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  • Pashtun

  • A Military Thriller
  • By: Ron Lealos
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Company has a special secret operation planned for one of their top agents: the leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups are hiding out in Pashtun country, and they must be eliminated. The job falls to a man they have named Frank Morganan agent who stood out as a recruit at Quantico and whose skills resemble those of the legendary Vietnam assassin. The other soldiers claim Frank’s abilities as a sniper and a tracker border on the supernatural and are more than willing to complete this mission with him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Author got bored and just stopped writing

  • By Savage Henry on 10-12-18

The Author got bored and just stopped writing

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This book is a half story that took its time going nowhere. If you're after a book that concludes in a meaningful manner (or concludes full stop) then look elsewhere.

I shan't be buying any more books from this author lest they fizzle out in the same fashion

  • The Hanged Man

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

A house deep in the countryside where the remains of seven unidentified women have just been discovered. A cop ready to risk everything in the hunt for their killers. A man who has seen the murders and is now on the run in fear of his life. So begins the race to track down this witness before the killers do. For Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd, the road ahead is a dangerous one, with bodies and betrayal at every turn....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Fantastic....!

  • By Salter on 27-11-17

Umm ... huh . . .wha?

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

Started off well, had some great twists, spluttered a bit then petered out after spoiling it's own ending. It doesn't provide any sort of closure on the previous book in the series and consequently fails to stand up as a book in it's own right.

If you imagine watching a version of Empire Strikes Back where Luke Skywalker inadvertently reveals who his father is about half way through the film you'll be close experiencing the same level of disappointing anticlimax I felt listening to this.

Sorry but if you're going to spoil your own ending at least make the end of the book worth persevering for.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Light Touch

  • The 14th Spider Shepherd Thriller
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 433

The 14th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more gripping action from The Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. Working undercover is all about trust - getting the target to trust you and then betraying them in order to bring them to justice. But what do you do when you believe an undercover cop has crossed the line and aligned herself with the international drugs smuggler she was supposed to be targeting?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best spider book

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-08-17

Enjoyed the side plot better than the main one

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

Reviewed: 31-07-17

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the Matt Standing plot better than Spider's journey through the book, it's more of a journey than a plot if I'm honest.

It felt like Spider had reached the end of his silk and was being wound down, packed away for a while if you know what I mean. Rumour has it that there may be more Matt Standing books which, if true, would be something I'd be interested in. If it's done in the manner of 'Takedown' and not 'The Sandpit' then this character has legs.

Not as many plot twists as usual but enjoyable none the less.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Death Message

  • Tom Thorne, Book 7
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The first message sent to Tom Thorne's phone was just a picture - the blurred image of a man's face, but Thorne had seen enough dead bodies to know that the man was no longer alive. But who was he? Who sent the photograph? And why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Mark Billingham - really good!

  • By JonR on 02-03-11

Trundled along, spluttered a bit and fizzled out

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

Not particularly enjoyable if I'm honest. Spent most of it wanting to slap the lead copper for being a dick.

I could have forgiven his woeful interpersonal skills and general mediocrity if he'd have done something even halfway clever, entertaining or meaningful before the book petered out.

The book developed with all the dynamism of a quiche slowly collapsing at the back of a fridge, starting off unpromising, being ignored getting slowly worse before finally having to be disposed of a vague sense of regret and a dusty green mark the only signs it had ever been there.

Sorry, I really tried to like it.

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  • Stalkers

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Time's up. You're Next. "All he had to do was name the woman he wanted. It was that easy. They would do all the hard work. "Detective Sergeant Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is investigating the disappearance of 38 different women. Each one was happy and successful until they vanished without a trace. Desperate to find her missing sister, Lauren Wraxford seeks out Heck's help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Cliffhanger to the end...

  • By wixey on 24-08-13

I quite like this Heck character

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

Reviewed: 16-07-17

Great story. Currently listening to the other books in this series and very much enjoying them. Two bits of advice for Heck though get some proper footwear and sort your fitness out.

After initially taking some time to warm to Paul Thornley (over a year ago in other books) I now feel he's one of best narrators on audible. Easily comparable to David Thorpe, Ben Onwukwe and Leighton Pugh.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Vicious Circle

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 158

When Hector Cross's new life is overturned, he immediately recognizes the ruthless hand of an enemy he has faced many times before: a terrorist group has re-emerged - like a deadly scorpion from beneath its rock. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends from his former life in Cross Bow Security, a company originally contracted to protect his beloved wife, Hazel Bannock, and her company, the Bannock Oil Corp. They travel to the remotest Middle East, to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By robert on 01-12-13

Finding it tough going

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

Reviewed: 15-06-17

Currently finding it really difficult to warm to a billionaire, sociopath with all the fatherly instincts of a fence post.

I hope he starts doing something more than driving his Bentley and having tea at the ritz shortly otherwise I'm going to have to send the book back.

The narrators breathy and florid delivery isn't helping matters either.

Edit: Halfway through the book a key characters name seems to have changed, O'Quinn becomes O'Brien it's a bit slapdash and not what I'd expect from Wilbur Smith.

Oh and the sex scenes are as excruciating as they are irrelevant. I'd have sent it back if I hadn't listened to the other two in the trilogy.

I hope Hector hangs up his gun and keeps his pants on in future.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598

Do you need my help? It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Alan on 25-01-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

Found the narrator overly melodramatic, the comic book storyline tiresome and the main character a cross between Patrick Bateman and an adolescent with ASD.

I tried, I really tried.

  • Takedown

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

When a British Special Forces soldier goes rogue, carrying out an attack at a US Army base in Syria leading to the death of two men, ex-MI5 controller Charlotte Button is hired to work out what his plan is and to take him down before he can carry it out. When the man returns to the UK, it looks like the threat will be a lot closer to home. Charlotte puts her best man on the case - hitman Lex Harper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emerging From Shepherd's Flock

  • By Simon on 02-02-17

Anyone else notice the name changes?

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Was it just me or have 'Barry Whisper' and 'Barry Big' changed names since their last outing?

Well worth the wait.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Full Catastrophe Living

  • Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
  • By: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clear, useful and well read

  • By Stir on 18-07-11

A mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Potentially important concepts delivered in the manner of a dalek on half power reading the phonebook.

Sorry Jon

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Training

  • Mastering Endurance, Health, & Life
  • By: Ben Greenfield
  • Narrated by: Ben Greenfield
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Beyond Training is for men and women who have made it out of couch potato mode and are ready to take things to the next level, whether that means shedding those last few extra pounds, finishing a 5K, or even crossing the finish line of an Ironman triathlon. Everyone from the casual exerciser to the weightlifter, CrossFitter, obstacle racer, marathoner, mountaineer, triathlete, swimmer, cyclist, runner, and biohacker will glean tons of knowledge and life-changing advice from this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mountain runner life!

  • By Anonymous User on 14-11-17

Went off into 'woo woo' territory once too

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

Got fed up of him promoting his website and his incessant use if the phrase "bio-hack" had me feeling nauseous.

I'm sure there are some useful tips and tricks but I couldn't be bothered to sift through the magic beans and snake oil to find them.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful