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  • The Dinosaur Feather

  • Søren Marhauge, Book 1
  • By: Sissel-Jo Gazan, Charlotte Barslund (translator)
  • Narrated by: Kristin Milward
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Anna Bella Nor is just two weeks away from revealing her controversial research on the evolutionary origin of birds when her supervisor Lars Helland is found dead with his tongue and a copy of her thesis in his lap. As the police investigate the most brutal and calculated case they've ever known, Anna remains convinced someone is trying to stop her research coming to light. She must fight to prove her innocence and fight for her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by performance

  • By Nicola on 28-02-15

Overly dramatic performance spoils it

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

Whilst the dinosaur/bird basis for the story was different, albeit a bit of a red herring, the amount of character padding had me confused. Nevertheless, the overall plot was quite enjoyable. What spoilt it for me was the overdramatic performance of the narrator. Every time Annabelle featured I thought a nervous breakdown was about to ensue, both from her and me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone

  • By Steven on 29-01-14

The Jury's still out?

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

Reviewed: 27-02-14

Whilst I thought this was a great book and thoroughly enjoyed it, I felt the green dress coincidence stretched the readers imagination a little. Nevertheless, when the Jury does return I'm sure this be book will be guilty of being a very worthwhile listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

Great story, wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 28-01-14

This was a unique story and the narrator really brought it to life. Perhaps the premise was a little shaky and the book a little longwinded, nevertheless really worthwhile a listen.

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369

Fight them, Mr Brigance. To the bitter end. We must prevail. In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own. Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham back at his best

  • By Liz on 10-12-13

Good Grisham fare, brilliantly read.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-13

Grisham always tells a great tale, however this was brought to life by the fantastic narration of Michael Beck. Enjoyed every moment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Runaway

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

When Cathy Connor and Eamonn Docherty are thrown together as children in the East End their fate is sealed. Cathy's miserable life as a prostitute's child changes forever when she's forced into care. The ordeal that follows leaves her with no choice but to run away to Soho, and she learns to survive in the violent heart of London's underworld. Meanwhile, Eamonn, who fled to New York, has gained a reputation as a ruthless villain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the runaway

  • By claire on 04-06-11

One of my least favourite

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

What disappointed you about The Runaway?

It attempted to shock but it was just shocking. It was formulaic and crude with no redeeming features. Not sure the audience that she was targeting but I'm not in it.

What was most disappointing about Martina Cole’s story?

It was unbelievable

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath

  • By: Tony Iommi
  • Narrated by: Bev Bevan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed "The Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone. Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, bandmates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good

  • By Simon Torvik on 12-03-18

Someone else reading an autobiography doesn't work

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

Reviewed: 22-08-13

What would have made Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath better?

Bev Bevan is a great musician but certainly not a narrator. It's also difficult for a 3rd party to read an autobiography. There was no passion in the telling of the story

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story itself was very interesting in that it gave a great history of the band.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was a bit flat and his attempts at accents were a bit embarrassing (sorry Bev)

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadly disappointed was looking for a bit more passion.

Any additional comments?

Hope Tony fully recovers from his illness.

  • A Brief History of Britain 1066-1485

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Nicholas Vincent
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

From the Norman Conquest to the Battle of Bosworth Field - how Britain was invaded and became a nation. The first volume in the stunning four-volume Brief History of Britain series. From the Battle of Hastings to the Battle of Bosworth Field, Nicholas Vincent tells the story of how Britain was born. When William, Duke of Normandy, killed King Harold and seized the throne of England, England’s language, culture, politics, and law were transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best introduction to medieval history

  • By Marcus on 08-04-13

A bit dry

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-13

A very difficult book to work in Audio. Huge number of facts and names to try to absorb. Whilst it was well read the narrator, understandably being a factual book, was unable to put any emotion into it, subsequently it was rather dry. Found myself drifting away whilst listening to it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Irish Thunder

  • The Hard Life & Times of Micky Ward
  • By: Bob Halloran
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

"Irish" Micky Ward grew up in the 1970s and ’80s as a tough kid from Lowell, Massachusetts - a town where boxers were once bred as a means of survival. A hard worker who overcame bad luck, bad management, and chronic pain in his hands, he avoided the pitfall of poverty and dead-end work that plagued Lowell to become a Golden Gloves junior welterweight. Ward participated in street fights from an early age and was forever known by his opponents and spectators as the underdog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Irish Thunder

  • By Ian on 13-04-11

Irish Thunder

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-11

The first half of the book was a little hard going as the narrator was quite staccato, however he improved in the second half. If you're a boxing fan this is a must. Great true story

2 of 2 people found this review helpful