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  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Wayjor on 14-01-17

Far-fetched but enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Not my usual type of story but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Yes, it’s impossibly far-fetched but I found myself liking the assassin and other “goodies” and wishing inevitable I’ll on the “baddies.” I actually kept it going whilst I cooked and cleaned and did household tasks. I’d recommend it as pure escapism. The narrator did have problems with some accents and pronunciations but it could be dismissed relatively easily. Seriously considering getting the next book.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,180

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

Audio better than print

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Unusually, I’m certain that the audiobook is better than the hard copy would be. Maybe this is because Michelle Obama read her own life story. She writes with the same honesty and grace she demonstrated as FLOTUS. Inspiring a plethora of emotions, her story allows us to understand the source of her drive and achievements. One thing surprised me: her recurring question of “Am I good enough?” The answer is evident: she most definitely is! A must listen autobiography.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,062

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Slow start but so well worth it

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

This is a lovely tale, poignant but heart warming. It took me a while to care about Eleanor but then I really took her to heart. I cringed at some of her behaviours and glowed at others. Her relationship with Ray is pivotal to her development. Her outward timidity belies a hidden strength, masking a mild autism. That there was a traumatic childhood becomes apparent but its denouement is a twist. The author handles Eleanor’s story delicately and sensitively and the narrator tells her story beautifully. A truly worthwhile audible book.

  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-18

A must have!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Captivating from the first chapter, Nora Roberts’ novel is super. It has the thriller, a growing romance, dysfunctional families and much more. I played some every time I awoke! A definite addition to the listening library!! Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Slow Burn

  • Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 3
  • By: Conrad Jones
  • Narrated by: Paul Holbrook
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Slow Burn is the second book in the best selling Alec Ramsay series, following The Child Taker, Slow Burn, Criminally Insane, Frozen Betrayal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • the worst narrator ever

  • By SHIRLEY on 02-08-15

Great story but the wrong narrators

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

This is another good Alec Ramsay story. Conrad Jones has developed a strong character and great stories. Sadly, whoever chose the narrator, both Paul Holbrook and the female occasional voice, forgot to rationalise that an American (these two anyway) cannot replicate accents from NW England. Furthermore, neither can alter their voices convincingly for different characters and results are very odd. Such a shame, because the narration detracts from an interesting and clever story. I’m not certain I’ll get others in this series because of the use of the same narrator.

  • Tall Order

  • The Spider Shepherd Thrillers, Book 15
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

The 15th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more enthralling action from the Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. He is one of the world's most ruthless terrorists, codenamed Saladin. He plans and executes devastating attacks, and then, ghostlike, he disappears. Ten years ago he blew a plane out of the sky above New York - and now he's struck again, killing dozens in a London strike. But one of the latest victims is related to the acting head of MI5, who knows exactly who she wants on the case: Spider Shepherd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spider! As Explosive As Ever!

  • By Gary on 25-07-18

Good to see Spider back

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

I really enjoy the Spider Shepherd stories. This one had me needing to concentrate and focus rather a lot, due to the chronological and geographical shifts in the tale. With at least three distinct storylines, which obviously finally converge, I sometimes needed to rewind and listen to parts again. This isn’t conducive to absolute enjoyment! However, looking back it all made total sense; I understand why Stephen Leather wrote it this way; and it was really good. It’s absolutely worth the effort!

  • Seven Bridges

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

It's been five months since a killer walked free, and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down - this time for good. But Ryan's plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time or watch a friend suffer the consequences. Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan's team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won't stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another very good DCI Ryan Instalment

  • By Salter on 12-07-18

Not his best

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

The Ryan series is great and I’d hoped this would be as good. However, whilst it is a decent story, it is not as powerful as its predecessors. I hope the next one is stronger in plot. I do enjoy the beautiful Northumberland setting though.

  • Faithful Place

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was 19. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By s.e.ryder on 04-06-12

Really good

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

I do like this series. Tana French captures the family dysfunction so well, without alienating them. The involved and complex characters are engaging. The plot holds you throughout and the machinations are gripping. Gerry O’Brien does a first class job of narration. I’ll happily hear any book he reads. A good series and each book stands alone well. Recommended.

  • The Runaway

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

When Cathy Connor and Eamonn Docherty are thrown together as children in the East End their fate is sealed. Cathy's miserable life as a prostitute's child changes forever when she's forced into care. The ordeal that follows leaves her with no choice but to run away to Soho, and she learns to survive in the violent heart of London's underworld. Meanwhile, Eamonn, who fled to New York, has gained a reputation as a ruthless villain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the runaway

  • By claire on 04-06-11

Classic Cole

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The talented Martina Cole did it again. Yes, she uses a basic template but this story is much more. That Cathy overcomes a dreadful start in life is expected. That she is fundamentally a good person is expected. That she is loved by such diverse characters is probably expected. But the twists, turns and final denouement wasn’t expected. The story is poignant in many ways. It has very dark moments, coupled with emotional highs. This is one I shall listen to again...soon! Highly recommended.

  • The Child Taker

  • Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 1
  • By: Conrad Jones
  • Narrated by: Julia Farhat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

A stand-alone novel based on high-profile child abductions, which have been followed by millions of concerned parents on the news. Five-year-old twins are abducted from a tent in the Lake District and the hunt for a dangerous paedophile ring begins. Police procedure follows the premise that 60% of abducted children are murdered within the first four hours of being taken. The first hour is called "The golden hour" and the longer a child is missing, the less chance there is of them being recovered unharmed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful narration.

  • By A. Palmer on 25-08-14

Harrowing but worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

Some of the content of this story is distressing but it is well crafted, which makes it entirely gripping. Initially I couldn’t reconcile Mogadishu with the Lake District but all quickly became clear. The characters were strong, the pace of the story good and Julia Farhat contributed much to ensuring this came across. Conrad Jones was recommended to me and I shall certainly get more of his stories.