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  • Painting the Sand

  • By: Kim Hughes
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hemsbrough
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 716

Kim Hughes is the most highly decorated bomb disposal operator serving in the British Army. He was awarded the George Cross in 2009 following a gruelling six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, during which he defused 119 improvised explosive devices, survived numerous Taliban ambushes and endured a close encounter with the Secretary of State for Defence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly great read!

  • By D. J. Craig on 31-10-17

PAINTING THE SAND

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

As an ex-soldier myself, I can state first hand that Kim has captured exactly the feelings and attitude of the British soldier ,wherever he be.
An excellent book which held me riveted from start to finish , although there were parts where his personal experiences were almost too painful to listen to.
Altogether a great book and a tribute to anyone who fought in Afghanistan.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Making of a Man

  • By: John Worth
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

This extraordinary story unfolds in the dim streets of Victorian London's notorious East End. Poverty, squalor and crime fester and proliferate, blighting the lives of all who are unfortunate enough to dwell there. Yet from within the gloom, shines a beacon of light: the light of human dignity. And, sometimes, righteousness, decency and justice win out. In this dramatic play - out of the everlasting human conflict of good versus evil, various giants of their time, immortal beings, come into conflict.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely terrible - not Sherlock Holmes

  • By MR P STUBBS on 31-08-14

The Making Of A Man

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

This was a strange book. For anyone expecting a Conan Doyle style., it was more a cross between Charles Dickens and Bulldog Drummond. Good in parts , I found it slightly long winded and disjointed but I followed it to the end.

  • Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

  • By: Bonnie MacBird
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend - until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris. Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star, writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Games Afoot!

  • By Justin Webb on 19-05-16

Art in the blood

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

The style was more Agatha Christie than Conan Doyle. It was saved by being very well read.

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far

  • Why Are We Here?
  • By: Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Krauss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality - a grand poetic vision of nature - and how we find our place within it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The references to "the PDF" are extremely annoying

  • By Ionut Bajescu on 13-01-18

The Greatest Story Ever Told...... in such a complicated fashion.

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

Sorry guys. If like me you are the ordinary man in the street without a degree in physics but trying to improve your understanding of the world around you, then this is NOT the book for you. Ok, it's a complicated subject but his descriptions are way above the understanding of the average person. Stick to Bill Bryson et al. Thank goodness I didn't pay full rate for this book .

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blind Man with a Pistol

  • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
  • By: Chester Himes
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace - their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence - Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threatens to tear Harlem apart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BLIND MAN WITH A PISTOL

  • By Martin on 11-05-17

BLIND MAN WITH A PISTOL

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Entertaining, well read but slightly confusing at times. The other Chester Himes books are better

  • The Heat's On

  • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
  • By: Chester Himes
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

From the start, nothing goes fright for Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones. They are disciplined for use of excessive force. Grave Digger is shot, and his death announced in a hoax radio bulletin. Bodies pile up faster than Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones can run. Yet, try as they might, they always seem to be one hot step behind the cause of all the mayhem: three million dollars' worth of heroine and a simple albino called Pinky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Heat's on, written by Chester Himes and read by Dion Graham

  • By Dan on 28-06-18

The Heat's On

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

A great story , extremely well read. I enjoyed it all. Best of the Coffin Ed stories

  • Jericho's War

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 195

In a moment of suspense that will affect many thousands of lives, a handful of people will converge on a barren stretch of Yemeni desert. Corrie Rankin is already a legend at MI6 when he is sent to take down a high-value player in the war against Al Qaeda. This is Jericho's War. The weapons it deploys and the brutal aims it pursues are state of the art. The fear it breeds and the raw bravery it demands are as timeless as the desert itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No More Heroes

  • By Simon on 06-01-17

Jericho's War

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Parts of this book were quite good, informative,interesting and exciting. Other parts were slow,repetitive and therefore boring. The characters were a bit stereotyped and the plot predictable. All in all , I wouldn't reccommend it

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,054

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

The Cleaner

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

As he spent half his time cleaning a gym , this is aptly named although The Social Worker would have been a better title. Well read ( his East London accent was spot on ) but the story dragged. Far too much helping out underprivileged kids , not enough excitement. No more Milton for me

  • A History of the World

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome, educational and epic work

  • By Adisha on 30-10-12

Andrew Marr's History Of The World

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

Reviewed: 25-12-16

An excellent book ,well read , interesting an informative all the way through. It's good to get a world perspective alongside European history. I recommend this book.

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, [ The Company] can also be read as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says Publishers Weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Company - Fantastic Read!

  • By Rachel on 14-12-15

The Company

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

Excellent. Held my attention for all 40-odd hours. Names and events from the Cold War cleverly drawn together. Would recommend this to everyone.