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  • Cabin Pressure

  • Zurich: The BBC Radio 4 airline
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Full Cast, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 827

The complete finale of the hit BBC Radio 4 sitcom- 2 episodes. Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and prayer world of a tiny, one-plane airline, staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with. In this, the finale of the whole series, we discover that for MJN Air, whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but, many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!!!!

  • By SARA JANE RATHBONE on 01-02-15

A magnificent finale!

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

Reviewed: 29-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Cabin Pressure the most enjoyable?

The usual stellar cast up to their usual magnificant standard with a script that surpasses even John Finnimore's usual excellent standard. It's the old fashioned clever, gentle and inoffensive humour that I most appreciate, I can listen to it with my 12 tear old son who also loves it. It's up there with the Goons and the two Ronnies for quality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cabin Pressure?

The way John Finnemore (writer) incorporates subtle elements into the story from previous episodes, for example references to "yellow car" "the travelling lemon", and the way that he ties up pretty much all the loose ends and everyone lives happily ever after.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Bowing out at the peak of it's success

Any additional comments?

Farewell Cabin Pressure, we wish you well and we will drop in on you regularly.

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  • Command Authority

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative looking into the suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan’s dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin code-named Zenith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Simon on 12-10-14

The story is fair, but the narration spoils it.

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

Reviewed: 29-01-15

Would you listen to Command Authority again? Why?

It's OK I guess, but lacks much in the way of original ideas. It draws a lot from real events like what the Russians are doing in the Crimea and the Litvinenko poisoning in London followed all too predictably by the Yanks saving the world again.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator can't do accents, so he shouldn't try. The English accent makes Dick Van Dyke's efforts in Mary Poppins sound accomplished, and then he tries Scottish which sounds vaguely Indian, and he consistently pronounces Edinburgh as Edinburg. This guys supposed to be a professional actor for gods sake.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Here we go again........

Any additional comments?

Those accents, they really are in a class of their own, and not in a good way!

  • Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

John Puller is a former war hero and now the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner with few possessions by preference, but he has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable determination for finding the truth. His father was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, but now resides in a nursing home far from his battlefield glory. Puller’s older brother, also a military vet, is serving a life sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary. Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beware loud music

  • By Marcia on 02-01-12

A well written story spoiled by an idiotic ending.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Would you listen to Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1 again? Why?

No. Most of it is well written and suspenseful but the end of the story seemed to be sloppy and ill considered, almost as if Baldacci wrote most of it, couldn't be bothered to finish it and passed it to some lackey to try and figure out how to tie all the threads together and end it.
The other reviewer who described the hero as a "McGyver" type got it right, too many talents for one person to be really credible. As for the comparison with the Jack Reacher novels, the writing is on a par, but the plot of this story doesn't compare with the Lee Child books.

Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

They did a pretty good job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, up to the last few chapters. After that I didn't care whether I finished it at all

Any additional comments?

This is presumably the first in a series, so it will be interesting to see where this goes next. Given a decent credible plot, I think it could do well

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in 16th century England

  • By Phil on 22-01-10

The literary eqivalent of the turner prize

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

Would you try another book written by Hilary Mantel or narrated by Simon Slater?

This was monumentally tedious and in spite of several attempts I failed to get even half way through it. Hillary Mantel appears to be a second rate Barbara Cartland, they both sold lots of books but nobody knows why, and there's more than a passing physical resemblance. I Think I'll be asking for my money back.

Would you ever listen to anything by Hilary Mantel again?

Not until hell freezes over, and probably not even then

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

With something this tedious, the narration is irrelevant

Any additional comments?

Hilary Mantel can dish out vituperative comments about others work, if you dish it out you'd better be prepared to take it.

  • Deep Down

  • A Jack Reacher Short Story
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

An original short story about Jack Reacher, available exclusively in digital format (ebook and audio), following the success of last year's "Second Son". Early in his military career, Jack Reacher is ordered undercover in Washington, to discover which one of four women, all staff officers on fast track careers, is leaking secrets. The suggested method: get close to each in turn. The obvious problem: the most receptive will be the guilty one, with an agenda of her own - to kill the investigation ... and the investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the usual Reacher Voice…

  • By Carôle on 27-06-15

Compacent and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-08-14

What would have made Deep Down better?

A plot. This isn't as idiotic as "not a drill" but still a third class efford from Lee Child.

What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

The whole thing could have been developed into a decent book, but as it was the plot seems incomplete and full of holes, and none of the charactors are developed. The whole thing is short and expensive for what it is.

