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  • The Photographer

  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

A dawn raid on the home of a suspected rapist leads to a chilling discovery, a disturbing collection hidden under floorboards. Narey is terrified at the potential scale of what they've found and of what brutalities it may signal. When the photographs are ruled inadmissible as evidence and the man walks free from court, Narey knows she's let down the victim she'd promised to protect and a monster is back on the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one wasted word here & David Monteath is fab!

  • By Ann D on 21-02-18

Brilliant book from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

One of the best books I have listened to this year. Gripping and full of great characters. I found I had a tear in my eye at some bits - unusual for me, as the story is quite harrowing in parts, but well worth the read.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and the text is served well by narration.

  • By David W. on 12-09-18

A bit dry and very few revelations

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

If you can compare two books on the same subject, Fire and Fury is a much better read. I guess both are a snapshot of the Trump Whitehouse, but as a piece of entertainment this is a bit dry and doesn't really offer much of an insight in to the President.

I can't say I would recommend this book, and after finishing I wish I hadn't bothered.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fire and Fury

  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,582

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best-selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive audiobook, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirl of Staff and Ideas

  • By Ricci on 22-03-18

Pretty much what you think goes on, but worse

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Not usually my type of book but found this riveting. If you are a trump supporter this isn’t for you.

Great story telling and really got me engaged with the main west wing characters of trumps first year. Recommended listen

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but

  • By Jeffrey Slater on 06-10-17

Not the best Peter Grant book by a long shot

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

If you only read this Peter Grant book you probably won’t read any more. Definitely not up to the usual standard in characters or story. Should be seen as a side story and not a novel but as a fan I wasn’t impressed at all. Here’s hoping the next one has more thought put into it

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 415

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visionary, violent, yet redemptive. A masterpiece.

  • By Peter Kettle on 07-04-13

One of the best epic westerns ever written

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

What did you like most about Blood Meridian?

The characters were engaging and the story kept you hooked until the end. Didn’t want it to finish.

What did you like best about this story?

Although this book at its heart is very violent. The story is wonderfully crafted that keeps you hooked.

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

Found his reading excellent and really made the book.

  • The Other Side of Silence

  • Bernie Gunther, Book 11
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 424

It is 1956 on the French Riviera. A world-weary Bernie Gunther is working as concierge at the Grand Hotel, living under a false name. Then his past walks through the door in the shape of Harold Hennig, a former captain in the Nazi security service. Bernie never forgets a face, especially when it belongs to a mass murderer who, in 1945, was responsible for the deaths of thousands; among them a woman Bernie loved. Bernie has a score to settle with Hennig…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK but not great

  • By Mark on 13-08-16

Philip Kerr, please give up this series

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

What disappointed you about The Other Side of Silence?

The early books are great, but the last 2 have been disappointing. The post war story lines are contrived and not very good. I feel the series would be better served by recounting some pre wars tales.

Has The Other Side of Silence put you off other books in this genre?

No I love these kind of books. It is great Berlin Noir, but the last few have quite literary lost the plot.

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

Jeff Harding is a great reader and conjures up that 30's style detective noir of Raymond Chandler.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio problems mar an otherwise entertaining read

  • By Charles on 06-06-13

Not a bad book, but sometimes a bit hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

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

I would recommend, but not for everyone.

If you’ve listened to books by Jasper Fforde before, how does this one compare?

I haven't read any other books. I will probably give the next one a try.

Was The Eyre Affair worth the listening time?

The concept of the book was fine, but even although it is a fantasy novel some of the story and the altered history were a bit hard to swallow. I couldn't reconcile how the chain of events would have played out to create this version of the last 150 years.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Who know you could learn to like Hitler!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

If you could sum up Look Who's Back in three words, what would they be?

A great read

What did you like best about this story?

It was a clever story and you found yourself liking the Hitler character. This is very clever as you keep thinking about the real life one which is quite a strange feeling.

What about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance did you like?

The reader was great, very believable and read the story well.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is a black comedy which runs throughout the book.

Any additional comments?

I have seen there is a TV series, I am looking forward watching this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 869

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you've seen the Amazon version, read this also

  • By Mark Brandon on 20-03-16

Very disappointing and disjointed book

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

Reviewed: 21-12-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure who would enjoy this book as it's disappointing on so many levels.

Has The Man in the High Castle put you off other books in this genre?

No, as I thought I would enjoy it as I like this genre.

What aspect of Jeff Cummings’s performance might you have changed?

Nothing. Narration was good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Could have been so much better. But seemed to build characters who just seemed to disappear in the book. Strange ending and too many loose ends.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Stratton's War

  • By: Laura Wilson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

London, June 1940. When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on railings, the coroner rules her death as suicide, but DI Ted Stratton of CID is not convinced. As he starts asking questions, it becomes clear that Morgan's fatal fall may have been the work of one of Soho's most notorious gangsters. When Stratton's path crosses with MI5 agent Diana Calthrop, they uncover a criminal network and a secretive pro-Fascist organisation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprising gem of a story

  • By J NEILL on 18-10-08

Good start poor ending

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

Reviewed: 19-05-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending as it was a bit flat

What about Sean Barrett and Anna Bentinck ’s performance did you like?

very good as I'm not usually keen on books with more than one reader

Was Stratton's War worth the listening time?

yes