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  • You Don't Know Me

  • By: Imran Mahmood
  • Narrated by: Adam Deacon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 529

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the closing speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes the truth can be too difficult to explain or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By The One Who Reads on 30-06-17

Frustrating and far fetched

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

Reviewed: 22-08-17

Great concept. Annoying use of American terminology when set in an English courtroom. Overly convoluted story and ultimately started to loose interest. Save your money / credit and listen to something else

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Corpus

  • Tom Wilde, Book 1
  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

This big-canvas international spy thriller marks the beginning of a brilliant new direction for Rory Clements. 1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland. In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war. In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks she is found dead, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A promising start to a series

  • By Mr on 19-08-17

A promising start to a series

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

Reviewed: 19-08-17

This was an intriguing story blending murder with the international politics of the day, namely Spanish Civil War, Mrs Simpson and the rise of Nazi Germany and Communism in Russia. It has a manageable list of characters but does take some time for the various threads in the story to come together. It wasn't until I was about two thirds of the way through the book that I was truly hooked. The plot was well thought through and the characters well developed with their individual 'history' explained so that I could understand their motives. The main character I found more perplexing. He isn't a classic hero more of an average guy who has issues from his past which have been eluded to. I think this helps to make him easier to relate to. I hope his character will be developed during the series. The historical context was fantastic particularly on the political issues around the kings abdication. Well worth listening too and I look forward to his next book in the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,427
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,979

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

A Slow Start but Great Finish

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the book, but would suggest that the books are read in order so that the characters can be fully appreciated. Whilst it is a slow start the detail and characterisation are excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robin has developed in each book and really comes to the forefront in this book. The chemistry between her and Strike continues to develop in a tantalising way

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

I think Robert brings Strike to life and I now visualise him as Strike. Some of his regional accents are not quite right but not to the detriment of the book.

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

I believe these three books would make an excellent mini-series in the tv

Any additional comments?

Great read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dead Simple

  • DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

Dead simple. It was a harmless stag-night prank. But a few hours later, the groom is left buried in a coffin and the four friends who know where he is are dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Keziah on 17-07-08

Great story - slightly disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 25-07-15

What did you like best about this story?

Great twists - thinking that you had solved it only to be surprised as Peter James changed everything in a sentence

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The descriptions of the man in the coffin where brilliantly done - you aist felt you were in there with him.

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

Buried alive

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the story and was gripped but was disappointed at the ending - thought there was going to be another great twist but unfortunately not.

  • Edge of Eternity

  • Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165

As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-09-14

Too much attempted to be squeezed into one book

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

Reviewed: 17-10-14

What did you like best about Edge of Eternity? What did you like least?

This book covered the initial period of the rise of The Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis and Equal Rights Movement in US. It had a tough act to follow from two previous exceptional book covering the first and second world wars. However by trying to cover from early 60s to the fall of the Berlin Wall there were large and important areas that were completely missed or dealt with in only a short section. This, in conjunction with the ever increasing number of characters meant that the characterisation was poorer than in the previous novels. The UK characters from the previous books were almost non-existent unless they were making music. The book ultimately felt rushed from about half way through as though we had to get to the fall of the Berlin Wall at all costs. I feel it would have been better to have split this into two books. Where for instance is the Space Race? The First man on the moon?

Would you be willing to try another book from Ken Follett? Why or why not?

I have enjoyed a number of Ken Folletts books and will undoubtedly read more







Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favourite?

I take my hat off to someone who has had to try and put different voices to so many characters.

Could you see Edge of Eternity being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

  • Call for the Dead

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695

This novel, set in London in the late 1950s, finds George Smiley engaged in the humdrum job of security vetting. But when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide after an apparently unproblematic interview, Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate – only to uncover a murderous conspiracy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A refreshing change

  • By eatough1999 on 27-01-15

The Place to start reading le Carre

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

What did you like most about Call for the Dead?

This is a very clever mystery around solving why a man apparently killed himself having just made a cup of cocoa. Although it is clear that is more to this than a suicide it is a real brain teaser. It is not as complex as some of the later novels but well worth listening too.

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

It is a book to digest in parts and try and solve for yourself rather than listen to in one go.

  • An Optimist's Tour of the Future

  • By: Mark Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Mark Stevenson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Mark Stevenson has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us - and reckons it has a lot going for it. His voyage of discovery takes him to Oxford to meet Transhumanists (they intend to live forever), to Boston where he confronts a robot with mood swings, to an underwater cabinet meeting in the Indian Ocean, and Australia to question the Outback's smartest farmer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, now hurry up and get the 2nd book on.

  • By Pete D on 22-08-18

The perfect antidote to pessimism

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is written in a chatty style with humour by someone who is not a scientist. He writes about the fascinating and almost unbelievable breakthroughs in technology that will shape the future for us and our children. This is no science fiction it is what is already being done.

What was one of the most memorable moments of An Optimist's Tour of the Future?

That the worlds oil problem maybe solved by genetically engineered bacteria

Which character – as performed by Mark Stevenson – was your favourite?

Not applicable

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several but I won't spoil it for you

Any additional comments?

Become an optimist and read this book

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Parsifal Mosaic

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Michael Havelock watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karas, double agent, was gunned down by his own agency. There's nothing left for him but to get out, quit the game. Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railway platform in Rome, Havelock sees Jenna. She's alive - and suddenly Havelock is a marked man, on the run from both US and Russian assassins. Racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, Havelock is trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top-level mole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Bourne

  • By Mr on 25-11-12

Better than Bourne

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-12

This is one of the best books I've listened to. It is set during the heart of the Cold War and starts with the main character witnessing the assassination of his lover whom he believes has betrayed him and his country. He then quits the CIA and decides to tour Europe before taking up a teaching position. However his former profession won't let him go and before long he is thrust back into his former role not only to safe his life but also to safe his country.. This book is full of intrigue and so many twists and turns you'll be left guessing to the very end.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Eye of the Needle

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Eric Lincoln
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful thriller

  • By A. D. Thacker on 01-07-08

Great story - Hilarious accents

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-12

This has a great storyline and has in fact been made into a good film. I nearly stopped listening to the audiobook as the narrator's attempts at regional british accents is terrible. However, I stuck with it and after a while found the accents almost as entertaining as the storyline. I would however encourage Audible to do just service to this book by commissioning another narrator.

  • The Vows of Silence

  • Simon Serrailler 4
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Gunmen are terrorising young women in the Cathedral town of Lafferton. What - if anything - links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler falls back on well tried police methods such as questioning neighbours and house-to-house searches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a detective story

  • By Kirstine on 07-01-12

Entertaining but disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-12

I have read / listened to all the Simon Serrailler books in order. I've thoroughly enjoyed all to date but found this one a little predictable. As usual there are family problems for Simon to deal with and (without wishing to give anything away) this was expertly dealt with by Susan Hill's usual delicate touch. The main story around a gunman on the loose, however, started well but failed to deliver in that - a number of lines of enquiry - to a laymen - were obviously missed which I found frustrating and I had guessed the killer very early on. I'd still recommend it as an easy read / listen but it's not her best of this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful