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  • Once a Pilgrim

  • By: James Deegan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Manning
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

John Carr has recently left the SAS, after a long and distinguished career, and is now working for a Russian oligarch in the murky world of private security. But an incident from his past - in which three terrorists were brutally killed - suddenly comes back to haunt him. Tracked by a hit man out for revenge, John Carr is forced to step over the line to defend himself and his family. It's a cruel and violent world - and one he thought he'd left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable ex-SAS tale

  • By Sandy on 15-04-18

A great read, would highly recomend.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Once started I couldn't stop listening, James Deegan gets his "hook" into as soon as you get into this listen. The main character John Carr is very believable, the narrator, Joshua Manning, really brings him to life. I’m hoping James Deegan has more storylines with John Carr in. I would highly recommend this book.

Richard S, UK

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Mr King does it again!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

This book should carry a sleep deprivation warning, once you start reading you won’t be able to put it down. If you enjoyed the Mr Mercedes series, which I thought were brilliant, then you'll love this. The narration by Will Patten gives the listening experience that extra pizazz. If 6 stars where available than that’s what I would give it.

I’m hoping we see more novels which include Holly Gibney and Detective Ralph Anderson teaming up together, and of course Jerome. Are you listening Mr King!

Definitely put this book at the top of your listening list, don’t miss it.

RichardS

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  • The Pen and the Sword

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 2
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Vivien Z. on 16-11-17

A damn good read, I would highly recommend.

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

Reviewed: 17-08-17

One can identify with Yozef Kolsko, the main character, and his dilemma of having advanced knowledge but being unable to apply it in a society thats 300years behind that which he was removed from.

Read the first and second books back to back, couldn't put them down. I cant wait for the third book, will the Natharni be finally pushed back off the island? What about windmills/water wheels as energy source. Will we see steam power and the beginnings of an industrial revolution emerge.

Bring on the third instalment.

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  • Lunar Discovery

  • Discovery Series, Book 1
  • By: Salvador Mercer
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

What lies on the dark side of the moon could change the course of humanity forever. When a Chinese rover discovers an alien technology on the dark side of the moon, it is up to Richard "Rock" Crandon and his NASA team of scientists and engineers to devise a way to return before the Chinese and Russians. Forced to deal with bureaucratic oversight and a complex team of personalities, Rock Crandon pushes his team to their limits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Initail Thoughts

  • By Stephen on 22-11-17

A great read, would recomend.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Lunar Discovery to be better than the print version?

Not read hard copy but Audible version was excellent, great narration by Mark Boyett.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lunar Discovery?

Being old enough to remember the first lunar landing brought additional significance to the story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but didn't do most of my listening whilst driving.

Any additional comments?

Just waiting for second book in the series.

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo. When he wakes up, life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bright Light of a Master Story-Teller!

  • By Simon on 28-04-17

Another Stephen King gem,

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Highly recommended. Great story line and belivable characters. Could not put it down, enhanced by superb narration.

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisiting the past...

  • By FictionFan on 10-03-17

Great Read

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

Thoroughly entertaining read, can't wait until the next book from Jane Harper. Highly recommended. Great narration by Stephen Shanahan.

  • Order to Kill

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Mitch Rapp is used to winning. But in this follow-up to number-one New York Times best-selling The Survivor, the CIA operative finds himself chasing false leads from continent to continent in an effort to keep Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists. Together with friend and colleague Scott Coleman, Rapp struggles to prevent the loss of these lethal weapons, particularly because Russia is also interested in the nukes, though not for the same reason as Rapp and Coleman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Matt blain. on 03-11-16

Mitch never disappoints. Great story.

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

Reviewed: 31-10-16

As usual couldn't put it down. I see the Russian reappearing in the future, hopefully on Mitch's side.

  • End of Watch

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751

End of Watch is a compelling and chilling suspense novel which sees retired detective Bill Hodges back on the trail of his nemesis, Brady Hartsfield, the criminal the press called The Mercedes Killer. Foiled in his attempt to commit a second mass murder, Hartsfield is confined to a hospital brain-injury unit in a seemingly unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: Brady is able to influence both his physician and the hospital librarian to commit crimes in the outside world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly Supernatural

  • By Mr D C Finnimore on 27-10-16

Stephen King does it again - would give it 6 stars

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

Reviewed: 19-06-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, whole heartedly without a moments hesitation. The Will Patten narration brings the characters alive.

What did you like best about this story?

The depth and breath of the characters that draw you into the story, The detailed plot line running through all three books in the Mr Mercedes series grabs you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on a roller coaster ride.

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

Listened to a number of his narrations, his usual excellent delivery.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely, as my job involves a lot of driving I use audio books a lot. I found myself sitting at destinations thinking I'll just listen to the end of this chapter, a few late meeting starts!

Any additional comments?

With the death of Bill Hodges does this mean the end of the Finders Keepers team? I hope not and Holly and Jerome continue although without Bill it wont be the same.
Again, well done Mr King, what a story telling gift you have.

  • The 5th Wave

  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Brandon Espinoza
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 361

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I suspect it will split opinions

  • By Simon on 26-10-14

great story

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

Reviewed: 13-02-16

I will defiantly read second book in the series, assuming that there will be one.

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  • The Remaining: Allegiance

  • By: D.J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

This is the fifth novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to make their way in a ruined world. After a bacterium has turned 90 percent of the population into a ravenous horde, Lee must complete his mission: SURVIVE, RESCUE, REBUILD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • top bananas

  • By Jonathat on 11-01-17

Couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 13-03-15

Have read all the preceding titles and this one doesn't disappoint, highly recommend to all.