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  • Last Stand: The Complete Box Set

  • By: William Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Four audiobooks in one box set: Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse, Last Stand: Patriots, Last Stand: Warlords, and Last Stand: Turning the Tide. John Mack, a prepper and former soldier, struggles to save his family and community after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) takes out the country's electrical grid. With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy. Threats emerge from enemies both foreign and domestic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Shane Scott on 25-07-18

Tough guys vote Republican

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

Reviewed: 27-02-19

The is not so much a narrative, more an advertisement for the Republican and right wing US politics. Is listened to the first 20 chapters and got fed up of pious Christians and tough guys referring to various amendments , the constitution and and the threat of communism. Good family guys who served their country and look after their family and have no patience with those who need food stamps. It really undermines any joy from listening to the book. If I had wanted a political tract, that is what I would have bought. However, if you are a Trump supporter you will love it.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly mature paranormal romance

  • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

interesting idea presented as a Bodice ripper.

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

This is a tale about a fantastic woman who is a fantastic academic and a fantastic athlete who is secretly a fantastic witch who meets a fantastic Vampire to uncover a fantastic secret. There the plot dies a quicker death than a Vampire in a tanning lounge. There are long descriptions of what clothes they wear, what food they eat, their cars and wonderful ( fantastic ) houses.
The plot is padded out with lengthy period of filler where little happens and the narrative is seemingly forgotten. The idea is good, but has been stretched like good dough and rolled out to cover a much greater time. The problem is that stretching dough makes it thin, and this is the filo pastry of stories. I gave up after 5 hours.

  • The Terror

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of the fabled Northwest Passage had every expectation of triumph. But for almost two years his ships, HMS Terror and Erebus, have been trapped in the Arctic ice. Supplies of fuel and food are running low. Scurvy, starvation and even madness are beginning to take their toll. And yet the real threat isn’t from the constantly shifting, alien landscape, the flesh-numbing temperatures or being crushed by the unyielding, frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read

  • By Caroline Pearson on 02-05-18

Sends a chill down your spine

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

An interesting alternative history of the disastrous Franklin expedition to discover the North West passage. It is a traumatic listen and the sense of gloom and cold are palpable. It is well written and gives a real flavour on life on the ice. The monster is difficult to understand, part real and part symbolic, but well worth a listen. And don't overwinter on the sea ice.

  • Dark Rose

  • By: Mike Lunnon-Wood
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

It started by stealth. At first, no one could see what was happening. By the time the alarm was raised it was too late. Ireland had been seized: a financial assault consolidated by a military one. But as the island is overrun, it’s soon clear that the invaders did not anticipate the fierce resolve of of their Celtic opponents. Nor the determination of the country’s powerful allies to throw out the occupiers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story. Excellent narration.

  • By C. Hart on 07-03-19

A real groan.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

This book is substantially out of date. Such things can sometimes be no problem, but when a book of fiction is focused on the politics of a quarter of a century ago, it really gets tedious. It is also surprisingly biased. An academic in the narrative explains carefully to a group of UK intelligence experts that Ireland is a Celtic nation ( I mean, they would never have known that eh !) But then goes on to say that it is the only Celtic country left. Really? It suggests that amazingly there are even a few Celtic speakers in the far West of Ireland. Well apparently there is another Celtic country to the east of Dublin with over a million Celtic speakers. But they are not Irish, just Welsh so they can't be Celts. The characters come straight out of music hall caricatures with classic Irish mammas , devious Welsh individuals and heroic Englishmen fighting drug smugglers and single hand-idly defeating baddies time and time again. It is not just bad, it is a real groan. It is toenail curlingly cringeworthy.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Voodoo Histories

  • The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
  • By: David Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere - from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. In this age of terrorism we live in, the role of conspiracy is a serious one - one that can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. For award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better in author's voice

  • By Lesley on 08-08-10

It's all a plot!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Essential listening for anyone interested in conspiracy thinking. Ever wondered why people believe in daft ideas and whether such ideas can cause any harm ?

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Holly Gibney strikes again!

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

This is another excellent book in a loosely connected series starting with Mr.Mercedes. Buy all four, you won't regret it.

  • Jerusalem

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 60 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap tower blocks. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative, among its saints, kings, prostitutes and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening. Through the labyrinthine streets and minutes of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty, of Africa, hymns and our threadbare millennium.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, Flawed, Fantastic and Poetic. And a bit long.

  • By Boggy of Bucks on 15-05-17

It is possible to over egg the pudding

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

I was full of hope for this book after reading the reviews. However, the frequency of epic similes which puts people like John Milton in the shade and the similarity to the poetry of Dylan Thomas undermines its promise. Similes can be useful, but when half the dialogue is composed of them they quickly pale. I like similes and use them, but hopefully with restraint.
For example, A man never walks down the street. He walks on hard hearted, sometimes heavily hallowed stones of a defiant paving made from the very stone that Julius Caesar walked upon and silurian fishes swam amongst in their eternal search for the evolution through time which would result in the father of Tom placing him on this exact spot at this precise time in order to proceed in the direction to which he was headed.
This is obviously not an extract, but hopefully gives an idea of the style. Such styles can be useful, but when they make up the bulk of the writing it marks the difference between a spoonful of honey, and a bucketful. After listening for the first 12 hours i felt exhausted and ready to throw in the towel.
Possibly this is a book to be taken in small quantities, over a few months or so. Otherwise, like a rich meal of indefinite courses, it rapidly becomes indigestible.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fireman

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 644

Some flames burn too brightly to be extinguished. This exceptional new thriller from Joe Hill is essential reading for 2016 and perfect for fans of Justin Cronin's The Passage. In a world overtaken by a deadly and dramatic new virus, Harper is determined to live long enough to deliver her baby. But when all it takes is a spark to start a deadly blaze, she's going to need some help from the mysterious fireman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Spark Off The Old Block!

  • By Simon on 21-05-16

Pretty good, all in all.

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

Where does The Fireman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Above average

What other book might you compare The Fireman to, and why?

The passage

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

A good voice and attitude.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Some like it hot.

Any additional comments?

I liked the book, it was a bit predictable at times but well narrated and kept my interest. Right at the end ( being a Celtic speaker) I saw a mention of Ynys HÎr as being in Ireland.
The word Ynys Hir is "P" Celtic, not "Q" Celtic, so there would be no such place in Ireland, but definitely in Wales. Get it right !

  • Jerusalem

  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 25 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day, and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism, and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rolls Royce Production

  • By Jim on 01-05-14

Wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 15-04-16

What made the experience of listening to Jerusalem the most enjoyable?

Well read, well structured and a real eye opener for those with preconceived ideas of the Middle Eastern political situation.

Any additional comments?

Essential reading for anyone interested in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elfin Ship

  • Balumnia, Book 1
  • By: James P. Blaylock
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Trading with the elves used to be so simple. Every year Master Cheeser Jonathan Bing would send his very best cheeses downriver to traders who would eventually return with Elfin wonders for the people of Twombly Town. But no more. First the trading post at Willowood Station was mysteriously destroyed. Then a magical elfin airship began making forays overhead; Jonathan knew something was definitely amiss. So he set off downriver to deliver the cheeses himself, accompanied by the amazing Professor Wurzle, the irrepressible Dooly, and his faithful dog Ahab.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wallace and Gromit meet Swallows and Amazons

  • By Charlie Paull on 09-06-14

Just not interesting enough

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

Reviewed: 30-05-15

The narrator uses a mock Northern accent, which could sound ok in the right circumstance, but undermines the idea by describing cotton wood trees on the river banks and Lima beans. These things are not really known in Yorkshire. The characters are shallow and the storyline weak. Maybe kids up to 7 years of age would like it, but I suspect anyone older would find it irritating.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful