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  • Soldier Spy

  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117

In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target. Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic account, fantastically narrated.

  • By Gareth on 11-01-17

Tedious Self Obsessive Yarn.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Where do I start? I found this book so annoying and in the end I couldnt listen anymore. It was the same from page 1 to the penultimate chapter when I lost the will to listen any more. I try and finish all books but just couldnt with this book. It is well performed but the story is very weak and the author Tom Marcus ( Or whatever his real name is ) is self indulgent and its all about him and his woes about being an MI5 operative. He professes continually his love of Queen and Country in each chapter on numerous occasions but constantly complains about the stresses of undercover life and how it is destroying his finances and his family. He is full of self pity in each chapter. The narrative is hundred miles an hour like a car crash about to happen but really nothing ever seems to happen and it leaves the reader thinking is it all worth while chasing down a few mad muslims and old style republicans. The author continually informs the listener how tough the job is, how hard it is being an MI5 operative and why he is suffering so much by being one. It just leaves the listener shouting at the laptop " well get another job then mate". I would avoid . It is pretty brain dead stuff. Very boys own. Not much thought put into it.

  • The Secret Barrister

  • By: The Secret Barrister
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing. How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb dissection of the English legal system

  • By Kirstine on 06-06-18

Brilliant honest appraisal from the trenches.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

The Secret Barrister is a must read Barrister tells all of a failing legal profession. Much similar to the " tax profession" the whole system is slowly crumbling brick by brick through cut backs, government and civil service incompetence and media fiction as well as the reliance on third party cost cutting initiatives that invariably fail. The real victims of the current UK judicial system are the victims of crime, the innocent and last but not least the taxpayer. A must read in audible. Well done to the author.

  • A Hero of France

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Spring 1941: Britain is losing the war, but the fighters of the French Resistance are determined not to give up. These courageous men and women - young and old, aristocrats and nightclub owners, teachers and military heroes - run an escape line for British airmen down to Spain. In Rouen and Orleans, in secret hotels and on the streets, they prise open Europe's sealed doors to lead British fighters to freedom....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-01-17

Dreadful !

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

What would have made A Hero of France better?

This book has absolutely no story. I enjoy books on the French Resistance but even I was willing myself not to resist giving this load of nonsense up. There is absolutely no plot whatsoever from start to finish. After 6 hours I could take no more, even with just an hour to go. It is a dreadful audible read. Avoid.

What was most disappointing about Alan Furst’s story?

Their was no plot whatsoever. Nothing happened.

Did Peter Noble do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Reader was fine. Far too many characters not actually doing anything.

What character would you cut from A Hero of France?

My mind was a haze with a soup of forgettable " characters ".

Any additional comments?

Wake me up.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Learn French: Ultimate Getting Started with French Box Set, Lessons 1-55

  • Beginner French #33
  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: FrenchPod101.com
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Start speaking French in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Ultimate Getting Started with French Box Set, a completely new way to learn French with ease! Ultimate Getting Started with French Box Set will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your French friends.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was looking for

  • By Joshua on 16-01-13

TOO MUCH SMALL TALK AND FRIENDLY CHIT CHAT

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

Reviewed: 22-04-15

What would have made Learn French: Ultimate Getting Started with French Box Set, Lessons 1-55 better?

so much small talk. Amazingly frustrating. The american guy grates after about 1 minute and it becomes fairly torturous.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrator?

ANYONE.

Any additional comments?

TRY PAUL NOBLE.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dominion

  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dominion: Fantastic and Atmospheric Novel!

  • By David on 21-11-12

Disappointing and So Long winded.

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

Reviewed: 25-02-14

Would you try another book written by C. J. Sansom or narrated by Daniel Weyman?

The narration was fine if not a bit hammy in places but the story was very very weak and dragged on for what seemed an eternity. The plot was very feeble and it felt like being stuck in treacle reading chapter after chapter without progressing onwards. It was a shame I had to up the book was starting to annoy me, however, reading reviews it had a very tepid ending. It had a very interesting subject but the story was weak and feeble.

What could C. J. Sansom have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The story was just not believable and lacked credibility. I think once the reader loses trust in the author the story is doomed.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The pace was pedestrian at best.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dominion?

Half the book.

  • The Road to Wigan Pier

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Road to Wigan Pier

  • By M on 15-10-12

A Modern Classic

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

Reviewed: 21-01-14

What made the experience of listening to The Road to Wigan Pier the most enjoyable?

Orwell's pose and descriptive detail drags you along without notice into the darkest deepest Lancashire pits. His venom and loathing of the class system makes comfortable reading in the year 2013. The genius of the man is obviously helped by the fact he is such a caring author as he reels and recoils in describing the hell of the 1930's living and working conditions. Orwell is without doubt a master of the English language his name is to be celebrated along with the likes of Shakespeare, Tennison, Twain and Wilde.

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

Masterful performance by Jeremy Northam. Always a joy to listen to his reading.

Any additional comments?

Just listen and I guarantee you will be so glad you were not born earlier to a working class Northern family.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Homage to Catalonia

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell’s account of his experiences fighting in the Spanish Civil War, and a portrait of disillusionment with his early politics. Orwell’s experiences include being shot in the neck by a sniper, and being forced into hiding as factions of the Left battled on the streets of Barcelona. Orwell entered Spain intending to gather an experience worth writing as well as to fight Fascism, and wrote Homage to Catalonia within months of his return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Alastair Ball on 14-01-15

A Classic of English Literature

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

If you could sum up Homage to Catalonia in three words, what would they be?

Amazing Literary Work.

What did you like best about this story?

George Orwell is without doubt one of the finest writers if not the finest, of twentieth century Literature. The way Orwell conveys his story and the brutality yet compassion of the Spanish Civil war is a gift blessed only to a handful of authors. His individual stories so beautifully and eloquently portrayed takes the readers mind ducking and diving from the bullets of backstreet Barcelona in the summer of 1936.

This masterpiece is so brilliantly read with ease and the voice sweeps along like a Spanish matador on heat.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It was all a total joy from start to finish.

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

Homeage to Catalonia: The passion of the matador wrapped around Franco and Spain.

Any additional comments?

Simply breathtaking. A must read.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Deceiver

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Sam McCready is The Deceiver, one of the Secret Intelligence Service's most unorthodox and most valued operatives, a legend in his own time. The end of the cold war has, however, strengthened the hand of the Whitehall mandarins, to whom he seems about as controllable as Genghis Khan, so Sam is to have his fate decided at a special hearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb short stories

  • By Brodie on 29-06-14

The Deceiver

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

Reviewed: 26-11-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration was superb but I just dont think it translates into an audio book. Very confusing on audio. Became tired of this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Frederick Forsyth again?

Yes.

  • Letters from the Trenches

  • By: Bill Lamin
  • Narrated by: Geoff Annis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Harry Lamin was born in Derbyshire in 1877 and left school at 13 to work in the lace industry. But by December 1916 he had been conscripted into the 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, and sent to war. Harry's letters home to his family describe the conflict with a poignant immediacy, even 90+ years on, detailing everything from the action in battle to the often amusing incidents of life amongst his comrades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real account of a real person

  • By Catherine on 28-02-11

Letters from The Trenches

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

Reviewed: 22-11-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Extremely long winded and doesnt translate to an audio book. I was really disappointed. The narration is annoying as previously pointed by other reviewers. The letters themselves are fairly nondescript and repetitious, mainly concentrating on menial matters such as the weather and pay. I feel as the story is written by the grandson of the letter writer, it is more of a personal homage by Grandson to Grandfather. The author makes a few interesting technical points such as that General Douglas Haig commander in chief of the British Forces never actually visited the troops once during this tenure on the front line and was known as the eternal optimist as a whole generation of young innocent men were slain. This becomes fairly evident from the description of the letters, however, as was the norm of the day the front line private Harry Laplin never questions the futility of the tactics of this superiors. I would absolutely recommend " The Reluctant Tommy " by Ronald Skirth. Very moving and fair more detailed.

What was most disappointing about Bill Lamin’s story?

Tedious and the letters in questions are extremely repetitive never actually giving much detail.

Any additional comments?

More of an educational text to University students working on a thesis.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Reluctant Tommy

  • An Extraordinary Memoir of the First World War
  • By: Ronald Skirth, Edited by Duncan Barrett
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

A moving and surprising memoir of an ordinary soldier in the First World War. 'Ella darling, There are things I have concealed from you up till now that I think you ought to know; things that have turned me from a different person from the Ronald you know.' So, in April 1918, Ronald Skirth, a non-commissioned officer in the Royal Artillery, wrote to his sweetheart, back in England. A year before, Skirth, then just nineteen years old, had been sent to fight on the Western Front.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Reluctant Tommy

  • By Mr. on 27-01-12

Absolutely Magnificant Book

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

Reviewed: 19-11-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Reluctant Tommy to be better than the print version?

Very moving and painfully honest account of life of an educated working class man serving in the killing fields of flanders and Passchandaele in the First World War. Skirth gives a brutally honest account of his experiences, his fallen and surviving comrades and the love he has for his wife to be. The author outlines dramatically yet realistically his views on the futility of the first world war and the absolute lack of compassion by his superiors from his commanding officer to the Generals who led a whole lost generation to their graves. If ever there was a book to confirm the phrase " Lions led by Donkeys" this is it. Truly recommend.

Also the book is very well narrated.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the story is described with honesty and integrity

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

Very well narrated. Movingly narrated.

Any additional comments?

A must read