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  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,050

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

OK but tried to hard

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

OK the final quarter was really good and I'm glad I stuck with it but it was just too long and in places self indulgent.
Had it been half as long it would have been a good week paced story.
I also found the random smattering of "big" words unnecessary and totally out of context to the story and the characters.
Should have been better but still glad I listened
Sorry jk

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,374
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,421
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,392

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

How can this be thus good. It is!

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

From the moment this started I was hooked and just wanted more. It should not work, one man's ramblings, but it does and how...
Without doubt one of the top books I've come across. I don't even like science fiction but then this is not a sci-fi novel. It is the ultimate one man against the odds novel.
The humour is just genius. The narration is brilliant
Can you tell I loved this
Please try it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One, Two...He Is Coming for You

  • Rebekka Franck, Book 1
  • By: Willow Rose
  • Narrated by: Anne Stolt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Once you start One, Two...He Is Coming for You, there is absolutely no turning back. Set in the Danish coastal town of Karrebaeksminde, the story follows journalist Rebekka Franck, who returns to her hometown with her six-year-old daughter. She is trying to escape her ex-husband and start a new life for her and her daughter when the small, sleepy town experiences a murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narration ever

  • By Gavingks on 06-12-16

Worst narration ever

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

This is the first book I have up on. After less than an hour I could take no more. It was like an improved robot voice. No characterisation or tone.
The story may be good? I'll try the Kindle version

  • Black Ops

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

Spider Shepherd's MI5 controller, Charlie Button, has gone rogue, using government resources to get revenge on the men who killed her husband. Spider is told to betray her. Worse, he's asked to cooperate with his nemesis at MI6, Jeremy Willoughby Brown, in taking Charlie down. Meanwhile Spider's 16-year-old son is caught with drugs. But the drug police offer Spider a deal: go undercover, unmask a local dealer and his son will go free. Spider has no option but to cooperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spider Shepherd back on form!

  • By Anne Leguen de Lacroix on 04-08-15

My kind of book. Just great. Read it

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

Reviewed: 17-11-16

If you like MI5, MI6, Spys Cops, Good Guys, Bad Guys, Detail, Fast pace story, humour, Political intrigue, more detail.....
Read this book read this author

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  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 533

Patrick Bateman is 26 and works on Wall Street. He is handsome, sophisticated, charming, and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. And he is taking us to a head-on collision with America's greatest dream - and its worst nightmare...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a challanging but good listen

  • By Mr on 13-04-13

Had to be read but I think once will do

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

What can I say that has not been said. It is brilliant but in a hideous way. The fantastic mix of bland lists of clothing, food and technology, from times gone by, with the most grotesque descriptions I have ever heard.
Net result a fantastic and addictive listen.

  • My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

The hilarious, heartbreaking novel by the author of the international best seller A Man Called Ove. Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, to get her to practise Granny's secret language, and a little because Granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully engaging, great story well read.

  • By Catherine Smith on 27-08-15

Great Story but not quite Ove

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

Reviewed: 25-09-16

A man called Ove was one of my favourite books for years and this is close but not quite up there. It is a witty and well crafted novel with just enough depth to make it a joy to listen to.
Told through the eyes of a child the story is far from childish and there are enough adult topics explored to challenge the reader.
The constant stream of reveals is brilliant and there were many surprises.
And then I ma told the next book is even better....

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption

  • Department Q, Book 3
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s sensational new thriller, read by the actor Steven Pacey. Two boys, brothers, wake tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Their kidnapper has gone, but soon he will return. Their bonds are inescapable. But there is a bottle and tar to seal it. Paper and a splinter for writing; blood for ink. A message begging for help. In Copenhagen’s cold cases division Carl Morck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, written in blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Department Q yet!

  • By PatM on 10-10-13

Great Cop story with pace and humour

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Have read the First 2 books and really enjoyed the characters and wit. I found myself a little disappointed at the start and it took a short while to get back in to the team. Having said the the story grew on me quickly and held my attention well. The humour is more pronounced in this novel and I really enjoyed that.
Well worth a listen and very well read

  • The Golem and the Djinni

  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899. Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free - an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By AnneDriscoll on 29-01-15

Brilliantly read adult fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Wonderfully descriptive tale that just draws you in from the start. The narration is spell binding, perfect for the story.
For me it was a little long and did want it to up its pace a bit.

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  • The Oedipus Plays

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sophocles, Ian Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Hayley Atwell, Michael Maloney, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

The three Theban plays by Sophocles - Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone - are one of the great landmarks of Western theatre. They tell the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who was destined to suffer a terrible fate - to kill his father, marry his mother, and beget children of the incestuous union. He does this unknowingly but still has to suffer terrible consequences, which also tragically affect the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Anna Maria Rusanova on 25-06-16

Not for me.Felt dated

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Thought I would enjoy as I love audio Drama. This just seemed dated and filled with annoying music and group chanting.
I'm sure it is actually better than I rate it but as I say it did not work for me.
On the plus side i did learn from it and understand the story better

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,745

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

Great story with so much depth and pain

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

I can;t really say much more than I loved this book and the lead character, with all her flaws, was so appealing.
There were moments of listening when i thought the story was flawed but frankly that did not matter, it made its point.
It finished beautifully but I wanted more, I wanted a share of the good times to come.
Really recommend this one. Give it a go. It is up there as one of my top reads

1 of 1 people found this review helpful