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  • The Devil's Alternative

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

When the entire Soviet Union wheat crop is destroyed by a devastating string of failures, the population faces starvation. The USA is quick to offer assistance. They devise a plan to trade vital food resources with the Russians in exchange for sensitive political information. But the Politburo has other ideas: the invasion of Western Europe to commandeer the food for them... As the paths of communication breakdown the president of the United States and leaders from around the world face an appalling choice: Should they allow the loss of thousands to save the lives of many more?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller with renewed topicality

  • By Kirstine on 01-12-14

The Devil’s Alternative

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

This was another great story written by a master. I eagerly look forward to listening to another Frederick Forsyth Audible book.

  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Volume I: 1660 - 1663

  • By: Samuel Pepys
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, David Timson
  • Length: 42 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The Diary of Samuel Pepys is one of the most entertaining documents in English history. Written between 1660 and 1669, as Pepys was establishing himself as a key administrator in the naval office, it is an intimate portrait of life in 17th-century England covering his professional and personal activities, including, famously, his love of music, theatre, food, wine and his peccadilloes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I am treating this like marathon training.

  • By Alison on 16-09-15

The Diary of Samuel Pepys : Volume I: 1660 - 1663

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

Very interesting accounts from the period, and, I thought, very well read. I would recommend this, ready to listen to the next volume now.

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  • Every Living Thing

  • The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet
  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

The fifth volume of memoirs from the author who inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. During his decades spent as a country vet in Yorkshire, James Herriot has seen huge advances in medical science, technological leaps, and a world irrevocably changed by war. Yet some things have always stayed the same - gruff farmers, hypochondriac pet owners, and animals that never do quite what you expect them to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect cosy read

  • By J. Vibert on 08-07-16

Every Living Thing

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Very good, I have read and re-read the books, its lovely to have the audio versions, but, it would be fantastic to have the individual books re-released as unabridged versions, there is so much more to enjoy.

  • The Lord God Made Them All

  • The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet
  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

The fourth volume of memoirs from the author who inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. Finally home from London after his wartime service in the RAF, James Herriot is settling back into life as a country vet. While the world has changed after the war, the blunt Yorkshire clients and menagerie of beasts with weird and wonderful ailments remain the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By Flint on 29-12-17

James Herriot books

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

My favourite books.
They deserve to be re recorded and re released INDIVIDUALLY and , (this is important) , ...UNABRIDGED , preferably retaining Christopher Timothy as reader, oh,...and, without the skips and jumps,...and incidental music.
come on Audible, you can do it. 😊

  • All Creatures Great and Small

  • The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet
  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 262

The inspiration for the BBC series of the same name. Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot 1930s Yorkshire seems to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semiferal cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James find he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and narrator - terrible sound quality

  • By Culvers on 15-07-16

All Creatures Great and Small:The Classic Memoirs

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

Reviewed: 22-07-17

The James Herriot books are my all time favourite collection, the ones I would keep above all others.
A great collection of tales, some very funny, some very moving.
Christopher Timothy, excellent, and , after the superb television series, the only choice.
My only wish is that Audible would get Mr Timothy back in to record each individual book unabridged, surely, this classic collection is worthy of such a revisit. Highly recommended.

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As exciting and unpredictable as ever

  • By 451 on 07-12-16

Kill Someone

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Kill Someone
by Luke Smitherd
The summary of this book was one of the best I'd read.
My overwhelming thought, whilst listening however, was that it felt too 'wordy', because of this, I found myself wanting the narrative, (the central character), to hurry up, ...this very good plot could have been concluded a lot sooner, so, ...I wasn't surprised to hear that it was originally planned as a shorter story.
That said, I found myself wanting to finish this book.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear the author talking about the book at the end. I found that I really like Mr. Smitherd.
The chapter about one of his other books sounded good, ...( although too many Americanisms like 'gotten' were slightly irritating)...
However, I will definitely listen to more Luke Smitherd , I have already recommended to others, and wish him every success.
Best Wishes to you Luke Smitherd from a new fan.

  • Red Dragon

  • Hannibal Lecter, Book 1
  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

A quiet summer night...a neat suburban house...and another innocent, happy family is shattered - the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Red Dragon, kept me on the edge of my seat

  • By Mrs on 20-07-15

Red Dragon

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

Reviewed: 18-05-17

A very good story enhanced by the excellent narration of Alan Sklar, I strongly recommend this book.

  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • By: Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 249

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best one so far...

  • By Sam on 30-01-17

A Man on the Moon

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

Reviewed: 30-12-16

Narration TWO HUUNDREDDD FIFFFTEEE THUOWWWZZZZAAAND MIIIILESSSS over the top.
Luckily I persevered!
Great book , great subject

  • Travels with Charley

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Believing that a good, interesting life is marked by quality, not quantity, John Steinbeck took note of his itchy feet and prepared to travel. He was accompanied by his French poodle, Charley, diplomat and watchdog, across the states of America from Maine to California. Moving through woods and forests, dirt tracks and highways to large cities and wildernesses, Steinbeck observed America and the Americans with a humorous and sometimes sceptical eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Maureen on 01-03-12

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Excellent , this book was a joy to listen to, I will revisit it again some day.

  • A Street Cat Named Bob

  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kris Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fell in love with James and Bob!

  • By Rosie and Duncan on 08-07-13

A Street Cat Named Bob.

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

Reviewed: 21-08-16

What a pleasure A Street Cat Named Bob was to listen to.
I would highly recommend it.
I'm definitely going to seek out more of Bob and James' adventures.