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Ms. J. L. Kyle

London, UK
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  • I Am Pilgrim

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,373

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting but a bit too full of cliches

  • By Anna on 19-12-16

Dreadful all round

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

Didn’t finish this book. It’s dreadful

In summary;

America and the FBI are the best everyone else is stupid

All women have almond eyes, smooth skin and are sexually appealing. Also demeaned by having sexist and misogynistic nicknames

All Muslims are bad and stupid

America is great

I am brilliant (when in fact I’m clearly stupid)

A bit more racism

A plot with massive holes and doesn’t hang together

Clichéd characters no one is safe from the French to the Turks

Did I mention America is the best in the world

I’m surprised I lasted as long as I did

Narration also shocking, terrible pronunciation of words, accents terrible. He was OK when just reading as the narrator, but only just. If you're going to be the editor of an audio book recording, at least make sure your narrator can pronounce things correctly.

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Brilliant performance,it really made the book me

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

Brilliant book, although I am not sure how the Bookseller would feel about be listening to the book rather than buying it, especially because Audible is owned by Amazon!

Even so, this is a fascinating insight to the people that buy second-hand books. It is very witty although he can be a bit of a curmudgeon at times.

A lovely book to get lost in - highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,373

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Almost 5 but ending frustrating

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

This is a fantastic novel with lots of twists and turns, some I guessed but most I didn’t. I’m sure many would have liked the ending but I was disappointed by it. I needed more ’closure’ for want of a better word. I needed to know more about what happens after.

Narration is brilliant. I hated it at first, it really grated on me, but as the book went on and he used more accents I realised he was great and perfect for the role.

  • Shutter Island

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderer named Rachel Solando. As a killer hurricane bears down on the island, the investigation deepens, and the questions mount. How has a barefoot woman escaped from a locked room? Who is leaving them clues in the form of cryptic codes? And what really goes on in Ward C? The closer Teddy gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and so well read

  • By Mrs Amy Garnett on 18-12-15

A brilliant story, brilliantly told

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

I saw this book as a film years ago on a plane and remember thinking how clever and shocking it was. I wanted to read the book to see if the source material was as good (because books usually are better) and I wasn’t disappointed.

Even though I had a vague memory of the story and the ending, it still had me gripped. I couldn’t put it down (or take headphones off!). The narrator is one of the best I’ve heard yet. He really bought something extra to it.

Buy it, you’ll not be disappointed.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,513

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By penobscott on 10-07-17

Simply wonderful

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

Reviewed: 21-03-18

Throughout this book I had to keep reminding myself that this actually happened. It’s an incredible story, expertly told. I almost found myself crying at the end when I knew they were safe. I know the story, as most people do, but it was still very moving.

I urge you to use a credit on this book, you will not be disappointed.

  • Cosi Fan Tutti

  • An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cosi Fan Tuti

  • By Alan on 04-05-11

Best one yet

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This is my favourite Zen book so far, funny and clever and very well written. I think it was helped by excellent reading from Michael Kitchen. I know some people don’t like his style, but I think he gets it spot on, especially in this book. He seems to have changed his reading style a bit for this book, but I think his tone, pacing and style was perfect.

  • Fatherland

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-02-18

Brilliant in every way

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

This book is thrilling and exciting and had me gripped to the very end. Download this book, you’ll not regret it.

Michael Jayston’s narration adds so much to it as well. I’d listen to it all over again straight away, in fact I think I might.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Aurelio Zen: Dead Lagoon

  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Aurelio Zen returns to his native Venice to investigate the disappearance of a rich American resident but he soon learns that, amid the hazy light and shifting waters of the lagoon, nothing is what it seems. As Zen is drawn deeper into the complex and ambiguous mysteries surrounding the discovery of a skeletal corpse on an ossuary island in the north lagoon, he is also forced to confront a series of disturbing revelations about his own life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Story, shame about the narration ...

  • By MO on 23-05-18

Almost the best one yet

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

A brilliant story which was cleverly written. The final bit when Zen was walking through Venice was too drawn out, but then it picked up again in the last 10 minutes. Intriguing ending - will it continue in following books?

Looking forward to the next one, they are really picking up. Great narration too

  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarrely gripping

  • By Biker on 12-01-17

My first Robert Harris won't be my last

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

Who would have thought that a book about a Conclave could be so gripping, but it was. A great story which keeps you guessing until the end.

I'm looking forward to my next Robert Harris

  • Seventy-Seven Clocks

  • Bryant and May, Book 3
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

The odd couple of detection, the brilliant but cranky Arthur Bryant and John May of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit, return in a tense, atmospheric new thriller that keeps you guessing right to the end. This time the detectives are up against a series of bizarre murders that defy human understanding, and a killer no human hand may be able to stop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am loving this book

  • By Elaine Calderwood on 04-11-07

Wonderful as ever

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

Reviewed: 13-08-17

Brilliant, the books just get better and the narration is perfect. I can't wait to download the next one