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N. A. Bowling

norfolk, uk
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  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875

Escaping from the attentions of the Bondsmagi Locke Lamora, the estwhile Thorn of Camorr and Jean Tannen have fled their home city. Taking ship they arrive in the city state of Tal Varrar where they are soon planning their most spectacular heist yet; they will take the luxurious gaming house, The Sinspire, for all of its countless riches.No-one has ever taken even a single coin from the Sinspire that wasn't won on the tables or in the other games of chance on offer there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Stuart on 18-09-12

still brilliant

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

not the best in the series, but still brilliant. real heart wrenching stuff at times, but the excellent capers continue

  • Rise: Scarlet City - Part II

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969

London, 1337. England is at war, and the King is in financial straits, meaning that Jonah's hard-earned business and fortune hang in the balance. A far cry from his humble beginnings as a draper's apprentice, Jonah is now one of the influential merchants in England, and he manages to secure the hand of the daughter of one of the most powerful and dangerous nobles in the country. As Jonah's wealth and prominence grow, so do his enemies and the threats they bring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just super....

  • By Salter on 29-04-18

a worthy part 2<br />well done audible!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

a worthy part 2
well done audible, great production. please give us more. fascinating story too

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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,743
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,394

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful - a horror classic

  • By Catbark on 21-09-16

Stephen king's finest

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

read this as a teenager, revisited with audible. particular credit must go to the narrator for what I think we the most accomplished piece of vocal acting. screams, impersonators, stuttering, women, children and monsters all achieved without strain. I hope Mr Weber gets the plaudits he deserves for this work.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551

Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone

  • By ellie illing on 30-08-16

science fiction with heart

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

great start to a promising series. a coming of age dystopian future which is essentially a war game.
think hunger games without the sugary coating, this feels like the lord of the flies spun into blade runner. visceral, fast paced sci-fi

  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Proper Adventure

  • By Ailill Martin on 30-08-17

a real classic

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

I never read this as a child and don't know how it escaped my attention until now. at times rather chilling, I'm not entirely sure how this was ever billed as a children's story. the narration or telling of the story was fantastic and added massively to my enjoyment. anyone who enjoys Hornblower will love this.

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  • Nine Princes in Amber

  • The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1
  • By: Roger Zelazny
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC FANTASY

  • By DragonSlayer on 14-05-13

unique

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-17

you won't find another classic fantasy novel anything like this series. to be intervention unreservedly recommended

  • Gallows Thief

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

1820s Britain: after the wars with France, when unemployment was high and soldiers could be paid off, when the government was desperately afraid of social unrest, any crime was drastically punished and thousands were hung. But one could petition the King and an investigation might ensue…The man in the dark cell in Newgate Prison was due to hang in a week. He had been found guilty of murdering the aristocrat whose portrait he was painting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gallows thief<br />

  • By Anonymous User on 14-04-18

as good as you hope.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

a stand alone novel from Bernard Cornwell. great fun and proof he can create an upper class hero.

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,849

One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.… The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many different readers

  • By S. Hunt on 09-09-15

his best so far

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

dense, layered and referencing some of his previous novels, this has to be David Mitchell's best to date. set from the 1980's to the 2030's, there are moments of familiarity and also chilling glimpses of the future. all of the many narrators have done good work here too.

  • The Commodore

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

In the ninth instalment of the series, C.S. Forester transports us to the quaint village of Smallbridge. Predictably restless and eager to embark on his next adventure, Horatio Hornblower dreams of returning to the seas and commanding his next ship. Now happily married to Lady Barbara Leighton and widely celebrated for his recent successes with the navy, Hornblower has been knighted and appointed a commodore. Fortunately for Horatio, his uneventful days as village squire are soon interrupted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complete and Enjoyable

  • By Donn Edwards on 21-07-14

Hornblower in the Baltic

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

The loose political alliance that Napoleon cobble together starts to fall apart around him. Christan Rodska narrates magnificently.

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

Imagine a nation banishing the outside world for two centuries, forbidding its subjects to leave its shores on pain of death, and harbouring a deep mistrust of European ideas.

Set in Japan in 1799, a young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, is about to embark on a strange adventure of duplicity, love, and murder - and all the while the axis of global power is turning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

  • By Robin B on 27-07-10

Great story during a fascinating moment in history

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

Great story, David Mitchell never fails to impress. Jonathan Aris does a great job narrating the majority of the book, I just wish Paula Wilcox had done half his work on accent for the Japanese characters in her brief parts!