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Stephen J. Welch

Near London
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  • You Don't Know Me

  • By: Imran Mahmood
  • Narrated by: Adam Deacon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 545

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the closing speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes the truth can be too difficult to explain or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By The One Who Reads on 30-06-17

Outstanding book that takes you somewhere

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

Reviewed: 22-04-17

This book gripped from the start, and the story took me to a milieu that I don't know anything about (not many will). The narration is pitch perfect, and I had to stop listening at night because it kept me awake. More please.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

Could have been longer!

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

It's super rare for me to think this, but I'm the case of this book I think that the second act in particular could have been even better if it were longer. As usual LS has come up with interesting ideas that linger after the book is read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Takes an idea, and doesn't stop developing it

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

Reviewed: 13-10-16

This was a great listen. It is a thriller that keeps going because the author cleverly let's the original conceit keep driving the story. Thus instead of a conventional thriller that just uses a sci fi idea for the setup and then becomes ordinary; it stays interesting because if that idea.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Perv

  • By: Jesse Bering
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bering
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In this eye-opening book, psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. He introduces us to the young woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others. He challenges us to move beyond our attitudes towards "deviant" sex and consider the alternative: What would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accept our true natures?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bill Bryson meets David Sedaris

  • By Stephen J. Welch on 24-08-16

Bill Bryson meets David Sedaris

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

Reviewed: 24-08-16

I really liked this book - full of interesting facts, and a useful account of how attitudes in psychology have changed over time. The author reads really well, and has an offbeat style that put me in mind of David Sedaris; and with the ability to make facts and references interesting in the way that Bill Bryson does, this is an invigorating listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twisted

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone, Tom Stechschulte, Pete Bradbury, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Jeffery Deaver loves writing short stories. "All bets are off," he says. "Short stories are like a sniper's bullet. Fast and shocking. I can make good bad and bad badder, and most fun of all, really bad seem good." And that is exactly what he does in these 17 superb tales. This is a collection of short stories that is instantly gripping and impossible to leave alone, taking your breath away time and time again. Nothing is as it seems...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good JD, not the bad one

  • By Stephen J. Welch on 01-08-15

The Good JD, not the bad one

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

Jeffery Deaver is, to me at least, one of those frustrating authors can write brilliantly compelling books, but doesn't always do so and tends to turn out either good ones or bad ones. This is a good one. There is one story, set in Elizabethan England where the dialogue is so bad it's embarrassing - but that's the joy of the short story I suppose: and the other 15 are fully 5* reads. The stories pique your interest quickly and have you caring about the outcome.

  • Angelmaker

  • By: Nick Harkaway
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

All Joe Spork wants is a quiet life. He repairs clockwork and lives above his shop in a wet, unknown bit of London. The bills don't always get paid and he's single and has no prospects of improving his lot, but at least he's not trying to compete with the reputation of Mathew "Tommy Gun" Spork, his infamous criminal dad. Edie Banister lives quietly and wishes she didn't. She's nearly ninety and remembers when she wasn't. She's a former superspy and now she's... well... old. When Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. It's a 1950s doomsday machine....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now that is a great book. just so clever. you will

  • By Gavingks on 29-03-13

Some fantastic writing, interesting and bizarre.

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Well I can say that I enjoyed the book and will be reading more from Nick Harkaway for sure, but as other reviewers have noted - this book has a lot of words in it, Actually, normally I love that but in this case the extra length doesn't add value. Well read, and some of the sentences are excellent; ironically it is often the most economically written ones that stand out. Best to listen to this when you can do so in long uninterrupted stretches - but definitely worth the download.

  • Dead Girl Walking

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Kate Bracken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 532

Famous, beautiful, and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then one day she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything. A call from an old friend offers a chance for redemption--but only if he can find out what happened to Heike. From Berlin to Barcelona, from the streets of Milan to remote Scottish islands, Parlabane must find out what happened before it's too late, all while the walls are closing in...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New style Brookmyre with familiar faces. Good Book

  • By Skegg on 20-02-15

Tiwsty turny literature

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

You know enough about the synopsis - but I can add that the narration is spot-on, and the use of the two narrators works perfectly. CB's books are usually a treat because they are so intelligently written and engaging in their use of language, this one is too. More please - including all the missing ones from CB's back catalogue.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Richard Flanagan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful.

  • By Barbara on 17-10-14

Killed Stone dead by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 20-11-14

The words seem quite good, and this is just the sort of style of story I like; but I have given up. It is read in such a dreadful, funereal monotone it has no life. I'm not suggesting bright and cheery - but a more normal pace and reading style would juxtapose more matter of factly with the horror being described and would be more impactful for it. Horrific story with depressing reading is too much.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Asylum

  • By: John Harwood
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166

Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor Maynard Straker tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before and then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: "Your patient must be an imposter." Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cracking Gothic yarn!

  • By barjil on 27-05-13

Much more compelling that the synopsis suggests

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

Very much enjoyed this book: an excellent story, with more complexity and a slowly revealed back story. This makes the narrative canvas much wider than might appear from the synopsis, and though the comparison with Wilkie Collins might be going a bit far (* fewer words than he would use I feel sure!), it is an excellent read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful