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Richard Irwin

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  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

On 14th June, 2007, the King of Sweden disappears. In 1994 South Africa dismantles six missiles developed during its brief nuclear weapons programme. In 1961 Nombeko Mayeki is born in a Soweto shack. Seemingly destined for a life nasty, brutish and short, her path takes an entirely unpredictable turn. Because really this story is all about the seventh South African missile - the one that was never supposed to have existed. The one that Nombeko knows far too much about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Intellectual Laugh-out-loud Read!!

  • By Lulu on 03-12-15

Loved this story

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

Humorous and humane, a beautiful and original story with so many surprises and unexpected twists

  • The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

  • By: James Anderson
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Welcome to Alderley, a magnificent mansion in the heart of the West Country where a grand house party is taking place. The preparations have been made, the guests have been invited, and the staff are on hand. What could possibly go wrong? Let the entertainment begin. The theft of the diamond necklace and the antique pistols might all be explained, but the body in the lake - that really was a puzzle. 'Don't expect me to solve anything,' Inspector Wilkens announced modestly when he arrived to sort out the unpleasantness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable murder mystery

  • By Katie on 27-11-15

Gentle detective story, light entertainment

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

Easy listening, great entertainment while driving. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

  • A Case of Murder in Mayfair

  • A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure, Book 2
  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When Hollywood star Dorothy Dacres plummets six floors from her hotel terrace on the night of her greatest triumph, it initially looks like a tragic accident. But her death is so very convenient to her many enemies that press-man Freddy Pilkington-Soames, who was there on the night she died, begins to suspect foul play. And when cocaine is found in her room, it only complicates matters further. Soon, Freddy is chasing across London on the trail of drug dealers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as book one

  • By Richard Irwin on 29-04-18

Not as good as book one

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

Reviewed: 29-04-18

Languid voice of the narrator is unreal and irritating. Plot lacks depth. More of potboiler than an interesting story. Shame.

  • Kim

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid

  • By Sydney on 22-12-13

I am left amazed

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

expected a book about the British Raj, but instead got a book about enlightenment. I was amazed by this book and will read more Kipling

  • Cosmosapiens

  • Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe
  • By: John Hands
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 31 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Who are we, and how did we get here? These are two of the most fundamental and far-reaching questions facing scientists and cosmologists alike and have rested at the center of human intellectual endeavor since its beginning. They are questions that stretch across numerous disciplines. Philosophy, theology, evolutionary biology, and mathematics are just some of the fields looking to explain the emergence of human life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-05-18

An amazing book

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Incredibly comprehensive and well argued evaluation of current scientific paradigms backed up with deep analysis of current literature and peer reviewed by leading scientists. A must read book!

  • A Plague on Both Your Houses

  • The First Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If I could give 3.5 I would. Entertaining enough

  • By Louis Hall on 05-06-17

Not a credible story

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

Plot should emerge from character. He we have an unbelievable plot dangling puppets on twisted strings in an attempt to make it work. An interesting start went downhill rapidly. Barely made it to the end.

  • Glory Road

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

. C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable reading of perhaps Heinlein’s best book

  • By BobBr on 26-09-12

Good start, bad middle, could not face the end

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Definitely a story of its time which would not be so sexist if the voice of the heroine was not so quiet and simpering. She is meant to be an multi-universe empress, but sounds like a mid-western housewife who wouldn't say boo to a goose. The way the story is rendered loses all the humour that the words imply. Eventually I found I could listen no longer, my mind just switched off and had no interest in the outcome of a story which had a good and original start. Shame, I used to like Heinlein's work a lot.

  • The Last Continent

  • Discworld, Book 22
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really poor sound quality

  • By Bethany Black on 27-04-15

Not Terry's best

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

No real plot just a series of tableau, some of which are amusing. Many just boring and over long.

  • I Shall Wear Midnight

  • Discworld Book 38, (Discworld Childrens Book 5)
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 783

Tiffany Aching, the young witch from The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, and Wintersmith is back in a new adventure featuring Discworld characters both familiar to fans (such as Tiffany, the Wee Free Men, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg) and new (meet Wee Mad Arthur, the Nac Mac Feegle on the City Watch whose only previous appearance was a brief cameo in Feet of Clay, and city witch Mrs Proust - a fabulous Pratchett creation).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Pratchett

  • By Ann on 02-12-10

Another great Discworld novel

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

It might be listed as a children's book, but appeals to me (from a 50+)

  • Summer Lightning

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: John Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

While Blandings Castle sleeps in the summer sun, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, brother of the Earl of Emsworth, is busily engaged in writing his Reminiscences, and they look set to be as warm as the weather, if not warmer. For Galahad has led a thoroughly misspent life, and his acquaintances can all too easily recall their past follies in his company. Reputations are at stake and even the nobility and gentry are beginning to panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hurrah for Galahad!

  • By Dr. R. Brompton on 20-07-16

Loved story, not performance

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

Reviewed: 15-11-16

Shame about the baying hyenas and limp colourless gels, what?! Over the top, shame on you.

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