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  • Straight

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Derek Franklin is an injured jockey. The last fence at Cheltenham has left him on crutches. But his brother’s death means even bigger trouble. He inherits a jewellery business, a mistress – and some very shady business associates. Franklin likes to play things straight. But with £1.5 million in diamonds gone missing, he finds honesty can be a deadly virtue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite Dick Francis book

  • By Shoshi on 29-03-08

Poor quality recording

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

One of my favourite Dick Francis books. I love that you learn something from these books that you never knew before, in this case gems.
The only problem was that the recording is in need of a healthcheck. It is very poor quality and needs an overhaul . so....Tony Britton, who narrates Dick Francis books really well as a rule, sounds a bit slow and muffled in places because of that.
Shame really.

  • Cold Winter Sun

  • By: Tony J. Forder
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When Mike Lynch is contacted by his ex-wife about the missing nephew of her new husband, he offers to help find the young man with the help of his friend Terry Cochran. Arriving in LA to try to track down the young man, the pair are immediately torn away when the missing man’s car shows up, abandoned on the side of a deserted road in New Mexico. When two fake police officers cross their path, Terry and Mike know there is more to the case than meets the eye, and soon they find themselves asking exactly who it is they are really looking for....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good listen

  • By Sally on 28-03-19

good listen

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

I quite enjoyed it. It was a reasonable story well read and concluded satisfactorily.
It was a very watered down version of the character John Milton from Mark Dawson but with a side kick and no drink problems. I think I might listen too more from the same author.

  • Strangeways

  • A Prison Officer's Story
  • By: Neil Samworth
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

A jaw-dropping account of life as a prison officer in one of the country's most notorious jails. Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth spent 11 years working as a prison officer in HMP Manchester, aka Strangeways. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all - gangsters and gangbangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out. Strangeways is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high-security prison. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Honest and Brutal Truth. Loved It...

  • By M J North on 01-11-18

Really interesting

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

I bought this as a daily deal and thought "well for £1.99 it might be tolerable"..... Well I thoroughly enjoyed it....if that is the right thing to say. It was a real eyeopener and made me compleatly rethink Prison and prison officers.
The narration was absolutely what you would expect from the unsurpassed Johnath Keeble, I have never heard him narrate anything badly and this was no exception. I don't think it would have been anywhere near as interesting with anyone else doing the narration.Actually in my minds eye it was Dalziel of Dalziel and Pascoe reading it...sorry Johnathan. I have him mentally typecast...no bad thing for me.
It was at times a very uncomfotable listen, the language was undestandably strong in places, but then again it really had to be to make the point. The "anecdotes" were at times really awful and graphic in places, but then again they had to be. There were some very touching and compassionate ones too.
I have a newfound respect for prison officers and can't believe that anyone would want to do it and still remain sane or as compassionate as Sam.The violence and abuse they face from prisoners is unbelievable, why would you want to do it for such rubbish moneyb and little respect or support from bosses..
This is not an easy listen but very well worth the effort. I feel I have learnt a lot from it and it has given me a realistic, no holds barred insite to Prisons, prison warders and prisoners...
I hope Sam makes a success of the reflexology career.

  • The Love Letter

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

1995, London. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of 95 he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over 70 years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a twist!

  • By Angela on 29-08-18

UN-BELIEVABLE

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

This had got to be one of the worst books I ever bought... I must have been completely insane buying it. I can only imagine I did it to complete a 2 for 1 deal.
It was the most predicable tosh, What twists and turns???? I mean really?? the other reviewers who rated this were obviously Mills and Boon fanatics Barbara Cartland at her very very worst.
The only thing that amused me was the royal relationships and MI5......... their pathetic belief that the royals had to be protected from scandal at any cost..... WHY??? .So what's changed eh??
Why didn't I ask for a refund? Didn't want to push my luck and do it too often, and to my shame I listened to it all..
I hope the narrator was well paid it must have been dreadful having to try and make it sound as though she actually gave a stuff..
Please don't waste your money or even worse a credit..it really is complete tripe

  • Gallows View

  • The 1st DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Gallows View is the first novel in Peter Robinson's best-selling Inspector Banks series. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently moved to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of the metropolis. But he soon finds that life in the country is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined. A peeping Tom is frightening the women of Eastvale. Two glue-sniffing thugs are breaking into homes. An old woman may or may not have been murdered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comfortable Start to a Popular Series

  • By Simon on 29-06-18

just ok<br />

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

this felt very dated and the narration was dreary. it was just ok, but I really didn't care what happened. maybe it was just the lackluster narration.

  • The Edge

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

To the Jockey Club, the racing world would be a better place without Julius Apollo Filmer. An expert in corruption with a devastating line in witness intimidation, and proving to be a slippery character to put behind bars. Baffled, they call in undercover security agent Tor Kelsey to keep an unflinching eye on Filmer and his associates. A mission that takes him from the finest of English racecourses to the wild Canadian interior, on a luxury transcontinental train journey to end them all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such a shame

  • By KathyW, UK on 07-10-17

I should have read the reviews.So Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

I bought this because as a previous comment said, it is probably the best of Dick Francis' books..
I have read it quite a few times and love it...but in it's entirity. I used to love Tony Britton narrating Dick Francis, but this is awful. He sounds either as though he has had a stroke or a few too many...... It is so slurred.
I tried to increase the speed of the narration and got it a little more tolerable..Then I started to listen.
Disappointed?? Yes yes yes. It has been abridged, I know it says it hasn't, but it has, and it has culled great wedges out to ...for me... it completely ruined it.;
So for that reason I am going to return i and just read the book again...GUTTED

  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Michael D Hewitt on 28-01-18

bit predictable<br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

I have to be honest I am not a fan of two handed narrations and Anna Murray neatly drove us crazy. she had a very annoying voice and if she RT polled her r's any harder repeating ruhrai over and over she would have wrecked her tonsils.
Peter Forbes was a better narrator. the story was predictable but it was ok. not my favourite book, but not bad enough to return

  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

beautifully written.

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

I haven't read this book for years, so when this came up as the daily deal I had to have it. I am so pleased that I did. of course it is dated..but so what. I highly recommend it, plus it was narrated very well by Johnathan Pryce

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% recommended

  • By Marianna on 23-02-12

Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I thought that I had read this book before, so I was surprised when I found I hadn't. I mistook it for the woman in black, equally famous. I did enjoy it. It was interesting to note the differance between lives not that very long ago and now.
Yes I did enjoy it but probably for all the wrong reasons.

  • Best Practice

  • The Larkford Series, Book 3
  • By: Penny Parkes
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Dr Alice Walker has become accomplished at presenting a façade to the world - to anyone watching, she is the epitome of style, composure and professionalism. But perhaps it was to be expected that the cracks might begin to show at some point. Thankfully Grace is on hand to offer both friendship and support when it’s needed most. Meanwhile, Dr Holly Graham has her hands full both professionally and personally. Planning a wedding with Taffy Jones is challenging enough, even before some surprising news changes everything. At least beloved Larkford resident Elsie still has a few tricks left up her sleeve!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story - narrator dreadful

  • By Always sewing on 10-07-18

nice and easy

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I bought this series principally to send me to sleep and stop me thinking about daily stuff that get to you at night. This is perfect for this purpose, nothing to worry about nice people doing nice things. Accents a bit dodgey, especially Taffy but hey,.... so what.. I have listened to this story often and can dip in and out anywhere, as I know what happens to everyone. Sadly I have come to the end of the series... I can't see how there can be a follow up....unless they give Holly yet another set of twins or beatification.lol