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N. Dyne

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  • God Is Not Great

  • The Case Against Religion
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 970

With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which the heavens are replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For lovers of literature everywhere

  • By R on 14-03-08

case made

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

Well argued demolition. a must read for the religious, and vert enjoyable for the atheist.

  • Knock Down

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

It’s the classic law of the invader. Get to the strongest guy and smash him, then watch the weaker ones fall like ninepins. Which is just what a vicious gang of horse dealers decides to do when their little kickback scam is threatened with a spot of old-fashioned honesty. But they haven’t reckoned with bloodstock agent Jonah Dereham, a man who belies his quiet exterior with a steely and implacable resolve. They can threaten him, try to burn down his home, even attempt to kill him. But they’ll soon wish they hadn’t.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Liz H. on 22-10-15

Not his best

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

Reviewed: 27-12-18

listen to about 20 of his and this is the weakest. plot is thin and no specialist subject. I think he took the year off!

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,814

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't disappoint

  • By Jill on 21-07-09

compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

loved it. got completely obsessed. I think better than Dragon Tattoo. On to the next

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

not what I expected. different and better.

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

I really enjoyed this. like all good Sci-fi, it's about the human condition and the time travel is really secondary. took a few chapters to get in to it but was really gripped.

  • The Potter's Field

  • The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

It is the Summer and Autumn of the Year of Our Lord 1143 in which the gentle monk, Brother Cadfael, is forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden to find the whole truth behind the murder of a young women whose body was unexpectedly discovered in a newly tilled field recently acquired by the Shrewsbury Abbey in a land exchange.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good listen but not the best oration or plot.

  • By N. Dyne on 20-05-18

good listen but not the best oration or plot.

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18

i like my Cafael more Welsh and although very well abridged, it's not her best story.

  • The Devil's Novice

  • The Eighth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Outside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peters and Saint Paul, in September of the year of our Lord 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive 19-year-old novice. Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation. Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname the Devil's Novice. Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priest's dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet's innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before a boy's pure passion, not evil intent, leads a novice to the noose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil's Novice

  • By ColinB on 08-11-11

sorry Vanessa but it need a male Welsh accent

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

gave up. got to chapter 6 so really made an effort but the narration just doesn't work. lovely voice but totally miscast. I love the Cafael series and so very disappointed.

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  • The Murder on the Links

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing his son's overcoat? And who was the impassioned love-letter in the pocket for? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable read.

  • By Bozz on 26-04-18

too contrived

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

this was the first AC I ever read and I wanted to revisit it. it's just not as good as later ones. the plot is too complex, the characterisation almost childlike in its cliche. recently did 5 pigs and 1, 2 shoe much, much better. narration good but French accents not best.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

A compelling listen

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

I really enjoyed this. Hawthorn comes over as a truly autistic Holmes. I really didn't like him much. good plot well written brilliantly narrated. only criticism is it would have been good to understand more of Hawthorn's back story, Fields could have had to talk for the further 50 mins and 3 drinks.

  • Five Little Pigs

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other suspects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried ‘wee wee wee’ all the way home.It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can’t get that nursery rhyme out of his mind…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-16

best AC I've heard so far

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

clever plot. good characterisation. lovely structure which makes it a really solvable puzzle first one I listened to with HF as narrator, maybe I've been a bit harsh on him.

  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his out-flung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. It's a clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments? A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now, in the words of the rhyme, can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1 2 buckle my shoe

  • By Jaye what if on 04-04-15

good plot well narrated

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

Not her best but a very enjoyable listen. Frazer narrates beautifully, sounds like the characters should.