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  • Andorra: The Leah Chronicles

  • After It Happened, Book 7
  • By: Devon C Ford
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Life at the fortified town of Sanctuary is calm. The people, with their fearless leader at the helm, have created a haven where they can live out their lives in peace and safety. But it hasn’t always been this way. There were battles and losses along the way, and victory usually came at a price. With the younger generation coming into their own, it’s time for Leah to pass on all she has learned over the years. Time to tell the stories of how the world became the way it is...starting with the highwaymen of Andorra.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great series ruined by awful choice of narrator.

  • By C. Hart on 08-02-19

Great series ruined by awful choice of narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

I was glued to the first 6 books of this series. The main character in these was a gruff middle aged man and the narration of RC Bray complimented Dan perfectly, culminating in some of the best audio books I have listened too. This book is about a teenage girl from a single parent family. She is tough, resourceful and streetwise and is a natural extension to the series . Who then at Audible thought it a good idea to revert to Audible type and bring in a middle aged woman, speaking with a boarding school accent, topped of by a frankly bizarre and massively irritating sing song, unnatural inflection to her voice? This has killed the series for me as I am distracted from the story by this truly awful narration.

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  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack 3
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 935

This publisher's pack contains Sanctuary (book 5) and Rebellion (book 6) of the After It Happened series. Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness that swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

  • By Simon on 20-02-18

Awesome set of books.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

These books are some of the best I have listened to. Fast paced and with exceptionally well developed characters you really buy into the groups struggle. Descriptions of situations and brilliantly sketched, by a highly skilled author who never makes the mistake of using language that satisfies the writers ego but does not fit the story. I was gripped from book 1 to the last words of the final book. The narration is the best I have come across and fits the story perfectly. Altogether, the best set of audio books I have listened to.

  • Battle Scars

  • By: Jason Fox
  • Narrated by: Jason Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,361

Jason Fox served with the SBS for over a decade, thriving on the close bonds of the Special Forces brotherhood and the ‘death or glory’ nature of their missions. Battle Scars tells the story of his career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service to a battle of a very different kind: the psychological devastation of combat that ultimately forced him to leave the military and the hard reality of what takes place in the mind of a man once a career of imagined invincibility has come to an end. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Paul on 05-11-18

All men should read this.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This is a hugely important work that I am sure will save lives. That is how important this book is. Jason Fox has shown immense courage in writing this book and it is so important for men to realise that even super human Special Forces soldiers can be brought down by mental illness. But it is also a message of hope that with the right treatment, that is all too difficult to find in modern day Britain, recovery is possible. I thought to start with that the monotone narration of Jason Fox would grate, but as the book goes on you realise how vital it is that we hear the story from the man himself. In the end, it added hugely to the profound importance and impact of this audio book. This book will change people’s lives and offer hope. I can’t remember having heard/read a more powerful book.

  • Bad Soldier

  • Danny Black Thriller 4
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

A migrant boat battles through the rough Mediterranean. Its passengers are desperate, starving and scared. They are also being ruthlessly targeted by the SAS. Islamic State militants are smuggling themselves into Europe using these boats. Only by locating such men before they make it into the UK can the Regiment stop them committing their acts of terror on British soil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Chris Ryan grit

  • By Mark Lewin on 26-09-16

Inconsistent

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

It’s not often you get a very good story, with plenty of good action and twists and turns, but characters that are so one dimensional and stereotyped that you suspect the original manuscript could have been written in crayon. However, this is one of them. To be fair to the author, it might well be down to the narrators execrable attempt at regional dialects and his insistence on giving anyone in authority or who is rich a plummy accent, and everyone else something that an ‘allo ‘allo actor would wince at.

  • Hunter-Killer

  • Danny Black, Book 2
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

Following a suicide bombing in central London, series SAS hero Danny Black is recruited to be part of an assassination squad, directed by a joint MI5/MI6/CIA committee and tasked with hunting down and killing the terrorist cells believed to be planning further atrocities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is a BIG disappointment!!

  • By JEO on 08-10-17

Bizarre Narration

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Really good story with plenty of action and twists and turns. However, the narration is frankly bizarre. This guy’s version of working class accents seems to be what he imagines characters from Viz comic speak like. His London “street” accent is particularly irritating.

  • Killing Range

  • By: Phil Campion
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Steve Range thinks his friend Randy is a corpse in a desert grave - until he reappears in an Al Qaeda video, spitting extremist hate and challenging Range and Blackstone Six to a desert battle that will settle a vicious blood feud. But Range's attention is drawn to a stray word slipped in to Randy's tirade, and he begins to wonder whether his old comrade-in-arms really has been turned by his captors. All he knows for sure is that he owes a debt to the man he left for dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spirited, but too many cliches.

  • By C. Hart on 28-09-18

Spirited, but too many cliches.

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

A romping story with good pace and a good performance from the narrator. However, there are too many “really?” Moments that are shoe horned in and detract from the creditability of the story.

  • Crown and Country

  • A History of England through the Monarchy
  • By: David Starkey
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Norton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to the Wars of the Roses, the chaos of the Civil War, the fall of Charles I and Cromwell's emergence as Lord Protector – all the way up until the Victorian era when Britain’s monarchs came face-to-face with modernity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and Interesting

  • By Once We Were Fiction on 09-10-11

An establishment history.

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

Reviewed: 23-09-18

Interesting from a timeline view but the modern monarchy was very much skipped over. The end summary of the future of the monarchy failed to raise any of the difficult questions regarding Prince Charles and his friendships with some very worrying people and verged into the sycophantic. Starkey comes across as a very much an establishment, C of E centric monarchist, which devalues the historical credentials and balance of this book.

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  • Broken Faith

  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

Set during England's bloody and brutal War of the Roses, this is the second novel in an epic historical fiction series. If you liked Conn Iggulden's Stormbird, you will love Toby Clements' Kingmaker novels. October 1463. England is a divided nation. In the north the Lancastrian king struggles to hold power while in the south the princes of the house of York prepare for war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, if a little harrowing

  • By swheelie on 05-08-16

Good, but a bit repetitive.

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

Well written, and well performed but the storyline is a bit repetitive and slightly predictable.

  • Storming the Falklands

  • My War and After
  • By: Tony Banks
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Tony Banks and his comrades of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment were highly trained, but nothing could prepare them for the intensity and ferocity of fighting to liberate the Falkland Islands. Plunged into a war of night attacks and vicious close-quarters combat, Banks and his fellow soldiers' fierce bravery and determination saw them through the bloodiest conflict British troops had faced in decades. Seventeen men died at Goose Green, a hard-fought battle the paras came close to losing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By simon on 06-03-13

Wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I was gripped by this journey of how the boy became a man and the man grew to accept seeing and doing things that are too much for many human minds to cope with properly. Banks’ effectively brings into focus the national disgrace of how this country sends young boys to do the bidding of rich middle aged men who then turn their backs when there is an inevitable price to pay. An important work, skilfully narrated.

  • Secret Victory

  • The Intelligence War That Beat the IRA
  • By: Dr William Matchett
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Terrorist leaders are not benevolent men inclined to make peace but vicious bullies. The IRA was the Islamic State of its day. Northern Ireland, Iraq, and Afghanistan are similar wars. In these, an insurgency like the IRA/Sinn Fein mix is the main problem. A proven solution is the rule of law, where police intelligence dominates because investigative practices fail. The approach - widely misrepresented and commonly misunderstood - devastated the IRA. Some terrorists were killed, most were in prison, and many were on the run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flawed history

  • By Derrick on 30-12-17

Fascinating, although from a specific view point.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Although this is clearly written from a Special Branch perspective, it gives much needed balance to the recent history of Northern Ireland. The current peace, such as it is, has been bought at great cost by the men and women of the army and the NI security forces and their sacrifice is being rewarded by persecution, whilst terrorist murderers walk free. This book is a strong effort to redress the balance and give proper voice to the those who have suffered grievous misrepresentation by those who seek peace at whatever cost. It is the first book I have seen that has questioned whether the price of peace has been too high and is all the more thought provoking because of it.