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  • The Burning Shore

  • The Courtney Series, Book 4
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

One of the greatest fighter pilots of the Great War, Michael Courtney is saved by the French noblewoman Centaine de Thiry when he crashes near her home. Soon after, Centaine finds herself alone and carrying Michael's child and must travel across the ocean to join his family in South Africa. But no journey is ever simple, and a pregnant Centaine finds herself shipwrecked in shark-infested waters off Africa's notorious Skeleton Coast, a deadly swim away from the sun-bleached desert that will see her defenceless and alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone who has read the Courtney books

  • By Khonsu on 15-02-19

wow

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

This is the first of Wilbur Smith's books that I have listened to. Not once in 20 hours did it drag. Brilliant story telling and I always love listening to Sean Barrett's voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing and memorable book

  • By Kirstine on 17-05-14

Truly wonderful storytelling

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

This is an enthralling story. Narrator is so good, you don't hear him. Really memorable.

  • Even Dogs in the Wild

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery. But the case becomes more complex when a note is discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack. When local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help. He's the only man Cafferty will open up to, and together the two old adversaries might just stand a chance of saving Cafferty's skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything Perfectly In Place

  • By Simon on 08-11-15

Not his best.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

I found this more disbelievable than the other Rebus books. It was only this that stopped me getting lost in it, which is what I look for in a book.

  • On Beulah Height

  • Dalziel and Pascoe, Book 17
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

They moved everyone that long hot summer fifteen years ago. They needed a new reservoir and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. They even dug up the dead and moved them too. But four inhabitants of the valley they couldn't move, for nobody knew where they were. Three little girls had gone missing, and the prime suspect in their disappearance, Benny Lightfoot. This was Andy Dalziel's worst case and now fifteen years on he looks set to relive it. It's another long hot summer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable book to listen to.

  • By Patricia on 25-03-15

Excellent again.

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

Reviewed: 24-03-16

I do wonder how Reginald Hill continually produces such good stories of such amazing length.
Well done Reggie, on to the next one for me.

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  • First Response

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

From best-selling writer Stephen Leather comes an utterly addictive all-action thriller in which a huge terrorist threat to the capital can only be stopped by one man. From the best-selling author of the Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale series comes First Response, the utterly addictive new thriller by Stephen Leather. London is under siege. Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and so expertly narrated. Oh the pace

  • By Gavingks on 14-03-16

Good in parts

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

Reviewed: 24-03-16

The plot was quite unusual, but it felt as if Stephen Leather had an axe to grind. He did not mss an opportunity to bring out the 'social comment' issues. It did not help the story flow. If he meant it to reflect reality, it just missed the mark.
The plot was good, it was not easy to guess the outcome.
As to the reader, has someone told him to enunciate, he has the accent of someone that would normally pronounce the ends of words very softly, as to almost not be there, but they are loud and very clear and slow. Odd, is all I can say. I would listen to another Stephen Leather as this was not my first, but I would not want the same reader.

  • Mercy

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danish Noire superbly read by Steven Pacey

  • By Nick on 08-02-13

So sad, a bit too sad to be entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

The reader is excellent. He changes the atmosphere throughout the changes in the 'scenes' in the book.
I liked the detective, his history and his sidekick.
The interaction between characters and the reality, I liked
However, I found the graphic cruelty throughout the book too much for me. It has really made me question why I even like murder mystery type fiction.

  • Echo Burning

  • Jack Reacher 5
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581

Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer. Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful. But her husband's in jail. When he comes out, he's going to kill her. Her family's hostile, she can't trust the cops, and the lawyers won't help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder.J ack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Electric atmosphere helps build the tension

  • By Brian on 08-05-14

Holes in the plot

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I stuck with it but the plot does not have a believable base, and so as I am off sick, I thought I would just give it a go. If I had been active I would have dumped it.

Has Echo Burning put you off other books in this genre?

No, as this is one of hundreds that I have listened to and read

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

Usually Jack Reacher, but none grabbed me here.

Could you see Echo Burning being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I could not.

Any additional comments?

I do not like answering inapt questions on book reviews. The start of the plot does not add up. Jack Reacher is a savvy, world alert man, and the whole pick up line did not hold water at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pure in Heart

  • Simon Serrailler 2
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 516

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read and excellent characterisation.

  • By Christine on 29-11-07

Continues to be enthralling

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

Reviewed: 20-11-14

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

This ranks near the top of the Crime thrillers I have listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

Steven Pacey is very able to make female characters sound female with any distractions and Susan Hill's plot lines are second to none.

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

Cat, the wife of Chris and brother of Serrailler.

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

I download this to my phone and have bluetooth headphones. I just listened to this all day and evening in one sittting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Mountain

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 321

Worldwide best-seller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet. America's greatest storyteller brings us a new masterpiece of legal courage and gripping suspense - and his finest heroine since The Pelican Brief. Donovan Gray is ruthless and fearless. Just the kind of lawyer you need, deep in small-town Appalachia. Samantha Kofer is a world away from her former life at New York's biggest law firm.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear!

  • By Stine on 27-10-14

quite a good book

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

Reviewed: 28-10-14

What did you like most about Gray Mountain?

This was a good way to pass time but not a cliff hanger. I found the narrator quite a barrier to getting lost in the story. This may just be personal taste.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Quite a flat way of talking. Sometimes difficult to tell who was actually talking in the story, as the voice was the same all through.

  • Inferno

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,135

Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • start was hard going. story good but over descript

  • By BD on 17-07-17

Mmmm, knowledgable author, but.....

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

Reviewed: 21-07-13

Would you try another book written by Dan Brown or narrated by Paul Michael?

This is the first Dan Brown book I have read. I found that the authors desire to inform me of how much he knew about Dante, Italian art and artifacts, got in the way of developing the characters and the plot. The narration was good and internation excellent, but I just felt that the one twist in the plot was very obvious by 2/3rds of the way through and I began asking when was the end coming. Please could it be soon. Sad, as I really thought I would enjoy it.

What will your next listen be?

A Ken Follet

9 of 10 people found this review helpful