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  • The Secret Barrister

  • By: The Secret Barrister
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb dissection of the English legal system

  • By Kirstine on 06-06-18

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

Truly exceptional piece of writing. Compelling and terrifying in equal measure, empathetically performed.

A handful of weak edits where the retake follows the original but all is forgiven.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,092

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Can I have some more starts please?

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

Compelling performance of a powerful story. I laughed a lot, cried a little and an left thinking carefully about my son and daughter.

Most of all, I think that I (and my Dad, my son and Robert) are pretty normal and perhaps everyone is trying hard to fit their square peg into a round hole.

  • Hard Landing

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Martyn Read
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666

As a detective working for an elite undercover squad, Dan "Spider" Shepherd has lied, cheated, and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice. When a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top-security prison - a world where one wrong move will mean certain death. Playing his role to perfection, Shepherd gambles everything to move in on his quarry - only to realise that the man he is set to trap is even more dangerous than the police anticipated.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class entertainment

  • By G. Myers on 26-03-15

Hilarious performance

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Strong and emotional story, one if the better in the series that does really well to convey the unpleasantness of origin and never feels like it's treading water despite being in one location mainly.

Performance hilarious/awful though. If you have a story with lots of accents try to cast someone who can do something other than 'posh' and 'north London gangster'.

  • The Crucifix Killer

  • By: Chris Carter
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Holly H. on 03-05-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

A good plot, written to an average standard and with weak dialogue. The reader made the best of a bad job.... It was still a bad job.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Agent Storm

  • My Life Inside al-Qaeda
  • By: Tim Lister, Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

He was the Western convert who would plunge deep inside al-Qaeda. He named his first son Osama after 9/11 and became a Jihadist. But then - after a sudden loss of faith - Morten Storm made a life-changing decision. He became a double agent and joined the CIA, MI6 and MI5. Filled with hair-raising close calls and deception, Storm's story builds to the climactic finale when he must betray his friend and mentor al-Awlaki - al-Qaeda's biggest threat to the West.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but...

  • By Mr on 18-07-17

Interesting but...

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

...A little hard to follow at times and the pace didn't work well for me. The readers accent was unusual but you quickly get used to it, remembering names was a challenge.

More like a good piece of journalism, the book definitely has value and with a different setup could be riveting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good Cop, Bad War

  • By: Neil Woods, J. S. Rafaeli
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 225

As an undercover police officer with the drugs squad, Neil Woods regularly risked his life on the streets, dealing with some of the most violent and unpredictable criminals in Britain. Good Cop, Bad War is a unique story about a man with a striking ability to infiltrate and extinguish drug gangs but who, as the success of his operations grows, becomes disillusioned with the war on drugs, as he sees how it demonizes those who need help whilst empowering the very worst elements in society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a good story but a good point well made

  • By RWL on 01-12-16

Powerful message

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

A strong and often convincing message, I finished this book far quicker than normal. The bravery and risk is compelling...and growing up, living or working in many of the places visited in the book really brought an often hidden horror to light.

Literally, my only criticism is that it's Plez-lee and not Please-lee!

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Mind blown...

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

Reviewed: 18-02-17

A little tough to follow in places whilst driving (!) but great pace, emotion and detail. A great listen.

  • Soldier Spy

  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117

In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target. Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic account, fantastically narrated.

  • By Gareth on 11-01-17

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 29-10-16

Angry and raw, full of pride and saddening at times. Outstanding story of an unsung hero that stands alone...I wish it was twice as long.

You'll finish it (quickly) hoping that novels follow - both for the level of authentic detail that the author will bring to fiction and because you will want him to have personal success on civvy street.

  • Crisis

  • By: Frank Gardner
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

Introducing Luke Carlton - ex-Special Boat Service commando and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great.

  • By G.Russell on 19-10-16

Edits!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

Mature and intelligent thriller with a great level of 'insider' detail, well read. Sadly there are some poor edits which irritated but didn't stop me enjoying it.

Hopefully the start of a good little series!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Diana Kent, Jonathan Keeble, Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds and The Final Minute. When Jane Kinnear sees her lover being murdered, she suddenly finds herself in danger. Taken to an anonymous police safe house, it soon becomes clear that her lover was an MI5 informant with important information about an imminent terrorist attack.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best from this author

  • By R. on 19-02-16

Poor production

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

Reviewed: 16-02-16

Solid story and great pace, though not the authors best, but the production was poor! Voice actors fine in themselves but the chopping and chandigarh didn't work for me at all.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful