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  • Killing Floor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 1
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Killing Floor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero. Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks 14 miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lucy T. on 15-11-17

It is good, but not great.

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

The overriding strength of this book is the development of the characters. The storyline moves at a good pace and the characters within it are easy to imagine.
The narration seems to be a love/hate thing with other reviewer. For me, it was a little better than okay . What I found disappointing was that all but one of the plot twists was so obvious you could see them coming a mile off. It left me feeling that the characters in the book were always playing catch up with where the reader/listener had been for some time.
This is the first Jack Reacher story I have listened to, it won't be the last, but the jury is out.

  • James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

  • By: James Acaster
  • Narrated by: James Acaster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central. But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor midflight or hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly funny.

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-17

Brilliant! Now people in my town think I'm nuts.

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

I was walking into town listening to this book when I literally burst out laughing, full on belly laugh, tears rolling down my face. I am not going to explain to you why, for the same reason I didn't explain to people who thought I was having a seizure. Just going to say "Fell Foot Sound".
This is a great book. Get it. Listen to it. Love it.

  • Dirty Glory

  • Go Where Your Best Prayers Take You
  • By: Pete Greig
  • Narrated by: Pete Greig
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 235

You were created to walk and talk with the living God. Prayer is the most natural, powerful, and universal expression of Christian faith. Why then is it sometimes so difficult? Continuing the adventures described in his best-selling memoir, Red Moon Rising, Pete Greig reveals the struggles, miracles, and hard-won insights gleaned from 15 years of 24-7 prayer, mission, and justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly thought provoking

  • By Carol on 11-01-18

This is quite simply the most powerful book ...

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

...you will hear on Audible.
Many book reviews will tell you that a book is life changing. This one is.
Lives are transformed throughout the book and yours wil be too by the end of it.
Pete Greig's style of writing and delivery is masterful. The story he tells is authentic and honest.
It is great for those who things God is dead. You have some explaining to do.
It is great for those who are not sure.
It is great.
If you only have one credit, Listen to this book.

  • Galaxy's Edge, Part II

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Legion Dark Ops calls upon Chhun, Wraith, and the survivors of Victory Company to form an elite Kill Team of legionnaires in the aftermath of the Battle of Kublar. Their mission is clear: find and eliminate those responsible for the Kublar disaster. Standing between them and their objective are a maze of corrupt Republic officials, a spy on the verge of losing himself in deep cover, and the Zhee - a murderous species that will stop at nothing. But the biggest threat of all might be the truth they seek to uncover - a truth that could ignite a revolution. And engulf the galaxy in flames.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Galaxy's Edge, 2 Parts

  • By Matt Carter on 26-06-18

Galaxy's Edge, 2 Parts

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

Am I being harsh giving the storyline only 2 stars? I don't think so. I really wanted this book to be good and I hold out hope for the future. However this one fell short of the mark.

The book is in two parts. There are no plot spoilers here, but what we have is very much a game of two halves. The first problem I had was with the authors writing one of the lead characters in the second person and monotonously tell you that "you are Tom", when you blatantly are not. It just did not work for me. That, along with the ridiculous counter-contradictory dialogue (the best way I can describe it) just meant the whole thing rapidly became a tedious mess. I can well understand why another reviewer gave up at this point. I nearly did too. I was genuinely thankful for part 2.

The second part is, on the whole, pretty good. There are some elements that are disturbingly Star Wars-ish and the writers would do well to avoid that. But against that was the way the authors cleverly switched the points from which the battles were reported. Without doubt part 2 is better written, giving RC Bray far more to work with. Once again Bray brings his A game and steers us through.

Clearly we are set up for another book. Hopefully, when it arrives we will look back at Galaxy Edge 2 as the weak platform for an outstanding sequel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Forever and a Day

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Goode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. 'We have no choice. We're just going to bring forward this other chap you've been preparing. But you didn't tell me his name.' 'It's Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.' One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It's time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Iconic Legend is Born

  • By Simon on 02-06-18

Every bit a Bond story

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Anthony Horowitz does it again, another great Bond story. Matthew Goode's performance brings it to life. Great characterisations. I really like the way Horowitz sets his Bond stories in the 50's.

I'm not going to say anymore , apart from listen to this is it pure escapism.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super-Skippy-Just-Fantastic-Expeditionary-Force!

  • By Simon on 27-09-17

And then?!!!

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

The whole series has been consistantly good. I seriously hope book 5 is on the way very soon, please.
Have you ever looked to see where Audibles head office is? Did Craig Alanson know this? If so it was a risky stratergy, but very funny. You are going to have to listen to the story to find out why.
Nice performance from R.C. Bray and good storyline

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,888

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

A good performance rescuing a weak story.

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

There were times when I just wanted this story to end. The hero of the story is an under achieving, super brain with attitude and daddy issues. Written in a female voice and well performed by Rosario DawsIon, the character was never particularly convincing.

What this story lacked for me and the Martian had throughout that book, is suspense. I just wanted her to resolve all the problems so we could all go home. Clearly she wasn't going to die. The story would have been dead in the water if she was going to fail. So the only outcome happened. Yay

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,568

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Norseome

  • By AnnG on 03-03-17

Truly an epic rendition of the Norse Sagas

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Neil Gaiman reading his own work. it doesn't get much better than that. Great stories told with humour and skill. I loved it.

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic combination

  • By Mr. S. Gibson on 15-08-10

Intelligent, well crafted Sci-Fi. I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 24-11-16

This is Canterbury Tales in space, and it is clever. Dan Simmons has achieved some brilliant characterisation in this story. There were times while listening to this book when you don't just hear it, you feel it. Which makes it such an enjoyable experience.

It loses one star because I had hoped for a slightly stronger ending, but I have already got the next book on my wishlist. So clearly that was no deterent.

  • The Human Factor

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

When a leak is traced back to a small sub-section of SIS, it sparks off security checks, tensions and suspicions - the sort of atmosphere where mistakes could be made. This novel opens up the lonely, isolated, neurotic world of the Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Narration

  • By Peter on 02-05-13

Completely Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 25-10-16

Beautifully narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith.
A truly enthralling story written by one of the very best story writers.
A dark and complex story illuminated by brilliant humour.