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Andrew Stonehouse

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  • One Good Deed

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

In 1949, Aloysius Archer arrives in the dusty Southern town of Poca City. He has nothing but a handful of dollars, the clothes he’s wearing and an appointment with his new parole officer. After his wartime experiences in Italy and a prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Archer is looking for a fresh start and a peaceful life. On his first night of freedom, Archer meets local business tycoon Hank Pittleman, who promises Archer handsome compensation to work as his debt collector. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci Hits the Top Forties!

  • By Simon on 30-07-19

Hardboiled.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-19

It's not the most original story. But it's a great example of the hardboiled detective story, written well appropriate twists and turns a protagonist you can root for, femme fatales that aren't just token women. If you're a fan of the genre it's 100% worth a listen.

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  • Summer of the Big Bachi

  • By: Naomi Hirahara
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi - the spirit of retribution - is knocking on his door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit uneventful.

  • By Andrew Stonehouse on 25-06-19

A bit uneventful.

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

Reviewed: 25-06-19

Excellent narrantion. And a reasonable story. I have to say the plot was a bit lacking. I think the payoff or revelation isn't teally worth the buildup. I was still interested enough to finish all be it after a hiatus.

  • Dune Messiah

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020

The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much melange by the author?

  • By Stuart on 30-07-12

Dune fans only.

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

Reviewed: 13-06-19

It's good. But a bit dry and with less colourful description as the original and best. I'm a dune fan so I enjoyed it.

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic horror novel

  • By Steve on 03-10-13

Stephen Kings finest.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

Some say it's IT. It's this. I'm just sad I can't read it for the first time again. Good performance too.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,811

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Good teen book with a shit load of 80s references.

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

Reviewed: 30-05-19

The plot is a bit lame and the writing is a bit weak sometimes. But it feels good, I like the 80s refrences even though I know that's what I'm supposed to like about it.

  • Watchers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods. That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Amelialegbar ♥️ on 26-05-18

Doggles!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

I loved it. The story started so well and then took an unexpected turn. But I loved the suspense the, the dog. Also the performance is fantastic. Love the voice acting.

  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife-edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship, Rocinante, have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than The Last

  • By S. Morris on 18-05-18

More great stuff from my most favourite space oper

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

A.

It's great. If you're a sci fi fan please get the 1st book and start reading/listening.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,579

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

Mysterious and Lovecraftian and pretty good.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Did you wish some of lovecrafts work was longer and more joined up? Here's a book.

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wilderness adventure from the comfort of home

  • By John on 28-04-07

I wanted more, but maybe that makes it great.

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

I loved it. Travel logs and real world stuff doesn't normally interest me. But this is fantastic, witty, feel good, buddy comedy.

plus I learned so much about the US parks authority.

  • The House on the Borderland

  • By: William Hope Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

While on a fishing trip two men discover the ruins of an old house perched on the very edge of a cliff. In the ruins they discover an old manuscript that seems to suggest the house was once involved in something super natural, and horrific.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite the classic I remember

  • By Dr Caterpillar on 25-06-15

Chilling, Racist, Boring and just a little odd.

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

Starts well. Creepy ruin, mysterious dairy, creepy house, then it spends a good hour or more with some 70s bad acid trip cosmic experience. Let the whole thing down. Also I hate it when stuff isn't explained or even vaugely wrapped up.

Hinted at even?