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  • The Revenant

  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

The book that inspired the award-winning movie. Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Winner of 5 BAFTAS including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film. Winner of the 2016 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Actor - Drama, and Best Director. The novel that inspired the epic new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Hugh Glass isn’t afraid to die. He’s done it once already.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Movie could outshine the book

  • By Mr on 02-03-16

Book of the Decade !!

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

Reviewed: 22-04-16

WOW !! I got this book on one of Audible's Daily Deals and could not believe what a great listen this was. I listened to the entire book within one day.
While this is a novel, it is written around historical facts and real life characters from the time period. This makes you realise the true hardships of the era which when woven into the fictional side of the story embellishes the plot.
Brilliantly brought to life by Jeff Harding it is a must have book in anyones collection.

  • The Ninth Step

  • John Milton, Book 8
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711

John Milton is a former assassin for the British government. He is a ronin, trying to atone for his past sins by offering his services to those people who have no one else to whom they can turn. Milton is keeping a low profile in London when he meets Eddie Fabian. Fabian confesses that he is considering suicide and that the reason for his depression was the abuse that he suffered as a child. Milton offers to help, but, before he can, Eddie is found dead in circumstances that Milton considers suspicious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Milton is back !!!

  • By Wickerman49 on 17-03-16

John Milton is back !!!

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

Reviewed: 17-03-16

Mark Dawson brings JM to his brilliant and best form in this ninth book of the series, taking on the rich and powerful along with the underbelly of the crime world to right the wrongs in his own initimable style.
Every reviewer says " unputdownable " but I would prefer to say, find a day where you have nothing to do, make yourself comfy with a coffee, a nice treat to eat and listen in one go. I did and it is the best way to kill a day by far.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Snowblind

  • Dark Iceland
  • By: Ragnar Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Thor Kristjansson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 186

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors - accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik - with a past that he’s unable to leave behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely atmospheric setting & palpable tension!

  • By MRS V L HALL on 01-12-15

Good to chill out to

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

Reviewed: 15-03-16

I listened to this book after reading other reviews about it.
The storyline was predictable, rookie cop stuck in isolated town when suspicious murders occur. It took me a long time to work out some of the characters as many of the names sounded similar in Norwegian, but once I had the hang of them it was more enjoyable.
It was the narrative that I found I could chill to as it was very softly spoken and I liked this compared to many narrators who seem to get more vocal at "excitement times " in books.
I gave it 4 stars overall due to the predictability of the plot, but it's well worth the listen.

  • The Murder Road

  • Cooper and Fry, Book 15
  • By: Stephen Booth
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Ben Cooper and his team from Derbyshire Constabulary's E Division return in this gripping new title from the master of the genre. For the Peak District hamlet of Shawhead, there's only one road in and one road out. Its handful of residents are accustomed to being cut off from the world by snow or floods. But when a lorry delivering animal feed is found jammed in the narrow lane, with no sign of the driver except for a blood-stained cab, it's the beginning of something much more sinister...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twisting and turning road

  • By CHRISTINA on 21-07-15

Bad narration !!!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

This is the first book I have listened to by Stephen Booth and enjoyed the story. The only downside which I struggled with was the narration. It was too fast and I missed parts of the storyline due to the text being rear so quickly.. I had to keep checking my dashboard to make sure that the read speed was set at 1.0 which it was. This spoilt the overall enjoyment of the book for me.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Lightning

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to the Fair Isles to introduce his fiancée, Fran, to his parents. Challenging to live on at the best of times, with the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped, tension is high and tempers become frayed. When a woman's body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles bird observatory, the islanders react with fear and anger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back on track

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-16

Jimmy Perez at his ultimate best !!

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Would you listen to Blue Lightning again? Why?

This has a fantastic storyline, set on a remote island with no way of getting on or off the island, leaving everyone to query other people's motives for being there, and great twists in the storyline.

What other book might you compare Blue Lightning to, and why?

Similar to many other books set on a desolate island, without the usual countdown of murder victims makes this a refreshing change with a violent twist at the end. Too many books use the stranded on an island theme to name any particular one.

What about Gordon Griffin’s performance did you like?

Very good narration, with variations in pitch and speed where required.

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

If I had the time, then yes

Any additional comments?

Must buy more of Anne's Perez series, which are every bit as good as her Vera books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Day of the Jack Russell

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

The Small Shop Keeper With No Name is back. Hired to find the vandals responsible for spraying graffiti on an insurance magnate's advertising hoarding, he soon finds himself battling to solve murders which echo in the corridors of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I smiled and laughed a lot

  • By Patricia on 08-11-13

hilarious but more swearing than necessary

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

I love this series of books which really do have those laugh out loud moments, but even I feel there is not enough justification for the amont of foul language and this series would be just as funny with half as much of this.

  • Girt

  • The Unauthorised History of Australia
  • By: David Hunt
  • Narrated by: David Hunt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia.... In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock", and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must have book of the year !!

  • By Wickerman49 on 24-05-15

must have book of the year !!

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

Reviewed: 24-05-15

this is the one book youMUST have in your library this year. Funny, sarcastic history of thr ' land down under ' performed by the author with much humour and wit. This will have you laughing out loud when you least expect it. Cannot wait for the sequel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Case of the Missing "I"

  • By Simon on 31-07-18

More twists and turns than a Formula 1 racetrack

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

Reviewed: 13-05-15

Fantastic dramatised performance with a host of star names make this one of THE books of the year you must add to your library.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hunted

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

Get hooked on Heck: the maverick detective who knows no boundaries. A grisly whodunit you won't be able to put down, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and TV series Luther. Heck needs to watch his back. Because someone's watching him... Across the south of England, a series of bizarre but fatal accidents are taking place. So when a local businessman survives a near-drowning but is found burnt alive in his car just weeks later, DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is brought in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and convoluted

  • By Graeme from Preston on 26-07-15

Heck at his ultimate best.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Paul Finch just goes from better to better with every book in the series. Heck just seems to slot into a gap left by many other fictional detectives and is a ' one off ' when it comes to solving oddball crimes, difinitely thinking way out of the box to solve the most heinous of crimes.
Cannot wait for the next Heck to be published. A definitive must for all fans of Peter James, Mark Billingham, wtc.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Chair

  • By: Priscilla Masters
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In the peaceful setting of the National Trust near Church Stretton, Tracey Walsh drives herself and her four-year-old daughter, Daisy, up the remote Burway in the early hours of the morning, tragically loses control of her car and crashes into the valley below. Tracey is rushed to hospital, but where is Daisy? She has vanished, provoking an intense police search of the area around the Devil’s Chair – land that is rife with legends and stories of witchcraft, sorcery and unexplained disappearances.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • poor story and bad narration

  • By Wickerman49 on 08-05-15

poor story and bad narration

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

predictable ending and very bad narrators trying inpression of the male character voices. I feel this would have been better to listen to if the publisher had brought in a male narrator for the male parts. overall quite disappointed with the book .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful