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  • The Most Dangerous Game

  • By: Gavin Lyall
  • Narrated by: Alan Robertson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Bill Cary is a bush pilot living in Lapland in northern Finland, making a precarious living flying aerial survey flights looking for nickel deposits, and occasional charter cargo flights of dubious legitimacy in his beat-up old de Havilland Beaver. Towards the end of the flying season, a wealthy American hunter hires him to fly into a prohibited part of Finland near the Soviet border in order to hunt bear. Subsequently, he is assaulted by thugs when he refuses a charter contract to search for a lost Tsarist treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dated now ,but still a good flying yarn

  • By steve on 18-04-16

Terrible narrator choice

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

Love Lyalls books but the choice of narrator with a weird accent for a supposed WWII British pilot totally spoiled the book. The narration was okay but the accent absurd

  • Wild Horses

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Once a blacksmith, now famous and respected as a newspaperman, Valentine Clark knows everyone who is anyone in the racing world. Aged, confused, blind and dying, he harbours a daunting secret that he is desperate to be rid of. He makes last confession to his visiting film-director friend, Thomas Lyon, whom in his delirium he mistakes for a priest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gem from Dick Francis

  • By Shoshi on 29-03-08

Classic Francis

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

Reviewed: 30-09-17

The master of the genre at the height of his prowess. Superbly narrated. A period piece now, but no worse for that.

  • Running Blind

  • By: Desmond Bagley
  • Narrated by: Paul Tyreman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The assignment begins with a simple errand - a parcel to deliver. But to Alan Stewart, standing on a deserted road in Iceland with a murdered man at his feet, it looks anything but simple. The desolate terrain is obstacle enough. But when Stewart realises he has been double-crossed and that the opposition is gaining ground, his simple mission seems impossible....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bagley's Best?

  • By Mark on 11-08-17

A classic action story

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

Reviewed: 17-08-17

If you just want action, real men, real women and no politically correct nonsense, this is the story for you

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,211

Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good , but don't expect an actual plot

  • By Adrian & Andre's mum on 20-08-15

To right one masterpiece may be luck. This exceeds

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

Reviewed: 29-07-17

If you were forced to read To kill a mockingbird at school by a lack lustre English teacher too dense to realise that such a work requires an adult perspective, then read on. For many years, classic literature was ruined for me by dullard teachers trying to make an English child in a nearly all white county understand racial segregation, Southern USA manners and historical ideas. Coming back to the book in Audible format opened my eyes to the fact that book was indeed superb, just the teaching was poor. Having loved To kill a mockingbird and read about how Harper Lee did not publish again, I feared that Watchman would not live up to her standards. For the second time, I was wrong, this book deserves the term "masterpiece".

  • Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 447

At home alone for the holidays, Agatha Raisin decides to host a dinner party for the elder residents in her Cotswold village of Winter Parva. Agatha's never been much of a homemaker, but she's dead set on making this the perfect holiday for the 'crumblies', as she affectionately calls them. She's decorated a tree while fending off her cats, Hodge and Boswell, and even made a (lumpy) Christmas pudding in between swigs of rum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and enjoyable.

  • By Mr Adrian Paul Friar on 25-12-16

Twee

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

Reviewed: 29-07-17

Unusual for me not to finish a book of any kind, but this kind of saccharine chintzy writing gave me cavities. If you are "a woman of a certain age" with a penchant for cats and cheap sherry, this may be for you. If you like a robust story, give it a miss!

  • My Name is Markham

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo - finally - Markham speaks! It's Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary's Annual Children's Christmas Party - attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is dispatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas isn't Christmas without St Mary's

  • By Nicole P on 22-12-16

Better than ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-16

Always love the St Marys holiday specials. This one is even better given a charity donation and hearing Markham's report! Brilliantly written, well read, funny & light

  • The Great St. Mary's Day Out

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 420

Everyone deserves to get away for a bit. Even the miscreants at St Mary's. Astonishingly, Dr. Bairstow has declared a holiday. Even more astonishingly - he's paying for it. Needless to say, there are strings attached. They have to record the 1601 performance of Hamlet, with Shakespeare himself in the role of the Ghost. It doesn't go well, of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic St Marys featuring Bill the flaming Bard

  • By English Country Life on 01-08-16

A classic St Marys featuring Bill the flaming Bard

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

If you could sum up The Great St. Mary's Day Out in three words, what would they be?

Lighthearted, classic, romp

Who was your favorite character and why?

A certain, Bristolian member of the security section is always my favourite character - becuase, well, the Gods love a trier

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The post romp interview in the directors study is always fun

Any additional comments?

Zara Ramm is simply the best narrator I have yet heard in 200 audiobooks

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Narrowboat Lad: The Narrowboat Lad, Book 1

  • By: Daniel Mark Brown
  • Narrated by: Daniel Mark Brown
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

At the age of 25, during the summer of 2012, Dan found his ideal home, the fact that it was nearly 100 miles of canal away from his workplace, friends, and family gave him a rough and ready introduction to what it meant to own a boat as his first task was to travel the slow way home... in his home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful and rich account of the dream life!

  • By Chris. C. on 02-06-15

A Gentle, Honest and Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 27-03-16

If you could sum up The Narrowboat Lad: The Narrowboat Lad, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

Honest, pleasant, refreshing

What did you like best about this story?

Dan reads his own story here. This isn't a slick, studio produced thing and I needed to adjust to that. However when Igot into the style, it was like having a friend talk - very pleasant

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scenes where Dan discusses his own, needless. panics bring myself to mind

Any additional comments?

We need more of this stuff please Dan - but a full book next time

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tomorrow, When the War Began

  • Tomorrow Series #1
  • By: John Marsden
  • Narrated by: Suzi Dougherty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enthralling read

  • By Paul on 21-04-07

Red Dawn meets Neighbours

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

If you could sum up Tomorrow, When the War Began in three words, what would they be?

Aussie
Teen
Action

What other book might you compare Tomorrow, When the War Began to, and why?

There are many apocalyptic type books and comparisons are easy but I suspect "The Hunger Games" is closest

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Certainly a book I could listen to several hours at a time

Any additional comments?

Startlingly good narrator -right on point with accent and not being too mature

  • Survivors

  • By: Terry Nation
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Seymour
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

A deadly virus spreads across the world as quickly as the passenger jets that encircle it. Within weeks most of the global population is dead. The human race is thrown back into the dark ages. The few left alive must rely on the most basic skills to survive one day to the next. Abby Grant ventures out into a strange new England, her husband dead, the fate of her son unknown. Jenny Richards flees London. Engineer Greg Preston arrives from abroad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost ruined by the Americanisation of the text

  • By catsatcastle on 10-07-16

A classic

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

NOT the same plot as the original 1970s TV series but an altogether more adult and darker story as Terry Nation always intended. Carolyn Seymour is as talented as she is beautiful. A feast for the ears

3 of 4 people found this review helpful