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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Gripped me from the start and never let go

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

This story was absolutely brilliant. The perfect mix of crime thriller meets horror, as only King can pull off. I’ve read the “Mercedes” trilogy and I think this is even better. Great story, great characters, great pacing and outstanding narration, again, from Will Patton. Mr Patton doesn’t read this, he acts the crap out of it and every chapter, every sentence, every word is delivered precisely to create such a sense of unease, at times you can almost feel the words burrowing under your skin, he is a true artist and the perfect match for King’s writing.

Personally, I love this new genre direction that King is taking. I sincerely hope he continues with these new characters (especially Lovey) and can’t wait for the next book

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,863

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

The Smartest of Sapiens

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

One of the smartest books I've read so far. From pithecus to politics, from shekels to shackles, hunting and gathering to happiness and genocide, this book ingeniously chronicles the history of us.

I have read a few books on this subject including Diamonds "The third chimpanzee" and this is by far my favourite of them all.

Narration was perfect. Pacing was perfect. The stories and sidebars drew me in every time. I can't recommended this book enough. Definitely in my top three books

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • How to Get People Lining Up to Do Business with You
  • By: Daniel Priestley
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis, Daniel Priestley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306

Don't fight for customers; let them fight over you! Have you ever queued for a restaurant? Preordered something months in advance? Fought for tickets that sell out in a day? Had a hairdresser with a six-month waiting list? There are people who don't chase clients; clients chase them. In a world of endless choices, why does this happen? Why do people queue up? Why do they pay more? Why will they book months in advance? Why are these people and products in such high demand?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent for SMEs

  • By Fahrenheit452 on 05-12-15

Top 3 business books I've ever read...

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

Reviewed: 27-08-16

Brilliant from start to finish. Opened my eyes to marketing - it's all ones and zeros

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,034

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Best one so far !!

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

Reviewed: 28-11-15

Read all three, this is the best . Narration (acting) was the best I've heard from audible .

Character development fantastic

Story - brilliant

Loved every word

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,141

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about learning from mistakes

  • By Kenny Marshall on 09-10-16

Truly brilliant. Should be mandatory reading

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Thoughtful, insightful, compelling and incredibly important, this is a real page turner of a book which kept me glued to my headphones for hours on end. If I were King of the World I would make this mandatory reading in all schools and social institutes, not just because it's a great read but because the information within should shape our future.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's ‘Space Oddity' in space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By chikwan on 01-03-14

Interesting stuff

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

Interesting guy, interesting life, interesting book. More of a personal diary than a philosophical memoir but pretty good none the less

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,707

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Paul on 19-03-15

The very best of Ronson

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

Reviewed: 18-03-15

I've read them all and this is the best by far. Thoughtful, thoughtful and brutally honest. This book could literally change the way you see social media, justice and human nature. What have done and where are we headed?

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,859

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

Best King Novel. Best Narration!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr Mercedes to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but this audio version was just amazing

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr Mercedes?

When the mother eats the burgers

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Will Patton's narration is absolutely fantastic. he brought every character to life and, very subtly, gave each character and chapter a beautifully effective change of tone that seemed to put you right inside the head of the characters. His portrayal of the killer was particularly impressive and carried, at once, a chilling coldness and sick humour that you could not help but grin at. Best characterisations i have heard since The Cuckoos Calling

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

No, i bought it on holiday and hoped it would last me for the full two weeks but i just couldn't stop listening to it. Finished it in just four sittings. I hoped it wouldn't end

Any additional comments?

I have around 200 books in my audible library (or thereabouts) and this is in my top 2 fiction without a doubt. Only the Cuckoo's Calling comes close to this in my opinion

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

  • By: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for horror lovers!

  • By H on 10-04-13

More Amazing!!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury the most enjoyable?

Ok, the first book was good, but this is on a different level! From start to finish it is twitchy, dark, tragic and compelling. Characters are even better than "The Rise" and the utter despair conveyed throughout is on a par with "The Road". At times i found myself shaking my head, staring into space and lost in what i had just read. Its no surprise to fans that the true horror in these books is not found in the zombie hordes but in the decisions and deeds that ordinary people find themselves immersed in but this book captures that essence brilliantly!Best book i have had so far and i have over 120 books in my audible library

Who was your favorite character and why?

Josh. He was hope

Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favourite?

Bob

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

You're not locked out, you're locked in!!

Any additional comments?

Gripping from start to finish and the finest performance i have heard so far

  • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

  • By: Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book, performed really well, recommended

  • By Ben on 19-08-13

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Good story. Clever twists. Well written and extremely well performed. One of the best Audibles i have listened to. Highly recommend

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor?

Brian being reborn

What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

Amazing. It wasnt read, it was acted