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Pete Wood

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An audacious premise was mirrored by reality!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-20

This story had all of the right ingredients you’d expect in a Fredrick Forsyth book, information and detailed shared informatively, without being boring and going in to finite details, to progress the reader through the story and plot.
The twist in this story is the incredible perception of the writer; not only did he 'identify' a solution to the 'problem' of drugs, including the politics but not long after reading this, President Trump toyed with one of the principle ideas in this book, only for the President of Mexico to ask him to refrain from the course of action.
However it is on the table and something so dynamic for many of the reason outlined in this story.
Performance by John Chancer is great but he really ought to stay away from non-US accents, he simply cannot do them. It doesn't take away from his performing ability though.

A really good premise and lots of action

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

Reviewed: 06-01-20

I really look forward to and enjoy Simon Kernick books. This one was a really good premise and lots of action. The perfect ingredients too, twists, turns, great characters and element were evocative. I really enjoyed it but for some reason I felt jaded by the end of it.
A writer has to steer the reader on a course of suspended belief, this did it but the story just seemed to go on and a few of the links were too tenuous.
It might be time to retire the main characters, (I won't say the names as saying who survived will only serve as a spoiler).
Paul Thornley is a great performer and I find I am not looking for the performers as much as the authors in this medium.

My first Tom Bale book and certainly not my last

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

Reviewed: 06-01-20

My first Tim Bale book and it won't be my last.
An excellent premise, well-defined Characters, all with a purpose for being in the story. I liked the locations, nice to see a non-London setting.
The book was fast and balanced, although I felt some scenes were over-labored\over-worked but not enough to distract from the story.
Good resolution of all of the story strands and I loved the nasty twist at the end.

All of the right ingredients

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

Reviewed: 20-11-19

This story had all of the right ingredients you’d expect in a Fredrick Forsyth book, information and detailed shared informatively, without being boring and going in to finite details, to progress the reader through the story and plot.
Characters who were well defined, multi-faceted and series of locations the reader could identify and relate to. Little snippets of information to intrigue the reader in to thinking they were listening to the inside line. The writer tied up the multiple strands that made up the story.
I enjoyed the story and would have been happy to listen at twice the length, however, as good as it was, the story, the compelling events, something I cannot put my finger on, seemed to make it fade at the end for me.
John Chancer performed the book and as usual, (one of my favourites), he did a great job, however he should probably stay away from accents, particularly English and definitely Welsh. The Welsh negotiator reminded me a of a joke I’d heard once.
My friend said to me, ‘I don’t understand it, every time I do a Welsh accent, I sound like a Indian.’
I said, ‘Well don’t worry Survinder, you’ll just have to practice more.’
He should have simply read the story. This did not take away from the overall enjoyment.

It wasn’t predictable and the characters evolved

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

Reviewed: 11-11-19

Paula Daly had one of her books turned in to a TV drama lately. I am glad I didn’t know this as the drama didn’t work for me and would have put me off.
The story had two strong main characters, safe, secure in themselves and their seemingly perfect lives were far from it, just like real life. I enjoyed the story, felt it was following a certain path, realised it wasn’t, settled for disappointment or confusion before it took me on another turn. It wasn’t predictable, the characters evolved through the story. No characters were once dimensional, I liked the writers skill in bringing in a character or small storyline that felt you were going off in another direction with some twists and turns along the way.
The performer (Kirstin Atherton) was very good and confident in walking you through the story, defining the characters and their journey.

Completely engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-19

Harlen Coben at his best, throwing you off with a side story, leaving you never clear what significance it plays, no word or phrase wasted.
The performers were excellent.
I couldn’t put this story down,. Some of the strands brought together at the end of the story were fantastic and I felt others not so, however, it is testimony to the writers skills that it didn’t detract from a completely engrossing story and outcome. The characters so established are show as frail and to be tested for the readers delight.

I struggled to put it down… as they say!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-19

This was a great performance of an enjoyable story. Joe Jameson, (performer) has to be doing more of this. He was fantastic in bringing characters and their personalities to life. He managed to capture little nuances of speech, coupled with the author this was a great story. The throwaway comments made by some of the characters often resonated hours later, such was the quality of the writing style.
The author avoided clichés in his characters too, making it interesting for the listener.
The story was great I struggled to put it down… as they say!

Great story almost ruined by the audible structure

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

Reviewed: 11-11-19

I have to start by saying, this was a very enjoyable story, taking a number of twists and turns where Gerald Seymour doesn’t often do this. I liked the characters, the task, their motivations and the premise. The performer was great but….
The structure of the audiable book almost ruined it for me.
I imagine I am not unique in losing concentration with a story, so need to rewind or remember where I left off. This book, with so many hours was broken in to a small number of chapters, many over an hour in length meaning I was back and forth trying to find my spot in the story almost as much as I was listening.
This is something that needs to be addressed. I am not after 10 minutes sections but some other approach to structuring would be more helpful and practical.

Absolutely great listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-19

I really look forward to and enjoy Michael Rowbotham books. This one was a break away from his usual character and set in the US.
I knew the performer John Chancer, would be excellent as I have heard him before.
The main character was Audie and I have to say he had an almost zen like quality that jumped from the pages, rather like the main character in the Shawshank redemption. He felt real, unlucky and I wanted ot reach out and meet him because he was characterized so well.
A great book for me is the dilemma or the situation that got them into the mess or situation they find themselves in. You should be made to invest in the character and their situation, this did it and like a good writer, I could not fathom it. As it unraveled it continued to keep me engrossed.
There were some incredible connections but the whole package of this story and the performance made it an absolutely great listen.

I look forward to my next Tom Wood book

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

Reviewed: 11-11-19

I was struggling with this at first as I didn’t know what to expect from the author. It moved like a Jason Bourne book and never let you forget the main character was not a nice man. It felt like it was going to fizzle out and then took another direction and stepped up a gear. Exciting, unpredictable, characters had different motivations, often skewed rather than straight-forward. I was interested enough in the characters to pick up another of the authors books.
Performance was very good too.