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  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,408

A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.... A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!

  • By Mini on 04-11-15

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

It's not as mature as GOT, but good all the same.
No disrespect to Roy Dotrice, but I didn't like him as the narrator for GOT and so only bought one of the audiobooks. Harry Lloyd is much more suitable IMO.

  • The Drop

  • A Slough House Novella
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone café, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cameo

  • By AReader on 05-11-18

Cameo

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Providing you are already a fan, and you realise it only lasts two hours, you will enjoy this. Silkily read by Sean Barrett, as usual.

I imagine it is, at least potentially, setting the scene for new characters in a further Slough House novel; an excellent prospect.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle, the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat. But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The One Where King Crossed A Line

  • By Simon on 29-03-18

One of my favourites, well read

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

It's always been a genuinely disturbing book. Yes, the narration is good, with the accents and so on, although halfway through I started to find the tone of Michael C Hall just a little too portentous, or perhaps I mean reverential, as if pointing out a particularly scary/philosophical bit. However, this is just nitpicking. I think this version will please existing fans and new listeners alike.

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo. When he wakes up, life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bright Light of a Master Story-Teller!

  • By Simon on 28-04-17

Troubling in a different way nowdays

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

I read this book perhaps 30 years ago. As I listened to this performance I thought how much speech and language have changed since the 1970s. Characters here speak in a far more literate or articulate way than they seem to now. There is hardly any swearing either. The world King depicts also seems like a lost world. There is decency and it is acknowledged that some stories do not have a happy ending.
The story of The Dead Zone is still gripping, and the performance is excellent. In 2018 ,however, the idea that if you see a future where a populist, manipulative politician who relies on bullying and flattery and has no regard for facts or the truth is heading towards the presidency of the US then the right way to deal with him is to shoot him dead is troubling in a rather different way from what King intended!
Still well worth a listen.



  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,623

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

Impressive

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

We have probably all seen the films of The Godfather, plus lots of other similar productions. Just the same, the original version is still excellent. The book is well written. Joe Mantegna is the ideal narrator. The whole 18 hours kept my attention.

  • Cranford

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

A vivid and affectionate portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford describes a community dominated by its independent and refined women, relating the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances. Through a series of satirical vignettes, Gaskell sympathetically portrays changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Cranford Reading!

  • By Sharon on 26-05-09

Delightful and beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

I was made to read this at school decades ago and didn't understand it at all. Although I find the treatment of Miss Matty too sentimental for me now, this is a delightful listen.

  • Beach Lawyer

  • By: Avery Duff
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

After five grueling years, Robert Worth is just days away from making partner at a powerful Santa Monica law firm. When a client confides in him that senior partner Jack Pierce sexually assaulted her, Robert breaks two of his mentor's cardinal rules: Never let yourself get emotional about clients. And never make an enemy of Jack Pierce. Robert crosses Pierce and is fired on the spot, losing not only his job but also his reputation. Advised to go quietly, Robert vows revenge against the ruthless man who betrayed him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You only get what you deserve .

  • By Fleetwoodboy on 14-06-17

Didn't realise lawyers had to be superhuman

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

I enjoyed the first two thirds of this, but in the end the antics of the two lawyers just lost my interest. Both the good guy and the bad guy seemed to be able to work for days on end without ever sleeping, pick themselves up from car crashes, drive hundreds of miles, escape death by inches, and carry on like that without even feeling tired. As well as being extraordinarily cunning, well read, professionally successful, attractive to women ....I've met lots of lawyers, but these are superhuman.

  • The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt

  • By: William Nothdurft, Josh Smith
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Masterfully tying together history, science, and human drama, The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt is the gripping account of two of the 20th century's great expeditions of discovery. In 1911 a German paleontologist found the remains of four entirely new dinosaurs in the Egyptian desert, but in a single night, all of his work was destroyed. Eighty-nine years later, an American grad student leads an expedition to unearth Stromer's dinosaur graveyard, and in doing so, he stuns the scientific world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as exciting as I'd hoped

  • By AReader on 17-10-18

Not as exciting as I'd hoped

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

I am interested in dinosaurs, in Egypt, and have actually been to Bahariya. I also think Michael C Hall is a good actor, and I chose this partly for his narration.
For whatever reason, this book never took off for me. I found the writing plodding and the narration didn't breathe any life into it for me. I sincerely hope this is just me and that other listeners will enjoy it more.

  • Accused

  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

“Scott, it's Rebecca. I need you.” After years of silence, Texan lawyer Scott Fenney receives a devastating phone call from his ex-wife. She has been accused of murdering her boyfriend, Trey - the man she left Scott for - and is being held in a police cell. Now she is begging Scott to defend her. Scott is used to high-stakes cases, but this one is bigger than anything he has handled before. If Rebecca is found guilty, she will be sentenced to life imprisonment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Trish on 05-03-13

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Jeff Harding's performance is excellent, as always. In fact, I chose this book from looking at things he had narrated.

The writing is good too - I mean the actual prose.

I did find the story interesting, though as a lawyer myself I really wonder if the procedures around the trial itself were really in accordance with Texas law. It all seemed remarkably ad hoc, with new witnesses popping from nowhere with previously unheard testimony. The stuff about the judge's political reasons for her conduct of the trial would worry me a lot if I were in Texas!

I also detected echoes of other crime novels, which I suppose is almost inevitable.

I did enjoy listening to it though and was keen to get to the end and see what the outcome was. Although I didn't have much sympathy for the alleged killer as a person - can there really be women in the US married for years to successful lawyers but who are so infantilised they don't even have their own bank accounts?

Although this is the second in a series, I didn't feel it was necessary to have heard the first one. I'm going to buy another one from this stable.

  • The Long and the Short of It

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary's as they hurtle around history! The ninth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's Series collects the best-selling short stories in audio for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very unfair for people to complain

  • By Hevpais on 13-06-17

Just one complaint!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I loved all these stories, and their introductions, and overall Zara Ramm's performance is excellent. Characters are well differentiated and believable, accents are good (Markham's accent is great).

Just one thing, though. I really wish someone would run her through the foreign words before the final version, or correct them before issue!

I don't remember them all, but they make me wince. Diane de Poitiers is not pronounced de Poy-tears. Siwa oasis is See-wa, not Sai-wa. The Hittites are Hit-ights, not HeeTeets. Akhenaten, mangled beyond recognition. Please take this little extra trouble!