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  • Trigger Mortis

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: David Oyelowo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 790

James Bond is back where he belongs. Anthony Horowitz's new novel is a thrilling tour de force, sure to delight fans of the original 007 novels and new readers alike. It also features previously unseen material written by Bond's creator, Ian Fleming. The story begins in the lethal world of Grand Prix and an attempt by the Russians to sabotage a race at Nürburgring, the most dangerous track in Europe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, rollicking Bond adventure

  • By Laura on 11-06-16

Poor narrator

4 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Story is typical of its type - eminently listenable and moves along at a pace illustrating very competently the era in which it is set. The narrator though really spoils this. It's slow and laborious, monotonous, with poor accents and questionable pronunciation in parts. Shame really.

  • Carnival for the Dead

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

It's February, and Carnival time in Venice. Bright blue skies and freezing temperatures welcome forensic pathologist Teresa Lupo to the city. Teresa has taken time out from her job to find her beloved bohemian aunt Sofia who has mysteriously disappeared. There seem to be no clues as to her whereabouts, but a visit to Sofia's very strange apartment in the Dorsoduro confirms Teresa’s suspicions that all is not well....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit different

  • By MRS on 27-01-12

Good story: bad narrator

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-12

Unusual story - but still a 'virtual page turner'. Let down significantly by a 'chick book' narrator with a bad italian inflexion and accent. Just because a woman is the main protagonist, doesn't mean it needs a female narrator. Not sexist - I'm a woman too - but for me, the quality and 'listenability' of the narrator is almost as important as the story. It also needs to be appropriate to the nature of the book. Bring back Saul Reichlin!

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  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Samantha Eggar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her adored husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but they are determined to make the most of a bad situation. This year, however, the legendary land of the pharaohs will yield more than priceless artifacts, for the desert guards even deeper mysteries that are wrapped in greed - and sealed in murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Barbara Rosenblatt!

  • By julie a warren on 21-10-09

Not as good as Barbara Rosenblatt!

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-09

Those of you who love this series of books will be as frustrated as me that whilst all 18 books are available on the US version of Audible, only 5 are available here. So I was thrilled to see this one when it appeared recently. It's a good effort, but this narrator cannot represent the characters like the wonderful Ms Rosenblatt who can produce a whole stageful of voices. The musical interludes are a bit offputting too. Come on Audible - lets have some more of this excellent series - preferably the original productions.

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