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  • The Longest Kill

  • The Story of Maverick 41, One of the World's Greatest Snipers
  • By: Craig Harrison
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 407

It takes a tough mind-set to be a successful sniper, to be able to dig in for days on your own as you wait for your target, to stay calm on a battlefield when you yourself have become the target the enemy most wants to take out. Craig Harrison has what it takes, and in November 2009 in Afghanistan, under intense pressure, he saved the lives of his comrades with the longest confirmed sniper kill - 2,475 metres, the length of 25 football pitches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing read

  • By Andrew on 07-03-17

Outstanding book

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

Reviewed: 13-01-17

If you could sum up The Longest Kill in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, shocking, hilarious

What did you like best about this story?

This was the honest account from a dedicated soldier who puts everything on the line for his country. He tells it as it is, the horrors and truly shocking situations the Armed Forces find themselves and without satisfactory support from the MoD.

What does Joe Jameson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration was excellent setting the mood for some very black dangerous situations and also for some utterly hilarious take on some of these.

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

The book is a rollercoaster of emotions and utterly compelling. Passion, pain, horror and hilarity.The relentless pressure pushing Craig to breaking point, being blown up and receiving second-rate medical treatment. The post-traumatic stress, lack of support and ultimately a lack of recognition for a dedicated and highly effective career in the military protecting this country.

I was and am utterly appalled at the treatment that Craig received from some sections of our society on his return. He should be hailed a hero.

Any additional comments?

I have long been a fan of Andy McNab and Chris Ryan but this book knocks all there is into a cocked hat. No contest.I hope that Craig Harrison has found the writing of this cathartic and his health is significantly better. Best wishes to you Craig and Tanya.

  • Coffin Road

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772

A man stands bewildered on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. He cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his identity is a folded map of a path named the Coffin Road. He does not know where this search will take him. A detective from Lewis sits aboard a boat, filled with doubt. DS George Gunn knows that a bludgeoned corpse has been discovered on a remote rock 20 miles offshore. He does not know if he has what it takes to uncover how and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient and Modern In Perfect Harmony!

  • By Simon on 15-01-16

Vintage Peter May

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

Reviewed: 20-01-16

Where does Coffin Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Peter's Hebridean books are excellent and this is as good as any of them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Coffin Road?

There are many from beginning to end making this a difficult book to stop listening to. I listened to it is 2 days!

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

Narration is a big part of the story telling and Peter Forbes is excellent with subtle changes of accent for different characters. A joy to listen to.

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

N/A

Any additional comments?

This classic Peter May, a brilliant story with superb description of the setting. Previous books caused me to visit Lewis and Harris and loved it. This has whetted my appetite for another trip there.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Not My Father's Son

  • A Family Memoir
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary memoir

  • By Katherine on 06-11-14

Spellbinding

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

Where does Not My Father's Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to and I have purchased more than 200 now. Alan reads the book himself and the emotion and articulation just bring it all to life. I lived and worked in the area Alan was brought up in and became friends with people who know him from school so there was a genuine interest in the local boy done good.

The book was not quite what I was expecting and all the better for that. The torment and abuse that he received throughout his life is awful. I think many of us can relate to some of this but few will have tolerated it at this magnitude and even less grown into such a warm and fascinating man.

What other book might you compare Not My Father's Son to, and why?

There are parts of other books that might compare, I am thinking of the Peter May Trilogy ( fiction) starting with the Blackhouse - the story of hardship on the Isle of Lewis in the early part of the century. The thing these books have most in common is the beautiful way in which they are read. I was wired up to my phone every spare minute listening to them.

What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

His silky smooth voice so effective at making the story so compelling.

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

I would have given the chance. In reality I listened to it over two days and have been recommending it to friend since half way through.

Any additional comments?

Such an awsome story, an emotional roller coaster with some insight into dealing with difficult family situations. A lot of lovely characters and a happy ending.

  • Runaway

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year's end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their 60s, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades. Runaway is a crime novel covering 50 years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished, set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Peter May Classic

  • By Colin M on 08-01-15

Another Peter May Classic

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Runaway the most enjoyable?

Peter Forbes is a most engaging narrator and listening to him detail the characters I was totally sucked in.

What did you like best about this story?

Classic Peter May, I have all his books and listening to them causes me to take the dog on the longer walk and I drive the long road home. This story had me laughing out loud standing on a train platform, it also had me welling up in places.

A simple everyday story that can be related to by most, beautifully written. A masterpiece as we have come to expect from Peter. The narrator Peter Forbes brings all to life with the warmth of a bed time story.

Superb literature that I highly recommend.

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

I have listened to all Peters audio books. This ranks very highly.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Glesga boys on tour

Any additional comments?

Keep them coming Peter, thank you.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Guilty One

  • By: Lisa Ballantyne
  • Narrated by: Hugh Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an 11-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy. As he plunges into the muddy depths of Sebastian's troubled home life, Daniel thinks back to his own childhood in foster care - and to Minnie, the woman who adopted him and whose love saved him, until she, too, betrayed him so badly that he cut her out of his life. But what crime did Minnie commit that made Daniel disregard her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Val on 15-10-12

Utterly enthralling beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 14-08-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Guilty One to be better than the print version?

I don't have time to sit and read books so constantly have an audio book to hand on my phone so that I can listen to it walking the dog, commuting or travelling.

What other book might you compare The Guilty One to, and why?

Peter May's Trilogy books - Blackhouse, The Lewis Man, The Chessman. There is a skipping back and forth in time really getting to know characters. It is very cleverly written to create a clear cinema in my mind, suspense runs throughout. A definite cannot switch it off and several times I woke in the middle of the night with it having moved on several chapters.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Lee – was your favourite?

I had to check to see if there was not several people narrating this book such was his ability to shift characters. His grasp of regional accents was superb making it easy to follow who was who and what was going on.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Deprivation comes in many forms and there is nothing like a courtroom to question, explore and judge.

Any additional comments?

This was a real find for me, very engaging, I can't believe its only showing a 3.9 score. Gutted that there are not more audio books from this author, I might have to go back to the written word.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Chessmen

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realises that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterclass in Storytelling

  • By MISS E J BIRD on 19-02-13

The best trilogy I read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-13

Driving some 40k between jobs of work in the Scottish Highlands radio and mobile phone signals are very poor, which is no bad thing. Music is fine for short periods but having discovered audible I can think of no greater pleasure than getting lost in a good book and that I have done many times. Having listened to almost 200 books over the last few years this trilogy is only the second that has moved me enough to write a review. The narration is superb, accents and intonations paint such a beautiful picture of the setting and the people of Lewis. Peter May's ability to tell a story of intertwining lives, friendships and romance is so close to what seems ordinary but he makes it so much more. The addition of an extraordinary story which is so believable makes this something you can't stop listening to until you reach the end & even then the hunger for more is there. Not ever having been to Lewis Google earth gives some insight to its beauty creating a desire for its exploration. The books in this trilogy made me find excuses to go walking, drive slower and further.........and just get out into the garden to do mundane tasks just so I could plug in and get lost in the story. Sorry it had to end. Peter please give us some more!!!!!!

26 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Calico Joe

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

An unforgettable novel about childhood, family, conflict and guilt from America's greatest storyteller John Grisham. Thirty years have passed since 11-year-old Paul Tracy watched his troubled father, Warren, a pitcher for the New York Mets, clash with his childhood hero, the Cubs' golden-boy Joe Castle, in a contest from which no winners emerged. Now the news that his father is dying brings the memory of that day flooding back.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Baseball magazine

  • By Colin M on 26-04-12

Baseball magazine

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-12

I agree with the previous reviewer, well written and if you like baseball 70% is game comentary. Not what I have come to expect from the great man.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,612

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-11

The Woodcutter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-11

I have listened to more than 100 books while with Audible and this is by far and away the best. I echo all that is said its compulsive listening, did wonders for my fuel consumption, and the narrator is nothing short of brilliant doing a fantastic job of bringing the characters alive.

  • The Real Deal

  • My Story from Brick Lane to Dragons' Den
  • By: James Caan
  • Narrated by: James Caan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146

James Caan is one of Britain's most successful entrepreneurs. Dropping out of school at just sixteen, he started his business life with no qualifications and two pieces of advice: 'Observe the masses and do the opposite' and 'Always look for opportunities where both parties benefit'. Armed with just his father's wisdom, his own unique charm and the Yellow Pages, James Caan built a market-leading business with a turnover of more than #130 million from a broom cupboard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By Colin M on 10-02-09

Fantastic book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-09

I looked at the price and the 2 1/2 star rating and thought it can't be up to much but I like his style in the Den so I took a punt. James Caan tells a fascinating story, his fears, his joy and his unorthodox perspective on moving ahead of the pack in business. A charismatic maverick with a spellbinding story to tell and the fact that he reads his book makes it so much more real. As a small business owner this has truly inspired me to take my business to the next level. WARNING: This is a cannot stop listening audiobook so make sure you have plenty me time!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful