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Mary Wehner

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  • Shall We Tell the President

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

6 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes to go . . .At the end of The Prodigal Daughter, Florentyna Kane is elected President - the first woman President of the United States. At 7.30 one evening the FBI learn of a plot to kill her - the 1572nd such threat of the year. At 8.30 five people know all the details. By 9.30 four of them are dead.FBI agent Mark Andrews alone knows when. He also knows that a senator is involved. He has six days to learn where - and how. Six days to prevent certain death of the President.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not his best

  • By s on 05-10-13

Not the standard I have come to expect from Archer

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

The core plot is OK. Apparently some details have been updated for this version. Could it have been all the product placements ? The way the names and details are fired out without pause and are very hard to follow.
This isn't the standard I have come to expect from Jeffrey Archer. It smacks of a ghost writer or else J. Archer was trying to pad out the story to lengthen it. A lot of boring details have been put in which don't add in any way to the story.
If the story had instead been shortened to 6 hours, it could have held the tension level.
Lorelei King is a good narrator, but since this book is 90% male voices, perhaps a male reader would have come across better. This is not in any way to cast doubt on Lorelei King, as I think she had a good range of voices, even for all the men.
One thing that did make both this and The Prodigal Daughter (also narrated by Lorelei King) tiresome to concentrate on, was the way there wasn't even one breath left between scene change so many times I literally lost the plot.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,753

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Shades of Gray rehashed

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

The narrators are excellent so they get 5 stars.
The storyline is awful.
I’m not a fan of Shades of Gray but at least there, when you read the description on the cover,you knew what you what you were buying. Not so here!
It’s also about as suspenseful as watching paint dry.
Returning it now and hoping that someone in Audible puts some correct descriptions on books in the future.

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  • Relentless

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 475

John Meron, a happily married father of two who's never been in trouble, receives a phone call that will change his life forever: his friend Jack Galley, a high-flying City lawyer, is screaming down the phone for help. As Meron listens, Galley is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolute Winner!

  • By Elizabeth on 20-08-08

Story and narration are excellent.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Thoroughly enjoyable listen. The storyline was excellent and full of suspense and action, but the narrator made it easy to follow - even on a busy commute.

  • The Paradigm

  • The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times
  • By: Jonathan Cahn
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Prepare to be stunned, shocked, illuminated, and amazed. The Paradigm will reveal secrets and mysteries taking place all around you and show you what you never could have imagined. Jonathan Cahn, who caused an international stir with his New York Times best-selling book The Harbinger, will take you from the ancient Middle East to the news of the modern world on a journey you will never forget. As you open up The Paradigm, his most explosive book yet, you may never see your world the same way again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ties together the Old Testament with US Politics

  • By Mary Wehner on 03-05-18

Ties together the Old Testament with US Politics

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I admit to being a little skeptical to this but the facts checked out in the Old Testament. Pretty amazing!
Highly recommended listen.

  • Red Notice

  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 786

November 2009. Sergei Magnitsky is led to an isolation cell in a Moscow prison and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million in taxes. Magnitsky’s brutal killing has remained uninvestigated to this day. Red Notice is a searing exposé of the Russian authorities responsible for the murder, slicing deep into the heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazement, disbelief and tears

  • By musiclover on 19-08-16

True Story and it's absolutely gripping !

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

William Browder's Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and RussianUntouchables are just two headlines that will get you all the background info to whet your appetite for this book.
The book is written by William Browder himself, and he delivers the final chapter personally. I was surprised how close the narrator was to Browder's own accent and voice - well done!

This isn't my usual choice of book at all as it talks a lot about the financial world of hedge funds and investments. To be honest, I have no interest in either.
However, it is the story of murder, intrigue, personal sacrifice of all involved, family drama, and industrial espionage combined with politics at the highest level.

I never connected the dots between POTUS Obama (Reset) and Vladimir Putin before, and neither did I realise the extent to which the corruption in Russia influenced politics in the West. I learned a lot more about the restructing of modern day Russia than the media ever even hinted at. Fascinating!
I highly recommend everyone to listen to the book and then go to the internet and catch up on all the interviews with Browder and watch the films.

  • Cragside

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

After his climactic battle with notorious serial killer The Hacker, DCI Ryan is spending the summer with his fiancée within the grounds of Cragside, a spectacular Bavarian-style mansion surrounded by acres of woodland. When they are invited to attend the staff summer party - a Victorian murder mystery evening - it's all a joke until the lights go out and an elderly man is found dead. It looks like an unfortunate accident but, as the dead man's life begins to unfold, Ryan and his team of detectives realise that all is not as it appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5 star murder mystery

  • By Timi on 19-10-17

Accent too strong to understand

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

Reviewed: 20-04-18

I'd like to review the story properly, but I'm afraid the accent was so strong that I missed most of the story.
Pity as so many liked it.

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  • The Poisoning in the Pub

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

What's your poison? Fethering residents, Jude and Carole, get more than they bargained for when a lunchtime meal in their local pub leaves everyone with food poisoning. The landlord is horrified and when a series of disasters start to befall his business it looks like it could be the end of the road for the Crown and Anchor. Left with a bad taste in their mouths - and not just from the food - the two amateur lady detectives wonder if it might just be more than a run of bad luck, which is forcing their favourite pub into bankruptcy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brett is a master

  • By miss on 30-11-14

Story great but too much swearing and vulgarity

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

Reviewed: 15-11-17

As usual the story is interesting, full of twists and surprises - but why did it have to be so vulgar and crude?
While I appreciate that most stand-up British comedy is offensive to listen to, I honestly didn't expect it from a Simon Brett novel, so having it straight into my ears dampened my enjoyment.

I'll listen to the next in the series and hope that this was a once off.

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  • Murder in the Museum

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Bracketts, an Elizabethan house near the town of Fethering, is about to be turned into a museum. Once the home of celebrated poet Esmund Chadleigh, it has been decided that it should now become a shrine to his life and poetry. But the transition from house to museum is running far from smoothly, and Carole soon begins to regret her decision to be on the Board as she witnesses bitter antagonism and rivalry amongst the other members. Then a sudden discovery is made.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant except for one small point

  • By Mrs. Rm Walters on 01-10-14

Very entertaining - cosy crime style.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Excellent word play, good humour, gripping twists and turns, and suitable for everyone!
I'm working my way through the entire series and enjoy how the same characters keep returning throughout the books.
I recommend starting with this one (the first available on Audible).
Simon Brett is one of those rare talents who can write and narrate equally well.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Too vulgar.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

I know it's a given that you can't randomly listen to samples to get the feel of a book when you are buying an audiobook, but it is always a disappointment when you get vulgarity both of speech and language right into your ears.

Surely Audible can have some sort of rating regarding swearing, blasphemy, senseless violence, and sex?

I haven't gotten further than chapter 9 out of 70 and any chance the book has had to redeem itself by being a good story. Returning it.

  • The Heart of the Matter

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Scobie, a police officer in a West African colony, is a good and honest man. But when he falls in love, he is forced into a betrayal of everything that he has ever believed in, and his struggle to maintain the happiness of two women destroys him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just brilliant

  • By DartmoorDiva on 24-09-15

Great audiobook but not for depression sufferers!

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

Where does The Heart of the Matter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As an audiobook, it's top notch. Graham Greene doesn't disappoint with his quality storytelling which is why it gets 5 stars all the way - despite my final comment.

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

Excellent narrator who brings the whole atmosphere of the topics right before your eyes.

Any additional comments?

The story line is definitely not for anyone who suffers from depression, because this will put you close to the edge - take it as a warning. If you want a good story and are not depressed, I would imagine it would have been a different experience, but I had to stop listening as soon as I saw where the story was headed.