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  • How to Rig an Election

  • By: Nic Cheeseman, Brian Klaas
  • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Contrary to what is commonly believed, authoritarian leaders who agree to hold elections are generally able to remain in power longer than autocrats who refuse to allow the populace to vote. In this engaging and provocative audiobook, authors Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas expose the limitations of national elections as a means of promoting democratization and reveal the six essential strategies that dictators use to undermine the electoral process in order to guarantee victory for themselves. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Nicholas on 07-06-18

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I heard about this book on a radio programand and it sounded both entertaining and informative. The reality is very different, it reads like a dry academic treatise, not helped in any way by the narrator's dry monotonous delivery. Very disappointing!

  • Places in the Darkness

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Million-copy-selling Chris Brookmyre takes his fiction further than ever before in this wildly inventive and sharply-plotted novel set in the unforgiving emptiness of space. "This is as close to a city without crime as mankind has ever seen." Ciudad de Cielo is the 'city in the sky', a space station where hundreds of scientists and engineers work in earth's orbit, building the colony ship that will one day take humanity to the stars. When a mutilated body is found on the CdC, the eyes of the world are watching.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth trying if you like recent Brookmyre

  • By Skegg on 19-11-17

A Great Story, But...

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

... nothing, everything about this production is excellent and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend a listen.

I do mourn, however the passing of Christopher Brookmyre and the quirky irreverent novels he wrote.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Just The Best

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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: 04-12-15

I couldn't stop listening its that good. I loved the mystery of the Stone Men and the pace of the narrative. I particularly enjoyed how the story seemed to have multiple endings, each one more interesting than the previous.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,521

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

Fantastic Story Rubbish Recording

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

The actual story is a fantastic escape from reality tale, equally as good as 'Ready Player One'. Wil Wheaton's performance is also pretty good. All this is ruined by the awful recording that I could barely hear. Please, Audible, do something about this!

  • The Man from Primrose Lane

  • By: James Renner
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Four years after his wife’s unexplained suicide, true crime writer David Neff is still shattered, still disengaged from life. Then a friend tries to interest him in the unsolved murder of a local recluse, and eventually David finds himself being drawn into the mystery.Who was the old man? Why was he always seen, summer and winter, wearing mittens? Why does the physical evidence make no sense? And where do the recurring redheads fit in?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but Complicated

  • By Nicholas on 29-05-15

Good but Complicated

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

Reviewed: 29-05-15

I loved the idea of the book and the abrupt Change of direction halfway through. It was at times quite difficult to keep track of all the versions of the main character but I suppose that's to be expected of a book like this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hollow World

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man, about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe, but faced with a terminal illness he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage. If it works, he could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative Futuristic Utopia

  • By Beanie on 26-04-14

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

I liked everything about this story. It is original, thought provoking, and fun. A modern classic right up there with books like The Martian, and Ready Player Number 1.

  • Sixth Lamentation: Father Anselm Series, Book 1

  • By: William Brodrick
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

A Richard and Judy Book Club Selection
What should you do if the world has turned against you? When Father Anselm is asked this question by an old man at Larkwood Priory, his response is to have greater resonance than he could ever have imagined. For that evening the old man returns, demanding the protection of the church. His name is Eduard Schwermann and he is wanted by the police as a suspected war criminal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully complex

  • By Jules on 07-03-07

Tiresome and Overly Complicated

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

Reviewed: 13-03-15

This audiobook was in a two for one offer but even so I found it very hard going. The characters were unrelentingly dreary and the plot convoluted to incomprehension. Even the ending went on and on and on ....... Introducing yet more unremarkable twists.

  • The Heist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Silva success

  • By Alexander on 03-09-14

Tedious Written By Numbers Thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

By writing likeable main characters. They are too 'American Mid-West' perfect. In fact the whole novel is too American in tone and completely fails to capture the spirit of Italy.

What was most disappointing about Daniel Silva’s story?

The tedious plot. The author completely failed to capture the feeling of being in Venice. I was hoping for something a bit like David Hewson's atmospheric writing.

What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

He was fine, I've listened to and enjoyed other novels he has narrated. I think it must be the poor material he had to work with

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I want my money back!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • True Blue

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Mason "Mace" Perry was a maverick cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything - her career, her liberty - and spent two years in prison. Now back on the outside, Mace is trying to rebuild her life and track down the people who set her up. But even with her police chief sister at her side, she has to work in the shadows: there's a vindictive US attorney on her tail and she's just looking for a reason to send her back behind bars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • typically good baldacci stuff, expertly read.

  • By Daisy on 01-05-15

He's written better

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-10

I found this a very disappointing story full of clich?d characters playing unoriginal and stereotypical roles. The plot was not very interesting and took for ever to get going. The ending was scrappy and far from satisfying. All in all not one of Baldacci's better offerings - give it a miss! Why not try something like 'The Camel Club', same author, same style but much more fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful