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  • Pendulum

  • By: Adam Hamdy
  • Narrated by: Luke Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

You wake. Confused. Disorientated. A noose is round your neck. You are bound, standing on a chair. All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope. You are about to die. John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable. Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour. He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mrs. Jennifer Petrie on 22-10-17

Enjoyable, fast moving, great plot!

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

Enjoyed this and looking forward to the next in the series. Good action, plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, great plot. Sometimes lacks a little plausibility... as the story moves to conclusion it becomes a bit more action movie in places - it starts as a gritty murder mystery that has depth and detail which a prefer in a book. It just took the edge off, toward the end, ever so slightly. But overall this is a great read and thought the narrator was very good too!

  • Thirteen Hours

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

They killed her best friend. Now they are chasing Rachel Anderson through the streets of Cape Town. The young tourist doesn’t trust anyone - except her father, back in America. When he puts pressure on the politicians, they know that they must find Rachel before the killers do. So Benny Griessel - detective, maverick and father - has just 13 hours to crack a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant plot and characters

  • By r on 22-07-11

Fast paced and involved.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

As the title suggests the book zings long at a great tempo but it still leaves you guessing until a good distance through the book. It becomes a little predictable toward the end, but by then you are ready for the finale anyhow. I think a little more time could have been spent perhaps intertwining the perspective of the bad guys to make you dislike them a little more intensely, thus making the ending more dramatic, but none the less, I really enjoyed this! Its gritty, different and vivid in its storytelling.

  • 7 Days

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

I'll shoot a policeman every day until you arrest the murderer of Hanneke Sloet. Shortly after the South African Police Services receive this threatening email, a policeman is shot by a sniper and recovering alcoholic Benny Griessel is ordered to reopen the Sloet case. Hanneke Sloet was a sensual and ambitious lawyer. At the time of her murder she was working on one of the biggest Black Empowerment deals in South African history. She was found dead in her luxury Cape Town apartment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Nick on 11-01-19

Really enjoyed this...

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

So many twists and turns and depth that keep you guessing right until the end. Great pace, really engaging characterisation but does rely on perhaps some introduction to them from previous books, so it is worth considering the order of the series. The way that every seemingly broken line of investigation and dead end culminates is great! As I approached the crux of the book it made me wish for traffic jams on my commute in the car as an excuse to listen to a little more!

  • Fever

  • By: Deon Meyer
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodburn, Peter Noble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Nico Storm and his father drive across a desolate South Africa, constantly alert for feral dogs, motorcycle gangs, nuclear contamination. They are among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world's population. Young as he is, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father's protector. But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is a man with a vision. He is searching for a place that can become a refuge, a beacon of light and hope in a dark and hopeless world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enthralling story

  • By Mrs. H. J. Trick on 18-07-17

Great!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Enjoyed this take on a post apocalyptic world, felt more real that others - in that it has a more humanist feel. Like not everyone in that world would be a murdering savage, there are good people, trying to re-build, survive. The backdrop of South Africa gives it a distinct feeling and style, especially if you’ve ever visited. Some good twists and turns in the story that keeps the pages turning. The intricate plot is brilliantly constructed through the personal accounts/perspectives of different characters. It leaves room for interesting insight into the nature on human relationships and the difference between what we think and what we actually do! The 'internal dialogue' aspect of the chapters makes you feel like you know the characters in more depth.

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  • Courtney's War

  • By: Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Paris, 1939. Torn apart by war, Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, both struggling for their lives. Gerhard - despite his objections to the Nazi regime - is fighting for the Fatherland, hoping to one day have the opportunity to rid Germany of Hitler and his cronies. But as his unit is thrown into the hellish attrition of the Battle of Stalingrad, he knows his chances of survival are dwindling by the day....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My First Wilbur Smith . . . Not my last!

  • By Simon on 09-09-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Was looking forward to this after the last book. Strong characters, in-depth story, as always intertwined with real history as it’s setting. No spoilers but the descriptions of real events in which the story is set are vivid, unsettling etc. The adventure is, as always, non-stop and keeps moving in the un-put-downable style that I’ve always enjoyed in most of Wilbur Smith’s books - just one more chapter every time you listen. This is an excellent addition to the Courtney saga. Look forward to the next.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful