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  • Star of Africa

  • Ben Hope, Book 13
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Where ex-SAS major Ben Hope goes, trouble always follows.... Ben Hope is trained to identify danger. So when he finds out that someone very important to him is working on a US container ship in the treacherous seas off the East African coast, he fears the worst. Within days the ship is hijacked by pirates. Taking matters into his own hands, Ben embarks upon the most daring rescue mission of his career...because this is no ordinary hostage situation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • a fest of unnecessary, atrocious brutality

  • By Mrs on 19-06-16

Enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 20-10-17

Unlike his previous this first of a 2 part didn’t quite meet expectations repetitive in places not the most compelling cliffhanger

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cassandra Sanction

  • Ben Hope, Book 12
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

A tragic death. A grieving brother. A plot to deceive the entire world. Ex-SAS major and kidnap recovery specialist Ben Hope is looking for peace in a quiet Spanish town. What he gets instead is the kind of trouble that only a man like him can handle. Raul Fuentes can’t accept that his sister, Catalina, took her own life. Ben isn’t convinced, but ghosts from his own past compel him to help Raul discover the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good

  • By Jeffery on 18-12-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-10-17

Completely hooked start to finish wow mariani still keeps going can’t wait for the next one

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,723

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Very cryptic yet thrilling

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Took a while to become enticed but once the true story is revealed I was engrossed for hours

  • Passenger 13

  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

When an aircraft piloted by Ben's former army comrade Nick Chapman crashed off the Cayman Islands killing everyone on board, the official line was that Chapman committed suicide. But things don't add up, and soon unfolding events point to something far more sinister going on. Following the trail of clues from the rugged Welsh borders to the Caribbean, Ben quickly discovers that some kinds of knowledge will get you killed - fast.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly gripping

  • By Jason b on 06-10-17

Surprisingly gripping

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Not bad for a short story managed to keep me listening from start to finish

  • House of Malice

  • By: Scott G. Mariani
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Novelist Mandy Freeman thinks her dreams have come true when she becomes owner of Summer Cottage, former home of her idol, author Ellen Grace. With her new life starting and love on the horizon, Mandy's future looks bright. But Mandy begins to learn all is not as it seems. A series of disturbing, sinister events force her to delve into the past of its former owner. Mandy finds herself caught in a nightmare that threatens to destroy her....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Basic not scary

  • By Jason b on 01-10-17

Basic not scary

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Some short stories I read can be quite gripping and make you want to finish them this was the opposite wouldn’t read again

  • Bring Him Back

  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Twelve-year-old Carl Hunter has been snatched at gunpoint from his home on Jersey. He and his kidnapper have vanished without a trace. Enter Ben Hope, now working freelance to rescue kidnapped children. But as Ben begins his search for Carl, he soon discovers that nothing about this case is as it seems. Behind the mystery of the boy's disappearance lies a sinister secret that threatens to destroy anyone who comes into contact with it...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant evening book nothing more

  • By Jason b on 27-09-17

A pleasant evening book nothing more

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

A nice short story fairly predictable in places pretty average ideal for a first time listener

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,725
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,377

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful - a horror classic

  • By Catbark on 21-09-16

Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

Longest book I’ve listened to by far and yet didn’t fail to engross me from start to finish
Narrator wow terrific

  • The Forgotten Holocaust

  • Ben Hope, Book 10
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Will Rycroft
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

The breathtaking new adventure starring Ben Hope. A lost, aimless, and hard-drinking Ben Hope has wandered back to his old haunt in Ireland. The ex-SAS soldier is searching for peace, but trouble soon appears when Kirsten Hall, a young journalist, is brutally murdered right in front of him. Unable to prevent it, Ben is driven by guilt to hunt down the killers. All he has to go on is a handful of clues from Kirsten's research..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced, action packed adventure

  • By Mrs on 19-05-15

Totally unexpected

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

This author is getting better with each book highly recommend only issue is when the story came to an end

  • The Nemesis Program

  • Ben Hope, Book 9
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Will Rycroft
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

While secretly researching the bizarre discoveries of Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla many years earlier, physicist Claudine Pommier becomes the victim of a remorseless and cruel murderer who breaks into her Parisian apartment. Is he just a serial killer? Or is there more to her death than the Paris cops believe?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read, make an entertaining movie too.

  • By Peter C. on 09-01-19

Best story he's wrote so far

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Gripping from start to finish easily the most exciting of marianis that iv read so far

  • To Kill the President

  • By: Sam Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford 'Mac' McNamara. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the president comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes. Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the president - and faces the ultimate moral dilemma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting - and plausible - story.

  • By Gadget Freak on 05-09-17

Not one of Sam bournes best

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

Reviewed: 29-08-17


I found the book fairly average even though there were aspects which were gripping the rather mono tone narration made it very hard to follow