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  • Harry's Last Stand

  • How the World My Generation Built Is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save It
  • By: Harry Leslie Smith
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

As one of the last remaining survivors of the Great Depression and the Second World War, I will not go gently into that good night. I want to tell you what the world looks like through my eyes, so you can help change it.... In November 2013, 91-year-old Yorkshireman, RAF veteran, and ex-carpet salesman Harry Leslie Smith’s Guardian article – "This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time" – was shared almost 60,000 times on Facebook and started a huge debate about the state of society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry's last stand

  • By John Adams on 02-05-15

It makes one think

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

Reviewed: 19-09-15

Put this on the school curriculum it would do us all good to learn from it and do our best to avoid the disasters of the first half of the twentieth century

  • Fall from Grace

  • David Raker, Book 5
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

When Leonard Franks and his wife Ellie leave London for a dream retirement in Dartmoor, everything seems perfect. But one afternoon, Leonard goes to fetch firewood, and never returns. With the police investigation dead in the water, Ellie turns to David Raker. Raker tracks down missing people for a living, but nothing can prepare him for this. Because, behind Leonard's disappearance, lies a deadly secret, buried so deep it was never meant to be found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By caroline on 23-10-14

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

Tim

I'm is a master of suspense building up the unexpected. I loved this book with its twists and turns.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All you need is Ove

  • By Kaggy on 22-09-14

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

What other book might you compare A Man Called Ove to, and why?

Haven't read anything to compare. All of human life is here, brilliantly described and read.

Have you listened to any of Joan Walker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I will be looking for more now.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed this book as much as any other I have read. I know these people in fact I'm married to one. Human nature is so well portraid and the amusing side of life brought out to keep us smiling.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Oh Dear Silvia

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, James Fleet, Llewella Gideon, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 915

Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!!!!

  • By Indigoleopard on 01-11-12

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

What did you like about this audiobook?

This book was a surprise as I had expected a book that was quite fun but not well written but this was very well written, very sympathetic and showed a lot of human understanding. Humour was there but so was kindness, sorrow, hurt and love. All of lifes feelings really with a bit of mystery thrown in. Excellent.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Very much so, we are gradually brought through people's feelings to a realisation of what the situation actually is.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing, it was read beautifully read.

Do you have any additional comments?

I would recommend this book.

  • Natural Causes

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

  • By Patricia on 22-06-13

Good read

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

Reviewed: 25-10-13

Would you listen to Natural Causes again? Why?

I will deffinately be reading this book again I enjoyed it so much and feel that I didn't pick up on all detail as the story enthralled me so much I read it too quickly.

What other book might you compare Natural Causes to, and why?

Not quite as bloody as Joe Nesbo's, Harry Hole books but I was still happy to compare Natural Causes to these. They have the same air of mystery and excitement running through them.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I can't decide which part I liked the best as the whole book was very enjoyable.

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

I felt very upset at the death of an innocent person and laughed at the party when they all got drunk.

Any additional comments?

A very enjoyable read who I would recommend to anyone who enjoys mystery, crime and suspense.

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't disappoint

  • By Jill on 21-07-09

fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-11

Just a fantastic book read brilliantly. Can't wait to read the next one. Exciting all the way through with an ending that makes you want more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Samantha Eggar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The prospects for the 1907 archaeological season in Egypt seem fairly dull to Amelia Peabody. Her adored husband, Professor Radcliff Emerson, has been ignominiously demoted to examining only the most boring tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but they are determined to make the most of a bad situation. This year, however, the legendary land of the pharaohs will yield more than priceless artifacts, for the desert guards even deeper mysteries that are wrapped in greed - and sealed in murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Barbara Rosenblatt!

  • By julie a warren on 21-10-09

Dreadful narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-11

The story is what you would expect, easygoing on the mind with a mystery you can work out etc but the narration is dreadful and spoils the whole experience. My mind drifted as I was listening which never happens when enthralled by Barbara Rosenblat. So, on the whole very disappointing but only because of the dreadful narration.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful