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  • The Worst Journey in the World

  • By: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

This gripping story of courage and achievement is the account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard, whom Scott lauded as a tough, efficient member of the team, tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes. From there began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes your breath away

  • By Bettym on 17-06-13

An Epic Adventure

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

Thoroughly enjoyed by my husband who devoured it over a few days. A true story well narrated and informative.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323

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

Brilliant and easy listen...

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

Another great book in the series. Strike and Robyn have again taken me through a twisty turny tale with a sea full of red herrings and a box full of bad eggs. Interesting look into the world of privileged peeps who think they are entitled to do as they please and not live by the same rules as most of us common folk have to. As usual the narration was top dollar...

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,331
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,888

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

This book is the dogs bollocks!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

A cracking book which follows both Robyn and Strike taking on a serial killer. This crime caper is so well written and narrated that it kept my ears glued to my buds over two days. I've down loaded book 4 and now sadly will have to wait ages till part 5 is written, published and found on Audible.
A truely magical book! And I sincerely hope there isn't any budding romance between our intrepid two because I think that will spoil the book.

  • Delta Connection

  • By: Hammond Innes
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

A desperate escape from Romania after the fall of the Ceausescus... a violent introduction to the new rules of warfare on the borders of Afghanistan... then an icy struggle for survival among the world’s highest mountains... Death follows those who seek beyond the ‘Delta Connection’ searching for something closely guarded in the most dangerous region on earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hammond Innes last published work - a good read

  • By Nigel on 30-07-10

An interesting and exciting listen

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Bought for my husband who enjoys Innes books. He finished it in two days and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly this is the last book Audible so will now have to look for another author. Narration is good

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 687

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hilariously bad

  • By S. Ascough on 08-06-18

Sadly not for me.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Boring, slow, tedious and life is too short! Absolute waste of time and a credit...will be returning. Needs edited to get rid of half the padding. Gave up!

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,297

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Slow, slow burner...but it's excellent.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

As other reviewers have said this book is slow to start but in my eyes that's no bad thing. A writer disappears and the fall out that follows throws up a load of unexpected twists and hidden secrets. It is dark and contains descriptions of torture and porn, for me it didn't detract but if you're squeamish it may put you off.

Excellent narration and I much prefer Strike to Potter...

  • Campbell's Kingdom

  • By: Hammond Innes
  • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

He was a man without hope, until a lawyer and a crazy inheritance spurred him to one last desperate roll of the dice. The old man was convinced, against all evidence, that there was oil in the Rocky mountains. So his grandson sets off to a godforsaken town of shattered hopes and bitter old men, and plunges into a perilous battle against hostile country, powerful enemies, and a ticking clock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting

  • By joanieB on 26-03-18

Action and Adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Hubby is an Innes fan and has almost read his whole catalogue. He thoroughly enjoyed this book and it only took him two days to get through. Comes highly recommended.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,964

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

A compelling masterpiece ...BUY IT!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

A simply wonderful read. I read it first as a paperback then bought it on Audible and listened to it. Eleanor is a unique human being and to be in her life for a short time was a privilege..what a joy. Love,sadness, honesty, loneliness, friendship..this book has it all and more.

I could go on but I won't. It's in my top 5, a very rare 5 sparkly stars from me. Seriously buy it. If you don't like it you can always return it but I bet you don't. :)

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

Mr Mercedes is marvellous....

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

If I could I would shake Mr S King's hand and thank him for the entertainment he has given me over the past 30 odd years or so with both his books and films. This book met all my expectations and more, it's simply brill and it does divert from the usual supernatural stuff associated with Mr King. Hope Finders Keepers is as good.

Excellent narration too!

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Deni Francis, Paul Panting
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blindsided. Trinity Avenue has been her family's home for years. Where are all their belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been destroyed by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good story

  • By Rory on 12-08-18

Hated the format.

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

If I'd known the way this book was formatted I would have given it a miss I'm afraid. Hated the podcast and social media feedback...looked like a good tale too. Oh well can't win them all.