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  • The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

  • By: John Perkins
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TERRIFYING!!!

  • By Plamen on 24-08-18

Real history of international relations since 1945

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

The real story behind the US empire. Confirms what many people have known or suspected, providing real evidence of how exploitations and CIA murders were done. I have no doubt that many people will consider this a “conspiracy” despite all the evidence on the contrary... It takes time to flush the brainwash

  • Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

  • By: Roger McNamee
  • Narrated by: Roger McNamee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

If you had told Roger McNamee three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from destroying democracy, he would have howled with laughter. He had mentored many tech leaders in his illustrious career as an investor, but few things had made him prouder, or been better for his fund's bottom line, than his early service to Mark Zuckerberg. Still a large shareholder in Facebook, he had every good reason to stay on the bright side. Until he simply couldn't. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read or listen to this book.

  • By Martin Koss on 09-02-19

Very good insight into how FB/Mark Z. works

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

Really enjoyed it. Feels a bit paranoid on Russia and pro Democrats vs. Trump, but good listen overall (i.e. the point is that anyone can use FB tools to influence opinions, democrats too and have in the last - Obama)

  • Kill for Me

  • Victor the Assassin, Book 8
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

For years, two sisters have vied for the turf of their dead crime boss father. Across the streets of Guatemala City, bodies have piled up; the US Drug Enforcement Agency, operating far from its own borders, is powerless to stop the fighting. But now one sister has a weapon that could finally win the war - a cold, amoral hitman known, fittingly, as 'Victor'. Freed from previous employers the CIA and MI6, Victor is a killer for hire whose sense of self-preservation trumps all else. Yet as betrayal and counterbetrayal unspool in the vicious family feud, Victor finds himself at the centre of a storm even he could be powerless to stop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked the new narrator

  • By Andy Simms on 19-08-18

Why did you switch the reader?

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

Good story again but a different voice... I was really used to the previous guy, he was very detached and precise, like Victor :) Took a while to get used to this one... Other aspects are ok

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  • The Hunt

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

The hunt is on for Jaeger. Ruth - his wife - has been kidnapped, and after a secret Nazi cache of uranium goes missing, it seems the enemy is on the move once more. That much uranium in enemy hands could devastate the world. It's up to Jaeger and his team to stop them before their worst fears are realised. But they are always one step ahead, pushing Jaeger to the limit of his endurance. The danger is real, and the people who hold Ruth have a score to settle. It's a race against time. And the clock is ticking....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment.

  • By Scott hazel on 21-06-18

Like Matrix 3

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

I can’t escape the feeling that the baddies have been resurrected just so that we could have this 3rd novel, although they were supposed the have been dead at the end of book 2.

However I enjoyed the chase once more

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  • Camino Island

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

All trails became dead ends. Tips that had at first seemed urgent now faded away. The waiting game began. Whoever had the manuscripts would want money, and a lot of it. They would surface eventually, but where and when, and how much would they want? The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets a high security vault located deep beneath Princeton University. Valued at $25 million, the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Island Story Adrift From its Plot

  • By Simon on 07-06-17

Easy listen but not much of a story

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

As the title says, a bit weak on story. Very happy ending as predicted... 3stars

  • Whirlwind

  • The Asian Saga, Book 6
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 52 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

The sixth book in James Clavell's epic Asian Saga tells the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979 - three weeks of passion, self-sacrifice, and heartbreak. When the shah is thrown out of Iran, the nation's turmoil becomes world headlines. Caught in this shifting world of fanaticism, ambition, duplicity, and violent death are the foreign helicopter pilots who have been servicing the oil fields up and down the country. Their one objective is to make a bold, concerted escape to safety across the Gulf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Adaption

  • By Lopsey on 22-07-16

Long long book but worth it in the end

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Lots of mini actions linked to the main story, even more so that in the previous books of the series. So much so that it was difficult to follow unless you are super-concentrated. The last part tied it all together finally

  • The Other Side of Silence

  • Bernie Gunther, Book 11
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

It is 1956 on the French Riviera. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working as concierge at the Grand Hotel, living under a false name. Then his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service. Bernie never forgets a face, especially when it belongs to a mass murderer who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands; among them a woman Bernie loved. Bernie has a score to settle with Hennig…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK but not great

  • By Mark on 13-08-16

Yet another great one in the series!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

If you could sum up The Other Side of Silence in three words, what would they be?

spies, riviera, elegance

What did you like best about this story?

twists

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Jeff's the best narrator on audible

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

clever survive

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for another book in the series

  • A Time to Die

  • Victor the Assassin, Book 6
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

If the assassin known only as Victor once had a moral compass, it is long since buried, along with his many victims. Yet some men are so evil, even Victor accepts they must die for reasons other than just money. One such man is Milan Rados, a former commander in the Serbian army who has escaped trial at The Hague to become a formidable criminal power. Tracking down and killing this brutal man will win Victor a reprieve for his own recent crimes on British soil.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tom wood seems to have lost his way

  • By Chris on 03-05-18

Starts well but below standard of the sequence

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

Nice beginning, but then a slight disappointments towards the end in the story. However another good book on Victor.

  • The Beast in the Red Forest

  • Inspector Pekkala, Book 5
  • By: Sam Eastland
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

A soldier returns from the front line of battle to report that Pekkala's charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead. On Stalin's orders, Pekkala's assistant, Kirov, travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders. Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Ivan on 21-04-16

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 21-04-16

The best story in the series so far, fantastic narration, spectacular twists all the way! 5 star listen!

  • Siberian Red

  • By: Sam Eastland
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

September 1939: The Second World War has begun. Even as the fighting rages in Poland, Stalin's long-time obsession with the missing treasure of Tsar Nicholas II is rekindled. An informant claims to know the whereabouts of the man entrusted by the Tsar with hiding his gold. As the news of the informant reaches Stalin, however, the man is knifed to death. Stalin summons Pekkala to the Kremlin and orders him to solve the murder. To accomplish his mission, he must return to Borodok, the notorious Gulag where he himself spent many years as a prisoner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly read

  • By graham on 04-03-13

Great continuation

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

Reviewed: 14-04-16

Another fantastic story, another fantastic reading performance! I'll now download the rest of the series...