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  • Dark World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 9
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the 300 rebellious worlds it left behind. But light years away on the far side of a disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They're stealing our planets, one at a time. Earth Command decides to invade the center of the frontier to set up an advanced base. The mission to DARK WORLD is highly classified and deadly. Legion Varus spearheads the effort, and James McGill journeys to the stars again. How many ships do they have? How advanced is their tech? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larson Does It Again!

  • By S. Morris on 24-06-18

Good book

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

If you’re a fan of James McGill then this book won’t disappoint
Some of the reviews I read were quite negative... obviously not fans of the series
Characters and story are constant with the earlier books
I look forward to the books to come

  • Somme

  • Into the Breach
  • By: Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

No conflict better encapsulates all that went wrong on the Western Front than the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The tragic loss of life and stoic endurance by troops who walked towards their death is an iconic image which will be hard to ignore during the centennial year. Despite this, this book shows the extent to which the Allied armies were in fact able repeatedly to break through the German front lines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maps Needed

  • By Robert H. on 21-08-16

Amazing history brought to life.

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

Reviewed: 16-03-17

What made the experience of listening to Somme the most enjoyable?

At 20 hours this is a pretty thorough history of the battle of the Somme. It's never dull though, not for one minute. It's at times heart breaking but so interesting you'll find it hard to pause for the day. Stories of heroism, cowardice and incompetence combined with a gripping narrative make for a great experience. I thought I knew something about this battle but was amazed at how much more there was to this terrible terrible battle that raged between June and November of 1916.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No characters here ... just real people, most of whom gave their lives, sometimes for nothing at all.

Have you listened to any of Roy McMillan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Nothing to compare it with.

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

I could have happily listened to this in one go, the most interesting history book I've ever listened to. Having finished it last night for the first time ever I'm going right back to the beginning as there's so much to soak in, a single listen could never be enough.

  • Night School

  • Jack Reacher 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

In the morning they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make cold sweat trickle down your spine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really Disappointed

  • By Film_Strip on 15-11-16

Good but not the best.

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

Reviewed: 27-12-16

Great performance by Hardy as usual but this isn't one of the better Reacher novels and does feel slightly phoned in.

Saying that the last few hours are excellent and it's far from a bad book. However I listened to this over about 10 days where I'd normally take 2 for a Lee Child book.

There's a few too may leaps of faith in this for my liking.

It's probably not the worst in the series and I think the novels are still going strong , I guess they can't all be a classic.

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

Would make a good short story

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

Reviewed: 26-07-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The length, it's an ok story but it could have been done so easily and with far more punch if it was a few hours long.

What was most disappointing about Ann Morgan’s story?

It's all a bit long winded but never got too boring that I stopped listening.

Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?

Ellie or Helen.

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

This could make a good movie or a good ITV sunday evening drama.

Any additional comments?

If it's on sale go for it but it's really nothing special

  • The Dead Won't Sleep

  • Rosie Gilmour, Book 1
  • By: Anna Smith
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

A decomposed body washes up on a beach near Glasgow. The victim, Tracy Eadie. Junkie. Prostitute. Fourteen years old. Rosie Gilmour, tabloid journalist and crusader for justice, receives evidence linking police officials with Tracy's disappearance. Digging deeper, Rosie uncovers a sickening network of corruption and abuse, leading back to the very top of the establishment. And to powerful figures who want their secrets kept hidden. Rosie has found the story of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glasgow's underbelly exposed

  • By Vicuña on 24-05-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

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

I'm not sure I could recommend this. It's ok , it's nothing at all special.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was wrapped up ok but not very cleverly and wasn't terribly believable.

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

The performance was the best thing about it, the lovely Scottish accents portrayed were fantastic.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

If it was a rainy Sunday and I had a free ticket.

Any additional comments?

I believe this is the first of a series of Rosie Gilmore books but I won't be picking up another, I don't really like her very much. There's sooooo much back story in this book it was starting to drive me crazy. She has personality transplants throughout the book either caring too much or leaving the same people needlessly in peril. I was fairly glad when it eneded. A very 'yeah, guess it was ok' novel.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Plague

  • By: C. C. Humphreys
  • Narrated by: C. C. Humphreys
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

London, May 1665. On a dark road outside London, a simple robbery goes horribly wrong when the gentlemanly highwayman, William Coke, discovers that his intended victims have been brutally slaughtered. Suspected of the murders, Coke is forced into an uneasy alliance with the man who pursues him--the relentless thief-taker, Pitman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and colourful.

  • By S. Binley on 25-04-15

Almost as good as Company of Liars

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

Would you listen to Plague again? Why?

Probably not, but I'm not one to return to novels.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Captain Coke of course - such a superb character and darn good bloke.

What does C. C. Humphreys bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great that this was read by the author, he really put his heart and soul into it. These days I really prefer audio books.

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

Bring out your dead !

Any additional comments?

Great story that really gets on with it and is a romp through plague infested London. Loved every minute and was sorry when it ended.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

Run of the mill thriller that never gets going

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

Reviewed: 20-01-16

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

If the plot had been been a zillion times better than it was. This is so unoriginal and to listen to the author's introduction and interview at the end you'd have thought she'd invented some master piece. It's an ok book but it's absolutely nothing special at all.

Has The Widow put you off other books in this genre?

Completely, I quite liked Gone Girl although it really needed editing down and The Girl On The Train was good but it's really been done to death now, this offers nothing original and is a really average book, however because of the hype surrounding it , it'll now doubt get made into a completely average movie in a few years.

What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

Great voice work and distinct for characters, very good at doing the mail voices as well.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

At times it does threaten to get going and you get quite interested only for the author to go back to the 'paint by numbers' story line.

Any additional comments?

There are a few twists and turns and it occasionally drifts into (and then out of) a good story. The book has the weakest ending I've ever experienced.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Afraid

  • By: Mandasue Heller
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

When 15-year-old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins. No one will let her talk to her father; the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying 'home' that's more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she's met in an Internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye's.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing but worth it

  • By Andy Russell on 04-12-15

Disturbing but worth it

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

What did you like most about Afraid?

It would be difficult to say I 'liked' anything about the book as I found listening to it a very very unsettling and at times upsetting. I knew what the book was going to be about so this is no complaint but normally I can listen to any genre without feeling upset. It's a great book but the subject is very harrowing and I hadn't been prepared for how much so.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Afraid?

I quite liked the epilogue so you weren't left wondering about loose ends.

What about Colleen Prendergast’s performance did you like?

Great voice performance, several characters to do and she gave them all a great recognizable personality.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very upsetting book. Apart from the obvious , that is the plot described in the blurb, there are brief descriptions of rape and animal cruelty which I found hard going.

Any additional comments?

I am glad I listened to this book and I feel it's probably quite realistic. The one very strange this is that the language and descriptions used are almost like those used in teen / young adult novels. Over use of 'hooded look' and 'crooning' which was a little annoying. I would recommend the book but I feel this will stay with me for some time. I had to listen to the last 5 hours in one go just to get it out of the way as I was unable to look forward to the next listen as I was anxious about what the next horrible thing would be.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative if Slightly Preposterous

  • By Karl K Djinn on 02-12-15

Exceptional brilliance

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

Reviewed: 28-11-15

What made the experience of listening to Child 44 the most enjoyable?

I happened to buy this as a daily deal, not really my type of thing but thought for a couple of quid it might be ok. Decided to give it a go on the off chance between Lee Child books and I was blown away. This claustrophobic, tense and sometimes gory thriller is as close to a perfect book as you'll ever want, it's all nicely sewn up at the end and you do perhaps need to suspend belief a few times but nothing I couldn't easily fogive.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leo - and I doubt anyone who answered this question would answer differently. A brilliantly flawed character. We get to witness and enjoy his salvation, great stuff.

What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

I loved his Russian accents, he did such a good job and managed to bring each character alive and does a great job with the female and children. I notice he doesn't narrate the other 2 books in this trilogy which is a shame.

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

I think this is one where an hour at a time is better as you need time to take it in, think about what's coming next and to have a rest from the bleakness and intensity of the novel.

Any additional comments?

I saw the movie last night off the back off this and Tom Hardy does the role of Leo superbly and I loved seeing the differences between the book and the film, lots of things changed and lots missed out to squeeze it into 2 hours.

This is a fantastic book that I would recommend to anyone who loves a thriller and isn't put off by some quite cruel violence, nothing is sugar coated here. I'm not sure how close to life in Russia under Stalin this gets but it's a subject I would like to learn more about now.

I'm looking forward to the other books in this series as well.

Truly excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mangle Street Murders

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,442

Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London's most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door. Sidney Grice shudders. For heaven's sake - she is wearing brown shoes. The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite My Pot of Tea

  • By Simon on 06-02-16

A wee gem

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

Reviewed: 25-10-15

If you could sum up The Mangle Street Murders in three words, what would they be?

Victorian, Detective, Funny.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mangle Street Murders?

When it finally unravels it was amazing at how clever the plot was.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Can't think of a particular stand out scene the book makes your feel as if you're in Victorian London with all the 'haves' and 'have nots' describe very well. I was really immersed.

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

There's no escape from Sidney Grimes.

Any additional comments?

I've had some real joy recently from my last half a dozen audio books and this was superb too. Great writing and narration. Quite short and punchy you'll want to listen to it all in a few days. I think this is a series and I'll be getting the sequel in a few months.