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  • The Solitary Man

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Chris Hutchinson is a man on the run. Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Hutch escapes from a British maximum security prison and starts a new life in Hong Kong. Then a ghost from his past catches up with him, forcing him to help a former terrorist break out of a Bankok prison. Or face life behind bars once more. Meanwhile the Drug Enforcement Administration wants to nail the vicious drug warlord responsible fo rflooding the States with cheap heroin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fast-paced criminal thriller

  • By kate on 25-09-10

Extremely enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-11


The plot was good and while I often felt I had a fair idea where it was going next (and I turned out to be right), that didn't spoil my enjoyment because it got there with style. It was almost like you could see the outcome unfolding, like a sports event shown in slow motion, but you were left admiring the way it was achieved and not wishing the author had blindsided you with a plot twist.

I thought a large part of the plaudits for my enjoyment should go to the narrator, who brought the right amount of suspense without over acting it, and had a good selection of believable accents that drew you into the characters and brought them to life excellently. His portrayal of Billy Winter was excellent and he got across just the right balance of nasty piece of work with a silver tongue … a difficult balancing act.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • My Friend the Mercenary

  • By: James Brabazon
  • Narrated by: James Brabazon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

James Brabazon is narrating this story of war, violence, and political intrigue. He wanted a war. And, for his sins, he got one. James Brabazon was an ambitious young war reporter when he entered the chaos of the Liberian Civil War in 2002. Running with the infamous LURD rebels, he survived numerous deadly ambushes, the privations of dysentery and a dramatic two hundred-mile escape from Government troops through dense equatorial jungle. He even had a bounty put on his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-10-11

Gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-11

I've listened to an audiobook a week for the last 4 months in the car on my journey to and from work. This is the only one I've found myself listening to at the weekend.

I enjoyed the fact that it's narrated by the author, and I think that really helped give you a sense of how he was really feeling when he described the events he was portraying. I did find it hard to keep up with all of the different names and the wheeeling and dealing of who double crossed who and said what to whom, but I guees that's part of the tangled web of secret meetings and arms deals.

It's a part of the world I know so little about and I found myself on the interent reading other peoples interpretation of events, looking at maps and checking out pictures of the capital cities - much more than that was hard to find. The sort of read that gets you thinking.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • City of Veils

  • By: Zoe Ferraris
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

In the maze of narrow streets, a faceless killer hides... The burkha-clad body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach. Investigating policeman Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting, Fascinating and Thought Provoking

  • By Cabaspre on 02-03-11

An excellent who done it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-11

This is the third book I've listened to by this narrator, he's excellent and I really enjoy his style. I found him slightly off putting in this one though, so many of the characters were women and his female accents were a little distracting - the lead charachter being an American woman, and his accent for her was unusual to say the least. I can't help thinking, with so much of the dialogue being from women and female narrator might have helped for this particular book, but that's just my preference - I still think he's an excellent narrator and will specifically seek out his books in future

I found the storyline excellent and the insight into Saudi culture to be really interesting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Calling of the Grave

  • By: Simon Beckett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

‘At first glance it could have been anything – a stone, a knotted root – until you looked more closely. Thrusting out of the wet earth, its bones visible through rags of flesh, was a decomposing hand…’It was eight years ago that they found the body buried on the moor. They were certain that this was one of psychotic rapist and multiple murderer Jerome Monk’s teenage victims. Which left just two more bodies to find.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant Book

  • By Aileen on 01-07-11

Enjoyable but a little predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-11

I bought this on the basis that I'd enjoyed the narrator so much when listening to the Woodcutter, and again he was excellent in this, really bringing the book alive. It's a decent listen and the story is well told and engaging. The storyline didn't exactly grip me though and the who done it wasn't particularly a surprise, it was just a why and how to keep you engaged. It's a decent listen but it's not going to get me raving about it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead to the World

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Sookie comes to the rescue of a naked, amnesiac vampire - and ends up in the middle of a war between witches, werewolves and vampires!Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's pretty. She does her job well. She keeps to herself - she has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie's gift: she can read minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun stuff

  • By Robyn on 16-03-12

Bored with the repetition from previous books

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-11

I listened to 1 & 2 and enjoyed them, by book 3 I found the repetition of plot lines from the previous books a little tedious. In book four it became very annoying, and it seemed like the story took ages to get going because every time a character got mentioned you had to listen to a synopsis of what they'd done in books 1-3 ... by book 10 this must get really, really dull.

Unfortunately I'd bought book 5 at the same time I bought 3 and 4, it's going to take me a while to get myself ready for the chore of listening to it. The storyline is pretty thin on the ground, and it feels very formulaic. It goes soemthing like - someone gets kidnapped, big battle, impossibly bad injuries, everyone is OK with the exception of a dull side character getting killed, the heroine has a miraculous recovery aided by multiple orgasms, and everyone she meets is smoking hot. Feels like a fair summary of 2,3 and 4. The famous 5 with sex, makeup and magic thrown in.

