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  • Trigger Mortis

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: David Oyelowo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 775

James Bond is back where he belongs. Anthony Horowitz's new novel is a thrilling tour de force, sure to delight fans of the original 007 novels and new readers alike. It also features previously unseen material written by Bond's creator, Ian Fleming. The story begins in the lethal world of Grand Prix and an attempt by the Russians to sabotage a race at Nürburgring, the most dangerous track in Europe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, rollicking Bond adventure

  • By Laura on 11-06-16

Worst narration ever. Avoid at all costs

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

Reviewed: 26-02-16

What disappointed you about Trigger Mortis?

The narration of this is about the worst I have come across. David Oyelowo is an English actor (he appeared in Spooks) so why does he feel the need to read this in an American accent? And why does he pronounce words in totally the wrong way? Excruciating to listen to. In fact, I couldn't finish it.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a good story, don't get me wrong. It captures the essence of Fleming's original character and the story seems to be well plotted and paced. Or at least the first 3 hours were...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He is just awful. I will never buy another audiobook that he narrates.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I wish I could finish the story. Very disappointing. Will have to buy the book instead.

Any additional comments?

I strongly urge people not to buy this. The narration is excruciating.

  • The Survivor

  • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Top-secret data has been stolen from the CIA, and the only man who knows its hiding place is dead. CIA operative Mitch Rapp must race to find the classified information in this blistering novel that picks up where The Last Man left off in Vince Flynn's New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Phillip on 13-03-17

Rapp is Back

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book. The death of Vince Flynn bought the Mitch Rapp series to a premature end, but this is nearly as good as the original stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

MItch Rapp is the central character and the book revolves around him. There are various other characters from the previous novels that make an appearance including the irascible Stan Hurley.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I think that George Guidall is an excellent narrator all round and this is as good as any of his other works.

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

There are some good action moments that are heart-stopping but it would spoil the story to reveal them here.

Any additional comments?

I am glad that we get to see Mitch Rapp again and hope that Kyle Mills continues to keep the series alive.

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  • Charles Paris: Murder in the Title

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lightweight but great fun

  • By Pippa on 06-02-16

A Joy to Listen to

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

Reviewed: 12-12-14

If you have not yet discovered the Charles Paris stories on the BBC then you are in for a treat. They are based upon the novels of Simon Brett but brilliant adapted by Jeremy Front.

Charles Paris is a struggling actor, alcoholic and misogynist. He lives sometimes with his long suffering wife although they are Semi-Detached. Bill Nighy plays the part to perfection and is perfect for the role. The rest of the cast are superb though, particularly Morris Glover who plays his agent.

The thing that makes these dramas work so well is the music that is added. Every song is a classic and usually has some relevance to the story.

The story revolves around Charles' appearance in provincial repertory theatre and as usual there is a murder and being the scenes dodgy dealings. Charles becomes sleuth and soon finds himself up to his eyes in it.

I listen to this again and again and it still makes me laugh out loud.

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  • The English Girl

  • Gabriel Allon, Book 13
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent Gabirel Allon story

  • By T P Townsend on 01-12-13

Another excellent Gabirel Allon story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

I am a big fan of Daniel Silva's books. They are a little more quirky than the average spy novel. The main character is not some all-action hero like Mitch Rapp in the Vince Flynn books (although I am a great fan of these stories too). He is a more complex, rounded character but with his own personal demons.

The story itself is plausible, although some may think it a little far-fetched. I won't reveal any spoilers, but will say that it is a gripping plot with a number of unexpected twists to it.

The narration is good and up to the usual standards of George Guidell, who remains one of my top narrators.

Highly recommended.