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John McCluskey

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  • The Man with No Face

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Brussels, 1979. Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman arrives in the capital of European politics intent on digging up dirt. Yet it is danger he discovers when two British men are found murdered. One victim is a journalist, the other a Cabinet Minister: the double assassination witnessed by the former's autistic daughter. This girl recalls every detail about her father's killer - except for one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent tale.

  • By JENNIFER on 19-01-19

Good Old Fashioned Thriller

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

My favourite author brilliantly narrated once again by Peter Forbes. A bit Le Carre esqué and brilliantly reworked for good old fashioned story telling.

  • The One

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049

How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner - the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I absolutely loved this book!!

  • By Daisy on 02-06-17

Brilliant Concept Well Told

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

My only negative comment about The One is that it ended. Absolutely loved it and found it entertaining and engrossing. Won’t spoil the plot and you can check the synopsis but it was engaging and at just the right pace. Well done.

  • Pirate Hunters

  • Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men - John Chatterton and John Mattera - are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th century, Bannister's exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's, but his story, and his ship, have been lost to time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A cracking yarn

  • By John McCluskey on 20-12-18

A cracking yarn

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Fantastic adventure and insight into treasure hunting and pirates. Was sad when I got to the end because I was enjoying it so much. Pity Shadow Divers isn’t on audible. Good old fashioned boys own tale.

  • That's Another Story

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Julie Walters
  • Narrated by: Julie Walters
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Julie Walters has been described as the nation's most popular actress and comedienne. She has been delighting us on screen and on stage for over 25 years and - thanks to her undoubted talent, infectious spirit and self-deprecating humour - we have taken her to our hearts. Now she tells us her own story, in her own words. She was born in 50s Birmingham, daughter of an austere Irish Catholic mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That's another story by Julie Walters

  • By Emma on 06-02-09

Abrupt end

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-18

What a shame, book was fast paced and funny but it just stopped or ended completely randomly. I get it is an abridged version, but this was more like a trailer for a book. Had to double check I hadn’t only part downloaded.

  • A Better Me

  • The Official Autobiography
  • By: Gary Barlow
  • Narrated by: Gary Barlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 664

A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary's life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating honesty and a human side that people rarely see. Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars, open, honest and raw and as we've never seen him before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Helen Bailey on 19-10-18

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

Well done for narrating himself. Really liked Gary Barlow but he is a bit obsessive which was a bit irritating. 2 sides to every story and interesting to hear him open up about the Robbie situation. A bit too much about diets but if that’s his obsession then who am I to argue.

  • The Sword of Moses

  • By: Dominic Selwood
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

When former MI6 agent turned archaeologist Dr Ava Curzon is engaged by American intelligence to track down an African militia claiming to hold the Ark of the Covenant, she is plunged into a world where nothing is what it seems. Her breakneck descent into the shadowy realm of dark biblical magic hurls her across continents and into the opaque worlds of the Knights Templar, freemasons, occultists and extremist neo-Nazis, pushing her mentally and physically to the limits.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful... too much exposition & plot

  • By martin thomas on 17-12-18

Too Contrived

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

Overly long and lost it’s way on many occasions. The theory was good but could have been sharper and shorter ... much shorter for what it was.

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  • My Life Journey to the Top of Everest
  • By: Ben Fogle
  • Narrated by: Ben Fogle, Marina Fogle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

In April 2018, seasoned adventurer Ben Fogle and Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, along with mountaineer Kenton Cool, took on their most exhausting challenge yet - climbing Everest for the British Red Cross in an attempt to highlight the environmental challenges mountains face. The expedition was to become the adventure of a lifetime, the culmination of a journey that started with a moment of tragedy years before. For Ben was inspired to take on this challenge by the memory of his son, Willem, who was stillborn in 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Greg on 21-02-19

Fantastic Book

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Ben Fogle could just be one of the nicest people I have ever come across. In sharing the adventure and the effects it had on his family you really buy into it. I had seen the TV programme so knew the result but it was the journey that was the pay off. Thank You for sharing Ben

  • Ascent

  • By: Sir Chris Bonington
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Hear Sir Chris Bonington's extraordinary story, read by Gordon Griffin. His memoir, Ascent, charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world - such as the Eiger and the Himalayas - but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ascent

  • By Anonymous User on 04-12-17

Master Adventurer

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

What a well written and engaging bio. Had me gripped all the way and intruiged by Chris if he had read it himself it might have been a five. Would definitely be one of my 10 dinner guests ...

  • Flight

  • By: Isabel Ashdown
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

When Wren Irving's numbers come up in the first ever national lottery draw, she doesn't tell her husband, Rob. Instead she quietly packs her bags, kisses her six-month-old daughter, Phoebe, good-bye, and leaves. Two decades later Rob has moved on and found happiness with their oldest friend, Laura. Phoebe, now a young woman, has never known any other life. But when Rob receives a mysterious letter, the past comes back to haunt them all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not very good. Needed something more!

  • By Ann D on 25-05-15

Mediocre Melodrama

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

There's a saying that you cant make a silk purse from a sows ear. I found the story very mediocre and the characters a bit one dimensional. Performance from Lucy Price-Lewis watch top notch but I felt for her trying to make this work. The jumping around with characters and timeline only irritated me but maybe it would be better read in physical book form rather than audiobook. I see mixed reviews so some obviously love it and life would be boring if we all liked the same stuff.

  • Just for the Love of It

  • By: Cathy O'Dowd
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Cathy has captured the drama of her Everest climbs, her passion for the challenge of climbing mountains, and her love for wild places in this story of her four attempts on the mountain. Cathy tries to answer the question of why, if climbing Everest can be so dangerous, people still want to do it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping. Enjoyed the writing and the narration

  • By mrs jlh milborrow on 14-01-19

Another perspective

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Not the worst book I’ve listed to but I don’t think it went deep enough to make me care for the character or be more inclined to believe her perspective on several events. These mountain climbers intrigue me and I can only only admire their achievements to scale the highest peaks. Without giving the plot away it gives a perspective in the 1996 Everest tragedy I had only got from the other books which were not so flattering about Cathy’s partner, to an absolute tragedy that on the face of it I think Cathy and Ian were harshly criticised for to the achievement of the second summiting. A remarkable lady for sure.