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  • True Colours

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 10
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

When a set of Russian oligarchs are assassinated in London, the Russian expat community become anxious. One man appeals to the British government for protection and MI5 assigns Spider Shepherd to the case. But he soon discovers that the killings aren't political - they're personal, and the assassin is much nearer than anyone could conceive. And that's not the only score Spider must settle. Asked by a group of ex-colleagues to hunt down a former Taliban tyrant who has claimed UK asylum by assisting the British government, Spider is forced to decide between his sense of justice and his job.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Russians Guns and Bristish heroes...

  • By Mr. M. Curtis on 17-03-14

This is the first book I read by the Author.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

This is the first book I read by the Author. I know I know its the 10 in the series. Well, I had the physical book, listened to the Audiobook in order to make more space. Anyway my review. I liked it, works perfectly fine as a standalone. Looking forward to reading more by the Author.

I liked how it was based on a mission from his past but then also one of his future missions. The switching between the two was fine, it was clear what was the past and the present. It was also nice to see his old teammates come back and all come together. The Russian elements were interesting.

  • The Ruins of Gorlan

  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: William Zappa
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont's Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger's secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be what he longs for, but when he and Halt are sent out to prevention the assassination of the King....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Motivation for pre-teen readers

  • By Kiki D on 08-04-13

So gave it ago and then ended up buying the second

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I had been seeing this book a few times while out and about in charity shops. So when it came on sale on Audible, I thought why not? So gave it ago and then ended up buying the second book and the third book… So yeah.

You see them grow as people as well as skilled traders. Whether it be a cook to a knight in training. You see a range of different trades. It was great to see the message that you don’t have to be a knight to be a warrior. Warriors come in all different sizes and shapes. It’s what’s in the inside that matters.

  • Infected

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Started well but became... tiresome.

  • By P. Mckenny on 04-07-14

This story was really f’ed up but in a good way.

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

This story was really f’ed up but in a good way. The story was just so intriguing. I loved how you got to see multiple sides of the story. The science/police/army side. The infected side, the infected side was just so well done. You connected so well with one of the characters. You wanted him to win, even though winning involved a lot of messed up things. He just never gave up.

The whole alien/infected triangles were extremely well thought out and well messed up. You wanted, you needed to know what they were, why they were there. Looking forward to the second in the series.

  • AntiAmerica

  • By: T.K. Falco
  • Narrated by: Molly Lankford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

When hacktivist group AntiAmerica hacks the nation's largest banks, the financial industry is left teetering on the brink of collapse. Hacker and teen runaway Alanna Blake is forcefully recruited by the government to track down the only link to AntiAmerica, her missing ex-boyfriend Javier. She relies on every bit of her social engineering cunning to navigate a conspiracy of lies and deceit, which imperils both the lives of everyone closest to her and the secrets to a past she longs to remain locked away forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By ScottishJay on 06-01-19

She a fighter. There were plenty of twists, to kee

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Did not feel like a calm moment at all in this book. It was extremely fast-paced. The hacking information was on point and felt extremely realistic to what is on point nowadays. I liked how everything was against her, that nothing was going her way. Even though everyone kept throwing stuff at her, she never stopped. She carried on and did what she believed was right for her. Not what the world believed.

She a fighter. There were plenty of twists, to keep you on your toes.

  • The Dovekeepers

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Aya Cash, Tovah Feldshuh, Jessica Hecht, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

The lives of four sensuous, bold and remarkable women intersect in the year AD 70, in the desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets - about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely stunning....

  • By S McLoughlin on 05-06-17

I was really surprised I enjoyed this book as much

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

When it first switched to a different narrative, I was a little annoyed. I had gotten so sucked in with the main character, Yael. But then the more I listened, the more I again got sucked into a different angle to the story. Each new narrative just added a whole new layer to the story already created with the first character.

I was really surprised I enjoyed this book as much as I did. It wasn’t all action, there was very little of the action I am used too. Swords/fighting and what not. But the character building, the background information and just everything about this story just sucked me in from the first chapter. I was rooting for all the characters that were narrated. I wanted to see them survive, I wanted to see them happy.

  • Idi & the Oracle's Quest

  • Born to Be, Book 1
  • By: Ms T N Traynor
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Idi, called to protect the future king of Talia, needs the guidance of Marcus, a sagacious magician, to defeat the sinister Norvora. Yet, his greatest challenge will be overcoming his entrenched belief that he's stupid. Held prisoners within a magical orb, the Sister Witches wait to be released. When the prophesied one is crowned King, he will have the power to set them free. At all costs, he must be found and turned away from the evil that is seeping into the world of Talia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked the little snippets you got of the future

  • By Laura on 22-11-18

I liked the little snippets you got of the future

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

I liked the little snippets you got of the future, hints of what the characters were going to become. How awesome their story is going to be. Them little bits made me want to know how they were going to become this great person. Also nice to see the characters develop from a young age.

I listened to the story on audible even though I was given the physical copy. (I can listen to audio at work = gets to it faster) It did feel like the story skipped in a few places, or that it could have been made clearer, that it was switching from character to character.

  • Diary of a Snoopy Cat

  • Inca Book Series, Volume 5
  • By: R. F. Kristi
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Worthy
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When Inca and family move to London from Paris, they make a whole new set of friends, including Monk, a Blue Russian cat, and Terrence, a golden retriever who ably and bravely assists his world-famous detective owner, Solo. Inspired by the adventures of her new friends, Inca sets herself the task of becoming the world's best cat detective and begins to keep a diary of her exploits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Author really nails the cat traits

  • By Laura on 13-09-18

The Author really nails the cat traits

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

I preferred the other narrator for her other books. There was nothing wrong with the narrator in this one. Just the other could manage to sound more ‘cat’ like. More squeaky, in a good way.

Really enjoying this series, I have listened to three of them completely out of order and it works fine. What is great in this series is that you learn some history, how things work/facts about where they live and the world around them. It teaches children about friendship and family and the world.

The author really nails the cat traits, like the comments about possessive jealous was so spot on.

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Author. Does not affect my review)

  • Ninja Spy Cats

  • Inca Book Series, Volume 4
  • By: R. F. Kristi
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Quinn
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Inca the Siberian kitty and her furry detective team are entangled with international spies and the shadowy Ninja Spy Cat in this amusing animal mystery.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cats

  • By Laura on 12-09-18

Cats

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

‘Our humanoid, she thinks she owns us.’ – That just hit the nail on the head. Summons up cats so perfectly.

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the Author. Does not affect my review)

  • The Slant Six

  • By: Christopher Cobb
  • Narrated by: Matt Weight
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The year is 2252 and Loman Phin is in trouble. A washed-up channelship racer turned freelancer, he hits pay dirt with his latest mission: a fortune is on the line if he can transport 43 kilograms of human skin to a remote villa on Pluto's moon, Nix. Little does he know his very life is at stake when he gets caught up in an ancient feud, chased by a space vampire, and forced into a death-race by the king of Ceres. Meanwhile, danger is always hot on his heels in the form of a massive space freighter out for Loman's blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Little Man

  • By Laura on 22-08-18

Little Man

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

It is quite sex heavy in regards to the mention of sex, that and sex is just a very normal non-taboo subject. It’s not something to be embarrassed or shied from in this world built by the Author. So be aware of that when you read this.

I really liked the dry humor in this. A 190+ old woman trying to have a healthy poop was just so funny. I can relate to this and I am 26. The announcement of the king was another great one, I was giggling away. It was like someone announcing a boxing match.

The world built was really richly done. Be really great to see what Little Man gets up too. The way the robots was done was really great.

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Author. Does not affect my review.)

  • The Last Dog

  • By: Dawn Greenfield Ireland
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

In 2086, a security breach of Xavier Labs in Colorado and Zheng Industries in China released the deadly experimental agent XSKL435. Anyone outside was dead within minutes. As statistics on the death toll are gathered from all over the world, Abby, the six-week-old dog-daughter of Bill and Teresa Maxwell, was one of only four known surviving canines. News services soon announce that the other three dogs had succumbed to the deadly poison. Abby was now the last dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First off we need to take a moment, to mourn the l

  • By Laura on 22-08-18

First off we need to take a moment, to mourn the l

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

First off we need to take a moment, to mourn the loss of the shrunk.

Now that is done, moving on. I took a little to get used to the idea of dogs/cats as peoples actual children. With a world where only 1 in 100 women can have children, it does make sense. Hell, I view my dog as my baby, but it did still take a little to get used too. That and a talking dog. That funny enough was easier to accept.

The story was just so original and unique. I’ve never read anything close to it before. Which kept it so fresh and exciting. You really felt for all the characters and what they were going through.

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the Author. Does not affect my review)