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  • Congo Blue

  • British Military Quartet, Book 4
  • By: Mike Lunnon-Wood
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 110

When a group of missionaries get caught up in bloody African civil war, London is forced to act. For the men of 40 Commando, Royal Marines, it should be a quick in and out. A nice clean operation. But what awaits them will test them like never before. And, facing overwhelming odds, this time the skill and raw courage of these legendary fighting men may not be enough....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of heroism and faith

  • By Mr A P Hodgson on 09-04-17

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Anyone with military experience will relish the technical excellence and the beautifully woven narrative around likeable characters. Great listen, and only sorry when it ended as so engrossing and poignant
Investigating M L-W other books, and can only suggest that it is a shame that he died before he could write more

  • 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 242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 226

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
  • An adventure not to be missed

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-03-19

One of the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Even more engrossing than usual.
Sharpe, as always, having to overcome idiotic arrogant senior officers, and of course overwhelming French odds!
Never quite sure of the outcome, and a sad ending to dull the elation. Life really!

  • A Treachery of Spies

  • By: Manda Scott
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Philip Stevens, Sally Scott
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased, but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Inès Picaut back to 1940s France, where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By kriss on 14-09-18

Two interwoven stories

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

If you ignore the military and French grammar terminological inexactitudes: "crew of ME109" when single seater. Then it is an awesome book that you will no doubt enjoy

The narrative grows and engrosses the listener to a fascinating extent. Not sure where Manda Scott found and developed the idea for the two inter-related stories, but they are both fast paced and surprisingly emotive in places. Combat is scary and invigorating on an indescribable level. Not heard that captured in prose before.

All great fun, if you are not too picky / annoyed by the grammatical mistakes this is well worth the listen.

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  • Tall Order

  • The Spider Shepherd Thrillers, Book 15
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

The 15th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more enthralling action from the Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. He is one of the world's most ruthless terrorists, codenamed Saladin. He plans and executes devastating attacks, and then, ghostlike, he disappears. Ten years ago he blew a plane out of the sky above New York - and now he's struck again, killing dozens in a London strike. But one of the latest victims is related to the acting head of MI5, who knows exactly who she wants on the case: Spider Shepherd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spider! As Explosive As Ever!

  • By Gary on 25-07-18

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Another Stephen Leather gem!
Spider, Button and the rest of the team at their best

  • Bullet Magnet

  • Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier
  • By: Mick Flynn
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 154

Summer 2006, Afghanistan: an apparently deserted village, and a rapidly ticking clock... The relentless Taliban ambush which followed saw several British soldiers dead, two armoured vehicles destroyed - and Corporal of Horse Michael Flynn awarded an MC to go alongside his Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. Mick Flynn has never backed away from a challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...

  • By Chez on 11-01-15

Painfully apt

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

Typifies the organised chaos of combat in an exemplar army way. Blues & Royals took over from us in Glassmullen, so painfully reminiscent.
I made the mistake of going back to Belfast, and little fundamentally has changed. Still cut the atmosphere with a knife. I knew just how he felt when going back to Anderson's town. Bricks, dust, same smell. Different picture

If you want a realistic picture of Army life, this is it

  • Guilt

  • Department Q, Book 4
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

Following the international No 1 bestsellers Mercy and Disgrace, Guilt is the fourth heart-stopping Department Q novel from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and a gripping treat for all fans of the Scandinavian crime thriller.1987. Nete Rosen thought she'd put her traumatic youth behind her. Her caring foster parents and loving husband helped her start again. However, when a man from her past reappears one night, Nete's new life could be shattered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely love Jussi Adler Olsen

  • By caroline on 14-05-14

Engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

The incongruity of the Team of Carl, the enigmatic Assad and the mercurial Rose are all interwoven with the story to great effect. Human frailty and the need for redemption highlight this fantastic tale. The twist at the end was artfully concealed, and delivers with style
Glad that there are more in the series

  • The Killing Club

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

The perfect listen for fans of Stuart Macbride and Luther. DS Mark ‘Heck' Heckenburg is used to bloodbaths. But nothing can prepare him for this. Heck's most dangerous case to date is open again. Two years ago, countless victims were found dead - massacred at the hands of Britain's most terrifying gang. When brutal murders start happening across the country, it's clear the gang is at work again. Their victims are killed in cold blood, in broad daylight, and by any means necessary. And Heck knows it won't be long before they come for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing with great detail

  • By Graeme from Preston on 18-08-14

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Pace and a great story line that followed on well from the lNice Guys. Somewhat outlandish with some of the plot scenarios, but cracking good fun none the less!
Heck must have used up more than nine lives by now, but obviously made old stern stuff
Looking forward to finding the next edition

  • Police

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help anyone. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone. Least of all himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an easy book to review

  • By Scullywag on 20-09-13

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

So many twists and turns that keep you engrossed.
Harry shot by Oleg last time. What next? Beautifully crafted story and narrative. Such a shame I had to sleep

Nesbo at his sublime, intriguing best. Good enough to listen to the whole story twice.unbelievably tense and engrossing, all the way to the end

You won't be disappointed by this master story tellers gem

  • Dark Fragments

  • By: Rob Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Outwardly, Ben Stephens appears to be a normal, hardworking family man. In reality his life has been in turmoil since the murder of his wife, Alice, seven years ago. The killer was never caught. Now remarried - to the woman he was having an affair with while still married to Alice - Ben's life is once again spiraling out of control, and he's become heavily indebted to an unscrupulous criminal who is baying for Ben's blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, brilliant narrator

  • By Timi on 08-12-16

Superb

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

Reviewed: 15-01-17

One of the most engrossing stories I have listened to for ages. Never quite sure just how the plot is going to develop was one of the bonuses.
The dichotomies that face mere mortals! And what we are capable of if pushed to breaking pint.
The spiralling lack of control, and the sense of helpless rage were palpable.
Just a shame roar I have listened to all Rob Sinclair books!!

  • Take Two

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Carolyn Castle is one of the most famous faces in the UK - a soap opera star known to millions. But when she witnesses a gangland killing, she has to ask herself if her fame could be the death of her. The killer is charismatic gangster Warwick Richards. A man more than capable of killing again to protect his secret. But does he know that Carolyn saw him commit murder?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Rubbish

  • By Matthew on 14-12-16

Entertaining, not engrossing

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

For 2/3 of the story the plot seemed to be taking a steady amble through the world of film making. Interesting, and at times felt laboured because the plot developed so steadily as the characters were introduced and intertwined. Even as the plot became darker, the tension didn't seem to build.
Then the point of the title became clear! After that I enjoyed trying to work out just what was actually going on. Even though a couple of options were evident, predicting what was happening was difficult.

Not up to the extraordinary, and engrossing, Tango One or The Chinaman, but worth a listen for the plot developments after 2/3 of the story unfolds