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  • A Darkness More Than Night

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Richard M Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Terry McCaleb's enforced quiet lifestyle on the island of Catalina is a far cry from the hectic excitement of his former role as an FBI profiler. However when small-time criminal Edward Gunn is found dead, McCaleb becomes embroiled in a disturbing and complex case leading him to cross the path of Harry Bosch. This infamous detective has always teetered on the brink of darkness in order to get inside the head of the killer. Is it possible he has stepped across that finely drawn line and embraced darkness?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Simple story.....missing Bosch interaction

  • By L on 01-03-17

Good listening

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

Reviewed: 30-04-19

an entertaining listening with two heroes portrayed as opposites one from another and yet not flawless.
It differs from the tv series in a great way.

I listen to the book in the car and it kept me hooked and happy.

  • Echo Burning

  • Jack Reacher 5
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679

Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer. Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful. But her husband's in jail. When he comes out, he's going to kill her. Her family's hostile, she can't trust the cops, and the lawyers won't help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder.J ack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Electric atmosphere helps build the tension

  • By Brian on 08-05-14

Great story and great reading

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

The best so far in the Jack Reacher series. (I'm taking it chronologically).
The narrator is contributing to the whole performance.

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 760

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more

  • By max on 04-07-16

Not a great story

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

Reviewed: 21-04-19

Far from keeping you gripped, it's the happy version of The Stand.
I would not be listening to it again.
Scott Brick is impeccable, though.

  • The Son

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By David on 26-04-14

Great storytelling

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

My first Nesbo's book without Harry Hole. It transcends crime telling towards a great read. Sean Barrett narration is a rare treat.

  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • By: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,192

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Documentary of the Cold War

  • By Paul on 03-10-18

Don't let down book

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

A well told story that gets hold of you and ensnare into finishing listening. It does not matter how much poetic license is perpetrated, the shear perspective of truth is mesmerising.

  • Beyond Good and Evil

  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Continuing where Thus Spoke Zarathustra left off, Nietzsche's controversial work Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most influential philosophical texts of the 19th century and one of the most controversial works of ideology ever written. Attacking the notion of morality as nothing more than institutionalised weakness, Nietzsche criticises past philosophers for their unquestioning acceptance of moral precepts. Nietzsche tried to formulate what he called "the philosophy of the future".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the uninitiated!

  • By G. Mahoney on 22-01-18

A must read

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Alex Jennings reading is a facilitator for Nietzsche's words. It might be the case that Nietzsche's language was intended for a small crowd as he himself says: "one fear the philosopher has is to be understood", but I would say that it's not that hard to grasp.

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 691

This hugely engaging story of murder, superstition, religious politics and drama in a medieval monastery was one of the most striking novels to appear in the 1980s. The Name of the Rose is a thrilling story enriched with period detail and laced with tongue-in-cheek allusions to fictional characters, the most striking of which is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville, who displays many characteristics of Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sean Barrett does justice to this wonderful text.

  • By Booklover on 12-01-15

A must listen to book

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Umberto Evo's genius writing is never more alive than in the narration of Sean Barrett. He manages to bring life to a 14th century story in an impeccable manner.

  • Mindware

  • Tools for Smart Thinking
  • By: Richard E. Nisbett
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Many scientific and philosophical ideas are so powerful that they can be applied to our lives at home, work, and school to help us think smarter and more effectively about our behavior and the world around us. Surprisingly, many of these ideas remain unknown to most of us. In Mindware, the world-renowned psychologist Richard Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail, offering a tool kit for better thinking and wiser decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen and content

  • By Mat Brunt on 02-05-18

I absolutely love this book.

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

It is a must read and makes so much sense. The performance it is also brilliant.

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  • Hancock’s Half Hour: Series 3

  • Ten episodes of the classic BBC Radio comedy series
  • By: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
  • Narrated by: full cast, Tony Hancock, Sid James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

Tony Hancock stars with Sid James and Kenneth Williams in the legendary BBC Radio comedy series. Created by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson in 1954, Hancock’s Half Hour was the radio vehicle that made Tony Hancock a household name. Each week listeners would be admitted to the sometimes fantastical, sometimes mundane life of “the lad 'imself”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The pre carry on

  • By Ellecto on 20-07-15

Amazing radio show still fresh

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-17

So many decades and yet it has not lost one bit of its appeal and humour.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback

  • By Dawn on 20-05-10

Must read/listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-17

Yet another book from Malcolm Gladwell that one should not miss. He points out quite convincing that talent alone is not enough.
He also does a good job as a narrator.