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  • Red Sparrow

  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177

A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a mole at the Russian Intelligence service. Dominika Egorov, is sucked into the heart of Putin's Russia, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel. American Nate Nash handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA's biggest assets. Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought I had strayed into a cookery book

  • By Eddie on 13-03-18

Slow and a bit predictable.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

I struggled to keep interest in this book. I choose it after fancying a change in my normal genre. I had listened to a few Ken Follett novels as well as Cornwell and Ben Kane.
The main thing I found difficult to keep up with were the characters, there seemed to be a large amount, or it could have been the names sounding the similar.
That said I liked the main character and her flaws as well as strengths. The recipes are really good at the end of each chapter.

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,172

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

Very Pleasented Supprised

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I was looking for a change of book from my normal genre of books. And stumbled across The Humans.
Is a funny uplifting book with what I found to be an intriguing story of an outsider's view on human behaviour and relationships. I really enjoyed the book. It was well written and apart from overdoing the fridge magnet life clichés towards the end, I would recommend this book. I'm certainly going to read some Emily Dickenson.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Thief Taker

  • By: C. S. Quinn
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past. Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide. In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story for London dwellers

  • By Emily on 29-11-15

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

I didn’t enjoy this book. The plot was ok but the story was full of huge coincidence or sheer good luck! It was like a video game that that every time Charlie needed something an answer or item suddenly appeared. And because of this the suspense never built. There were also gaps in the storyline or parts that played no part in the story. The narrator was ok, he read well, but didn’t inspire me much.

  • Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812

  • The Sharpe Series, Book 15
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 238

Major Sharpe, in the bitter winter, must attempt a desperate rescue and face his most implacable enemy. Newly promoted, he is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born women, held hostage high in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's bitter enemy. Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop - the last word in military incompetence - but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding of all the novels and the sadest.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-05-19

Another Superb Sharpe Tale

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

Reviewed: 13-12-17

Sharpe's enemy is another example of Bernard Cornwell's excellent work. Written with such great detail, I always feel like I'm there with Sharpe and Harper. This story is no different. It's gripping from the start and fast paced enough to keep you enthralled. Yes, if you read all the Sharpe series there are parts of repetition, but you get that in most series - new readers need some feel of depth to the characters.

The narration is brilliant and in Rupert Farley, they have found a perfect match for Sharpe. He portrays all the characters well, and for me, puts real feeling into the story.

25 years ago at the age of 17, I read my first Bernard Cornwell book, which also happened to be my first ever book I'd read! Since then I've brought every single book he's written and read them all with same amazement and excitement as the first - 'The Winter King'. I can't thank Mr Cornwell enough for doing what 11 years of teachers could do, and that's encourage me to read.

  • Sharpe's Trafalgar: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 (The Sharpe Series, Book 4)

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Richard Sharpe, travelling home aboard the 'Revenant', meets Admiral Nelson and his fleet, on what was a calm October day off Cape Trafalgar. Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharpe Sails for Glory!

  • By Simon on 21-04-16

A break from normal Sharpe adventure

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

This is not a typical Sharpe novel, but it gives Bernard Cornwell a great excuse to write a book about the Battle of Trafalgar in his own exceptional way.
The actual story line for Sharpe is insignificant in my opinion, and is a little boring. But the battle scenes are superb, with all of Cornwell's descriptive writing putting you right there.

  • Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1)

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of Mysore. But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At the Sharpe Start

  • By Simon on 20-09-15

True Cornwell, Great Story.

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

Reviewed: 31-05-17

I have already read and loved the Sharpe series, Cornwell is by the far the best historical writer out there and his books very rarely disappoint.
If you are new to Sharpe or even historical novels in general, then Sharpe is good place to start. A simple story, superbly written and told.
Great descriptive writing mark Cornwell's books, and are so clear and vivid that you can almost be there.
The characters are simple too and easy to understand but they do grow and develop.

First time I have listened to Rupert Farley, and I am really happy with his performance. The story is told well and the characters brought to life with believable accents.

As I have little time nowadays to read I have to listen to audiobooks, and I was a little worried that this would spoil the stories, but I can safely say that my enjoyment has been enhanced.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Interesting Story, Great Narration, Slightly Disappointing Ending

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Firstly, the narration is excellent, Johnathan Keeble is my favourite narrator. Especially in the Bernard Cornwell books. And he didn't disappoint in this book.

The story is interesting and is slightly different from normal 'who dun'it' novels. I was gripped by the story and how it flowed, there was plenty of suspense and intrigue and the secrets where well kept.

However, the ending for me was disappointing, it seemed as if the book ran out of steam a little bit. Left feeling that not everything was answered.

The main two characters are well formed, and likeable which actually adds to the story as you're not at first sure you should like them. The others are ok, but again a little too much history of them was missing. Then again, that would have made for a long book, and probably would not have been able to hold its flow.

Would I recommend-yes.

  • Jingo

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,532

A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld, and suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing. As two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch has got just a few hours to deal with a crime so big that there's no law against it. It's called "war"....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terry never fails to deliver a fantastic story

  • By Mrs on 25-11-13

Not my favourite disc world

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Struggled to follow the story really, and not that funny. But its the only one so far out of the first 20!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Burning Land

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 5
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Perring
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

In the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity.... First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage warrior leading a Viking horde. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, his unwilling warlord, who leads Harald into a trap and, at Farnham in Surrey, inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings were ever to suffer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is Jonathan Keeble?

  • By AdeG on 10-10-14

Great Story spoilt by the narration

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Would you listen to The Burning Land again? Why?

No. The narration was poor and incorrect use of English place names instead of Saxon.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Burning Land?

The story is good overall witht some great battle description.

How could the performance have been better?

Change back to Johnathan Keeble. And use places names as Bernard Cornwell intended, in Saxon.

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

Yeah, the performance nearly moved me to delete the recording.

Any additional comments?

Bernard Cornwell is by far my favourite author, his story telling mixed in with true historical events really capture my imagination. Utred is a real mans man!! I like the fact he makes mistakes and is so honest, and I share his sense of humour. The descriptions in all Cornwells book is so vivid you really are transported back in time. Great books and this is no exception. But I must ask - why change the narrator? This guys is awful and actually spoils the story with poor delivery, lack of passion and dire accents. Lastly, Bernard Cornwell makes a point in every book of saying that the place names he uses are those of the closest he can find to the real Saxon names. So why change them to our current English names? Bad idea Audible!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Flying Colours

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150

Hornblower becomes a national hero when he escapes a French firing squad. But the 'Terror of the Mediterranean' becomes Europe's most wanted man, forced to fight alone for England - and liberty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most gripping of the series so far

  • By BobP on 10-04-19

Our Hero Horatio

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

Reviewed: 25-09-15

Following on from Hornblower's imminent demise, I couldn't wait to see what happened.
This book was brilliant, I love the way that Forrester tells his story about his floored hero. Floored only by his own low self esteem. Only Hornblower could dislike himself so much for nearly sinking 3 French ships before surrendering to save his men, escaping from the French, being saved by a French noble, stealing back British ship and sailing it out of French waters. The story is so well written I almost believe every word. Great stuff