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  • Tai-Pan

  • The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook ever....

  • By Thomas D. on 22-09-16

A fantastic epic

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

You need to like long stories and be content that the story covers a period of time without a clear end. Very enjoyable.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is one of my favourite storis

  • By Zoska on 06-04-16

Can’t believe how much enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

Just one of those stories that brings something back something about being young and crazy. Normally not my thing but....

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,515

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Norseome

  • By AnnG on 03-03-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18

I just didn’t find the stories of narration engaging. Pleased it’s over, reading felt like it was meant for a child.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Flame Bearer

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 10
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

The brand-new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two novels in the series. From the day it was stolen from me, I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island; it was massive, it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track - and it was mine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant story

  • By Judy on 02-01-17

I just love this series

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

Enough said. You need too to get to book 10. Looking forward to the next one.

  • The Taste of Wormwood

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Arthur Meadows has just returned home in his HGV from a long trip to southwest Europe, supposedly bringing back a consignment of cloth, yet is actually bringing back something far more deadly. Meanwhile, a young Asian couple are murdered in their small house in the middle of Gloucester, the killings done with ruthless efficiency. Beverley Wharton, now Chief Inspector, does not relish the investigation of the murders because she does not get on with her new sergeant, and because the pathologist Charles Sydenham would not have been her first choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-15

Very dark, no humour. Quite a depressing listen.

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

Reviewed: 14-06-15

Overall made it through and am glad it's over. I gave it a punt on a special offer.

  • The Burning Land

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 5
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Perring
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity.... First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is Jonathan Keeble?

  • By AdeG on 10-10-14

Another very enjoyable book.

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

Reviewed: 14-03-15

Don't understand why they changed narrator. Perring doesn't have the gravitas of the original narrations. Regardless looking forward to the next instalment.

  • The Negotiator

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

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

Very enjoyable old school novel.

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

Reviewed: 20-02-15

Good book, easy listen with enough going on to keep me interested in the story to the end. An enjoyable listen. Recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Killing Season

  • By: Mason Cross
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake. That name no more belongs to me than the hotel room I was occupying when the call came in.When Caleb Wardell, the infamous 'Chicago Sniper', escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialised talents whose skills lie in finding those who don't want to be found. A man to whom Wardell is no stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping listen

  • By C. Allison on 01-06-15

Alright light listening. Not very convincing.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

This is an ok serial killer stories takes a big hit for lacking realism. Central character is unconvincingly good divining details based on no deduction other than he must be psychic. Wouldn't really recommend, non offensive listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lords of the North

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 737

Enter a world where bloody battles and heroic deeds combine in the historic struggle to unite Britain in the face of a common enemy. The third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's King Alfred series, follows on from the outstanding previous novels The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman. The year is 878 and the Vikings have been thrown out of Wessex. Uhtred, fresh from fighting for Alfred in the battle to free Wessex, travels north to seek revenge for his father's death, killed in a bloody raid by Uhtred's old enemy, renegade Danish lord, Kjartan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant series

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-19

Great book/series so far

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

What did you like most about The Lords of the North?

The performance from Jonathan Keeble...can't stop listening

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like the perspective of a young religion vs the old

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I can't read this book now I have listened to the audio. 5* performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The betrayals, know but you're not sure then you know. Just right for the story.