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  • The Silence of the Lambs

  • 25th Anniversary Edition: Hannibal Lecter, Book 2
  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,061

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thomas Harris’ legendary best-seller, Audible presents The Silence of the Lambs, with a new introduction written and read by the author himself. An FBI trainee. A psychopath locked up for unspeakable crimes. And a serial killer getting ever closer to his latest victim... Seeking insight into the deadly madman she must find, FBI rookie Clarice Starling turns to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a monster cannibal held in a hospital for the criminally insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb and chilling

  • By JamesW on 01-12-13

Still a great story

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

Reviewed: 13-12-13

What did you like most about The Silence of the Lambs?

It is just such a good story - no padding - just a master at his craft - great characters and themes.

What other book might you compare The Silence of the Lambs to, and why?

It stands alone

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

Excellent performance Frank

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

When the last victim was released and the fireman saved the murderers dog!

Any additional comments?

Buy it

  • Under the Eagle

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Series - now complete

  • By Simon on 24-08-15

Roman, Ripping Yarn

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

Reviewed: 10-12-13

Where does Under the Eagle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book tells of the adventures of freed slave Cato. Just freed from slavery he has arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, in the Roman army. With a letter of commendation from the Emperor who recommends he is made a centurion. This does not happen but, he is appointed a rank above more experienced soldiers. As second-in-command to Macro, an centurion who leads them, Cato will have more to prove than most in the adventures that lie ahead. After fighting the Hun . There is a little romance and some political intrigue.Cato and Macro undertake a special mission that will thrust them headlong into a conspiracy and fights with the ancient britons.

What other book might you compare Under the Eagle to, and why?

Any adventure story

What three words best describe David Thorpe’s voice?

patronising, british, southern

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

No

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Saints of the Shadow Bible

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James MacPherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

Sunday Times number-one best seller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus' team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, yes, yes, Rankin right back on top of form!

  • By Jill on 10-11-13

More Sinners than Saints

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

If you could sum up Saints of the Shadow Bible in three words, what would they be?

Crafted interesting enjoyable

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saints of the Shadow Bible?

Rebus is back in CID, as a DS . His mentee DI Clarke is now his boss. Rebus is also working with Malcom Fox, who was part of the hated Professional Standards.

Some crimes occur that threaten to destabilize both sides in the referendum Scottish campaign. The 'Yes' campaign is lead by murder of the Justice Minister who is murdered. But it's the possible involvement in another murder by Stefan Gilmour, a prominent businessman and leading 'No' man in the 'campaign, that causes the real problems for Rebus.

In the1980s, Gilmour had been the Detective Inspector at when Rebus was a a DC. Now, Rebus is asked to work with DI Clarke and Malcom Fox, all three together, wha starts as a traffic accident leads into the murky world of 70’s policing, and murder,

This leads to a cracking yarn.

Which character – as performed by James MacPherson – was your favourite?

Rebus

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

Excited

Any additional comments?

Great Book

  • Doctor Sleep

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

Stephen King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special 12-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doctor Sleep

  • By jennifer on 26-12-13

Doctor Sleep - sent me to sleep

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found a bit long winded and could have been edited down. In this story, Stephen King returns to , The Shining, in this novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance , the boy in The Shining. A very twelve-year-old girl , Abra, who can “shine” must be saved from a of group of spirit vampires.

The True Knot travel across the USA in search of victims. ,Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has become an alcoholic , trying to escape his father’s inheritance of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Dan settles in a New Hampshire town, an Alcoholic Anonymous group that helps him, and a job at a nursing home where his “shining” power provides the comfort to the dying, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets Abra Stone, his previously unknown neice, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

Have not read previous books and would not do so in the future.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator could have been more chilled out.

Was Doctor Sleep worth the listening time?

Well it sent me to sleep a couple of times!

  • A Delicate Truth

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding writing and narration

  • By Al on 14-05-13

First Victim of War - a delicate Truth

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

What did you like most about A Delicate Truth?

le Carrie writes a cracking story. A Delicate Truth is based around a fictious Operation Wildlife, a top-secret mission in Gibraltar, involving private spy companies , special forces, and a cast of spooks dodgy Ministers and Civil Servants.

Operation Wildlife was "an utter cock-up" in which an innocent Muslim mother and child, were killed and their deaths hushed up. Three years later , one of the soldiers involved reveals that the greater horror of the "cock-up" is the government conspiracy to cover it up, and bury the truth

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Delicate Truth?

The meeting of the old soldier with a conscience Geb and "paul" "Paul Anderson" a retired diplomat, who was involved , get reengaged but wants to do the honourable thing. Together with Foreign Office high-flyer Toby Bell, who has to put his career on the line.

Have you listened to any of John le Carré’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Very good performance.

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

- "Outsourcing Honour"

Any additional comments?

Should be a follow up.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • World War Z

  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,977

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned gory fun

  • By monkey-puzzle on 21-11-12

Zombie book

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you try another book written by Max Brooks or narrated by the narrators?

I probably would not read another book by Max Brooks, I would not look to see who had narrated a book before buying it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The book is an "oral history" of a zombie war where almost all of civilization is wipe out, The book then is a bit like a documentary where participants are interviewed about their experiences. There was no insight into Human nature or great moral ending in my opinion,

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Yes

Do you think World War Z needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I found it a bit boring - so no follow up please on my account.

  • David and Goliath

  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Swing and a miss

  • By ShabadooGMan on 13-10-13

Unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 27-11-13

What disappointed you about David and Goliath?

The book seemed to lack evidence or explanation of how people had overcome their problems to make a success of their lives. It was very unhelpful.

What was most disappointing about Malcolm Gladwell’s story?

The anti-British tone of the sections about Northern Ireland. A complex history and community is simplified to be nonsensical extent. Patronizing and simplistic.

What three words best describe Malcolm Gladwell’s performance?

Unscientific. Patronizing. Simplistic.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from David and Goliath?

The beginning, middle and the end.

Any additional comments?

Can I have my money back?

6 of 8 people found this review helpful