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  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

Great and original thriller

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

a great book which would not be made into a hollywood blockbuster because it is too clever and phsycological for a peremptory treatment.
The author artiface is similar to stone man which maybe shows a little repitition. Apart from this it is a fresh view on a murder thriller and forces the reader to examine the value of life and valueless existence some if us live.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • High Citadel

  • By: Desmond Bagley
  • Narrated by: Paul Tyreman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

When Tim O'Hara's plane is hijacked and forced to crash-land in the middle of the Andes, his troubles are only beginning. A heavily armed group of communist soldiers intent on killing one of his passengers - an influential political figure - have orders to leave no survivors. Isolated in the biting cold of the Andes, O'Hara's party must fight for their lives with only the most primitive weapons....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rattling Good Story

  • By Buysalot on 06-12-17

great story from my childhood.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

made me remember all the outragous devices used by bagley in his comando comic style fiction . loved it although a little historucally dates.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,762

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Almost classic scifi

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

Great book reminiscent of wyndham etc.
Well paced and structured and not overly Long .
EnJoyed the narration and perfomance

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Gift

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

A race-against-time short story from the best-selling author of Relentless, Siege, and Ultimatum, Simon Kernick. MP Tim Horton arrives home to find his seven year old son has been abducted by a ruthless gang of kidnappers. All they have left behind is the brutally murdered body of the Horton’s nanny. The gang’s demands are simple: Tim must sacrifice his own life in order to save his son’s. It’s the ultimate dead man's gift....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Big disappointment

  • By Mr on 24-08-14

kernick and thornley thrill again

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

Amazing ride through a roller coaster story that could not be switched off. should be listened to after the other kernick books in the series as the emotional investment in the lead character is built on the familiarity from the previous books. There is not as much charecterisation of lead as he is assumed by the author to be known.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Distant Echo

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Joe Dunlop
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

It's four in the morning, at the end of a cold December, and snow is smothering St Andrews. Student Alex Gilbey and his three best friends are staggering home from a party when they stumble upon the dying body of a young woman. Rosie Duff has been raped, stabbed and left for dead. And the only suspects are four young men stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later, Fife police mount a cold case review of the murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • McDermid hidden depths

  • By Amelia on 16-07-13

An introduction to Karen Pirie

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

Good storg but struggled a little with pace. And although a big reveal at the end not as well laid out as the next two books, The first half of the book is historical, second half present day but this is a little jarring. The next books mix past and present up as the cold case team find new information and this gives a much more compelling narrative. Worth. listening too as access to the next two brilliant books.

  • Chasing the Dead

  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

Six years ago Alex Town went missing. One year ago his body was found. One month ago, his mother saw him on the street. One week ago, David Raker agreed to look for him. Now he wishes he hadn’t. Missing persons investigator David Raker doesn’t want the work: it’s clearly a sad but hopeless case of mistaken identity but haunted by a loss of his own, Raker reluctantly agrees. Big mistake. For as he digs deeper, he discovers that Alex’s life was not the innocent one his mother believed....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • First book of series and boy it shows!

  • By Cian on 10-11-14

Stretches credibility too far

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

The story starts of with ok pace and plot but about halfway through stretches the plot too far that it becomes a chore to finish. At no point does the violence carried out by narrator seem real or within his earlier character.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stay Alive

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

You’re on a trip with your family, miles from anywhere. A shot rings out - and your whole life changes in an instant. A woman is racing towards you, chased by three gunmen. Although you don’t know it, she harbours a deadly secret. She’s in terrible danger. And now you are, too. You’re running, terrified, desperate to find safety. You know that the men hunting you have killed before. And if they catch you, you’ll be next.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simon Kerning Fan

  • By Justin Coyne on 07-07-14

Terrifying and addictive

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

Reviewed: 18-03-14

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

Would only recommend to a brave friend living far away from the Scottish highlands who is never alone in the woods or hills.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay Alive?

So many frying pan to fire moments for people that I genuinely cared about.

What about Paul Thornley’s performance did you like?

Great delivery of a tight story drawing the reader into the jeopardy of the vulnerable characters.

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

Even the highlands aren't safe!

Any additional comments?

The only book my girlfriend has listened in one sitting as she was to scared for casey and jess to stop.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing to Lose

  • Jack Reacher 12
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

Two small towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can't find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four redneck deputies who want to run him out of town. Mistake. They're picking on the wrong guy. Jack Reacher is a big man, and he's in shape. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing, except bloody-minded curiosity. What is the secret the locals seem so keen to hide?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher ... a magnet for trouble

  • By Mr Rupert Seymour on 28-06-13

Bit pedestrian and fanciful tale

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

Reviewed: 18-03-14

Would you listen to Nothing to Lose again? Why?

Wouldn't listen again as unlike the other Reacher novels it has poor character development , little emotional connection and fanciful story.

What will your next listen be?

Simon Kernick - Stay alive

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

Good performance by jeff harding but struggles to work with poor material.

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

No part of the book really engaged me emotionally and the whole experience left an insubstantial feeling.

Any additional comments?

After listening to all the reacher novels so far this has made me want to take a long wait before trying book 13.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful