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  • The Mask of Dimitrios

  • By: Eric Ambler
  • Narrated by: Tony Gardener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

English crime novelist Charles Latimer is travelling in Istanbul when he makes the acquaintance of Turkish police inspector Colonel Haki. It is from him that he first hears of the mysterious Dimitrios - an infamous master criminal, long wanted by the law, whose body has just been fished out of the Bosphorus. Fascinated by the story, Latimer decides to retrace Dimitrios' steps across Europe to gather material for a new book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book and reader

  • By Arlene on 19-05-12

Excellent book and reader

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-12

I really enjoyed this audible book. The book is well written and Tony Gardener does the different voices very well. The book has not dated and the intricacies of the plot are very interestingly woven. It held my attention right up to the end. I would recommend this audible book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

  • By: William Nicholson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

No one is perfectly happy, but when are we happy enough? Laura is a happily married mother of two until an ex-lover contacts her. Suddenly passion and excitement are rekindled, but how much happiness has she a right to expect, and what about the pain she would cause to achieve it? Unknown to Laura, several others in her Sussex village are also living with their own unresolved crises, where every decision they take has an impact on those around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes everyday life interesting...

  • By Di S on 23-12-12

Good book disappointing reader

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-12

I started listening to the book but found the sentences a little clipped and there did not seem to be a good flow. I also felt that the voices of the reader did not seem to match the characters. I was interested in the story so I went and bought the book. I found the book most enjoyable. It is well written. There are a number of characters involved in different relationships and this is all handled very well. I periodically came back to listen to the audible book but did not change my mind. The book was better as a read than listening to it. My award of 4 stars is for the book as a book not as an audible book.

  • The Prisoner of Zenda

  • By: Anthony Hope
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The hugely successful romantic adventure story which continues to thrill a century after it was written. It has all the classic ingredients - a twisting plot of betrayal and deception, love interest, great swashbuckling action and a most beguiling villain in Rupert of Hentzau, who captured the public’s imagination and had them begging the author for a sequel. Rudolph Rassendyll visits Ruritania, with whose Royal Family he has a connection because of a scandalous sexual indiscretion in the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Arlene on 29-08-11

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-11

I was a little uncertain when buying this book as I felt it might have dated. Peter Joyce really makes the book come alive and dramatises it so you feel that you can really see what is happening. I was totally engrossed right up to the end. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book well written, with a good story and someone reading it who really manages to convey what the author had in mind.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Carte Blanche

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. It operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, with its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian Fleming's Bond for the 21st century

  • By Steve on 30-06-11

disappointed with the reading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-11

I was disappointed with the way Toby Stephens read this book. He is a very fine actor so it is really surprising that he cannot do voices. He sounds the same as M or James Bond etc. He also at time speaks with a very posh sounding and precise voice that irritates. When he forgets to read like that it is much better.
Having said that I do not know what to say about the book as I was unable to continue with it. I think it may be a book better read that listened to and I woud recommend that either someone else reads the book for audible or one reads the hardbackI did find it interesting to know how the Security services are organised. There is far too much description of what people are eating.

I have to say this was not one of the best downloads I have had from audible.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Alone in Berlin

  • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hofmann (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Berlin, 1940. The city is paralysed by fear. But one man refuses to be scared.Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he's shocked into an extraordinary act of resistance, and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city. If caught, he will be executed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mesmerising, life-changing book. Buy it.

  • By James on 19-01-12

Really well readd

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-11

John Telfer has really done a brilliant job. He manages to make the different voices totally recognisable and he conveys the brutality of the Gestapo with great energy. The book is well worth reading and sharply contrasts the faces of good and evil. Fallada manages to show us that there is a streak of good in many who are able to withstand torture and humiliation. I felt that the last few chapters did not work really well and not wishing to give too much away suffice it to say that it woud have been better had he ended it sooner. Some of the minor characters in the book were resurrected at times with rather slight stories and did not add greatly to the novel. I would recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dr Wortle's School

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Dr Wortle's School introduces the unassuming Mr. Peacocke and his polite, newly-wed bride, as they join the teaching staff of an elite and exclusive Christian boys' school. Dr. Wortle, a devoted English scholar and the headmaster of the seminary academy, welcomes his two new teachers, confident that they will uphold the high standards of education at the school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr Wortle's School

  • By Arlene on 15-03-10

Dr Wortle's School

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-10

Timothy West reads the book with great clarity. The characters are clearly delineated. Trollope has the ability to describe a character so that you are able to know not only what they look like but how they think and act. Timothy West does justice to the author and I was completely absorbed in the story from beginning to end. The mark of a great author is that even though this is set in a time far removed from ours as regards marriage, living in sin and other moral situations we can easily identify with the moral dilemmas.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • A Crowning Mercy

  • Crowning Mercy, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Cornwell, Susannah Kells
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

A young girl fell in love with a passing stranger. Her parents called her Dorcas, but he called her Campion, and that's what she longed to be, then and forever. So when an unbearable suitor is forced on her, she flees to seek her lover, taking with her the one gift left to her by her unknown father: a pendant of gold. There are four of these jewels, each the key to a secret, each owned by a stranger. When one person has them all, the holder will have great wealth and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Crowning Mercy

  • By Andrew on 31-03-06

A Crowning Mercy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-08

The book is extremely well read. Susannah Kells has the ability to use different accents very effectively which makes it more like a dramatised version. The story holds ones attention and the historical material is interesting. I really enjoyed this audible book and would recommend it.