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  • The Unbelievable Truth (Series 14)

  • By: Jon Naismith, Graeme Garden
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

David Mitchell hosts the panel game in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they're able to smuggle past their opponents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Funny!

  • By Simon on 18-11-18

Extremely Funny!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

Simply put another really high quality piece of radio entertainment. Top quality guests and an excellent host coupled with the clever format make these a joy to listen to and cleanse the pallet between my regular diet of more weighty tomes!

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED this book!

  • By Patricia on 04-06-14

Why Did No-one Tell Me?

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

This book has been in my library for ages, and having recently listened to this and the second in the series it feels like I've just discovered a secret that pretty much everyone else already knew about! This is an excellent thriller made even the more entertaining by Colin Mace's fitting narration. He simply has the voice for Max Wolfe who is a character that's very easy to get behind. Tough, resourceful but with a vulnerable side and a deep love of his young daughter Scout who is the productive of his failed marriage they are a very modern family of two.

The story is clever and has some real twists to it making the whole thing pretty much ten hours of almost perfect thriller entertainment.

  • Web of Eyes

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Self-proclaimed “World's Greatest Thief", Whitney Fierstown, has yet to find a trinket or treasure he couldn't steal. He nearly pulls off the heist of the century by snatching the Glass Crown off the dying king's head until rotten luck throws him into the path of Torsten Unger, a steadfast knight determined to save his vulnerable kingdom. Torsten offers this ultimatum: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition and put his skills to good use.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Web of Accents!

  • By Simon on 14-11-18

A Web of Accents!

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I enjoyed this story, it's a decent fantasy yarn even it doesn't stretch the genre in any sense. A cheeky thief, a sulky female mage and for us old gamers a Palladin in a fast-moving adventure with plenty of action. The story is well constructed and this first volume builds the world and its background very well.

I do hesitate to recommend it though because of the narration. Some people will love it but Luke Daniels really does go to town on the character accents and while for example he gets the tone just right with Torsten, our paladin. some of the other minor characters are almost unintelligible. Our young thief Whitney actually sounds like a seventy year old leprechaun and I'm really not sure what some of the other characters are meant to resemble though when excited some of them start sounding Irish too! It's a very enthusiastic performance but the character voices are maybe just a bit OTT a lot of the time.

The good news is that the audio sample will show you all you need to know and if you are happy with the narration then this one has a decent story to follow and we get a complete story arc plus the setup for the remainder of the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On the Exhale

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Martin Zimmerman
  • Narrated by: Polly Frame
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime - and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Starring Polly Frame and directed by Christopher Haydon, this Edinburgh Fringe First winning production of Martín Zimmerman’s "startlingly original" (The New York Times) play is a compulsive and visceral examination of American gun violence, and how we're all part of the problem. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Crackling Performance

  • By Simon on 13-11-18

A Crackling Performance

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Polly Frame gives a performance, and it is a performance rather than a narration, that will at times send shivers down your spine. Backed by a sparse but extremely effective soundscape Frame delivers this short play with real vigour. I wasn't totally taken in by the story but in this very brief production there were a couple of moments that sent real chills down my spine. The ending is extremely good and the journey there is quick and emotional. Okay it is very short but I felt has the quality to make it more than worthwhile.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811

  • The Sharpe Series, Book 11
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Captain Sharpe has to protect a philandering diplomat and, deserted by his ally, faces the enemy. In the winter of 1811, the war seems lost. Spain has fallen to the French, except for Cadiz, now the Spanish capital and itself under siege. Inside the city walls an intricate diplomatic dance is taking place and Richard Sharpe faces more than one enemy. The small British force is trapped by a French army, and their only hope lies with the outnumbered redcoats outside refusing to admit defeat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best, but bloody good.

  • By Kuleshov on 04-07-15

Like an Old Friend . . .

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

You know what you are getting with these books if you have got this far through the series. Backed by Rupert Farley's excellent narration Sharpe is a class act. Tough, belligerent but with his own strong sense of right and wrong Sharpe is the Jack Reacher of the Georgian era battlefield. This one has all the classic hallmarks of the series including his sidekick Harper, lots of excellently recounted action and of course intrigue and senior officers who are very mixed in their levels of approval for Sharpe's unique approach to soldiering.

If you've enjoyed the previous books in the series and want some more then Cornwell delivers it in generous measure.

  • Tracks: Series 1 and 2

  • By: Matthew Broughton
  • Narrated by: Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Jonathan Forbes, Kai Owen, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

When Dr Helen Ash witnesses the brutal and disturbing crash of the plane that is carrying her father, the incident sets her on an investigation into a dark conspiracy. Florian Chauvin was flying to Wales to tell his daughter something important, but his plane fell out of the sky. In the aftermath of the crash, Helen discovers that one of the passengers doesn't seem to have a heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me gripped from start to finish,

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-08-18

Breathless Acting That Gets a Bit Bonkers!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is certainly an interesting find, it's a very well acted sci-fi drama with a gorgeous soundscape - I'd listen to it again just to hear the screaming jet engines that play such a big part of it! Romola Garai who plays Helen is to be particularly commended for a succession of stressed scenes, screams and acting groggy as she come round from her character's latest mistreatment. The storyline in series 1 is fairly bonkers but I think original and interesting enough to keep most people entertained.

Series 2 which is actually a much shorter two-episode prequel to Series 1 had similar quality sound and acting and a vaguely equivalent level of bonkersness. Anyone who wants to listen to it first can forward to 1 hour 34minutes and 30 Seconds to go to listen to it safely without risking hearing anything to spoil the first series. I wouldn't particularly advise it, the real value is in series 1.

I'm not as sold on it as many others seem to be though i can see much of the attraction.


