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  • Inspector French and the Sea Mystery

  • Inspector French Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Narrated by: Phil Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Off the coast of Burry Port in South Wales, two fishermen discover a shipping crate and manage to haul it ashore. Inside is the decomposing body of a brutally murdered man. With nothing to indicate who he is or where it came from, the local police decide to call in Scotland Yard. Fortunately Inspector Joseph French does not believe in insoluble cases - there are always clues to be found if you know what to look for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great detective puzzles

  • By H. Tollyfield on 15-02-17

Freeman Wills Croft at his best

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

This the 4 book following the Starvel Hollow case, finds the author and his inspectors skill growing. The detail in caricatures, places and narrative are superbly crafted. inspector French goes about his work with such realistic detail, with clear human undertaking and limitations, making him so believable. You can see late creations of Morse etc being infected by Wills Crofts art form.

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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 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

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

Great pace, great story line, clever

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

If you could sum up First Response in three words, what would they be?

Fast Clever Story

Have you listened to any of Paul Thornley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Only reason I gave the narration 4 not 5 starts is I found it hard to catch on to a distinction between the some of the young boomers, but there again having great work from Paul Thornley.

Any additional comments?

Great listen, the book and narrative gave you just enough information like any good mystery or thriller to feel you are just ahead of the curve and plot line, and picked up on the clues as they went by in the fast paced book. Great work...

  • The Norfolk Mysteries

  • County Guides to Murder, Book 1
  • By: Ian Sansom
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

The first book in The County Guides to Murder Series. The County Guides to Murder are a series of detective novels set in 1930s England. The books are an odyssey through England and its history. In each county, the protagonists - Stephen Sefton, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and his employer, the People's Professor, Swanton Morley - solve a murder. The first book is set in Norfolk. The murder is in the vicarage. There are 39 books - and 39 murders - to follow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Unexpected

  • By Ms Lixie on 17-01-14

Performanc distracting found this listen hard work

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

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

to read yes, this audio presentation no.

What did you like best about this story?

the main story well crafted mystery

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

the narration was distracting embellishing an over worked caricature and the accents were distracting with caricatures merging

Could you see The Norfolk Mysteries being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Sylester Mc Coy

Any additional comments?

The main Caricature of the the professor was over worked to be insentric, this is the first book so would try the next to see if the author steeled in to his creation. The performance on the other hand was a distraction.

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  • All the King's Men

  • The British Soldier from the Restoration to Waterloo
  • By: Saul David
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Saul David's comprehensive history, All the King's Men: The British Soldier from the Restoration to Waterloo, read by the actor Sean Barrett. "The British soldier," wrote a Prussian officer who served with Wellington, "is vigorous, well fed, by nature highly brave and intrepid, trained to the most vigorous discipline, and admirably well-armed...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The British general from the bits Saul David likes

  • By Ali on 13-07-13

In depth detailed history, well put together

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

For a detailed dry subject he delivered life and sole to the work, with a comftable rhythm and pass.

Any additional comments?

For such a detailed history, this work covers so much information, historical context and back round either social or political leading to the fields the men of the army found them selves standing on. A very accomplished work with out being to dry and drawn as some historical factual books can be.

  • The Heist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Silva success

  • By Alexander on 03-09-14

Another great Silva success

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Heist to be better than the print version?

Yes I would never get through the print version in any kind of time...

Who was your favorite character and why?

to many well rounded and familiar characters to choose from, all with brilliant incidental details that make them come to life in your minds eye... hang on ask me agin... the Goat.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favourite?

Like the above George has the pass and rhythm of each character so well defined that is hard to separate them, but may be the goat again...

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

please don't ruin these novels with a 90min film made on shoe string....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blink

  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Average...

  • By L on 12-12-12

not really sure this went where it was going...

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

Would you try another book written by Malcolm Gladwell or narrated by Malcolm Gladwell?

Malcolm books are all way interesting and follow a journey and story of how he got there, but more so than other I think this lost its way a little, may be on a second listen I will get more from it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Malcolm Gladwell? Why or why not?

yes

  • Elegy for Eddie

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

April 1933. Eddie Pettit is a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When he is killed in a violent accident, there is skepticism about the cause of death. Who would want to kill Eddie, and why? Maisie Dobbs is determined to offer her help. As she uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, Maisie must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming novel, full of human nature & observation

  • By Alexander on 09-03-14

Charming novel, full of human nature & observation

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

Where does Elegy for Eddie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

She embraces the time of the 1920's just enough with out over doing it, charictors are very true to life where no one is perfect. Coming close to the narrative story tell skill of Agatha Christie

What did you like best about this story?

Charming novel, full of well observed human nature it limits of perception and floors of judgment and personal perception.

What does Julie Teal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nice pass, good characterisation and easy to listen to with out zoning out of the narrative thread.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lineup

  • By: Liad Shoham
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

The English-language debut by best-selling Israeli author Liad Shoham. A brutal rape disturbs a quiet neighborhood in Tel Aviv, leaving the police baffled and without clues, eyewitnesses, or suspects. The victim’s father, however, refuses to give up his search for justice and begins his own investigation. He identifies Ziv Nevo as the culprit and all circumstances point to his guilt - as does the victim. But appearances can be deceiving and as veteran investigator Eli Nahum becomes increasingly frustrated by Nevo’s silence during interrogation, lines are crossed and values betrayed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story

  • By Steven on 07-12-13

Good story but not amazing

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

Reviewed: 02-02-14

What made the experience of listening to Lineup the most enjoyable?

It twists and lays out the plot in away that keeps you frustrated with caricatures faults and disjoins..

Who was your favorite character and why?

never had one...

What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

richness and diversity to the individual people in the book,

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What you see at first is not always what is happening.

Any additional comments?

Shame it was translated by an American, in to american english and terms, lost some of the culture of the city and country it was set in.

  • 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 2,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619

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

round in circle

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

Reviewed: 02-02-14

What did you like best about Outliers? What did you like least?

Never seem to get to the real point of the book in any concise way.

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

Never seem to get to the real point and title of the book in any concise way.

Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

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

no it would not work.. good documentary thou

Any additional comments?

seem like self centred philosophy for his life rather than a completely thought through work. Some very interesting sections about how chance plays so much of a role in life, and why some people do better in certain fields, but can't real say that as well rounded Englishman I feel any way enlightened by this book. If I lived in a bubble, may be...

3 of 5 people found this review helpful