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  • Spear of Destiny

  • By: Daniel Easterman
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

May, 1942. A group of soldiers uncover a tomb in Libya. Buried in the ancient dust they find a macabre crown of thorns and the devastatingly powerful Spear of Destiny. They've discovered the last resting place of Christ. Sixty years on, Gerald Usherwood and his old army pal Max Chippendale reunite with friends and family. Dark shadows visit them in the night and make them pay for the secrets they stole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far superior to Dan Brown et al

  • By MarieLouise on 31-10-09

A reasonable read.

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

Reviewed: 20-11-17

I'm glad I've read this book but I don't think I'll listen to it again in a hurry. I don't particularly enjoy books with lots of death in them, though I do like the fact that women dispatch the bad guys in this book. I also wish we'd known what happened to Elona and Ethan when he gets back to England and whether he faces charges or not.

  • The Deep Silence

  • By: Douglas Reeman
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

HMS Temeraire: latest and most advanced of Britain's nuclear submarines. When Temraire's trials are cut short and she is ordered to the Far East to reinforce the fleet against a threat from Red China, her captain, David Jermain, knows that this is no routine exercise in flag-waving. And once in Asian waters, he and his submarine find themselves involved in a hidden, undeclared conflict beneath the sea.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good...not great :)

  • By P. Stewart on 27-04-17

Another unenjoyable book for me.

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

Reviewed: 29-04-17

What would have made The Deep Silence better?

The ending, and a better developed plot involving the homosexual sailor.

What could Douglas Reeman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'd've liked a more conclusive ending and more around Matthew, the homosexual sailor.

Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I think he reads this book as well as any of the others I've heard.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The fact that there was a homosexual love interest made it slightly different.

Any additional comments?

This book didn't make sense to me. I don't know what Captain Jermaine did wrong and I found the plot difficult to follow.

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  • 1966

  • My World Cup Story
  • By: Bobby Charlton
  • Narrated by: Bernard Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In 1966 England won the World Cup at Wembley. Sir Bobby Charlton, England's greatest ever player, was there on the pitch. Now, 50 years on, Sir Bobby looks back on the most glorious moment of his life and England's greatest sporting achievement. In 1966 he takes us through the buildup to the tournament and to the final itself, describing what he saw, what he heard, and what he felt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting read from before my time

  • By jillian grant on 29-04-17

An interesting read from before my time

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

Reviewed: 29-04-17

Would you listen to 1966 again? Why?

I may do because it wasn't the worst book, but it means little to me as everything happened a long time before I was bon, so I'm not reliving something I was witness to.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how in depth Bobby went and his explanation of his thoughts and the thoughts of others.

Which character – as performed by Bernard Hill – was your favourite?

none.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I listened to this book, but it all happened before my time so I don't know whether I'd listen to it again any time soon.

  • Star Trek Memories

  • By: William Shatner
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Boldly going where no audio has gone before, Star Trek Memories is William Shatner's own behind-the-scenes look at the legendary '60s television series that continues to spawn movies, books, and series spin-offs 26 years after the last episode aired. Avid Trekkers are sure to be delighted with this first-hand account from Captain Kirk himself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting if you're a Treky no doubt.

  • By jillian grant on 22-04-17

Interesting if you're a Treky no doubt.

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

Reviewed: 22-04-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If they were interested in the origins of the tv series and the wider world of Star Trek.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wouldn't've changed it.

What does William Shatner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Hearing him reading his own book makes it more real to him as he's speaking his memories.

Could you see Star Trek Memories being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

I'm not a treky but was curious as to how the whole legacy began. Although I doubt I'd listen to it again, I'm glad I heard it once.

  • Sticks and Stones

  • A Trek Novel
  • By: Robert Jeschonek
  • Narrated by: Alison Pitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Once upon a galaxy, a spaced-out writer launched a novel exploring a starry saga set in a universe much like a certain trek we know and love. Here, for the first time, you can experience this voyage into trekkerness. The names are new, but you might recognize the drama and excitement of an epic encounter aboard the star cruiser Exogenesis as it pioneers humanity's journey to greatness among the stars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Trek but not as I know it

  • By Kieran Horgan on 25-07-18

Found this book to be not that believeable.

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

Would you try another book written by Robert Jeschonek or narrated by Alison Pitt?

Probably.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Jeschonek? Why or why not?

Probably, out of curiosity.

What about Alison Pitt’s performance did you like?

I thought she read it well, especially the words in the other language.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I tried this book but I couldn't really get into it.

  • The Hidden Oasis

  • By: Paul Sussman
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

Egypt 2153 BC: 80 priests set out under cover of darkness with a mysterious object.... Albania, 1986: A plane takes off bound for the Sudan. Somewhere over the Sahara it disappears.... The present: a mummified corpse is discovered in the dunes with a roll of camera film and a clay obelisk inscribed with a hieroglyphic sign.... Three unconnected events - or so it seems.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started well...

  • By Mogster on 31-08-10

A strange, unenjoyable book for me.

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

Reviewed: 29-03-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who love stories of deceit, death and intrigue.

What could Paul Sussman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

shortened it, less death and a less complicated plot.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Romani and Molly were killed. I hate death but if there had to be death in this book, then seeing some of the bad guys in the book getting what they deserved was good.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

just that all the dodgy people were dispensed with.

Any additional comments?

This was another book I didn't enjoy and won't listen to again in a hurry.

  • A Novice Guide to How to Write a Thesis

  • Quick Tips on How to Finish Your Thesis or Dissertation
  • By: Sharaf Mutahar Alkibsi
  • Narrated by: Allen Wayne Logue
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The book would be most useful to students looking to start and finish their thesis or dissertation. Advisors may recommend this book for their students at the early stage of their research project or if they struggle at any stage. The book addresses the big picture of the research journey, and provides advice on how to manage the entire process. I have seen the best students get stuck. All they needed to triumph was a piece of advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A useful book if needing help to write a thesis.

  • By jillian grant on 28-03-17

A useful book if needing help to write a thesis.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

Would you consider the audio edition of A Novice Guide to How to Write a Thesis to be better than the print version?

No, but may be easier than having to keep finding your place in the book every time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not appropriate for this book,.

What does Allen Wayne Logue bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nothing.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Wasn't meant to.

Any additional comments?

I'm not about to undertake this task but I imagine it would be a very useful book if I was.

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  • The Stonehenge Legacy

  • By: Sam Christer
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

Eight days before the summer solstice, a man is butchered in a blood-freezing sacrifice on the ancient site of Stonehenge before a congregation of robed worshippers. Within hours, one of the world's foremost treasure hunters has shot himself in his country mansion. And to his estranged son, young archaeologist Gideon Chase, he leaves a cryptic letter...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Misled by the publisher's description

  • By Ian on 04-09-12

another violence filled, unenjoyable book.

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

Reviewed: 26-03-17

What would have made The Stonehenge Legacy better?

Those who were in the cult not being killed but being caught and banged to rights by the police.

What could Sam Christer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Much less violence and the police finding and arresting everyone in the cult. Less deception and coroberation with the cult would've made it more enjoyable too for me.

Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favourite?

Megan or Gideon.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, sadness, nerves, nausea, depression and general negativity.

Any additional comments?

I struggle to understand how people can write and read these kind of books. I read it all because I didn't want to stop without knowing what happened and I thought if I just skipped to the end, I wouldn't understand the ending. I didn't take to the magic and history in this book either. I can't see me ever listening to this book again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chaos Code

  • By: Justin Richards
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Deep within the Peruvian jungle, an astounding secret is about to be uncovered ... Matt's dad, an eminent archaeologist, has disappeared, leaving only a cryptic message with a bizarre set of instructions that lead him to the mysterious Julius Venture and a dangerous treasure hunt. Soon Matt is crossing continents, deciphering codes and exploring ancient ruins - with monstrous enemies hot on his heels. If Matt wants to see his dad alive he's got to get to the treasure first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good action, easy listening

  • By Edyta on 23-12-12

A gripping, if strange and disturbing book.

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

Reviewed: 22-03-17

What did you like best about The Chaos Code? What did you like least?

Nothing in particular.

Would you be willing to try another book from Justin Richards? Why or why not?

Yes, out of curiosity.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When the creator of the chaos was killed in his own house by his own code.

Did The Chaos Code inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't at all impressed by either of Matthew's parents, though their lack of care made for an interesting adventure. I also found the idea that some of the characters had a strange spell on them so they couldn't age weird, along with the idea that someone could make the 4 elements turn into shapes that move and create destruction far fetched. Still, it was different!

  • Dust and Steel

  • By: Patrick Mercer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

As the ship docked in Bombay,the shocking news of the rising by the Indian mutineers and their massacire of women, children, and civilians reached Anthony Morgan and his company. Even so,they were hardly prepared for what they now faced.Morgan himself has another quest. On discovering that the son he had fathered,his child's mother and her husband,Morgan's old sergeant, are captives up in the hills, he is determined to rescue them. A gripping tale of a soldier torn between orders and honour.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dust & Steel

  • By VAL G. on 08-07-11

An uninspiring book.

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

Reviewed: 22-03-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoy books which centre around history, war and bloodshed.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Mercer again?

I don't know.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Oliver’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dust and Steel?

Don't know.

Any additional comments?

I'll probably listen to Patrick's other books, more out of wanting to try things than enjoyment. I found the historical elements difficult to follow in this book too.