Love the narrator though, she's excellent throughout

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639

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 Amazon Customer on 23-05-11

Really enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

Witty, an excellent plot good twists along the way and excellently narrated. One of my first audio books, and it really got me into the whole experience

  • I Wouldn't Start From Here

  • The 21st Century and Where it All Went Wrong
  • By: Andrew Mueller
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

I Wouldn't Start From Here is Andrew Mueller's personal memoir of the 21st century so far. It features any number of exotic locations, and a cast of revolutionaries, rock stars, politicians, hitmen, warmongers and peacemakers. Between ducking for cover in Gaza, running roadblocks in Iraq, getting arrested in Cameroon and hanging out with Hezbollah, this is a search for an answer to perhaps the key question of our time: "What is it with these people?"

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A good book crucified

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-09-11

A good book crucified

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-11

Normally I listen to the narration sample before I buy a book, but the reviews on Amazon suggested it was a very good book ... which it is. The narrator however kills it, and I'm going to struggle to finish listening.
The book is written by an Australian who is widely published in British newspapers and whose wrting dripping with sardonic humour and irony. It struck me as rather strange when I started listening to the audio that they'd chosen an American narrator with the delivery style of a Discovery Channel documentary presenter - fantastic for talking about the wonder of sharks I'm sure, but it really didn't sit right with an irreverent and mocking writing style that pokes fun at the world. Maybe the production company were trying to dispel the suggestion by us Brits that Americans don't get irony ... well if this guy does get irony, his voice doesn't display it.
Then came the pronunciation of names. OK I can handle Moss-cow, it always makes me giggle but potato, tomato and all that each to their own. The fact that this guy when he wasn't sure seemed to go with the get the first syllable, mumble the middle, catch the last syllable that we all do with names we can't pronounce annoyed me - it's a book about the world and travel, the names matter I can't read them, I sort of expect the narrator to try and get them right. Can-toe-ner-esque, to describe a rant had me rewinding to work out the word he’d donated to the English language
Then came the accents. When he tried a British accent I got a mental image of Dick Vann Dyke and Mary Poppins tap dancing with penguins. His Albanian accent started off as Arnie, and then within a couple of sentences trotted the globe and visited Scandinavia, Pakistan and the Middle East. The first couple I thought he'd slipped into by mistake but he gained confidence and completely comedy accents flowed.
I'm sure this narrator is great when given the right style of content, but he completely fails at ironic travel biographies

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Child

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Elizabeth on 19-09-09

Great story, wonderfully narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-11

On the amazon reviews someone complained that this book was depressing. Well reading the synopsis should make it clear that it's a pretty heavy plotline.

It's a wonderful book. Good plot, fantasticly evocative, and while sections of it were really dark or made me want to go straight home and hug my children, i found it strangely inspirational.

I enjoyed the different layers within the book, it doesn't just jump around characters becasue it feels it needs to, the flow is good and even when some authors may have finished the book, this book keeps on going and in the end you feel like the author actually finished the book - and didn't just feel like he'd done enough to keep his publishers happy so could rush off and do something else.

I thought the narrator was excellent as well, and his style really suited the material. Managing the full range of styles required. Extremely enjoyable

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Random Acts of Heroic Love

  • By: Danny Scheinmann
  • Narrated by: Danny Scheinmann
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

1992: Leo Deakin wakes up in a hospital somewhere in South America. His girlfriend Eleni is dead and Leo doesn't know where he is or how Eleni died. He blames himself for the tragedy and is sucked into a spiral of despair. But Leo is about to discover something which will change his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Book

  • By Penny on 06-10-08

My favourite audiobook so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-11

When I started listening to this book I thought I'd made a mistake. How wrong I was.

The first chapter or so seemed overly descriptive and went into fine detail of the surroundings of a hospital down to the peeling paint and countless other details, I had the horrible sinking feeling that I'd embarked on a flowery self indulgent piece of literature. So often I've got half way through a beautifully piece of literature and been bored rigid by the actual story that it's trying to tell, and by the end it's a chore.

This book however holds your attention. It's a story that is both beautifully written and engaging. It slowly builds and grows, and picks up pace and then continues right though to an ending that doesn't disappoint ... and just when you've heard the story and you sit back in the glow of an enjoyable “read”, you get the Epilogue and your jaw drops.

The fact that it’s read by the author adds a dimension to it as well. You get all of the feeling and emotion as it was intended, and not the interpretation of someone else, the effort and emotion that clearly went into the writing flows from the author’s voice.

I think it might be a while before I enjoy a book as much as this one.