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  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

Good read, good performance

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

A good book from the start, easy pace, but with a couple of twists, and turns. You can have a few guesses as to who did it, but I doubt you will get it right.

  • A Deadly Distance

  • By: L. T. Ryan
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Washington, DC, midday. A man waits at a bus stop, his intentions unknown. Two government operatives have been stalking him for days, waiting for him to make his move. Unexpectedly the man takes off running and heads for a deserted warehouse. Jack Noble and his partner, Frank Skinner, believe the man to be part of a terrorist organization that is involved in smuggling drugs, guns, and men into the country. But it turns out their plan involves far more export than import and hits a lot closer to home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • He's Noble, but not a patch on Reacher…

  • By Carôle on 31-10-15

Never quite got going, for me.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

Firstly I thought the sound whilst clear, was over bassed.

The story never quite got going, and the supposed hard man didn’t live up to his reputation, didn’t quite get the better of the bad guys when perhaps he should have.

I hope they get better, as I have bought two more of the series.

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  • The Negotiator

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

The kidnapping of a young man on a country road in Oxfordshire is but the first brutal step in a ruthless plan to force the President of the United States out of office. If it succeeds, he will be psychologically and emotionally destroyed. Only one man can stop it - Quinn, the world's foremost Negotiator, who must bargain for the life of an innocent man, unaware that ransom was never the kidnapper's real objective...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing

  • By R. M. Ingram on 17-10-16

Slow Start

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

If I had not persevered, I would have closed the book less than a 1/3 in. there is a lot of plot setting, before you get to the interesting bits, however once past the plot setting, the book picks up pace, and turns out to be a good read. A couple of good unexpected twists in the story. Worth persevering.

  • Rogue

  • An American Ghost Thriller
  • By: J. B. Turner
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 20

Nathan Stone was killed in action while serving as a covert CIA operative. Or so everyone thought. In reality he’s become a ghost, a black-ops asset with a new identity and controlled by a secret government organization. The Commission has one aim: to hunt down and assassinate anti-establishment enemies of the state. Its number-one target is Senator Brad Crichton, an ambitious politician with growing support. Stone is ready to take him out, but his plan is soon compromised....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time - sorry

  • By Anonymous User on 20-06-18

Dull, slow and predictable.

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

Firstly the narrator was the same as the Reacher books, initially he could have been talking about Reacher himself. I don’t rate the narrator, no depth, or passion.
The thing about his farther, and sister was repeated over and over, the average reader can actually remember the plot.
Without spoiling it, the end of this book is predictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Road

  • A Jon Reznick Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. B. Turner
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Jon Reznick is a "ghost": a black-ops specialist who takes his orders from shadowy handlers, and his salary from the US government. Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife on 9/11, he's dispatched to carry out a high-level hit. Reznick knows only that it must look like suicide. It's textbook. But the target is not the man Reznick expected. The whole setup is wrong. In an instant the operation is compromised, and Reznick is on the run with the man he was sent to kill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narrator

  • By Cazza on 11-08-17

A good book but poor narration.

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

The story was good, and moved well what let the book down for me was the rhythmic and droning narrator. Once you notice this, that’s it it’s the same all the way through.

  • Worth Dying For

  • Jack Reacher 15
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Has Jack Reacher finally met his match?61 Hours ended with Reacher trapped in a desperate situation from which escape seemed impossible. Even for him.Was that really the end of the road for the maverick loner?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than 61 hours

  • By derek whittle on 03-10-18

Better than 61 hours

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I thought that 61 hours was good, but a bit light-on action. This book made up for that. Action almost from the start.

  • The Mission Song

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: David Oyelowo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

Bruno Salvador has worked on clandestine missions before. A highly skilled interpreter, he is not a stranger to the Official Secrets Act. But this is the first time he has been asked to change his identity – and, worse still, his clothes – in service of his country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Mission Song

  • By Hywel on 03-03-15

Hard work and Slow

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

The book didn’t really take off, you keep expecting the next chapter to start getting better-but no.

Not one of Le Carre’s best.