train ride or flight.
I came away with a loathing for the arrogance of the lead character, Hannay!

  • Ice Station Zebra

  • By: Alistair MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

The atomic submarine Dolphin has impossible orders: to sail beneath the ice floes of the Arctic Ocean to locate and rescue the men of weather station Zebra, gutted by fire and drifting with the ice pack somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. But the orders do not say what the Dolphin will find if she succeeds - that the fire at Ice Station Zebra was sabotage and that one of the survivors is a killer....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Movie, but still good

  • By Mark on 05-10-17

A classic submarine yarn

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This is a classic submarine yarn although it rather loses its way in the last act which is more murder mystery. Several differences from the film of the same name although Patrick MacGoohan' s portrayal is always in the back of one's mind.

  • The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

  • By: Jean-Yves Leloup
  • Narrated by: Jacob Needleman, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Perhaps no figure in biblical scholarship has been the subject of more controversy and debate than Mary Magdalene. Although she is discussed in the gospels of Philip, Thomas, Peter, and Bartholomew in the collection of writings known as the Gnostic gospels that were rejected by the early Christian church, there is no better insight into this mysterious and influential woman than Mary's own gospel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pages missing

  • By ADele Joanne Sliwinski on 05-06-17

20 minutes of Gospel, hours of dubious analysis

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

After months I am still struggling to finish this. The lady reading the few existing fragments of the gospel is fine but this is followed by hours of far fetched comment and quite dubious analysis given by a voice so soporific I think he even puts himself to sleep at times.

  • Forever and a Day

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Goode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. 'We have no choice. We're just going to bring forward this other chap you've been preparing. But you didn't tell me his name.' 'It's Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.' One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It's time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Iconic Legend is Born

  • By Simon on 02-06-18

Great! Sets the scene for all other 007 books

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

Really great prequel to the Bond you already know. Contains the reasons behind the Morlands cigarettes and the Shaken, not Stirred Martinis. This is proper Fleming Bond; a bit of a bastard!
A fantastic performance especially of Sixteen and the villain!

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  • HMS Ulysses

  • By: Alistair MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century's greatest writers of action and suspense - an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea as one of the classic novels of the navy at war. It is the compelling story of Convoy FR77 to Murmansk - a voyage that pushes men to the limits of human endurance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!!! An unabridged version of this classic!

  • By Steve on 06-04-17

The best book I have ever listened to

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

Reviewed: 16-05-18

This fantastic book was Maclean's first. The plot is riveting and highly emotional. Anyone with an interest in the sea or Maritime convoys must read it.
The scope of the narrator's characterizations seems boundless. A brilliant performance.

  • 3001

  • A Novel
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

In 3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke brings the greatest and most successful science fiction series of all time to its magnificent, stunningly unforeseen conclusion. As we hurtle toward the new millennium in real time, Clarke brilliantly - daringly - leaps 1,000 years into the future to reveal a truth we are only now capable of comprehending. An epic masterpiece at once dazzlingly imaginative and grounded in scientific actuality, 3001 is a story that only Arthur C. Clarke could tell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK, Not Great

  • By Boo Boo on 06-05-17

Odyssey Finale

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

A fabulous end to the greatest space Odyssey. Clarke brings the story to a thought provoking conclusion with the help of familiar characters.
The epilogue and credits are fascinating and justify all the science from the story.

  • Tomorrow Never Dies

  • By: Raymond Benson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Elliot Carver - the ultra-rich media mogul - has found a way to "create" news and broadcast it all over the world as it happens. Now he has devised the ultimate plan: to start a war between Great Britain and China. The conflict will reach every television in the world and garner the highest ratings in history. A man who can start a war anytime and anywhere he pleases - and then profit from it - will be the most powerful man in the world. But Carver didn't count on James Bond.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The first James Bond book where the franchise dies

  • By Kristofer on 15-11-18

Good film plot but poorly realized as a book

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Two things sadly lacking - an editor for the author, a producer for the performer.