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  • The Nutmeg of Consolation

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 14
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Shipwrecked on a remote island in the Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck. A vicious attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are truly marooned. Their escape from this predicament is one that only the whimsy and ingenuity of Patrick O Brian or Stephen Maturin could devise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The saga continues.

  • By Retro Brit on 15-02-19

The saga continues.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-19

A splendid continuation. Loved it to bits. Lots of twists and turns with great consequences setting the reader up for the next story.

  • Dark Fire

  • Shardlake, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment . . .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story

  • By Su on 22-02-18

Very entertaining and compelling.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-18

London in the time of King Henry VIII's reign. The year is 1540 and hunchback lawyer Mathew Shardlake must investigate a special case for the troubled Thomas Cromwell. The secret of Greek fire. A weapon of dyabolical consequence. As Matthew follows the trail of murdered bodies, he is sucked into deeper and more dangerous intreague.

  • The Fortune of War

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 6
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Martin on 19-05-15

wonderful development

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-18

Great story of the continuing adventures of Aubrey and Maturin seafaring yarns. The ongoing saga is gripping me more with every story.

  • The Letter of Marque

  • Aubrey-Maturin Series, Book 12
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 199

Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he did not commit. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship's surgeon to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, more politely termed a letter of marque. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fine story, masterly narration

  • By Trevor on 07-05-17

Splendid.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-18

I think I'm falling hoplessly in love with Diane Villiers. A splendid story of the Aubrey/Maturin saga.

  • A Spy by Nature

  • By: Charles Cumming
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87

For all fans of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy comes this master class in suspense about a spy caught up in his own web of deception.... Alec Milius is young, smart and ambitious - with a talent for deception. When a chance encounter opens the door to a career with MI6, he is desperate to make his mark. But life as a spy begins to take a terrible toll on himself and those around him, and soon Alec is chasing not just success but survival.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre compared with his later works

  • By Dave on 10-06-18

Spy story with a gripping edge.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I could not put down this splendid story. A young potential spy must act as bait for two CIA oppratives in this tale of industrial espionage.

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  • Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem

  • By: Tim Shipman
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 29 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

By the best-selling author of All Out War, shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2017. The unmissable account of politics covering Theresa May's time as PM through to the end of the election campaign. Stuffed to the brim with revelation and explanation of political debates and arguments and a superb follow-up to All Out War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and insightful

  • By Chris Tech on 23-01-18

May stuck between a rock and a hard place.<br />

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Who would want to be in Theresa May's shoes? The daggers are waiting in many dark alcoves. Pro-Brexit & Anti-Brexit seem to be waiting to strike. There is little room for comprimise. Then there is a fickle and distrustful electorate. One wrong policey and support can evaporate.

  • The Day of the Martians

  • The Martian Diaries, Volume 1
  • By: H.E. Wilburson
  • Narrated by: Terry Thompson, Harry Preston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The terror of the coming of the Martians has become a distant memory, a bad dream that has faded with time. It is now 1913 and the cosy, suburban life of the writer from H G Wells' iconic The War of the Worlds descends again into a Martian nightmare. A cylinder from the previous invasion has been unearthed in Wales, intact and completely sealed from the Earth's atmosphere, then transported to London for no apparent reason. It is unclear whether there are Martians still alive inside it after more than a decade.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Diamond From Mars!

  • By Simon on 25-04-18

A Wonderful and Exciting Experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Every aspect of this story was gripping. It got better and more exciting as the plot began to unfold. Superb ending.