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  • Patrick Melrose, Volume 1: Never Mind, Bad News and Some Hope

  • By: Edward St Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 189

Now a major Sky TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Moving from Provence to New York to Gloucestershire, from the savageries of a childhood with a cruel father and an alcoholic mother to an adulthood fraught with addiction, Patrick Melrose is on a mission to escape himself. But the drugs don’t make him forget his past, and the glittering parties offer him no redemption....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!!! *****

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-05-18

Difficult trudge through a sad subject failing to inspire

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

I was quite patient sticking it out to the end but I definitely didn’t enjoy the book. I won’t be tempted to return to Sky and watch the TV programme, nor will I get the remaining volume.
Pointless effort and a waste of my time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Name Is Nobody

  • By: Matthew Richardson
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

When disgraced spy Solomon Vine's friend and rival Gabriel Wilde vanishes without trace, it's only Vine who might be able to discover what has happened to him. A single missing file holds the key. That, too, is gone. But its contents, Vine is told, are incendiary. There were few Wilde could trust. And being one of them appears to have fatal consequences. But as Vine's off-the-books investigation begins to reveal the shocking truth, he realizes there's much more at stake than one man's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Taut, twisty & tense

  • By David on 10-03-18

Taut, twisty & tense

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Well structured and put together in a way that doesn't lose the listener. You are drawn into the puzzle completely

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,548

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

It gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 13-11-17

I just loved it.
Having been to Barcelona recently it brought back great memories.
As regards the subject matter it is contentious on many levels and left me with a wider viewpoint than before reading this book. Great read.

  • How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

It's 1998. The Internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he's going to become a vigilante. There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume - and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry - on a shoestring budget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We're Only Making Fans For Nigel

  • By Simon on 15-09-16

Too much swearing mainly forgiven as first book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I really like Luke's concepts and book ideas. I get the gritty moments so why choose the easy path to drop profanity in so often? Considering this was a re-edit from the long lost scribe I suppose the early behaviours were hard to to shrug, however I very nearly gave up on the book early on. I like Luke and others reading of the books yet this one has made me cautious to try the next one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452

Do you need my help? It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Alan on 25-01-17

Twists and action abound

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

Reviewed: 17-03-17

Loved it.

Great to listen to a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat and wondering what is next.
Really good flow/pace with high levels of interest from relationships to technical matters.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,427

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Neil Gaiman!

  • By Bookworm. on 23-12-12

A wonderful twist seeing a London through different eyes

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

New concepts to grasp, new viewpoints and generally a cracking story of a reluctant hero fighting in uncertain times. I liked the tug of reality versus normal. I'm ready for the sequel.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

New ideas, new story, piques my interest

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

Reviewed: 23-12-16

I'm reading these books out of order, but that's the beauty of them. Each are subjects that are complete and standalone. I like being challenge with new concepts and different portrayals. I do wonder how much Coventry Tourist Board is subsidising the product placement 😀
My one ask is to just tone down the F word. The chav's realism didn't need that amount and being so early in the story it almost made me stop and delete the book. However I'm glad I pushed through because the story was very good and would have scored highest marks with fewer F's.
I still look forward to reading more of your work. You're right to blame Matt Adiss for everything that people don't like however he is doing his best and he is a good narrator.
😀

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,055

Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • start was hard going. story good but over descript

  • By BD on 17-07-17

Masterful, creative and captivating

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

Such a wonderful mix of art, history, science and downright fantastic storytelling. A sheer pleasure.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Night School

  • Jack Reacher 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667

In the morning they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make cold sweat trickle down your spine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really Disappointed

  • By Film_Strip on 15-11-16

The presentation has a struggling under layer of weakness

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

Reviewed: 21-11-16

Maybe I'm just getting bored with the simplicity of the writing style or maybe I just need more than a hidden plot. I am starting to feel the simplistic quips are repeated and relied upon too much to pad out the story.

  • The Son

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

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

Masterful Nordic noir

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Different twists and turns show the flexibility of a good writer. This has them in spades.