LISTENER

Amazon Customer

  • 41
  • reviews
  • 50
  • helpful votes
  • 787
  • ratings
  • Let Not the Deep

  • British Military Quartet, Book 1
  • By: Mike Lunnon-Wood
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

A crippled cargo ship drifts helplessly in the face of an oncoming hurricane-force storm. On board, a passenger whose presence means the world is watching. Only the skill, determination and raw courage of a lifeboat crew and the British military forces despatched to save them offer any hope of survival. But set against the savagery of the Atlantic even that might not be enough....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting stuff!

  • By clive on 11-04-17

They that go down to the sea in ships

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

or "little boats paid for by donations", or fly over it in search and rescue operations, a Storm, and Murphy. Lots of Murphy.
I first read this story in paperback from the Library (I was still reading at 02.00 the next morning) got it out a time or two more, picked up a copy 2nd hand and am now really glad to have the electronic and audio versions. l like it that much - it's about people and courage in the sort of situation that gives me nightmares.
When you've listened, go on the RNLI website to see the videos. And leave a donation to help with another little boat and those who crew her.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Course of Honour

  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

He has no money, no reputation and no famous ancestors.' The love story of the Emperor Vespasian, who brought peace to Rome after years of strife, and his mistress, the freed slave woman Caenis, this book recreates Ancient Rome's most turbulent period - the reigns of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero and Vespasian's rise to power. As their forbidden romance blossoms, Caenis is embroiled in political intrigue, while Vespasian embarks on a glorious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a lovely story!

  • By cdw on 27-03-17

excellent love story

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

I first heard this over 10 years ago and have read and listened many times since. It is just one of the best written love stories I've come across. Fitting well with the record of history, it brings one of Rome's great characters to vivid life as well as giving a believable voice to his lady love.
It also taught me my Emperors down to Domitian.
Whether you'll be as taken with it we'll have to see!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,572

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Too. Short.

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

Reviewed: 17-11-14

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

This will not be the greatest of the series (for one thing it is Just. Too. Short!) but has it's own levels of satisfaction if you spend time looking deeper. The Folly's past comes up and Peter finaly finds out what did happen at Ettersburg from one of the few who survived coming back. Beverly gets him sorted emotionally (Poor tree) and he invents an electronic substitute for Nightingale's cadwalloper, before being given 2 Staff, British Army, Battle, Wisard (for the use of): vintage!
The referances to Prachet's book and LotR films add a smile.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aside from Peter it has to be The Vintage, Veteran exWisard. And the carnivorous unicorns.

What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

Is there a voice or accent he can't do? He paces the narative to the passage and if he wrongly voices a line it has yet to jump out at me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Peter and the tree.

Any additional comments?

If Aaronovich is not at least 1/3 of the way into book 6... So many hints! A year?!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • To Do or Die

  • Jump Universe, Book 4
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnahie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Retired Colonel Ray Longknife and Marine Captain Terrence “Trouble” Tordon come to Savannah via different routes, but what they find is the same. One bully strongman is intent on keeping power no matter what the new rules are for peace. He’s got the population cowered by thugs, and tanks at the ready. He expects to win the coming elections handily. He doesn’t expect Mrs. Trouble - aka Ruth Tordon - a Marine wife on a mission to find the drug lords that almost killed her and her husband and put them out of business - and she’s not about to be stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • To do or die

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-14

To do or die

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

Would you consider the audio edition of To Do or Die to be better than the print version?

Kindal have yet to get this so the audio is my only encounter... (thumbs twiddling)

Who was your favorite character and why?

"Trouble" and his lady wife. Great characters learning this Married stuff under the most trying of circumstances.

What about Michael McConnahie’s performance did you like?

He follows the ques in the book - growls, squeeks... Rarelly voices lines with the wrong character (a favorate hate of mine). Nice listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Young Bluebonnet. You'll know why.

Any additional comments?

Yes, Longknife and Trouble save another world... but we do get Black Mountain and the Ladies From Hell! The best sort of escape, not too sugary and plenty going on.

  • Dead Man's Footsteps

  • Roy Grace, Book 4
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

From the ashes of mass destruction.... Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant suspense and intrigue

  • By r on 06-10-08

Not my usual fare...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-13

but the key evidence touches on my profession (it was reviewed in one of our journals) and I just had to see!

Not sure about the narrator but I enjoyed the story, my first DS Grace. Will I be comming back? Maybe...

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Claudius

  • By: Douglas Jackson
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Emperor CLAUDIUS has unleashed the Roman legions against Britain .CARATACUS, war chief of the Britons, must unite the tribes for a desperate last stand. CLAUDIUS desires total conquest. CARATACUS will fight for freedom.An epic battle is coming.Heroes will be made and kings will fall in a struggle that will echo through the annals of history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustratingly non eventful

  • By L on 13-02-16

Rome invaids Britain

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-13

But the great names are partly peripheral to the story of Rufus and his charge, the Emperor's elephant! Jackson continues his run through the Roman Emperors (what a great way to learn Classical history). This follows on from "Caligula". Well read by the aptly named Cornelius Garrrett.

  • Today Everything Changes

  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Abandoned as a baby, Andy McNab's start in life was tough. Growing up in South London with foster parents, and surrounded by poverty, he attended seven schools in as many years, disillusioned and in remedial classes. It wasn’t long before his life descended into petty crime. By the age of 16, he was in juvenile detention. Recruited into the Army from there, it soon became apparent that he had the reading level of an 11-year-old. The next six months in the Army education system changed the course of his life forever. Today Everything Changes is the inspiring story of when life changed for Andy McNab.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's a summary of a biography

  • By K on 13-01-15

Knowledge is...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-13

maybe not so much power but "opportunity and choices". This may be one to try with those who thinks school/learning is useless : ) If you are a late reader you'll find a lot to encourage you. If you want a great but short story, listen on!



This is McNab's autobiography starting with his childhood and school - a total waste of time he thinks- ending up in the Infantry and meeting a man who started as he did, funcionaly illiterate, who rose through the noncommisioned ranks to be commisioned as a Captain (at the time many old soldiers think of retirement) in order to teach lads like McNab the joy and opportunity that lies in reading and learning. McNab goes on to qualify for the SAS, where he finds the joy and necesity of learning anew - blowing things up is best done with... ah. Well, listen and find out..!

  • The Daughter of Time

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

'Truth is the Daughter of Time' is an old proverb. And The Daughter of Time is Josephine Tey's search for the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Was the hunchback, Richard III, the monster that Shakespeare and the history books have made him out to be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tey's thought provoking Daughter of Time

  • By jen on 24-12-12

5 stars!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-13

So I thought I knew history. But what you think is fact can be hearsay, heresy to any good Police Officer.

Here is History easily presented and beautifuly read by Jacobi. I'm off to see what other stories Tey has written...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Garment of Shadows

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Hevpais on 14-04-15

Russell with amnesia?!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-12

It may be one of those worked-to-death devices but it is totaly inconveniant for our Heroine with an old friend missing, trechery afoot and a country on the brink of rebelion and war, and she with a splitting headache... and who is this man that claims to be her husband?!



Thoroughly enjoyed by us over several meals. Looking forward to the next.

  • The Sermons & Meditations Of John Donne

  • By: John Donne
  • Narrated by: Herbert Marshall
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

When John Donne stood in the pulpit of St. Paul's, the lyricism of a great poet fused with the devotion of a holy man. There were no prepared sermons, for he spoke only from notes, and what he said was later transcribed from memory. But the sermons were overwhelming; for behind him was a lifetime devoted, as poet, philosopher and devine, to God.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The title's not quite true

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-11-12

The title's not quite true

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-12

It's only half an hour of one of his most famous; "no man is an island...", "ask not for whom the bell tols..." A meditation on illness, health, death, the individual and society. Beutifully read. However the lively accustics blurr some of the faster sections into 'extreamly difficult to make out'. Well worth picking up in the sales though!