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  • The Owl Killers

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

England 1321: Deep in the countryside lies an isolate village governed by a sinister regime of Owl Masters. But their dark status quo is disturbed by the arrival of a house of religious women. Why do their crops succeed when village crops fail, their cattle survive despite the plague? Accusations of witchcraft and heresy run rife, while the Owl Masters rain down hellfire and torment on the women, who must look to their faith to save them from the lengthening shadow of evil... a shadow with predatory, terrifying talons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • utterly enthralling, loved every minute

  • By Cathryn on 17-04-12

It's ok but.....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-11

I did not enjoy this as much as the tremendous "Company of Lairs" it just does not seem as well held together as Company. It is not a bad listen although the narrators voice for the "Marthas" gets on my nerves a little. I would certianly recommend this with more hesition then I would recommend "Company of Lairs"

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police - the vocabulary of George Orwell's classic political satire, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', has passed into the English language, symbolising the horrors of totalitarianism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the perfect book

  • By Tom on 17-01-11

Probably the perfect book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-11

I loved this book the narration is really good and the story is so well conceved and written that I was completely blown away by it. I will listen to this one again and again. It is well worth a credit and if I could give it more stars I would. I am only writing such a glowing review in case big brother is watching and I end up on a charge of thought crime ;0)

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Comic Genius of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Volume 1

  • By: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore
  • Narrated by: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were two of the brightest stars ever to light up the world of comedy. They set standards that will probably never be surpassed. Cambridge graduates who met in Beyond the Fringe, their chemistry produced some of the funniest, most inventive and downright brilliant comedy ever recorded.They came to wider fame with the tv series Not Only… But Also. The writing and performances were superb....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definatly Genius

  • By Tom on 17-01-11

Definatly Genius

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-11

I Have heard some of these sketches hundreds of times and they still have the power to make me laugh out loud. They are both genii and I belive there is a gap in you collection if you dont posses any Pete and Dud

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Fatherland

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Tom on 03-07-10

It's ok but......

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-11

To be honest I am finding this a bit of a slog, the narrator is very dry and quite monotone. The story is difficult to follow and I personally found it really slow and not particularly interesting. From reading the 'blurb' and the other reviews it sounded right up my street, but alas it turned out not to be. Altough I am not a huge fan of Robert Harris I have read/listened to a few of his other books and enjoyed them, in comparison this was dull and lifeless.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Man

  • By: Danny Wallace
  • Narrated by: Danny Wallace
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Danny Wallace had been staying in. Far too much. Having been dumped by his girlfriend, he really wasn't doing the young, free and single thing very well. Instead he was avoiding people. Texting them instead of calling them. Calling them instead of meeting them. That is until one fateful date when a mystery man on a late-night bus told him to 'say yes more'. These three simple words changed Danny's life forever. Yes Man is the story of what happened when Danny decided to say YES to everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing audio book

  • By Paul on 11-02-09

Not sure about life changing but....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-10

It is definatley funny and well written. I really enjoyed it, I got this free with a offer from a newspaper promotion and had put off listening to it thinking I probably would not enjoy it that much, I did

  • Sword of Shame

  • By: The Medieval Murderers
  • Narrated by: Paul Matthews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Sword of Shame is the second collaboration by five of the UK's finest historical mystery writers. Each brings their own characters to these interlinked tales, which tell the story of a cursed Norman sword. From its first arrival in Britain, with the Norman forces of William the Conqueror, violence and revenge are the cursed sword's constant companions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it...

  • By Diane on 27-08-09

Not great

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-10

I did find this book (and house of shadows) really difficult to get in to, they are quite well narrated and some of the stories are ok. But alot of the time it felt like a bit of a chore to listen too there seems to be alot of unnessary plot and characters. I would probably say I thourght this was slightly better than House of Shadows, but only in the same way that being stuck in a lift is slightly better than being stuck in lift with gaseous brussel sprout addict.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Imperium

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Peter Thomas on 12-06-10

If you are at all interested

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-10

the life of Cicero and late republican roman politics then this is probably quite a good place to start, even if you already know alot about it (which I don't, yet) it is a good story and well told through the eyes of Cicero's famous personal secratary Tiro. Not sure how many of the details are correct but I do know the basic story is more or less accruate and it seems very well reseached. Lustrum is also good and another part of this quite incredable story, hence the same basic review submitted for that one.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lustrum

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

It’s Rome, 63bc. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic’s greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, and Clodius is an ambitious playboy. The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not Dissapoint

  • By Peter Thomas on 15-07-10

if you are even slightly intrested in........

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-10

the life of Cicero and late republican roman politics then this is probably quite a good place to start, even if you already know alot about it (which I don't, yet) it is a good story and well told through the eyes of Cicero's famous personal secratary Tiro. Not sure how many of the details are correct but I do know the basic story is more or less accruate and it seems very well reseached. Imperium is also good and another part of this quite incredable story

  • Haunted

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needed a good edit!

  • By Simon on 22-02-11

very weird

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-10

Not so much horrific as just too far fetched and a bit difficult to be intrested enough to put in the effort of following the story. Some of the storys within the story are quite good but in my opinion not really worth using a credit on, there are better books out there and some of them are by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Flashman in the Great Game

  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

What caused the Indian Mutiny - the insurrection which was the watershed of the British Empire? Flashman, in his role as secret agent, saw far more of the Great Mutiny than he wanted to - Russian spies in Queen Victoria's drawing-room, the first explosion of revolt, the heroic defence at Cawnpore and the vital message out of Lucknow...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Greatest

  • By Mr H. on 09-06-10

You cannot wack Flashy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-10

Flashman is a work of genius, and brilliantly narrated. This is (in my humble opinion) the best Tim West narrated Flashman. Funny,Horrific, probalbly the best researched books ever. This audiobook inspired me to go out and get the whole series of paperbacks and I have enjoyed every one of 'em, haven't I just, as Sir Harry himself would say.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful