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The Reluctant Hermit

Scotland
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  • Fear

  • By: Dirk Kurbjuweit
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

You'd die for your family. But would you kill for them? Family is everything. So what if yours was being terrorised by a neighbour - a man who doesn't listen to reason, whose actions become more erratic and sinister with each passing day? And those you thought would help - the police, your lawyer - can't help you. You become afraid to leave your family at home alone. But there's nothing more you can do to protect them. Is there?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • the opposite of gripping

  • By The Reluctant Hermit on 14-02-18

the opposite of gripping

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

bought this book having heard it was based on the true story of the author's family being stalked so I thought it would be exciting.Being told the outcome at the beginning of the book took away any sense of anticipation, bit like getting the football results before the game.The first half is all about a childhood which was dull. Second part about a marriage which was also dull.I didn't like his style of writing and did not have any connection or affection for the character.....blabbing on without anything actually happening. And even the main theme of the stalking (I presume that was the main theme since the book is called "Fear", but you wouldn't know) was described in such a mundane way I found it uninteresting. A big disappointment and I was glad when I reached the end

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mistake

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything.... Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister, Rose. Two days later he is found dead. Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy's death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tragic Coming of Age

  • By Simon on 01-12-17

very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I really enjoyed this book. Well narrated with 3D characters and a good story line. Would recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Loose Ends

  • A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery, Book One
  • By: Terri Reid
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Dying is what changed Mary O'Reilly's life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary's trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost's word just doesn't hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, don't think she's nuts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting idea. Not best narrator though.

  • By Crackdown on 25-02-16

I love paranormal fiction but not this one

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

I suppose I have been spoiled by the likes of Harry Dresden and the phil rickman novels but I found this very predictable and it didn't hold my attention. I think younger listeners will enjoy it

  • Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Rupert Everett
  • Narrated by: Rupert Everett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

An element of drama has always attended Rupert Everett, even before he swept to fame with his outstanding performance in Another Country. He has spent his life surrounded by extraordinary people, and witnessed extraordinary events. He was in Moscow during the fall of communism, in Berlin the night the wall came down, and in downtown Manhattan on September 11th.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Badly read

  • By barjil on 30-12-12

No holds barred, interesting and funny

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

I really enjoyed listening to this book and his narration was excellent. I look forward to listening to his more recent autobiography which I am just away to download!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Daisy Donovan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times best-selling author Maggie O'Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'where the axe may fall'

  • By Rachel Redford on 30-08-17

Can't believe this won the Costa

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

I wouldn't wish any of these events on anyone but I found the book was just several short stories that failed to hold my interest. Disappointed as it got rave reviews on the radio

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 41 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By Robert on 31-10-10

Mills and boon go medieval

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

Well I listened to the whole book but thought it was mostly uninteresting apart from the description of the buildings.the characters were all fairly awful and the story was unbelievable. Im kind of glad I can get on and listen to something without rapes galore! .a lot of people have given it good reviews so I expected to enjoy it.the narration was well done but it was too long by half.

  • Nor Will He Sleep

  • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 4
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the fourth in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. It's 1887. The streets of Edinburgh seethe with anarchy as two gangs of students rival each other in wild exploits.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • such slow narration .totally ruined it

  • By The Reluctant Hermit on 08-06-17

such slow narration .totally ruined it

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

I love the David Ashton radio 4 plays with Brian Cox but he has ruined this book for me by reading it himself. He ought to stick to writing. The narration is so important and his snail's pace delivery was irritating and tedious. It might well be a good story if read by an actor but I wouldn't recommend it. Listen to the sample first at any rate....well at a slow rate!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331

Do you need my help? It was always the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. Raised and trained as part of a top-secret programme, he was sent to the worst places in the world to do things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme and disappeared. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Alan on 25-01-17

have already bought book two. Best book for ages

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

Reviewed: 18-03-17

If you like Robert Crais and Lee Child (I got a bit fed up of "Reacher said nothing" after book 100) then you will probably like this. Lots of improbable bits but it's fiction! so we ought to expect that really. Action packed and good well rounded characters. I did find his single mother neighbour a bit of a pain and just couldn't imagine her holding down her responsible job (or any job) with her non existent life skills but it didn't spoil the book. Hurray!!! a new author to add to my list.

  • The Day I Died

  • Ten Remarkable True Stories of Near-Death Experience
  • By: Tammy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

What happens to us when we die? Where do people go? What do they see? What messages do they receive? Why are they allowed to come back? "The Day I Died" brings together ten profoundly moving testimonies from people who have passed through the limits of human endurance and beyond. Around the world, ordinary people go about their daily lives convinced they've had a glimpse into the afterlife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comforting

  • By Patricia on 13-06-15

my taste, I don't like this narrator.

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

Reviewed: 14-12-16

I would advise listening to the audio clip before buying. I cannot stand listening to this narrator. I think it is a matter of taste. It puts me right off!!! He's probably a nice man. I have heard him before and just don't like the way he talks.

  • Alan Carr - Yap, Yap, Yap!

  • By: Alan Carr
  • Narrated by: Alan Carr
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The one and only Chatty Man is back with his brand-new, critically acclaimed show, Yap, Yap, Yap! Recorded live at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo as part of his mammoth 158-date UK and Ireland tour. Alan is in top form as he regales the audience with tales of his dogs, going on safari with his mum and flying high with Carol Vorderman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • used to like him but this was awful

  • By The Reluctant Hermit on 30-08-16

used to like him but this was awful

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

Reviewed: 30-08-16

he was like a teenager "do you now what I mean?" "do you no what I mean" after every sentence. really not funny and slow and lazy. I really enjoyed his autobio but this has put me right off listening to anything else he does.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful