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  • Midshipman's Hope 

  • The Seafort Saga, Book 1
  • By: David Feintuch
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

When a hideous accident kills the senior officers of the UNS Hibernia, it leaves a terrified young officer to save 300 colonists and crew aboard a damaged ship on a 17-month gauntlet to reach the colony of Hope Nation. With no chance of rescue or reinforcement, Nicholas Seafort must overcome despair, exhaustion, and guilt. He must conquer malfunctions, mutiny, and an alien horror beyond human understanding. And he must save lives, and take them - in the name of duty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly Addictive.

  • By Vanessa on 21-10-18

Unexpectedly Addictive.

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

Many sci fi books I’ve tried via kindle unlimited remain unfinished - probably because I sometimes find it difficult to engage with the plot, style or narration. This book has been an amazing find! Apart from the need to sleep, I devoured it on one sitting - I was totally absorbed.

I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone - from young adults to middle aged old foggeys like me who enjoy futuristic interstellar stories.

I’m off to use a credit to get the next in the series now!

  • Absolute Proof

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from best-selling author Peter James. The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Proof of the Pudding is in the Reading!

  • By Simon on 07-10-18

Exceptional!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

One of the best audiobooks I’ve heard in a long time. I have listened to many of Peter James’s novels & so far this is my favourite.
This is the first time I have experienced Hugh Bonneville as a narrator - he is absolutely brilliant!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Plaster City

  • A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco, Book 1
  • By: Johnny Shaw
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jimmy Veeder and Bobby Maves are back at it, two years after the events of Dove Season - they’re not exactly the luckiest guys in the Imperial Valley, but, hey, they win more fights than they lose.

Settled on his own farmland and living like a true family man after years of irresponsible fun, Jimmy’s got a straight life cut out for him. But he’s knocking years off that life thanks to fun-yet-dangerous Bobby’s booze-addled antics - especially now that Bobby is single, volatile as ever, and bored as hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series

  • By Vanessa on 27-08-18

Great Series

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

I stumbled across these books on Amazon - I’m so glad I gave them a go! Great storyline and plot - never a dull moment and some parts made me laugh out loud (& doesn’t happen that often).
Excellent narration by Scott Merriman.
I’m off now to listen to the last instalment in the series. Hope there will be more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Open Your Eyes

  • By: Paula Daly
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’ll let her husband, Leon, fight their battles. She’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life. But when best-selling crime author Leon is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. With her husband in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband - and why. Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Heaven

  • By Vanessa on 29-07-18

Audible Heaven

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

I have listened to all of Paula Daly’s books and thoroughly enjoyed each of them, but this time she has surpassed herself! A brilliant plot that kept me riveted from beginning to end.
Excellent narration by Julie Maisey - I have been know to buy a book based on the narrator - I will certainly look for others performed by her.
Congratulations to you both.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassin

  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, is the most dangerous city in the world. And when a mission to break the local cartel’s grip goes wrong, Isabella Rose, the Angel, finds herself on the wrong side of prison bars. Fearing the worst, Isabella plays her only remaining card... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a Female Narrator!

  • By Vanessa on 17-07-18

Needs a Female Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I struggled to listen to this instalment of Isabella Rose. I had to resort to increasing the play speed to endure the narration. Given the protagonist is female in this series, surely it would make sense to have a female narrator. After all, John Milton books aren’t read by a female narrator!
Unfortunately this will be my last Isabella Rose audiobook unless there is a change of narrator - so sorry Mr Ryan 😐

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteen

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

Hollywood actor Robert Soloman stands accused of stabbing his wife and her lover, but he is pleading that he had nothing to do with it. This is the trial of the century, and the defence want Eddie Flynn on their team. The biggest case Eddie has ever tried before, he decides to take it on despite the overwhelming evidence that Robert is guilty. As the trial starts, Eddie becomes sure of Robert's innocence, but there's something else he is even more sure of - that there is something sinister going on in the jury box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Eddie Flynn book

  • By anne on 13-02-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Just finished listening to this and the previous novel by Mr Cavanagh, only stopping to sleep!
Great plot and story line in all Eddie Flynn books - true escapism - excellently narrated by Adam Sims.
I hope there will be many more to follow.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart, and sexier than his wildest dreams. He'd kill to have her. Soon Beck can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart, there is only one person she can turn to. But there's more to Joe than Beck realizes and much more to Beck than her perfect facade.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Painful

  • By kdsshrub on 15-02-18

Compelling.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I was totally enthralled by the storyline of this book. At times it is shocking but I did laugh out loud at times. A very thought provoking insight into abnormal psychology.
Excellently written with fantastic narration.
I hope the next book (I am just about to buy) will be as good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Chance to Walk With the Mountain Man!

  • By Simon on 17-04-18

As Good as it Gets!

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the Mountain Man series published before this prequel and am pleased to say that it is equally as good.
I have to say a big thank you to Simon who reviewed this book first - I wouldn’t have know it was available otherwise.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Skin Deep

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Annette Flynn, Sophie Ward, Declan Rodgers, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Cordelia Russell has been living on the Côte d'Azur for 10 years, posing as an English heiress. Now her money is gone, and her luck is running out. Desperate to escape her grotty flat and grim reality, Cordelia spends a decadent night at the Negresco. But surrounded by the young, beautiful and privileged, she feels her age and her poverty. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Had To Go All The Way To Get Skin Deep!

  • By Simon on 06-04-18

Captivating.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

A very unusual storyline that kept me enthralled until the very last chapter.
Excellently written and narrated.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Missing, Presumed

  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace. Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story.

  • By Graham on 21-03-16

More and More Please!

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book in all respects!
Although the plot is of a serious nature, I laughed out loud on several occasions (much to my family’s surprise) - the dry witted asides certainly appeals to my sense of humour.
Off to get the next book now - the second of many I hope!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful