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  • The Hunt for Red October

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Lance C Fuller
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 269

The runaway international number one best seller that launched Tom Clancy's spectacular career and introduced his acclaimed hero, Jack Ryan, in the ultimate submarine adventure - now reissued with a new cover. Silently, beneath the chill Atlantic waters, Russia's ultrasecret missile submarine, the Red October, is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. With all-out war only seconds away, the superpowers race across the ocean on the most desperate mission of a lifetime.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Reader

  • By Lynda on 22-02-18

Awesome, apart from the British accents

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

Love this book, as good as I remember reading it for the first time 25 years ago. Only problem is the catastrophically bad British accents.

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,358

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Best book I've read all year. Top notch.

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

Best book I've listened to all year. Top notch. A real addictive mystery with great characters and an brilliant narrator.

  • Strange Magic

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 532

Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. It's no surprise therefore that when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for the bones of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A reasonable listen

  • By Little Red on 11-09-17

More chick-lit than fantasy novel.

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

Just about managed to get through this by turning the audio book up to 1.2x speed. Characters mostly throughly unlikeable and the descriptions are far too long. If this had been a short story, it would have been mildly interesting.

  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,039

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

Definitely the best book of 2017 yet, a real exploration of the human condition through history, while still both funny and heartbreaking at times. Loved it.

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

Super and original thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

This is the second Lake Smithard novel I have read after the Stone Man. I really enjoyed the story and the narration, and it kept me guessing until the end. Would highly recommend.

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  • The House of Silk

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a ripping yarn

  • By L on 25-02-12

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

Great story, although the subject matter is a lot darker than Coyle. As a huge fan of all the Holmes booked, I thought this followed the tradition superbly.

  • The Long Earth

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing.

  • By Martin on 10-03-13

Nothing like traditional pratchett , but loved it!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

If you are a huge discworld fan, and have bought this because of the pratchett name, this may not be for you. Having said that, this was an awesome listen, think arthur c clark with dark modern humour, and the wild west! The performance was spotless too, am looking forward to the next book, what an ending!

  • The Nelson Touch

  • Ark Royal, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tom Clancy does Battlestar Galactica for the Brits

  • By Daniel on 26-10-15

Tom Clancy does Battlestar Galactica for the Brits

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

Reviewed: 26-10-15

Great fun space military drama. Live the sorry and characters. Performance is mostly very good, but I can't forgive the Scottish accent! "they're going to take us from behind captain"

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  • The Mangle Street Murders

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462

Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London's most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door. Sidney Grice shudders. For heaven's sake - she is wearing brown shoes. The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite My Pot of Tea

  • By Simon on 06-02-16

Not funny

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

Reviewed: 19-10-15

Basically, if you have read Holmes, don't read this as it will just irritate you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good, the Bad and the Smug

  • By: Tom Holt
  • Narrated by: Ray Sawyer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

New Evil. Same as the Old Evil but with better PR. Mordak isn't bad as far as goblin kings go, but when someone or something starts pumping gold into the human kingdoms, it puts his rule into serious jeopardy. Suddenly he's locked in an arms race with a species whose arms he once considered merely part of a healthy breakfast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably Tom Holt's Best Book

  • By EGR on 14-08-15

Too silly and badly edited

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

Reviewed: 28-08-15

This book was not enjoyable, the plot and charecters are just too silly, and the frequent parralels woth Lord of the Rings come accross as a poor rip off rather than clever parody.

The editing was awful with repeated senteces faded out words and paragraphs running directly into each other which can become confusing.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful