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  • Odd Billy Todd

  • By: N.C. Reed
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Billy Todd has always been different. Most people called him odd, and those were the nice people. Though he was born with a learning disability, Billy's parents never allowed him to consider himself disabled. Raised to be self-sufficient, Billy might not be as smart as some, but he was a lot smarter than people realized.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautifully Written Heartwarming Story.

  • By Vanessa on 29-07-19

A Beautifully Written Heartwarming Story.

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

Reviewed: 29-07-19

I am so very happy to have discovered this novel. I enjoy most post apocalyptic stories - many follow a similar format and routine, but this one is refreshingly different. Without giving anything away, it demonstrates that humanity could when in the face of adversity, be decent and survive without modern amenities.
I hope N. C. Reed will continue the story or write more like this.
As an audio book it is first class and deserves to be priced accordingly - excellent narration!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Gambler's Jury

  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Attorney Dani Rollins is bullish in the courtroom - pushing judges and prosecutors to their limits in defense of the innocent. So when she meets Teddy Thorne, a mentally challenged teen accused of selling drugs, Dani knows she’s got this in the bag. She can easily settle the case with a couple of court appearances. But when prosecutors move for an adult felony conviction, Dani suspects Teddy’s being used as a pawn in a sinister game. As the case moves forward, Dani is certain the judge and district attorney’s office have motivations beyond the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Vanessa on 10-07-19

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-19

Only 1/4 way through this book, but I’m moved to write this review now.
I absolutely love Mr Methos books - this one has actually made me laugh uncontrollably (no mean feat).
If you like storylines that focus on the good & bad of humanity, this book is definitely one not to be missed.

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  • The Man I Think I Know

  • By: Mike Gayle
  • Narrated by: Ben Addis, Chris Nayak
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Some people just look destined for great things. And sometimes, life has other ideas. Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side. He likes to know what happens next. Danny Allen is not on the safe side. He is more past the point of no return. But it's funny the way life is sometimes. Just when you think you know how everything is, it surprises you. And redemption can come in the most unlikely forms.... Warm, witty and wise, Mike Gayle's new novel is a powerful story of male friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Anonymous User on 01-02-19

Exceptional!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-19

Thoroughly enjoyable story of friendship, love & loss.
Addresses life issues that we can all identify with and learn from.
Excellent narration.
A great find!

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  • The Undead: Part 7

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 260

Chaos overtakes the fort when one of Howie’s group turns and starts killing survivors. Howie and his team are blamed and shunned but carry on their search for fuel to run generators in order to carry out research on the dog. When Marcy realises the infection can cure diseases, and realising she can be strong and good, she decides to head to the fort to hand herself in to be examined, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant series all books are great!

  • By Richard on 17-01-16

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

This is a very enjoyable post apocalyptic series that keeps on going without a dull moment. I did however struggle to get past the initial section where the American prisoner entered the story - the man gave me a headache - in fact I left the book unfinished for a few weeks! BUT I went back to it and persevered and was well rewarded with yet another twist and turn to the plot that was totally unexpected.
Part 8 here I come! Hold on Howieeeeeeeeeeee 😄

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  • Two for Joy

  • By: Sarah Denzil
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborrow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Leah Smith has a new name, a new job and a new home. The sleepy seaside town, Clifton-on-Sea, is a refreshing change from the gloomy moors of Yorkshire. She couldn’t be farther away from her serial killer stalker. Or so she thinks.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Blackborrow Can't Save Denzil!

  • By Simon on 29-12-18

Enthralling Storyline.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Both books in this series are very intense and so very addictive. The storyline is very graphic at times, but necessary to portray what it could be like being faced with a sociopathic serial killer. The story is well written and progresses at a fast, fluid pace.

Fantastic narration from Jasmine Blackborrow - excellent character differentiation - I will most certainly be looking out for other books narrated by her!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Twelve Days

  • John Milton, Book 14
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

John Milton hasn't seen Elijah Warriner for three years. The last time they met, Milton's efforts to keep the boy safe didn't go exactly to plan. Now Elijah is a promising boxer, preparing for the bout that will take him to the big time. Milton decides that he will spend the week before Christmas in London so that he can watch the fight. But Elijah's burgeoning fame has brought him to the attention of old acquaintances with long memories and grudges to bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb..

  • By Salter on 12-03-19

Christmas at Easter

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

Reviewed: 23-03-19

As much as I enjoy this John Milton series, I feel rather cheated by this latest release. It is very short and gives the impression that poor old John has run his course. Maybe it is time for him to find absolution, settle down with a lovely lady and put his feet up.
As ever, perfectly narrated by David Thorp.

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  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

Fifteen years ago two teenagers were mysteriously found dead by the old railroad tracks in a small affluent town in New Jersey. One of them was Nap Dumas' twin, Leo, and the other the town's sheriff's daughter. Most people concluded it was a double suicide; others just didn't buy it. Nap has dedicated his life to finding out what really happened that summer, and when his missing ex-girlfriend's fingerprints show up at a crime scene, he's thrown into a labyrinth of dark family secrets and lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coben continues to deliver.

  • By Stephen on 30-09-17

Went Nowhere Fast

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

Reviewed: 27-02-19

Long, drawn out plot - a bit like a bad meal - kept on repeating itself.
A shame because the basic storyline could have been developed into something much more thrilling.
Good narration though - some witty statements delivered so well I had to laugh out loud.

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  • In the End

  • Their Fight for Survival Is Only the Beginning
  • By: GJ Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jim Harbourne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Logan has always taken things a little too seriously. So when his New Year's Eve attempt to unwind descends into chaos, he's the first to realize it's no joke. After Logan and his friends miss the evacuation transport, he's given a choice: lead the group to safety or watch all of his friends come back from the dead.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yippee! A new British Post Apocalyptic Series.

  • By Vanessa on 18-02-19

Yippee! A new British Post Apocalyptic Series.

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this first Post Apocalyptic via Audible from GJ Stevens. Great plot that builds in excitement that led a binge listen!
Well narrated by Jim Harbourne - if this is his first narration on Audible, it certainly won’t be his last! Great character differentiation - female characters and various regional accents were very well done.
I hope there will be many more in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Darkest Place

  • An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Christmas day, and DCI Tom Reynolds receives an alarming call. A mass grave has been discovered on Oileán na Caillte, the island which housed the controversial psychiatric institution St. Christina's. The hospital has been closed for decades, and onsite graves were tragically common. Reynolds thinks his adversarial boss is handing him a cold case to sideline him. But then it transpires another body has been discovered amongst the dead - one of the doctors who went missing from the hospital in mysterious circumstances 40 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic all round !

  • By Mrs. A. Hemsworth on 21-09-18

Excellent Series!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

Thoroughly enjoyable Irish detective series. Unusual, & unpredictable plots with back stories of warm, amusing characters that will stay with me.
Aoife McMahon is a fantastic narrator - great character differentiation - some of the humorous expressions made me laugh out loud.
I hope there are many more instalments to come.

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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 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

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!