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T. D. Kennett

Tring, Herts United Kingdom
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  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206

A superb novel set in classic Stephen King territory - a small new England town about to be engulfed by terror. Turn off the television - in fact, why don't you turn off all the lights except for the one over your favourite chair? - and we'll talk about vampires here in the dim. I think I can make you believe in them. Stephen King, from the introduction. Salem's Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forgot just how good he is!

  • By Anthony on 03-10-09

Dated - not his best in my humble opinion.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

I’m not a Stephen King aficionado but I believe this is one of his first novels. Written in the early 1970’s.
It really shows it’s age. I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as ‘It’ or the more recent ‘11.22.63’.
It all seemed rather corny and cliched, certainly not as imaginative as his later work.
If it’s supposed to be an homage or pastiche of the vampire genre then it failed on me.
No surprises, plodding and filled with predictable ‘cardboard’ characters.

  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • By: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,622

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Documentary of the Cold War

  • By Paul on 03-10-18

Absolutely brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

I think this could be my favourite audio book to date.
I was a bit worried about the author narrating his own work, but he does a great job.
A riveting listen, giving a fascinating insight into the work and ethos of the KGB but also a truly great yarn.
Brilliant.

  • Precious Victims

  • Penguin True Crime
  • By: Don W. Weber, Charles Bosworth Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The police in Jersey County, Illinois, accepted Paula Sims' story of a masked kidnapper who snatched her baby girl, Lorelei, from her bassinet. Three years later, her second newborn daughter suffered an identical fate - and this time the police were unable to stop searching until they had discovered the whole horrifying truth. This is the full terrifying story of twisted sexuality and hate seething below the surface of a seemingly normal family and of the massive investigation and nerve-shattering trial that made the unthinkable a reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly Terrible!

  • By Geoff on 12-05-16

Overly long given the material.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

I stuck with this book in the hope it would turn a corner, pull back the curtains and reveal a truly fascinating turn of events.
Unfortunately it didn’t, instead everything panned out rather as I thought it would, no surprises, and no insight into the perpetrators mind set.
This book, you realise at the end, is a drawn out advertisement for the lawyer involved.
He seems truly impressed with himself and let’s you know it.
A story that could have been told in an hour.

  • The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

  • Churchill's Mavericks: Plotting Hitler's Defeat
  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 588

Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, a country house called The Firs in Buckinghamshire was requisitioned by the War Office. Sentries were posted at the entrance gates, and barbed wire was strung around the perimeter fence. To local villagers it looked like a prison camp. But the truth was far more sinister. This rambling Edwardian mansion had become home to an eccentric band of scientists, inventors and bluestockings. Their task was to build devastating new weaponry that could be used against the Nazis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humbling and enthralling

  • By T. Wyles on 26-10-16

Uncommonly Awful

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

This book tries to be a wartime version of the kind of cosy Sunday tea time brain chaff - Last of the Summer Wine, All Creatures Great and Small, but here with Limpet Mines and sticky bombs.
Fantastically tedious, with a narrator whom I found monotonously cloying. His rendition of one particular female character verging on Monty Python.
I'm sure there is a truly interesting tale to be told here, but believe me this isn't it.