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  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,499
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,095

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Another great mystery presented brilliantly

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I really enjoyed the mystery nature of this book, there were lots of candidates for the crime(s) being investigated and the reader is kept guessing to the end.
Beginning to find Strike's and Robin's inability to communicate with each other a tad annoying though.
This book starts by immediately following on from A Career of Evil, and there is jarring continuity error which amused me.
I hope there are a great many more instalments in this series and I don't see why there wouldn't be when you consider that Scott Mariani is on book 17 for his main hero and problem solver.

  • The Moscow Cipher

  • Ben Hope, Book 17
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

When 12-year-old Valentina fails to return from a visit to her father in Moscow, alarm bells start ringing. Her rich and powerful family know there's one man they can depend on to bring her back safe: former SAS major Ben Hope. But what starts off as an apparently straightforward case of parental child abduction quickly takes on more sinister dimensions as Ben travels to Moscow and starts to investigate the whereabouts of Valentina and her father, Yuri, a man with a hidden past not even his ex-wife knows about. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!

  • By Mich on 03-06-18

Ben Hope Always Delivers

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

Great story as ever, brilliant plot, and the narration is superb. Have read all of the books so far and really hope there are many more to come.

  • Casino Royale (with Interview)

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn’t be higher. 007’s mission is to neutralise the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to ‘retire’ him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in – that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The original and the Best

  • By Clifford on 07-09-12

Enjoyable book that portrays Bond differently

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

Reviewed: 14-06-17

This book was interesting, whilst the plot of the film closely follows the book, the characters are
developed much more richly in the book.

  • The Nemesis Program

  • Ben Hope, Book 9
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Will Rycroft
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

While secretly researching the bizarre discoveries of Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla many years earlier, physicist Claudine Pommier becomes the victim of a remorseless and cruel murderer who breaks into her Parisian apartment. Is he just a serial killer? Or is there more to her death than the Paris cops believe?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read, make an entertaining movie too.

  • By Peter C. on 09-01-19

Great story with plenty of action

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

I always enjoy a Ben Hope story. This was no exception. I did however find it a little weaker than usual in some aspects especially towards the end. I'd have expected the hero to encounter more resistance in New York. I don't want to write spoilers here but there were a couple of things that did not add up.

  • The Sacred Sword

  • Ben Hope, Book 7
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Returning to the UK to try to sort out his stormy personal life, Ben runs into two old friends. Simeon and Michaela were once his fellow students at Oxford; now they are the Reverend and Mrs Arundel. Ben senses that Simeon is deeply troubled, but before the truth can emerge about his secretive research project concerning a mysterious, ancient "sacred sword", both he and Michaela are wiped out in a devastating road crash. Convinced that his friends' deaths were no accident, Ben is propelled on a global quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sacred Sword..

  • By Salter on 02-02-19

Ben Hope returns on another ripping tale

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

I've got used to Colin Mace as Ben Hope's narrator so the change in this reading was a little disconcerting. No matter it's still a good book although Ben's formerly gruff voice is now a little too polished.
I liked the story although Wes Holland's hidey hole was far too obvious right from the start of the book. Much less of an aha moment and more of a 'I told you so'.
I think this needed a final chapter or am epilogue to tie up some loose ends or for Ben to reconnect with people close to him. Maybe that happens at the start of book 8, which will be next up.
Hopefully future plots will be less obvious as this one was too easy to foretell throughout... Maybe I've just read too much of Mariani's Ben Hope series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Patriot Games

  • Jack Ryan
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, Jack dives forward to intervene. By his impulsive act, he gains both the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men who will not sit on their hate. In an explosive wave of violence, Jack's new enemies will seek to make him pay for his act of salvation...with his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story just an old recording

  • By Nick on 05-04-15

Brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

So much better than the film adaptation. Need to look out for the next in the series now.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Without Remorse

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 27 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

His code name is Mr Clark. And his work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient...but who is he really? In a harrowing tour de force, Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality - to become the CIA legend, Mr Clark.

This is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness. Without mercy. Without guilt. Without remorse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to sample before deciding to purchased

  • By Ian W. on 07-05-16

Superb story from a master author

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Took a while to get going, but the action and suspense is excellent.
In the beginning I found the reader a bit monotonous and lacking the acting ability of say Robert Glenister or Colin Mace.
However he seems to relax into the story too, or my own empathy with the characters provides a subconscious infill to round off the tale.
But a brilliant story nonetheless with a fitting finale. I'm intending to read all the Jack Ryan novels in order so watch this space.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Heretic's Treasure

  • Ben Hope, Book 4
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

An ancient fortune has lain hidden for thousands of years, one so powerful that men will kill to protect it. And only one man can unearth it.... Ex-SAS operative Ben Hope is living a peaceful life in rural France - until a phone call from an old army comrade turns his world upside down. Eminent Egyptologist Morgan Paxton has been brutally murdered while working on the mysterious Akhenaten Project in Cairo, and Colonel Harry Paxton wants Ben to find his son's killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, though weaker than previous stories...

  • By Salter on 21-11-18

Another epic adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

Enjoyed this instalment of the Ben Hope adventures. This time, against 2 adversaries, all seemed lost but as ever it went down to the wire.
Wish the epilogue was a bit longer and probed a bit deeper into.... Ah no, plot spoiler not required.

  • Roman Holiday

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary’s author Jodi Taylor. Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife’s house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another piece of the St Marys puzzle

  • By UsefulThings on 29-05-15

Amusing farce

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

Enjoyed this short story, a funny farcical tale beautifully read. A good use of an hours commute.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Edge of Battle

  • By: Dale Brown
  • Narrated by: Michael McShane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Violence and tensions along the US-Mexican border have never been higher, sparked by battles between rival drug lords and an increased flow of illegal migrants. To combat the threat, the United States has executed Operation Rampart: a controversial test base in southern California run by Major Jason Richter and TALON, his high-tech special operations unit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of pants

  • By John Gray on 04-11-07

Good military based action

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

Reviewed: 15-09-16

Enjoyed the book and the plot twists. Will probably check out more by the same author