  • Someone Like Me

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home. But there's another side to Liz, one that's dark and malicious. A version of her that will do anything to get her way - no matter how extreme. And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating. From the author of the million-copy best seller The Girl with All the Gifts comes an utterly unique thriller with a twist....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Ya Gonna Read? Genre-Busters!

  • By Simon on 09-11-18

What Ya Gonna Read? Genre-Busters!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

When you love a book but by the end find yourself struggling for ways to describe it you know you've read something special. Ever since Carey broke into my awareness by taking one of my favourite genres and literally breaking the mould with The Girl With All The Gifts this has been an author I've wanted to follow. This is another one bursting with imagination and it is going to draw comparisons with all sorts of authors, none of which will quite capture its essence. I feel that if I described one of the major characters a significant portion of people would probably stop right there and decide to give it a miss. Hell, I was a bit nonplussed as things went on but by halfway through I was rooting for all of them and that character became my favourite!

Much like Fellside this one doesn't seem too concerned about falling into a particular genre: psychological thriller, supernatural, and maybe some horror. Carey is a writer for whom boundaries seem to mean very little. He builds his stories, taking his time where it's needed, meaning both his characters and plots have a genuine solidity and depth about them. I really cared about what happened to Liz and the other characters her family got involved with.

Of the narration, I wasn't convinced by Robin Miles at the start, occasionally her relatively clipped tones and maybe a little lack of inflection in some narrative phrases jarred slightly. However, given how utterly immersed I became later I'll have to concede she did an extremely fine job.

This is a little different so obviously quite how much it draws a reader in will depend on the individual, all I can say is that if do you tune into it you're likely to feel like being fairly anti-social until you've finished it all!

One last thing, I would definitely avoid reviews of this one that try to summarise the plot or give any of the game away. Just like The Girl With All The Gifts this one unfolds beautifully and is much better as a true voyage of discovery!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Past Tense

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Past Tense by Lee Child. From number one best seller Lee Child, the thrilling new blockbuster featuring hero Jack Reacher. Reacher, the eternal drifter, happens by chance on the small New Hampshire town he remembers his father was supposed to have come from. But when he starts looking for his dad's old home, he finds there's no record of anyone named Reacher ever having lived there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Goes Back to Basics!

  • By Simon on 06-11-18

Jack Goes Back to Basics!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

In Past Tense Lee Child has reached back to the essence of some of the most classic Reacher stories. Jack drifting from anywhere to pretty much anywhere arriving in the middle of nowhere and trouble ensues. It's not so much if you're looking for trouble you've come to the right place as much as you've found the right guy. Here Reacher stumbles upon the birthplace of his father and of course a simple enquiry reveals a whole lot more and Reacher's robust application of his moral compass soon lands him in trouble. It's classic Reacher, Child's completely unforgettable character doing what he does best.

Jeff Harding to me is the voice of Reacher, gloriously gravelly tones that just crunch through Child's direct, simply structured prose. The now expected, almost slow-mo fight sequences broken down to almost fractions of seconds and the classic Reacher logical thought processes. For me at least Reacher doesn't need some huge international espionage setup etc, he just needs bad guys to fight. That said, if there is one weakness in the last few books it is that the bad guys aren't quite tough enough. I like Reacher beating up the bad guys but recently he's had it too easy. To quote the awful corporate world that I sadly exist in Child needs to set Reacher some stretch goals if he's to be the best vigilante he can be.

This is very much a stripped back to basics Reacher thriller with some interesting filling in of Reacher's back story and some clever mystery thrown in. More like this please, just beef up the bad guys a bit more!

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • A Sea of Gold

  • By: Julian Stockwin
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

1809. After his heroic actions during the retreat to Corunna, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is the toast of London society. Here he falls in with the legendary frigate captain Lord Thomas Cochrane. So begins a relationship, professional and personal, that will be unlike any that Kydd has known: a relationship that will lead him, almost simultaneously, to first glory, then ruin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Here be Treasure!

  • By Simon on 04-11-18

Here be Treasure!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Julian Stockwin is like the gift that just keeps giving. This is an excellent series that I suspect will just never grow tired of listening to and this is one of the very best of the recent books. There is lots of action, intrigue and for me no little learning about the period in which it is set. Including a welcome adventure for Kydd's oldest shipmate Renzi, now known as Lord Farndon, in the world of high finance. We finally get the two in harness once more with some classic lines and situations.

The book contains an absolute panoply of connected story lines. Oddly the one that fascinated me the most concerned Kydd foraying into the world of maritime insurance. In today's connected world it seems incredible how information of such huge import would take so long to arrive. A world of hand-written notes, great ledgers and gentlemanly agreement and probably none the worse for it.

It's hard to believe that this series has been going so long but when Stockwin can keep the like of Kydd, Renzi, Sturk and co so fresh and introduce new and vibrant characters like the somehow dourly swashbuckling Cochrane to the scene and Rodska can bring them all to life so authentically a prognosis for a long and happy life for the series seems sound.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lieutenant Hornblower

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 207

In this new adventure, Hornblower is overjoyed to discover his next task is to serve aboard the mighty HMS Renown. After witnessing some unsettling scenes however, he soon finds himself struggling to serve under the captain, James Sawyer, whose unsound mind leads him to treat his crew with extreme suspicion and contempt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History Revisited!

  • By Simon on 04-11-18

History Revisited!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Discovering that this series is available on Audible has been a sheer joy so far. The stories seems just as fresh and entertaining as they did when I read them decades ago. Of course part of this is down to the excellent Christian Rodska who I swear has salt water running through his veins, he is simply the best when it comes to narrating historical naval fiction.

I can see a few credits being spent on Mr Hornblower's adventures!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful