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Mr. S. Hyams

Lancashire UK
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  • The Escape

  • Book 3
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

The third title in the John Puller series to follow Zero Day and The Forgotten. Military CID investigator, John Puller, has returned from his latest case in Florida to learn that his brother, Bobby, on death row at Leavenworth Military Prison for national security crimes, has escaped. Preliminary investigations show that he may have had help in his breakout. Now he's on the run, and in disguise, and he's the military's number one target. John Puller has a dilemma. Which comes first, loyalty to his country or to his brother?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it- nail biting clever read

  • By shona on 20-12-15

Good but...

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

Very original storyline intricate well thought out with a few surprises
My only criticism is that the narrator sometimes seems to be shouting or at least has a very loud Voice
The two readers male and female worked well but personally I didn't like the associated music and sound effects in some parts
Top marks for the plot

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Monogram Murders

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Boring Monogram Murders

  • By Ulla on 18-09-14

Good but...

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Would you try another book written by Sophie Hannah or narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The plot

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

Good voice characterisations given previous Poirot voices

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

No with out massive cuts

Any additional comments?

Yes I buy unabridged versions as a rule but this need cutting badly - some of Poirots explanations were endless and over written. Despite a good reader and a moving plot, I dropped off with some of the passages. Never happens in Jack reacher novel, unabridged!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Die Trying

  • Jack Reacher 2
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A meagre offering compared to 'Killing Floor'.

  • By Swords and Spectres on 15-02-14

Good but...

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

Reviewed: 08-11-13

Interesting story based around domestic terrorism.
Review is about a classic error perpetrated by the recording houses.
I get all I need to know to picture Reacher from the regular reader, then this new guy and all the depth and even menace of Reacher disappears.

There were a couple of Disc World stories read by women having got all the characters sorted with Stephen Briggs. Wrecks the images.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Without Fail

  • Jack Reacher 6
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498

Jack Reacher walks alone. No job, no ID, no last known address. But he never turns down a plea for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to the details ... perfection in words

  • By Mr Rupert Seymour on 28-06-13

Brilliant and compulsive

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

Reviewed: 23-07-13

Recent convert to Jack Reacher novels ...ignore the film with Tom Cruise.
Think Raymond Chandler on steroids. Well thought out story with twist and turns as new evidence comes to light. ...not managed to guess the outcome yet of any of the stories.
Like the intricacies and characterisations, very well voiced by Jeff Harding, now my preferred reader.
I now know a lot about weaponry and ways of killing people!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Tomorrow

  • Jack Reacher 13
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs, mostly because they're nervous. By definition they're all first-timers. Riding the subway in New York at 2:00 in the morning, Reacher knows the 12 giveaway signs to look out for. Watching one of his fellow passengers, he becomes sharply aware: one by one, she ticks off every bulletpoint on his list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GET OFF THE TRAIN JACK!

  • By Mr. M. Curtis on 13-04-13

Echoes of Chadler

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

Reviewed: 04-06-13

Brilliant, not listened to anything by Lee Child before, just had him recommended.

Style of narration very Chandleresque as it moves along with brief but punchy sentences - I certainly was left with some grim pictures in my head.
Story line very good and kept me engaged only loosing it on a very sunny afternoon in the garden when I drifted off in the sunshine...had to rewind to where I last remembered.

Have already downloaded another Lee Child story.

ps hope the rest have recording quality as good as this one as in the car, no hiss was apparent.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fallen Angel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. When the sins of the past echo the crimes of the present... When British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa suspects more than a simple accident. Nic is sure Malise's family are hiding vital information. As the investigation deepens, Rome’s seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery and corruption. The key to the truth lies with the Gabriels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another intruging story in the Rome series

  • By Kirstine on 27-08-11

Unexpectedly brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-11

First time with this author so went off the reviews.
Not disappointed in the least. After the first half hour, I put the iTouch on at every opportunity.
Good clear reading if basic vocal characterisations - Im used to brilliant vocalisations from the readers of the Terry Pratchett novels, spoilt really.
The plot develops at quite a pace and there are twist and turns of the "who dunnit" as you go along. Put on Google earth and I suspect you could get a tour of Rome at the same time.

Great, absorbing listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

  • By: Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
  • Narrated by: Jeff Forshaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easier than I thought

  • By Mr. S. Hyams on 30-05-11

Easier than I thought

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-11

For the first time I actually understand about time and the observer.
Brilliant book enhanced by the readers accent.
The descriptions work and while the spoken equations get a little confusing - switched off for bits - the overall value of the book is excellent.
Knocks spots of books like "A brief history of time" for ease of understanding.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Wyrd Sisters

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

In Wyrd Sisters, the enchanting world of Discworld is turned upside down by 3 meddling witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. Their interference in royal politics causes kingdoms to wobble, crowns to topple, knives to flash, and citizens to shudder in fear.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard work

  • By Linda on 05-05-09

It just does snot work for me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-11

This must be one of the few Discworlds I have not listened to. In my head the voices are perfect from Planar and Briggs, even Robinson. Nanny Ogg does not sound right the way Celia Imrie voices them. Good story as ever but the voice characterisation jars.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Dragons

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

The shooting of a Chinese liquor store owner in LA brings Harry Bosch back to the Rodney King riots and the moment a stranger gave a young cop sanctuary. Now the debt must be repaid, and Harry soon discovers the old man's death was no ordinary holdup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff

  • By Tom on 07-02-10

Not up to scratch

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-09

Really enjoyed a new crime writer for me - Michael Connelly - in listening to Black Ice and The Last Coyote. Good intricate plot and especially well read and voiced by Dick Hill.

Nine Dragons had for me to many sentences starting "He..." and the overall story was spoilt by the readers voice and characterisations - Michael Brandon.
The story line itself moved along well but the above criticisms took the edge off.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book from Micheal Connolly

  • By Matthew Rayner on 17-07-09

Black Ice - unseen brilliance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-09

Keen fan of Hammett and Chandler and I have read many Ian Rankins, but much preferred this.
Thought it was time to try another crime author and the Harry Bosch story did not disappoint. Well read firstly, good selection of "voices" which always helps. Plot was complicated and kept on moving at a pace. To me the characters were well thought out and LA had a modern but grimy feel as portrayed by Chandler and Philip Marlowe etc.

As soon as I have written this, I will download another Michael Connelly.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful