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  • Louise's War

  • By: Sarah R. Shaber
  • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

It's 1942. Louise Pearlie, a young widow, has come to Washington DC to work as a clerk for the legendary OSS, the precursor to the CIA. When, while filing, she discovers a document concerning the husband of a college friend, Rachel Bloch - a young French Jewish woman she is desperately worried about - Louise realizes she may be able to help get Rachel out of Vichy France. But then a colleague whose help Louise has enlisted is murdered, and she realizes she is on her own, unable to trust anyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable WW2 mystery...

  • By Salter on 09-11-18

Enjoyable WW2 mystery...

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

When Louise stumbles upon some worrying information, she hatches a plan to try and get her friend, Rachel, out of occupied France. She soon realises that her good intentions have some big repercussions, and that shes uncovered much more than she could have imagined...
Sarah Shaber does a good job of describing and giving the feel of the 1940's, and the narrator (Jenny Hoops) seems very suited to the period and type of story being described..
Recommended.

I received this copy for free, in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Having enjoyed the Ryan Series thus far I was a little hesitant when I heard that we were straying away from the norm (and brilliance of Jonathan Keeble's narration), and venturing into an audio drama.
I must admit this surpassed my expectations. The actors played their parts superbly, and as Ryan fans will know, this story filled in a major part of the backstory to the series. This means, however, that fans will know how this particular story pans out (in a general sense), but this doesn't detract at all from the enjoyment of the story. It had me gripped right from the word go, and ended up listening right through in one sitting..(a rare occurrence for me!).
I can't recommend this and indeed the rest of the series enough. In fact those new to this series may benefit from listening to The Infirmary first.
I'm looking forward to the continuation of the series, and hope that we can enjoy more Audible drama's interspersed within the main body of the series that is beautifully narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book poor narration audio levels

  • By Mr on 01-03-18

Very tense, but extremely enjoyable...!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

The second 'Gray Man' book that I've listened to, and I enjoyed this one just as much as the last.
Court Gentry is soon embroiled in a plot to go into deepest Syria and carry out what could only be described as 'suicide missions'. Against his better judgement he's soon on the ground and trying to avoid the different factions vying for control there.
For those that enjoy the likes of Mark Dawson, Scott Mariani and alike, this will be right up your street. I've added more of the Gray Man series into my watchlist as a result.
Well narrated by Jay Snyder.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Doomsday Prophecy

  • Ben Hope, Book 3
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

From the number one best-selling author. ex-SAS operative Ben Hope decided to give up rescuing kidnap victims in favour of the Theology studies he abandoned years before, he should have known that fate would decide differently. Searching for missing biblical archaeologist Zoë Bradbury, Ben finds himself embroiled in his riskiest mission yet. What is the ancient secret that Zoë uncovered? And just who is willing to do anything to protect it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A super, edge of your seat thriller...!

  • By Salter on 28-10-18

A super, edge of your seat thriller...!

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

Just when Ben Hope thought his life was going to get a little quieter, he's thrown right back into the thick of it... This time he's helping an old friend find his missing daughter. Things quickly escalate, and Hope realises there's something very big and very dangerous in play. A catastrophic plot which could see the world thrown into another global war.
The Doomsday Prophecy is the third in Mariani's Ben Hope series. It's superbly written, with some real edge of your seat action. Once again Hope battles against his inner demons, whilst all the time displaying the ruthlessness that year's of special forces training has instilled in him. Highly recommended...
Very well narrated by Colin Mace.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Rites (The Lazarus Codex)

  • By: E. A. Copen
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Old gods die hard. Professional necromancer Lazarus Kerrigan knows all too well that the Big Easy is anything but. Crime is up, business is down, and someone--or something--crushed an innocent girl to death on his doorstep. After the search for the murderer brings the police to his front door, Laz must prove his innocence by hauling in the real killer with help from the dead. When the sun sets in New Orleans, more than monsters go bump in the night... And what Laz awakens in his quest for answers might just get him--and everyone else in town--killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable urban fantasy...

  • By Salter on 25-10-18

An enjoyable urban fantasy...

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

Laz is a necromancer. By day he runs a shop - trying to make ends meet. He's also been known to do the occasional seance, but his real abilities are much more powerful.
As Laz locks up shop one afternoon, he's approached by a young woman who wants his help. She says her life is in danger, and the source of the danger isn't of this world. On this occasion, however, Laz is about to go on a hot date....
Unfortunately, the next morning, the woman is found dead outside his shop, and its looking like Laz is the number one suspect. Laz needs to keep the police off his back, whilst he tries to figure out what happened, and just who has left this rather gruesome message on his doorstep...
A fun, supernatural tale - well told by Travis Baldree...

