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  • War of the Wolf

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home, but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn’t have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country, invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book you can not stop reading until you get to the end.

  • By Mrs Christine Blakemore on 05-10-18

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I have long awaited this , the 10th book in the series and have enjoyed it every bit as much as those preceding it. A master authors work well performed by Matt Bates. Hopefully an 11th on the way??????

  • Assegai

  • Courtney - Assegai, Book 1
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

King and country. No matter the cost. With the backing of his uncle, General Penrod Ballantyne, young Leon Courtney joins the King's Rifles of Nairobi. When he becomes discouraged by the dishonesty of army life, his uncle recruits him for a special mission - spying on the Germans in East Africa, whom the General suspects are preparing for the Kaiser's war. Posing as a professional game hunter, Leon is tasked with gathering information on one of his clients, wealthy industrialist Otto Von Meerbach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Ken on 04-09-18

A shame

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

I have read many Wilbur Smith books and have always found them to be well written and enjoyable so I was looking forward to listening to this one, unfortunately the narration was sub standard and almost intelligible in places so after about 90 minutes I gave up and returned the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

A good story line with great characterisations by Annie Aldington (as usual), the ending started to become clear about the eight hour mark but you can't put it down because there's always the chance that there's a twist or two (there is).
I have 15-20 of his books and enjoyed them all but to my mind this is not one of the best, I believe it was one of the first so his writing was bound to improve - despite that well worth the listen.

  • A Gambler's Jury

  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Attorney Dani Rollins is bullish in the courtroom - pushing judges and prosecutors to their limits in defense of the innocent. So when she meets Teddy Thorne, a mentally challenged teen accused of selling drugs, Dani knows she’s got this in the bag. She can easily settle the case with a couple of court appearances. But when prosecutors move for an adult felony conviction, Dani suspects Teddy’s being used as a pawn in a sinister game. As the case moves forward, Dani is certain the judge and district attorney’s office have motivations beyond the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On a par with Grisham

  • By Street on 06-07-18

On a par with Grisham

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I love legal stories and this is on a par with the great Grisham - strong story line, well read, good characters
Will certainly be listening to more by this author

  • An Innocent Client

  • Joe Dillard, Book 1
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused. In this Mystery Readers International finalist for "Best Debut Mystery" criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he's tried to balance his career against his conscience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Street on 06-07-18

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Enthralling story line and exceptionally well read, various twists and turns throughout and a number of distinct characters emerge.
Looking forward to the next in line

  • The Dead Won't Sleep

  • Rosie Gilmour, Book 1
  • By: Anna Smith
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 538

A decomposed body washes up on a beach near Glasgow. The victim, Tracy Eadie. Junkie. Prostitute. Fourteen years old. Rosie Gilmour, tabloid journalist and crusader for justice, receives evidence linking police officials with Tracy's disappearance. Digging deeper, Rosie uncovers a sickening network of corruption and abuse, leading back to the very top of the establishment. And to powerful figures who want their secrets kept hidden. Rosie has found the story of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By nina on 03-11-13

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I started listening with some reservations but Sarah Barron put life and realism into the characters, the story is in the main a powerful one, the underlying "relationship" is both real and sad at the same time, perhaps there will be a return in the future.
Definitely both a reader and author to follow.

  • Special Circumstances

  • Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Sheldon Siegel
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him. As he prepares his case, Daley uncovers the firm's dirtiest secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great legal drama

  • By Judith on 22-06-17

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

This book has a good story line and is read well, the characters seem to come to life and halfway through you think you have the ending - rest assured you don't.
I'm already looking forward to the next in the series

  • 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 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

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

Excellent in all respects

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

What made the experience of listening to Hard Landing the most enjoyable?

Martyn Read made a great story a great listen.

Any additional comments?

I have only recently started listening to Stephen Leather but have had six of his books to date - all were excellent and all were addictive to the extent that I spent long stretches with the headphones on.

  • The Case Against William

  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Criminal defence lawyers must make their peace with one harsh fact of life: most of their clients are guilty. Yet when William Tucker, a celebrated and self-centered star college football player, is suddenly arrested and charged with the brutal rape and murder of a college coed two years before, his broken-down, drunken estranged father, Frank, can't believe he's guilty. What father could? But Frank is also an ex-criminal defence lawyer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Judith on 02-10-16

Excellent in all respects

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definately

What other book might you compare The Case Against William to, and why?

One or two of Grishams' have the same basic story line i.e good lawyer goes bad and then good again but that comparison can be made in all gendres after all there are only so many story lines the writers art is making their one individual

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Many - as usual his performance is superb - a true master of the art.

  • The Chinaman

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Stephen Leather

  • By Glynn on 02-01-10

One to buy!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Would you listen to The Chinaman again? Why?

Probably not, once the story unfolds there's no point but that said it applies to most books for me.

What did you like best about this story?

Steady build up with a few twists

What does Russell Boulter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Atmosphere - good characterisations and an easy/smooth voice to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without giving the story away, the main characters reaction to the initial incident