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  • The Test

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Brian O'Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Test, the stunning autobiography from rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll, read by Aidan Kelly. Between 1999, when he made his international debut, and his retirement in 2014, there was no greater player in world rugby than Brian O'Driscoll. In 2010 Rugby World magazine named him its world player of the decade - and since then the legend has only grown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Nick on 27-06-15

Not as good as I expected

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This is a very safe autobiography which didn't ruffle any feathers, I would have expected more reaction to the Spear Tackle. Saying that, it is a very interesting chronology of Leinster and Ireland matches but there just wasn't a lot of the man himself revealed. The narrator clearly isn't a rugby fan as some of his pronunciations of player names are woeful.

  • Thunder Point

  • Sean Dillon Series, Book 2
  • By: Jack Higgins
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

They gave Sean Dillon a choice: life in prison or a suicide mission. In the inky depths beneath Thunder Point, a diver discovers a priceless treasure: a German U-boat sunk in American waters three weeks after the end of the Second World War. Inside is final proof that Martin Bormann escaped Hitler's bunker and that he took with him the most explosive secrets of the Reich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very worthwhile Reading

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-11-16

An average yarn

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

An average yarn with an implausible story-line needs to have all the other aspects in place to save it but this was not the case. The narration was weak, Dillon's accent was very inconsistent as were the Caribbean characters.
Probably better to read the book.

  • Roots

  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 270

Tracing his ancestory through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By tru.gough on 23-12-12

The TV series was better

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

This felt like hard work to get to the end. It was just too long and for big portions not much happened. This must be the first time that I thought the screen version of anything was better.
The final hour on the research was really interesting so if you removed 6 to 7 hours, it would be better.

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  • Brother Fish

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 31 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much, and so well done

  • By Andrew on 15-10-06

Too Fantastical

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

There were aspects of the book that I really liked but overall it was just too fantastical in the things that happened to the main characters.

  • A Willing Victim

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

London, November, 1956. DI Ted Stratton is investigating the murder of Jeremy Lloyd, a young man with a taste for esoteric religion. Stratton's enquiries lead him to Suffolk, where the mysterious Mr Roth has founded a Foundation for Spiritual Understanding. Apparently Lloyd had believed himself marked out for great things. But at the Foundation, Stratton meets 12-year-old Michael, who is proclaimed as the next incarnation in a long line of spiritual leaders. He is rumoured amongst Roth's disciples to have been immaculately conceived....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a gem

  • By Nicola on 06-06-13

The weakest book in the series

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not

Did Seán Barrett do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He is a good narrator, he just had bad material

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I have listened to the rest of the series but this felt like a poor sequel tacked on at the end. Storyline was poor and it just didn't make for an interesting read.

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  • First Response

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

From best-selling writer Stephen Leather comes an utterly addictive all-action thriller in which a huge terrorist threat to the capital can only be stopped by one man. From the best-selling author of the Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale series comes First Response, the utterly addictive new thriller by Stephen Leather. London is under siege. Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and so expertly narrated. Oh the pace

  • By Gavingks on 14-03-16

Ridiculous Plot

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

What was most disappointing about Stephen Leather’s story?

I have read a lot of his books but this was far from his best, even the twist at the end was too little to save a very poor effort

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Thornley’s performances?

Yes

  • The Tailor of Panama

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Harry Pendel is the charismatic proprietor of Pendel and Braithwaite Limitada of Panama, through whose doors everyone who is anyone in Central America passes. Andrew Osnard, mysterious and fleshy, is a spy. His secret mission is two-pronged: to keep a watchful eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal on 31st December 1999; and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has until now churlishly eluded him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great start but got bored in the middle

  • By Alex on 31-07-18

Too little happening

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A story

Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carré again?

Not in a hurry

What didn’t you like about Michael Jayston’s performance?

It was ok

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Gave up after 5 hours, nothing had happened - would be better as an abridged version!

  • Vagabond

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: John O'Mahony
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Danny Curnow, known in the army family by his call sign, Vagabond, ran agents, informers. Now he lives in quiet isolation and works as a guide to tourists visiting the Normandy's D-Day beaches. But violence in Northern Ireland is on the rise again. The covert world was close to destroying Danny. Fifteen years later the stakes are higher, the risks greater, and Danny will have to prove that he is as hard and ruthless as before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic Seymour enjoyed

  • By mr k mulligan on 04-03-19

Should be on a Psychology reading list

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

Reviewed: 26-10-14

What would have made Vagabond better?

It was basically a story spun around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately the plot was weak and overall it wasn't very good.

What will your next listen be?

I will listen to more by Gerald Seymour and put this down to a bad day at the typewriter.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was fine

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  • Conqueror

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Richard E Grant
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

The one and only Conn Iggulden takes on the story of the mighty Kublai Khan. An epic tale of a great and heroic mind; his action-packed rule; and how in conquering one-fifth of the world’s inhabited land, he changed the course of history forever.A scholar who conquered an empire larger than those of Alexander or Caesar.A warrior who would rule a fifth of the world with strength and wisdom.A man who betrayed a brother to protect a nation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is part of a series!

  • By Merete on 01-05-12

A battle to the end

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

Reviewed: 18-08-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There are only so many battles you can have in one book. After a while they almost merged with virtually no storyline in between. This may be one to try in the abridged version as it might be more enjoyable.

Would you ever listen to anything by Conn Iggulden again?

Yes I would, he does excellent research for his books, perhaps his editor should have been more ruthless with this one.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard E Grant’s performances?

I wasn't very impressed with him, would try to avoid

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  • Fortune Cookie

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and well read

  • By Paula on 24-07-11

Too Long

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you try another book written by Bryce Courtenay or narrated by Humphrey Bower?

Yes, as both have an abundance of book credits

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I wish we got to it faster but at least it was a bit of action

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possibly, as it would be abridged

Any additional comments?

I have listened to 6 of Bryce's books so far but this one just was too long. The early part based in Australia was ok but the Singapore section is in slow motion and therefore I found it a frustrating listen. There was also repetition of comments where it felt as if Bryce had forgotten that he already used certain phrases.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful