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Ian Macdonald

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  • You Were Gone

  • David Raker, Book 9
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Rachel Bavidge, Tom Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By Debs on 02-06-18

Twisty turny

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

Good story bit far fetched but good overall, well worth the time invested, and sounds like more to follow excellent!

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Do You Trust?!

  • By garry on 07-07-14

Good storyline

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Nice to have a decent storyline that ties everything up at the end, no pushing you on to the next book though after this one i will be looking for more fro the same author and certainly from the narrator who does an excelent job.

  • Cold Caller

  • By: Jason Starr
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99

Once a rising VP at a topflight ad agency, Bill Moss now works as a cold caller at a telemarketing firm in the Times Square area. He's got a bad case of the urban blues, and when a pink slip rather than a promotion comes through, Bill snaps.... Now he's got a dead supervisor on his hands and problems no career counselor can help him with.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the smile

  • By Norma Miles on 15-09-15

To much american psycho

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Only the narrator made it listenable to the end, story was just to much of a similarity to american psycho which i didnt like either!

  • The Eyewitness

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Jack Solomon is a messenger of death. Working in the fractured remains of Yugoslavia, his task is to identify the victims of ethnic cleansing and to tell families that their loved ones are gone. Years of working in the killing fields have desensitised the former London policeman to the horrors of war, but when a truck containing 26 bodies is pulled from a lake, Solomon is unable to walk away from the case. He sets out to find the only survivor of the massacre, a young girl on the run from the killers. From the brothels of Sarajevo to the high-stakes world of Internet prostitution, Solomon discovers that the killers are closer to home than he thinks....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Story

  • By Alec on 21-04-17

Cracking story with good twist

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

Good story bit tough at times but all the better for it really, nice twist at the end slightly obvious but ok
Well worth a go

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hub

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Bruce Windwood
  • Narrated by: Susy Kane, Alex Kirk, Howard Gossington, and others
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 274

Deep underground, in a top-secret location, the war against Terror, Anarchy and Foreigners in General is being waged. Inside The Hub, where intelligence gathering blends seamlessly with state-of-the-art, counter-terrorist hardware, dedicated professionals work day and night to keep us safe...and somehow always manage to totally screw things up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable, but fairly enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-07-15

Has promise

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe yes

Would you recommend The Hub to your friends? Why or why not?

Depends on the friends sense of humour

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Quite liked the characters

Could you see The Hub being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Possibly, could see Daniel Craig as the postman (in his humorous persona)

Any additional comments?

Something good could come from this, like the concept

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Slaving Away

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Miranda Kane, Unusual Productions
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dennis, Miranda Kane, Jon Holmes
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 455

Meet Miranda. She is a cheerful and happy-go-lucky single girl who just happens to be a dominatrix with a dungeon in her flat, where she services clients with flogging, extreme correction and (if she’s lucky) gets the occasional slave to pay her for the honour of doing her vacuuming. And when she’s not delivering 30 lashes to the sensitive parts of religious zealots or doing step-aerobics in stilettos on the buttocks of retired army officers, she is just trying to get on with the neighbours....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Really New

  • By Fred on 07-07-15

Forgot it already!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Would you try another book written by Miranda Kane and Unusual Productions or narrated by the narrators?

Not really

What was most disappointing about Miranda Kane and Unusual Productions ’s story?

Just didn't take to it at all

What aspect of the narrators’s performance might you have changed?

Not at all sure

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

Boredom just couldn't take to it

Any additional comments?

Sorry guys!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Uncynical Cannibal

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Dewi Llywelyn
  • Narrated by: Richard Glover, Simon Kane, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, and others
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 236

A gloriously mad desert island romp - complete with zombies, walrus pirates and a talking goldfish called Albie. Like Robinson Crusoe on acid, it follows the adventures of Isaac, a shipwrecked sailor whose boat is sunk by a excess of radio sound effects and is then washed up in a tropical paradise where warring tribes compete to pay homage to a giant sea beast called Gary. A fast-paced gag fest which is a splendid mix of music hall and surreal nonsense, which is fresh, intriguing and laugh-out-loud funny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully executed...pun intended.

  • By TamTam on 09-07-15

Yawn

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Would you try another book written by Dewi Llywelyn or narrated by the narrators?

Nope

Has The Uncynical Cannibal put you off other books in this genre?

Yes it has

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Narrator was ok but just couldn't get any life into this dead donkey

What character would you cut from The Uncynical Cannibal?

All of them

Any additional comments?

Sorry, just not for me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catching Up

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Bronagh Fegan
  • Narrated by: Louise Ford, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Carrie Quinlan, and others
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 331

Carol, Sarah, Samira and Mac were best friends at university. They were the bright young things who had the world on a string and shining futures ahead. Now, as they find themselves tipping into their 30-something lives of work, relationships and responsibilities, they meet up for a big reunion night out, ready to recapture their shared past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun stand alone play, but...

  • By thomas on 08-07-15

Bit painfull- sorry!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing, just didn't take to it

What will your next listen be?

Something with an exciting plot

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Didn't really enjoy any!

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

Bit disappointed, felt it should be better as quite like the concept

  • Working for the Big Man

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Rob Sears, Tom Sears
  • Narrated by: Kevin Eldon, Felicity Montagu, Mitch Benn
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 399

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? If there is a God? And did he ever have a plan for the world? When committed rationalist and atheist, Ralph, dies on his honeymoon he discovers, much to his unhappy surprise, the answers to all of these questions. He finds himself on a cloud, working for a God who is very unhappy that his plan for the world has all gone horribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny!

  • By Angela C on 13-08-15

Interesting storyline

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Working for the Big Man to be better than the print version?

Almost certainly

What other book might you compare Working for the Big Man to, and why?

Not sure, elements of many books in there

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

God himself, liked the humour in his voice

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Worth taking this one further

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  • Billie Morgan

  • By: Joolz Denby
  • Narrated by: Joolz Denby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Billie is in her forties, running a little jewelry shop in Bradford, trying to live a quiet life, trying to forget the past. Because Billie has a lot of past to forget. She was a biker chick, one of the Devil's Own, the speed- and acid-fueled road demons. Her life was hurtling out of control, and it ended in murder. Now, years later, she has to face the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable from start to finish.

  • By Mark on 04-11-06

Not as advertised but still pretty good

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Would you try another book written by Joolz Denby or narrated by Joolz Denby?

Probably

Would you be willing to try another book from Joolz Denby? Why or why not?

Pretty good narration, and put feeling into it, and a pretty decent story

Which character – as performed by Joolz Denby – was your favourite?

The main character Billy

Did Billie Morgan inspire you to do anything?

Not really

Any additional comments?

Not really a "biker" story but kind of incidental to her "life story" but found it to be very addictive listening

1 of 1 people found this review helpful