I received this copy for free, in return for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fortnite Royal Deathmatch: Season 5

  • By: Sam G
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey E Arndt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

After being dropped from the bus, Garrick must now fight for survival among 99 other players on a remote island. By collecting weapons and building structures for tactical advantages, he must defeat them all to be the last person standing. He makes friends and enemies, but all of them have to compete with Maynard, the ultimate killer. Skill and luck will be needed to make it to the end. Not only does Garrick have to battle enemies and find resources to survive, there is a giant storm slowly closing on the island, forcing all the players together to build and fight for survival.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you're a fan of the game, you'll enjoy this....

  • By Salter on 25-10-18

If you're a fan of the game, you'll enjoy this....

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

What a phenomenon Fortnite is right now.
Royal Deathmatch follows Garrick, as he leaves Spawn island and lands on the remote island along with 99 other players. Along the way he visits the various locations that are now so well known by millions of players worldwide.Collecting various weapons and items, making and breaking alliances, and trying to keep ahead of the incoming storm are just some aspects that make up Garricks quest to stay alive.
For those that are familiar with the game, you'll enjoy this story. The account is well written, well researched and Jeffrey Arndt does a good job of bringing it all to life.
I received this copy for free, in return for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Salvation Row

  • John Milton, Book 6
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

John Milton is trying to make amends for a career spent killing for the British Secret Service. He has a burning need to right wrongs - and rewrite his own bloody past. He finds himself in Louisiana - the Big Sleazy, the bayou, and the post-Katrina wreckage of the Gulf Coast - with a debt of honor to repay. Isadora Bartholomew, who saved his partner's life, needs his help. Joel Babineaux, a ruthless property magnate, is out to sink the charity she established to help rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best John Milton yet!

  • By Mr Tickles on 23-10-17

Wow, just couldn't put this one down...

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

First time I've completed an audiobook in one sitting, but just couldn't get enough of Salvation Row.
Milton heads back to New Orleans to help some friends who risked their lives for him and Ziggy during Hurricane Katrina. Milton soon realises that the opposition will stop at nothing to get their own way, and even bring in an ex-Mossad agent who worked with Milton In the past. Both men soon realise they're in for the fight of their lives.
Not only was the story so very compelling (and left on somewhat of a cliffhanger...😀), but the insight and description into the sheer devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused was very humbling. A real eye opener, and I thank Mark Dawson for describing it so.
Flawless narration from David Thorpe once again. He is a terrific storyteller.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love how

  • By Kevin on 21-02-18

Plague pits & river bones....

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

London, 1812. Bones have been found washed up on the Thames, gentleman highway robbers have been reported and Constable Woods finds a severed foot washed up on Greenwich beach.
Detective Lavender and Woods have their work cut out in getting to the bottom of what is going on, and who the mysterious perpetrator is.

A very enjoyable crime story, based around a time when police really had to do things the hard way.
Superbly narrated by Michael Page. His narration very much suited the style and setting of the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Mozart Conspiracy

  • Ben Hope, Book 2
  • By: Scott Mariani
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

From the number-one best-selling author. Former SAS operative Ben Hope is running for his life. Enlisted by the beautiful Leigh Llewellyn - world-famous opera star and Ben's first love - to investigate her brother's mysterious death, Ben finds himself caught up in a centuries-old puzzle. The official line states that Oliver died whilst investigating Mozart's death, but the facts don't add up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb action thriller...!

  • By Salter on 16-10-18

Superb action thriller...!

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

A superbly exciting thriller from Scott Mariani. Ben Hope is back in action, this time he's on a mission to help an old flame investigate the death of her brother - who had been on the trail of a secret group involved in the death of Mozart. I found this story very compelling, and took any opportunity to listen! If you enjoy the 'edge of the seat' excitement of the likes of Mark Dawson - you'll absolutely love this. Very much in the style of the John Milton series. Very pleased to have come across this series, and can't wait to get stuck in to the remaining books! Very well narrated by Colin Mace.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Solomon Key

  • A Dane Maddock Adventure (Dane Maddock Adventures, Volume 10)
  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The legacy of a kidnapped African warrior turned pirate sets Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake on a collision course with a deadly organization that will stop at nothing to claim the greatest treasure in history. But more than riches are at stake. Enemies old and new and even old friends stand in Maddock's way in a struggle to control the mysterious power unlocked by the Solomon Key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced adventure with Maddock & Bones...!

  • By Salter on 12-10-18

Fast paced adventure with Maddock & Bones...!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Solomon Key is a very enjoyable, fast paced adventure that has it all - pirates, lost artefacts, King Solomon's mines and plenty of humour. Anyone keen on the likes of Clive Cussler, Steve Berry etc will enjoy the way David Wood blends historical and mythological treasure hunts, with fast paced action and adventure.
It's the first time.ive come across the Maddock series, and I know I'll be adding many more to my library in the future.
Super narration by Jeffrey Kafer. His style is very much suited to this type of book, and I found myself immersed into his expressive narration very quickly.

I received this copy for free, in return for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful