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David Hall

South Tyneside, England
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  • Saint Death

  • John Milton, Book 2
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

John Milton has been off the grid for six months. He surfaces in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and immediately finds himself drawn into a vicious battle with the narco-gangs that control the borderlands. He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas. Working with the only untouchable cops in the city and a bounty hunter whose motives are unclear, Milton must keep her safe until the crossing can be made.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sophomore Story

  • By JJ on 02-06-15

Another cracker!

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

Reviewed: 22-07-17

Love these books, completely hooked! The characters are rich and realistic and although the action can sometimes be far fetched - a la James Bond - that just adds to the story. Brilliantly narrated, accents are superb, this just tops the first one. Roll on The Driver!

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

A surprisingly gripping listen

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

What did you like most about The Cleaner?

I was surprised at how good it was! I had ran out of credits so downloaded it as a freebie. All started off well, James Bond type character, an assannation. Then he went all soft and decided he didn't want to be a bad boy any more, concentrating his efforts on being a do-gooder. That's when I started to groan but I persevered and it really came alive. I liked the character as well as the side characters and they all added to what turned out to be an excellent take on good over bad. Looking forward to the sequel now!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cleaner?

The characters by far; well thought out and crucial to keeping the book together. At first I thought they may sound a little cliched but you can tell that it has been well researched and that certain areas of London are clearly troubled with disillusioned youth. A reflection on how our society has turned I guess.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No spoilers, but the part where the bad guy was finally taken down.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. It was just interesting.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Audible and the author for making this book a free download and for introducing me to a new and creditable author. Also to the narrator who has the best Afro-Caribbean accent this side of Jamaica!

  • Watching You

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344

Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for her birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class thriller

  • By Kirstine on 13-09-13

Suspenseful, edge of the seat writing

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

Reviewed: 25-02-17

First time I've listened to one of his books and have to say, it didn't disappoint. I found it gripping, from the storyline to the sinister character and the Marnie's mystical background. Should be a film! Definitely reading more of his books, too stuff.

  • Horns

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache... and a pair of horns growing from his temples. Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed. Ig had it all, and more - he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone - raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances - with Ig the only suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devilishly good.

  • By Martin on 29-02-12

Hmmm...

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

Reviewed: 25-01-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Struggling to decide if I enjoyed this or not - one of those books that jumps around and never quite stays in motion. It all started off well; man wakes up with horns on his head, realises that when people interact with him they say or do the most horrible things and then the true story is laid out. That's when it loses momentum for me and despite the tragedy of what happened, I struggled to feel empathy for neither him or his brother Terry. It staggered to an unusual ending and unlike his father Mr King (who I adore), I felt his writing lacklustre if I'm going to unfairly compare.

If you’ve listened to books by Joe Hill before, how does this one compare?

First one.

What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

Really good, couldn't fault him at all.

Do you think Horns needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

NO!

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,745

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Not what I expected after the first few chapters

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Bit of a rollercoaster for me - brilliant start to the story, the kind that gets you completely gripped. Once the sci-fi takes over it can confuse your brain if you are a bit daft like me but after a few weird chapters it settles back down and becomes a thriller again. Not the 5 stars I'd hoped for after reading reviews but a cracker nonetheless. Wayward Pines a far better story for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,021

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

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

The most addictive audio book I've ever read by far and superbly narrated. Any excuse to go for long walks on a daily basis so I could get through this! Can't wait for Finders Keepers now.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favourite?

Brady! Sickly and convincing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful