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S. Lewis

London, UK
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  • The Sentinel

  • Vengeance of Memory, Book 1
  • By: Mark Oldfield
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

In 1953, Comandante Leo Guzmán is head of a secret police unit whose job is to hunt down enemies of the state. Guzmán’s brutal tactics are simple and effective: everyone is suspect. In 2009, on a blazing summer's day in the hills near Madrid, Ana María Galindez, a Guardia Civil forensic scientist, examines what she thinks is just another Civil War grave. Fifteen bodies are hidden in an abandoned mine shaft, and forensics reveal that the killings took place sometime in the early 1950s. The identity of the suspected murderer? Comandante Leo Guzmán.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Unbelievable and fantastic. Easy 5 Star

  • By Gavingks on 01-11-12

Execrable Pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 13-06-16

Would you try another book written by Mark Oldfield or narrated by Nigel Carrington?

I wouldn't buy any book narrated by Nigel Carrngton if any foreign-language words might be involved.

Has The Sentinel put you off other books in this genre?

No.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Carrington?

Anyone who can pronounce Spanish.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Didn't really listen to the story: was too busy correcting pronunciation in my head.

Any additional comments?

There are untranslated Spanish words and phrases in this book and, sadly, Nigel Carrington pronounces them all badly, from the main character's surname onwards. I speak Spanish fluently and am, therefore, a particularly picky listener, but mangling the pronunciation of "plaza" in Spanish seems poor by any standards. I can't comment on the story - though it seems an interesting idea and I would have liked to hear it, I gave up after two chapters of tutting and obsessing!

  • Katherine

  • The classic historical romance
  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Katherine comes to the court of Edward III at the age of 15. The naïve convent-educated orphan of a penniless knight is dazzled by the jousts and the entertainments of court. Nevertheless, Katherine is beautiful, and she turns the head of the King's favourite son John of Gaunt. But he is married, and she is soon to be betrothed. A few years later their paths cross again and this time their passion for each other cannot be denied or suppressed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please give us more Anya Seton!

  • By C on 07-09-12

A totally absorbing blast from the past

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-12

This was a joy to experience again! A favourite old book, beautifully read. I started to ration my listening time to prolong the pleasure. More Anya Seton NOW, please, from the same reader. The Winthrop Woman would be my choice!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Taken

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike - and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims, but on each other - buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book!

  • By P on 19-03-15

AAAAAAArgh!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-12

I love Elvis Cole, but this reading is so shouty, oddly-pitched and grating that I can't listen to it. Awful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410

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

Brilliant book, irritating reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-12

This is an involving epic, and I enjoyed listening to it overall, but became irrationally obsessed with John Lee's odd pronunciation and ponderous style. To give but one example: I found that I was waiting for the next 'process' with a short 'o' - the American version - and missed a section laughing when the reader described the monks as 'processing' into the cathedral. So wrong. But it didn't wreck the experience because the story was irresistible. However, I've given up on Fall of Giants, another Follett... The story doesn't survive the reading, and I lost it after an English marquis was described as a marquee. Sorry Mr Lee.