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

Disappointment, feeling that as a reader we are being taken advantage of.

Any additional comments?

A short story can be an absolute joy if the the distilled essence of a story is masterfully told and elegantly presented. This just has the flavour of an author who, now he's signed a hollywood book deal, doesn't feel the need to try anymore. Next thing you know he'll be co-writing his books with some unknown hack just like that other prize pratt Clive Cussler who now writes with his son whom he named after his lead character. Al least Lee Child doesn't make cameo appearances in his own books like Cussler, but it's a slippery slope Lee Child, so buck your ideas up!

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  • Not a Drill

  • A Jack Reacher Short Story
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

The brand new Jack Reacher short story, published as a digital exclusive. The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police. No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about? Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I have been ripped off for such a short story

  • By david on 02-06-16

Complacent author can't be bothered anymore

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

Reviewed: 09-08-14

Would you try another book written by Lee Child or narrated by Kerry Shale?

Yes but only if it's a full length proper book

Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

Yes

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

Resentment, bitterness and a feeling that I've been exploited.

Any additional comments?

This "novella" cost me over £8 and lasts just over an hour. The plot is idiotic and you are left with the feeling that the author can't be bothered to write any more now he's done a film deal with Hollywood. This falls well short of his normal standard and is significantly overpriced.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Hayward Morse
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Comic voices spoil a good yarn...

  • By Freiburg on 18-12-13

Another cracker from Lee Child

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-13

Another quality book from Lee Child, thankfully without any of the god-awful muzak that spoils other Lee Child Audible audio books. Hayward Morse does a reasonable job of the reading except for his female characterisations which are so bad as to be comical. One woman is personified as Liberace, another I could swear is Truman Capote, and I’m sure I heard Madame Gasket, the main antagonist in the animated film “Robots” in there somewhere. It can be a bit off-putting especially where the female character is supposed to be spectacularly beautiful. Other than that, it’s a keeper.

  • Zoo

  • By: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

For thirty-six years, James Patterson has written un-put-down-able, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. Zoo is the thriller he was born to write. All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Julie on 03-10-12

Shockingly bad

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-12

I see that others liked this audiobook, each to their own I guess, but I hated it.

Where the famous author is co-credited with somebody else, in my experience it means the famous one can't be bothered to write the thing himself and gets the stooge to do the hard work. This results in a sub-standard piece of work as is the case here.

The story was based on an interesting idea that reminded me of Hitchcock's The Birds, but with animals, and with bits of James Herbert's "Rats" thrown in. however it was laboriously told, and to my mind just didn’t flow.

The hero is somebody it was impossible to like and even more impossible to find credible, a poorly constructed pastiche of genius college dropout, ex US Rangers paramedic, sexual superstar, and Savant. In fact as the book went on I found myself wishing he'd get slaughtered like so many others in the story.

All in all, this audiobook was a big disappointment and is my first one star review in 3 years membership of Audible.

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  • Echo Burning

  • Jack Reacher, Book 5
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Hitching rides is an unreliable mode of transport, but Jack Reacher's adrift in the fearsome heat of a Texas summer, and the last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up. He never expected it to be someone like Carmen. She's alone, driving a Cadillac. She's beautiful, young, and rich. She has a little girl who is being watched by unseen observers. And a husband who is in jail. Reacher is no stranger to trouble. And at Carmen's remote ranch in Echo County there is plenty of it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another well written Jack Reacher rollercoaster

  • By Andrew on 13-07-11

Five star book spoiled by zero star muzak

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-12

Great book spoiled by the most hideous muzak inserted at completely random points throughout the book, often mid-sentence. It's like musical touretts and it has no place in any of these audio books.

  • Pushing Ice

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, annoying main characters..

  • By Martin on 26-04-12

A Great idea that lost its way

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-12

The prologue almost made me give up on this from the outset, with a futuristic and oh so dull collection of hippies with daft names talking about something banal (it makes more sense when you get to the end of the audiobook). Thankfully I pushed on past that and the first half of the book was really good, with a clever well thought out plot that kept you interested. Unfortunately, about half way through I felt it completely lost its way. There was a lot about feuding factions, human relationships, and bizarre happenings, ending with a fizzle rather than a bang. Overall I'm glad I stuck it out and got to the end, and in fairness, I can see why others rave about it, but I shan't be listening to it again, or buying any more of Reynolds' books for that matter. Each to their own.

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