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  • The Great Game

  • Praetorian, Book 1
  • By: SJA Turney
  • Narrated by: Piers Hampton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

Promoted to the elite Praetorian Guard in the thick of battle, a young legionary is thrust into a seedy world of imperial politics and corruption. Tasked with uncovering a plot against the newly crowned Emperor Commodus, his mission takes him from the cold Danubian border all the way to the heart of Rome, the villa of the Emperor’s scheming sister, and the great Colosseum. What seems a straightforward, if terrifying, assignment soon descends into Machiavellian treachery and peril as everything in which young Rufinus trusts and believes is called into question....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good story ruined by poor sound control

  • By NICHOLAS on 21-07-18

Riveting novel and outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

This novel is a really riveting piece of fiction writing and the narration is the best on audible and there are several outstanding narrators that I have listened to over the years. Whilst the content of audiobooks matter it is the narrator that brings it to life. This book, and I expect the other two in the series so far, combines both. Now I will listen to the next book in the series, the price of treason and hope that there will be a lot more to follow once they are written and recorded..

  • H.M.S. Saracen

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Malta 1941. To most people H.M.S. Saracen is just an ugly, obsolete ship with an equally ugly recent history: her last commander is due for court-martial after shelling the troops he was sent to protect. But to Captain Richard Chesnaye she brings back memories - memories of the First World War when he and the old monitor went through the Gallipoli campaign together. It seems that captain and ship are both past their best. But as the war enters a new phase Chesnaye senses the possibility of a fresh, significant role - for him and the Saracen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ripping stuff

  • By Ceri on 17-10-12

The best of Reemam;s books I have listened too

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

HMS Saracen is the best book by Douglas Reeman that I have listened so far although I highly recommend all of his books. I have listened to 17 to date. Reeman's stories have a similar pattern that includes a hero, a relationship with a woman, a dislike of some senior figure, plenty of well-described action. Although works of fictioons calls upon historical fact. Saracen breaks the Reeman mold by seeing our hero from beginning to end. I will not spoil the story by saying more but I had a lump in my throat at the end and reflected on it for several days. The narrator, David Rintoul, is also the best I have listened to on Audible, he brings the listener into the story so well.

  • The Fix

  • A Rick Fuller Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert White
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

In the winter of 1996, on the orders of the British government, the SAS stole the contents of a safe belonging to the Provisional IRA. Rick Fuller headed that team. Days later Fuller's wife was brutally murdered. Convinced he was betrayed from within, Fuller begins a relentless search for her murderers. Ten years on, Fuller is a Manchester gangland enforcer, a lone and bitter figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An initial slow burn...

  • By Nel Taran on 23-02-18

Outstanding narration but poor audible quality

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

Reviewed: 23-05-18

This is an excellent story and the series promises to be good.

Unfortunately, the audible quality was not as good as it should have been. As each character spoke their story the volume decreased.

However, the narrator was outstanding.

Don't let the lowering of volume put you off choosing this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Deathlist

  • Strike Back, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

John Porter, hero of the original Strikeback novel and TV series, returns in an exciting adventure when old enemies attack the SAS. It's 1999. A bitterly cold morning in the Brecon Beacons, and the soldiers trying out for SAS Selection are preparing to face their toughest test yet. Overseeing the soldiers is John Porter: once a promising young Blade, now a broken man and a drunk, seeing out his days in the Regiment Training Wing. But before the Fan Dance can begin, six masked gunmen carry out a devastating attack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Chris Ryan's bests!

  • By N. Brooks on 20-02-16

Excellent narration of a good action adventure

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

Reviewed: 22-01-16

Barnaby Edwards is about the best narrator I have heard on Audible. I look forward to him narrating another action adventure like this one. As for the story it is a good and fast paced story. I will certainly listen to a sequel.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Faithful Spy

  • John Wells, Book 1
  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING.........

  • By Shaun on 10-01-07

First class modern spy story

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

A thoroughly enjoyable but eye opening story involving a deep cover spy, Pakistan, USA and Al Qaeda. Very well narrated. Highly recommended.

  • Red Storm Rising

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 31 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

When Moslem fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralise NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuvers to cloak a crash military build-up. When Soviet tanks begin to roll, the West is caught off guard. What looks like a thrust turns into an all-out shooting war, possibly the climactic battle for control of the globe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Realistic view on what could have been

  • By Charles on 15-08-14

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

As usual Clancy has researched his subject and written a book with chilling possibilities. Very well narrated by Michael Prichard. Must be listened too.

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Richard Flanagan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful.

  • By Barbara on 17-10-14

Poor narration of a good book

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

Reviewed: 28-11-14

This is likely to have been a good book. However, the narrator was monotone and and draggingly slow in his reading. I even tried to speed up the reading on my iPod to x1.25 in the hope of a more enjoyable listen but this also turned out to be tedious. Such a pity. For the record this would have been my 32 audiobook so I am not a novice.

If it is released with a different narrator I would try again.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Kill List

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

The Kill List: a top-secret catalogue of names held at the highest level of the US government. On it, those men and women who would threaten the world's security. And at the top of it, The Preacher, a radical Islamic cleric whose sermons inspire his followers to kill high-profile Western targets in the name of God. As the bodies begin to pile up in America, Great Britain and across Europe, the message goes out: discover this man's identity, locate him and take him out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable-to

  • By Julian Summer on 12-10-13

Forsyth produces yet another outstanding story

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

Reviewed: 18-02-14

This audio-book, like all of the others that I have listened to by Forsythe, is outstanding. So well researched and with a plot that captures the imagination.

I really enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in this genre.

Very well read by the narrator.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Deceiver

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Sam McCready is The Deceiver, one of the Secret Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives, a legend in his own time. The end of the cold war has, however, strengthened the hand of the Whitehall mandarins, to whom he seems about as controllable as Genghis Khan, so Sam is to have his fate decided at a special hearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb short stories

  • By Brodie on 29-06-14

Excellent story with a strong basis in fact

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

Reviewed: 18-02-14

This story is well researched and quite believable. The new, younger and IT adept heads of SIS wanting to make redundant a cold war spy. Basically knowledge and hands-on experience against the new high-tech order.

This book is typical of Frederick Forsythe; imaginative, intriguing and captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed it and followed it by listening to The Fist of God which is another really good listen.

The narrator does an excellent job and actually adds to the story.

I give a high recommendation to this audio book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fist of God

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: John Franklyn-Robbins
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

During those fateful weeks before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, a fragment of radio intercept had referred to Qubth-ut-Allah, a devastating secret weapon that could rain death and destruction on the Allied forces. Despite Allied scepticism, Major Mike Martin, an SAS man who can pass as an Arab, is sent into Kuwait to assess Iraqi strength and help the resistance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read! Miss at your peril!

  • By sacffolding on 03-08-12

Excellent novel based on the first Iraq conflict

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

Reviewed: 18-02-14

This is an excellent novel based on the first Iraq conflict. It is very well researched and gives a good account of the history of the event but spiced with fiction of the story.

The narrator is excellent in his reading.

I will not give away amy of the plot but leave it for you to have a really good listening experience.

I may even listen to this one again.

Highly recommended.