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  • A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion

  • By: Simon Barnes
  • Narrated by: Simon Barnes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

Simon Barnes is one of Britain's leading bird writers and humorists. His weekly column in The Times (London), his essays for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) magazine, and his two books on bad bird-watching have made him one of the characters of the bird world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great birdwatching book!

  • By j f wilson on 15-02-15

Superb for new birdwatchers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-17

This audio book is a must for anyone new to this wonderful pastime, having completed it I am now going to restart and listen over again as there is so much information that aids a fairly new bird watcher. Simon Barnes writes (& reads) with such an infectious enthusiasm it is impossible not to be drawn in and absorb all he is saying.
5/5 without a doubt. Treat yourself even if you aren't a bird watcher as it certainly opens your ears to the wonderful soundtrack that is the great outdoors!!

  • The Last Passenger

  • By: Manel Loureiro, Andres Alfaro (translator)
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Reporter Kate Kilroy accepts an assignment to travel on the Valkyrie, a German ship veiled in secrecy for decades after it was discovered adrift in 1939 with only one passenger aboard, a baby boy named Isaac Feldman. Obsessed with understanding his origins, Feldman has spent a small fortune restoring the Valkyrie to try to solve the mystery. Assembling a team of experts and sparing no expense, he aims to precisely recreate the circumstances of the Valkyrie's doomed final voyage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good storyline

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-01-15

Good storyline

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

Reviewed: 29-01-15

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

I would certainly recommend this audiobook simply because although at times you will have to stretch the boundaries of your imagination it is a story that is so engrossing you will lose yourself in it

What did you like best about this story?

Just a very good, flowing storyline with a decent ending to boot!!

Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favourite?

Angela's peformance is superb throught but for me her highlight is easily Senka Simovic

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Mystery, suspense, thought provoking

Any additional comments?

If you haven't heard (or read this) yet and you enjoy a good Sci-fi romp this will be perfect for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Three

  • By: Sarah Lotz
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott, Melanie McHugh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 208

Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe. There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world. The message is a warning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's like a car crash.. I couldn't stop listening!

  • By Kerry on 02-06-14

Easily the best book of 2014 so far

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

Reviewed: 05-06-14

If you could sum up The Three in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, Intriguing, Superb!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think my favorite character has to be Paul (he is narrated superbly) simply because when you are listening you can empathize with how is life is literally going to hell & there is nothing he can do about it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are far too many good scenes to name a most enjoyable one although having said that the opening couple of chapters (the first crash) is brilliantly written.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Anyone who has listened to (or read) this book wouldn't need a tag line in my opinion but for people who haven't then something along the lines of 'Thought-provokingly brilliant' would sum it up.

Any additional comments?

Sarah Lotz has written a well crafted, spine chilling & ground breaking novel and when you add to that the superb narration by Melanie McHugh & Andrew Wincott this book is an absolute must-listen.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Crucifax

  • By: Ray Garton
  • Narrated by: Seth Michael Donsky
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Originally published in 1988, Ray Garton's second novel, after his stunning debut with Live Girls, is regarded as a classic of the "splatterpunk" movement in horror fiction. Garton has a way with teenage boredom, atmospheric small-town isolation, incest, drug abuse and over-the-top violence and he has managed to create a modern re-make of the story of the Pied Piper with a sinister character, Crucifax, appearing on the scene, seducing mixed-up kids with his siren song of pleasure, power and indulgence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Would have been better with a different narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-05-14

Would have been better with a different narrator

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

First of all I have to admit to being a huge fan of Ray Garton's work (Live Girls, The New Neighbor, Methods of Madness etc are all great reads/listens) and even though I enjoyed this story the narration is very average to say the least.

Seth Michael Donsky's reading leaves a lot to be desired but I believe it is because he is trying to hard, his rendition of some of the characters especially Reverend Bainbridge is simply awful and the female characters almost sound comical. Not wishing to sound too harsh as in parts the reading is OK but I think with someone else reading this it would have been a much better experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flesh

  • By: Richard Laymon
  • Narrated by: Maynard McKillen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

No one in town has ever seen anything like it: a slimy, mobile tube of glistening yellow flesh with dull, staring eyes and an obscene, probing mouth. But the real horror is not what it looks like, or what it does when it invades your flesh—but what it makes you do to others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, average narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-05-14

Good story, average narration

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

Richard Laymon's 'The Flesh' is a good solid horror story for which he became famous and although this isn't one of his finest works it is still an above average story.

My main problem with 'The Flesh' was I wasn't keen on the narration which whilst not being too bad did grate a little in places, that being said don't be put off as the story is interesting enough to make you not want to reach for the stop button.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Face of Fear

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Don’t look down.... Because you’re trapped on the 40th floor of a deserted office building by a psychopath called "The Butcher". Don’t look down.… Because you’re an ex-mountain climber and a fall from Everest left you with a bad leg and a paralyzing fear of heights. Don’t look down.… Because The Butcher hasslaughtered the guards an.d short-circuited the elevators - the stairways are blocked, and for you and the beautiful woman with you, there’s only one escape route. Don’t look down.… Because 600 feet of empty space are looking back at you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good early Dean Koontz novel

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-14

Good early Dean Koontz novel

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

Face of Fear is an early(ish) work from one of the outstanding writers of modern times, this one is a fast paced thriller that never gets boring and is just about the right length.

Patrick Lawlor does a very good job on the narration & the whole thing is quite a satisfying experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I, Zombie

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Lucien Dodge, Mozhan Marno, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all. And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten heart. It is the reason we can't stop obsessing about these creatures, in whom we see all too much of ourselves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't work for me

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-14

Didn't work for me

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

I enjoyed Hugh Howey's Wool trilogy immensely and I thought this one would be a pretty good read but it just didn't do anything for me.

There is no real plot just the point of view of several 'zombies' told as short interludes in what seems a complete mish-mash of ideas. The narration on the whole is very good but the actual stories seem somewhat rushed & unfinished.... Disappointing

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Save Yourself

  • By: Kelly Braffet
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail; he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store; and his brother's girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can't quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn't understand, and doesn't fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing Patrick to his breaking point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compellingly brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-04-14

Compellingly brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-04-14

This is my first Kelly Braffet story but it certainly won't be my last.
An excellent tale featuring five main characters (Michael,Caro,Patrick,Layla & Verna) that takes many twists and turns as it hurtles towards a very well written ending.

If you have yet to sample Kelly's work then I would highly recommend this one as a very good starting point as the writing is first class & the narration by Michael Goldstrom only adds to a terrific tale.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Renegades

  • By: Shaun Hutson
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

As a member of the Counter Terrorist Unit, Sean Doyle thought he'd seen it all. Every violent act, every depraved action man could perpetrate against man but he is to discover that there are much worse things in this world than even he has encountered. Tracking a group of renegade terrorists from London to the Republic of Ireland, Doyle and his partner must discover who is funding these men and why. What he discovers is beyond even his experience and threatens not just his life but his sanity too.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • ????

  • By Ozziethedog on 15-03-18

Almost like stepping back in time

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Shaun Hutson's 1993 political thriller is finally given the audiobook treatment and listening to this is akin to going back twenty years to a dark time in Ireland's history.

Counter terrorist officer Sean Doyle is on the tale of IRA members following the massacre's at Stormont & Windsor Park with the help of fellow officer Georgie Willis. The story is typical Hutson (plenty of violence, high body count & a couple of sex scenes) and flows nicely, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is excellent accent wise and does a good job with the characters (especially Doyle).

All in all a very good political thriller from an author more well known for his horror stories...

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of an Opera than a Song!

  • By Simon on 07-09-15

Superb post-apocalyptic thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Swan Song is a superb story from the pen of Robert McCammon, written in 1991 there are a few similarities to Stephen King's 'The Stand' but anyone who enjoyed SK's masterpiece from the late 1970's will certainly enjoy this tale.

Clocking in at over 30 hours this story is a real epic & Tom Stechschulte does a great job with the narration (although I did think his portrayal of 'Sister' to be a little tiresome at times), the story has a really good flow & for Audible members a 30+ hour quality book is great value for a single credit.