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  • Solo

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Dominic West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

A James Bond novel written by William Boyd. It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M’s orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By John on 07-09-14

Well Done

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

What did you like most about Solo?

The writing style. Mr Boyd really captured the essence of the original stories by IF. INFINITELY better than Sebastian Faulks's effort which was poor.

What did you like best about this story?

The atmosphere and pace of the story. It felt authentic Bond.

Which character – as performed by Dominic West – was your favourite?

He did them all well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have done, but didn't

Any additional comments?

Use Dominic West more often. He is a 1st rate reader!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Negotiator

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

The kidnapping of a young man on a country road in Oxfordshire is but the first brutal step in a ruthless plan to force the President of the United States out of office. If it succeeds, he will be psychologically and emotionally destroyed. Only one man can stop it - Quinn, the world's foremost Negotiator, who must bargain for the life of an innocent man, unaware that ransom was never the kidnapper's real objective...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing

  • By R. M. Ingram on 17-10-16

Far Too Long

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

Would you try another book written by Frederick Forsyth or narrated by Steven Pacey?

Yes

Would you be willing to try another book from Frederick Forsyth? Why or why not?

Yes

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

No comment

Do you think The Negotiator needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

Far too much boring detail about anything and everything. In fact far too long, it could have been half the length.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never Go Back

  • Jack Reacher 18
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had. Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn't a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there? What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The fix was too short

  • By Neil on 11-09-13

WELL PAST ITS SELL BY DATE

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

Reviewed: 28-09-13

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have read/listened to all of Lee Child's Reacher novels. The early ones were truly enjoyable. Real page turners etc. However, the last two are so dreary and slow. All the usual set pieces are there, but by now just too predictable. It really is time for Jack to retire.

What aspect of Jeff Harding’s performance might you have changed?

Jeff Harding is a great reader, but even he seemed bored performing the same old stuff.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It had no redeeming qualities.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,955

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

TOO WORDY

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

What did you like about this audiobook?

Robert Glenister is arguably the best narrator I've listened to. What a pity the book is so long winded and boring. What can I say, I downloaded CC before I knew that it was penned by J K Rowling. IMHO this is not her metier. I am really surprised that there are so many good reviews. Save your money and listen to something else.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

No

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Not at all.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing ,the best narrator I have listened to. Please use Mr G for more audible books!

Do you have any additional comments?

No.

  • Dead Like You

  • Roy Grace, Book 6
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you.... The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender.... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A cracking book....but a lousy listen.

  • By Paul on 04-07-10

FAR TOO LONG

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-13

DLY starts quite promisingly, however, it never seems to get going. Everyone is a designer shoe fetishist which quickly becomes snoozerama. The ending is very unsatisfying. I have grudgingly awarded two stars, it sort of deserves that rating (just). IMHO I would choose another book.

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

DISAPPOINTING

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-12

Having read so many 5 star reviews I thought this would be a good 'read'. It was awful. The prose was full of anachronisms. Some of the things the characters said was so 21st century. For example retard. I was expecting 'no way' to pop up at any moment. Thankfully it didn't. The narrative was so plodding and slow. Paint and drying comes to mind. Cardboard characters. The sex scenes were far too modern for the early part of the 20th century. What more can I say? Don't bother imho. 'nuff said.

  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WORST READE EVER!

  • By John on 22-08-12

WORST READE EVER!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-12

I am only giving this a one star rating because I want to bring to Audible 'readers' attention the appalling reading of Daniel Silva's latest opus. 1 x star ratings usually get attention. George Guidall must NEVER be allowed to narrate another novel. His delivery is so dull that he renders the book to be as interesting as a telephone directory. I hope the Audible/Amazon people take note. 'Nuff said.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful